- *It is important to make sure that you choose commentary by authors who have sound doctrine and that’s why reading the bible on your own is so important to be able to recognize the difference. Don’t ignore those red flags. Seek wisdom: talk to a pastor if you have questions on a specific passage.
- I write what I am learning for a few reasons. One is simply for the purpose of internalizing what I’ve have learned. Most people (there are always exceptions) are unable to retain everything a professor teaches in a single lecture just by hearing it audibly. We have to write it out, study it, and maybe even read it out loud to memorize the content. Same concept applies with studying your Word. I also write so that I can look back. There will be a day that I need a reminder or need to share it with someone else.
- When studying scripture, I write down who the author and who the intended audience of the book was. I write down the context of the scripture: what was the culture like at the time that it was written and what was the author’s intended purpose to his audience? *This helps us understand the true meaning of the scripture and we are better able to understand how this can correctly be applied to our lives today. It keeps us from warping scripture into what we want it to mean.
- I pray, read, study, then I do my thing! I write, draw, challenge myself, or whatever helps me learn and connect to what I’m learning. But in the end, the goal is to understand God more, and apply as He teaches.
So I hope this guide was helpful! And just a reminder, this is my routine and not the end all be all! You can find another avenue of studying the Word and that works too!
I challenge you to study more in-depth.