Knowing Truth: Bible Study Resources

In lieu of a blog post regarding our past week’s podcast – speaking the truth in love – I felt it was necessary to provide some helpful resources to first know what the truth is. If we don’t rightly understand the truth, there is no way we will be capable of speaking truth in love. If we don’t know the truth, our first priority should be understanding the truth that has been revealed to us, before speaking it to others. I’m not saying we must be the most knowledgeable before we can point others to the truth of the Gospel, but we should know the truth and the Gospel well enough to adequately discern what is true and what is false, and to say what the truth actually is. If we know His Word, we can know truth  (John 17:17)

That being said, below I have compiled some resources to help you in your study of God’s word. I pray this will encourage you and provide you with tools to dig deeper into God’s word to know Him and the salvation He has purchased for His people. 

Personally, I found combining these two methods to be really helpful, allowing you to get your feet wet in all of scripture and also becoming more intimately acquainted with passages or a couple verses.

Study Methods

Birds-eye view approach (broad lens, focusing on the overarching narrative of scripture)

General plan:

  • follow a “whole bible” reading plan at whatever pace is manageable for you
  • Read Old and New Testament each day
  • Make sure you begin at the start of a book, not somewhere in the middle
    • Read like you would any other book!


John MacArthur study method:

  • follow an “Old Testament in a year” plan
  • Read the New Testament, one epistle/Acts/gospel (or section of an epistle/Acts/gospel) every day, for 30 days
    • You’ll become very familiar with the text and maybe even memorize scripture along the way!
    • once the 30 days are up, continue onto the next section of the gospel/epistle or when you’re finished with it, pick another!


Christ Church has a Facebook group that reads the Bible every day together, with thousands of other women. Join their group and pick up wherever they are! Enjoy reading with women across the world! 


Inductive (a concentrated effort on smaller sections of scripture)

OIMA method:

  • Observation
    • Context (who wrote it, when was it written, where was it written, to whom was it written, why was it written)
    • Write out the basic information of the text. The “plain-Jane” information presented
      • Ex. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord
        • Death is earned as a result of sin
        • Eternal life is a free gift of God
        • Eternal life comes through Jesus
        • Jesus is Lord
    • Make note of transition words (therefore, for, but, etc.) and what they are alluding to/referring to
    • Look up words, from the text, in a Bible dictionary 
    • Read the text in other reliable translations
    • Look up cross-references
    • Note the questions you may have about the passage
  • Interpretation
    • Paraphrase the passage
    • How does this point to Christ?
      • What shadow of the Gospel do you see?
      • Is there a Christ typology in the passage?
    • Check your paraphrase with a trustworthy commentary
    • Look up questions you still have about the passage, from trusted sources
    • Listen to a sermon/podcast or read articles on the passage or a concept in the passage, from trusted sources
  • Meditation
    • Journal a prayer to God
    • Pray the Word
  • Application (S.P.E.C.K)
    • Sin 
      • Is there a sin to avoid?
      • Is there a sin I need to repent of?
    • Promise
      • Is there a promise that applies to me?
    • Example
      • Is there an example to follow or not to follow?
    • Command
      • Is there a command to follow?
    • Know
      • What does this tell me about God and his character?
      • Scripture to memorize

Always remember to pray! Pray before you begin. If you are struggling in your study, pray! If you don’t want to study, pray! Pray thanksgiving to God for His Word and the Spirit to understand!


Jen Wilkin also has a great and thorough method of study. In her book “Women of the Word” she outlines this method. You can also find a quick reference guide for her “6 Principles for Solid Bible Study” here: https://static.crossway.org/excerpt/bookmark-women-of-the-word2.pdf


Below I have listed some reliable sites that have reference materials and resources you can use for both types of study!

Online Reference Sites

Bible Hub

https://biblehub.com/

Blue Letter Bible

www.blbclassic.org/index.cfm

E-Sword 

– A free, downloadable Bible Study Tool (iphone app available)

https://e-sword.net/

Trusted Ministries

Ligonier Ministries

https://www.ligonier.org/ (iphone app available)

Table Talk Magazine

  • a great resource if you need direction on what to study, with daily devotionals, reading plan, and related topical articles. Available online(for free) and in print(for an affordable subscription price, and free trial)

https://tabletalkmagazine.com/

Grace to You Ministries

https://www.gty.org/

GotQuestions

https://www.gotquestions.org/

This list is not exhaustive, but a great starting point and contain solid, trusted ministries.

If you know of some resources you think would be a great addition to this list, email/message us and we would love to share them here for others to utilize!

More than anything, I pray you see the absolute necessity, command, and blessing we have been given in studying God’s Word. He is a great God, the God of our salvation, and we can (and should) know Him through His Word. Thanks be to God for this gift!

In Christ,

Michelle

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