I live for those aha moments! I like it when the gears click and what once were seemingly disconnected ideas suddenly fall into their rightful places. In this search for aha moments, I have looked for several resources to help me understand the greatest book, the Bible.
Interestingly, the God who revealed Himself through this book has guided believers in creating tools that will help us discover and dive into its wealth of wisdom.
Here is a list of resources that have helped me in understanding the Bible and hope they do the same to you:
1. Got Questions
This is a welcoming site to those who have questions about so many things, like me! Anyone who has a question about the Bible can submit it to the group via http://www.gotquestions.org and expect an answer within 2-7 days. Pastors, Missionaries, Biblical Counselors, Seminary students, and other trained servants come up with a response based on well-thorough research of Bible truths.
Currently, the site and app version house over 5,600 answers to frequently asked questions. Topics range from the foundations of the Christian faith such as Jesus Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit and the likes up to general human matters like relationships, marriage, life decisions, etc.
2. The Bible Project
Their tagline “visual storytelling meets the Bible” aptly describes what this group of theologians and artists offer – bite-sized fully animated videos. This one’s for the visual learners!
I remember watching my first Bible Project video, I was simply in awe. The clear and crisp animation is expected, but what made it one-of-a-kind is how the story was told. A book in the Bible was given background, dissected of its key messages, and weaved together on an overarching theme all in several minutes! Picture this with me: With a scroll laid out, words and images will be drawn on it while a booming voice relays to you a familiar yet surprisingly new story. They captivate by engaging all senses — beautiful visuals, lively audio, and simplified truths.
3. Enduring Word
If you’re looking for Bible commentaries, this is a good resource! It’s arranged based on the books of the Bible and goes through the text verse by verse. It provides historical background, context, and commentaries of different students of the Word.
I find this very helpful if I want to dig deeper into a specific chapter of a book in the Bible. If before I would skim over a group of verses thinking that they refer to the same thing, now I understand what each verse conveys on its own and when taken in along with the other verses.
4. She Reads Truth
It started with several women who wanted to establish the habit of and fuel the passion for reading the Word of God. To help others, these group of writers and artists came up with devotional materials centered on the books of the Bible or themes such as praise, advent, sermon on the mount, etc.
What I like about this is it starts with going through several text in the Bible before bringing it closer to home through real personal stories of the author. It makes it more relevant, being anchored on the truth but seeing how it applies to me and my situation.
Hope these references will help you as you study the Word of God.
Jeremiah 29:13 “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”