Are you looking for new or better ways to help you dig deeper into the Word of God? Then maybe you’d like to hear about a couple of resources I have discovered recently.
The first is Katie Orr, a blogger and Bible study leader. I can’t remember how I found her blog, but I am so glad I did. Katie excels in helping people to use just a few minutes a day to dig into a small portion of Scripture and to bring up the gems hidden there. You really need to take a look at her blog, particularly the Resources tab. My favorite part of Katie’s resources is the Online Bible Study Tools. Not only is a great to have this list of Bible study tools, but Katie teaches how to use the tools effectively.
But Katie has more than a blog – she now has three FOCUSed15 Bible studies in print. Everyday Faith: Drawing Near to His Presence, Everyday Hope: Holding Fast to His Promise, and Everyday Love: Bearing Witness to His Purpose. In these three books, Katie helps us to study the Word with her FOCUSed 15 Study Method.
Foundation: Enjoy Every Word
Observation: Look at the Details
Clarification: Uncover the Original Meaning
Utilization: Discover the Connections in Scripture
Summation: Respond to God’s Word
Are you reading those big words and then thinking, “I don’t have time for this!”? Think again, because one of the really great things about Katie’s method is that because you are only studying a small portion of Scripture each week, you can finish the study in 15 minutes 5 days a week! If you have more than 15 minutes to spend, Katie offers Bonus Studies every day. You have time for this, no matter what season of life you are in.
The second resource I have discovered is also flexible according to the amount of time you may have to invest in digging deeper every day. Scripture Typer Bible Memory System is a website and an app that will help you to memorize Scripture.
Now, I have to admit that when I first saw that the idea is to type the verse in order to memorize it, I thought that there was no way it would work for me. How could I learn the verse when I was busy typing it? I’m happy to say I am wrong and that the system really does work.
There are three steps.
The first is Type It. The entire verse is displayed and you just type it. On the app, you only type the first letter of each word.
Step 2 is Memorize It. The verse is displayed with every other word missing. You type the entire verse including the missing words. Then you get to try it again with the opposite words missing.
Step 3 is Master It. None of the verse is displayed and you type the whole thing from memory. Don’t worry – you can still get hints and there are prompts when you make a mistake.
The program also gives you regular reminders to review the verses you have already learned. And one more bonus – you can join groups of people who are all memorizing the same verses/passages.
Why don’t you give one or both of these Bible study resources a try and let me know what you think? Do you have other resources you’d like to share? Let me know.