Top “FREE” Bible Study Tools

Mechanics have tools, doctors have tools, and so do students of the Bible.

If you plan to effectively study the Bible you will eventually want to invest in some of the tools that can help you become a good student.  One thing to remember is that all tools contain explanations of people and do not provide the authoritative words of God.  Bible study tools should be used as immediate helps and not meant to be the end of your investigation.  Do not depend solely on the explanations found in your Bible study tools and never replace the Bible with a Bible study tool.

Bible study tools contain lots of information.  You will find helpful introductions to each book of the Bible and outlines that show you how books fit together.  Bible study tools will include explanatory notes about the text, doctrine, and Christian living.

If you are serious about Bible study get a good study Bible.  A few good ones includes the Life Application Study Bible, The ESV Study Bible and The Apologetics Study Bible.  I’ll be reviewing the ESV Study Bible soon.  You also want to consider getting a good Bible commentary.  For more details on choosing a Bible translation click here.

To begin always interact with the Bible text first before consulting with your tools.  It’s important to keep in mind that Bible study tools, (commentaries, dictionaries, study Bibles, encyclopedias, concordances, atlas’ etc.) should not be the final word on any portion of scripture.  Remember that you are learning how to study the Bible, not learning how to study commentaries.

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Whether you read the Bible in book format, on your cell phone or you would rather listen to it, do not stray away from the Bible.   One way to stay on track is to begin a Bible reading plan.  You can get a good reading plan from BiblePlan.org free. They have reading plans that will help you read the Bible in a year, read Proverbs in a month, read just the words of Jesus, read just the Psalms or Gospels or read a plan that combines the New Testament and Old Testament.  Pick a plan that will help you read the Bible systematically.

Here’s my top 15 “web based” Bible Study Tools.

  1. The Bible (the actual book)
  2. BibleGateway.com
  3. BibleStudyTools.com
  4. BlueLetterBible.org
  5. Christianity.com
  6. Crosswalk.com
  7. ChristianBibleStudies.com
  8. Belief.net
  9. Bible.org
  10. StudyLight.org
  11. SearchGodsWord.org
  12. Bible.com
  13. NETBible.org
  14. OnePlace.com
  15. Biblos.com

If you really want to take the study of the Bible a little more serious, I recommend using LOGOS.com.  (I wrote a short review here).  It’s one of the best if not the best Bible Study Software program that I have ever used.  It will cost you some money but then again, this program will definitely take you to the next level in your Bible study.  The best part is that you can buy the starter program and keep adding resources as you can plus they have a very nice payment plan.

Keep in mind that a lot of the free “web based” Bible commentaries are in the public domain, (in other words, they were written a very long time ago).  Public domain Bible tools are also included in many Bible software packages.   Using old (19th-century or earlier) resources for Bible study may present valid insights for interpretation, but they should be used with caution, because of their age, and with awareness and acknowledgment of the original date of publication (rather than the date of the reprint or electronic version).

Learn to be passionate about what you are reading in the Bible.  After all, they contain the very words of God.  While we are talking about being passionate about the Word of God take a look at this short video interview with John Piper.  John  is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   He is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at http://www.DesiringGod.org He is being asked, “Where and How Did You Learn to Preach?

If you have a good Bible study resource that you would like to share please click on “Comments”

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The Gospel in 3 Minutes

So you don’t know much about God, Jesus, salvation and you’re in a hurry.  Here’s the solution for you, “The Gospel in Under Three Minutes”.

This short video will let you know everything you need to know how to give your life to God.  (or as some people say, how to get saved, receiving salvation, giving your life to Jesus Christ, repentance, etc.).  Check it out and share it with a friend.

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No matter what you call it or how you say it, the Gospel is about realizing that we are sinners, (basically that meas we’re messed up) recognizing that Christ died on the cross for you and I, (He is the solution) repenting of our sins (because we need forgiveness) and receiving Jesus into your life.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.  When we accept Christ into our lives, we give God our junk and he gives us His joy (not to mention peace, love acceptance and eternal life).  Sounds like a win-win-win situation to me.  If you have any questions about this, shoot me an email, Nickg at TheoloTech dot com.

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Free Online Class ~ How to Study the Bible

If you long for a relationship with God but feel lost when you open the Bible, the course, “How to Study the Bible” is for you.  Learn how to effectively study God’s Word for more impact, value and significance.

