I have been dying to talk this topic for quite some time now. It is a commandment that every Christian should both READ and STUDY his/her Bible DAILY. I must confess that I have not been the most faithful when it comes down to Bible study, but I usually read my Bible everyday, although I don’t engage in Bible study as often as I should. I have recently been reading some articles on another Baptist website regarding Bible study (they can be found here.), and I figured that I start talking about my own experience with Bible study and some tricks and trades that I’ve learned over my four and 1/2 years as a born-again Christian.
There are definitely some basic tools that you need for Bible study. I will discuss what is needed physically (as in hard copy) and then I will discuss the electronic tools that are extremely helpful in Bible study.
- A good Authorized, 1611, King James Bible with NO added notes/comments (should be used for Bible reading)[you can find them at the dollar store for just under 5 bucks)
- A King James Study Bible, preferably by Barbour Publishing. This study Bible comes packed with study notes and cross-references that are useful when studying the scriptures (usually can find one at your local Christian bookstore, for just under $30)
- Composition notebook (for study notes)
- A binder (for collecting your notes and organizing them as you go through the Bible; I found this very helpful as it is easy for me to get unorganized.)
Now for the electronic stuff….
- TheWord Bible Software. This is powerful and highly advanced mainframe Bible study software that comes loaded with myriad features that you wouldn’t expect in a free program (yes, I said free). It is the program I use to perform most of my Bible study.
- King James Pure Bible Search. This is an excellent Bible search software that includes powerful search features and can help you find almost anything your heart desires in the KJB. It even tells you how many times a particular word or phrase appears in the KJB. Really neat tool, and it’s free. Also comes with Webster’s 1828 Dictionary pre-installed, so you can look up any word in the Bible and find its meaning…instantly.
- Bible Analyzer 5. Another excellent program for partial Bible study. It is not the best tool for mainframe Bible study, as it comes with limited features and is often slower than most programs. On the flip side, though, I tend to use Bible Analyzer to view dictionaries and commentaries, and to look up cross-references in the TSK. All of these books can be downloaded for free within Bible Analyzer. The program is free as well.
- E-Sword.Excellent Bible study software. I typically use the software for just viewing commentaries and for scripture memory. In fact, E-sword has a powerful built-in Scripture memory tool that can be used to help you memorize multiple verses. I have memorized probably hundreds of verses using E-sword. It is really neat. E-sword is also free of charge and available on a mobile phone or device.
I find that you can get a better Bible study experience when combining electronic resources with physical resources. Thank God for giving mankind intellect so that these resources could be developed. Without these resources, Bible study would be much, much, harder.
In the next article I will discuss how to begin your Bible study and the spiritual requirements of Bible study.