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Not sure where to start reading the Bible? This free Bible study guide will "guide" you through the Bible and help make connections so that you better understand God's Story as a whole.
You may or may not have ever read the Bible all the way through, but I am here to encourage you - it’s worth it! When we read a story by skipping around, it can become confusing. The Bible is God’s story and how He desires for us to become a part of it by knowing Him.
But the Bible is even more than a story; it’s an experience – a life changing experience! Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is living and active; it’s unlike any other book you’ve ever read.
Therefore, I created this “doable” free Bible study guide to take you from the beginning and help you make the connections of how it all joins together into one beautiful love story.
Please make note...I am no theologian, and this "creative" free Bible study guide does not delve deeply but contains notes and activities that hopefully will give a better understanding while also intrigue you to want to read more!
Our goal is to make connections.
Wondering why this free Bible study guide doesn't take you straight from Genesis to Revelation in the order your Bible has them arranged?
"Making Connections" takes you through a story timeline in which the events happened and also makes connections between and within the Old Testament and New Testament, as well as connecting Bible themes and information.
Print the "Making Connections" free Bible study guide reading plan to keep up with where you are in your readings. Remember you may read at your own pace!
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Following are some things I am doing if you'd like to join in, but do not feel like you have to do all every day! These are merely ideas to help you go beyond the read and interact with Scripture.
My Bible study & prayer journal consists of a plain composition notebook. This free Bible study guide may help you layout your notebook or be printed off, copied and be used in a binder.
Below is an example:
Here is the blank printable note-taking form for "Making Connections" free Bible study guide.
My personal notes come from years of listening to teachers, reading writings of others, and personal observations recorded in my journals with what I think of as "whispers" from the Holy Spirit. These came as inspired understanding or thoughts that I would not have come up with in my own simple mind!
The interactive activity suggestions come from things I am doing myself and will create a newness to our Bible study time no matter how new or advanced we may be to reading the Bible.
Note: I am actually moving through this plan as of January 2022; so notes will be added throughout this year.
Here is a peak of what these may consist of:
We begin reading from Genesis together with the Gospel of John because both begin with “In the beginning,” but also because it is important for us to know Jesus was there in Genesis in the beginning creating; He is God.
• Genesis chapters 1 and 2 both tell the story of creation but in different ways. In chapter 1 we see God as Creator God (Elohim); He reveals His power and rule over all. Chapter 2 focuses more on His creation of mankind. We first see God called LORD (Yahweh/Jehovah), His name of relationship offered to mankind.
• Genesis 2:9 tells us God made all sorts of trees grow in the garden; it then goes on to mention specifically the Tree of Life & the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The New Living Translation uses the word “placed” in the garden. Did these already exist with Him in Heaven but are now offered to mankind as a choice? Connect with Revelation 22:1-2 where the Tree of Life is mentioned again in John’s vision of Heaven and Revelation 2:7 and 22:14-15 where permission to eat of the Tree of Life is promised.
• Gardening theme – We’ve seen a tree planted by a stream in Psalm 1, The Tree of Life & the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil, a garden planted by God. Over and over throughout the Bible this theme of planting & growing & bearing fruit is mentioned. Begin keeping a “Gardening theme” list of Scripture references as you come across more of these in your readings.
• Another theme we see begin in Genesis 1 and John 1 is “Light.” Also begin a list of “Light” verses.
• Genesis 1-2 - Write all the action verbs associated with God. Ex: God created. God said. God called., etc. Meditate on all God did.
• John 1 – Make note of all the names given to Jesus in this first chapter of John. Ex: The Word, Light, Begotten, God, Lamb of God, etc. Continue adding to this list as we continue reading through the Bible.
I hope you check back often; there's more to come! - Susan :)
Links will be added as we go for organization of notes:
Special note: We do preview the websites to which we link, but are unable to peruse them completely. We try to check others' faith statements and make sure they do profess Jesus Christ as God's Son and salvation is found only in Him. It must, however, be your responsibility to personally dig into God's Word and allow the Holy Spirit to be your first and final teacher on all subjects.
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