Life is never without challenges. 

Knowing God's Word equips us to tackle those challenges better. It's where we discover God's heart and His perspective.  It's the root of everything that can be known about God. It's where we see how He intends for us to treat He intends for us to live. It's where we discover just how much He loves us, and it's where we find the power and encouragement for each day's challenges.  

Studying the Bible doesn't have to be confusing or overwhelming. Here are just a few resources to help you understand God's Word, apply it to your life, and grow in your relationship with Him! 

  • YouVersion is both an online Bible and Bible app that features numerous great daily reading plans. You can also link to friends in order to share your progress as you work your way through a book of the Bible or a specific reading plan. Easy to use and highly recommended, The Bible App is currently is currently installed on over 400 million devices around the globe, so you'll be in good company!
  • Bible Gateway invites you to read, hear, and study Scripture at the world's most-visited Christian website. Grow your faith with devotionals, Bible reading plans, study resources, and mobile apps.
  • Bible Project is a nonprofit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated Bible videos and other resources to help people experience the story of the Bible. On their website, they state: "From page one to the final word, we believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus." Their resources help people experience the Bible in a way that is approachable, engaging, and transformative. Rather than taking the stance of a specific tradition or denomination, they create materials to elevate the Bible for all people and draw our eyes to its unified message.  
  • Grace to You is the nonprofit organization responsible for producing, and distributing books, audio resources, and the “Grace to You” radio and television programs from noted author and pastor John MacArthur. “Grace to You” radio airs more than 1,000 times daily throughout the world, reaching major population centers on every continent. 
  • Webster's 1828 Dictionary contains definitions and helpful reference for language found in older texts like the Bible and Constitution. 
  • PocketSword is a Bible Study app with multiple translations and commentaries for the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (iOS 8.0 and above). When you download this app, it comes with the KJV and Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible pre-installed, but you can use the downloader within PocketSword (located under the More tab) to choose which additional modules you wish to download and have available for offline use.

One of the best ways to explore the Bible is with other believers. First Melissa offers various group Bible study opportunities. In addition, our small groups are focused on studying the Bible together and helping each other apply its principles to our daily lives.