For the last two days, I have been sharing about personal Bible study and it’s importance for our intentional spiritual growth. I began with the why with this video from John Piper. Yesterday, I shared some practical tips for personal Bible study. Today, I want to share some of my favorite resources with you. Many of these are items I have talked about before, but there are a number of items I have not mentioned in previous posts. So, here goes! My prayer is that each of you will be able to find something that will help you in your own time studying God’s word.
**I recently created a short journal that walks through Ephesians, after teaching you some basic Bible study skills. Check out this post for more info, or order here. It is only $7 and will explain things like context, key words, themes, etc.)**
Now, on to the other resources!
- The ESV Study Bible-This is the Bible I currently use, and I absolutely love it! Great maps, great intros to each book, and clear commentary. I love this Bible!
- NASB Key Word Study Bible-I used to use this Bible and think it is also an awesome choice! What makes this Bible unique is that it has key words numbered with their lexicon number. In the back of each Bible is a small concordance where you can then go and look up each of the words in their original languages (Hebrew and Greek). It is a super helpful tool!
- The Gospel Transformation Bible-I don’t have this one yet, but it is definitely something I plan to get soon. Some of the contributors are people I really respect.
- The Reformation Study Bible-This is a great Bible with commentary by RC Sproul and others at Ligoneer Ministries. Some great notes on some tricky passages.
- The ESV Bible- This is a text only version. If you don’t want the commentaries and all of the little extras, this is a great option. ESV is a solid translation to use for Bible study (as is NASB).
- The MacArthur Study Bible- I have not used this one myself, but have some friends who really like this version.
- Book Studies by Kathleen Nielson-I have done a few of these studies and love how she walks you through the context of each book. These are simple studies with a lot of depth. This site has several options for various books of the Bible. I have done Colossians and Philemon in the past, and am working through her studies on the Psalms.
- Jen Wilkin’s Bible Studies-These are my newest favorites, and they are free to print! She has also just released a Sermon on the Mount Study that you can buy here! These are meaty, in depth and will get you grounded in the word!
- Studies by Nancy Guthrie-I have not done one of these, but there a few that are on my list. Nancy Guthrie is an author and speaker that I respect a great deal. She has an interesting story of God’s grace amidst suffering, and she is gospel driven, Christ centered and biblical in her writing.
- Precept Bible Studies-Some of these need to be done in groups (you can check to see if there is one near you), but many can be done on your own or with a few others. I did one on Isaiah, and have several friends who absolutely love these studies. I have also done this one on mentoring during my own time. I preferred that one to the large group study, but these are great tools!
- Sonship-I have talked about this a billion times. It is life changing. Every believer should do this study…more than once!
- The Gosple Coalition Bible Studies- These are solid, in depth studies written by reliable authors. I recently attended the Women’s conference and was literally blown away by the amount of content and depth offered during each session. Absolutely worth checking out!!
Help Getting it Together
This is a great tool by [email protected] to Action. It helps you get into a good routine of Bible study, prayer, exercise and planning each morning. There is also an online community where you can sign up for accountability. And..it’s free!
Bible Gateway-A free online Bible with tons of translations (even some in other languages!). You can look up cross-references, look at multiple translations side by side, and read several commentaries (including the reformation study Bible and Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole bible). This is an invaluable resource!
Precept Austin-There are tons of resources here. Commentaries, Greek and Hebrew explanations, articles and much more. Check it out!
Bible Study Tools-This is a great free tool as well! You can look up Greek and Hebrew words in their lexicons, read commentaries, and look at various translations.
Bible Reading Plans/Journals
The Self Feeder-this is a cheap journal you can buy with a great reading plan. It walks you through some basics for your own study to spring board off of. There is a youth version and a kids version as well!
Other Bible Reading Plans-This site has a list of all types of plans to walk you through your bible reading with intentionality.
Whew…..so that was a lot. Clearly, there is no shortage of resources that can help us in our study of God’s word. But, if all this overwhelms you, that is fine. All you need is a Bible and the Holy Spirit. These are just tools to lead us deeper. Use what is helpful and forget the rest. You don’t need to do everything, you just need to do what works for you. The most important ingredients beside the Holy Spirit and the Bible itself are your time and your commitment. I know how hard it can be to make that time as a working mom, but we have to do it. Not because reading our bibles makes us an holier, but because in those pages we encounter the living God who saved us, lives in us and works through us. So seek him through the word, and let me know if I have left any great resources off the list!
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