There are many bible tools for studying on the market. But not many places show how to use them. And the manual ( if there’s one) … well … it might as well be written in Chinese, because it leaves you more confused than ever!
So you are left with a tool …
that’s not put to good use all because you have no clue where to begin.
That’s why I created this spot.
As a beginner in personal bible studies all I ever wanted was help. Not just saying ’ Joan, get yourself a bible concordance… or ‘use cross references’ …but ‘actually showing me how to get it done’.
Ok, I’m getting carried away with excitement again…lol.
Let’s go get some answers …
These are bible study helps: Instruments needed to research the scriptures, understand the culture, the words of the bible and to document what we have discovered. To really study the bible we need tools.
I’m no mechanic but if we were to take apart the engine of a car ( or the whole vehicle for that matter) to understand how it worked; and how it was assembled, we would need have some tools handy like a ratchet set, a spanner, a jack and the list goes on.
The same applies for the bible.
We need tools to really get under the hood of the bible ( so to speak) and really find life, truth; and align the scriptures to see the big plan of God for us.
Apart from the very real benefit of bible simplification, there are many more benefits for using bible tools.
Are you a first time bible study-er? Wondering what tools do you need to study the bible? I’ve got your back!
Although there are many bible study tools on the market, for beginners in bible study these can seem very overwhelming.
As I’ve mentioned before, when I began personal bible studies all I had was a bible and a notebook and I would use google for assistance if I could not remember where a particular scripture verse was taken from. And that’s it! I have to admit, it was basic but I had a whale of a time.
For your beginning stages in bible study I would recommend something similar: A study bible; with cross-references and a note book, and I will eventually show you how to use them. Those are the best tools I would recommend to begin.
As you progress, you can then add a bible concordance to the list, but as I will show you, there is a mini concordance located in the back of most study bibles in the bible helps section.
So see, you do have all you need to begin!
I know that I’ve deflated your bubble somewhat, because you were half expecting me to list a few tools right here, but my job is to gradually take you into to the bible study-ing process; not have you running for the hills because you are feeling too overwhelmed! So trust me on this one, less is better sometimes.
Are you feeling a little adventurous? Or perhaps you’ve gotten the basics ‘down-pack’ already and you are ready to up the ante with some other good bible study tools.
The next bible tool that I would add to your personal bible study is an exhaustive bible concordance.
Wondering why a bible concordance?
Because at this point you’ll be already familiar with bible cross-referencing and using your mini bible concordance at the back of your study bible.
So adding a concordance will be no sweat! Seeing that it will just be providing a wider extent of words to be easily found in scripture.
Trust me, this handy tool is necessary.
That mini bible concordance in the study bible is limited. And you may not always have the Internet handy.
Sooo many times ( in the past and present) I would go to my ‘mini’ looking for a word only to find that it’s not there!
Ahhh the frustration! Especially when you’re right in ‘the flow’; in the very center of a bible study and then you get stumped with no internet there to save you.
I’ve learnt my lesson oh too many times. So my exhaustive bible concordance is ever ready!
There are other options to choose from but my extreme favorite is the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
I would then add a bible dictionary and if you are feeling extremely adventurous bible encyclopedia.
There are many bible tools online. Let’s look at some here: