Ways to Engage with the Bible:
1. Write it
2. Read it
3. Speak it
4. Sing it
5. Listen to it
6. Pray it
Download Youversion on your phone (a free app), and you can listen to audio Bible.
Read or listen to the Bible. Close your eyes. Imagine what is happening. What does it look like, feel like, smell like?
3) Ask questions – Who? What? Where? When?
Make a trivia game out of it.
Write a questionnaire.
Write questions you don’t know the answers to, and then do your own research to study and find the answers in the Bible.
4) Prepare to teach it.
What questions would other people have?
What could you teach that you know?
How could you best word something in a way people would understand it?
How can you clearly teach from this passage in a way that would make sense to 1st graders?
Teach what you know. Tell your friends, your roommates, and the people who you are around on a daily basis. Have them ask you questions on anything that is unclear or that they want more information on.
5) Write a sermon.
What Truths are coming from this passage? Write them down, preach them to yourself, and be amazed at how this week, these same Truths will be used in conversation with others. The Lord is good with divine connections like that!
6) Find the theme.
What’s the point? Why is this in the Bible? What is it saying? What is repeated?
7) Color Code.
I find that color coding my Bible helps me to find and see topics more clearly. You may like to highlight people in yellow, God in blue, and places in green. Maybe mountains really stick out to you, so you draw a few mountains by every verse that mentions them. You have freedom to create! Color code your Bible if it helps you to engage with His Truth.
8) Ask God.
Read a passage.
Ask God what He is saying and what He wants to highlight to you. If you don’t get anything, ask again or keep reading and do the same thing. Eventually, something usually sticks out or is highlighted. When it is, write it down and dialogue with the Lord about it.