2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
The Word of God is amazing, and speaks to us about every single situation in our lives. Countless leaders and individuals have sought its guidance for centuries, using the Bible as a tool for discernment, wisdom, and knowledge about everything that life confronts us with.
Of course, for many new believers, understanding the entirety of the Bible can be difficult, especially when you don't know about the historical context, or how things fit together. I know for me, when I first became a believer, I devoured the word of God, and the Holy Spirit ministered to me greatly during those days. At the same time, I didn't understand the larger Biblical narrative, and how one book connected to the next. Enter the study Bible.
Study Bibles are amazing tools that every believer should have. They provide in depth commentary, historical context, cross references, maps, and literary analysis that is critical for developing an authoritative understanding of the Word of God. And developing that skill is paramount in the walk of every believer, and should be a top priority.
I'm reminded of a story one day where I was walking with a brother in Christ, and he felt led to talk to a Muslim woman who was walking in the park with her son. I kept walking, and waited for him as he spoke to her briefly. When he returned, he told me that she at one time was a believer, a Christian, but when she had questions about the Bible, none of her Christian friends could answer her questions, so she converted to Islam. I found this shocking, and tragic.
It is imperative that every believer knows the word of God, what it says, and how it is connected. Luckily, study Bibles help you gain this understanding, and give you insights that are valuable in your walk.
I did some digging on the web, and found a nice post from Addall, which did a review of different study Bibles for 2021. It has some great observations, and lists 10 different study Bibles. Check it out, and if you don't already have a study Bible, you should totally get one. I personally use the ESV study Bible, and it has been tremendously helpful in my walk in understanding the living word of God.
I've been meaning to write a short post on this amazing resource that you should know about if you don't already. Enduring Word Bible Commentary is an incredible website that has an in-depth commentary on every verse in the Bible. The website describes the commentary like this:
"For over twenty years Pastor David Guzik has been researching each Bible Passage and creating what Thousands of people have come to know as The Enduring Word Bible Commentary."
In my personal study, I frequently go to this resource to glean new insights and understanding. Along with the ESV Study Bible, this is an excellent supplemental resource to better help you comprehend the context and meaning behind scripture.
If you haven't looked at this, I encourage you to do so. It will add to your understanding of different Bible chapters, and the commentary that Pastor Guzik integrates from other leading Biblical scholars is pure gold.
Earlier this week, the Lord told me to revise my website this weekend, so I spent some time today revising, reformatting, editing, adding, subtracting, and all the other things that go along with managing a website.
One of the biggest changes is in the Resources section, which is a major focus of this website. There you will find a ton of great materials to help you grow in your walk with the Lord. Below are some of the major sections that I have now, and will certainly be adding to it as well. Take some time to explore these great resources and share them with others.
Derrick Rhayn is a new Christian and seeks the will and Word of the Lord.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.