Bible study can be done in more ways than just reading and reflecting on the words. While this is essential to learning, studying in a new and creative way can motivate you to study. You can choose one of these items or combine them to change your Bible study routine.

Bible journaling

Journaling bibles can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and many Christian book stores. They have wide margins that can be used for notetaking, painting, drawing, or adding paper “tip-ins” and stickers. Your creative options are endless with bible journaling. I suggest giving yourself a challenge, like finishing the entire book of Psalms. You can find ideas on Youtube and Pinterest if you’re just starting out. 

Listening to podcasts

My church read the entire Bible in 2019, and many of us chose to listen to the chapters instead of reading them. I would listen to them on a morning run or in the car. This is a great way to incorporate studying into busy schedules. Allie Stuckey’s Relatable also has many Biblical topics. If you have a favorite pastor or church, their sermons can often be found in podcast form on iHeartRadio or Apple Podcasts.

Watching Youtube videos

If you’re more of a visual person, I recommend watching YouTube videos. The Bible Project has illustration videos broken down by series, theme, and book of the Bible for both Old Testament and New Testament. Many large churches also upload their services on YouTube. I recommend Louie Giglio and Francis Chan. 

Prayer journaling

If you’re like me and enjoy writing everything down, Prayer journaling is a fun way to both study and pray. It also makes it easy to realize what you’re placing importance on and what prayers have been answered. You can find scripture to match your current situation and record it with your prayers.

Acting out scenes

If you have young kids or teach at VBS, acting out scenes is a creative way to engage young minds by allowing them to help tell the story. Plus, it can be a lot of fun for the entire group or family.

Comparing translations

Comparing translations can help you study and encourage you to learn why some translations include things that others do not. The Message is very contemporary, making it fun to compare to others. Take your favorite translation and compare it to one you’re never read. You may learn something new.

Listening to songs

Listening to Christian music can encourage you, and reinstill lessons that you’ve learned over the years. I encourage you to find songs that fit with the scripture that you’re currently studying. If you’re like me, it’s a lot easier to memorize a song than a passage of scripture.

Studying with friends via FaceTime or Zoom

If you cannot be with your friends for whatever reason, FaceTime and Zoom are excellent tools to use to study together. I recommend choosing either a book of the Bible, a devotional book, or a sermon series on the internet and going through it together. This way, you have people to hold you accountable.

Completing a plan in the Bible App

The Bible App is full of plans from chronological studies to topic-specific studies. You can complete a plan with your friends and see each other’s progress and comments. This is an easy way to study while engaging with friends and family from all over.

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Doing a word study

This is an easy and fun way to study the Bible, especially if you’ve read it multiple times. It’s simple. Choose a word, write the word and the scriptures it’s found in, and incorporate the word in prayer. You can also try and find songs that include the word. 

Whitney E

Whitney is a senior majoring in communication at Mississippi State University. When she's not preparing for law school, you can find her online shopping or planning a trip to Disney World. She loves Ronald Reagan, traveling, and all things preppy.