Well, obviously, a good Bible. Everyone’s got their preferences. Some people like the small ones you can carry easily. Some people like pocket Bibles. Some like the ones that essentially are printed pages in a 3 ring binder. Some like wide margin.
I’m going to say this now – If you’re under the age of 30, consider getting a large print Bible. Why? That way, you can carry the same Bible from now until the Rapture. Because by the time you hit 45 or 46, your eyes are going to change, and suddenly the tiny print is going to be really small.
David Cloud prefers a wide margin Bible, since he likes to write a lot of notes in the margins. I like the King James Study Bible, which has some very good notes in it. It has a few footnotes advocating textual criticism, and I’ve simply crossed through them many times with a pen, and we’re good.
What’s your next important study tool?
The Way of Life Encyclopedia. I really do recommend this. I’m afraid I just don’t look at it enough. I keep forgetting, because it’s not in any of my Bible software packages. Quickverse allows me to bookmark PDF’s on my hard drive, so I’m slowly working it in. And I suppose I really need to make it a priority to work it into Logos, but that takes QUITE a bit of coding to make a book THAT big into a Logos personal book. I suppose I really need to do that, but it’s going to take two months of dedicated work.
If yoiu have limited funds for Bible study materials and are looking for one thing that will benefit you the most… this is one of the choices you should consider.