|Methods of Bible Marking|
The idea of Bible marking is to chain texts together to make a study that
paints a picture of a particular subject. As with other things, there is more
than one correct way to mark studies in your Bible. I will give you some
choices. The exact method you choose will determine what
you will need. For instance, if you don't use color, you will not need colored
pencils or pens. If you don't underline, you won't need a ruler.
I would suggest that you open the first study, Benefits of Memorization in a new window (right-click on the hyperlink and select "Open in New Window." That way you can get a better idea of what is being explained in the paragraphs below.
Basics of Bible Marking
3 Different Methods
The nice thing about the 3 methods listed below is that you don't have to pick one and strictly abide by it. Pick what you like, and what will work for you, from the different methods--and then be consistent. By the way, I'm interested in knowing which method you use. Write me and let me know!
All three methods will use the Benefits of Memorization study as an illustration. If you haven't already, you should open this page in a new window so you can follow what is being presented.
Although you can use the abbreviation MB for Benefits of Memorization, the abbreviation given will be MEM for all three methods.
Anything you should write will be in bold face in the text below.
Method 1: Young Disciple's Method
Since most of the studies on this site are taken from Young Disciple magazine, it is only fair to share their method first!
Young Disciple recommends using a different color for each study. This method has its good and bad points. It makes different studies easy to spot, but when a text is in more than one study, this can be a problem. One example is John 14:15. All frequently used texts (used more than twice) will be indicated with an asterisk.
Method 2: My method
This method is what works best for me. It is a variation on a theme I learned when I was in my early teens. I think it is the best method--for me. If it works for you, wonderful!
I use only one color for underlining studies. And I don't always underline every text. So underline them if you want. I use other colors for underlining other thingslike yellow for promises, blue for things I should do, etc. I personally use orange for marking, but you can use any color you want. For the purpose of color coordination on this website, I will use a berry purple instead of orange.
Did you notice how I wrote the first link in the chain in the back of my Bible? Instead of writing Benefits of Memorization (MEM), I wrote, Benefits of MEM orization. If you chose to use the abbreviation BM, you would write it this way: B enefits of M emorization.
This is the method my mom uses, so I thought it was only fair to share it. Others use it, too. This method does not typically have comments.
This method is very straightforward. But I personally think it has the most drawbacks of any method.
So Which Method Is Best?
The one that works for you! If you would like to discuss it with me, I would be happy to share my thoughts on the subject. Just write me.
Hope this helps! Happy Marking!
This page was last modified: August 23, 2001