πŸ“– How to organize Bible study notes

Perhaps you are more of a creator than a manager, pragmatic than philosophical. Maybe you enjoy reciting genealogies in Genesis than finding repeating words and concepts in John.

Consistent bible reading promotes good text observation, group participation, and self-guided discovery. Each person has the opportunity to discover for themselves what God says.

Note-taking tips and tools

  1. Think before you write.
  2. Consider what information will be valuable when you use your notes later or what points will be helpful as you formulate your sermon or other messages.
  3. Write the main points and the essential information.
  4. Keep your notes simple and easy to follow.

If you are looking for a mobile solution for taking sermon and bible study notes, give Kernels a try. Β 

You can use the Kernels to create and organize your bible study notes every day, week, or year(s) to cross things out, read, write, plan, organize, follow a conversation, or follow multi-step directions.

β€œFor the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints an marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

Step One: You need a Kernels Account.

Chances are you already have a Kernels account, and perhaps you are an avid user and follow us on Twitter.

Step Two: Create a Tag System

After signing into Kernels, the first thing you should do is create a Tag structure. Tags make it easier to find topics with searches or associate it with other bible notes you'll write.

This tag structure will help you find your notes instantly -even if you have thousands. And you can create a detailed organization with parent/child notes.

We're going to create two types of tags parent and child.

  1. Bible
  2. Bible Books

Let's begin by creating Parent tags.

A parent tag should describe generalities about your notes, like the context or subject the notes are about.

Here are a few Parent tags for Church

  1. Church
  2. Bible
  3. Bible Books
  4. Devotionals
  5. Prayer Requests
  6. Missions
  7. Online Articles
  8. Videos
  9. Thoughts

Next, create your Child tags.

Child tags describe the topics discussed in your note, such as "marriage," "missions," or "prayer requests." These child tags will grow over time. But try to create at least ten child tags covering the main topics.

Here are a few Child tags to consider

  1. Bible Books
  2. Love
  3. Marriage
  4. Missions
  5. Parenting
  6. Prayer Requests
  7. Grace
  8. Sin
  9. Redemption
  10. Forgiveness

Come up with at least 10 for now. You can add more later or combine tags into category/subcategory parings.

Parent/child tag combo examples

  • Bible - Parent tag
  • Bible/Matthew - Child tag
  • Bible/Mark
  • Church - Parent tag
  • Church/Prayer Requests - Child tag
  • Church/Missions Updates

If you search parent tags with child tag (i.e., Bible), all notes from different books of the Bible will show up.

Step Four: Create Notes

Now that you have created a clean structure to organize your notes, it's time to start.

Click the "+" icon to create a note, and choose a topical title heading that can align with your tags.

Step Five: Tag Your Notes

Tagging notes is the easiest yet most important part of storing your notes in Kernels.

To add tags, select your note, and look toward the bottom of the note. You'll see Add Tag in gray text. Click this field, and begin typing out your tags. Notes are tagged after you press done.

You must tag them!

Use no less than two tags and no more than five tags for each note. In our experience, adding less than three tags can make a note harder to find, but if you add more than 5, it ruins the purpose of tagging.

How to Search Tags in Kernels

Once you have a lot of bible and sermon notes, you'll want to use the search features.

Search by tags: If you want to see all your notes with a given tag, click the Tags button in the bottom navigation menu. You can click Tag to see all your tags and the associated notes in the child tags.

Search field: Click on the Search field in the top search bar. Type bible notes; a column will appear under your search term, and you should see your note.