While Bible study may come easy to some, it can be quite intimidating to others. It’s understandable. I wasn’t always passionate about Bible study, either. In fact, it has taken me years to genuinely enjoy studying the Bible. Unfortunately Bible study is portrayed as a religious and boring activity that Christians have to partake in. So, many people try to avoid it. I was one of them. However, after years of researching ways to study the Bible, and creating ways to approach the Bible in a more fun and enjoyable manner, I have finally learned to enjoy Bible study. Which is why, I have created the ultimate guide of all the Bible study must-haves, to help you enjoy Bible study, too.
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LIST OF BIBLE STUDY MUST-HAVES:
1. THE RIGHT BIBLE
First things first, you need to get yourself a GOOD bible – a bible that will actually make you want to study it. I’d recommend purchasing a Bible Study Bible rather than a regular bible. Regular bibles are great for church and daily readings, but not for intense studies. So, if you truly want to make the best out of your bible study time, invest in a bible that will make your bible studying experience more fun and effective. I personally love my ESV Interleaved Journaling Bible (click here to learn about it)
2. RESEARCH TOOLS
The Bible can be a very complex book, so if you want to really dig deep, you will need your phone, computer or tablet to do your RESEARCH. I love searching up words I don’t know, the background of some biblical characters, history, etc.
Bible Study Tools is a very helpful website that I love to use! It includes a parallel bible (to compare verses in different translations), concordances, dictionaries, many bible studies, commentaries, audio bibles, reading plans and so much more helpful tools! Plus, you can search up any word in the bible and all verses containing that word will show up. How amazing, right?
3. CHRISTIAN BOOKS
Books are very useful during Bible studies. However, the amount of books you should have can vary. I personally own a few christian books (I definitely need to stock up on more), but the two books that I find the most useful when it comes to bible studying are the following:
Who made God? By: Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler – includes the answers to over 100 really tough faith questions, like “who made God?” or “how can a good God send people to hell?” If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, definitely purchase this book!
Know your Bible gives you a brief but informative overview of every single book in the Bible – including the author, the date of writing, a description, a detailed summary, unique aspects, key verses and a “so what” application of each book.
4. A PLACE TO WRITE IN: JOURNAL OR PAPER
Is it even possible to read your Bible without jotting things down? NOT FOR ME. I have an unhealthy amount of journals and notebooks around my house that are solely dedicated to my bible studies. It’s honestly impossible to study without writing. You definitely need some sort of book or paper to write in for your bible studies!
Here are some options:
5. WRITING TOOLS
In order to write, you need ” writing utensils”, right? So, definitely consider stocking up on your writing utensils. Don’t hold back. Trust me, you will enjoy writing more if you have cute pens, markers and pencils. The more, the merrier (: (: (:
I swear by my Pilot G-207 pens! They come in 10 different colors. I have not yet found pens that last longer or write better than these!
DUAL BRUSH PENS
These are so great if you love creating art work for your studies! The dual feature is incredible – one side serves as a marker, the other as a pen.
Sharpies are so good for bold titles and headings! The black ones are my fave!
I don’t use pencils much, but they’re always good to have around!
6. HIGHLIGHTING + UNDERLING TOOLS
I don’t really understand people who don’t write on their Bibles. Seriously, I can’t take naked Bibles seriously. How can you read a soul-touching verse and NOT highlight or underline it? Does reading (or studying) your bible even count if you don’t personally engage with it? You tell me….I personally love writing on my bibles, so here are my top 3 favorite writing utensils to use on my Bibles:
Highlighters are great for highlighting KEY words and titles! However, I avoid highlighting entire verses in my Bible because highlighters usually bleed through the paper!
I love coloring lightly over verses because it helps me separate themes and characters from each other. I prefer to highlight with colored pencils rather than highlighters. Plus there are more color options!
The Pilot G-207 pens are great for writing but not for writing on your actual Bible (they’re too strong) Gel pens are my favorite kind of pens to underline verses and circle words with.
MORE BIBLE STUDY MUST-HAVES…..
I recently got into creating tabs for my Bible and I’m OBSESSED. Tabs are such a great way to keep track of important moments, characters, and words in the Bible. They’re so easy to create, too! You just need paper, colored pencils (if you don’t want your background to be white), a ruler, clear tape (to laminate your tab) and a marker! I have a Bible designated for my tabs – so whether I choose to read and study through this bible or another Bible, I only place tabs on this one. I definetly recommend creating tabs if you want to memorize scripture and moments in scripture! It’s so fun!
I don’t know about you guys, but when I read the Bible – I can’t just stay in one place. Since I love reading all over the place, bookmarks are a must for me. I need bookmarks to help me keep track of where I’m at in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
So, if you’re like me, you can either purchase cute bookmarks for your Bible or create them yourselves! (click here to create christian-based bookmarks for your Bible!)
9. STATIONERY TOOLS
You guys, an effective Bible Study experience calls for all the stationary supplies mentioned below. The more goodies you have, the better your study sesh’ will be.
Sticky notes are great for quick or last minute thoughts and notes that come to your head. You can stick them on your bible, notebooks – literally anything!
Notepads are great for side notes, definitions, and to create tabs as well. I love laminating these colorful sheets with clear tape!
Colored index cards are the way to go. But white ones are fine too. I use index cards when I’m trying to study a topic, a bible verse or a character in depth.
I love having paper clips with me at all times. They help me keep my papers and index cards organized and also prevent me from misplacing them.
Finally, you need to have a place where you can keep ALL of your bible study essentials. Give your bible study supplies a HOME inside of your home. Makes sense?
BINDER OR FOLDER
Definitely get yourself a binder or a folder to store all of the papers that you use when studying your Bible.
DRAWER OR SHELF
You can either neatly place all of your Bible study essentials inside of a drawer or on a shelf. That is up to you.
I recommend having a bag for your Bible study essentials that way you can easily carry your supplies around, if needed.
I had so much fun creating this post, so I truly hope you enjoyed reading it. Please let me know in the comments below what are some of your Bible study must-haves.
Until next time,