Help for the Teacher

Through my years of teaching, I have tried many things to help me become better at "rightly dividing the word of truth."  By trial and error I have found that some resources are good and others are best. Listed below are what I consider the best of the best.  Any person, who wants to know God's Word, but especially teach it, should begin to formulate a library.  Buying the best resources not only helps you, but it saves you time and money.  We will spend hundreds of dollars on our hobbies.  Should we not invest in tools that will help us become better students of God's Word?  I promise that what you spend on some good resources will return dividends in the future.  As you review the list below, keep in mind it is not exhaustive and it is designed with the Sunday School teacher in mind.

First, I highly recommend QuickVerse Bible Software.   It comes in various levels (deluxe, standard, and essentials), therefore, the price varies considerably.  I currently use the deluxe version because it has all I need plus a whole lot more.  With the deluxe and standard versions, you can eliminate many of the other resources I will list below, so it may save you money in the long run. There are helpful tools online to compare what each version offers.  It can be purchased at any online bookstore so shop around for the best price.  Without a doubt, the Bible software I use has helped me more than any tool in my library!

The second most important thing to remember is to shop around online. Christianbook.com  and Scripturetruth.com are great places to start.  When I am looking for a book that is no longer in print, I always go to abebook.com.   I have found them to be the best place to start.  They even have old books that are no longer under a copyright that can be printed on demand and shipped from overseas for a minimal price.  There are many books no longer under copyright protection can be downloaded for free!

If you do not want to go the computer route with your library, you need a good Bible dictionary. I recommend the Holman Bible Dictionary, but this is included in most Bible software.

Every student of the Word needs a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Entire Bible, but again this is found on every Bible software.

What about commentaries?  Commentaries are essential, but this is where you can really mess up because you do not know what is good and not so good.  The best rule of thumb I have found is to discover who the best authors are, but here are few I have found very helpful.

1)    Believer's Bible Commentary by William MacDonald (Keep in mind that any single volume Bible
       commentary is going to be limited in content.)
2)   All of the Be Series (individual paperbacks) or The Bible Exposition Commentary (multiple books in  
       hardback) by Warren Wiersbe
3)   The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series by John MacArthur
4)   Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words by W. E. Vine
5)   The Expositors Bible Commentary edited by Frank Gaebelein (This is a very large commentary set.)  
6)   What the Bible Teaches New Testament Commentaries edited by John Ritchie.  Unfortunately the   
       commentary set is no longer in print, but it would be worth the time looking for a used set.
7)    Word Studies in the Greek New Testament for the English Reader by Kenneth W. Wuest
8)    The John Phillips Commentary Series by John Phillips
9)    The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John F.  Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck
10)  Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson
11)  Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry.  I prefer the complete and
        unabridged six volume set.
12)  Vincent’s Word Studies in the New Testament by Marvin R. Vincent

This is just a sample of good resources for the Sunday School teacher.  There are so many commentaries available it is impossible to list them.  If you started building your library with these books you would have a very solid collection of study resources.