2. Read the Bible with focus.
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There is no formula. Deeper, focused reading is not a one-size-fits-all strategy. For example, formal Bible study is one way to read with focus. And while formal Bible study is ideal, realistically, it doesn’t work in every season of our life. For those seasons when the intensity of formal Bible study isn’t practical, we need to be equipped with other ways to read God’s Word with focus.
Focused reading of the Bible is best done with smaller passages. Rather than reading entire books or even chapters, consider choosing passages of only a few verses in length or even a single verse.
Set your focus there and slow your reading pace.
Read with thought – reflect, ask questions, make connections.
Record your insights and questions in a journal or your Bible.
Focused Scripture reading is a matter of going back to “reading class.” The reading skills you learned in elementary school, and practiced every year thereafter until you graduated, are the same skills needed for focused reading.
The only differences now are that there are no grades, and you aren’t required to use the skills assigned by your teacher. When you read the Bible with focus, you are free to choose the skills that work best for you and your passage.
Some tools for focused Bible reading include (but are not limited to): verse mapping, S.O.A.P., color coding, and Bible journaling. A quick Google search will provide more information or help you get started with any of these.
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