Studying the Bible: Using Guided Studies

On Friday, I wrote about the importance of reading the Bible as one of the tools that we use to saturate ourselves in Christ, but reading the Bible is just the beginning. Like a child eventually needs to eat solid food we as children in Christ we need to grow and begin to dig deeper into the truths of God’s Word.

Just spending 10 or 15 minutes a day reading doesn’t fill me. I want more. I need more.

That is where studying the Bible comes in, and there are many ways to study the Bible.

The most common method of studying the Bible is to use guided Bible studies.

What are guided Bible studies?

They are studies that are written by someone else and that take you through the Bible a little at a time.

Guided Bible studies are great for the new follower and the one who has been walking with Jesus for a while.

They can give added insight on Scriptures and ask us questions that challenge us to face issues that we may have or to look at the Scriptures in a new way.

They are already planned out and usually easy to follow. The author will usually share anecdotes that visualize the point that he or she is trying to make.

Guided Bible studies are also great because they are easy to use in groups, and now most of these Bible studies come with DVD or downloadable videos that can be shared and discussed with the group.

There are many types of guided studies out there, and they range from topical studies to book studies to character studies.

Some of my favorite guided studies are:

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

A Confident Heart by Renee Swope

Made to Crave  by Lysa Terkeurst

Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow

And Max Lucado’s series that goes through the Bible a book at a time

Some studies I would like to go through are:

Follow Me by David Platt

A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God  by Lysa Terkeurst

Divine Design: True Woman 101 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Becoming Myself  by Stasi Eldredge

Have you been through any of these studies?

What are some guided studies that you would like to go through?

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