Your Bible Gateway Plus membership makes a deep library of Bible study helps available to you as you read Scripture. To use Bible Gateway Plus to study the Bible, follow the instructions below.
Log in to your Bible Gateway Account
First, log in to your Bible Gateway account. You must be both logged in and a member of Bible Gateway Plus to access these resources.
Accessing Premium Devotionals
Your premium devotionals can be found by visiting the Devotionals page.
Accessing Commentaries, Study Bibles, and Other Advanced Study References
Begin by looking up the Bible passage you want to read. For example, if you want to study John 3, look it up using Bible Gateway's search feature. The Bible study resources are available across all Bible versions, so it doesn't matter which Bible version you select. (Even study resources that have a Bible version name in their title, such as the NIV Study Bible, are fully usable in other Bible translations.)
Once you're looking at the Bible passage, notice the blue Study This panel to the right of the Scripture text. If the panel is not open, click or tap on the blue Study This button to open it. When open, it looks like this:
This panel shows you the types of Bible reference works available to you and the number of titles of each type that contain content relevant to the Bible passage you've looked up. Click or tap any of the items there to see a detailed list of titles in that category. If you're new to Bible Gateway Plus, start with Study Bibles (a study Bible is a type of Bible that includes short commentary and notes about the text, and is a good all-around resource to start with).
The panel now shows a list of study Bibles that contain material about the Bible passage you're reading:
Each item in this list is one of the reference works you can access; the number next shows you how many entries in that reference are relevant to the Bible passage you're currently reading. Click or tap the study Bible you want to use. Each study Bible has its own strengths—if you're not sure which one to try, start with the NIV Study Bible Notes, which is a popular choice. You can always go back and select a different book by using the blue arrow button in the top left of the Study This panel.
When you select a resource, the panel will show you the individual entries from it:
This is a list of each entry in the reference work that talks about the Bible passage you're reading. General entries tend to have a full title (like "Introduction to John," while entries that comment on a specific verse are listed as verse references (like "Jn 3:1").
When you click or tap an entry, you'll see the full text of the entry. Depending on which resource you're using and the Bible passage you're reading about, this entry might be short, long, or somewhere in between. It might also include links to other Bible passages which are useful in understanding the verse.
For example, to read the notes about John 3:2, select that entry and you'll see something like this:
You can use the arrow icons to navigate forward and back through the notes. To close the panel, click or tap the dark blue Study This button.
That's how you access the study resources--so how should you actually use them? These study notes and pieces of commentary are designed to explain and add context to Bible verses. So as you read the Bible passage, make a note of verses that interest, confuse, or otherwise stand out to you. (You can make a mental note about these, or use Bible Gateway's annotation feature to highlight verses.) Then look to the Study This panel to see if there is an entry that matches the verse(s) in question. If there is, click or tap that entry to read it.
That's it! You're now benefiting from Bible reference material right alongside your Scripture reading. You'll find these study notes can really help clarify Scripture and deepen your engagement with the Bible. If you're just getting started, we recommend that you pick one reference (the NIV Study Bible is a good place to start while you're learning the ropes) and use it until you're comfortable with the interface. Eventually, if you're doing a serious study of a Bible passage, you'll want to check several different references to see what they have to say about what you're studying.
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