A lot of what I post on here about family and children focuses on preschool and elementary aged kids, simply because that’s where I am in life right now. My boys are 7 and 8 right now, and that’s a fun age.
But for those of you who have teens, I don’t want you to feel left out.
My husband Jason and I actually spend a long time in youth ministry before we because pastors of an adult congregation. (In fact, it was actually our passion for youth ministry that God used to move us in that direction, but that’s another story for another day.)
At the church where we currently serve, we recently taught a class for our students about studying the Bible. We sent them home with a list of great study Bibles to check our if they didn’t already have one, and so I thought I’d pass that list on to you fine folks, too.
If you have a teenager in your life, I’d highly recommend any of the Bibles below to help them dig deeper into the study of God’s Word.
Zondervan Student Bible (NIV)
This is the Bible that I used when I was a teenager. I wore one out and got another one for my 18th birthday, and it was my main Bible until I got married. I still pull it out to use sometimes, and one of my favorite features is that in the gospels, under each story heading, it tells you where that same story is found in the other three gospels.
This is the quintessential study Bible for teenagers growing up in a Pentecostal denomination. The study notes are written from a spirit-filled perspective, and my pastor-husband, Jason, actually uses this Bible pretty frequently when he’s preparing sermons.
Apologetics is a newer area of interest for us as a couple, and it’s something Jason has taken a really deep dive into. If you’re curious about why apologetics is an important thing to teach our children, I highly recommend reading this from Natasha Crain. The Bible is absolutely true and trustworthy, and any argument the world has to the contrary is not based on “new information” but are simply the same old arguments recycled again and again for each new generation. If you want to equip your student to understand the plethora or reasons we trust the reliability of the Bible and responses to other attacks on our faith he or she will face, this Bible is chock-full of articles and help on those issues.
This Bible is a great choice for a student that has a little bit harder time reading and studying the Bible. The NLT is an easy-to-read translation, but the study notes for this Bible are still of a really high quality and would help any teenager understand the Bible better as they read it more.
She Reads Truth Bible (CSB)
Okay, so this choice isn’t strictly for teens, but for the young women in your life, I think this is still a really strong choice. One of the girls at our church saw my SRT Bible (I have this one) and asked her mom for it. She loves it now, and especially for girls who have a deep appreciation for aesthetic beauty, I think this is a good choice to help her fall in love with the Bible.