What do you have with you when you read or study Scripture?

A few weeks ago we asked the following question on the Bible Gateway Facebook fan page: apart from your Bible, what do you have with you when you read or study Scripture? It turned out to be a much more interesting question than I thought it would be.

Some people wrote that they had nothing but the Bible with them, while others listed a cavalcade of writing implements and reference materials. Also, coffee appeared in quite a few responses.

I like the question because it gives us a glimpse into how other people approach a task that’s near and dear to many of our hearts. I generally have just the Bible and perhaps my journal with me when I study Scripture. However, after reading what other things people bring with them, I’m interested to see what might change if I tried out highlighters or a few reference books as well.

What about you? Apart from the Bible, what do you bring into your personal Bible study? Have you found anything particularly effective?

2 Responses to “What do you have with you when you read or study Scripture?”

  • Ron Kay says:

    I use these study skills and questions and the resources on…

    The Cheat Sheet

    The Into Thy Word Bible Study Method is the “cheat sheet” for using the Inductive Bible Study method. Here are all of the main inductive steps laid out for you to use to get the most out of your Bible studies! Keep a copy of this tucked in your Bible. Feel free to make copies of this for your personal use; more are available in our book, Into Thy Word!


    Then I can use what I have leaned to teach others too


  • I like to use “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance” as a primary source of reference. I have a library crammed full of commenmtaries and works ranging from Wigglesworth, Tozer, Wiersbe,Lockyear, T.D. Jakes to Ogilvie. I use them all.