Bible study Tools are materials that aid in bible study. Bible study is integral aspect of spiritual growth. Many people are wondering, some are surprised at others when explaining the scriptures to them. Some people are saying, how do you people understand these things written in the bible? Some the bible is just a written novel and they read it as such. Also, some have read and read the bible, yet no understanding but they can quote it verbatim. The understanding of the bible is revealed by the Holy Spirit. The studying of the bible is involves key essential elements in order to grasp the full concept of a bible passage. This is your happy hour; this page contains the basic elements of bible study that will aid you in the studying of the scriptures.
Table of content
- Bible study tools
- Methods of bible study
- Skill for bible study
Introduction (Bible study overview)
The introduction to this piece will be taken from scriptures. In 1 Timothy 4:13 says, Till I come, give attention to the reading…, 2 Timothy 2:15 admonish and charged us to ‘ Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Also, in 2 Timothy 3: 14-16 advice and recommends to us to do this following: ‘But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them…, and verse 16 tells us that ‘all scripture is given by the inspiration of the God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ In verse 15 states that ‘the Holy scriptures can make us wise’. This is among the reasons while we must study. Now, let us login.
what are the Bible study tools?
There are different materials used for bible study. Many study the bible using PC software which contains most of these materials. Before we go on listing these materials, this will help you. Before you set to study, these include the practical suggestion for bible study. Have and select an set time for studies (most people choose early in the morning but study at all times, maybe by meditation), select a special place for study and write down your points.
Holy Bible: The bible is the sword of the spirit. The Bible contains the pattern if life of Jesus, it contains His word and earthly ministry. This is one spiritual book that cannot be exhausted before and after ages to come. The bible is a book that contains the written word of God. The content of the bible are called the word of God or scriptures are holy word that are inspired and breathe by God. The bible could appear as a story, prophecy book, teaching but the bible says that it is and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
In bible study, the accepted book to study is the word of the Holy Scriptures; this is because it has the mind of God, the life of His son, the methods and ways to reach Him through his son. It is the book that has principles of life and only book that has the word which can build your faith. The words of the bible are in absolute unity. So, Even though the Bible was written by many writers over many years, there are no contradictions from one author to another. The mystery of the bible was to reveal God’s plan for mankind and to show His purposes. The purposes of God talk about His son Jesus Christ which is central character of the bible. The new and old testament talks about one person which Jesus. Every page of the old and New Testament, talks about Jesus, so this is how you should see the bible. The bible is made of 66 books. It is categorized as follows:
Old Testament: in Bible study from the Old Testament, talks about the agreement God had with man. It also, reveals the plan of God for the salvation of mankind by Jesus Christ. The Old Testament prepares us for its happening and the New Testament tells how it happened. The old testament has the following division: the book of the law (first five books), the book of history (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, I and II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), the book of prophets and poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon).
New Testament: the New Testament reveals God fulfillment of plan in Jesus. It shows God agreement with Man through His son Jesus Christ as the mediator through which man can come to Him. The New Testament has also been divided into four groups: Gospels, History (Acts), Letters, and Prophecy (Revelations).
Bible concordance: This is used to locate all the references to a Word, Locate A repetition of Specific word and find the Meaning of a Word using a strong number.
Bible dictionary: This is used to look up for the meaning of word from the scriptures. The bible was written in Hebrew while New Testament is on Greek. So we have Greek bible dictionary and Hebrew bible dictionary.
Bible commentaries: This is a book that gives comments about bible chapters, verses. A commentary is helpful in explaining passages which are difficult to understand. This is a clue to understanding what a passage is all about. It does not give full details. This is to remind you that, bible commentaries are human write ups and nothing worth the truth you discover by yourself. Do not always base your bible study explanations on commentaries. It may give background study of the passage but it is not in-depth.
Bible atlas or map: A Bible atlas is used to study the geography or maps and information on locations of the Bible. It helps you locate and understand the geographical setting in which the incidents in the Bible happened.
The rest include Bible encyclopedia, Bible handbook and Bible topical.