Bible Study Tools

Now that we have covered Bible translations, and the differences between reading and studying Bible. I want to look into some tools that are handy for your Bible study time.

Bible study tools

Commentaries

I have a bit of mixed feelings about commentaries when it comes to Bible study. First, let me point it out that commentaries can be amazing. This includes Study Bibles as well. But on the other hand, it’s easy to skip actually studying the Bible yourself and go straight into commentaries. While, yes, commentaries have amazing insights, we need to study the Word for ourselves.

Now, there are some commentaries I would recommend. David Guzik’s commentaries are the best I know. Honestly, in my opinion, David Guzik is the best Bible teacher on earth right now. His commentaries are very insightful, and his teaching is very captivating. You can find commentaries on all the books of the Bible free on his website.

Another great series is Warren Wiersbe’s BE Series Commentary. These commentaries are such great ones and have great insight. Also, you can sometimes get these commentaries for free on Kindle!

Blue Letter Bible

Another good study tool is the Blue Letter Bible. There you can search verses, search the meanings of the original language, search where else in the Bible the same exact word is used. There are also a lot of other resources on the Blue Letter Bible website. You can find devotionals, commentaries, study tools, and other good tools in there. I highly recommend looking it up!

Bible Study Methods

There are quite a few Bible study methods. One of the more famous ones is the SOAP method. It stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. This basically means to take a verse and first write it out. Then you make observations from the verse. You then apply it to your own life, and cover this with prayer.

There are several Bible study methods, so I suggest googling them. These methods really suit some people so do check them out!

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16 Comments

  1. I’m loving this series on studying the Bible, and I agree with you on the use of commentaries. It’s always tempting for me to just rush right to the experts, but then I cheat myself out of some good time spent in studying things out for myself. Also, Jen Wilkin’s acronym CIA has helped me a lot: Comprehension, Interpretation, and Application.

    1. Thank you so much, Michele! I haven’t come across Jen Wilkin’s acronym (though I absolutely love her!) so I will look more into that! It sure sounds like a really good acronym to study with.

  2. I love the BE series commentaries as well. And although I have looked at the Blue Letter Bible, I quickly got overwhelmed and haven’t gone back to it. I need to take some time to explore all that is there. laurensparks.net

    1. Lauren, Blue Letter Bible holds a lot, that’s for sure! I mostly use it to look at the words in verses in the original language and their meanings. You can also find good commentaries on Blue Letter Bible like Matthew Henry’s and Chuck Smith’s commentaries. So I don’t use everything there is, but there are many great things in there!

  3. I dip into some online David Guzik from time to time. I find him to be so clear in his writing. That definitely helps! Thanks for sharing these tools, Ronja. This is a great series.

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! David Guzik sure is so clear in his commentaries, and his teachings go along the same line. Thanks for stopping by here again this week! God bless you

    1. I hope you will find helpful things on the Blue Letter Bible, Laurie! Thanks for visiting here again this week! God bless you

  4. Yes, we need to be careful that we don’t rely on man & his interpretation but on God & the Holy Spirit’s guidance & direction for our lives through His Word to us.
    Not all is correct in commentaries either, as I recently found, they are only useful “complimentary tools” to studying the Bible… commentaries that have the history & cultural context are very useful though.
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

    1. Jennifer, you are so right! Seeing how often commentaries differ in the interpretation of a meaning of a verse, there are a lot of things that aren’t necessarily all correct in them as well. That’s so important to keep in mind. We are all only human, after all! Thanks for stopping by here, Jennifer. God bless you

  5. What a great series, Ronja! I agree with you about commentaries. It can be tempting to go to our favorites and we do need to spend time studying the Word for ourselves. When I do go to a commentary, one of my favorites is Matthew Henry’s. It takes a little time getting used to the old English, but it’s so rich and worth the time to read. It’s available free at studylight.org.

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! I have read Matthew Henry here and there, and his commentaries are good for sure! I just find it a bit heavy reading since it’s such old English that, like you said, takes some time to get used to. Thank you for this reminder, I need to put Matthew Henry’s commentaries back to my reading list.

  6. Thanks for the information regarding the BE commentary series. I have always used Matthew Henry’s commentary….having another resource would be great. I have already been looking around on Kindle!

    1. Matthew Henry’s commentaries are good for sure! But like was said here in the comments, his commentaries take some time to get used to because of the old English. Warren Wiersbe’s commentaries are easy to read and I love that they are so easily available. Thanks for stopping by here this week, Jennifer! God bless you

  7. You know…I like Blue Letter Bible too, and I haven’t been using it much lately. I’ve been using some other tools like BibleHub. I’ll have to jump back into it. 🙂