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How to Study the Bible On Your Own

Over the years, my faith has grown and it’s become something that I hold very close to my heart. While I’m not always able to actually attend church, I try to crack open the bible and dive deep into studying the Word every day. It’s personally something that keeps me grounded, calm and focused on my future – especially when things get rough.

In the past, I had been a part of an incredible bible study group and I loved it! We met weekly to talk about Sunday’s sermon, we did bible studies together, watched biblical movies and had lots of potlucks (one of my favorite parts, while we’re being honest! 😉) I have also been a part of a bible study at work, which was the biggest blessing. Myself, my boss and two of my coworkers met at lunch to cover bible studies. It was so heart-warming to be able to share my faith in the workplace, and that’s something I’ll always cherish. I’ve also had bible studies with friends, and it’s been the greatest experience to share faith with close friends.

While being a part of a group is a great way to dive deep into the Word, you don’t have to! I have found that doing my own solo bible studies and having quiet Jesus time every day to myself, is amazing too!

Here is everything I do to study the Bible on my own, I hope it helps you get started too!

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1. Use an app!

I have used the YouVersion Bible app for years. I was traveling and needed something that was easy to use, so I downloaded it. Little did I know, it would help open up the Bible for me in ways I never thought imaginable.

There are tons and tons of Bible study plans available on this app for FREE, and they’re all so good. (I’ve completed over 200 of them already!)

You can either choose to study by Book, seasons (Christmas, Easter, etc), a life event you’re facing, or your current emotions/struggles.

I’ll be posting a blog soon on the current Bible Studies I’m doing, but in the meantime I highly suggest you download it if you aren’t already using it. It’s so, so helpful.

2. Find a good, seasoned mentor

When I was living in Canada, my faith deepened and strengthened and that is all thanks to the incredible mentors in faith I had! I am thankful for my last relationship, because we both helped each other grow in our faith. Through him, I also joined an amazing church community that opened my eyes to what faith and religion means.

I met so many people who have walked in their faith for so long, I listened to their stories, they prayed over me, and I learned so much about God and myself that I simply could not have learned on my own.

Reach out to your church community, find a solid mentor to learn from, find someone who can show you God in a different light that makes sense to you.

3. Buy a journaling Bible

I should preface this with: Buy a bible you will actually understand. I use the NLT (New Living Translation) because it’s written in common english, so it’s easily relatable. But, if you’re fine with the King James Version, go for it!

I’ve seen many people using journaling Bibles, but it wasn’t until just a few months ago that I got one myself. It was a gift from my mother, and it’s one of my most cherished possessions! I open it every day, it’s highlighted, scribbled in, loved. There are huge margins to write notes in, the pages are a little thicker so pens/highlighters don’t bleed through the pages (but I also use these Bible highlighters!)

4. Crank the worship tunes

One of the many things I love about church is the worship music. It’s uplifting, motivating, calming, exhilarating – all at once.

While you’re doing your own Bible study, bust out a good worship playlist! (Or my Spotify playlist 😉)

Do you do Bible studies on your own? If you have tips, leave them below! ❤



  1. OMG love this post. Thanks for the suggestions. In fact, Im with you on having a bible study at work. God bless you that your boss has joined you. Wow, God is amazing! Also, thanks for the tip about the bible journaling! Thanks!

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      I’m so glad you loved this post! It was SUCH a blessing to be able to have bible study at work, I felt very lucky to have that time with my coworkers! I hope these tips help you with your journaling, too 😊

  2. Rose Mont says

    I have worship music playing all the time in my car and when I sit down for a bit I have Alexa playing it at home. I just received a new study bible and am slowly embracing bible journaling. I do daily bible studies through you version as well. Do with an exception of finding a mentor I’m pretty set with your list! I think it’s awesome your job is so open.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      Worship music is so calming, I love it! And bible journaling is something I’m just getting into, it’s only been maybe a year but I’m loving it! It helps me dive deep into the word.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      Thank you! I am safe. It’s on a different island, so all we are getting is the air/debris, other than that we’re safe and sound! 🙏🏼

  3. I find worship songs the best, especially like Jason Lancasters which is a bit more my style ha. Great article 🙂

  4. I’ve been studying the Bible as an adult for almost 40 years. It’s become a daily practice and I commend Jasmine’s tips to those of you who are just beginning to study the Bible. For those of you who are more advanced Bible readers, I recommend two books by Jonathan Kirsch: Moses: A Life and The Harlot By The Side of The Road. Jonathan Kirsch.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      Hey Linda! Thank you for your kind words, I’m going to definitely add those books to my never-ending list of books to buy! 😊

