When you’re reading your Bible and you think of a passage that is related to what you’re reading, do you sometimes get the thought, “I should know where that verse is. I shouldn’t have to use a search engine or concordance to find it.” In this post I will show how to make a couple of pages in a notebook into a tool useful for learning where the “I should know this” passages are in your Bible. I have been using this technique since at least 1995.
If I had a huge, U-shaped desk for Bible study no doubt I would use a full-sized notebook. But since I don’t I prefer smaller notebooks. In a suitable notebook, find a couple of blank pages. Fold the first page in two. Cut the page on the fold. I’m going to do an imperfect fold to show perfection isn’t necessary. For quicker access in the future, put a tape thumb tab on the 2nd page.
Using the edges of the two half-pieces of the first page, draw lines on the second page. For illustration, I used a blue pencil for the part still in the notebook and red for the cut off piece. If you did a better job of folding than I did you only need one line.
Date and title the second page if you wish, and add Scriptures you want to be able to find. References go in the left column, and “prompts” in the right.
To use the tool, cover the references column. Work your way down the list, looking up the references for each prompt in your Bible.
If you don’t remember, slide the cut off piece down to expose the references.
When you are reading your Bible and think of a verse you think you should be able to find, add a prompt. Record the reference when you find it.
Can you quickly find “The Lord’s mercies are new every morning” passage in your Bible, or is this a good one to add to your notebook? 😉
I’m about out of space on the page I have been using since last October.
I was surprised how often the Bible teaches to imitate. I ran out of space on the “Imitate” line and continued on the “Stubborn” line.
To know how well you know where your passages are, find them in several Bibles. 😉
I have found this a fast and easy way to increase my Bible knowledge. I hope you give it a try!