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Plan for studying
Home Up Objectives Applied Literacy




Learning God’s word is an intentional activity.  So, this requires the student to have a plan when setting out to study the Bible.  By planning when, where, how and why one studies a Christian can develop personal discipline.  Remember, one of the Biblical Literacy Ethic principles points to the fact that God expects Christians to take their spiritual growth and development as their own responsibility. 


Planning is one way to claim responsibility over personal spiritual  learning.  By doing so, a Christian’s convictions will be his or her own and not the faith of another.  Too many who claim the Christian faith fail to grow because of lack of ownership in learning.  It was observed that soldiers, when taken prisoner during war, who had a firm grasp of their own convictions were less likely to be subdued by their captors.


Alex Hailey, author of Roots, once said that a people who know who they really are cannot truly be enslaved. The same is true for Christians who take charge of their personal learning are less likely to be taken captive by the world, by falsehood or by false teachers and are less likely to buckle during persecution.  Christian’s safety depends on personal involvement in learning.


Planning how to learn can also help a Christian tailor his or her learning according interests in ministry.  By setting goals on what to learn, a Christian can specialize in areas of ministry that best suits the needs of the local church.  By specializing, a Christian can be more empowered in learning since this creates purpose in studying while helping the Christian be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.”


Suggestions on making a plan


  1. Take a personal inventory of your beliefs toward learning and the Bible.
  2. bulletWhat are the attitudes do I have toward learning?
    bulletWhat are the attitudes, beliefs, assumptions, fears, worries, or concerns that hinder me from learning on my own.
    bulletWhere did I learn these beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, emotions that hinder my learning?
    bulletInventory the costs and benefits for holding the beliefs, attitudes and emotions.  Rate each side with the scale of 1 to 10 and observe which is higher in score.
    bulletInventory the costs and benefits for changing the beliefs, attitudes and emotions.  Rate each side with the scale 1 to 10 and observe which score is higher.  Compare the two inventories and find out which score is higher (the hindrance scale or the change scale).
    bulletHow can these beliefs, attitudes and emotions affect my relationship to God?
    bulletPray to God for guidance and change.  If you discover that anxiety hinders your learning,  remember first that there is some anxiety to learning new things.  If anxiety is unbearable, it may be a stress reaction that needs special attention.  Find out methods of relaxation to help you through your anxiety (remember God can help!).
  3. Make a preparation plan.
  4. bulletDecide a time that is right for you.  Remember, it must be a time that is the optimal time for you (considering family schedule, etc.)
    bulletSet a reasonable length of time.  The length of study time can be lengthen as your needs requires more.
    bulletSet a reasonable deadline for starting.
    bulletDecide a place where you will study the Bible each time you study.

*Remember lighting, temperature, basic surroundings, comfort, distractions can effect your study.

    bulletChoose one Bible to study out of at first.
    bulletGather a note book and pen or pencil for journaling questions, points, reflections of what you observe in scripture.
    bulletSometimes gathering with fellow Christians can help to form a group session every once in a while. Sometimes a study partners can help with motivation to study.  Remember to select someone who will be a help not a hindrance.


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