How to Study the Bible Online: BibleGateway.com

By Jason Neil Soto

Back in the days of connecting to the internet through a screeching telephonic sound and experiencing the joy of hearing “You’ve got mail!”, the Bible was a click away thanks to BibleGateway.com. Many people first experienced reading the Bible on the internet through this website.

Since then, BG has been a trusted friend. Their site is a treasure, with a huge amount of resources that would cost a small fortune to purchase in print.

This tutorial just scratches the surface of what’s available. Bible Gateway is an extremely useful tool to help you in your journey into God’s word.

We need to meditate on Scripture. The Bible gives us insight into who God is, and what He has done. Against all odds the Bible exists, with the specific purpose of pointing humanity to Christ. (Click to tweet) Study it to learn how to live.

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What has been your experience with BibleGateway.com? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

JNS tiny bio picJason Neil Soto is a Christian writer and blogger. He lives with his wife and boys in San Diego, CA. The many free tools available online like Bible Gateway helped him survive college. Contact: Email | Twitter

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31 replies

  1. I love Biblegateway! Thanks for this fantastic walkthrough of how to study the Bible, this has helped me to better understand and to get deeper into my study and walk with the Lord! Thanks and God Bless!

  2. I thank God for BibleGateway.com. Now I know I can study God’s Word easier. I can even share scriptures with others because I want others to know that Jesus Christ is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Thank you BibleGateway!

  3. Clear and simple. Brief but yet comprehensive. Well done.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! I am in the process of putting together material for an adult Sunday School class to help people get more out of their bibles. This will go a long ways to accomplishing this.

  5. Thank you for the tutorial. I have just introducted my Husband to the BibleGateway.com and look forward to showing him your tutorial. We have so much to learn.

  6. Thanks for the for big tip

  7. Hi Jason! I am so thankful for your tutorial, but for some reason cross references etc. won’t work on mine. What could I be doing wrong.

    • I think I got it…I use King James and it only works on other translations. ????

      • Hi Jeanne! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial. The cross references are given by the translator. For instance, the creators of the New International Version included their own cross references. They differ between translations. There are a number of translations on Bible Gateway, including the KJV, which don’t have any cross references.

        From a check of John 1, these are the translations on Bible Gateway that I found included cross references: Amplified Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), Holman Christian Standard Bible (HBSB), New American Standard Bible (NASB), New International Version (NIV), and the New Life Version.

        A work around would be to open up the passage you want to read in the KJV, and then click “Add Parallel” to open up a translation with cross references. I would use the NASB as a parallel. It has a similar translation philosophy (word for word) with plenty of cross references.

        Hope this helps! Thank you very much for your comment. God bless.

  8. Reblogged this on larry1333's Blog and commented:
    This is great for study your bible;

  9. Wow Jason thank you so much for your tutorial it was so informative , I will certainly be using bible gateway for my studies from now on. Blessings Sharon

  10. Hi Jason, I also want to thank you for taking the time to explain how to use Biblegateway to study the bible. It’s really a great help! I just want to let you know that I am not from the U.S., so that you know that your tutorial is a blessing also for Christians from other countries. I was born in Indonesia (the biggest moslim country in the world as far as I know), grew up in Holland (where I met Jesus) and live now in Romania. I know a lot of missionaries all over the world and like to share with them about your tutorial! May God bless you richly, Elisabeth

    • One of the most amazing things about the internet is the ability to connect with people from around the world. I’m so glad that you found this to be helpful. Thank you for commenting and sharing this with your friends. God bless!

  11. Hi Jason, this is so amazing! I have been trying to study at work on my lunch break, but carrying other books with my bible is a handful. Now I will carry my Bible and use this App to help me dig deeper into God’s Word. I can study His word anywhere! Thank you, Jason for making this video. God bless, Mary

    • If you were to attempt to carry around in print a small percentage of the books Bible Gateway offers for free, that would certainly be a few handfuls! It’s a great resource for your Bible study. Their mobile app is really good, with the ability to take notes within it. Glad you found the video helpful! God bless.

  12. I was reading a 12/9 post by Mart De Hann, about a conference he recently attended – the topic: “the trustworthiness of the bible”. At the end, most theologians/presenters agreed, “the bible is a trustworthy”, despite the disagreements as to the details of things (wow).

    Jason, this brings me to your question on my personal experience with Biblegateway.com. I love Bible Gateway – the different translations, just one click away, amazing! This morning I visited Bible Gateway, to view the verse of the day – it read,

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” John 15:5, 8 NIV.

    I envision the theologians as Christ’s branches, debating whether it’s trustworthy enough. I wondered, how long before an agreement – how long before we know if the verse measures up.

    And what Jesus would say? I believe He would say, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39) – to quote De Hann, who quotes our Lord Jesus.

    Thank you Jason for creating this wonderful learning tool.

    • The Bible has stood the test of time. Throughout history attempts have been made to destroy it, only to have it still miraculously exist. A google search of “historical attempts to destroy the Bible” will bring up a lot of articles regarding this. Discoveries in archaeology constantly confirm it’s statements. It’s blunt honesty speaks to it’s truthfulness.

      Scripture stands as a witness to God’s dealing with humanity in real time and space. The message left for us to understand who God is, and what He has done, communicates to us our greatest hope for spiritual redemption and eternal living. There is no greater hope revealed to mankind than in the outstretched arms of the Son of God on the cross. His physical resurrection was the finger of God pointing to Jesus. He is our Savior and Redeemer.

      Loved reading your thoughts on this. Thank you! God bless :)

  13. Thanks for your tutorial on how to better use Biblegateway.com. I’ve used it for years but learned so much through your tutorial. God bless. :)

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