Based on the “Inductive Bible Study” method, discover the tools and skills to help you observe biblical text, dig out its meaning, and then apply it to your life. One of the best ways to grow in Christ is to learn how to study the Bible.

This free course is no longer being offered.


This online class is being offered free from Victory Education & Training Institute , V.E.T.I.   Class begins this Mon. 9/13/2010 so register now if you are really are interested.  By the way, I (the creator of this blog) have the privilege to teach this class.  For those who enroll, I hope you enjoy the course.


Free Audio Book ~ Spiritual Leadership ~ Revised!

You are reading this post just in the “Nick of Time” (pun intended). Each month ChristianAudio.com gives away a premium audio-book download for free. If you are reading this post after the month of Sept. 2010 the link to the book will be a different book . If you want this audio-book, download it now.

This month they are offering the Christian classic, Spiritual Leadership, a study on principles of excellence for every believer. The book has been recently updated and revised so if you have an older copy of the book you may want to check this out. This book is so good that even after you download it I recommend that you purchase the book. It’s a “must have”. Even though I’ve read this book several times I’m now listening to it (in the MP3 format). Sounds great!

I am always challenged when I read this book. I’m going to copy the file to my phone so that I can listen to it throughout the day. If you have not read Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Chambers you are in for a delight.

To see the contents of the book click on the image above.
To download the audio-book click here.

The mission of ChristianAudio.com is to shape Christian hearts to think and do right. Sign up to their free newsletter and they will notify you about their monthly free audio-book download. ChristianAudio is in the business of making contexts in which Christians can think properly about God, themselves, and the world. They believe that spiritual growth occurs within the framework of proper beliefs – the contexts that allow Christians to go about enjoying God and serving others.

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How God Speaks Today.

You do know that God still speaks today, don’t you?


If you don’t that’s OK. Pastor James MacDonald explains the way God speaks very clearly in this short video below.    Click here or on the image below to view.  Don’t forget to download the chart used during the presentation too.

So how has God spoken to you recently? What did he say?  Please leave a comment.

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Organize Your Prayer Lists

I wonder how the Psalmist organized his prayers and songs.  Since David wrote at least 73 of the Psalms, how do you think he kept it all nice and neat?   If he had an iPhone, he probably would have used the new app. called, “My Prayer List”.    😉myprayer“My Prayer Lists” helps to organize your prayers into lists and pray for them on certain days or certain times of the day. Forget about trying to remember who or what you wanted to pray for or trying to remember where you left the prayer request slips.

Here’s a demonstration how it works:

This little application will let you organize your prayers into groups, it’ll email your prayers to your friends to remind them of important needs in both your life and others and even has password protection.  Not bad for only $3.99.

So what do you use to organize your prayer list? Paper? A computer program? Memory? Let us know what system works best for you.


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The Theology of Halloween

What do you think about Halloween?

Is it O.K. for Christians to participate in “trick-or-treating”?

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Christian Halloween?

I’ve talked to a lot of Christians what have told me that they have no problems participating in Halloween festivities.  They say there’s nothing wrong with it.  They just change the name from Halloween to Harvest Festival or something like  that.  They also say it’s completely acceptable to be involved in any or all Halloween activities, besides, we should “become all things to all men so that by all possible means” we might save some (1 Cor. 9:22).

Yet there are many Christians who do not believe it’s acceptable to participate in Halloween.  They ask the question, “why would a Christian want to associate or celebrate on the devil’s day?”  Those who argue against taking part in Halloween say that it is not a good thing and that Christians should “avoid every appearance of evil” (I Thess. 5:22).

What do you believe?

As you can tell this is a sensitive subject.  I believe that most people just don’t know much about Halloween.  Most people do not know its history, whether it’s good or evil, or whether or not to participate in Halloween.  What about you?  Do you know why you are in favor or against participating in Halloween?

Growing up as a child I remember the fun I had dressing up as Satan with my brothers and sister and going out trick-or-treating (with my parents)  We had a blast!   Today, I’m a licensed minister.  I think I turned out alright.   So what’s the big deal?  Am I just lucky not to have been sucked into the dark world of evil and demonic activity?

If you ask me today, would I dress up any of my children as a devil for Halloween?  The answer is a definite NEVER!  I’ve often wondered, what were my parents thinking?  I even asked my mom about this but she doesn’t even remember me dressing up a devil.  Maybe the costume was on-sale?  Oh well.

