It is my blessed privilege to lead us in a 52-Week study of the whole Bible starting next Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Please get your copy of The Bible Reading Plan for Studying the Whole Bible in 52 Weeks which gives you the chapters to be read each day to keep up with the 52-Week Bible Reading schedule.
To effectively study the Bible one must have some basic Bible Study resources. I suggest the following:
Guidance of the Holy Spirit through prayer.
An authorized version of a good Study Bible. Some that I like are:
NIV Study Bible by Zondervan
NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible
NKJV Study Bible by Thomas Nelson Study Bible
NLT Study Bible by Tyndale
Bible Concordance (Should be included in any good Study Bible)
Bible Dictionary by Thomas Nelson, Easton, Smith, or New Unger
Parallel Bible by Nelson, Zondervan or Tyndale KJV and NIV are must
Commentaries by Bible Knowledge Commentary, Stony the Road We Trod African American Biblical Interpretation by Cain Hope Felder, Bible Exposition Commentary by Warren Wiersbe, and Matthew Henry Exhaustive Commentary
Young’s Literal Translation (In some Study Bibles and software)
As you can see, a good set of Bible Study basic resources can be costly but necessary. A better and far less expensive way to get even more Bible Study resources and help is to get on the internet. Here are some links to online Bible Study from the website Effective Bible Study Tools available at the web address
Bible study tools are a necessity for effective Bible study. Below you will find links for free resources available to aid your studies. All links, with the exception of the last 2 links, are on-line utilities. The last 2 are free downloadable Bible Study programs.
Holman Christian Standard Bible with notes
On-line Study Bible with notes, concordance, commentary. Customizable to allow you to keep your own notes about verses and chapters.
Bible Pathway.Org
On-line Bible study with commentary in 10 different languages. Structured as a 15 minute a day reading, leading to a complete reading of the Bible in a year. A good starting place for beginners to get in the habit of establishing a study system. Relying solely on the commentaries provided is not recommended as an adequate program of study.
KJV On-line
On-line Bible browser and search utility by the Electronic Text Center of the University of VA. Includes the option to view side-by-side comparison between the KJV and the RSV.
An extremely versatile on-line study site. Browse, study, and search the Bible in 17 versions, including ‘Young’s Literal Translation’; also, has the option of using either the KJV or RSV keyed to ‘Strong’s Concordance. The site also provides a large selection of study tools.
– Interlinear Bible
– The ability to compare 2 translations of scriptural verse at the same time.
– 12 different Commentaries keyed to the verse or chapter that you are studying.
– 4 various Concordances
– 6 Bible Dictionaries
– A scriptural Encyclopedia
– 2 Lexicons
E Sword
This is a very versatile free bible study program download. It is comparable to extremely expensive Bible software. It is the main program, which I use, for off-line study and research. It is an easy to use, customizable, program with browse, search, and other options, that is safe to download The basic E Sword program comes with the KJV annotated to Strong’s numbers, Strong’s Concordance, and Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary. This program allows you to compare various Bible versions with a mouse click. It has a 4 part browser window, which allows you to display Bible chapters, with commentaries and concordance dictionaries, displayed on the same screen and keyed to the verse you select. Also, it has two note pads, one keyed to chapt. & verse and one general. Depending upon your internet connection, it may take awhile to download but it is well worth the time. After you have downloaded the basic program you are able to down load any, or all, of the following add-ons at no cost:
– 26 Bible Versions
– 35 Bible language translations
– 15 Commentaries
– 12 Dictionaries
– 29 extra references
Bible Pro
Another free downloadable Bible study program. The following are provided with the free download:
– Bibles
– Commentaries
Darby’s Commentary & Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening Devotionals
– References
Easton’s, Smith’s, & Hitchcock’s Bible Dictionaries; KJV Words & Names Dictionaries; Torrey’s & Nave’s Topical Indicies.
A CD add-on to the program is available containing 43 Bibles, 250,000 Commentaries, & 1,750,000 References. The CD is free but you pay a small fee of $8.95US for shipping, handling, etc.
In week one, we start BY reading Genesis Chapters 1 thru 13. Please read prayerfully and carefully these chapters and reflect on these questions that we will discuss in our first session next Wednesday:
Why do you think Genesis is called the book of beginnings? What are the main beginnings in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2? The main reason for Genesis is also the main reason for the Bible. What do you think this main reason is?
The attributes (or qualities) of God are listed in Genesis Chapter 1. The main attributes of God revealed in Genesis 1 are: His self-existence; His self-sufficiency; and His self-determination. Which verses in Chapter 1 shows these attributes of God?
Chapter 2 of Genesis is primarily about God’s masterpiece – Man. What does Chapter 2 show us about God’s relationship to men and women? Genesis Chapter 2 also shows us an outline of the six kinds of being Man was when God made them. Those beings are a Natural Being, Spiritual Being, Practical Being, Rational Being, Moral Being, and Social Being. Which verses in Chapter 2 do you think present Man as each of these beings?
In which verse in Chapter 2 do we first see the name Adam? Is Adam ever formally introduced? In which verse does God reveal why He made Eve? What reason did God give for making Eve? What does this say about a basic human need?
Chapter 3 covers the Fall of Man. What is the Fall of Man and which Verses show the Fall of Man? In Chapter 3 we meet the serpent. Who or what do you think the serpent represents? Since both Adam and Eve disobeyed God in Chapter 3, why do you think the woman got most of the blame from preachers, teachers and church members? If Eve was guilty of letting the serpent deceive her, what was Adam guilty of and which verse shows it?
In Chapter 4 we meet Cain and Abel. In which verse do we find Cain’s first sin against God in how he treated his brother Abel? In Verse 8 we see the first murder in the Bible. Who murdered who? In Verse 9 we see one of the best known questions in the Bible. What is that well known question? Why did God ask Cain a question that God already knew the answer to?
In Chapter 5 we go from Adam to Noah. Verse 2 gives us the essential teaching of Genesis about the creation of human beings. What does Verse 2 teach about the relationship between men and women? How many years did Adam live? Where do you find his age at death?
In Chapters 6 thru 10 we find the stories of the Ark, the Flood, Sons of Noah, so-called Curse of Ham and the Table of Nations. Why did God send the Flood? What kind of man was Noah? What was God’s covenant with Noah in Chapter 9? Does Chapter 9 really show that God cursed Ham? What really happened in the curse? Who was cursed?
Where in Chapter 10 do we find the Africans in the Table of Nations? An African was the first mighty warrior in the Bible. What was his name? Where do we meet him in Chapter 10? What were some of the well known Biblical cities founded by this “mighty warrior”? What was the Tower of Babel in Chapter 11? What do you think the Tower of Babel represents? Where in Chapter 11 does it say that God confused the language of human beings? Why did God confuse the language of mankind?