Study Tools part 1

Hey folks how’s it going?! I thought I’d share with you all some of the tools i use to study for my sermons and lessons in The Deep! This is part one of the posts called Study Tools. OH and fyi if u click on the pictures they will enlarge so u can see more clearly 🙂
Let’s start off with the basics first…

1.The Bible!

I use several different Bibles. This one is my primary study Bible. The New Spirit Filled Life Bible in the New King James Translation. I really like this one.

It even has my name on it! pretty nifty huh!

But no seriously this is a good study bible i like the different features in it.  It has these little sections in it called word wealth where they will give you the Greek/Hebrew word and meaning for certain words.  This really helps to expand your understanding of the passage. A Strong’s Concordance works well to but its just nice to have it built into the Bible.

It also has some nice commentary on the passages. What I like most about the commentary is that it’s well balanced. I’ve noticed in a few study Bibles that the commentaries are a little slanted and so i really appreciate a commentary that can present both sides of at able and sometimes all 4 sides of it too.

Before the start of each chapter  it gives you a good summary of who wrote the book you’re reading, when it was written, the back story to each book, a summary of the content, personal application and how Christ is revealed. Then it maps out the the entire book for you. This has actually proven to be very helpful at times.

If you’d like purchase your own copy you can order it here. http://www.christianbook.com/nkjv-spirit-filled-genuine-leather-black/9780718006372/pd/06372

Another one i like to use a lot is the Complete Jewish Bible. This is the first translated Bible that is completely done in a complete Jewish style. I find it terribly interesting because of the fact that our Savoir is a Jew, therefore reading this translation helps us to see thing the way Christ would see them. this is the description of this translation from ChristianBook.com

Why is this Bible different from all other Bibles? Because it is the only English version fully Jewish in style and presentation. It includes Dr. Stern’s new version of the Tanakh (“Old Testament”) and his highly acclaimed Jewish New Testament.

The Complete Jewish Bible:

  • Follows the Hebrew Bible order of the Tanakh’s books the order with which Yeshua (Jesus) was familiar
  • Makes no separation between “Old” and “New” Testaments
  • Corrects mistranslations in the New Testament resulting from anti-Jewish theological bias
  • Offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts, using easy-to-read English transliterations
  • Focuses on Messianic prophecy
  • Gives the traditional weekly and holiday synagogue readings, plus relevant readings from the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament)
  • Reconnects Christians with their Jewish roots and the Jewish people
  • Connects Jews with the Jewishness of Messiah Yeshua and Messianic faith

Other Features of this Bible include: a comprehensive introduction, a pronouncing explanatory glossary, a reverse glossary and special maps to aid Bible understanding.

The complete Jewish Bible shows that the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone–Jew and non-Jew alike.

Recently on Wednesday Nights in The Deep we have started to discuss the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).  To help me study for this i use the book “A Harmony of the Gospels”  As you know many of the accounts of Jesus are shared between the 4 Gospels (mostly Matthew, Mark, and Luke), so what this book does is line up all the stories together in order so you get a fuller picture of the events of the Gospels.

Down below are a couple of pictures showing you what i mean.

A brief word on translations. I personally do not use the King James version. It’s not a horrible translation. If you use it great. I personally use New American Standard, New King James, and English Standard Version. As long as you stay from paraphrase Bibles such as the message or the message remix then you should be good for study. Paraphrase Bibles are NOT meant for study.

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