ESV Scripture Journal Review for Pastors

ESV Scripture Journal Review for Pastors

The ESV Scripture Journals are great for pastors. In this review, I take you inside the Scripture Journals, show you what they look like, and offer you 5 practical ways to put them to use in your ministry.

ESV Scripture Journal Review for Pastors

Physical Quality

The ESV Scripture Journals are paperback, with enough bend to lay flat as you use them.

The paper inside them is thick enough that my felt-tip pen isn’t distracting when I turn the page. If you like to highlight and underline Scripture inside the ESV Scripture Journal, the paper can definitely handle it.

Inside Design

Inside of ESV Scripture Journal

I love the way these are laid out inside. One page is the Scriptures in a single column design and the other side is simply lined for you to write on.

5 Practical Ways to Use the ESV Scripture Journal in Your Ministry

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  1. Personal devotions // This is the obvious one, but what I’ve loved about the ESV Scripture Journal is that it encourages me to slow down as I read God’s word.
  2. 1-on-1 discipleship // Picture this: you set up a once-a-week lunch with someone from your church and you both read through Scripture together and talk about what you read over lunch. It’s simple, but it’s also powerful. These are great tools to use because not only will you both have the Scriptures with you when you meet, you’ll also have your notes with you too.
  3. Discipleship group // Okay, you might be a leader of a small group (or life group or community group or whatever you call them at your church) but what if you went a step further. If you’re a guy, set up a once-a-month Saturday to get together with the guys in your group to read through Scripture together. So this is the same kind of set up as 1-on-1 but with a larger group. If you’re a gal, do the same thing with the gals in your group.
  4. Advanced sermon prep // Let’s say that next year you’re thinking that you’ll preach on the book of Mark. Well, read through the book of Mark using the ESV Scripture Journal and as you read it, write down your thoughts, illustrations that come to mind, application points, and everything else. This is a great way to get ahead in your sermon prep.
  5. Gift for others // The ESV Scripture Journal is a great gift idea for someone’s ordination, for new Christians, for your ministry staff, and really for anyone else who is a student of the Scriptures.

Purchase the ESV Scripture Journal

You can grab these on Amazon. An individual book is as little as $5.99 while the entire Old Testament set goes for $139 and the entire New Testament set goes for $59.

I highly encourage you to check them out and consider buying one to give it a try.

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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    • I used to much more than recently. I have been using the CSB primarily for the last couple of years. I’ll be doing a side-by-side review of two different CSB Bibles I’ve used to preach from soon. What do you preach from?

      • That’s the struggle for me right now. I love the ESV and the CSB however a majority of our church has NIV and thats what our senior pastors and most staff use. So i’ve been bouncing around but am probably just gonna end up on the NIV.

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