Is there a topic in the Bible that you want to learn more about? Maybe there’s an attribute or skill that you’d like to improve on or learn more about. The Bible has much to say on a plethora of topics and topical Bible reading plans are a great way to get deeper into a particular Bible topic.
What Are Topical Bible Reading Plans?
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A topical reading plan contains a list of Bible verses or passages on a particular topic. This allows the reader to explore what the Bible has to say on that particular idea.
How Do You Read the Bible Topically?
If you’re going to read the Bible topically, the first thing you need to do is decide on a topic. What do you want to learn more about? Is there a particular discipline or attribute you’d like to improve in yourself?
Examples of topics to study are:
Once you’ve chosen your topic, use a concordance to create a list of verses you want to go deeper on. You want to go through as many verses as possible to get a deeper understanding of your topic.
Okay, so you have chosen your topic, but now you’re wondering, How do I make a Bible reading plan?
Creating a topical Bible reading plan is simply a matter of researching and collecting a list of passages that cover the topic you’re interested in.
How to Use a Topical Bible Reading Plans
Topical reading plans are designed to be read one verse or passage per day. However, there are several things you can do to have a more interactive experience.
1. Read the entire book or chapter of the focus verse. The Bible is a versatile book, but many times, verses are taken or used out of context. Read the entire chapter, or, if you have the time, the entire book to get the context of the verse.
2. Write the Scripture. Scripture writing is a great way to get more of God’s Word in you. Spend some time writing the Scripture that you’re reading. As you write, think about what the verse is saying and what God wants to reveal to you.
3. Journal your thoughts. As you read through the Scriptures in your topical Bible reading plan, journal your thoughts.
- What do you think about the passage you’re reading?
- How does the focus verse reflect the message of the Bible book or chapter that you’re reading?
- Is there an action that God wants you you take in response to what you’ve read?
- What may the verse have meant to the original audience?
4. Do a deeper study. Do a SOAP Bible study or verse map on the day’s reading. How does it increase your understanding of your focus topic?
5. Make something pretty. The Bible is meant to be lived. Create a pretty printable, Bible verse card, or coloring page with the key verse. You can use it as a visual reminder of what you learned or share it with a friend.
Free Topical Bible Reading Plans
Creating a topical Bible reading plan can be time-consuming and maybe you don’t have the time (or desire) to design a plan for yourself. That’s okay.
I’ve created a number of topical Bible reading plans so you don’t have to. All you have to do is download the topical Bible reading plans PDF you’re most interested in and begin your study.
Topical Bible reading plans are a simple yet powerful resource to add to our Bible study arsenal. Visit the Topical Reading Plans library often to see what new topics have been added for you to explore.
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