Using a study bible, read the referenced verses in the margins.
Use a topical bible study.
Choose topics from a concordance.
Reflection study – after reading, write down your reflections. How does this apply to your life? What speaks to you? What confuses you? Is there anything from today’s message that you want to share with somebody?
Journal your questions from what you read. Critical thinking can be very eye-opening.
Have a prayer journal. Write prayers on the topics you’ve been studying.
Read devotionals that are based in scripture.
Join a group bible study. This can be in person or on the internet.
Study people from the bible. What role did people play in the bible? What significance did they have? How do you relate to them? What can you learn from them?
Study one book of the bible at a time, particularly in the New Testament.
Try summarizing the paragraph or chapter. What’s your overall take-away message from this section?
Write out passages on index cards. You can practice memorizing your favorite bible verses this way. Or put these index cards somewhere you can meditate on them at some point in the day.
Stay focused on the big picture. It’s easy to get caught up in tedious things. Always return to the foundations of your faith.