Yesterday morning, we dug into Nehemiah 8 and saw that God wants us to build on the foundation of his Word.
But how do we do that? How do we actually get into God’s Word? Here are some tips that I gave found helpful over the last few years:
- Use ‘dead’ time
Each of us have dead time in our day, don’t we? The commute to and from work, the walk back from the school drop off, that precious 5 minutes in the shower. Somewhere in your day, there is time that is currently not being used for anything.
I’ve found it really helpful, in times or greater business, to use that time to get into God’s Word, either through listening to the Audio Bible or to listen to sermon podcasts.
For podcasts, I tend to listen most to Passion City Church (here), The Village Church (here), and Bridgeway church (here). All of these can also be found on your device’s podcasts app. But there are loads of other great churches out there with great content each week.
2. Use Bible Study Notes
One of the problems many encounter with reading God’s Word is simply not feeling like they understand it well enough for it to sink in. I’ve found bible study notes to be really helpful. Two that I’ve used recently are
A. BIBLE IN ONE YEAR APP
This comes from Holy Trinity Brompton and, as the name suggests, takes you through the Bible over the course of a year. It’s absolutely free, gives daily readings in Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms/Proverbs, and has great explanations of each passage. Click here to download it.
B. EXPLORE BIBLE NOTES
A really handy app. For a small cost (usually around £2) you can download a series of devotional on a bible book with bite-sized chunks of scripture, helpful explanation, and great things to pray for off the back of the text. It’s great value for money (for example, you can get 24 days in Ephesians for £1.99) or 42 days in 1 Corinthians for £2.99) and you can download it here.
3. Read together
Last summer a group of men at Meadows formed a WhatsApp Group and read a bible reading plan together. Each day, we read the same passage of scripture and then shared our thoughts with one another. It was a fantastic way to encourage one another.
We are going to do the same thing this year, using ‘Repeat the Sounding Joy’ by Christopher Ash (£5 from Amazon). You can join the WhatsApp group by clicking this link here. And from January, a group of us are going to attempt to do the bible in a year. Click here to join that WhatsApp group.
Or, why not just get a couple of mates together and do your own thing?
So there are three ways you to help you get into the bible. Why not give one of them a go?