The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit: Bible Surveys

bible survey, student, pastor, teacher, wordsearch bibleWith 66 books written at different times, by different people, and for different purposes, the Bible can be confusing even to seasoned students of Scripture. One can easily get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture—you can read an Old or New Testament book and miss its overall themes and messages. Fortunately, there exists a tool that can remedy this problem and bring clarity to potential confusion—the Bible survey.

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Read More – Jesus Is the Key to the Psalms

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The Psalms are the very heart of Holy Scripture. The Book of Psalms has been called “The Prayer and Praise Book of Israel”, but, of course, the Psalms are not the exclusive property of that favoured nation. Believers of all ages have sung them and have revelled in the sweetness of these inspired songs. It seems as though every human emotion and every spiritual ambition finds expression in the poetry of the Psalms…The Saviour Himself, however, has provided the key to the most profitable of all meditations, that is to find Christ in the Psalms. Here we may find His sufferings and His glory, His feelings and His tender inner experiences. On that memorable first day of the week on the way to Emmaus, and later in Jerusalem in the midst of His disciples, He showed those early believers that He was in all the Scriptures, and He made special reference to the Psalms (Lk 24:27, 44). Indeed certain Psalms are called “Messianic” because, apart from Himself, the Messiah, there can be no ultimate understanding or fulfilment of those particular Psalms.

The Psalms are many believers’ favorite book of the Bible, and for good reason. But have you ever thought about how even songs of praise can point and lead to Jesus?

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Free Friday! 4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $7.95, is 4000 Questions and Answers on the Bible by A. Dana Adams.

  • Quick guide to learning about the people and stories of the Bible
  • Explanations of the Bible as the cornerstone of Christianity
  • Descriptions on how the Bible was written and compiled
  • Detailed listings of verses that contain the essence of God’s message and a helpful summary of each Bible book

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Quick Tip – Special Book Features

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Have you ever opened a book in WORDsearch and seen the weird orange asterisk looking icon on the toolbar? If your book has that icon, you should be excited! This means that your book has special features. Commentaries and study Bibles are the most common books that include special features, but other books can have them as well. So always be on the lookout for that icon when opening a book.

Special features in WORDsearch is a catch-all term for groups of items that a reader might take particular interest in. Examples include maps, charts, timelines, and photographs.

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Learn More About The Moody Bible Commentary

Moody (3)A seven year project, The Moody Bible Commentary is a single volume of excellent scholarship covering the entire Bible. Thirty Bible scholars, all faculty members of the Moody Bible Institute and Seminary, combined their unique skills and areas of expertise to make this commentary accurate, reliable, and readable by everyone.

The Moody Bible Commentary’s insight on each passage of the Bible is crisp and easy to understand. The authors promise (and deliver):

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Free Friday! Creature of the Word

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $9.95, is Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger.

The gospel. Though such a glorious thing, it’s also such a simple thing—so simple we almost overlook it. Such a basic thing, we’re tempted to feel as if we’ve somehow graduated beyond it. And yet without this simple thing, this basic thing—without the life-giving gospel driving and defining both us and our churches—there really isn’t much of anything that makes us distinct and alive, nothing that other people, groups, and organizations aren’t already doing.

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