  5. Thank you for this post! I struggle with knowing how to fully study the Bible. I usually play worship music as I write out my thoughts and prayers and then read the Bible afterwards but I never go back and write about what I read. I think that I should start doing that. Also, community and mentorship/discipleship is definitely a BIG thing! xox

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      I’m so glad this was helpful! I’m going to be doing more of these types of posts, so I hope those are helpful too! I think the next one I’ll do is a post dedicated to the bible studies I’m doing right now, how I study them, etc. 😊

  6. What a great post!! I have been using YouVersion for years and love it! Point two to find a mentor is a bit hard. Otherwise, all very good points!! Thanks for sharing!!
    By the way, thank you very much for following me. Hope you will enjoy my blog. 😊

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      At first, finding a mentor seemed impossible. But I prayed about it, and God seemed to lead them to me! Before I knew it, I had an entire church family, strong friendships and relationships based around faith, and a few core mentors who guided me in my studies. Pray about it 😊

  7. Great post! I love the YouVersion app, and my journaling Bible. Both things really aid in my study time. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      It’s the best app out there, isn’t it? I’m so happy you’re here! 😊

  8. The YouVersion app is one of the very best things ever! Also last month I took on a challenge of memorising a verse of the Bible daily, this also helped me as I had a portion on the Bible I dwelt on each day even outside of my quiet time.

    Nice post, thanks for sharing.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      I’ve never even considered memorizing verses! Although, I have a friend who has the entire book of James memorized, which is super impressive. Good for you!! Maybe I’ll get there one day!

  9. thank you so much for telling me the right way of reading the Bible. Your way of reading this book holy book is geart and effective.

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  11. I love taking time to really dig deep into study of God’s word. What I’ve found to be most helpful is a good Study Edition Bible. Here’s a link to my favorite that you can download for free:

    It’s full of appendices, timelines, media galleries, a glossary and many footnotes that truly explain the meaning of certain texts in plain simple language. This bible has really opened my eyes and has been a gateway of new understanding that has strengthened my relationship with God significantly.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      I LOVE this!! I’m definitely bookmarking this, thank you so, so much!!

    • Jasmine, I’m so glad you mentioned Bible highlighters! I didn’t know that was a thing. I love my pens but they bleed soo easily so that will save my life.
      And to add to Heather’s suggestion, just added a free course to the homepage! It’s pretty short and mostly fundamental information but sometimes it’s good to revisit our foundations.

  12. Also, I’ve found bible study aids to be helpful. A plethora of information on bible topics and bible study aids can be found on These aids include modern day examples and illustrations so you really get the point. My favorite is “What The Bible Teaches”. There’s something for people of all ages and backgrounds and you can even find different languages of the same publications.

  13. Great post and songs have the ability to resonate in the soul throughout the day! I write always with a song in my heart!

  14. I have a hard time with the music part. Haven’t found the right Christian music.

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      It can be tough to find the right kind, I agree. Some is way too worship-y. I really like NEEDTOBREATHE, they sound like any other rock band out there. I am also a big fan of Hillsong United’s album “Of Dirt and Grace” they recorded this album across Isreal, which I think is really cool!

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  16. I write poetry and so letting God into every area of my life meant my art too. I allowed Bible verses, stories, to inspire my poetry too. I’ve learned more about the Bible by actually trying to say it in my own words 💌

    • Jasmine Eclipse says

      “I’ve learned more about the Bible by actually trying to say it in my own words”
      I LOVE that! ❤️

  17. I engage in very deep Bible study on my own, and write hundreds of pages worth of notes tracking my findings as I dive into the word. Most of it is due to E-sword and it’s very useful topic notes section. I’ve actually written a two part series [there is a part 3 in the works around the corner] on how to study the Bible over at my own blog. Some of the best tips I could give are right in those posts. But one tip I could give would be to acquire free Bible software, like E-sword for instance, which has powerful functions. A lot of people say logos is better but the word FREE is where E-sword has huge points over Logos which is a paid-for program. The second tip is to pay attention to detail when studying your Bible. Home in on every word and make as many observations as you can about what is going on in the text. I would also say that it is good to line up everything the Bible says about a particular topic, doctrinal point, or even prophecies before drawing a conclusion, so that you have the entire picture.

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