My love of teaching God’s word draws me to distant places. It’s so exciting to open the Bible and watch God’s timeless truths impact lives in every culture. After teaching a session about Ephesians in Romania, a sweet sister wanted to tell me, “I’ve read this book many times, but learning it this week is like hearing it for the very first time.” It gives me chills of joy to be part of seeing God’s word powerfully move in hearts and minds!
I’ve been blessed to be born into a place where I have had access to Bible resources. Various translations fill our shelves. Tools for study have a place in our bookcase. A magazine comes to our home. We have no excuse for not studying and knowing the precious truth God has preserved for us.
Around the world, an abundance of literature and tools for Bible study have not always been so accessible. The internet has changed all that. Since I love Bible study, I’m excited to be a blogger connected to Bible Gateway, an online resource available to anyone with an internet connection. It’s an amazing example of how God uses a variety of ways to proclaim the gospel and draw people to Himself.
The free Bible Gateway website has just undergone a redesign. The goal is to make it more user friendly and effective by implementing big and small changes. It’s still free and still a simple tool for digging deeper into God’s word.
- Take a video tour of the new design here.
- Visit the site in beta (that’s tech talk for “still working on it”) here and share your feedback. They really do want to know!
Some new features of new Bible Gateway:
- Take notes as you read, saving & syncing your annotations on any device you use.
- Create a BibleGateway.com personal account to save preferences and make the tool work best for you.
- Use the new format on any kind of device – laptop, phone, tablet.
- Purchase digital books as part of a “study library” to use in your Bible Gateway account.
- As always, you can sign up for the verse of the day, you can read scripture in your preferred or compared versions, and you can listen in an audio version.
These changes make it easier to use Bible Gateway as your own personal Bible study file. While this doesn’t take the place of my “hold in your hand,” beloved, travel-worn Bibles, notes, or tools (I still love the actual paper items), this provides a wealth of help in a format that’s easy to access. For people around the world without finances, transportation, or suppliers to provide study tools, this new Bible Gateway format provides a global tool for growth.