Bible Study Tools
Here are a number of Bible Study Tools that can help you as you read and study God’s Word. This is not an exhaustive list and lots of other good content is out there. We just want to provide a starting point for reading, listening to, studying, and growing in the Word of God.
Study Bibles often provide cross references, brief commentary, helpful charts, and even maps to assist in personal study. You can find a number of Study Bibles on Christianbook.com and sort though translations, titles, & audience/format.
This resource lists biblical words alphabetically and where they occur throughout the Bible. Concordances are particularly helpful for word studies. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is a favorite of many.
Contrary to popular belief, not all commentairies are difficult or technical! While technical commentaries may be helpful in certain situations, there are many commentary series which emphasize the modern-day application of the text. Bestcommentaries.com is a helpful tool for locating the right commentary for your individual situation.
Bible Dictionaries are reference books containing articles on the people, places, things, and concepts throughout Scripture. Checkout the online (free) Bible Dictionaries on BibleStudyTools.com
Knowing the geography of a specific area can greatly increase one’s understanding of a passage and can bring the Scripture into the reality of a physical location. Satalite Bible Atlas is a good one. There are some good Online Bible Atlas tools at Bibleatlas.org which is part of BibleHub.
Online/Digital Bible Resources
The options here are seemingly endless. Blueletterbible.org and Biblehub.com are just two examples of websites which allow you to read and study the Bible in a variety of formats and translations. The Word is another program that can be downloaded to your computer for free that allows you to see the original text that the Bible was translated from, execute word studies, read commentaries, view maps and historical accounts, take notes, and more.
In addition to reading God’s Word, it is excellent to read good literature. Of writing books there is no end and many of the books written aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Although not exhaustive, here are some good Christian books that can help you in your relationship with God.
Profiting from the Word
The question of profiting from Scripture provides the theme for this book, originally published as a series in Studies in the Scriptures.
The Mortification of Sin
In this abridgment of a classic work, The Mortification of Sin, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a lifelong battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite having been brought to faith and new life in Christ.
Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition, and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ and the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen’s and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.
The complete audio book of The Mortification of Sin is available to listen or download for free on Libriovox.org
Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ
Christian, meet your conscience.
What do you do when you disagree with other Christians? How do you determine which convictions are negotiable and which are not? How do you get along with people who have different personal standards?
All of these questions have to do with the conscience. Yet there is hardly a more neglected topic among Christians. In this much-needed book, a New Testament scholar and a cross-cultural missionary explore all thirty passages in the New Testament that deal with the conscience, showing how your conscience impacts virtually every aspect of life, ministry, and missions. As you come to see your conscience as a gift from God and learn how to calibrate it under the lordship of Jesus Christ, you will not only experience the freedom of a clear conscience but also discover how to lovingly interact with those who hold different convictions.
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
Compelled to share the gospel with the unreached people of China, Hudson Taylor devoted his life to this purpose. He modeled a life of utter dependence on Christ for both his spiritual and material needs. That was his secret and the reason for his lasting impact on the people of China and missions. This biography by his son and daughter in law has become a Christian classic.
Gentle and Lowly
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more—it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. This 20th anniversary deluxe hardcover edition of Packer’s classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, a new preface, and the complete study guide.
Hearts of Fire
Eight women from eight different countries shared similar experiences of hardship and persecution, all for their faith in Christ. Yet they all emerged from adversity as heroines.
Pursuit of GOD
The Pursuit of God is the enduring Christian classic written by renowned pastor and theologian A.W. Tozer. More than 65 years later, the words Tozer penned on a train from Illinois to Texas echo across the decades to resonate with power in the heart of anyone longing for a deeper experience with God.
A Gospel Primer
To the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are at Rome” (Romans 1:15). Evidently, Christians need to hear the gospel even after conversion. A Gospel Primer for Christians is designed to do just that. Use this book to preach the gospel to yourself on a daily basis, and be amazed at the difference it can make in your life!
Bible Reading Schedules
God’s Word is a light to our paths and it is critical that we allow God to shine His light in our lives daily. One way to do that is to keep track of your Bible reading with a simple reading checklist. Below are a few versions that may be useful. There are app versions that can be great for reading on your phone or tablet. The Bible App – Read & Study Daily is one useful app and YouVersion Bible App + Audio is another good one.
To download the checklists below, simply click on the image or the title.
This PDF breaks all Bible chapters into groups that can be ready and checked off, one day at a time to finish reading the Bible in 1 year. Print on one side of a normal sheet of paper.
This is an excel spreadsheet with all OT and NT books listed and all chapters listed with checkboxes. As you check off chapters, your percentage is tracked at the top of the worksheet.
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