Bible Study Tools For New Believers
After you learn what Bible study is, you may realize you lack Bible study tools. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to growing with God is knowing where to go to learn more about the Bible.
There are several tools I use when writing Bible study lessons for my small group and the articles on this site.
I'm going to list those tools here and give a brief rundown on each tool, plus I'll list some I don't use. You might find use for them in your personal studies.
Best Online Tools For Bible Study
Bible Gateway (https://biblegateway.com)
You'll find links to Bible Gateway on almost every article here. I have a bookmark to this site in the bar of my browser for fast access.
I cannot tell you how often I find myself clicking to their site to lookup a verse. Whether you are looking for a subject, book, or verse, Bible Gateway is the best resource I use.
I'm not saying this because I am a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid Member. I also use this resource at every opportunity.
Bible Study Tools (https://www.biblestudytools.com)
I use this site less for study, and more for a quick search. This site does a good job of isolating the verses I am looking for and listing them for me.
I can scan those verses with a quick glance and pick the ones I need to quote for any purpose.
A warning though. I usually use this to find a verse, but I will lookup and read the context surrounding the verse. I want to be sure I'm not misusing scripture to fit my beliefs. The Bible should shift my beliefs, and not be used by them.
Best Bible Study Tools App
YouVersion Bible App
This Bible app is developed and maintained by LifeChurch. It features several Bible translations:
- New International Version (NIV)
- English Standard Version (ESV)
- Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
- King James Version (KJV)
- and many more
Besides Bible reading on the go, YouVersion also has devotionals and reading plans. Prayers and notes sections, and the ability to create images make this is the best app available.
Bible Gateway App
Here's where you know I'll tell you the truth. I am a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, but I don't find their app anywhere close to the YouVersion App.
That said, if you need a simple app to study the Bible on your mobile device, this one will do. It is a very stripped down and basic app, but sometimes that's what you need.
Forgive me Bible Gateway, but your app didn't help me much. You might find it helpful, and if you do, use it. The basic app is free, and there are purchases available from within the app.
Logos Bible App
This app from Faithlife is much like the Bible Gateway app. It does feature Bible reading and you can choose from several translations.
On top of that, you can buy and read several other books within the app. I also found the prayer lists helpful within the app, and used this feature up until YouVersion added it.
The app shines best when used with the desktop software. Being able to sync notes and prayers between devices makes things convenient.
Download Bible Study Tools
Logos Bible Software
I remember the first time I saw Logos Bible Software. I wanted the ability to search the root words in Greek and Hebrew. The images and diagrams of Biblical places were interesting.
A few years ago, Faithlife announced that there was a free version available. I have downloaded every free version since. I cannot tell you how much deeper an understanding of the Bible this software gave me.
I recommend Logos Bible Software for any serious Bible scholar. The vast amount of information it has is amazing, and it's all within the software. My biggest issue is that I could never afford the top tier, but I know I would use almost every feature if I could.
Bible Study Tools For Beginners
Bible, Pen, Highlighter, Paper
Of course, the old school tools that have worked for ages still do. I recommend starting Bible study with a Bible, pen, highlighter, and paper.
Removing distraction and getting back to basics is always a good idea. If you do choose to use digital Bible study tools, turn off the TV and get rid of attention grabbers.
Whatever tools you choose to study the Bible, be sure to make it a daily habit. You will never know the benefit a great Bible reading habit can bring until you do it.