Just getting started? Looking for another tool to deepen your study? Here are a couple of ideas.
Types of Bibles
You can get everything from pocket Bibles, the New Testament by itself, separate books of the Bible in standalone printings, and thick study Bibles. A study Bible is an excellent resource because it contains helpful historical background and footnotes for the Scripture. If you don’t own a Bible, you can download the Bible App for free on your smartphone or tablet. In addition to having all of scripture right in your pocket, you can follow reading plans, devotionals, videos, and more in the app.
Don’t worry about choosing the “wrong” translation. It’s true that translation methods vary, but you can pick up whatever is easiest for you to read. Revive Wesleyan has the New International Version (NIV) in our pews, and we primarily use that in our teaching. A lot of people enjoy the New Living Translation (NLT), which is written in an accessible way and easy to understand. Some prefer the New King James Version (NKJV) while others choose paraphrase translations like The Message (MSG) or the The Passion Translation (TPT). It’s often a wise practice to look at a verse in a couple different translations when you’re really chewing on it as the multiple viewpoints can help you understand it. If you have any questions about scripture, don’t hesitate to call and ask to speak with a pastor!
If you want to supplement your reading, check out The Bible Project. The Bible Project produces short animated videos to help you better understand the books and themes of the Bible. Their content is free and creative.
RightNowMedia features more than 10,000 videos for all ages. Everyone in our church has access to this free resource. Log in and watch John Piper, Tim Keller, Priscilla Shirer, Andy Stanley, and many more wonderful teachers. There’s also an engaging kids section featuring Veggie Tales, Slugs & Bugs, and more. You can watch content on your tablet, phone, computer or TV.
Got questions? We all do. Everyone has their stumbling blocks, doubts, and things that they wrestle with. Check out the Wesleyan Articles of Religion for more insight into what we believe.