Most Christians agree that they should read the Bible more. But what should we do when we're having trouble making that goal a reality? Here are 50 ideas that might just help.
Use Your Phone/Tablet
1. Download the YouVersion Bible app.
2. Download the Bible for Kids app.
3. Use one of the Bible app’s daily reading plan. (There are some great ones.)
4. Download a devotional app, such as Daily Bible Devotion, John Piper’s Daily Devotional, Jesus Calling, or Streams in the Desert.
5. Stream Bible art straight to your device with Bible Screen.
6. Download some Bible verse graphics and store them in your photo library to look at throughout the day.
Use Your Driving Time
7. Listen to an audio Bible as you drive.
8. Listen to sermons on your phone or on KTIS Faith Radio 900 AM while driving.
9. Listen to Christian music (of any style) that includes lyrics from the Bible.
10. Tape a Bible verse on your dashboard. Keep it until you have it memorized.
Read a Book
11. Read a devotional book with Bible passages and personal reflections.
12. Read an easy-to-understand version, like the New Living Translation, New Century Version, or Message.
13. Read a Bible version that’s different than the one you’re used to.
14. Go to one of the local LifeWay Christian Stores and buy a new book.
15. Read and use Creative Times with God by Doug Fields.
16. Read one of the graphic versions of the Bible, such as The Action Bible, Manga Bible, or Almighty Bible.
17. Buy a book that organizes verses by topic and look up some issues you’re currently struggling with.
18. Print out a passage and use colored pens to mark up a passage with interesting observations.
19. Read the Bible “from the inside out” – Start with a verse, then read the paragraph, and then read the whole chapter. See if your understanding of the verse changes.
20. Read a passage and write down your thoughts about it in a journal.
21. Read a passage and draw, scribble, create a collage of your thoughts.
22. Get a group of friends to act out a passage together.
23. Decorate your house with art that includes Bible verses.
24. Bake a “Scripture Cake”. (Go ahead, Google it. It’s a thing.)
25. Pick a verse and draw, paint, or design a picture that symbolizes it.
26. Watch sermons online. (Not sure who? Start with Andy Stanley.)
27. Watch “sermon jams” on YouTube. (Go ahead, look it up.)
28. Watch a “scripture video” on ListenonRepeat 4-5 times in a row.
29. Watch a movie based on the Bible, such as The Bible, Son of God, The Gospel of John, Passion of the Christ, The Nativity Story, The Prince of Egypt, The 10 Commandments.
30. Watch The Jesus Film on YouTube. (It’s free!)
31. Like pages that give you daily Bible verses on your wall, such as “Digital Bible” or “Verse of the Day”.
32. Follow some popular pastors on Facebook.
33. Share verses that you like from others and review them on your wall later.
Do Stuff with Friends or Family
34. Do a Bible study with some friends. Find a study guide online or in a bookstore.
35. Challenge a friend to a week-long Bible reading contest—each day you miss, you pay the other $1.
36. Play “Bible study” with your kids.
Ask Questions (Usually of a Bible Passage)
37. Who? What? Where? When? How? Why?
38. What does the text say? What does the passage mean? What does the passage mean for me?
39. What does this say about God/Jesus? What does this say about people? What does this say about me?
40. Is there a lesson to learn? Is there a blessing to enjoy? Is there a command to obey? Is there a sin to avoid? Is there a new thought to carry with me?
41. Look up your toughest questions about Christianity on www.gotquestions.org.
Expand Your Knowledge
42. Buy a study Bible, like the NIV Study Bible, and read passages along with explanations, definitions, and additional insights. (This book has a great app.)
43. Learn Inductive Bible Study method from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship or Precept Ministries.
44. Buy a good, entry-level Bible commentary (like The Bible Knowledge Commentary) or a Bible dictionary, like The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
45. Print out Bible verses and put them in your room or around the house.
46. Memorize a Bible verse.
47. Read/listen to the Bible during your downtimes—getting ready in the morning, eating meals, on the bus, waiting in line, on the toilet.
48. Read a Bible passage in English first and then in Hmong (or another language of your choice.
49. Schedule Bible reading time on your calendar.
50. Pray Bible passages. (This works really well with Psalms.)