Friday, February 9, 2018

Extremely Helpful Bible Study Resources

"This Bible's not meant for your brain, it's meant for your heart." were the words spoken by a popular Christian athlete. As great as this mantra sounds, it just doesn't make very much sense. Not when we hold up to scripture that is.

Yet, sadly, this is the most popular mindset in many Christian circles today. We want to love God with all of our hearts without even knowing Him with our minds.

Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. Our minds.

This is why studying, understanding, and knowing the bible is extremely important. It's how we get to know God. 

So for this months book haul, I want to highlight some really good bible study resources. 

Recommended Bibles

The ESV Study Bible was created to help you encounter the truth of God's Word as a powerful, life-changing reality. To accomplish this, it combines the best evangelical scholarship with the text, which, as an "essentially literal" translation, is especially suited for Bible study. The ESV Study Bible contains two kinds of words. The first is the actual words of the Bible-the very Words of God to us. The second is the study notes, which are human words.

During the Reformation, a renewed interest in Scripture brought great light to the church and the world. In The Reformation Study Bible, general editor R. C. Sproul aims to present the light of the Reformation anew by combining an accessible translation with study notes that stand firmly in the theological tradition of the Reformation. No other study Bible gives the reader more assistance in understanding the great doctrines and themes of the Christian faith as found in the Scriptures. Extensive notes have been researched and written by a team of more than fifty scholars, including J. I. Packer, James Boice, and Wayne Grudem.

his all-in-one spiritual library contains Dr. MacArthur's personal study notes below the full-length Bible text. Virtually every Scripture has a matching study note with detailed information, explanation, and helpful insight. The notes are based on Dr. MacArthur's verse-by-verse approach to the Bible and nearly forty years of careful study. His goal is to let the Bible speak for itself, nothing more, nothing less. It can transform your personal time in God's Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth.

Books on how to study the bible

1. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.

2. How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur

John MacArthur examines various Scripture passages in the Old and New Testament to answer both the “why” and the “how” questions of Bible study.

When reading through various books I love using a bible study to help me along. For example, I am currently doing a 9-week study through 1 Peter by Jen Wilkin. I highly recommend grabbing a great bible study for the book of the bible you want to read through.

Studying the bible can and should be fun. These resources can help us dig deeper and truly understand what the bible is communicating. 

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