Have you attempted Bible study before and thought, “where in the world do I start??”
Do you find your mind wandering as you read through the verses?
Do you secretly wonder if you're reading your Bible to check it off your list?
Does the thought of reading the Bible without a book to guide you make you a little nervous?
You’re not alone!
What if I introduced you to a method of study that helped you stay focused, fit in your schedule, and showed you how to dig into the Scriptures?
Would you give it a shot?
So how do you study the Bible when you don't know how to study the Bible?
Though I grew up in the church, and read my Bible on and off through the course of my life, I'm not sure I ever really learned how to study the Bible on my own.
Sure I'd done Bible studies with a workbook. I'd done the short devotionals. I'd done lots and lots of Sunday school lessons. But actually study, as in study on my own... not so much.
At first the Bible can seem a bit daunting
We are BUSY.
But, those are a relatively easy fix. It's the next one that's probably the bigger one to work through.
Deep down, though you may not have admitted it to yourself, you're a little mad at God. Life has knocked you down and doesn't look like you imagined. You love God, but you've taken a little break from Him.
But, how can you trust someone if you don't intimately know Him?
Almost six years ago, God did an amazing work in me. He wooed me back home and into His Word.
Since that time, I have voraciously read and studied the Bible. And through getting to know the God I serve, I am changed.
I desperately want the same for you.
Welcome to the S.A.L.T. Method of Bible study.
This method is based off Matthew 5:13:
“You are the salt of the earth, but what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?”
The best way to keep our “salty” flavor is to know God. That's the goal of this method: KNOW GOD.
The S.A.L.T. Method is an acronym to help you easily remember the steps:
Pray earnestly and humbly. This is a time where you can get real with God. You can tell Him you're disappointed, angry, bitter... He already knows.
Meditate on the verse or verses; write it out; say it out loud.
Read several verses above and below the one you are focusing on. Putting the verse in context is paramount to understand what God is really trying to say.
What words do you need to look up? What questions do you have that you need to research?
Thank God for who He is.
What does this verse look like in your life?
And, that's it.
One of the strengths of this method is that there isn't a pre-determined outcome. Because the Word is alive and active, God can meet you right where you are... in the midst of your pain, in the midst of your joy, and in the in between.
The method is a mix of prayer, praise, and study. You can go as deep as you'd like, but if you're in a time crunch, you can still fit your Bible reading and study in your schedule.
I'd love to hear how the S.AL.T. Method works for you.
Know someone who would enjoy this method? We would love for you to share it with them!