Bible Study Plans: The Best Specific Bible Commentaries

In my last blog post, I discussed the best overview Bible Commentaries. Today, I’ll discuss the ones that are more specific to books. Contact me with questions!

THE BEST SPECIFIC BIBLE COMMENTARIES

Bible commentaries are indispensable for studying the Bible. Grab one today, and contact me with questions!

Bible Study Plans: The Best Bible Commentaries

I’ve been asked many, many times over the years what Bible Commentaries I use. A Bible Commentary is an explanation of what a passage in the Bible is saying, usually written by a Bible scholar. In this blog post, I’ll share. Contact me today with questions!

THE BEST BIBLE COMMENTARIES

These are my top recommendations for commentaries that cover the entire Bible. When I’m studying the Bible, I usually Google. It pulls up the exact references, quickly and easily. Let me know how I can help!

Bible Study Plans: What is the Bible Telling Me?

Studying the Bible is not easy. It’s a difficult book, written in many different styles by many different authors with events that happened thousands of years ago, which is hard for us to understand. After all, sacrificing of animals and the 10 plagues God sent down on Egypt as punishment for the sins against God’s people are hard for us to understand. In this blog post, we’ll review the two main lessons the Bible is trying to tell you. Contact AtoZMomm to learn more.

TWO MAIN LESSONS THE BIBLE IS TEACHING ME

  1. The Old Testament. The Old Testament basically says that God’s people have rebelled against him (since Adam and Eve), and thus deserve God’s wrath, judgment, and punishment.
  2. The New Testament. The New Testament tells us that God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to save us from His just punishment from the Old Testament and that we can live forever in heaven with God through accepting Jesus as our Savior.

These two lessons are the crux of the Bible. Are these lessons that simple? Yes and no. Fundamentally, yes. But there’s so much more than this surface level, such as walking in the ways of Jesus and understanding our past in order to improve our future. Contact me if you have questions!

Bible Study Plans: The Three Questions to Ask Yourself Every Time You Study the Bible

When you study the Bible, there are three questions you should ask yourself every time you read the Bible and/or study the Bible. Contact AtoZMomm with questions

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN STUDYING THE BIBLE

  1. What is God showing me in this passage?
  2. What does this passage show me about myself?
  3. What is my response?

Ask yourself these three questions when you read the Bible in order to gain a deeper understanding and discover God’s timeless truths. Contact me with questions!

Bible Study Plans: More Tips to Go Deeper in the Bible

In our last blog post, we discussed ways on how to go deeper for your Bible study. In today’s post, we’ll go over a few more tips. Contact AtoZMomm today to learn more!

TIPS ON HOW TO GO DEEPER IN YOUR PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

  • Define words. It’s hard to understand what you’re reading if you don’t know what the words mean. A good practice is to have Google up and running while you’re reading the Bible and look up any words you may be unfamiliar with. Often, a good Bible Dictionary is handy to have as well as it will give you not only the Biblical meaning, but also cross-references as to where this word can be found elsewhere in the Bible.
  • Use different translations. When studying the Bible, different translations can be extremely helpful, especially in extremely difficult parts of God’s word. There can be just slight differences, but those slight differences can be all you need for understanding. Just be careful you’re buying a different translation and not a paraphrase of the Bible.
  • Invest in a good commentary. Bible commentaries can be extremely helpful when trying to go deeper in God’s word. You can learn a lot from others, and from others who have built upon others’ work as well. Just be sure to try and read it on your own first, but then definitely use resources that are available to help you.
  • Don’t get frustrated. God’s word is hard because God Himself is hard to understand. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated with yourself when you just don’t get it. Stop. Pray. Breathe. Take a break. God’s not going anywhere. He’s waiting on you to find Him.
  • Have patience. Studying the Bible is definitely a marathon and not a sprint. The more you read and study, the more God will show up and reveal Himself. Knowing God and Jesus is a lifelong process; give it time.

Studying the Bible is like studying anything you want to know more about — except, in this case, there’s nothing more important you can be doing with your time than studying God’s word. It will take time and patience. I hope you find these Bible study tips useful. Contact me to learn more!

