Want to study the Bible but aren’t sure where to start? Here is a list of my top five Bible study tools.
1. Study Bible
If you can’t get your hands on any other tools mentioned in this blog – then purchase a good study Bible. It’s paramount. The Bible is GOD’s word.
“All scripture is GOD-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the event of GOD maybe throughly equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 N.I.V
The truth is the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
You may have noticed I’ve recommended a study Bible and not a ‘standard’ Bible because a study Bible sheds light on numerous scriptures through annotations explaining difficult passages or points of theology and doctrine; aiding in spiritual growth.
Swipe the pictures below to see the Bible’s I’ve used and highly recommend. Click any of the pictures to buy or see more information.
2. Daily Devotional
The term “devotional” might not be familiar to you. Daily devotional or quiet times is an expression used to describe the discipline of Bible reading and prayer which Christians do daily. Most devotionals are short but incredibly impactful.
Devotionals help you draw nearer to God through an in-depth study and sober reflection (as far as you use the right one).
Here are three of my favourites. Although I use hard copies to avoid technological distractions, they are all available online. If you’ll like a free hardcopy of any listed kindly email me.
Swipe the pictures below to see wonderful devotionals
3. Notebook or Journal
I’ve found writing things down during my quiet time helps the word sink in. It also keeps my humble – I have to remind myself I’m human and can’t remember everything. After writing the revelations you’ve received, you can always come back to it for reference for you or someone else.
Swipe the pictures below to see affordable journals / notebooks
You may have noticed that not all highlighters and pens are adequately suited for highlighting in your Bible so ensure you do some research before purchasing.
Highlighting can be a very effective way to both digest and review material; as the purpose of highlighting is to draw attention to important information in a text.
For example, if you are dealing with anger, you can highlight: James 1:19-20 New International Version. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
There are several highlighting techniques; none of which are wrong. However, you should choose and stick to a technique that helps you grow in your knowledge of God’s word.
Swipe the pictures for Bible highlighters
Last, but not least is a Bible concordance. A Bible concordance is very a helpful tool for studying the Bible; once you’ve learnt how to use it, of course. It is useful to determine the definitions of Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic words.
A concordance contains an alphabetical index of terms used in the Bible and the primary Bible references where the word occurs.
I’m currently using the strong’s exhaustive concordance because it helps locate every occurrence of any word in the Bible and gain helpful insight into what it means. A concordance is especially useful when trying to find a Bible verse, but you can’t remember the chapter and verse.
Here’s the concordance I’ve been using for over 4 years.
So those are my top 5 bible study tools. If you found this useful, please share with your family and friends.
Till next time ladies. Shalom.