It’s day one of our 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge. I’m thrilled that so many of you have agreed to join me in reading God’s Word every day for the next 30 days (and beyond I hope!).
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of ten Bible study tools that have helped me dig into God’s Word.
- Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
This was the first Bible study I did after becoming a Christian. I often revisit it, and it continues to impact my life. Fun tidbit: I once stayed in the cabin where this study was written and left the iron on all day. I nearly burnt the place down! I’m glad I didn’t, and I’m super glad I read this study!
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
I read this Bible every day with my kids. It’s designed as a children’s Bible, but I get something out of it every time I read it. The big idea is that every story in the Bible points to Jesus. It helps me understand the gospel in new ways and the illustrations can’t be beat!
- True Woman 101: Divine Design by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian
If you want a Bible study about gender and purpose that goes deep, this is the study for you! It helped me understand why God made me who I am and what living my life for Him can look like. Fun tidbit: If you use the companion DVD to do a study with a small group, you will see some guest appearances made by me!
- Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh
This book helped me understand the pattern of identifying lies and replacing them with God’s truth. That pattern has revolutionized my life and transformed how I read the Bible. The companion guide, written by yours truly, turns the book into a nine-week Bible study.
- My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
This is a Christian classic that gives you one Bible verse plus some devotional thoughts for every day of the year. It’s an oldie but a goodie, originally published in 1935. I find that it consistently stretches me to think in new ways.If you want to read old words in new ways, you can get the My Utmost for His Highest app.
- Matthew Henry’s Commentary
While we are on the subject of oldies but goodies, Matthew Henry’s Commentary is a must have Bible study tool, in my opinion. Written more than 250 years ago, it is a big and intimidating book. But the copy that sits on my desk is well worn. It is an invaluable resource in helping me understand what I read in the Bible. You can access the electronic version here.
I love Biblegateway.com! It makes the Bible easy to access and study. You can plug in a key word or phrase, compare different translations and access a verse of the day. God’s Word at your fingertips!
- Conversation Peace by Mary Kassian
I am currently doing this Bible study with a group of friends, and it really is transforming my speech! If your words need a makeover (like most of ours do!), this is a great Bible study to use in the new year. There are also tons of freebies and printables here.
- My journal
Using a journal while I study God’s Word helps me comprehend and apply what I’m reading. I jot down key verses, write out questions, and pray through what I’m reading as I read it. My favorite journals have a spiral binding at the top (and a pretty cover, of course!). What’s your favorite kind of journal?
- Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom
No Bible study has wrecked me more than this one! I’ve done it several times, and every time God has used it to expose areas of my heart and life that need to change. Warning: Only read this one if you’re ready for God to move in your life!
I hope that many of you are ready for God to move in your life! I’d love to hear what Bible study tools have made a difference for you and what you will be using to complete the 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge. Log on to the giveaway widget below with your answer. I will choose one of you to win Seeking Him.