Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
Our purpose is to love God and  bring people into
a growing relationship with Jesus and His church.

Bible Study Resources

If you are new to Bible study, here are some resources you might find helpful. The reading plan is the one we used when we read through the Bible as a congregation in starting in September, 2014. The book introductions were written to support that program.

All of the document links on this page require Adobe Reader. If you don't have that software, you can download it here.

If you find another on-line resource that you think is worth sharing, please send an email to aim@hslceldersburgmd.org and it will be considered for inclusion on this page.

God bless you as you study the Word!

Document Links

Reading Plan

Ways to Read the Bible

Introductions to Old Testament Books

Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua
Judges Ruth 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings
1 Chronicles 
2 Chronicles  Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job
Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Isaiah Jeremiah
Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel Amos
Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah
Haggai Zechariah Malachi

Introductions to New Testament Books

Matthew Mark Luke John Acts
Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians
Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy
2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James
1 Peter 2 Peter 1 John 2 John 3 John
Jude Revelation


On-Line Bibles

  • Bible Gateway -- A large number of translations in English and other languages, including the NRSV.  The complete list is here.

  • NET Bible -- This is actually a "learning environment" with lots of free resources including notes, maps, articles, multiple translations, and more.

Audio Bibles

Mobile Apps (This is not my area of expertise, so I'm open to recommendations!)

  • YouVersion -- hundreds of versions and languages for many devices; FREE!

Other Links

  • Enter the Bible -- Resources for Bible study from Luther Seminary
  • Biblical World Overview -- An overview of the geography of the lands of the Bible
  • Revised Common Lectionary -- Readings for the three-year cycle; also includes a daily lectionary.
  • Reverse Lectionary -- A list of lessons and when they are read organized by book. This is based on the Revised Common Lectionary as adapted by the Episcopal Church, so there may be some minor differences from the lectionary we use.
  • How long are the books of the Bible? Click here to see Jeffrey Krantz's word counts.