This year as I study the Bible, I want to share the main resources that I use so that you can benefit from these resources too. I study the Bible in a process of Book-by-Book, Chapter-by-Chapter, and Verse-by-Verse. You can read up on the process in this post: How I Study the Bible.
When I study the Bible, I like to do my own study work first. Then, I compare my findings with other commentaries from pastors, authors, and theologians. Because God’s Word never changes, we should not expect to find anything new that someone else has not already found in the Bible.
Be very wary if in your study you find something that no one else has ever seen before. God probably would not blind godly men to the truth for almost 2,000 years and suddenly reveal it to you. – How to Study Your Bible (pg. 65) by Kay Arthur
It is extremely important to study and read the Bible because it is God’s Word and is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is God’s way of revealing Himself to us. Jesus even said in John 15 that it is important to abide in His words and that His words abide in us (believers in Christ):
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” – John 15:1-17 (emphasis mine)
Therefore, since it is very important to read and study God’s Word, I am going to share the resources that I use when studying the Gospel of John. I have not placed these in any order except in which they come to mind. I hope this list will bless you and your Bible study.
- Exalting Jesus in John
- Reformed Expository Commentary John
- Knowing the Bible – John
- Blue Letter Bible
- Bible Gateway
- Journaling Bible
- Coloring Pencils
- Notebooks or a 3-ring Binder with paper
What are resources that you use when studying the Bible? What tips and tricks do you have for studying the Bible? Who are your favorite pastors, theologians, and authors do you like to follow when studying the Bible? Have you read through the whole Bible before? Do you study the Bible on your own or in a group? Have you read through the Gospel of John before?