If you would like to go deeper in your Bible study time, this article will help you do that by briefly outlining 7 free online Bible apps and tools.
Devotional times can be so much more enlightening with the right tools. Would you like to be able to compare different Bible versions of a verse easily, to do topical studies easily or to have easy access to devotionals? The list below has you covered. It even has a pretty awesome free tool for children’s Bible study. All of these Bible apps and tools are online. Shockingly, they are all free. Some have paid upgrades or sell products too, but the core is free. It is encouraging to see Christians putting such excellent products out into the world to build up the body of Christ, and doing it gratis! That lifts my spirits. 🙂 I hope the list below will be helpful to you too as you seek the Lord in your devotional time.
This is one of my favorites. My husband is in ministry, and he referred me to this. Here you will find various versions of the Bible, the ability to compare versions of the Bible, reading plans, verses by topic, bible studies, concordances, videos, prayers, a verse of the day, and so much more. If you are in Ministry, there are tools for sermon preparation as well. Their website is free!!!
Bible Gateway also has a wide range of features to deepen your Bible study time. It has over 50 different Bible translations, a search function for passages and keywords, ability to view multiple passage versions at a time, a topical index, devotionals, reading plans, audio bibles and a lot more. Their website is free as well. They also have a store if you are interested in purchasing related products.
The YouVersion Bible is a much-loved app.
It has a friendly user interface and it is free to access both online and offline. Their apps operate on both Android and IOS devices. YouVersion contains over 1,700 Bible versions in over 1,100 languages. You can select audio versions too.
If you love to personalize your bible, this one is for you! You can highlight, bookmark or make notes. It is even possible to make images related to your favorite verses which can be shared with loved ones.
There is a huge array of Bible study guides and devotionals. Devotionals and plans cover every stage of life or concern you could come across. There is a special app for children too. It is illustrated with animations and looks like real fun for kids.
This Bible study tool is a free online hub that helps anyone who needs undiluted access to God’s word. There are specific foci for men, women, children, and pastors. The site contains resources, study guides, Q&A sections, and various Bible versions. I love their section on biblical answers to some of life’s questions.
Although this resource listed under Bible.org, it deserves a separate mention because it is a very powerful Bible study tool. This is also available for free and it has a user-friendly interface. If you are interested in seeing the meaning of a word or verse in the original Greek or Hebrew, you will be able to here. The Bible commentaries are invaluable for delving into the deeper meaning. You can also do a side by side comparison of the scriptures you are reading across different versions of the Bible.
Lumina also allows you to make notes. You can easily search for multiple references from a verse or a word with Lumina. Lastly, this wonderful tool allows you to share your verses with your friends on social media.
Blue Letter Bible is a great Bible study tool. If you are a seminary student you are likely familiar with this one. It has many of the features of other Bible study tools listed here, such as being able to see the original meaning of the Greek and Hebrew words used in the earliest versions of the Bible (see their LexiConc button). You can easily do topical studies and there are myriad of devotions.
There are also audio and video commentaries. The Theological FAQ gives you answers to common questions that come up on specific passages or verses.
They have two features I just LOVE. Each month they have a free hymn of the month. This month is from the Getty’s, with full lyrics. I am a total lover of all things Celtic, and the song this month has that beautiful Celtic feel. The other feature that I find phenomenal is the daily promises. I am working out dwelling on the promises of God in my own life, and this is a super helpful feature if you are also doing this.
Amongst its many resources, there are also has charts, diagrams, and maps which would prove helpful to those who want an in-depth analysis and understanding of the original context of the Bible.
I came across this app a few months ago, when I set about to meditate on scripture more. I want to be clear this is not a woo-woo kind of meditation they are providing. The narrator gets you to relax by breathing and focussing on God. Then they read from scripture and ask you a question to ponder. Then you may have a few moments to ponder what you have heard. That is it. Nothing weird.
This was designed by a Christian group of former Google employees. Abide is the world’s most popular Christian meditation app.
If you are like me and have trouble focussing….don’t worry….the meditations come in a 2-minute version!! :-). If you are more focussed, there are also 5, 10, 15 minute versions.
The meditations are topical, around specific scriptures, or around specific issues/challenges. I love it and me and my hubby listen most mornings as we start our day. A free version is always available. There is a paid version which provides a much wider range of meditation topics and longer meditations. If you want to read more about meditating on the word of God, please read this post here.
This brief article has reviewed 7 online Bible study apps and tools to help you go deeper in your time of Bible study. It covers a wide range, from tools for children’s Bible study to tools to help pastors to prepare sermons.
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