While it’s true that “surfing” the internet can be a huge time waste, it’s also true that there are many amazing and helpful resources available for free. For the Christian seeking to study and understand the Bible, what could be easier than using online Bible study tools?
Here are a few resources that will help you:
• The Faithlife Study Bible. The Faithlife Study Bible is a free study Bible online published by Faithlife, the company behind the towering Logos Bible Software. The FSB is unique in that it is entirely online, accessible by any connected device, including phone apps. Based on the Lexham English Bible, the FBS is larger than any other study Bible, and it continues to grow. The Faithlife Study Bible includes a Bible Dictionary and 400 stunning images.
• Bible Study Tools. This website has one of the most complete online collections of Bible versions, classic commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedias, historic resources, and other tools. There are a variety of theological perspectives from many of the historic leaders of the church. Bible study online starts with this website for many Christians.
• Bibleabc.net. Bibleabc combines great Bible search functions in an easy to navigate page with a series of interactive lessons about basic Christian truths. I like the search page because you can see the clickable links for every chapter of the Bible. Bibleabc also has an online Bible for the deaf presented in American Sign Language.
• Bible.org. Bible.org is well known for the NET Bible, which is one of the most popular online translations, and has become a default study Bible online for many Christians. The site has released their new Lumina Bible study tool that has a beautiful side-by-side comparison of Bible text and notes of various kinds.
Check out these tools and start your Bible study online today.
How To Read the Bible
So you pick up your Bible to read, and you thumb through the many pages thinking “where do I start?” With most books, you simply start at the beginning and read it to the end. Anyone who has tried that with the Bible knows how difficult it can be to read from cover to cover. Consider these facts to help you learn how to read the Bible:
• The Bible is more than a book; it’s a library. While each Bible book is connected to the others, it’s important to understand that these 66 books were written by 40 different writers across 1,500 years, and the writers had various reasons to write. If you think of the Bible as a library, it can help your reading. Pick one book off the “shelf,” and then find another when you’re done. You don’t have to read the Bible in order from cover to cover.
• The Bible is God’s book. While 40 different humans wrote the words of Scripture, God Himself directed this work and preserved His Word so that people could understand what God has said and done in history. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” The word “inspired” means “God breathed” The Bible is the Word of God, breathed out by God Himself. So, when you read the Bible, you are reading the words of God.
• The Bible is about Jesus Christ. The connection point that all the books share is the story of God’s redemption through Jesus Christ. From the very first pages of Genesis, when humanity fell into sin, God directed history to the point where Jesus died on a Roman cross and then rose from the dead. Jesus is not just another man; Jesus is “God in the flesh” (John 1:14). Most people don’t know how to read the Bible, because they are looking for some “feel-good” kind of thing. Instead, read the Bible looking for what God has done for you through the man Jesus Christ.
If you don’t know where to start, try reading the Gospel of John.
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