Where do you go with your questions about the Bible?
I love studying God’s Word, but I must admit there are times I come across things I don’t understand. Difficult passages that make it hard to grasp the meaning and how to apply it to my personal life.
During those times, I write down my questions in my journal, but I’ve also learned that I have a choice to make: I can settle for partial understanding of God’s Word or I can take the time to seek out the whole truth.
I don’t want to miss anything God wants to speak to me, and I know you don’t either!
So here are seven Bible study resources from my Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World DVD Study that have brought clarity and deeper insight into my life. I hope you’ll try them out!
Word Time: Bible Study Resources
Resources for Going Deeper
We are blessed to live in a time with so many resources available to help us study and unlock the riches of Scripture. Here are a few Bible study tools that have been invaluable to me.
~ Commentaries—explore the Bible one book at a time offering insights from Bible scholars who have thoroughly researched the meaning and context of scripture.
~ Exhaustive Concordance—identifies every instance a word is used in the Bible as well as definitions of the original Hebrew and Greek words.
~ Parallel Bible—allows you to compare verses in various translations side by side.
~ Topical Index—helps you search for a certain word or phrase as it appears in the Bible.
~ Bible Dictionary—provides deeper insight into the culture, customs, and people of biblical times.
~ Bible Software—brings these resources and more to your computer in an easily accessible and searchable format.
There are also many online study tools with search engines to help you explore: multiple Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, topical indexes, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, charts and maps, Bible reading guides, even devotionals. Many sites also offer mobile apps. Here are a few you might find helpful:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
I’m Cheering for You, Friends!
I am always amazed at how God speaks in such personal and timely ways through His Word. Every passage is powerful and for today. The more I study the Bible, the more I grow to love my Creator and Friend. As God opens your eyes as you seek out His truths, I know you will grow to love Him more too!
I’ve created a “In the Word” Bible reading journal that gives you a place to record your daily time with the Lord – what He speaks and any questions you might have. You can get the FREE download by signing up for my email list below.
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I’d love to hear from you… What resources have you found to be helpful in studying God’s Word?