A few months ago, I experimented with a different approach to Bible study. I put together a Bible study folder using note cards. Here, I will share with you how I made my notebook, and how I use it to record what I’m learning from the Bible.
So, there you have it! Simple, really. I initiated this method of organizing my notes because the journal-keeping approach was just too messy. I wanted something that would help me find verses on a particular topic easily. I didn’t want to record my own thoughts, but wanted to categorize my findings from the Bible in a way that would be a visual tool to help me understand God’s thoughts!
So far, I have notes from reading Genesis and Exodus. Leviticus is next! My notebook is currently divided into several sections:
- Fertility and Childbearing
- Male and Female Roles
- Headcovering, Covered Glory, The Use of Symbols
- Modesty of Dress
- Jewelry and Bodily Decoration
If I want to add another category, I just add more sheets of paper. When my folder gets full, I think I will put each subject into a separate folder. I can re-organize my notes anytime I want. Right now, my notes are in order of appearance (for example: everything related to having children from Genesis chapter 1, then chapter 2, etc.). However, I could use a different rule for organization. It’s really a matter of preference and ease in finding what you want to locate.
You can make your own note-card folder, if you want! Just follow the steps I’ve outlined here, and make any changes you want. Whatever works best for you!
In addition to my Bible study notes, I also use the following reference works:
It’s a good idea to keep references like these handy, for looking up the meanings of words in Hebrew, Greek, or English! (Even though I speak English, that doesn’t mean I’m familiar with EVERY word in our language!) Also of great value, are the writings of the Ante Nicene Fathers, to get a perspective on what the early church believed. Sometimes, I’ll Google a topic to do a little internet research. I always check the “What We Believe” section to see whether the person hosting the site has beliefs that are doctrinally sound. Additionally, I look at whether they provide credible references. I love the Answers in Genesis website; they have many good articles.
To complement my notebook, I do have a journal of sorts: the margins in my Bible! I underline, circle, highlight, jot down notes, and draw illustrations. It may not look all fresh and clean, but it’s the inscription of my heart upon those well-loved pages!
Now, we’re ready to sit down with a cup of hot tea or coffee, and dig deep into the Word of God for the riches that are contained within its pages!
How do YOU organize your notes? Do you have any tips you would like to share? What is the most challenging, or the most rewarding aspect of Bible study time for you? Are there any helpful internet resources you’d like to mention?
Please illuminate our understanding as we read Your Word. Help us to see the meaning You originally intended when You inspired the Scriptures. Keep us from imposing our own opinions. Transform us from the inside out, and renew our minds. Enable us to think like Christ, and to become like Him in every way. Give us strength, courage, and faith to obey You. Make us constant and faithful disciples.