Studying the Bible “Naked”

by: Leigh Ann Napier

This summer, I found myself not having a particular Bible Study to dive into and mentioned to my mentor that I was reading through Proverbs but was feeling like I was missing an ingredient in actually connecting and applying what I was reading.   It felt weird to not have the pretty book with someone asking me questions to think about and ideally a group of women to talk to about what we are learning (not to mention the fellowship).   I felt like I was trying to study the Bible naked and I felt out of place.  Having a group and a book help me to not get distracted and I enjoy having someone else help me through the tougher verses, hear what others got from the same passage, and leave with a deeper understanding of the Bible Study.

When possible, group studies are great.  But if you find yourself using your lack of time or availability for a group that works with your schedule as excuses for not studying your Bible then this will hopefully help you as much as it has me.  I recognize that it is a privilege for me to have my own Bible, the ability to read it, and the freedom to read it without being persecuted for it.  Still though, like I said, I felt like I wasn’t “getting it” somehow when I was just reading through it on my own.  My mentor suggested that when I read the Bible, apart from a guided study, that I have a notebook and a pen with me and after I read a section, ask myself these 3 questions:

1)What does this say about God?

2)What does this say about me?

3) How can I apply this to my life?

Sometimes I apply this to a whole chapter.  Sometimes I apply it to just a small chunk of what I’ve read.  I am amazed at how much better I am grasping what I am reading, learning about the character and qualities of God, hearing directly from His Word what He wants little ole’ me to see in my life that relates to what I read, and then lastly and most importantly, I am seeing ways to apply what I am reading rather than just reading to read and have that marked “done” on my to-do list. (These questions are also great to use when reading Bible stories to your children.  Allow them to answer those same three questions after you’ve shared a truth with them.)

I don’t think any of us go into our time with God wanting just a check mark to be all we gain.  But it does happen sometimes!  The important thing is to recognize when something isn’t working and then stop making excuses and do something about it.  My personality still hopes to see you soon in a group Bible study so I can hug you, see your beautiful smile, & eat yummy snacks but until then, don’t be intimidated to grab your Bible, a notebook and a pen and dive in all by yourself.

Leigh Ann Napier

I’m iBloom’s Content Creator who loves making our clients’ products & services irresistible to the people who need them. My job is to play with words and help clients tell their story in a way that impacts people, cures an ache, and explains clearly what they do. My favorite part of what I do is helping connect products with people! This allows our clients to make the income they need getting them that much closer to making their personal & professional dreams a reality.
About Leigh Ann Napier

I’m iBloom’s Content Creator who loves making our clients’ products & services irresistible to the people who need them. My job is to play with words and help clients tell their story in a way that impacts people, cures an ache, and explains clearly what they do. My favorite part of what I do is helping connect products with people! This allows our clients to make the income they need getting them that much closer to making their personal & professional dreams a reality.

Comments

  1. Great article, LAN! I’m like you…I LOVE Bible studies with the girls. In this season of my life, I’ve been on my own with God. I’ve found I LOVE that, too.

    • Thanks Jane!

    • Hi Jane.

      It’s really tough right now getting to a bible stidy that fits into my schedule. However. as I continue to pray for guidance and remain willing to make necessary adjustments. I am confident that He will show me where I can go.

      In the meantime. I will take your suggestion to read on my own.

      Thank you for your help. This is really a great website!

  2. Leigh Ann, thank you so much for sharing this. I’m about to do an online group coaching/book study and your post was SO helpful to me to prepare for it, asking those questions for myself about the study and to ask the attendees. I loved what you said about this not being something to just “check off” our to-do lists, but to apply God’s word to our lives. Great article, very well written. 🙂

  3. Leigh Ann,
    This is such a great post!! I, too, go through those times when I feel like I am going through the motions while reading my Bible. I am going to write these questions on an index card and use it as a bookmark, so I may reference them each time I read!
    I want to be in a Bible Study with you, too!

  4. Leigh Ann, I LOVE this post! It’s amazing how those 3 simple questions can make scripture so applicable to our personal lives, while still reminding us of God’s character. I LOVE Lori’s idea of putting the questions on an index card and then using the card as a bookmark.

  5. Kelly Jo Beezhold says:

    Leigh Ann,
    So what I needed to hear!!! I love the three questions and I am writing them down right now! It is a priviledge to study the word! What a great reminder!

  6. Such a great point you make. I’ve definitely found myself not diving into the bible like I used to, when I belonged to a bible study. Being away from the groups, the weekly meetings and the homework lets me get easily distracted with the rest of “life” that’s going on around me. I miss that interaction and schedule! This is a great way to look at alone-reading and how I can actually get something out of it. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Thanks for sharing this Leigh Ann! As a former Women’s Ministry Director, I loved providing Bible Studies for women. We are relational creatures and get so much from studying God’s Word with others. I also love your three questions to ask as we read the Bible on our own. AND, as I have matured, I’ve discovered the richness of simply sitting in God’s presence soaking in His presence. Yes…simply being with Him brings peace, calm, and alignment. Thanks for sharing so beautifully!

  8. I love a Bible study with a study guide; the group dynamics when others can join are incredible! When the days get full and I do not have the flexibility to be with a group, the quiet time with God when I can just go directly to His Living Word and He speaks to me is priceless!!! It’s in these moments that I come across the message that is just right for the place that I am in and I am renewed once again and stand in awe of Him. It’s not my place to ask “how?” He always knows just what to tell me, where to send me and the directions to get there.

  9. God’s timing is so perfect. I went to Bing to look up good group bible studies for women on the ibloom site. I have been asked to lead a group study out at a nursery/restaurant/bakery, its a really cool place, and I thought how fun would it be to do an ibloom study in a nursery. I will let you know how it turns out.
    Thanks for your transparency and “nakedness” with us.
    Kindest regards,
    Barbara

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