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Finding Bible Study Topics: Study Guides

There are different places to look for Bible study topics. Some of the ways previously written about here are topical Bibles and concordances. Another great place to look for Bible study topics is in the study guide section of your local Christian bookstore.

In the study guide area you will often find books arranged in broad topics such as: women’sĀ interests, men’s interests, teens, children and students. There may also be sections based on certain books of the Bible. By flipping through some of these study guides you can generate plenty of study topics for personal use or for small group studies.

If you are only looking for ideas, then there is no need to buy several books. Browsing through a book with a 3X5 card in hand can give you a list of topics. You should not stand in the bookstore and copy down whole lessons. If you are interested in that, then you should certainly buy the book. But if you are just needing to generate a list of ideas, this is a quick way to load up an idea file with Bible study topics.

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Finding Bible Study Topics: Topical Bible

When looking for Bible study topics you can turn to a topical Bible. Topical Bibles can be arranged in different ways, so it is worth looking at several different ones to find one you like.

One type of topical Bible will have the complete text of the Bible arranged by topic. These have all the verses written out. The advantaged of this type of topical Bible is that once you find the topic you don’t have to look up the text in another section of the Bible. However, some of these Bibles will only list the text in one place even if the verse applies to more than one topic.

Another type of topical Bible does not have the text listed, but has several pages either at the front or back of the Bible text with a listing of all verses pertaining to the topic. The Nave’s Topical Bible is an example of this type of Bible. Topics are broken down into broad topic areas and then more specific listings underneath. Many Bibles have a few pages with verse references listed topically. However, a Bible designed as a topical Bible will have dozens of pages dedicated to detailed topics. The main disadvantage to this type of topical Bible is that once you find the topic and the reference, you have to find the verse in the regular Bible text. These are not much different than using a concordance in that respect. This creates considerable work in comparison to a Bible which has its text arranged topically–especially if you are needing to look up several passages for your study.

The biggest disadvantage to each of these types of topical Bibles is that it is easy to take a verse out of context. You have to know that you can trust the people who chose those verses to fit with those topics. You should always be careful to see what the broad context of the passage is before accepting the topical Bible editors to always get it right.

A third type of topical Bible which is becoming very popular is called a Rainbow Bible. While there is actually a product calledĀ The Rainbow Bible, there are other Bibles with similar features. These Bibles attempt to show via color coding how different verses fit within various topics.

All of these topical Bible types can be used to find Bible study topics. Whether you are needing these study topics for your own personal enrichment or for teaching a class, you can get a good start in your study by using a topical Bible.