Every week, someone asks me how I study the Bible. What Bibles – and translations – I use. How I start. How I keep going. What books and websites I use for deeper study and finding background info. What apps I have on my phone. Today, I’m going to answer all of those questions. (Buckle up!)
Here’s how I’m going to lay it all out. First off, I recorded a webinar in which I went through all of this and then did a bunch of Q & A at the end. It turned out to be 80 minutes long, but I’ve put the whole thing a few inches down your screen (as well as on my YouTube aChannel).
A taste of what we covered:
- What is the mindset that makes all the difference?
- How do I approach reading the whole Bible? (and actually finish!)
- How do I study a book of the Bible?
- What book of the Bible should I start with?
- Where should someone start who is new to the Bible?
- What are the best apps for your tablet/smartphone?
- What online resources do you use?
- What desktop program do you recommend for in-depth study?
- What books have been helpful for you?
Quick Note: I’ll break these up into sections related to the way I discussed them in the video. Each of the links will take you to the resource (website, app page, book on Amazon, etc.)
The Mindset (starting at 3:20 in the video)
The Bibles (starting at 8:30)
- A good reading Bible (here’s the link to mine)
- Very few notes
- Keeps you focused
- A good study Bible (here’s the link to mine)
- A post I wrote about my favorite translations
- Click here to download a free, printable Chronological Reading Plan
Reading the Whole Bible (starting at 12:50)
Studying a Single Book of the Bible (starting at 26:00)
- Falling in Love with God’s Word
- Remember to go from the general to the specific – Foundation –> Framing –> Finish Work
What I Recommend for People Who Are New to the Bible (starting at 36:05)
- Focus on Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John
- Read Matthew for two weeks. Then Acts for two weeks. Then Mark. Then Acts. Luke. Acts. John. Acts.
- Get together with people to discuss it with. Way more fun!
- Outlined in Tip 10 of How to
Online Resources (starting at 41:43)
- Faithlife Study Bible (terrific, basic online study Bible)
- Bible Gateway
- Fantastic for comparing translations
- The Bible Project on YouTube
- The Playlist called “Read Scripture” has fantastic overviews of entire books.
- Bible Study Tools
- The “References” section is terrific for commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.
- Blue Letter Bible
- Very robust site
- My favorite site for doing Word Studies! (step-by-step walk thru at 51:20 in the video)
5 Favorite Apps (starting at 54:08)
- YouVersion Bible App
- Lots of resources in addition to reading
- Great audio Bibles built in (with variable playback speed!)
- Bible Study Tools (goes along with the site)
- Bible Gateway (goes along with the site)
- Logos (free study Bible)
Bible Study Software
- This is the best I have ever seen.
- Not cheap, but worth it if you’re a Bible teacher or student.
Q & A (starting at 59:10)
- What do I use to take notes?
- How does Bible study lead to worship?
- Does reading different translations make it hard to remember/memorize/internalize
- What about audio Bibles?
- What books do you recommend for getting “context” and background history?
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