Get More Out of Your Bible Study Time
As Christians we commit to invest time for Bible study out of our desire to be closer to God. We naturally want to make the most of each opportunity. I like to vary my Bible study methods occasionally to keep my mind fully engaged.
One favorite study method is to get many different perspectives of the same text. I like to read two or three different translations of the same verse. This helps me understand the language and intent of the author. My favorite translations are the New King James Version and the Wuest Expanded New Testament Translation. The Wuest version helps to communicate the original Greek in a very literal way. It gives a nice, full picture of what the verse is saying.
Another way to get different perspectives is to use several commentaries. I love the Thomas Nelson NKJV commentary. I find I’m always copying things down from Warren Wiersbe’s commentary because I want to remember them later. I find the Life Application Study Bible’s commentary helpful as well. Matthew Henry’s commentary was written in the 1700’s but is still very applicable today.
If you have a computer-based tool like e-Sword, which is free to download, you can view many different Bible translations and commentaries all in one place. Not only is the software free, but many of the translations and commentaries are as well. Others can be purchased as add-on modules.
Last but not least, the YouVersion Bible app is a free application for your mobile device. It provides translations of the Bible in 450 languages, including audio versions and study plans.
However you decide to approach your Bible study time, I’m confident that God will make each verse come alive to you. Be sure to write down your thoughts and impressions as you read. If you do this long enough, you will have built your own commentary!
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear – 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)
Posted on Wed, October 30, 2013
by Shawnna Casazza filed under