"To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are."
SEARCH, STUDY, AND SHARE THE WORD OF GOD!
The primary ways I use the many tools available at Bible Gateway are listed here.
I. Search the Word of God
II. Study the Word of God
III. Share the Word of God
When I search and study God's Word, seeking His will for my life, I do so with great meekness, humility and respect. God has magnified His Word above His name [Psalm 138:2]. The humility to which I refer, is that of a child who seeks knowledge and truth from a loving all-knowing Father. I approach the Word as one needing direction, who has everything to learn. I hold God's Word in higher regard than my preconceived ideas, personal opinions and theories; and I dig in to the great treasures buried before me, searching them out with focus and precision. I seek to learn what I do not know, rather than to prove what I think I know. This requires diligent effort and utilization of biblical resources, such as those available at Bible Gateway. As many people know, the earlier Bible texts were not in English, nor did they contain the punctuation on which we've come to rely. In fact, there were no chapters or verses. A plethora of versions have been translated, punctuated, expanded or condensed, and extra notes have been added to facilitate reading of the scriptures. I am thankful for those who dedicated their lives to making the Word known throughout the world. Yet, sometimes error or private interpretation seeps into translations. Even my favorite English Bible version [KJV], needs additional clarification from other sources. This statement is easy to illustrate. Observe the screenshot I took of my recent search on Bible Gateway:
As illustrated in the screenshot, it's obvious not all translations are alike. The KJV ends verse one with a period, and the other versions end verse one with a question mark. Reading the surrounding context of the verse provides further clarity, assuring us our help comes from God, but it's not always so easy. A variety of biblical resources and services are of great use and importance in rightly dividing God's Word. A diligent search effort is an important prerequisite to studying and sharing what I have searched. Before I memorize a verse or apply it in my life, I want to work the Word to discern the truth from error. My goal is to deepen my understanding of my Father and grow in the Word, so I can make informed decisions and become confident enough to implement it in my life. All components of searching, studying and sharing God's Word are interwoven. I've shared a little of my heart concerning searching the scriptures, and now I'll share some of the great tools available. There is great treasure to be discovered! That being said, let's dig in and start searching!
in that they received the word with all readiness of mind,
and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
The Search Formenables readers to search Bible Gateway from your website, and is installed by adding HTML code. You can get the code by clicking,"Include this form on your page" at the bottom of the form. You can also get the code at BibleGateway.com/share. What a convenient way to use these abundant resources directly on your website!
I find this site well designed and easy to navigate. The quick search box is conveniently accessible at the top of most Bible Gateway pages. The search box contains a drop down menu with the Books of the Bible and there are a multitude of Bible versions from which to choose.You can perform an advanced search from the "Bible" Tab in two ways: (1) Passage Lookup and (2) Keyword. Within Passage Lookup, you can view up to four different verses at the same time. You can also view multiple Bible versions within a search. Keyword search is great for locating verses by specific words or phrases. More specific search options are explained in great detail at BibleGateway.com/help/tutorial. There's even an option to select text size, located beneath the Search Box. It looks like this [AAAAA]. This offers several advantages, my favorite being the ability for those with poor vision to read and study the Word. But wait…there's more! You can also select Audio Verses for the King James Version and some other versions, under the "Bible" Tab!
The menu on the right shows additional features.
From left to right, you can
(1) Share your search results by email or social media
(2) Print your search
(3) Customize the way search results are displayed
In addition to an abundance of Bible Versions, there are many Devotional texts to ponder during quiet time with God. There are texts to provoke further thought when you have a few short moments to read. They can be excerpts from books, sermons, letters, etc. I personally am very blessed with my free email subscriptions to C.S. Lewis DailyandCharles Spurgeon's Morning and Eveningas well as several others. You can find these in the "Classic Devotions" category. I've listed some of the main Devotional categories below this paragraph. They are all free of charge. You can find them at BibleGateway.com/devotionals. You can subscribe to email devotionals and newsletters at BibleGateway.com/newsletters. You can also subscribe to up to five different versions of the Verse of the Day!
Classic Devotions *My Favorite*
Devotions for Women
Devotions for Men
Devotions for Families
Devotions for Leaders
Devotions that Explore Faith
Devotions that Explore the Bible
Devotions in Spanish
Please click HERE for useful tutorials, explanations and more detailed information concerning all the great study tools available at Bible Gateway. Features and Apps are explained in great detail and simplified into bite-size pieces so anyone can use them!
