In the age where apps rule, you’ll find dozens of Bible apps that offers instant access to God’s Word. With those Bible apps comes with features that are truly useful. Some offers Greek translations, multiple translations, devotionals, commentaries, videos and more. In short, there is plenty of stuff a Bible app can offer. But let us consider a special feature that may or may not be included to your favorite Bible app. If it’s not available, one simple search at Google and you’ll find online audio Bibles you can listen online for free. But you might ask, why should I try listening to the audio version of the Scriptures?
Listening is indispensable as reading and when we appropriately add it in our sermon preparations, it can enhance the skill that we already have. Given the benefits of it (as you will read some below), rarely we associate the Bible with listening other that hearing it in a sermon or Bible study. So I suggest that you try and make it a habit.
I also provide at the end of this article audio Bibles you might want to check out.
Because preachers should be good listeners too. Aside from being a good reader, preachers should be good listeners also. Audiobooks, sermons, podcast and Christian music are great influence as much as reading. If you’re not into those, better consider trying those out. If your tired of reading its time to plug in the headphones. And while your exploring those resources, you shouldn’t miss a vast number of audio Bibles on the Internet for free.
It’s a different experience to the Word of God. In listening to an audio Bible you’re not in control (sort of). The speed, accent, tone and emphasis of the reader are not in your hands, that you might consider adjusting. It’s like listening to a sermon but it’s all Scriptures. Also you can attend to other things unlike sitting down and reading the actual book.
Preachers might miss out some details in a passage. An audio Bible can give a different angle on how to grasp those passages.While you might have read the chapter or verse of the Bible many times before, being read by someone else for you may give some details to have missed. It really pays to re-read a passage your studying. Listening to it over and over as substitute to re-reading adds a different dimension in picking up what you’re studying. After all, we do have limitations and need all the help we can get. Listening to audio Bible is a great help to us preacher.
For proper pronunciations of words. We Filipinos are good in English whether in speaking or writing. However, there are words (i.e. names and places) that are not familiar to us. Listening to an audio Bible will help us overcome those pronunciations obstacles. In return, we can help our congregation speak those words with confidence.
To fill in the gaps of our time. Preachers has other important things to do aside from preaching and preparing sermons. Some might have secular work. Some might be working homebound. Aside from filling with some tunes from Spotify as you do your work, you can listen to audio Bibles. And I believe as you listen to it even as a background, God can move hearts in prompting lessons that will help you be more like Christ or something to preach on Sunday. If God can use it when we are reading the Scripture, He can do it also when we are inclining our ears to audio Bibles.
Reading is a discipline that we mostly use as preachers as we prepare messages that we will deliver on Sunday mornings. We read, of course first and foremost Scriptures. Then we go to commentaries, study Bibles, lexicons and other resources to properly understand and handle Word of God. However, we should not forget another facet of discipline that we can grasp learning and help us in our sermon preparations. And that is listening.
Audio Bibles online that you might like: