Bible Study, Resources, Tech

A Few Tools for Bible Study



Yesterday at Calvary Church we demonstrated inductive Bible study.  It is something I do and model in classes room environments all the time, but we managed to do it in front of a large audience (I hope).

So as a follow-up, here are some tools.

First, a simply outline. I use the acronym ROADS as a reminder of the 5 steps of Bible Study–
Read Observe Analyse Do Share.
(Click on the image to the right to see my summary sheet).

Second, while I encourage you to spend most of your time in the biblical text, there are a few simple electronic resources that you might find helpful.

Bible Study Tools

net   The Net Bible ™ Study Environment offers the most comprehensive set of free resources available online, including commentaries, articles, word studies, original biblical languages and cross references all integrated into a system that empowers you to carefully study the Word of God and to prepare your teaching lessons quickly.

(In the right panel click on the tap “Grk/Heb” and the move your mouse over any word English (left) and watch.  Easy way to get a definition–hover over a Greek or Hebrew word and watch how fast the definition shows up.)  Bible study tools including a Bible concordance, a Biblebiblestudytools dictionary, 20 Bible versions, commentaries, and much more. Great for copy the text to a word processor so you can do your own structural rewrite.  A tool for reading and researching Scripture online — Biblegatewayall in the language or translation of your choice. It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference. Includes resources in Spanish.

Bible Study Resources
netBiblical Studies Foundation:
 Biblical Studies Foundation web site with many articles and Bible book studies (some scholarly works), along with a helpful Bible translation, the NET Bible which has great translator notes.

They also have an app for iOS. For those whose heart language is Spanish.

Holy Land Photos
Free, hi-resolution images of the Holy Land

Additional Suggestions
English Standard Version Read, Listen, Take Notes

If you do not have a good internet connection or want to download free Bible Study software, check out e-Sword.esword

Apps for your electronic device or computer

Electronic options—great resource!

youversion_logoMore reading  options than I could count.   Youversion iconApps for virtually every device.


logo-betaThis resource is free for life if you register prior to March 2014 (you can purchase the ESV for $5)–good study Bible, great graphics–my app of choice for all my mobile study and teaching

     Get the iOS app         Get the Android app     Get the Kindle Fire app 

Or register online at


Please note: These sites are provided for your benefit, but this does not constitute an endorsement of all the material that might be found on these sites.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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