Below you will find a list of resources we have created or are recommending to assist us as we read the Bible together on a daily basis.
The daily readings will support the upcoming Sunday sermon with passages from throughout the Bible.
Understanding the Bible:
by John H. Walton, Mark L. Strauss, Ted Cooper Jr.
The Essential Bible Companion gives you what it promises: the essentials, the most vital, absolutely indispensable information you need for reading and truly understanding God’s Word. Developed by two world-class Bible scholars and the creator of The Bible in 90 Days curriculum, this unique, easy-to-use reference guide gives you clear, crisp insights into the Bible book by book.
Understanding the Bible:
by John Stott
This book answers foundational questions: Who wrote the Bible? What is its message? Why is it thought to be a “holy” book? How does one read and interpret it? Best of all, though, you’ll broaden your vision of Jesus Christ, the focal point of Scripture. How? By better understanding the geographical, religious, and historical concerns that shaped the world in which he lived.
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth:
by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life.
If you are looking for a Bible for yourself or a family member, we have compiled the following items for you. We recommend the ESV text below, but any Bible translation will serve you well. What we care most about is that you open your Bible and read it daily.
Digital Versions : There are several free digital versions of the ESV Bible available at esv.org, including online, as an e-book, for the iPad, iPhone, Windows phones, and Android phones, on You Version, and in numerous other digital editions.
ESV Study Bible: (Kindle, paperback, or hardcover available)
Having a Bible is essential, especially if you want to read through the Bible in a year with us! Having a good study Bible, though not required, can be very helpful in understanding broader cultural information, including maps, illustrations, and timelines. It also includes important information about each book and its “human” author. At the beginning of each book is a brief overview – including information about the author of the book, cultural setting information in which the book was written, and an overview of the book. Throughout each book, there are helpful text notes that provide background and cultural information about select verses.
ESV Student Study Bible: (Kindle or hardcover available)
The Student Study Bible is similar to ESV Study Bible, but is geared towards high school and college students. It includes 900 “Did You Know?” facts, various Bible character profiles, and several topical articles. It also features a glossary of key terms, more than 80 full-color maps and illustrations, an extensive concordance, and 80,000 cross-references.
ESV Grow! Bible: (hardcover only)
This Bible is for kids, ages 8-12. It is best used in settings in which parents are actively reading/working with their children throughout this series. It includes questions of the text along the way that help explain what is going on. It also has a “4U” section that further helps explain details in the text.