Bible Study Plans: 5 Ways on How to Go Deeper in the Bible

Bible study can be daunting, especially if you’re a new Christian. However, studying the Bible is challenging for everyone, mainly because it points out point blank how we all deserve death, we’re all sinners, and we all need God. In this blog post, I’ll offer up tips on how to go deeper in the Bible. Contact me today with any questions!

5 WAYS TO GO DEEPER IN THE BIBLE

  1. View the Bible as a whole story. Many people make the mistake of tackling the Bible in pieces, reading stories here and there, and never putting it all together. Furthermore, many make the mistake of thinking the Old Testament is a completely separate part of the Bible and is completely opposite of the New Testament. However, the Bible is God’s story meant to be taken as a whole with an overarching theme — that of Jesus as Savior. Once you understand this basic fact, you’ll read the Bible in a whole new light.
  2. Understanding the genre of the books of the Bible. In your Bible study plans, it’s helpful to know what genre each book of the Bible falls into. This is important because not every sentence of the Bible is meant to teach you. Some are prayers to pray to God. Some are just part of a theme you can apply to your life. Understanding which books of the Bible are instructional versus narrative for example will help you to go deeper in God’s Word.
  3. Find God’s overarching truths. There are overarching truth’s in God’s word, such as Jesus is Savior, God is good, we are saved by God’s grace, and all believers go to heaven and await Jesus’ second coming. These principles tie God’s word together so you can go deeper in the Bible.
  4. Pray. When you ask God for help, He answers. Ask Him every time you sit down to read the Bible for a deeper understanding of His Word. He will answer.
  5. Don’t rush. Reading the Bible is not homework with a timeline to finish. You need to take your time to digest and ponder God’s word, and if you have to re-read a passage many times until you get it, do so.

These are just a few of some of my favorite tips to go deeper in God’s word. Stay tuned to AtoZMomm’s blog for part two to this series of how to go deeper in God’s word. Contact me to learn more!

Bible Study Plans: Is the Bible True?

“Is the Bible true?”

I think most of us have heard this question at some point in our lives. Many say the Bible is just a collection of stories, myths even, about people who may or may not have lived long ago. How do we know it’s true? In this blog post by AtoZMomm, we’ll explore that question. Contact me today with any other questions you may have!

What is the Bible?

The Bible is the holy book for Christians. In it is recorded God and His son, Jesus’s, teachings to the world, as written down by chosen people of God. It is a collection of books written over a period of 1500 years. The Old Testament tells of the beginning of time and God’s choosing of His people, the Jews, and the Jews’ history. The New Testament is the story of God’s son, Jesus, and the spread of the new religion, Christianity, that Jesus ushered in when he died for our sins.

IS THE BIBLE TRUE?

What is truth? You have to answer that question before you can answer if the Bible is true or not. Truth is what has happened in reality, or something accepted as true. The Bible states many truths, for example, that God exists, that He created the world and everything in it, that Jesus is God’s son, and the only was to get to heaven is to have faith in Jesus as God’s son and that his death cleansed us all to make us holy enough to be with God.

Evidence for the Bible

  • There are many existing early manuscripts of the Bible, all supporting one another. There are outside writings as well, from the Greeks and the Romans, all verifying the existence of Jesus. Moreover, the Bible is a cohesive whole, all uniting in one message and never contradicts itself. This would not be possible with so many human writers over such a long time frame without a deity’s guidance.
  • The Bible lines up with history.
  • There are eyewitness accounts.
  • The Bible cared about women when no one else did.
  • The Bible prophecies much and many of these prophecies have come true.
  • The Bible is without error.
  • The Bible has a clear message.
  • The Bible is sufficient.

DO YOU HAVE FAITH THE BIBLE IS TRUE?

In the end, the answer to this question is faith, which is what determines your entrance to heaven or not as well. Do you have faith that what the Bible says is true, based off all the existing evidence? Has God spoken to you personally? Do you have a personal relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ? What does your heart tell you?

Your soul and your heart hold the answer. Search it, and find it today. Contact me with questions!