I won’t bug you with the stats! We talk in the Christian world like we revere the Scriptures and live by every word of God. (Matthew 4:4) Our ‘walk’ is often much different! We are all too often rivaling the biblical ignorance of our society, and arguing about the Bible more than applying it.
Our Mind the Gap Series is a practical challenge for our church community this summer to face the disparity between what we know in our heads and what we DO. [The first week we looked at KNOWING God, as distinct from knowing ABOUT God.]
For those who are hungry to do some ‘gap minding’ in relation to the Bible, here are some tools and resources, including some of my favorites. DISCLAIMER: Tools unused are of little help!
SO, here are some SUGGESTIONS for increasing your serious Rumination on the Word of God:
The Bible App – free online and mobile app that has exploded world-wide. There are dozens of reading programs built in also.
Bible Gateway – my go-to site when I’m on my computer. Also a new app is available for mobile devices.
ESV app – This is the translation I use and the app is resident on my smart phone so I don’t need to be online. It’s a well done format with cross-references and good search function, etc. NOTE: If you use a different translation – do a search and you’ll probably find an app for it or it will be likely included in the other sites/apps listed here. There is also an ESV Study Bible in all formats that is one of several good study resources.
NET Bible – A fairly new translation that has a lot of notes and language tools to go deeper into the text.
Community Bible Experience – This site has downloadable audio that includes great introductions to the sections of Scripture and readings without chapter references to get the big story of the Bible. The New Testament is ready and can be used in a group. Sign up for a sample and you get the whole NT with intros in ebook format.
How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth – is an introduction to the books of the Bible (with interpretation points) that has stood the test of time and has been updated in recent years. NOTE: as I write this, Amazon has the Kindle ebook version for $1.99!
Obviously, we are overflowing with access to God’s written word in ways unimaginable in the past. So saturate yourself with the Scriptures! Be a life-long learner of the Book of Books. Not as an end in itself, but as the means of knowing Christ, the living Word, and being transformed by the Holy Spirit who inspired and illuminates the Scriptures.