My 6 Step Method for Bible Studying

Faith, Self Development
My 6 Step Method for Bible Studying | there is no such thing as a right or wrong way to start studying the bible, but sometimes life gets so crazy that it's hard to focus! If you're just starting out with your bible study or if you've been studying for a while but can't find a system that sticks, here is mine! Click through to read!

Hey, you! I’m so glad that you’re here reading this! First of all, I just want to let you know how awesome you are, and I’m so glad that you’re on this planet! 🙂 The next thing that I want to make sure to mention…there is no such thing as a right or wrong way to start studying the bible! The time that you spend in your bible is between you and God, and you have to do what feels right. However, I know that sometimes when I sit down to study, my brain is overwhelmed and I’m not sure where to begin. This method helps me focus and get the most out of my study on those days. I don’t use this every time…sometimes it’s just me resting quietly with God. But if you’re looking for a system to help you on your journey, this is mine!

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1. Put the effort in

Something that really helps me is to think about studying the bible as what it is…a way to get closer to God AND a study session! I want to learn as much as I can from Him and His Word! Think of your time in the bible as just as important (and EVEN MORE) than a big final you’re studying for! This is important stuff, and we need to try our best not to brush it off! MAKE the time for your bible study! Don’t miss out on it!

2. Get in the right mindset

You know those days where you wake up with 10,000,000 things running through your mind, and you can’t seem to quiet your brain enough to focus on His Word? Yeah, me too! On those days, I make sure to force myself to take extra time to get focused and quiet. This is usually something as simple as just looking out my window with coffee for a few minutes, but I’ve also used a meditation app as well to get in a calm space. And remember, you can always ask God for that peace during your time with Him. He will give you just what you need to be calm and content in those moments!

3. Read and take notes

Now, it’s time to open up our bibles! I follow along with a bible study done by Women Living Well, and you can follow along with us too here. I always start by reading the chapter for that day and taking note of the verses that stick out to me. I’ve been using a highlighting system (I’ll link it below) that really helps me stop and focus on what it is that I’m reading instead of just skimming through. This is the time when I grab some color and highlight, underline, circle, and write all kinds of notes in my bible or a separate notebook! The colors and notes help me to remember things, and they make it even more fun!

Related:  Finding Your Bible Study Style


4. Read the study notes

I have a study bible, and this is the time that I read the notes that are written under the actual bible text. Doing this helps me to further understand the passage and how to apply it to my life. If you don’t have a study bible, try making note of the passages that you don’t understand fully, and take the time to search those answers out online, in a devotional group, or with your fellowship partner if you have one! Get your study on, girl! 🙂

5. Write down key verses or notes

Writing things down is known to make things stick longer in your brain when you’re studying, so I do it in my bible time too! I pick the verses that stuck out the most and application phrases from the study notes and jot them down on the side of my bible or in my notebook. Pay attention to the thoughts you’re having while reading or the things that God might be whispering to you, and feel free to jot those down too! This is your time to learn as much as you can and grow in faith, so get creative and do what feels right!

6. Read back over

At the end of each day and at the end of the week, I like to read back over some of the things that I noted during my study. Bringing those things back to the front of my memory really cements them there! Plus, I’m able to pick up things that I might have missed from earlier!

Related:  7 Ways to Show Obedience to God

Below are some of my favorite resources for studying the bible and just growing in faith in general!


Study Materials

Crossway ESV Journaling Bible  *

NIV Life Application Study Bible  *

Highlighting Chart and Video on how to use it!

Accu-Gel Bible Highlighter Study Kit (Pack of 6) *


To Save a Life *

War Room *

God’s Not Dead *

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Let’s chat! Do you do something special in your study time with God? Comment below and let us know, or tell us what you’re going to try from this post! 

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  • Julia
    October 24, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Wow! I just found your website and it’s my new fav website! I’m a 14 year old girl and I believe in God and I love Him but I just always feel unmotivated to read His word. God definitely lead me to this website because I thus made me feel motivated and I’m so excited to start my journey with God! God bless you!

    • Carisa Alford
      October 31, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      I’m so glad to have you as a reader, Julia! So proud of you for your young faith, and I can’t wait to see what God does in your life!

  • Michele Massoni
    April 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you Carisa!! I am always in need of suggestions to be closer to God and to still my rushed mind long enough to focus on my study time. It just doesn’t seem to absorb what I read! I love your enthusiasm and love doing the group reading with you! Michele Massoni 🙂

    • Carisa Alford
      April 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much for taking the time to read, and I absolutely love having you in our group!