Study Tools

No “tool” is more important than the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will help us to understand. So the first and most important part of Bible study is to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

“The Holy Spirit has been given to us as an aid in the study of the word. Jesus promises, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Those who are under the training of the Holy Spirit will be able to teach the word intelligently. And when it is made the study book, with earnest supplication for the Spirit’s guidance, and a full surrender of the heart to be sanctified through the truth, it will accomplish all that Christ has promised. The result of such Bible study will be well-balanced minds; for the physical, mental, and moral powers will be harmoniously developed. There will be no paralysis in spiritual knowledge. The understanding will be quickened; the sensibilities will be aroused; the conscience will become sensitive; the sympathies and sentiments will be purified; a better moral atmosphere will be created; and a new power to resist temptation will be imparted. And all, both teachers and students, will become active and earnest in the work of God.”

– Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 433 par. 3 {FE 433.3}

There is nothing like picking up the Bible, a real and tangible book. I still do study from it, but have also adopted some computer and online resources to help me in more serious study. If you do choose to use your real and tangible Bible as your main study tool, I recommend at least getting a Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek to complement your study. If you are computer literate, I have listed below some of the other tools that might come in handy if you need online resources.

1. Free Bible Software

I know that I have benefited a lot since I downloaded the e-sword Bible, and I strongly recommend that you have this computer Bible, or one similar. With e-sword you can do simple word searches, look at the cross references (see where the same words appear throughout scripture), easily compare scripture with scripture, and search the meanings of the original Hebrew and Greek words in the concordance.

Click this link to download the e-sword Bible for your computer: e-sword.net

2. Bible Online

Click this link to access an online Bible: BibleGateway.com

3. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

No link available.

4. Ellen White Database

I have purchased the CD (computer software) database for my study, but you can also search this database online.

Click this link to access the online Ellen White Resource Website: whiteestate.org

Or to search the Ellen White database online click here: egwwritings.org

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