One of the best ways to interpret Scripture is by using Scripture, or in other words, using cross-references. In the Bible there are around 340,000 cross-references (OpenBible.info) that can help you explore the unity and common themes between the Old and New Testaments. On top of biblical cross-referencing, WORDsearch can help you explore your entire library to find mentions of the verse you are looking for to help you build out a sermon or lesson.
Sometimes, when creating a sermon, writer’s block hits, or the specific point you want to make seems to elude you, or you have trouble outlining your sermon. Have you ever wished you could see the opinion of another pastor on the topic you’re studying to help nudge you over the block?
The Bible is full of names, places, and terms that aren’t familiar to modern readers. But Bible dictionaries provide important background information to illuminate these, including:
- Concise definitions of unknown words
- Cross-references to other occurrences in Scripture
- Historical and cultural information
- Original language insights
- Customs and descriptions of daily life
- Theological observations and practical applications.
Delving into this material helps us understand what the Bible is actually saying. Bible dictionaries in print are helpful and informative, but using them in WORDsearch unlocks their potential even more.
Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statues and ordinances in Israel. –Ezra 7:10
If you are a pastor, WORDsearch can help you quickly, but effectively, prepare sermons that are faithful to biblical text and compelling to your congregation. Dr. Micah Carter, who has been one of our guest speakers at our Training Conferences, shares some of his best basic tips for sermon prep below.
With 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.
Morphology, in regards to linguistics, is the the study of the internal structure of words. As a pastor, teacher, or student of God’s Word, word study is an important aspect of Bible study.
What did the author mean when he wrote the words? To find out and understand a text, studying the language, context, author, and audience of the human writers of the Bible can be extremely helpful. (Keep in mind that no translation will ever be perfect, because no two languages are perfectly identical.) While it might seem overwhelming, WORDsearch can help you get started with the Morphology Explorer window.