This is a free web service offered by Bible Gateway. I have the King James Version of the Bible featured on this page, but you can customize this service from a large selection of Bible Versions. You can subscribe to have the Verse of the Day delivered to your inbox each morning. Four options are available to share the Verse of the Day on your own website or page. These are (1) HTML Code, (2) RSS News Feeds, (3) Web Service, and (4) Flash VotD Tool. Installation information is available at BibleGateway.com/usage or you may subscribe at BibleGateway.com.
REF TAG TOOL
You may notice when you hover over some of the scripture references on my Website, a small pop-over window will reveal the verse, without even leaving the page. This is due to the handy Ref Tag Tool provided free of charge by Bible Gateway. I selected the King James version of the Bible for my website, but numerous versions are available. This enables readers to see the reference easily without distraction from the current article and without opening another window. The Author directly benefits by effortlessly citing verses for additional study or further reference. It's an excellent way to redeem the time while making biblical knowledge available to the reader at a faster pace, without sacrificing content. In addition to this feature, you can click the pop-over window to read the surrounding verses or chapters, and other related topics at Bible Gateway. This is a wonderful feature to help increase understanding of the scriptures by taking into consideration the context in which the verse is written, as well as locating similar topics and verses in the Bible. If hovering doesn't produce a pop-over window, it means I have directly linked the verse to the website. In this case, you can click on the title of the verse to view the content. What a wonderful way to advance the knowledge of the Bible! You can find this HTML code and installation instructions at BibleGateway.com/share.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace,
and bring glad tidings of good things!
You can scan the QR Codes below to search and share the Word on your mobile device.
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BIBLE APPS IN CHURCH
The Bible Gateway Blog has an interesting article concerning usage of Bible Apps in Church. This topic is of special significance to me, because my husband has a neuromuscular disorder, which makes turning pages of a Bible [or any book], very difficult. He uses the Bible Gateway App on his phone and iPad. This enables him to independently follow along with biblical teachings and classes without distracting others from the Word by asking for help, and without the frustration of being unable to read the Word for himself. I remember how difficult it was before installing the Apps. He often missed key points, because he was trying to turn a page. He attempted to simply listen to the verses, but in his personal study, Bible apps are necessary. The world can be very challenging and time spent with the body of Christ is a safe haven. Communication and respect, for ministry leadership and other believers, is vital to avoid offense and misunderstandings. We make it a priority to inform the leadership of the purpose of using a mobile device, and it is always well received. You can view the article by clicking the link Bible Apps in Church: Good or Bad Idea?
As the Internet’s largest Christian website, Bible Gateway seeks to equip people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are. Celebrating 20 years online, Bible Gateway offers free access to the Bible in more than 70 languages and 200 different translations. Bible Gateway’s website and app are visited by more than 18 million unique visitors per month. The company is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Please visit Bible Gateway at www.biblegateway.com.
Celebrating an Online Bible Legacy: Bible Gateway
~ Article written by Rachel Barach, general manager, Bible Gateway
"Venture back in time to the year 1993. Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States. The Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl. Women were granted combat roles in the US military. The final episode of “Cheers” aired. Michael Jordan retired from basketball to play minor league baseball, then quit baseball and went back to the hoops court. The Mosaic Web browser launched, representing a major turning point in the Internet’s journey toward wide-scale consumer acceptance. And, topping the news in 1993, The Bible Gateway, a fledgling idea in the mind of a university staffer, launched as an internal research tool for university students.
The Internet’s takeover of modern communications and culture has been rapid and unparalleled. In 1993, the Internet, truly in it’s youth from a consumer perspective, accounted for only 1% of telecommunications information flow. By 2007, 97% of telecommunications information flow was Internet-based.
Today, in the center of the information deluge flowing on the Web, sits BibleGateway.com (@BibleGateway), the most-visited Christian website in the world; home to more than 180 different Bible translations in more than 70 languages (https://BibleGateway.com/Versions); and a trusted resource for more than 19 million people each month."
