Bible Study Tools – Free Diagrams

Revelation diagram

Book of Revelation/Apocalypse of John

Do you like diagrams? Well, I do. Maybe it’s because I’ve always loved maps so much. I love to study a map almost as much as I love to read a good book. The thing I love about diagrams is that good ones take a lot of information and compile it in a format that shows you the “big picture” of something. This site has some of the most colorful and informative Bible diagrams I’ve ever seen. The best part? They’re free!

Be sure to read the different perspectives presented on the home page. Those who have produced these diagrams say that there are two approaches to information found in the Bible: either a “fundamentalist” or  a “scholarly” approach. You need to understand what they mean by that before using this tool. Just recognize that the diagrams are not the inerrant Word of God and you’ll be fine.

All of you Bible teachers out there, be warned: proceed with caution. Time-sucker ahead. You might be intending to just have a little look and, before you know it, 3 hours have melted away like they were 3  minutes.

Seriously though, this is a great study tool for teachers as well as students. Enjoy!

Monday’s International Spotlight – South Africa

SouthAfrica

Since starting this site for Precept Camden back in April 2009, people from over 40 countries have visited. Almost 10% of those visitors have been from South Africa. So I thought it appropriate to highlight the ministry of Precept Ministries South Africa. Begun in 1990 with its headquarters in Pinelands in the Western Cape, PMI South Africa is currently under the leadership of Stuart Kemsley. Their website has a wealth of information including schedules for classes meeting all over South Africa, information on training workshops, links to Kay Arthur podcasts, and much more. Check it out and see what PMI South Africa is doing to establish people in the Word of God.

Nothing Daunted

Nothing Daunted

I just finished reading By Searching:My Journey Through Doubt in to Faith by Isobel Kuhn. I highly recommend it. She is eloquent and sincere in describing her journey which begins with her rejecting the faith of her parents and ends with her boarding a vessel to China to serve as a missionary with China Inland Mission. But the book I really want you to read is Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp. By Searching gives a small glimpse into the life of this remarkable woman. Nothing Daunted tells the broader story of her life of consecration and service to God among the Lisu people of China. I cannot get the picture out of my head of this elegant young woman, no doubt wearing a dress, climbing the steep, rocky and muddy mountains to reach the elusive people group to whom she and her husband John had been called.

I cannot say enough how much reading biographies of  great Christians has impacted my life. For more recommended reading, check out You Gotta Read This under the Categories heading on the right side bar. We can draw strength, encouragement and hope by reading the stories of those who have gone before us.

Of Whom the World Is Not Worthy. . .

Iskandar

Iskandar's Story

Here is another story of a man who has counted the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ and has decided it is a price worth paying. Despite personal tragedy, Iskandar and his wife are committed teacher’s of the Word of God. Go here to watch a video of Iskandar sharing their story.

Key Word Symbol – “captive/slavery”

captive

If you have done any of the Kings and Prophets Precept Upon Precept Bible studies or studied the book of Romans, then you most likely found that “captive” or “slavery” was a key word in these passages. I mark these words (and related synomyms) this way. It is 2 small circles joined by a squiggly line. It is a simple representation of handcuffs.

Here’s a great way to keep track of all the symbols you have acquired in all your years of doing Inductive Bible Study. It is so simple yet brilliant it’ll blow your mind. Okay, maybe my mind is easily blown. But it really is a great idea.

Check the Key Word Symbol page here or Categories on the right sidebar for more suggestions on how to mark key words.

Counting the Ten Commandments

commandmentsthumb

Almost everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments. Maybe you can’t recite them all in order, but you could probably come pretty close to listing most of them. Even people who know nothing about God or the Bible can tell you that we’re supposed to follow them. Not only that, but they are also the basis of most of the laws which govern our justice system.

They are also called the Decalogue. Deca comes from the Latin word that means “ten.” But did you know that not everyone agrees that there are actually 10 commandments? Throughout history, Jew and Gentile alike have disagreed on exactly how to number the commandments found in Chapter 20 of the book of Exodus.

Here is a chart from Bible Study Magazine that clearly shows the ways different traditions and sects have numbered the commandments. It’s an interesting look into a question most of us never even thought of asking!

Key Word Symbol – “praise”

095In an effort to save you valuable time when marking key word symbols in your Bible while doing Inductive Bible Study, I have been sharing some of the symbols that I use to mark key words. I’m sure that you are fully capable of coming up with your own symbols and colors to use. However, even the most brilliant of us gets stumped every now and then. It’s easy for some of us   . . . uhhh, I mean some of you OCD-types to come to a screeching halt right in the middle of your study time just because you can’t think of a symbol to use for a certain word. That’s okay. We’ve all been there. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve had symbol-block on more than one occasion.

Here’s how I mark the word “praise.” Isn’t it cute? Not that cute is the goal, of course. It just happens to be a happy coincidence. Can you tell it’s a little stick figure (with no legs!) raising it’s little stick hands in praise? You can’t? Well, that was the idea behind this symbol. I use a light blue pen and color the little head with a light blue pencil.

Here’s a suggested marking for angel.