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:
Bible Gateway (Biblegateway.com)
ESV Study Bible (www.esvbible.org)
Best Commentaries (bestcommentaries.com)
The Bible Project (www.jointhebibleproject.com)
The Gospel Coalition (www.thegospelcoalition.org)
What other helpful sites for digging into and understanding God's Word have you run across that I didn't mention in this post?
2/29/2016 07:04:00 pm
Last year you mentioned C Michael Patton and Reclaiming the Mind. Since July 2015 his blog has posted nothing and the website is starting to resemble Detroit.
3/1/2016 02:53:34 pm
3/26/2016 03:41:40 am
Btw, I found out that C Michael Patton was in a drug rehab facility which is why he was absent but then just hopped right back intod ministry. You might want to check that out. There is something incongruous there.
12/26/2019 03:38:42 am
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