As leaders, we know the importance of personal Bible study. We need to continue to feed on the timeless truths of God’s Word no matter how long we’ve been following Christ. He always has new things to reveal tus through His Holy Spirit. Through our own study we also model that expectation for the women we lead — from our leadership teams to every woman in our church.
So … what do you do to stay in the Word? Recently in a multigenerational women’s leadership meeting, we shared what we are studying or have studied to consistently stay in God’s Word. Here are some responses:
- Select a topic (or topics) to study for a portion of the year, such as stewardship or relationships or apologetics.
- Using 1 Corinthians 13, study how to love your husband one word at a time with an accountability partner.
- Open yourself to the Word rather than just opening the Word.
- At a slow pace, chronologically study the Bible with your moms group to see the entire story unfold. For example, spend a year in Philippians.
- Read Psalms at night. The Gospel of Mark in the morning.
- Let your children see and even sit with you as you study the Word daily.
- Use a physical Bible, not just a digital app.
- Read a book of the Bible without a commentary — just read it beginning to end.
- Use The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know by O.S. Hawkins to memorize Scripture.
- Have a conversation over the Word, listening to what God needs to talk to you about. Read until the Holy Spirit stops you.
- Use a methodical reading plan. Ask yourself: What do these verses say about who God is? What do I need to repent of? Where is Christ working in my life?
- Memorize Scripture on your commute, focus especially on the verses that speak directly to a need.
- Read the entire thought of a biblical passage, not just a verse here and there.
How about you … How do you practice the spiritual discipline of the study and meditation of God’s Word? Do the women you lead know you study plans? Share your personal Bible study journey with them.