It is vital that we understand that Bible study methods are not rules to be followed.
Instead, they are tools that we can choose to use—if they suit our unique wiring—that can help us connect to God and His Word.
Just because one person enjoys spending an hour doing a word study on one specific word, doesn’t mean you are unspiritual if you don’t.
We each absorb information in a number of different ways. For most people, one particular way of learning, may be more efficient than the rest. These are known as learning styles.
Knowing your learning style can help you determine which Bible study method is best for you.
The main categories of learning styles are
- Read/Write (words)
Auditory learners learn by using their ears.
- They like lectures, podcasts and audiobooks.
- They like to read to self out loud.
- They enjoy music.
- They can’t keep quiet for long periods of time.
Read/Write learners prefer information displayed as words.
- They like manuals, reports, essays and assignments.
- They are often addicted to PowerPoint, the Internet, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, etc.
- They love to make lists and take notes.
- They always read the instructions before beginning a project.
Visual learners learn by using their eyes.
- They prefer pictures over words.
- They like maps, diagrams, and charts.
- They are drawn to color and fashion.
- They need quiet time to study
Kinesthetic learners are those who learn through experiencing or doing things.
- They are often good at sports.
- They like demonstrations, simulations and practical applications.
- They like to study with loud music on.
- They usually cannot sit still for long.
Some people have one dominant learning style, and may find that one particular Bible study methods works great for them. However, most people, myself included, have a multimodal learning preference— which means we learn through more than one learning style.
You may already know which learning style is your dominant one, just by reading the above characteristics. If you are not sure, here are links to some learning style quizes/assessments you can take:
- The VARK Questionaire – I scored highest in Read/Write, then Kinesthetic
- Learning Style Assessment – I scored highest in Visual, then Kinesthetic
- Learning Style Quiz – This quiz revealed in am a Visual learner.
- I scored lowest in Audio in all the quizzes.
It can be helpful to know your learning style, because then you can adjust how you study your Bible to how you learn best.
Which Bible study method is best for you?
If you are an Audio learner, you may learn best by
- listening to an audio Bible
- listening to podcasts of sermons and testimonies
- You may want to try reading the Bible to yourself out loud.
If you are an Audio learner, please quit beating yourself up for falling asleep whenever you try to read your Bible. 😉
Recommended Resources for Audio Learners:
Audio Bibles & Podcasts
- YouVersion Bible App
- XPTV Podcasts
- Interviews with amazing men and women of God plus powerful teachings
- The Declare Conference Podcast
- I have been to the Declare Conference and I love these women’s heart for Jesus and for spreading the Good News!
- You will be encouraged as you listen to these podcast interviews with real women like you and me.
- Joseph Prince App & Podcast
- Get powerful, life-changing messages and inspiring content on God’s grace from Joseph Prince on-the-go!
- His messages on grace have helped to transform my own life.
- Jesus Calling Podcast has lots of awesome testimonies from every day people like us.
If your preference is Reading/Writing, you may love Scripture writing, word studies, verse mapping or journaling using the SOAP method.
Recommended Resources for Reading/Writing Learners
Reading Plans & Devotionals:
- YouVersion Bible App
- She Reads Truth App
- Truth for every woman’s pocket
- Reading plans plus optional study guides you can order.
- First 5 App
- Allows you to set your alarm on your phone so that it opens to the current day’s Scripture and devotional, so that you are sure to read the Bible before you read or do anything else each morning.
- Part of Proverbs 31 Ministries
- Jesus Calling App
- Jesus Calling Devotional Book is one of my favorites!!!
- Bible Study Methods – 7 Ways in 7 Days
- Write the Word Journals by Cultivate What Matters
Flourish Bible Journaling Conference
- Lara Casey, the creator of the Write The Word Journals is one of the featured speakers.
- Plus, they will be giving away one or more of her brand new Write the Word prayer journals (see pic above,) which are so GORGEOUS!!!
- Krystal Whitten, author of the Lettering Prayer Journal is also a speaker.
- Click HERE to register for The Flourish Bible Journaling Conference for free!
If are a Kinesthetic learner, teachings with real-life case-studies and stories will be helpful to you. Also, try going for a walk while listening to an audio Bible or sermon. You may also like coloring, Bible journaling other forms of hands-on activities.
If you are a Visual learner, try to use your imagination when reading Bible stories to create an internal movie of the scene. You may also like to use color-coding to highlight certain words, or draw diagrams or pictures to help illustrate what you are learning. Bible journaling, coloring and other forms of artistic expression might also help you remember what you learn.
Recommended Resources for Kinesthetic & Visual Learners (& Multimodal Learners):
My Free Printables Library: Sign up for access at: http://joditt.com/joy
Also, I highly recommend you try Bible Journaling!
Bible Journaling helps visual and kinesthetic learners to retain and apply the Word of God to their everyday lives. It helps the Word to come alive! And it documents your journey of faith and your what the LORD is speaking to you. It is such a fun way to meditate on Scripture and hide it in your heart.
I am so excited to be able to offer you this amazing resource that is totally FREE…
(until May 18)
Flourish Bible Journaling Conference
This exclusive online event has been created to encourage and equip YOU to dig into God’s Word using a full range of creative expression.
Your life has been designed by the Master Creator to flourish where you are planted. Whether or not you consider yourself artistic, we all have a desire to connect more deeply with God in our own creative ways.
During this online conference, over the course of several days, 20 speakers will offer encouragement as you seek to find your creative gifting, inspiration for your Bible studies, and tips and techniques for Bible Journaling, lettering, writing the Word, creative coloring, Bible journaling with kids, prayer journaling and more.
One of the best parts about it? The Flourish Conference is FREE! (Only thru May 18th)
Tell me in the comments below what your learning style is and/or what is a new Bible study method you would like to try.