Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, if you wanted to study the Bible, you had to have a library full of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and a good old Nave’s Topical study Bible.
When I began a serious study of the Bible, I spent the hundreds of dollars to order the necessary resources.
When the books arrived, I was excited to dive into them. While they are amazing, they’re bulky and require a concerted effort to use.
Since that time, a plethora of Bible resources are now available online and for free.
Despite having shelves full of resources, I find myself using these resources the majority of the time.
What I especially like about them is they are available anytime I have a question or an idea I want to pursue. Yes, I have indeed had a bit of Bible study in the grocery store.
My passion for studying the Word was (and is) to know God.
The more I know Him, rather than about Him, the more that passion grows to share with others. He is everything I thought Him to be and more.
If you’ve been feeling the pull to start reading your Bible, it’s real. The Lord has an amazing way of wooing us back to Him.
Consider your reading this article as confirmation that God wants you to come back home.
If you aren’t sure where to start, we have several resources to help.
Below is a list of my favorite online Bible study tools. As you check them out, bookmark them on your phone or computer for easy access later.
You’re a Bible reader now. You need your tools handy.
Online Bible Study Resources
Hands down, this is my FAVORITE online resource.
Sometimes when you’re reading Scriptures, you’ll come across a passage that confuses you, or you don’t like what it says. (We’re doing authentic Christianity here so we can say that.) This is where you will fall in love with Got Questions.
We bring our humanness to our Bible reading. In our flesh, we sometimes get it wrong.
Got Questions’ authors are reliable, educated, godly individuals who have done the legwork of putting Scripture into proper context, cross-referencing, and Greek and Hebrew word study for you. They also back up each of their explanations with the Word. They also show much love as they share the truth.
When you want to do a word study from a verse, this is your resource. Simply type in the word you’re looking for, and in 0.2 seconds, you have access to several reputable dictionaries, the Naves Topical Index as well as Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.
The Strong’s Concordance is an index of every word in the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible. It’s incredible.
Bible Gateway has a clean, easy-to-navigate site. They provide over 50 Bible versions, (Don’t worry, you don’t have to use them all ;). Bible reading plans, devotionals, passage search, keyword search, as well as provide an audio Bible.
They also have Bible commentaries as well as Bible dictionaries. If you’re new to commentaries, you can’t go wrong with Matthew Henry.
If you are predominately using your phone for study, they even have an app.
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This online resource has Bible commentaries, Bible references, theological resources, multimedia content, as well as the Strong’s Concordance.
The neat thing about this resource is you can search for a verse by its address (e.g., John 3:16), phrases from a verse if you don’t know the whole thing (e.g., God loved the world), or by topic (God’s love).
After your search, it has a tool button beside each verse for you to pull up any of the resources mentioned above. You can also change the version of the Bible with a single click.
Like the prior two resources, Bible Study Tools has most, if not all the resources mentioned before.
What I especially like to use this site for is comparing verses from different translations. They offer a way to see all their translations on a single page. #efficient
It’s mind-blowing the resources we can access for free online. We have a solution at our fingertips for all the reasons we avoided Bible study in the past.
I would love to hear which of these resources is you enjoyed the most! Do you have a favorite, not on my list? I’d love for you share.