The Top Bible Study Distractions You Must Eliminate This Year!- Episode 42
The Better Bible Reading Podcast With Kevin Morris
You sit down for a good Bible study and suddenly, you’re distracted…. a lot. Today I want to cover the top Bible study distractions that you must eliminate in 2020 for a fruitful year of Bible study! This is Episode 42 of the Better Bible Reading Podcast!
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The Surprising Key to Bible Study Includes What You Don’t Do.
Okay we’re halfway through the first month of 2020. To put that in perspective, we are 1/24th of the way through the year already! Okay to be fair I’m sure none of you divide the year into 24 parts, but still it demonstrates that the year is moving along and will likely gain speed like each previous year seems to. Before you know it, we’ll be back into the Christmas season once again.
That being said, I don’t want to waste any of your time actually putting your resolutions into practice for Bible study this year. By the way, I recently shared my Bible reading plans for this year and how YOU can participate alongside me in reading the Bible this year. Go check that out if you have yet to start a reading plan this year!
Now, let’s start the year off strong with four of my top Bible study distractions. These distractions are deadly to anyone who actually wants to grow in studying the Bible. But they are very common and therefore, you need to be aware of how they show up in your life. More importantly, you need to know how to eliminate them. That’s what I’ll share with you today. Let’s get started.
1. Bible Study Distraction #1- Unclear Goals
This distraction includes chasing rabbit trails. You need to know that this can happen (obviously) in group settings. But surprisingly, it can happen just as often individually as well. These distractions include the use and prevalence of electronics, gossip, and basically doing everything except reading the Bible during study time. This includes pinterest and football scores.
Now that we’ve stepped on everyone’s toes, the question is, how do these represent unclear goals? Great question! The answer lies first in knowing the difference between reading and studying. If you know the difference, you can begin to ask yourself, what kind of Bible study am I trying to accomplish? What goal do I have in studying the Bible?
You might be attempting a Bible study on theological themes, such as the trinity. Or maybe you want to do a word study on the use of the term predestination. A historical background study might be your goal, so that you can know what the political climate was like in Israel while David was on the run from King Saul. Or perhaps you are studying a particular doctrine, like the assurance of salvation.
Knowing these goals is half the battle, the other half involves the mindset of reminding yourself (or your group) of what you’re trying to accomplish during your study time. There’s plenty of time for rabbit trails after hours. The important thing is this: don’t get distracted by having unclear goals.
2. Bible Study Distraction #2- Bad Timing
Related to the first distraction is the subsequent distraction, bad timing. This again can happen individually and in a group setting. Question: What do you do if you can’t make the Tuesday night Bible study?
A. Get the reading material, contact members of the study on a different night to recap, and start a Facebook discussion group for the study.
B. Don’t study
The noble answer is A. The frequent practice is B.
Here’s the issue- we typically think of bad timing as a mortal wound to Bible study. The truth is, it’s just a distraction. What I mean is, you can approach bad timing as something to overcome or something to cave to.
But how does this take place individually? The answer is obvious isn’t it? Think of the interruptions during the day that happen outside of your control: family responsibilities, taking care of your dogs, bathroom breaks, meals, etc…
We can either create a study rhythm in the midst of our bad timing, or we can cave to our bad timing and not study the Bible at all. I vote for the former, not the latter.
3. Bible Study Distraction #3- Talking Head Syndrome
We’re all fans of ministers, pastors and theologians who have helped us along the way in our pursuit of the Lord. I’ve personally benefited from many podcasts, sermons, blogs, and commentaries from those who are way smarter and spiritual than I am. But an all too common mistake that we make as consumers of content is to simply regurgitate what we’ve heard someone else say- even if they are credible and trustworthy. Why?
It’s because studying the Bible is our interaction with God Himself. We shouldn’t settle for someone else’s interaction with God. At least, not at the expense of our own. Neither should we be okay with simply echoing our favorite theologians, pastors, speakers. God has given His word to you specifically and He wants you to commune with Him uniquely.
We can learn much from all those who lead us and have lived as forerunners of the faith- but we should not downplay the fact that we all have the opportunity to hear from God in His Word. We can skip the middle-man and go right to God. Don’t mistake Bible study for simply becoming a talking head for someone else’s study of the Bible. To do so is to buy into a major Bible study distraction.
4. Bible Study Distraction #4- Internalizing Everything
This final distraction is simply this: Don’t as how before asking who, what, when, where, and why! One Bible study distraction we are all guilty of at times is to dismiss the context of a verse in favor of how it directly relates to our unique life situation (marriage, job, spiritual health, etc…). The Bible is God’s word and the Bible is profitable for us- every single verse, but Bible study is listening to what God has to say before asking what it says to us.
The solution for this distraction is to develop a process for actually studying the Bible. Today I want to invite you to take advantage of my 7-Day Bible Study Boot Camp. I put this together for you have at your disposal a reliable way to study the Bible, no matter which book you’re reading or how large or small the passage is! This 7-day training is action packed and highly useful to anyone who is interested in beefing up their Bible study, which is why I’ve created it in a boot camp format.
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