#5: Getting In God’s Word and Getting Something Out of It
This week we are talking all things scriptures with guest Brooke Williams and host Krista Horton. We chat on what your “why” is when it comes to getting into the word of God, as well as share tips that can help you to get more out of your study—spoiler alert: it’s more than just knowledge and creating the right environment! Whether you’re interested in trying out a new Bible translation, getting a lineup of key questions to ask as you dive into your personal study, or seeking resources on teaching children/teens, there is something for everyone in this episode and in the word of God.
Brooke Williams on Instagram
The Scripture Study Project podcast with Krista & Zach Horton
The Scripture Study Project on Instagram
Quote shared by Krista: “One of the important reasons we read the Bible is to understand the broader story of who God is and how I fit into that. I believe who God is based on the evidence of His hand in my own life, but I also believe who God is based on the evidence through history and through the antiquity of His faithfulness.”
Swedish Method: 5 Things to Seek When You Study Scripture
1 — What stuck out to you this time?
2 — Did the reading raise any questions?
3 — Where do you see Jesus in these verses?
4 — What is the personal application to your life? What is the Spirit leading you to commit to do?
5 — Who can I share this passage with?
Teaching Kids Scripture Study series on our blog by Krista Horton
Living Scriptures (online streaming service)
Holy Moly series (books, DVDs)
Other Resources for children:
How to Help Your Children Read the Bible (or any scripture, I think!) via Desiring God
Apps to check out for kids: Bible App for Kids, My First Bible Stories for Family & Sunday School, Bible Memory Kids, Scripture Stories, First Verse—Simplified Scriptures for Families, Living Scriptures, LDS Kids Videos
Additional Scripture Study Tools
Other scripture study articles on our blog
Apps to check out for adults: Dwell Audio Bible, Blue Letter Bible, She Reads Truth, He Reads Truth, Prayer Notes: Ask, Seek, Knock; LDS Scripture Focus, LDS Ponderize, Doctrinal Warrior
Strong’s Concordance for the KJV Bible
Isaiah Speaks to Modern Times by W. Cleon Skousen (Ensign Publishing Co)
Goes thru Isaiah topically and verse by verse
Where Jesus Walked by D. Kelly Ogden (Deseret)
Land and Cultures of the NT times, including chapters on geography, landscapes, roads, surrounding nations, water resources and uses, climate and weather, agriculture and livestock, herding, fishing, animal life, trading and economy
Jesus of Arabia: Christ Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Rev. Andrew Thompson
Jesus in the context of his home in the Middle East—a look at Christ’s social context as a man and Middle Easterner, plus an insight into themes like family in Arabia, gender roles in the region, food culture, etc.
A Companion to Your Study of the New Testament: The Four Gospels by Daniel H. Ludlow (Deseret)
Helps reader of the NT better appreciate and understand the many contributions of the 4 writers of the gospel message through commentaries by modern prophets and scholars. Works in tandem with resources in LDS standard works like the Bible Dictionary, etc. KJV based, but other translations are referred to. Reference list of key words and terms for better understanding the language of KJV.
Symbols and Shadows by Donald W. Parry and Jay A. Parry (Deseret)
Understanding and recognizing symbols/types/shadows around us and in scripture is what helps us remember Christ. Covers topics like ancient/modern ordinances; laws, feasts, fasts and festivals; people as types—Adam to Jonah; scripture stories—Noah’s ark to Abigail’s offering; parables of the atonement; food and color; animals; elements of earth, etc.
Teachings of the Book of Mormon by Hugh Nibley
Transcripts covering 4 semesters of teaching at BYU. Available for free reading online via the Maxwell Institute at BYU.