Author's note: This is a revised and updated version of a post I initially wrote here.
I love encouraging people to read the Bible - to discover the "living and active" Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), and that all Scripture - both the Old Testament and the New Testament - is given to us by God and is useful for teaching us, correcting us, rebuking us, and training us to we're equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
But I also know that people want and need help reading through and understanding the Bible. I know this because people often approach me and other pastors I know wanting this sort of help. To someone with no foundation for knowing how to read and approach Scripture, a whole lot of the Bible can feel big and foreign and weird. The Bible can feel like a maze. (And, to be honest, parts of the Bible can continue to feel that way - even for people who have been reading it for a long time!)
As I encourage people to read through the Bible, then, I also want to help them lay a foundation on which they can read the Bible well. I've posted before on some "big idea" principles that can help people do this. And this is why I'm such a big fan of the Institute class on "Bible Basics: An Important Class about God's Word."
Since a lot of people want some help understanding the Bible, and since they're going to go somewhere to try and get their questions answered, I've also found it useful to have a handful of websites that I can point people towards, that will steer people in a right direction as they understand and apply the Bible.
Here are six sites that I often point people towards first:
What other helpful sites for digging into and understanding God's Word have you run across that I didn't mention in this post?
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