Did you know that October 31st. is an important date for Protestants, and that it has nothing do with Halloween?  October 31st is known as Reformation Day.  It was this day in 1517 that Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, nailed his 95 Theses for discussion to the church door in Wittenberg.  What resulted over the course of many years was a massive reformation of the Christian church.  O.K. enough church history.


Is Halloween OK?
I recently read two good arguments for participating in Halloween. The first is that historically, “festivities on “All Hallows Eve” were the Christian’s way of laughing at death and evil, something that can be done in certain hope of Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness.  The Church for centuries, however, has seen All Hallows Eve not as a glorification of evil, but as a chance to affirm eternal life in the face of the death of our mortal bodies. Just as Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ victory over death and evil, so is Halloween!”

The second reason in favor of participating in Halloween is that “besides serving as the only time many people bother to go up to their neighbors’ houses and actually interact with them, it holds deeper meaning.  It is not about being afraid, believe it or not. It is rather about laughing in the face of fear and the things we fear: darkness, death, superstition, and monsters of every kind.  It’s about mocking the god of fear while meeting our neighbors face-to-face.”

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Although both reasons above sound good to me, not everyone agrees.  The arguments go back and forth and have been for years. Here’s a short list of pro’s and con’s on this ongoing dialogue.


Below are several articles that present reasons why Christians SHOULD NOT participate in Halloween.

  1. Why NOT TO participate in Halloween.
  2. Don’t Sup with the Devil
  3. It’s wrong but use Halloween to evangelize.
  4. Ten Reasons Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween


Below are several articles that present reasons why IT’S OK for Christians to participate in Halloween.

  1. Halloween as an opportunity to win people to Christ.
  2. Christian Halloween
  3. Halloween Alternatives.
  4. Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
  5. 7 Great Ideas for Halloween


Here’s the best answer I have found, so far, as to whether or not a Christian should participate in Halloween.

Is there a correct answer to the question as to whether or not a believer in Jesus Christ should participate in Halloween?  If there is, I think I found it right here. In a nutshell, the article says that since the debate about Halloween has been an ongoing question it falls under the category of “Romans 14”, a disputable matter.

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The article goes on to say that participating in Halloween should be a personal conviction.  If a person does not agree with it, he/she should not judge someone else who does.  Finally, the article concludes by saying that maybe there is no real right or wrong answer to this question.

I believe Christians can and should use the occasion of Halloween to be a light to the world, (why not, we live here).  Whether you’re doing a “trunk of treats”, a Halloween skating party or a drama depicting the power of Christ over evil, teach people about the supreme power of Christ over darkness, (1 John 3:8).  Let people know that Christ can take away all fear (1 John 4:18).  Tell people that if and when they walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4) they do not have to fear evil when Jesus is Lord of their lives, just lean toward the Light,  (John 3:16).  Tell people that God loves them, and that He can make a difference in their lives. (Matt 4:17).  Tell people they do not have to fear but that they too can be safe and secure in the hands of a living God.

So I ask again, what do you believe about Halloween?  How does your church respond on this day?  Does your church hide out or reach out?  Has this post changed your view?  Agree? Disagree? Agree to Disagree?  I welcome all feedback, the good, the bad and the ugly.

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B.T.W. I haven’t even started to address the issue watching gory, scary and horror films.   Is it wrong or just “entertainment”?   Isn’t it probably worse than participating in Halloween? (which is only one night a year for just a few hours)

Should a person who practices Christianity not watch horror movies like, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Blair Witch Project, The Exorcist, Saw 6 and Paranormal Activities?  What about you?   Don’t you like a good horror flick every now and then?  Would you let you children watch scary movies?   If so, at what age would you allow them to start watching them?  If you don’t participate in Halloween but do habitually watch horror films, what’s the difference? Talk to me.

As you are probably thinking this conversation can lead us to ask many other questions about the life of a believer in Jesus Christ.  I’m talking about the basic characteristics of a Christian; living in holiness & righteousness, being a light to the world, being honest, having integrity, honoring God on a daily basis, being careful to the things you listen to, people you hang around with, being faithful to church, not living a life of sin, etc.   We can also talk on the subject of spiritual warfare, spiritual darkness and evil spirits but we’ll get to that later.

This conversation all started with one simple question, “What do you think about Halloween?”  It seems that there are so many other questions that must be asked along with it.  Maybe the title of this post shouldn’t be, “The Theology of Halloween”, perhaps a more appropriate tile would be, “The Theology of a Christian”.  If that’s the case, maybe just maybe, I’m asking the wrong question.  What do you say?

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P.S.  I welcome all comments.
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