I don’t know why, but I have had an on-again-off-again relationship with marking in my Bible for a long time. I have the pens. I’ve read articles and had conversations.
But for a long time, I would mark something…then maybe underline something else a few months later. It was like I was afraid of making the “wrong” marks, so I just didn’t do it much.
However, something hit me a few months ago and it has caused me to mark my Bible more and more. I circle. I underline. I write notes.
It was this simple realization that everyone knows, but it took awhile to sink in for this thick-headed preacher: this is my Bible!
I want to turn to a passage and see what “hit me” about that passage one time. I want to know what stood out when I heard some preach or lecture on that section of Scripture. I want to have a simple outline to help me through a more difficult text.
So, in recent months, I have been making more and more notes. Now, when I turn to a passage to read or study, it is coming alive more and more, because I am seeing my own interaction with the text. I love it!
In fact, I have started using a few resources to help me besides just what “hits me” while I’m listening to a sermon or class. If you would like to start marking up your Bible and making it your own, let me share with you three resources that might help “jump start” your study. I know they have mine!
Basic Bible Studies. Eddie Parrish has a great blog, but included in that blog are simple outlines of Bible books. Currently, he is outlining the book of Romans. I have found a great deal of material to include to help me when I read through that book.
Sain Publications’ “Chapter by Chapter.” Just what it says, “Chapter by Chapter” provides a quick overview of each chapter, but my favorite part of these downloadable sheets is that it provides key verses for each. Currently, Paul Sain is producing these on the book of Matthew.
“Bible Marking” on Come Fill Your Cup. Kathy Pollard’s series on CFYC is meant for ladies, but I get so many good Bible marking ideas from them, as well. Logical studies that share key verses for studying a Bible topic.
There are many other sites you could use, but the key is to come to the realization that I did: this is your copy of God’s Word. Make it your own! Don’t be afraid to mark it so that it is helpful to you even more down the road.
So, open up your Bible, get those pens out, and make that copy of the Scriptures your own.
AUTHOR: Adam Faughn