Have you thought of writing out the books of the Bible, one book at a time? To help you accomplish that, a Scripture Writing Challenge, or, as I like to call it, a Bible Book Writing Challenge, is the solution. As you read through this post, you will see that I use the terms Bible and Scripture interchangeably.
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10 Tips for the Scripture Writing Plan
Here are some tips to help you as you begin your next Scripture writing challenge with me.
- Decide to start. That sounds simple but it can be a big hurdle if this is a new idea to you.
- Get yourself a new notebook. I picked up several at the local dollar store as I use them for my Scripture writing and journaling.
- If you don’t have a favourite pen, pick one up at the local stationery store. I came across one from Zebra, F-301 Fine point and I liked it so much, I bought a few more along with refills. All that Bible writing will have you out of ink when you least expect it.
- Decide which Bible version you are going to copy from and stick with it for your future challenges. Personally, my favourite version is the King James and I use it for inductive study, reading, and Bible writing.
- Join my own study community called DIG Bible Study Community so you can get the link to the Private Library here on my blog. This Private Library is available to my email subscribers as well as members of the DIG Community.
- In the Private Library, check out the Writing Plan list and download and print the current Bible Writing Plan or a previous Writing Plan we have completed in the past.
- Here’s a suggestion for your notebook. Keep a blank page before you start writing the first entry. You’ll see why in #8.
- Keep the Bible Writing Plan handy and when the challenge is over, tape the folded Scripture Writing Plan on that blank page. This way you will have the Writing Plan showing first, then your daily entries. If you do this for each Scripture Writing Challenge, you will always have the Writing Plan at the beginning of each challenge.
- If you decide to keep your handwritten Bible copy as a keepsake for your grandchildren, you may not want to have the Bible writing plan taped on a blank page. That’s okay!
- If you prefer, you can use the Scripture Writing Challenge Journal Pages designed for each Bible writing plan we do. You will see those in the Private Library with the corresponding Writing Plan. The journal pages come in a set of two different designs. You can use both, making as many copies as you need or you may prefer one design for all your writing.
- In the private DIG Bible Study Community, post a pic of each daily entry in the appropriate Writing Challenge group provided by the group leader. This helps you with accountability plus you get to see that you are not alone in this challenge as many others are taking this challenge with you.
The Reason Why We Do Bible Writing
Are you still thinking about whether you should take on this challenge to write out the Bible? Maybe this post will help you decide, Why We Should Handwrite the Bible as it will explain the benefits of Scripture writing.
Here is a bit of background for you. Did you know that God commanded the kings of Israel to handwrite their own copies of the Law? Why do you suppose that is? For what purpose? Hmmm. Check out Deuteronomy 17:18-20 for the deets.
18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
I know you saw it but I bolded the words that tell us why the kings were to copy out the law. As I think about it, I ask myself, how much more should we handwrite the Words of God?
The Birth of the Scripture Writing Challenge
So, based on the above reason, I developed a plan for encouraging women to begin Bible writing using my simple Scripture writing plan.
We don’t write out Scripture verses based on a topical theme. Instead, we write out whole books of the Bible. Then following the challenge, we study that same book using the inductive Bible study method.
For instance, when we started studying the book of Joel in the Minor Prophet Series, we began with the 5-Day Scripture writing challenge. Then the following week, we started the Bible Study on the book of Joel.
This plan has been working wonderfully. Many of the group members have said that they absolutely love the Scripture writing where they can slow down and take it all in before they flow into the Bible study.
Having said all that, you may prefer to write topical themes. If so, here are two great blog sites that offer themed Bible writing plans. I’m sure there are others but these will help you get started on themed or topical Bible writing plans.
- Angela Legg of The Diligent Woman. You will need to sign up to get access to her collection.
- Shannon from Sweet Blessings.
What Others Are Saying
If you are not sure about this, read what some other women are saying about the Deeper in God Bible Studies group. The following testimonies speak to both the Scripture Writing Challenge and previous Bible studies.
I have really enjoyed the book of Joel study and the Scripture Writing Plan. It is such a small book but packed full of information. I love how the Bible Study Plan slows you down, picks apart the scripture so you understand it so much better than just reading it. So excited for the next study to begin. Thanks for all you do Cindy.Marlene Flint
Day 2 of the Galatians Writing Challenge: What a blessing to slow down and savor the Word!Cindy Baker
From the Galatians Writing Challenge: Day 2 It was so good to not just read the words but slow down as I copied them!Jessica Thomas
I am so glad I was led to this Deeper in God Bible Studies group! I had been a part of other online/Facebook studies, but it seemed like there was always something lacking to the study for me – no leadership guidance, interaction with other participants, not Scripture-lead, too costly, etc.
I no longer drive due to a stroke 4 years ago, so I rely on these online studies. Months ago, I began to pray for God to lead me to a meaningful study. I believe my prayers were answered through Cindy’s study. It has ALL of the elements that I was looking for in a Bible study. Thank YOU, Cindy, for being God’s answer and blessing to my prayers. I can’t WAIT to continue studying God’s word with you and others!Judy House
Well, there you go. There are many more similar testimonials about both the Scripture Writing Challenge and Bible Studies.
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As you can see from the image above that there is a new whole book Bible Writing Challenge beginning on March 9, 2020.
If you want to get in on this, you can either join my DIG Bible Study Community that I’ve mentioned already or, you can sign up to stay connected with me for the emails when new challenges are coming out. More on that below.
Before We Go
May I remind you that one of the benefits of writing out the Bible is that this simple act will keep your mind on God. You’ll find that because you are reading and writing, that you begin to talk with God about the text you are reading. Details will pop out that you may not have noticed before. Plus your memory will improve when you need to recall what you’ve read.
Oh, and before I forget, there is one more aspect to Bible writing and that is praise and worship. You may find yourself beginning to worship God for who He is as you are writing out the Scriptures.
A Solution if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account
I understand that you may not have a Facebook account. Honestly, I commend you for that! So, the solution I have is to join my own DIG Community. It is not on Facebook but rather on my own website.
If you prefer, you can subscribe to my email list to stay connected with me. I always share the current Scripture Writing Plan with all my subscribers.
There are many who do not have Facebook so the new DIG Bible Study Community is perfect for them!
And just so you know, when you subscribe, you need to confirm your subscription. The next email that arrives immediately will be a Thank you for subscribing notice that will have a link for the free Living Out Your Destiny Bible Study. THEN, you will begin to receive a series of six emails daily as I welcome and thank you for staying connected with me. After that, you will be on the regular schedule to receive emails about every 2 weeks.
Do you have any questions for me? Leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
You can stay in touch with Cindy on Facebook through 215 Ministry.