50 Bible Journal Prompts

Bible journaling is a practice that people add in to their regular Bible reading practice. While it is by no means a necessary or required, it might be an enlightening addition for some. (You can read more tips about cultivating your devotional life in this post.)

Writing & journaling is helpful to many people for processing things they read or experience. I read a book last year called The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life by Allison Fallon. It can be as simple as writing out the events of the day as you remember them. It can be as complicated as writing about a past failure or struggle. But the author advocated for the practice of writing as an act of self-care, allowing your brain the relief of putting pen to paper. You can process your emotions & learn from them.

Bible journaling can also help with your growth. By reading and then writing about it, you remember more of what you read & therefore bring those truths to mind as they are needed. You can also look back over these journals over time to see where there are connections to be made.

A caution that I would give you if you want to try this practice out is that the Bible is not about us. We are not the central character or even a major player in the story of Scripture. The Bible is God's Word. It is God revealing Himself to the World. It is about God's Kingdom & the importance the person & work of Jesus Christ. (If you follow the link, you will find so much more information about the foundations of the Christian faith. If you're interested in learning more, it's a great place to start!) I think a temptation for me in just regular journaling is that it becomes very self-focused. And it's easy to paint myself as the central focus in Bible journaling as well. So, I tried to make these prompts as non-self-focused as possible. Hope this is helpful!

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  1. How could I summarize this passage in just 1-2 sentences?
  2. What really stands out in this passage?
  3. What is the historical &/or cultural context?
  4. Who is the author?
  5. What genre is the book that I'm reading?
  6. How does the context help clarify this passage?
  7. What is happening before & after these verses?
  8. Who are the main characters?
  9. What is the setting?
  10. What is the overall theme?
  11. What key words do I notice in this passage?
  12. What does this passage teach me about God?
  13. Can I see the 3 persons of the Trinity in this passage?
  14. What attributes of God can I see in this passage?
  15. Are there any names of God in this passage?
  16. What special meanings do those names carry?
  17. What does this passage reveal about God the Father?
  18. What does this passage reveal about Jesus?
  19. What does this passage reveal about the Holy Spirit?
  20. How do these verses point to Jesus?
  21. How can I see the Gospel in these verses?
  22. Does this passage give any insight into the relationships within the Trinity?
  23. Do these verses show how God relates to His people?
  24. How do people respond to God in this passage?
  25. Are there any foundational doctrines mentioned or explained here?
  26. What practical truths are written here?
  27. How should I respond to these truths?
  28. What sin do I need to confess based on these truths?
  29. How does this story fit into the narrative of Scripture?
  30. How does this passage prompt you to praise God?
  31. What promises do I see in this passage?
  32. Are there any prophecies in this passage?
  33. Are there any prophecies or promises fulfilled?
  34. How does the main character point toward Jesus?
  35. How does the main character contrast with Jesus?
  36. How can I be more like Christ in light of this passage?
  37. What encouragement is offered in these verses?
  38. Is this passage a prayer?
  39. If it's a prayer, what type of prayer is it?
  40. Is the author or main character expressing an emotion?
  41. What words of wisdom are offered in this passage?
  42. What consequences of disobedience are shown?
  43. What blessings for obedience are shown?
  44. What warnings are in this passage?
  45. Are there any commands given?
  46. How does this passage lead me to worship God?
  47. What can I thank God for in light of what I've read?
  48. How does this passage connect to other verses I've recently read or studied?
  49. Are there any difficult parts that I can ask others in my Gospel community to help me understand?
  50. Are there any truths that I can share to encourage others?

This is really a good list for use when studying God's Word - whether you journal or not.

Here are some ideas for tools that can help in your Bible study.

Are there any other questions you would add to this list? Share them in the comments so that we can all learn from each other!

Cheering you on as always!



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