Have you ever considered creating a Bible study journal?
Sermon notes, Bible study notes, Sunday school notes, prayer requests, and personal notes. It’s hard to keep track of everything.
The solution? Making a Bible study journal. A Bible study journal helps keep everything in one place.
Maybe your notes are all over the place. You can’t keep track of your notes because they’re scattered across journals or sheets of paper. I’ve been guilty of throwing out my notes because I didn’t want my papers everywhere. (I thought better in the trash than all over my room). But if you create a DIY Bible study notebook, you won’t have to worry about that. Your notes will be organized and you can turn to them whenever you need to.
Having a Bible study Binder makes things pretty, organized, and efficient.
Here’s how to make a Bible study notebook.
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What’s a Bible study journal?
A Bible study journal is a journal you separate into sections that are categorized. It keeps everything organized and in one place.
Rather than tell you, let me show you. Here’s a video, created by Nicki Drake, that explains what a Bible study journal is and what that entails.
5 Easy Steps for Creating a Bible Study Binder
Creating a Bible journaling notebook doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s fairly easy once you know what you’re doing.
Here are 5 steps to creating a Bible study binder.
Step #1 Get the Resources Needed to Create a Bible Study Binder
The first step is to get the supplies needed to assemble a Bible study journal.
These supplies include:
- A pouch for utensils: This pouch will be used to keep utensils such as pencils, erasers, pens, and highlighters
- Utensils: You need utensils to journal and make marks wherever needed.
- 3 hole punch: The 3 hole punch will be used whenever you need 3 hole papers. These papers could include sermon notes, Sunday school notes, etc.
- 3 Ring Binder: In order to create a Bible binder, you need a 3 ring binder. You should have a binder that’s at least 1 inch so it will be large enough to hold everything.
- Paper: You need blanked or lined paper for either printing out templates or writing from scratch.
- Dividers with tabs: Dividers will be used to separate categories. This helps organize your Bible study binder.
Once you gather these supplies, it’s time to assemble your binder.
Step #2 Assemble Your Bible Study Binder
Okay, time to put together your Bible study notebook.
First, put your utensils (pencils, pens, highlighters) in your pouch. After organizing your pouch, attach it to your binder. Now, attach the dividers with tabs to your binder.
And viola. 🙂 You’ve assembled the skeleton of your Bible study journal. Yay!
Step #3 Organize Your Bible Study Notes into Sections
Now it’s time to organize your Bible study notes into sections. Here’s how to organize Bible study notes.
First, label your tabs into categories. Some of the categories you can utilize are:
- Prayer requests: Record your prayer requests or others prayer requests. This will remind you to pray more!
- Bible journal: Whenever you’re reading the Bible, record your thoughts and insights in your Bible journal section.
- Prayer journal: If you like to write down your prayers, consider making a prayer journal section where you can record your prayers.
- Sermon notes: If you take notes during the sermon, you can record them in this section to keep track of what you’ve learned so far.
- Sunday school notes: Some churches have Sunday school. If you’re involved in Sunday school, keep your notes in this section.
- Bible study notes: Finally, the Bibles study notes section. If you’re involved in a Bible study, keep your Bible study notes here.
Your Bible binder doesn’t have to include these categories. These are only suggestions and ideas to get the ball rolling. Make this binder your own and customize it however you’d like.
Step #4 Attach Your Papers in Between the Dividers
After you’ve organized your binder into sections, use the 3 hole punch for your papers and attach these papers in between the dividers.
This step is very customizable. You can use templates or blank pages. You can even use a few notebooks and attach them within whatever section you’d like.
Whenever you have sermon notes, Sunday school notes, or any other notes, you can insert them within their designated sections.
Step #5 Decorate Your Bible Study Binder
This step is optional, but if you’d like, you have the option to decorate your Bible study binder. Decorating your binder will personalize it and make it yours.
Here are some ideas for decorating your Bible notebook:
- Stickers: Buy cute stickers to decorate your Bible notebook.
- Ribbons: Ribbons can also be used to decorate your Bible notebook. Create cute bows within the Bible binder.
- Cover page: Use a template or create your own cover page for your Bible study binder.
Bible Study Notebook Templates
Having a Bible study notebook template helps with the process of building a Bible study notebook. You don’t have to use a template, but if you prefer to, here are a few good options.
- Love the Word Bible Study Binder – If you’re needing some more structure, opt for the Love the Word Bible Study Binder template. This template includes everything you need for your binder so you don’t have to worry about making it yourself.
- Create Your Own Bible Study Binder – This template is free but provides you with printables to include in your binder.
There you have it, your very own Bible notebook. 🙂 Best wishes to you on creating your Bible study binder. You won’t regret it. Having a Bible study binder keeps everything organized and efficient. Let me know in the comments below if this has helped you out! 🙂
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