• You have chosen your text
  • You have explored it
  • What other insights can you use?
  • These are important, but bonus

1. Books etc.

a. Bible software

b. Alternative translations

  • Formal equivalent – more literal: NASB / RSV2.
  • Mediating versions: NIV
  • Functional equivalents, Free: Message

c. Commentaries

d. Bible dictionaries

  • Dictionary of NT etc.
  • IVP set

e. Atlas

f. Timeline

g. Photos

h. Original languages

2. Friends

  • What do you think this passage is all about?
  • Do you know any resources you suggest I try?
  • “I’m thinking this is the point, what do you think?”

3. Internet

  • Be discerning


  • Question: What resources do you have available?
  • Question: How can you make best use of them?
  • Next time: how to select your point

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4 NIV11)

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PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John