How to study the Bible: Christian journaling (Week 3)

April 22, 2013

Holy BibleThe Counseling Corner

By Judith T. Lester, B.Min. M.TH

Studying in a small group Bible study is beneficial in many ways. Studying the Bible alone is good for your personal devotional time; however, joining a small group bible study can greatly enhance your Bible study. Inquire as to whether your church offers small group Bible study and connect with one that is of interest to you. Small group Bible study offers certain benefits. Compliments of, presented here will be three benefits to joining and studying in a small group Bible study:

Rev. Judith T. Lester B.MIN. M.TH

Rev. Judith T. Lester

Fellowship with other believers. One of the best things about being part of a small group Bible study is having the opportunity to meet on a regular basis with an intimate group of other believers. While attending church and church wide events is a great way to follow God’s urging that we have fellowship one with another, sometimes, there are so many people in church, that you may never feel like you are making a real connection with anyone.

A closer walk with God. As you meet with your group each week and as you do your “homework” you’ll begin to sense God’s presence in your life more and more. There’s nothing the Father likes more than to spend time with His children and the more time you spend with Him, the closer you will become and the more likely you are to be obedient to Him. Also as you do the homework each week and return to discuss what you have learned, you will not only take with you what you have learned on your own, you will get to hear other believers’ insights and revelations about what they learned as God spoke to them through the lesson.

More applicable biblical knowledge. Have you ever known someone who can quote Scripture off the top of their head like they are reading it straight from the Bible? People admire people who can do this because they seem to have exactly the right Scripture at any given moment and don’t have to thumb through the pages of their Bible only to say, “Well, I don’t know exactly where it is but it says something like…” The only way to be able to know what Scripture says and where it says it is to study the Word and commit it to your heart and mind.

Beloved, in a small group Bible study everyone is there with a single goal in mind and that is to learn more about God and His Word, what it says about how one should live their life as a believer, allowing it to train them in how to live God’s way as well as preparing them for the tasks God has for them. As the group study and discuss the Bible together, everyone grows in their faith.

Next Week: Conclusion: Family Bible Time

The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply or utilize information or recommendations made in these articles, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. Rather, the objective is strictly informative and educational. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her c/o P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.