The Study

Here you’ll find a wide variety of online Bible-study tools and resources to assist you in your weekly preparation & study, and which you can share with others to assist them in becoming “discovery learners”.

Here in the BGCT Bible Study/Discipleship area, it is our great desire to provide you with tools to enhance, not only your personal bible study, but also to equip you with tools you can use to be better prepared every week to lead others to discover the truths in God’s Word for their lives so that their lives can be transformed. More and more online tools are available to help you be better prepared, but also so you can share these tools with those you lead every week.

The goal is not to show them how much you know, but to give THEM the tools to discover for themselves the gold-mine of life-changing truths in God’s Word. We really CAN lead them to water… LIVING Water!

Below, you will find many useful tools you can use to help you be more prepared, and which you can share with your class to assist THEM in discovering how to mine the great depths of God’s Word on a daily basis. As you come across additional tools that are not listed here, please let us know about them so we can share them with everyone.

Pull up a chair with a cup of coffee, and enjoy “the study…”


Online Bibles


YouVersion – 42 English translations, and other languages, available on mobile devices for no cost. YouVersion will read any passage to you via audio on your computer or phone and is capable of connecting with friends to share passages, notes, and more.

NetBible – 8 translations, including the proprietary New English Translation, plus incredibly powerful online tools, including Greek-Hebrew lexicon, Strong’s Concordance, Cross-references, name references, title references, hundreds of interesting articles on any passage, and sermon illustrations.

Glo Bible – Fantastic study tools, resources, and videos, all in one place and available for your pc, your phone, or your tablet. You’ll love these resources! Glo Bible will quickly become your go-to resource for discovering and sharing in depth truths about God’s Word.

Online Parallel Bible – A helpful tool capable of five translations on the screen at the same time to deepen your understanding of any verse or passage you are studying. Click on a specific verse to get 21 translations, 4 commentaries, cross-references, and links.

Blue Letter Bible – 13 English translations, text and audio commentaries, Harmony of the Gospels, encyclopedias, dictionaries, charts, outlines, maps, images, and theological resources.

My Study Bible – One of the newer online Bible study tools, provided by Lifeway. My Study Bible is already full of great resources but will be developed even further during the next year or so.

Bible Gateway – Lookup keywords, passages, topics, reading plans, audio bibles and more, in 46 English translations. This resource is available in multiple languages.

Crosswalk – Online Bibles in 25 translations, commentaries, study tools, devotionals, sermons helps, daily readings, concordances, dictionaries, and much more.


Finding Answers in God’s Word


GotQuestions.org – This tremendous site provides trustworthy answers to over 400,000 Bible questions, and does so in hundreds of languages. Do you have a question about God, Jesus, the Bible, or theology? Have you ever needed help understanding a Bible verse or passage? Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel? Use www.gotquestions.org to find answers in God’s Word.

The Topical Bible – This resource discusses what the Bible has to say about a number of topics and is a great tool to help people discover that God’s Word is relevant to their lives today. Turn to the Topical Bible to find answers on dating, aging, death, drugs, money, taxes, marriage and just about any topic you can imagine. You’ll find that God’s Word does address today’s issues. Rather than relying upon our opinions when faced with difficult questions, ask “What does God’s Word say about it?” and go to the Topical Bible to find out.

Clarifying Christianity – This site is designed to answer FAQ’s about Christianity and the Bible. When gotquestions.org doesn’t give you enough info, this is where you can turn for more detail.


Commentaries, additional tools:


Free Bible Commentary – These commentaries represent the ministry of Dr. Bob Utley, a retired Professor of Hermeneutics with more than 16 years full-time university teaching experience in the United States, who is now an international Bible teacher.

Studylight – Packed with 40 translations, 93 commentaries, 6 concordances, 27 dictionaries, 8 encyclopedias, and so much more. Studylight has everything needed to help you in your study of God’s Word.


Reading Plans and tools


READY, SET, GO Yearly S.O.A.P. Bible Reading Plan

Sample Devotional Bible Study using the S.O.A.P. Method

How to Use the S.O.A.P. Method of Bible Reading

SoapStudy – An online tool that allows you to keep your S.O.A.P. journal online. Very helpful.

Talking Bibles – An online source for audio bibles in hundreds of languages. Enable people of all faiths to listen to the Bible at no cost. There are many authentic audio Bible translations, including translations in many different languages.


Lesson Plan Study Tools


BaptistWay Press Teacher Resources – Lucien Coleman’s BWP teaching plans and materials provided for teachers of every age group.

Know of additional online tools or resources? Email keith.lowry@texasbaptists.org and share them with me. I’ll be happy to evaluate and add them so we can share them with others.