It was a pretty popular post, but I kept getting a single question from readers after that post published: What tools do you use to actually study your bible?
It’s a great question, and one I asked when I started studying my Bible.
The right tools can help you make the most of your time studying, and make it easier to find scripture verses again later on.
Here are the 6 tools I use when studying my Bible:
- Study Bible I prefer the NIV Life in the Spirit Study Bible. It’s pretty hefty, with lots of footnotes, references back to other verses, and blurbs throughout explaining words, concepts, and historical context. Plus, it has a lot of room in the margins for me to write.
- Notebook It’s not really studying if you aren’t taking notes. I use a Moleskin, graph-lined notebook to jot down thoughts and what I learn while studying. I also title and date each entry to make it easier to refer back to.
- Crayola Twistable Crayons That’s right, I wrote crayons. I use these magical creations to “highlight” verses in my Bible, all color coded by theme. You can read more about how I do this in my post, A Fun Way to Mark Your Bible on Church Mag.
- Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries This is, by far, the biggest book I own. The sucker’s massive, but I couldn’t go one study session without using it. It’s the best way to look up the original meaning of the words used in scripture, and tends to give new understanding on passages I thought I knew well. You can purchase it online here. If you don’t want to shell out the money for this resource, you can get the same experience using BlueLetterBible.org. And it’s free. Win-win.
- Follow the Rabbi website I found this website years ago and absolutely love it. It is a plethora of information concerning the historical context and culture during the time Jesus walked the earth – and even before. The Bible was written in a historical context. When we understand it, scripture comes alive even more. You can find it at www.followtherabbi.com.
- Prayer Seriously, this is tool number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on it’s own. Prayer is so key to understanding scripture and how it relates to your life today. Pray when you start. Pray while you’re studying. And pray when you’re done. Maybe sprinkle in a few more prayers while you’re at it. They won’t be wasted.
So there you have it, the list of tools I use when studying my Bible.
What tools do you use when studying your Bible? Leave a comment below.
This post was originally published at JasonVana.com. Used with permission.