Ok, you want to start studying God’s Word but you do not know where to begin.   Maybe the read and mark method is for you.  Here are the steps:

  • Get your hands on a new bible, preferable the NIV, NKJV, or KJV.

  • Open the Bible to a manageable book such as Mathew, Philippians, Proverbs, or John.

  • Pray to the Lord to speak to you and enlighten you on the truths contained.

  • Read the first paragraph of the book you have chosen.

  • Look for something to underline, circle, or highlight.

  • Read the next paragraph and do the same.

Is there any truth to learn?  A promise to claim? A prayer to echo? A command to obey?

If a verse confuses you, put a question mark next to it.   If it thrills you, use an exclamation mark!  If you find a verse to memorize, circle it and the spend some time working on it word by word.   When you finish the book, go on to another.  If you have a study Bible, use the notes to help you understand the text.  

Don’t grow discouraged.  The more you study the more you will learn; the more you learn, the more you will want to read – and mark.

Then entrance to your word gives light” Psalm 119:30.