Bible Study Resources

…just some ideas to start studying the Bible:

(Updated 3/19/2015)

1. Pick a book to study. In my personal experience and opinion, the best way to somehow have a good grip of’the whole Bible is to start one book at a time (by that I mean a book of the Bible). This method is close to what is known as expository or expositional Bible study -defined as going through a book of the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter, somehow alluding to Isaiah 28:9-10:

“Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”

The idea is that utilizing the context, flow, order and sequence God inspired in scriptures, is a better way to understand the intended message to us. This method stands in contrast to what some may call topical study, where either you or by using an author’s book or guide you study by topics, which I would admit, may have its place sometimes in the life of a person or church’s various seasons.

Some of the shortest books or, in my opinion, with a wider variety of topics on basics of Christianity are:

John, Philippians, Ruth, Haggai, Romans, Galatians, James, Colossians, and Philemon.

2. Read a chapter or portion and try answering some or all of the following questions (write down what stands out): Who is writing? To whom is he writing? When was it written? What were the conditions surrounding the author? What was the writer’s main goal or purpose?
Then: What does this passage speak to my life? How does it correct me? What does it teach me? What does it promise me? How does it challenge me? How can I apply it to my life today? What does is teach me of the character or personality of Jesus?

3. Go deeper – Read written resources. There are several Bible commentaries out there. Remember that not everyone may have the best doctrine. Try several resources to see which one you fit with; verify with people you trust. These are some of the ones I would recommend to start with:

  • David Guzik (very practical, offers different views and interpretations) www.enduringword.com
  • Nelson Bible Study commentary (at your local book store)
Wanna go deeper yet?
  • Mathew Henry (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/henry/mhc.i.html)
  • Thompson Chain Bible (http://www.studylight.org/con/tcr/)
  • Multiple versions Bible (www.bible.cc)
  • e-sword – free electronic Bible wih Greek/Hebrew roots (www.e-sword.net/)
  • BlueletterBible.org (Bible in different versions plus Greek/Hebrew & commentaries.) This site can be a whole Bible study plan on its own. When you look up a Bible verse or passage you can click and see from the blue letters to the left: [K] other related verses; [C] original Greek/Hebrew words; [L] free on-line and downloadable video or audio commentaries from respected scholars like J. Vernon McGee, Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie, Matthew Henry, Spurgeon, etc; [I] images and videos; [V] versions/translations; and [D] dictionary and other resources.
  • There is a very cool public free website that provides an interlinear of the Bible passages in Hebrew, Greek, and English, with color coded words, which makes it easier to compare the original language and how various verses compare to each other -even the Old Testament Greek translation, to the New Testament: http://www.bayithamashiyach.com/Scriptures.html

4. Go even deeper than that  – Listen to audio/video resources.

a. First pick a Bible teacher. There are several well respected and doctrinally sound pastors who teach through the Bible and make their sermons available for free on mp3 or video. I would suggest, once you have picked a book, that you download one or two sermons from each of these and identify which one(s) you enjoy better and find more useful and enjoyable -he(they) would become your personal teacher(s).   These are some of my favorite ones

Do you like science, mathematics, physics and how they relate to God, creation and the Bible? you may also enjoy Chuck Missler


b. Download.
All of the links above allow you to download to your computer the mp3 files for free. once you know the book to study and the teacher, (what I do is) download all the files for that book and put them on our phone, mp3 player of on audio cd’s (depending on what you have available).

5. Get started. Pray, read your Bible at your own pace, a few verses or chapter. Then listen to the audio files. as you drive to work, as you go to bed, run, or wait in carpool line. rewind, repeat, write down questions -even mentally. when you get a chance, read the Bible commentary… and so on…. and please let me know how it goes.

I made a test-on-line almost-interactive Bible study guide based on James and Romans, just to get the taste of what a detailed study would look like. Check it out at http://digthebible.wordpress.com

6. Bonus -tell someone. Perhaps the best way to take advantage of this, is to share it with others. Share your journey, questions, challenges and experience with this study with your kids, with your friends, online, and most important, apply it into your own life.

If you need ANY help or direction, (with resources, downloading, burning cd’s, transferring to phone etc) please please, let me know -nothing would make me happier than helping you start this journey.

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