Easy Steps to Learning the Bible
by Carol Dee Meeks
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Learning scripture is both acres while on earth and prime real estate for eternal life. Besides, it inspires individuals to reach to unknown heights, and enhances the Holy Spirit to indwell our very soul. When the subject of a Bible verse is being discussed, what a joy it is to be able to turn to the book or just quote from memory that verse.
And novice Bible students can learn THE WORD verse by verse until even chapters can be mastered. A 30-minute daily training program will ensure proper conditioning for Scripture memorization. Knowing Bible verses will bring a reservoir of blessings. Self-discipline and a sincere, heartfelt commitment are necessary to launch this dedicated pledge.
Dana Grassie, Language Arts and English Instructor in the Artesia Public School System states, “There are three ways of learning: Auditory, hearing the material; tactile, touching the material (writing); and visualitory, seeing the material.”
On the basis of my experience and the verification of Mrs. Grassie, participants desiring to stretch out their spiritual path can attain a mantle of knowledge. With patience and dedication, this can be the Goliath in educational tools that will lay the groundwork and enable them to reach their goal.
You will need your Bible, a notebook, a black felt tipped pen, a transparent magic marker, scotch tape, 3” by 45 index cards, and an eagerness for treasuring up riches for the abundant life.
When I began this journey, I had just discovered Matthew 19:24. It states “And again I say unto you it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” I knew this was in the Bible. But I’ve not been sharp at remembering where in the Bible. We’ll inaugurate your trip from here also.
Sprout your study time with prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. And in your surroundings of comfort, read Matthew 19:24, then write it on one of the index cards. Look at verses above the particular verse you’re trying to learn and read them at your first setting. This gives a background and triggers your memory. Now look at the cross-reference verses (if there are any) and add them to the same index card or make a new one if additional room is needed. In this case, you find Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25. These verses triple the same meaning of the original verse. The three will be easy to learn.
Slowly read out loud each word dragging your finger over them ending with the name of the book and the chapter of its location. Repeat twice. Take the index card you’ve prepared and scotch-tape it on the mirror in your bathroom. Each time you pass in front of the mirror read the verses out loud three times.
The next day read from your Bible and follow this formula: in morning hours read the verse or verses again out loud three times; drag your finger over each word slowly; look at each word carefully as you read; and end with the book name, chapter, and verse. Do this for seven days, plus each time you pass the bathroom mirror read the verses three times out loud again.
On day seven, take the notebook and make five columns on page 1. (The format will lie underneath five titles: VERSE OR VERSES, LOCATION IN BIBLE, DATE LEARNED, TOTAL BOOK CHAPTERS, and LESSON LEARNED). With your felt tipped pen, transfer the information to your layout. Highlight the BIBLE LOCATION and TOTAL BOOK CHAPTERS. Knowing this information enables you to find the verse faster in your Bible. And write what you learned. From Matthew 19:24, I learned to stop coveting wealth.
For week two, the verse will Matthew 17:20, which concerns faith as a grain of mustard seed. Since the four Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; often have corresponding verses, the reference verses here are Luke 17:6, and Mark 11:23. Mustard seed isn’t mentioned in Mark 11:23, but the message is the same. Put all verses on a new index card and began the blueprint. Review verses from the week before.
Verses for coming weeks will be Luke 6:37; Romans 8:28; Philippines 2:8-11; Psalm 46:1 and Psalm 46:10; Ephesians 2:8-10; and Matthew 6:33. So many more verses I could add-their content I knew ran through the Bible-I just didn’t know where the stream was. Learn at least one verse per week or a group of verses as in the gospels with sister verses. When they are small, you could easily learn two or perhaps even three. Go at a pace that you can learn yet receive spiritual food.
One Sunday our pastor preached on memorizing scripture. He told the congregation that every believer should know by heart Romans 6, Romans 8, and ten Psalm of your choice. He said, “Memorizing Scripture arms believers to face sin head-on with victory. When someone memorizes a passage of Scripture, it demonstrates the great love that individual has for God’s Word.” Sermons are a wonderful way to broaden your search for new verses to learn. Also during daily devotions, any verse that speaks to your heart should be added to your slate of study.
First, read Romans 6. Divide it into six parts. Verses 1 through 4 will be learned the first week, 5 through 8 the second week, 9 through 12 the third week, and 13 through 16 for week four. Verses 17 through 20 will be learned in week five, and 21, 22, and 23 will round out the sixth week. Romans 8 will take ten weeks to learn. If a break is needed, add a single, simple verse between these long passages. At each week’s end, update your folder and review what you’ve already learned.
Turning to the book of Psalm, Psalm 23 is a growing-up favorite. Five of my other favorites are Psalm 1, 32, 45, 100, and 145. You can add four more from the field of the 150 Psalm in the Old Testament. You will use the same method learning them as you did the Roman’s material.
Matthew 6 is another wonderful chapter to learn. The thirty-four verses in this chapter can change your lifestyle and attitude with one study period. It deals with egos, money, and The Lord’s Prayer.
My Sunday schoolteachers, Lindsey and Gary Givens, impress upon our class the need to learn Scripture. Lindsey said, “That we are to be equipped with God’s word, and since we don’t always have a Bible in hand-the only way is to learn what is in it. And if we know Scripture, and if we need to share Scripture, the Holy Spirit will bring to mind that verse that we need at that particular time.”
By Now, you probably have your mirror completely blocked. If you feel the knowledge is secure in your heart and mind, file the used index cards and showcase the newer ones. Always review the verses written in your notebook.
This is a lifetime commitment. You may be able to go faster, or you prefer, proceed at your own pace. It is between you and your Heavenly Father. But it will bring you such rewards. And your dividends will be the grandeur of that piece of property walking in Heaven’s streets of gold.
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