It’s easy enough to start a new Bible study with eager enthusiam and lofty goals. But how to complete the Bible study when you missed days of reading or lost your initial focus? I’m sharing 5 keys to Bible study sucess. These simple tips will help you stay the course and finish — whether you’re doing a Bible study on your own, with a small group, or with your women’s ministry.
Because somewhere in the middle, for lots of reasons, it gets easy to let a Bible study stay aside unfinished. I want us to cross the finish line of this full study together because God has so much for us in these four gospels.
The 5 keys to Bible study success are in the form of an acrostic: CHASE.
C is for Choose. If we’re going to be serious students of the Word, we need a plan. We don’t want to just let our Bibles fall open to a random passage each day. Choosing a Bible reading plan, topical study or book of the Bible study is the first step to helping us get it done.
H is for Hour. Not that you need an hour but that you need to decide WHEN you’ll do Bible study. Mornings over breakfast? On a lunch break, during kids’ naps or in the evening when the house is quiet? Choose a consistent time to create a daily Bible study rhythm in your day.
A is for Accountability. Find accountability with a circle of friends or an online group. Keeping pace with others helps provide momentum to get in the Word every day and to keep from stagnating or stopping altogether. We’re going to make a great accountability group!
S is for Slip-ups. They WILL happen. There will be a day or two or three where life happens and Bible study doesn’t. The key is to pick back up with that day’s reading and keep moving forward. Don’t go back to missed material unless you have catch-up days or you may get perennially behind.
E is for Encouragement. Or enticement. Set up an incentive for yourself like coffee made with a timer and waiting for you when you wake up. My enticement is that no other reading – including Facebook and email – can happen until Bible study gets done. Other encouragements might be a new journaling Bible and pens or a breakfast favorite with Bible routine. Set yourself up to win AND to enjoy it!
That’s it — CHASE. Because we’re going to CHASE after God like nobody’s business with ears and hearts wide open to receive all that He will teach us for 100 Days with Christ.
Okay, on to the logistics and resources.
We start this Sunday, January 1 and will finish up on Monday, April 10. That brings us right up to Easter which is on Sunday, April 16 (with a few grace days for catch up).
Join me each Friday for a lesson from our week’s reading. This is a great way to keep on track and stay encouraged throughout the study. And it will be a place for YOU to share what YOU are learning from the study in the comments. I can’t wait to read how the gospels impact you!
Sign up here for the free download of 100 Days with Christ Bible reading plan and journal. I highly suggest you print out a hard copy. I printed off extra journaling pages – 40 of them – because I wanted plenty of room to write and reflect, but you could also use a spiral notebook or journal. I took mine to my local copy shop and had the whole thing comb-bound for a few dollars.
The Bible study has an introduction that explains how to use the reading plan. There are 100 days of reading and we’ll read each day. Some days are shorter and you can double up and some days are a bit longer but most will take about 20 minutes plus any time you want to spend in reflection and application.
I suggest you go ahead and number the days of the reading plan from 1 to 100 and then check off each day’s reading as you finish.
Free Scripture Cards
Each month, I’ll have scripture cards with key verses from our reading. You can use these as bookmarks, post them on your mirror or fridge or keep them with you for scripture memory. Here are this month’s scripture cards.
You may want to keep a chronological list of the events in Jesus’ life and ministry to help tie the people, places and His teaching together. Keeping a timeline last year really helped me connect so many dots!
It’s also helpful to keep track of where Jesus traveled in his ministry. This is a free printable map of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry from Bible.ca.
This is another great map from the Library of Congress. I’ve printed it for reference in my reading so that I won’t have to flip back and forth in my Bible.
I’ll be posting some of our key verses and truths we’re learning on Instagram so be sure to follow there. And tag your Bible study posts with #100DayswithChrist…I’d love to feature your pictures!
Okay. I think we’re ready! If you have a question I haven’t answered, please message me or leave a comment. And please know that I am praying for every one of us not only now but throughout this study that we will dig down deep into all that God has for us in His gospels and let God do His heart work in us. xoxoxo