Do you find yourself getting bored during Wednesday night Bible study, or even “Sunday school?”
For some, this is a serious problem. Maybe the class is going over something you already know, or perhaps the class material seems “dry.” The first thing we need to look into is why we feel bored. This boredom could, in principle, be a serious problem. Studying the Bible is an extremely important part of our Christian walk for a number of reasons. The word of God is amazing.
It endures forever
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever”(Is. 40:8).
It is food for our soul
“But he answered, it is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God'” (Mt. 4:4).
It is inspired (literally “breathed out”) by God
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Tm. 3:16)
It is a light and gives us wisdom
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Pr. 2:6).
It is the standard
“The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (Jn. 12:48).
It is loved by the righteous
“for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love” (Ps. 119:47).
It is powerful
“Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Je. 23:29) [cf. Acts 19:20; Ro. 1:16; Ep. 6:17; Heb. 4:12]
It is truth
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (Jn. 17:17).
Also, it is important to note that we should “Study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tm. 2:15 KJV). We can read in 1 Peter 3:15, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” How are we to make a defense without knowledge of the scriptures? And how are we to have knowledge of the scriptures without study? Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith, and Romans 10:17 that faith comes from hearing the word of God. Obviously studying God’s word is of great importance.
But let’s say I know all of this. I know that studying God’s divine word is important, I understand how special the Bible is, I even understand and love the scriptures themselves, but I am still bored in Bible class. It’s not because I am irreverent, disrespectful, or a heathen. Everyone gets bored sometimes, and the average attention span these days is horribly short. Here are some tips to conquer that boredom and grow as a student and a Christian:
Think critically! You are assembled with other Christians at this time to learn and grow! Ask questions, express any doubts you may have, question the teacher, roll up those sleeves and get dirty! Don’t be scared!
If you have the opportunity to teach the class, take it. If you don’t have the opportunity to lead the class, you can always do independent research on the topic and bring something to the table at the time of class. Raise your hand and add the information you have learned on the topic to the discussion. This time is a time of discussion and learning. We should always be willing to contribute to Bible class and share what we know. Who knows, it might help a brother or sister in Christ!
If you find yourself truly bored and unable to engage or contribute (this should rarely, if not never, be the case) this would be a good time to pray. Frankly, anytime is a good time to pray! Maybe you could even ask God to help you focus and be more zealous for Bible class!
Check out different versions
If I find myself bored and in a textual Bible class, I love to pull up my YouVersion Bible app on my phone and check out how other versions translate the text we are in. I study in the ESV mostly, but also use the NASB on a regular basis. I prefer a literal translation (ESV, NASB) to a “dynamic equivalence” translation (NIV, NLT), but that discussion is for a different post. Viewing different translations can help you stay engaged and enthusiastic. I especially like to check out the NET (New English Translation) and view the footnotes… all 60,932 of them.
Adjust your perception
Realize how truly blessed we are to be able to assemble with like-minded Christians, free from persecution, and open up the perfect and complete word of God to study! God is good!