Bible study in the summer is usually a struggle for me. Our schedule is different when our boys are out of school. Our regular women’s ministry Bible study is on break. Even when we’re not physically on vacation, my time in the Word often takes its own vacation. Can you relate?
This summer consistent Bible study is an even bigger challenge. Small groups aren’t meeting indoors, Zoom studies leave me lacking, and the current state of our country has me concerned and distracted.
I know I should seek God with my whole heart and not wander from His commandments by storing up His Word (Psalm 119:10-11) and meditating on it day and night (Joshua 1:8). However, regularly committing to reading my Bible is hard on a typical day, much less in this unusual season.
I’ve recently been reflecting on the things that help me to stay consistently in the Word.
There are three things I find help to get my Bible study time back on track, no matter the season or situation. Perhaps you’ll find them helpful too.
Three Keys to Consistent Bible Study
I am more likely to stick to a Bible study routine when someone is holding me accountable. I love weekly in-person Bible studies because they tap into my desire to please people and succeed. I feel bad when I don’t finish my homework. Having friends that are counting on me to show up (and that I can go to lunch with afterward) is a powerful motivation for me too.
It’s no secret that I have type-A tendencies. I love a good list and a solid plan. Bible studies that provide a schedule, homework, and consistent expectations provide a path to success. On my own, I can spend days trying to figure out what to study and how to study it. Plans prohibit time-wasting. I know what to do and how to do it.
I want to be a woman of my word. If I say I’m going to do something, I do my best to follow through. Telling others about the commitment I’ve made makes it a lot easier not to change course or give up. And if I’ve invested in a Bible study resource, I don’t want to waste my money!
Like me, you may find it overwhelming in this season to find an accountability partner, to select a Bible study plan, and to make a long-term commitment.
I want to remove those Bible study barriers for you.
I’m hosting a 28-Day Bible Study Challenge beginning August 1, 2020.
I’d love you to join me as we dig into God’s Word together.
Challenge participants will find:
Joining with others in their quest to reboot their Bible study time may provide the peer pressure you need to stick with it!
You’ll be encouraged to join our private Facebook group where we encourage you to check in daily. Inside the group, you’ll find a daily Bible study task and a place to share your response.
2. A Plan
Participants will be asked to study one chapter per week. While I’ll offer suggestions, ultimately, you choose which book of the Bible you want to study. If you select a book of the Bible that’s just four chapters long, you’ll have studied an entire book of the Bible in less than a month!
When you join, you’ll receive access to a PDF copy of READ: A Bible Study Plan for Unpacking God’s Word ($10 value). Inside you’ll find a four-part, easy-to-follow plan for studying God’s Word in less than 20 minutes a day, six days a week. Daily prompts will help you stay on track.
You’ll also have access to the READ Video Workshop, where I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.
2. Motivation to commit
I’m asking you to make a 28-day commitment. By the end of the four weeks, you’ll have developed a pattern of Bible study that you can continue for the rest of your life. It’s what I personally use every day.
To encourage your commitment and participation, there will be prizes for participation, weekly Bible study tips, weekly Q&As, and a small fee. I know when I spend my money on something, I want to get as much value out of it as I can, and I’m much more likely to use it!
Who can join?
The 28-Day Bible Study Challenge is open to all believers – not just women’s ministry teams and Bible study leaders. You are welcome to invite your friends and the women in your church to attend – doing so might provide that extra level of accountability you need to complete the challenge. Students in middle and high school have found the READ Bible study works for them too!
If you’re not on Facebook, you’ll still receive regular emails to keep up with the challenge.
What’s the cost?
Join the 28-Day Bible Study Challenge by Tuesday, July 28, 2020, for the early-bird price of just $17. After that date, the price will go up to $25.
For less than $1 a day, you can get your Bible study habits back on track before the end of August.
- A PDF copy of READ: A Bible Study Plan for Unpacking God’s Word ($10 value)
- Access to our private Facebook group
- Exclusive access to the READ Video Workshop
- Daily encouragement in the Facebook group
- Weekly Bible study tips
- Weekly Q&A Zoom gatherings (recorded for later access)
- Weekly prizes for participation
- Regular emails to keep you on track
Whether you need structure, fellowship, accountability, or a cheerleader, the 28-Day Bible Study Challenge has what you need to get back in God’s Word this summer!
Thousands of women have already discovered that the READ Bible study plan works! Join the challenge and discover how uncomplicated it is to READ God’s Word on your own.
READ: A Bible Study Plan for Unpacking God’s Word is also available in paperback on Amazon (affiliate link).
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10 Ways You Can Encourage Women to Read the Bible
Teaching Women to READ the Bible
The READ Bible Study Workbook
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