Do daily devotionals qualify as Bible study?

By Greg Gerber

I enjoy listening to what people say they are learning about God and themselves whenever they read the Bible. After all, the book is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It offers life-giving encouragement, and many folks enjoy talking about the most recent revelations they discovered during their studies.

However, when I ask people if they are engaged in a Bible study, most say they are not. Some meet once a week to study a particular book with a group of people, but they don’t often study it on their own.

Yet, they are quick to point out they read a devotional every day. It might be from a book they bought or an email they receive each morning.

Devotionals are wonderful tools for helping to understand a passage or two of scripture. People who write good devotionals generally have keen insight and a unique way to apply the passage to everyday life.

However, I don’t think devotionals can be considered genuine Bible “study” because no study is really involved. It is like piggybacking onto someone else’s study, or reading a Cliffs Note summary of a classic piece of literature.  You get the gist of the message, but not the entire meaning. You know what happens chronologically, but you really don’t get a chance to know the main characters well.

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Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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