Tips for Studying the Bible

If you joined us last weekend, you heard Pastor Kaleb talk about the importance of personally studying the Bible and wrestling with the unchanging Truth of God’s Word.  This can seem pretty intimidating at first, but diving deeper into the Bible is always fruitful and life-giving—and can even be fun! Here are a few tools to help you get started:

1.  YouVersion
With the YouVersion app, you can read almost any translation of the Bible on your computer or smartphone. We recommend browsing the “plans” tab and selecting a plan that will break the Bible down into smaller, manageable chunks that you can read each day.  

2.  Blue Letter Bible is an online database of Bible study resources. You can find multiple text commentaries and reference guides (and other resources like Pastor Kaleb mentioned) by clicking on the “Study” tab at the top of the page. These resources are tools to help you deepen your understanding of the Bible. This is a more in-depth resource with lots to process, so it might take a little extra time and effort to get familiar with how it works—stick with it, and you’ll learn a lot!

3.  Strong’s Concordance of the Bible
The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, and a lot of times the ideas conveyed in those languages can seem confusing since they don't directly translate into the English language. If you want to uncover more layers of meaning from the Bible’s original languages, Strong’s Concordance is a widely trusted reference.  You can get a hard copy of Strong’s Concordance at any Christian bookstore, or you can download the digital version or the app. We highly recommend grabbing your Bible, a good concordance, a cup of coffee, and digging in to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the culture and original languages of the Bible.   

We hope that these resources will help you develop a passion for studying God’s Word and understand the (capital T) "Truth” of the Bible. As you study more in depth, you’ll be even more amazed by the power and relevance of God’s Word. Enjoy!