The Bible Study Color Code I Have Used for 20+ YEARS! + a FREE Printable Bookmark for YouFeb 19, 2022
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Are you looking for a beginner method of getting into God's word? Or maybe you're wanting something fun to add into your Bible say time? A color code is a great place to start for both of those things.
Today, we're going to go through all nine colors of my Bible study color code, so that you can see what to look for when you are studying scripture, and how to mark it in your Bible.
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All right, nine colors, let's go.
1. PURPLE - Characteristics of God
The first color to use when underlining in your Bible is PURPLE… Purple is characteristics of God. The Bible ultimately is a book about God, so as we're reading it, we want to see what the Bible is telling us about who God is, and so as we are going through as we're reading, as we're studying, whenever we see something that is a characteristic of God, a name of God, something that God does, we can mark that in purple.
I prefer underlining in my Bible, I've just recently added in a bit of highlighting, but my goal isn't necessarily to mark every single word as I'm going through scripture, it's just to kind of hit some of those highlights that are going to help draw my attention to certain things.
2. BLUE - Something To Do / Direct Commands.
The second color to look for is blue, blue is something to do, we want to mark anything that is a direct command, or something that is actionable from Scripture, a really common example of this is “Do Not Be Afraid”, anytime my Bible says “Do Not Be Afraid”, I am pulling out my blue pen to underline it, and mark that phrase in blue.
3. GREEN - Promises of God
The third color is green, and green stands for Promises of God, now, promises can be tricky, because sometimes there are promises in the Bible that are promises specifically for a group of people… So when I've got green, I always try to write out “WHO” that promise was for in the margin of my Bible, and then I like to look at what Characteristic of God because most of the promises in the Bible, God is promising something to his people, and I like to look at what that Characteristic of God is behind that promise, so that I can then carry that Characteristic of God into my own relationship with Him.
We've got purple, which is a characteristic of God…
We've got blue, which is something actionable, something to do…
And, we've got green, that is a promise from God to his people or to someone specifically, in the Bible…
4. ORANGE - Warning / Don’t Do That
Orange is something that the Bible is telling you specifically not to do, there are a lot of things in the Bible tells us to avoid or not to do that… That is something I'm going to underline in orange. The Bible also talks about a lot of people that either turned away from God or word following him, or are just plain evil, and I like to mark those things in orange as well. It's like a warning, like, don't do this, stand back.
5. PINK - Prayer
The next color that I like to use is Pink… Pink stands for a Prayer or something that is somebody's heart in the Bible that they are crying out to God, if you're familiar with the Psalms, that is filled with a lot of pink in my Bible, it's somebody saying “This is my prayer”, “This is something that I am saying to God”.
When I have a longer section like that in my Bible, I like to just put a bracket around it and use those brackets around that prayer, because often there are characteristics of God in there, there might be promises or something that we want to do… and so through that, those brackets give me a really clean slate to see what that prayer is made of, but using that pink still helps to draw my attention back to “This right here is a prayer”.
Another thing that I love to do with these prayers that I'm finding in the Bible, is finding the main point… “God, I want to know you more”, “God, I want to praise you”, and I keep that list so that whenever I'm feeling that same way, I can go back, and I can find somewhere in the Bible, and then I can pray scripture back to God. So I love underlining in pink.
If you'd like another post on how to actually pray scripture, let me know in the comments below, and I will try to make one of those for you.
We've got orange a warning, don't do it.
We've got pink, a prayer, something that someone is praying to God.
6. RED - IMPORTANT
And then this next color is red, in red, we're going to mark out something that is important.
In a previous post, I talked about seven different things to look for, as you're studying scripture, and a lot of those types of things mention on that post, I mark in red…
Things that are repeating, things that are if then statements, things that are comparisons, all of those.
Red is a bold color and it's easy to see as I am going through my Bible, and if there's anything like that, I want to pay attention to, I marked that in red.
7. BROWN - HISTORY
The seventh color is brown, and brown stands for something that lines up with history… Now, that just means like a historical date or a historical place, and we want to make sure that we're paying attention to these things because the Bible is historical, the Bible does have events that actually happened in it, it is a record of history. A lot of times these dates or these cities that are in the Bible come up multiple different times, and as we are reading through the Bible, we want to pay attention to that, we want to see where those themes are in cities and dates.
8. NAVY - RIGHTEOUS CHARACTERISTICS
The eighth color is navy, the Navy is somebody in the Bible, that God is declaring righteous, or that God is saying, “Look at what this person did” And it is such a cool representation of seeing those righteous characteristics of people in the Bible coming through with the Navy pen. So Navy is righteous characteristics.
9. BLACK - CONNECTIONS
The last color that we are going to go over today is black, And black is something that I use for either notes in the margin if I am writing a quote down of something that I heard, or maybe sermon notes, I use black for that as well… But Black is also a place where you can make connections, you can use the cross-references, you can see where things tie together, and you can see those connections throughout Scripture, so I use black for those notes and those different connections that I want to make as I'm going through scripture.
Now, you know, all nine colors, and it's time to actually do it! If you'd like some examples of how to do this in your Bible, or if you would like book by book videos, taking you through how to read and understand each individual book, and what specific things to look for, you can find that in my “The Word in Color” course.
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Do you use any sort of system or color code in your Bible? Comment below and tell me, I'd love to hear about it.
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