Bible Study Tools You Have to Know About

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study
Ch. 6: Bible Study Tools You Have to Know About (Pg. 93-112)

Way, way back in the day, I had no idea how to sit down and start reading my Bible.  Yep, totally clueless.  I would hold my Bible out in front of me and squeeze my eyes tight with a quick prayer asking God what He wanted me to read that day.

With my eyes still closed, I would flip through my Bible like a deck of cards with my index finger spiraling down to a chunk of words on whatever page my Bible happened to land.  If I didn’t understand it or it was some list of strange names and places I couldn’t pronounce, I would close my eyes again and start the process all over until something “made sense”.

That’s how I used to read and “study” my Bible.  This beginning method was all I knew, and Bible reading became more and more unappealing and lacking.  Suffice to say, I had no clue what I was reading and didn’t understand anything in context.

I had zero ways to prepare myself to journey through the Word.  My Bible reading time, rather than full and rich, became an intimidating and spontaneous pastime that only happened maybe during a hard day or after Sunday church, when I felt inspired.

I think at one time or another in our Christian journey, we all have used this “crystal ball” approach to the Bible, hoping it would satisfy our questions, longings, and give us direction.  While God can totally speak to us with a quick flip open of the Bible, using this method by itself often shortchanges the overall experience and exchange, context, full history, and incredible depth of God’s Word.  I made most of my time in the Scriptures all about me and missed out on the revelation of who He was.

Having used study tools for several years now, His Word has truly come alive and completely changed my walk with God.  It has now become conversational with insightful instruction for every moment of the day.  Just like with mathematics, unless we know the strategies and how to apply them, we will never discover the solutions.  Until then, it remains foreign.

This same principle can be applied with our Bible reading.  We need strategy for connective, comprehensive understanding.  While the Bible contains many books with many authors, the sum of it all remains the same; to know God and begin a personal, intimate relationship with Him.

Taking time to search out study tools and apply them has left me craving time in the Bible with an expectant heart at what God is going to say next.  I look forward to responding to Him in this time too.  What once began as a one-sided pursuit, has now become a time of incredible dialogue.

Study tools have given me a new found confidence, and I end my reading time feeling refreshed and enlightened, rather than scratching my head confused and discouraged.  Today, I can’t keep myself out of the Bible thanks to a few handy tools I keep loaded in my tool belt, so to speak.

Scripture of the Week

“Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.  Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.”  (Proverbs 2:3-5)

Our chapter this week covered effective study tools and how to approach our Bible reading time using them to enhance our overall experience.

A Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study includes this list to take your time in the Word to the next level:

Jen Hatmaker finishes out in this chapter with a frank reminder: Bottom line: convenience reduces distraction. You can gather all of these tools in as quick as it takes to visit to local or online bookstore and with a trusty click of the mouse, bookmark these helpful websites. Having them accessible is key.

Great study tools that I personally LOVE

  • Bible apps
  • Bible reading plans
  • Devotionals
  • Study guides, such as the guide detailed in the back of our book
Taking these extra steps to equip ourselves with these study tools will take us to new level and greater heights in our understanding of who God is and what He says about us. After all, if we don’t know what His Word says about Him and who were are in Him, it becomes very challenging to live the life He calls us to.

I am always on the lookout for tools that are going to help me grow deeper in God’s Word. As a busy mom and woman on the go, I love being able to connect with God with the tap of my finger on my smart phone, computer, or tablet.

Scripture Study Tools -

Favorite Apps & Websites for Bible Study

Weekly Challenge

What are some study tools that you use to further your Bible study?
(Notes, Bible apps, Commentary, Strong’s concordance, etc.).

Take this week to apply one or more of the study tools we have just learned about. Bookmark a few helpful websites, sign up for an e-mail reading plan, take a trip to the bookstore for a few inexpensive new translations, or grab a notepad to jot down unfamiliar words to look up in the dictionary later.

We would love to hear about what is working for you! Share your experiences on your favorite social media platforms with our hashtags #intentionalfilling and #moderngirlbiblestudy.

Join the Discussion

Take a few minutes this week to comment, letting us know how you would answer the questions below.

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This is a great opportunity for you to personally consider different ways that you can approach Scripture, using study tools and tips.

By sharing you may help to contribute ideas for others to be able to expand upon their learning in ways they may have never considered.

Staci Payne is a Word girl who loves authentic connection and has a passion for online women’s ministry (along with the perfect latte to start her day).

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Staci Payne, contributor to The Intentional Filling blog.


Bree is a recovering perfectionist, whose weaknesses include the clearance rack at Target and anything pumpkin flavored. Though she is an introvert, she has an insatiable craving for community and desire to bring light to God’s purpose in the imperfections of life. Read More


  1. I have to admit that until I read this book that I never really thought about using a thesaurus with my Bible study. But, it is really a good tool to use. I do not have any Bible commentaries and was not really sure where to find any but, now I do. I have many different translations of the Bible in my house and I also use Bible Gateway to look at them. I have used many of the apps listed as well. I just did the study that was written by the writers of She Reads Truth Raechel and Amanda. It is a great study called Open Your Bible.

  2. She Reads Truth and the Bible App are my favorite go to tools for study. The accordance app is great for reference and study as well.

  3. I haven’t used a thesaurus for studying but I do use Strong’s Concordance and the Holy Bible app. I just started with The One Year Chronological Bible along with my NLT Bible. I use online: Good Morning Girls and Empowering Everyday Women devotionals throughout the day.

  4. Jennifer Blandford

    – I currently have not been using hardly any of the tools Jen talks about. I do have a Bible app on my phone and am subscribed to a couple devotionals/blogs but that’s about it.
    – My current Bible is the NLT version and I tend to read that on my app as well. Occasionally, I will jump to another translation on my app but not as often as I should. I would like to get a more word for word study version of the Bible but I’m unsure at this point which one would suit me best.
    – No, unfortunately I do not. Our current living situation doesn’t allow us a lot of space as we are living with my mom. (Bree, I’m sure you can relate) My ideal space would like whars exhibited in the movie the War Room, a small closet or space free from distraction. A place for prayers, worship music, and pictures of key people in my life that I’m constantly praying for.

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