We’ve all had times where we’ve neglected reading the bible. Frankly, sometimes it’s just hard to make time. This week we’ve been focusing on discipleship, so if you’d like to revitalize your bible study, we’ve compiled some helpful resources for you.
Personally, bible reading has been a foundational aspect of my faith; one that continues and will continue to transform me. Still, on occasion the bible leaves me scratching my head. Without honest study and good teaching, passages like, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you,” can be very confusing.
The Gospel Communications Alliance is home to ministries like Into Thy Word, IBS, and Scripture Union that have fantastic resources to help you in your study of the bible. Scripture Union “is committed to ‘helping children, young people and their families know Godâ€™s love, follow Jesus and meet God daily in His Word.'” In addition to books like Whitney T. Kuniholm’s The Essential Bible Guide, they also have a few articles to help you get started, like this introduction to reading the bible and the Scripture Union method for reading scripture.
The International Bible Society exists “to get Godâ€™s Word into the hands of more people, in more countries, more efficiently, so they may become disciples of Jesus Christ.” They have an excellent reading calendar that can guide you through reading the bible in a year. IBS also has daily scripture that you can sign up to receive each day by email called Daily Manna from the ‘Net. If you’re interested in other resources by IBS, check out their Bible Study Page.
Into Thy Word’s Bible Study Page provides curriculum based around inductive analysis and word studies of various books of the bible and topics. These studies are constantly being added to, so check back in a few months. Always wondered what “inductive bible study” means? They also have a page devoted to exploring different Bible Study Methods.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-2)