Digging into God’s Word can be exciting and challenging! We hope these resources will help you as you study Scripture. We live in a time where there are more resources at our fingertips than ever before that can help us understand the Bible and what God has to say to us in it. We hope you will visit this page often as you take steps to engage with Scripture.
Bible Reading Plans
You are much more likely to consistently read the Bible if you have a reading plan. Here are some great sources for plans:
- This blog post provides a lot of information on different reading plans, with links to several. It’s a great place to start.
- Here you will find several kinds of plans you can print out or subscribe to by email.
- YouVersion is an interactive website with a wide variety of reading plans and daily devotions on many different topics. (See the app below!)
There are some really fantastic apps out there! Here are a few we’ve found helpful.
YouVersion Bible App [Android | iOS]: This incredible free app provides several translations of the Bible along with numerous reading and devotional plans. You can subscribe to a plan and the app will automatically take you to the right places in Scripture, keep track of what you’ve read, and more. You can also “friend” people you know and share notes, encouragement, etc.
Bible for Kids [Android | iOS]: This free app has several high quality animated versions of stories from the Bible that will appeal to your kids. They’re interactive and communicate important truths of God’s Word.
Prayer Mate [Android | iOS]: A wonderful app to organize your prayers. You can enter different categories of prayer and have the app walk you through them in chunks as big or small as you like. If you’ve been looking for an app to help you remember what to pray for, this will do the job. You can also subscribe to online prayers/topics through the app. All for free.
Solid Joys [Android | iOS]: Each day you will read a selection from something John Piper has written. These gospel-drenched reflections on Scripture are a great supplement to your daily Scripture reading.
Books / Videos
There are countless books out there to help you read and benefit from the Bible. Here are some of the most helpful.
Video: How to Read the Bible with Dr. Ben Shin. Dr. Shin came from Talbot Seminary to teach an incredibly engaging and informative workshop on how to interpret the Bible. This is incredibly practical and will help you understand how to understand God’s Word and get closer to Him. There are two parts to the video: Part 1 and Part 2.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. A classic and very readable book to help you understand the basics of interpreting the Bible. It is written for people with no background in studying the Bible to help you learn about the different types of books in the Bible, get the lay of the land, and learn how to begin properly interpreting what you read. How to Read the Bible Book by Book (by the same authors) is a good followup read that takes you through the entire Bible.
For the Love of God by D.A. Carson (Volume 1 and Volume 2). This book will take you through a great reading plan over the course of a year, and provide great insight on the Scripture you read each day. This is one of Pastor Ryan’s favorites, and he goes through it year after year. (The YouVersion Bible app listed above has this book within it, if you subscribe to the reading plan.)