My goal with this post is to offer encouragement with forming the habit of meeting daily with the Lord; seeking Him first through a daily Bible Study. This encouragement comes in tangible form with several resources that I have collected over the past 20 years. My Bible study experience includes Percept Studies, Bible Study Fellowship, Mama’s Refill, topical studies, and simply digging in on my own. Before I started with my first Precept study 19 years ago, I really had no idea how to study my Bible. I have had to chart this path on my own.
Our pastor is encouraging the formation of our discipleship groups, or DGroups, for our whole church right now. He has recommended using a HEAR Journal for Bible Study. I had never heard of it before so I did some research on it. The link above and the following links were very helpful to me in the beginning .
Another fantastic resource is The Blue Letter Bible. I use this resource more than anything else after my own Bible. They provide a iPhone, iPad, and Android app as well. The site and apps allow you to look up verses in parallel format, provides commentaries, and a Greek and Hebrew Lexicon. That is my favorite part. I do not have as much experience with the online version of The Blue Letter Bible but it looks awesome.
Another favorite source is the book, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. This makes a great summer read.
While I love Precept Studies, they do require a consdierable amounts of time to complete. I do believe everyone should go through a precept study at least once. But Jen’s instructions in Women of the Word help make some of the deeper Precept Study concepts doable for the busy woman.
Another great resource is found at Jen Oshman’s site. This gives a great summary of Women of the Word that Jen Wilkin teaches in her book. This is not a substitute for the book!!! Please read the book. Jen Wilkin gives the why and how behind the methods. Jen Oshman gives the quick view AFTER you’ve read the book. I would encourage you to make your own note cards.
I’m always concerned about how a personal Bible study can lead to misinterpreting the Word of God. This is a personal concern for my own study. Our fallen human nature will always find ways to make the Word about us. I found the following video very helpful in avoiding that mistake.
I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have. I am always looking for resources that will inform my own study so please don’t hesitate to share those in the comments below.