How Do I Study The Bible Easily
Using Online Bible Study Tools

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When I first started, I had no clue where to begin. How do I study the bible?

It was a frustrating time.

That's something I want to change for you.

The sweetest part of it all is that you don't need to purchase costly tools to do so.

In this post, I will show you 4 blissfully simple ways you can use free resources online to study the bible.

They are all found in Bible Gateway.

You'll Need This Step by Step Guide!

    Getting to Know Bible Gateway

    I know you've heard about Bible Gateway, so this will be brief. is a comprehensive, user friendly website focused on helping us love, engage with, and understand the bible. You can use 50 available bible translations to study and understand challenging verses. It is the best online bible study tool I would recommend for beginners.

    Is Bible Gateway Free?

    For the most part, it is a free tool. You can use most of its features without paying a thing, although it now has Biblegateway Plus, which gives you access to other resources at a small cost of 3.99 USD monthly or 39.99USD annually. However, this free tool comes packed with so many goodies – who needs the added expense?

    Is There A Bible Gateway App?

    Yes, there is an app. I reviewed it in this post. You can access and download it on the main page under “Apps” as seen below:

    Using Bible Gateway Quick Search, Verse of The Day, and Bible Gateway Audio

    On the home page there is much to discover!

    With this online bible study tool, you can read, listen to, or have the verse of the day delivered to your inbox. There is a quick search bar at the very top of the home page and you can listen to the bible on audio – which is a plus! See below.

    Did I mention that all this is for free – Oh happy day!

    First, Watch This Video for an Overview of Its Tools and Resources

    Bible Gateway has a plethora of resources that you can use that will have you studying one scripture for days. But first, let's get an overview. In the video below you'll learn:

    • how to listen to bible gateway online
    • how to use bible gateway vs of the day
    • an quick overview of bible gateway word search, and other tools such as bible gateway commentary, keyword and topical search, devotionals,  cross references, and bible translations.  

    Let's dive into the engine of this massive beast!

    You can sign up, and login for the opportunity to save notes as you study.

    Now, Let's Do Some Bible Study!
    Here's How To Study The Bible With Bible Gateway

      >> Have you downloaded the free complementary guide yet?

      For this simple bible study technique we are going to step by step:

      1. Compare bible translations to gain a broader understanding of a verse
      2. Review Footnotes
      3. Cross-reference scriptures
      4. Review Commentary

      #1: Comparing Bible Translations

      Here’s a brief video of me comparing bible translation for a wider understanding, while taking notes.

      - Now Your Turn -

      1. Download your free Bible Gateway Study Pack
      2. Choose your bible verse to study [ you can use your own or one from the 5 I've prepared for you
      3. On Bible Study Sheet 1: write out the scripture in row 1; document your observation in row 2; then compare at least three bible translations. [*The Amplified Bible provides extra information in brackets. This is a splendid translation to include].
      4. In row 3, combine the three translations into one complete paragraph [ as demonstrated in the video above]
      5. Now review your notes, reading row 2, then row 3 separately. 
      6. Did the bible comparisons method unearth any new meanings? Or really clarified any key words? Write them down in row 4
      7. At the end of this study, your bible study sheet should be completed similarly to the demonstration found in your Bible Gateway Study Pack { see page ?}

      #2: Footnotes

      Footnotes are supplementary information that helps to expand your study of a passage. The video below shows how you can use the footnotes in bible gateway

      - Now Your Turn -

      1. You should have downloaded the free Bible Gateway Study Pack
      2. Use Bible Study Sheet 2
      3. Choose your scripture [ you can continue with the same from above]
      4. As seen in the first example, choose a bible translation with footnotes [ NIV, ESV, NET, AMP etc]
      5. Consider these questions when reviewing the footnotes, and make notes of any:

      • References to original Hebrew/Greek words
      • Geographical locations
      • Additional historical background
      • Unfamiliar symbolic actions
      • Unknown objects and occupations
      • Differences in beliefs
      • References to information found in other parts of the bible
      • References to people
      • References to events and customs

      #3: Cross Referencing

      Cross-referencing is identifying the commonalities between different areas of scripture. The video below shows how you can use cross-references in bible gateway

      - Now Your Turn -

      1. You should have already downloaded the free Bible Gateway Study Pack. But, if you still haven't - do it now. After all, it's free!!
      2. Note minimum 3 cross-references scriptures for your text.
      3. Identify one key word / keyphrase from your text.
      4. Do a keyword search; read 3 verses, and brief note or scripture and how the keyword/keyphrase is portrayed [ is it a similar context, or slightly different?]
      5. With the same key word [if possible], do a cross-reference using the Topical Index 
      6. Write at least three new scriptures and a brief distinguishing note.

      #4: Commentaries

      Commentaries is almost like looking of the shoulder at the notes of the smart kid in class! In this we are reviewing the notes of bible scholars.

      - Now Your Turn -

      1. You should have already downloaded the free Bible Gateway Study Pack. But, if you still haven't - do it now.
      2. Instead of copying the notes of the scholars, consider using these commentaries to develop your study. 
      3. Note new themes, topics, contents, and areas that you had not seen/considered during your personal study.
      4. Note questions that come to mind as you read the content in the commentaries.
      5. In your next personal study, you can pick up at this point and research those questions that you noted { using Google}

      Please leave your comments below. Let me know me know if this helped you with studying the bible.

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