I don’t know about you, but I’m a list maker. There is something about a list that provides clarity for me. Whether I’m making a list of what to get at the grocery store or listing out all the tasks I need to get done in a day, lists are a way of being productive or at least feeling like I’m being productive!
My list making spills over into Bible study too!
How is that you might ask?
I use lists in several ways to help me understand a passage of the Bible. Allow me to share three ways:
Comparisons – The book of Proverbs is famous for comparisons, along with all the wisdom found in its verses. Sometimes it’s easier to see the comparisons in a table form. For example, I might create two columns and log all the positive statements on one side and all the negative statements on the other side. You might consider studying the difference between a wise person and a foolish one, or righteous and wicked, etc. You get the idea.
Character Traits – Lists are good for identifying various character traits of a person you might be studying
Benefits – I love using lists to outline all the benefits of knowing the Lord as I read through a passage.
There are certain sections of Scripture that outline a series of elements which provide great fodder for list making. Some verses that come to mind are:
- First Corinthians 13:4-8 (list what love is and isn’t)
- Galatians 5:22-23 (list the fruit of the Spirit)
- Ephesians 6:10-20 (list armor of God)
- Deuteronomy 5:6-21(list 10 commandments)
- Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (list all that we should do)
- Isaiah 53 (list all that Jesus suffered on our behalf)
- Genesis 17 (list all the “I will” statements)
- Colossians 3:8-17 (list sinful versus holy living)
Now go enjoy making lists from the Bible. Make sure to share what you learn with others!