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  • Writer's pictureKemi Kodja

My 5 Favorite Bible Study Tools

Whether you’re new to Bible study or looking to deepen your existing practice, having the right resources can make all the difference. Here are some of my favorite Bible study tools that have transformed my personal study time.

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1.NLT Journaling Bible

I got this Bible when I was in undergrad, mainly because I loved the creative layout. Over the years though, I've appreciated how the layout gets me excited about diving into the Word. There's space in the margins to jot down notes while you're studying, which is an added bonus, especially if you're someone who likes to interact with the text as you read it. Also, there are Bible verses drawn out throughout the Bible to provide encouragement and insight as you read. You can get a copy of this Bible here.

2. SOAP Bible Study Journal

The SOAP method is a popular Bible Study technique that stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. In the Scripture part, you write out the scripture you're studying or unpacking. In the Observation part, you jot down any notes/observations you have about what you just read. In the Application part, you write out how what you just read can be applied to your day-day life. And lastly, in the Prayer part, you write out a prayer to God about what you just read. This journal breaks down the SOAP process by having sections on each page for you to use to follow the SOAP method as you study the Bible. You can get yours here!

3. Bible Highlighters

Using Bible highlighters instead of regular highlighters helps to ensure that there is no bleed-through on the pages as you highlight, keeping your Bible pages clean and readable. Using Bible highlighters as you're studying also helps with color coding when you're studying. Highlighting different themes or topics with different colors can help in organizing and categorizing scriptures for easier reference later. Click here to check out the ones I use!

4. Dear Jesus Journal

The Dear Jesus journal is a blank-lined journal that can complement your Bible study time perfectly. You can use it to take detailed notes during your Bible Study sessions, document your prayers, or date your Bible study reflections so you can look back on them over time. I use it to check in with God before/after my Bible study time. I tend to have a lot to say (lol) and need more space than when I'm just jotting notes to write out my thoughts to God. You can get your copy of the Dear Jesus journal here!

5. Bible App

I prefer using the physical Bible to study however, there are some features that the Bible app offers that I absolutely love. If you struggle to stay focused as you read or are reading a difficult chapter, you can have the chapter play like an audiobook and follow along with your physical Bible. This has been the most groundbreaking technique for me as it's made difficult chapters more digestible.

Some of the other features I love about this app are:

  • the daily verse feature which gives you a verse of the day every morning on your phone

  • the Bible reading streak which gets me excited about engaging with the Word at least once a day

  • the Bible reading plans which can be thematic and about whatever you're currently going through

This app is completely free and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. Check it out here!

I hope you've found this blog helpful and that these tools collectively enhance your Bible study experience.


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