Top 3 Bible Study Tools

Studying the Bible can be an enjoyment when you have the right tools to study with. I believe that everything God wants us to know can be found in the pages of the Bible. We should apply ourselves to studying and learning what God has for us in His Word.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

II Timothy 2:15

Let me get into the 3 tools I think you need for efficient Bible study!

  1. The King James Bible

To study the Bible, you must first have the Bible. I use and only will use the King James Bible, so that will be the only Bible that I endorse in my personal life and here on this blog. Studying the Bible starts with reading the Bible. I think that sometimes we focus too much on studying and not enough on reading. We need to daily read the Word of God and sometimes that will be the best study that you can do. The Bible is the best answer for itself. If you are studying the Bible, use the Bible!

2. 1828 Webster’s Dictionary

I love this dictionary! Mr. Webster uses Bible verses to help describe some of the words in the dictionary. Yes, I do look up words online sometimes due to convenience, but when I sit down to dig deep into God’s Word, I will pull out this dictionary.

3. Strong’s Concordance

I remember when I finally learned how to use a Strong’s Concordance. It definitely made studying easier. From being able to find any specific word in the Bible to looking up the Hebrew and Greek definitions of words and how they were used is very useful when it comes to studying and understanding the Bible.

There are many more tools that you can use to study the Bible, like commentaries. I have never really used commentaries. Because I haven’t used them regularly, I am not going to pick one above the other and say it is the best one.

I know you can’t go wrong with using a Bible, a dictionary, and a concordance when studying the Bible. At the end of the day, you should study the Bible on a regular basis but you need to use tools that help you learn and grow in your Christian life.

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My 3 Favorite Bible Stories

At the beginning of the year many Christians set out to read the Bible through in a year. This goal does take some dedication to set aside time each day to read between 3-5 chapters. The Bible is filled with many stories that we can learn from. They can give us wisdom to make the right choices and even encouragement when we need it. They can motivate us to do more for Christ and those around us.

Today I want to give you my favorite 3 stories in the Bible. These are my favorite stories that I have read and ones that have stuck in my mind throughout the years.

1. The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Matthew 27:32-56, Luke 24:1-53  Each one of the Gospels gives an account of the crucifixion and resurrection. As a born-again believer this is my favorite story in the Bible because without the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ I would be lost on my way to Hell! It is my favorite story because it shows the love of Christ to each one of us sinners.

     2. Adam and Eve sinning in the Garden of Eden

Genesis 3:1-24  You are probably wondering why I like this story. This is the fall of man, this is the story of the first sin, disobedience to God. Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree and their eyes were opened. They knew they had disobeyed and sinned. God came down to walk with them in the garden everyday and on this particular day Adam and Eve hid. They were embarrassed because they had done wrong. My favorite part of this story is that God still wanted fellowship with them. He knew what they had done, yes they had to pay a price for their sin, but God still wanted that fellowship with them. It is amazing how that we as sinful human beings can still enjoy a walk with God. Just a note here, the closer you are to God, the farther away from sin you will be.

3. The Story of Daniel 

The book of Daniel shows us that no matter the situation you are in, you can still                 stand for right and do what is right. You don’t have to give in to temptation of the               world, the flesh or the devil. Whether it was from saying no to the temptation of                 eating the king’s meat and drinking the king’s wine or the decision to keep                           praying no matter what the law was, Daniel always chose to do right. “But Daniel               purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s               meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the               eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8 It doesn’t matter what                           situation you are in, you can still choose to do right.

 

The Bible is filled with so many stories and events that we can learn from. I would love to hear your favorite story or even verse and the reason why!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mini Book Review

This is a mini book review of a book I was encouraged to read this past week!

I read a book start to finish this week for the first time in a long time. I am not talking about the Bible because we, as Christians, should read it every day. I am talking about an actual book.

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It was refreshing to read. I forgot how much I truly love to read. Growing up, I was a book addict. I read and read and read. We didn’t have a tv growing up, so instead of watching tv all the time, we read.

I remember signing up for the library summer reading program and finishing it within the first week. The program was supposed to last all summer, but I finished in a week. I finished so fast that the library told me I had to wait until the end to get the final prize because they didn’t have them in yet. I loved to read! And I fell in love with reading again this week.

The book I read was The Go-Givers. It was a fantastic book, well-written and very thought provoking. To summarize the whole book in a few sentences would be this… “It is a story about a guy named Joe. Joe wanted to be successful but was having a hard time finding it. He worked hard and put in many hours but really got no where. He went to a man he heard had been successful and asked him to him the ways of success. This successful man taught Joe 5 laws. The interesting thing about these laws are that they were all centered around giving. When people hear giving they think of money. These laws teach that giving of yourself is the key to success. Being a servant, putting other people first, placing value in everything you do…these are the key ingredients. Joe learned these laws from different people who had learned themselves throughout their life. By the end of the book, you find Joe as a successful businessman doing something he loves…because he learned how to give.”

I finished the book, wrote these laws down and have been memorizing them. I had to be honest with myself, am I a giving person? I would like to think that I am but I know I can give more. I know that I need to change my outlook on business and how to be successful. It shouldn’t be just about the money but it should be about the people I come in contact with, about how I can give of myself to help those around me.

Go read The Go-Giver if you want to be challenged. It is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants and desires to be successful in any area of life.

Do you have a book recommendation?

What is your favorite book?

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