"For the word of God is alive and powerful."

Hebrews 4:12, NLT

"...train yourself for godliness."

1 Timothy 4:7b, ESV
We believe the Bible is God's inspired Word. It reveals who God is and how He is at work in our world, and our lives. The goal of reading and studying the Bible is to apply what it teaches to your life. Simply gaining more knowledge is not what it's all about. We want to be transformed by God's Spirit as we read and study the God's Word. The Bible is a big book. For many, it's dense and intimidating. Here's the good news: without an education or a college degree, every Christian can read the Bible with understanding and begin to apply it to their lives! From the beginning of our journey with Jesus we can grow in wisdom, and mature in our faith as we read the Bible. Even when we don't have a full understanding of everything in it, God's Word works!

God chose to speak to us using stories, rather than simply using lists of doctrines we should believe and rules we should follow. There is no passage in scripture where God simply says, "Hello everyone, I'm God. Here's several things I'd like for you to know about me: 1. I love you. 2. Sin is bad. 3. Everyone needs the salvation I provide...". We might wish God had done this, but in His wisdom He chose to reveal Himself to us using numerous authors who primarily told stories, employing several different genres of literature, over a period of about 1500 years! This means the Bible is history, literature, and theology all rolled into one. And, on top of all that, the Bible wasn't written to us in the 21st century. This means we have to learn to ask many questions as we learn to study God's Word.  The Bible is as beautiful as it is complex. It is so by God's design.  If you're learning to read and study God's Word you're not alone! We're here to help. This portion of our site is only the beginning. There is much, much more to come. We are so excited to walk with you as you journey with Jesus.

Begin reading and studying the Bible today! You will grow spiritually as you grow in your ability to interpret and apply God's Word.

Bible Study Resources for YOU

created by our Parkside team

While doing Bedhead Devos Pastor Jason gets up at 5:30 am to study God's Word, record a devotion from that morning's study and upload it. That's it! The idea was inspired by his wife's Grandpa, his spiritual hero. He got up at 4:00 am to study and write a devotion in a blog post.
Every Wednesday we provide a passage of scripture to study (typically the text from the previous Sunday's message). As we continue to develop this resource there will be a variety of methods available to help you learn to study God's Word and apply it to your life!

Additional Resources

A free digital library of devotional and Bible study curriculum.

The Bible Project

How to read the Bible.

If you want to read the Bible with more clarity we've got great news for you. It will take work, but it's easier than you may imagine. And we believe few tasks in life are more worth the effort. 
An amazing organization called The Bible Project has created a series of videos to help you understand what the Bible is and how to read its many genres of literature. Watch the teaser video and then click the link and take this important step in learning to understand God's Word and apply it to your life.

The Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus.

—The Bible Project—

Read Scripture

Read through the Bible in one year with videos from the Bible Project to guide you and give context. 
Each week a new passage of scripture is available to study through Wednesdays in the Word. The goal is to learn a variety of ways to study God's Word and use them in your own devotional time as you grow in your faith.

Wednesdays in the Word has a new format!

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Do the "Quick Prep"
2. Read the scripture passage for this week.
3. Choose your study method from our growing library!

Step One: Quick Prep

Find a quiet place and quiet your mind. Pause. Turn your phone off (or on silent at least!) and take a couple of deep breaths. This biblical practice of pausing is taught throughout the Psalms.* It's like hitting the mute button on all the other voices in your life. Clear your thoughts so God's Word (His voice) can fill them. If you feel like rushing past this part that's how you know for sure you need to do it!

*The word "selah" is found 71 times in the book of Psalms. While its meaning is uncertain many scholars believe it is a musical term instructing  worshippers to pause in singing (or in our case reading) the Psalm and reflect on the words. We encourage you to do this before, and at times during your study!

Step Two: Read the Scripture Passage

Matthew 4:18-22, ESV

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two 
other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Click here to read the full chapter if you are choosing the Chapter Summary Method.

Step Three: Choose Your Study Method

Devotional
Method

Chapter Summary 
Method

High Altitude
Method

This method is a tried and true way (literally, it is centuries old) of thinking through God's Word and opening our hearts to being changed by it.
This method doesn't require a deep dive into the background and context of a passage of scripture. This makes it a good place to begin. It is a valuable approach, however, we encourage you to utilize other methods too. Especially as you grow. The more you learn from other methods, the more powerful this one will become. 
Every verse of the Bible has a context. One simple, and helpful, way to understand what a particular verse is saying is to begin with its immediate context. With this method you will learn to think about passages of scripture within the context of the chapter it's in by reading and then summarizing the whole chapter. Then reflecting upon a specific portion or story from the chapter—in light of your study—before applying it to your life.
Whether it's from a hilltop or an airplane, our view from higher altitudes gives us a perspective we otherwise wouldn't have.
In this method we will equip you to begin reading shorter passages of scripture with a "birds-eye" view of the whole book in mind. You'll be learning who wrote each book, who the original audience was, and the purpose for which the book was originally written. 

Resource Library

Check back soon. Updates are coming!

Study Bibles

One of the easiest ways to quickly learn about scriptures you're reading is to pick up a Bible with study notes.
ESV Study Bible
NLT Life Application Study Bible

Everyday Commentaries

Commentaries are very helpful when you're ready to deepen our study. This category is for popular commentaries. More complex and academic ones are below.
Mark For Everyone
These books by renowned scholar, Tom Wright, are available for every book of the New Testament.
Isaiah For Everyone
These books by Old Testament scholar, John Goldingay, are available for every book of the Old Testament.

Reference Books

These resources are useful for a narrow study you might be doing. Typically, they would never be read cover-to-cover.
The Bible From 30,000 Feet
Provides readers with an overview of every book of the Bible.
The New Testament In Its World
A comprehensive look at the New Testament, and the world and culture it was written in.
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Offers a wealth of insight into the historical, chronological, archaeological, geographical, social, theological, and biographical aspects of the Bible.

Academic Commentaries

These resources are for when you're ready to dive deep into scripture. Typically, these are used by pastors and teachers, but they can be used by anyone.
New International Commentary on the New Testament— 1 Corinthians
This series is highly regarded, and is available for the whole New Testament.
New International Commentary on the Old Testament— 1 Samuel
This series is highly regarded, and is available for the whole Old Testament.
Expositor's Bible Commentary
Matthew & Mark
This series has been recently revised, and is available for the whole New Testament.

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