Hello! Let me tell you, I’m quite excited about this post. I want to share with you the materials & supplies that I have found to be most helpful for Bible-reading & memorization. Read through my favorites & then leave a comment telling me something that you like to use during Bible study. Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into it!
-Highlighters. If you know me, you know I most definitely love color, so of course I need color in my Bible! I use highlighters for highlighting verses that God has pointed out to me, ones that have been talked about during sermons, & ones that I need to remember & apply better to my life. I also like to highlight specific key words (if you’ve ever done Precept Bible studies, you’ll know what I mean), such as God’s name & any pronouns (He, His, Him, etc). Note: If you buy highlighters to use for your Bible, make sure you get ones that for sure do NOT bleed through the paper, as Bible pages are thinner than other books. The brand I use is from LifeWay (a Christian bookstore), called Hi-Glider, & they’re actually gel highlighters designed specifically for Bibles. You can also get plain gel highlighters somewhere else like Amazon, where they might possibly be selling at a cheaper price.
-A pen. Or pens, actually. I found a set of non-bleed pens at LifeWay that came with black, pink, purple, yellow, green, & blue, though I really only use the black. I also have another generic purple pen that I probably got from somewhere like Target. I use the black pen for taking notes, underlining, & writing cross-references, & I use the purple pen for notes, underlining, & circling God’s name along with any pronouns.
-Sticky notes/Post-It notes. I love these so much! I use the small flags for bookmarks, & I use the big squares for notes that I’ve taken on a certain verse chapter & for overviews/summaries for different books of the Bible.
-A concordance. A concordance is a book that has lists of scripture references with specific key words in them. It’s the equivalent of a search engine for your Bible. You can find free ones online (aka Googling your key word & then putting “Bible verse”), or if you look for one, you can get a Bible with a concordance in the back. I have one in my Bible, & I love using it! It’s amazingly helpful when you need to find Bible verses about something you’re going through, but don’t know where to find them.
-The YouVersion Bible App. This app is available on most mobile devices, & is pretty much the go-to if you don’t have a physical Bible in your hands. You can create a free account, which will allow you to highlight verses digitally, bookmark them, add footnotes to them, & look at verses in an array of different versions. There are also a ton of Bible reading plans/devotionals ranging in length from a few days to over a year.
-Other people. Sometimes it helps me to get a perspective from other people on what a specific Bible verse means, & doing Bible studies is an excellent way to grow in faith.
-The Holy Spirit. You know, out of all the resources I listed, all of them would be silly & useless without the inclusion of The Holy Spirit. Without Him, you can read the Bible all day & all night without getting anything out of it. You need Him in order to hear what God wants to say to you, & you also need Him to get a divine understanding of what you’re reading. If you make Him the center of your Bible-reading, your time will be prosperous.
-This website has a search engine for finding verses with key words, a wide variety of Bible translations, devotionals, newsletters & thought-provoking articles, & the ability to highlight/bookmark verses. It’s my favorite website to use when I have to look up verses on my laptop.-
-This website is very similar to Bible Gateway in the fact that it offers devotionals, a search engine, & different versions (though less than what other sites offer), but what makes it unique is the fact that you can look up the Greek root words, hear the pronunciations, & read the definitions in specific verses, as well as cross-references, commentaries, & Biblical definitions for the words to help you better understand the scriptures. I was introduced to it when doing Precept Bible studies, & it’s been extremely helpful to me.
I hope you found some things that will be helpful for your Bible-reading! What are some of your favorite supplies?
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