Bible Gateway History
"In 1993, Bible Gateway wasn’t yet truly public. It was a simple database tool built by Nick Hengeveld, a staffer at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a resource for other Calvin faculty, staff, and students to use. He wanted to employ technology to make it easy to quickly look up and read Bible text. The idea clearly had merit, because by 1995, BibleGateway.com was publicly accessible and had already begun amassing its loyal following. When Hengeveld went to work for Gospel Communications, he took Bible Gateway with him, and he and the Gospel Communications team continued adding to the site’s content and functionality, always with the mission of enabling easy and free access to Scripture.
Over time, and as a part of the Gospel Communications focus on technology in ministry, Bible Gateway faced and surmounted numerous challenges and changes: the evolution of devices, browsers, connectivity and consumer behavior, the rise and fall of myriad start-ups, and the growth of multiple Bible sites in the Christian marketplace. Through it all, Bible Gateway never strayed from its core mission. It became trusted as the premier place online to find any Bible verse, in a multitude of languages and translations, in text or audio, for any student of the Bible, curious onlooker, or researcher just looking for a quote.
In 2008, Gospel Communications shuttered its operations and sold Bible Gateway to Zondervan, the Christian publishing house. At that time, the site had grown from just a few student users to more than six million unique visitors per month. Today, Bible Gateway is the most-visited Christian website in the world with more than 140-150 views per month. In addition to the complete text of the Bible (including the Apocrypha), the website also offers more than 60 devotionals and reading plans (https://BibleGateway.com/Newsletters), and its award-winning and critically-acclaimed Bible Gateway App for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices (https://BibleGateway.com/App)."
"The future of Bible Gateway is a thrilling unknown, certain to be impacted by ongoing upheavals in technology and consumer behavior. As we strive to understand and respond to those changes that we can’t yet see, a few key objectives stand out as unchanging, no matter what kind of device the visitor is holding:
More, better, faster: We aim to continue enhancing the Bible Gateway experience across all platforms, increasing the volume and quality of trusted Bible translations and biblical content, and making user experiences intuitive and easy while still rich and robust. We’ll continue refining our study tools, Bible search engine, and general user experience.
Digital resources for purchase: We've launched direct-to-consumer e-commerce. Users can now add to the free Bible content already available on Bible Gateway by purchasing individual titles (like the NIV Study Bible Notes, or The Story of God Bible Commentary) and unlocking them in their secure Bible Gateway library (https://BibleGateway.com/DigitalStore/). This library of digital reference work will continue to expand.
Localization: Bible Gateway carries Bible translations in over 70 languages, but visitors currently must navigate the site in English to find those Scriptures. Our plans call for providing ways to navigate BibleGateway.com in the most popular non-English languages.
Book discovery: Bible Gateway will keep our vast number of users informed about new Bible-related books and other resources through our vibrant daily blog (https://BibleGateway.com/Blog).
On the strong foundation and rich legacy that has been laid for Bible Gateway in its first 20 years, we will continue building a premier Internet Bible resource that seeks to honor God and inspire people to know Him better through His Word."
Bible Gateway Visitor Testimonials:
“I love Bible Gateway for many reasons—so many version choices! Also, wonderfully user friendly; so many websites are not, which can be frustrating and time consuming. May the LORD bless you all abundantly.” – Joyce
“Over the past 20 years I have been a regular in Christian chat rooms. I have been called upon again and again to use bible gateway to prove my positions or statements biblically and in context. I have used biblegateway probably thousands of times. I have been using your website for as long as it has been alive, as we are kind of like cyber missionaries…What is mandatory in any chat room is the ability to look up and refute or confirm doctrine on the fly. You never know what the subject will be but if you have a working knowledge of the Bible, Bible Gateway's search engine is a very valuable tool. Thank you for this service.” – Marion Head
“Dear Bible Gateway: I want to thank you for your Internet ministry. You have been (and continue to be) a blessing to me and my life. I discovered you a few years ago and often have listened to the Holy Scriptures pour life into me—even as I drift asleep.” – Tonyelle
“I've been reading from Bible Gateway for a few years. I couldn't afford to buy the audio Bible, I'm on SS. However, I'm now listening on Bible Gateway and so enjoying it so very much. I listened the other day from Acts to Revelation. Now started in Genesis. Thank you so much for making this available. God is so good. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” – Anonymous
“I would like to thank you for your daily verse. I have been saved from a drug and alcohol addiction. I am putting my faith in God, I am clean and sober today.” – Anonymous
God bless you abundantly and enjoy unwrapping the priceless gifts from God's Word as you search, study and share God's Word on BibleGateway.com!