In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “…“It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

If Jesus held Scripture as authoritative and as essential part of life, then so should we. But sometimes the Bible can be a difficult or intimidating book to read. In Part 2 of our series, “More Than a Book,” I list several resources that can help us in our commitment to make reading the Bible a normal and helpful part of our lives. Video of that message will be available on our “Sermon” page here, but listed below are the resources I reference in that message:

 

A Few Recommended Modern Translations of the Bible:

ESV – English Standard Version

NIV – New International Version

NASB – New American Standard Bible

NKJV – New King James Version

NLT – New Living Translation

 

Websites That Offer a Variety of Free Bible-reading Plans:

youversion.com

biblegateway.com/reading-plans/

 

A Few Ideas on Where to Start Reading:

For an overview of the life and ministry of Jesus: Matthew

For a good understanding of Christian teaching: “JAR” – John, Acts, Romans

For an overview of basic Christian living: Ephesians and Colossians

 

Good Books to Use From for Help In Understanding the Bible:

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (or the Concise version)

The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible

 

 

Helpful, Free Online Resources for Help in Understanding the Bible:

youversion.com

biblestudytools.com

biblegateway.com

navigators.org/Tools

navigators.org/Tools/BibleStudyResources

crosswalk.com

crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/

 

Guidelines to a Clearer Understanding of Passages in the Bible:

  1. Check the context
  2. Check the language
  3. Check the theology
  4. Check the genre
  5. Check the limits
  6. Check your bias

 

 

Remember, God isn’t trying to keep anything from you. He wants you to receive and understand His word. So at least a little at a time, He will open His word to you and bring it to life in your soul.

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.