As this study comes to a close, I pray that it has reawakened in us a desire and an excitement to dig deep into God’s Word and grow in the knowledge of our Savior.
We have been blessed with access to many free tools, including books, commentaries, and sermons, that can help us in our studies. Let’s make the most of these gifts.
Here are some things to remember:
Always begin with your own observations. Use the questions you have learned earlier in this study to help you pull out as much information as possible from your passages. It might even be helpful to have those questions written down and tucked in your Bible so you can easily reference them until they become second nature.
When it comes to studying our Bibles we need to remember that the text has one intended meaning but many applications. It is our job to find that meaning to best of our ability, which is why studying God’s word can be hard work.
“I study my Bible as I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf . . . Pause at every verse of Scripture and shake, as it were, every bough of it, that if possible some fruit at least may drop down.” – Martin Luther
Once we have written down as many observations as we can, done the work of interpretation, examined a few commentaries, and discussed the meaning of the passage with other believers, we can find ways to apply what we have learned to our circumstance and our world. Studying our Bibles should not only fill us with more information, but it should also lead to our transformation. We must apply what we learn to our lives.
Jerry Bridges writes, “As we search the Scriptures, we must allow them to search us, to sit in judgment upon our character and conduct.”
The Word of God is a treasure, but we don’t always recognize it as such. How do we change our thinking? How can we value it more than any of our other possessions? It happens the more we engage with it. The more you read it, study it, write about it, pray it, and memorize it, the more we will value it and see it’s worth.
Here are some study tools that our team has found valuable and helpful in our study of God’s Word. Some of these are free and some are available through Amazon or other booksellers.
Commentaries and other resources:
- https://www.preceptaustin.org/ – Lots of good articles and Bible study tools
- Studylight – Another great resource for commentaries and study tools
- Blue Letter Bible – Commentaries, translations, and Greek and Hebrew Lexicons
- Here are a list of articles that might be helpful in learning more about studying the Bible
- Bible Study Tools – Has wonderful commentaries, dictionaries, concordances and lexicons to use for free as well as other tools that can help you)
- Grace Bible Church – Offers free Inductive Bible Studies for download
- Theology For Women – Wendy Alsup
- Women of the Word – by Jen Wilkin
- Disciplines of a Godly Woman – by Barbara Hughes
- Treasure of David – Spurgeon’s commentary on the Psalms
Most of us don’t know each other, we live all over the world, experiencing different cultures and speaking different languages, but we all have similar difficulties and struggles. We don’t know each other now, but we will someday spend eternity together. Let’s pray for each other, that we come to adore the Word of God more than any other book on earth and through, it the God of the Word.
Looking to Jesus,
Risen: How the Resurrection Changed Everything will take a deep dive into the resurrection of Jesus Christ, exploring the ways in which the greatest miracle changed history, changed humanity, and changed us. The resurrection changes us physically, spiritually, legally, mentally, socially, and eternally, and we’re excited to study each of these in-depth.
We hope you’ll join us online for this six-week study or on our Love God Greatly app. You’ll find corresponding Risen content in both places with our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday blogs, further insights through our daily devotions, and a loving community to cheer for you as you seek to understand the power and implications of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Risen begins on: Monday, March 2nd
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