Let this be the year you get into God’s word a little deeper and learn how to apply it to your life. Free Online Bible study guides will help you get started.
Reading God’s Word is important, but unless we spend some time thinking about how it applies personally, we often forget what we read and it has little impact on our lives.
The Bible says that we should be doers of the word and not hearers (or readers) only. (James 1:22)
So let me give you some helpful as well as free online Bible study guides that are sure to enrich your life this year.
The Mandate for Bible Study
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25 ESV
Imagine getting up in the morning, looking in the mirror, and seeing your hair is a mess, then walking away doing nothing about it as you go to work.
Most people, especially women, really care about how their hair looks. They take it seriously. They do something about it. They invest money in it. They consult hairdressers to improve it.
So tell me, why would we read the Bible and not take it seriously?
D.L. Moody once said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
His quote agrees with Scripture:
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 ESV
Free Online Bible Study Guides (Topical)
Numerous Christian bloggers offer online Bible studies, many of which are free. Here are some to choose from.
Free Topical Bible Study Guides From The Creators Classroom
What you find here are simple, yet thought-provoking Bible study lessons with questions and answers formatted for a weekly Bible study plan. Any of them would make a good Bible study plan for beginners.
Biblical Affirmations – Telling Yourself The Truth
This is an important study because we all tend to believe lies about ourselves, others, or our circumstances. Learn the truth that will set you free.
This is a six-week Bible study. It addresses the main lies that ladies believe so are great Bible study lessons for women. Here is the link to the free version
This is an important study because the world is ever-changing. We could lose everything at any given moment. Nothing is guaranteed. The Scriptures that we will be studying are a lifeline when life is hard.
This is a four-week Bible study plan. Here is a link to the free version.
Praying Scripture is an important study because:
- You are using God’s own language.
- You are more likely to pray according to God’s will.
- It will revolutionize your prayer time.
This is a 4-week Bible study plan. Here is the link to the free version
Learning To Trust God
This is an important study because trust and faithfulness go hand in hand. Being the recipient of unfaithfulness will cause most people to distrust others, sometimes even God.
So if you are one who has experienced heartbreak from a spouse, parent, or friend, how do you learn to trust God completely? That is what this Bible Study is about.
This is a 4-week Bible study plan. Here is the link to the free version.
Uncovering Your Idols To Put God First
This is an important study because we are told that joy comes from being in the presence of God.
Yet the idols we have in our lives keep us from the presence of God.
This is a 4-week Bible study plan. Here is the link to the free version.
Each of the study guides has an upgrade available in journal format so you have plenty of room to write your personal application or prayers.
Some have digital versions that you can use on an iPad or Android tablet, fully linked for easy navigation from front to back like a physical book.
Be sure to check back as new Bible study plans are on the horizon.
Free Topical Bible Study Guides From Theresa at Ladies Drawing NIgh
Theresa is a Christian blogger with one of her first topical Bible study lessons. Her main focus has been book-based studies
Her newest study, “Through Open Doors” is about unlocking the mystery of soul winning. It is divided into 5 weekly Bible study lessons.
Free Topical Bible Study Guides From Love God Greatly
Love God Greatly is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the Word Of God to as many women as possible because “61% of women globally don’t have access to Bible study materials or a Bible study community.”
For those of us who can afford to pay for Bible Study Journals, Love God Greatly uses the proceeds to provide materials to underprivileged women free of charge. Their studies are also available in 40+ languages.
Love God Greatly offers topical studies as well as book-based studies.
Free Online Bible Study Guides (Book-Based)
When you want to immerse yourself in the culture and context of a Book of the Bible, then these studies are great. They help you take the Scriptures from being underlined in your Bible to being “written on your heart.”
Book-Based Bible Study Guides from Megan Allen Ministries
Who is Megan Allen? She is a Christian blogger who loves to “encourage and equip Christian women, like you, to abide in God’s Word.” (1)
Megan works hard at making her studies Biblically sound, not filled with personal opinions. She digs deep to make that happen as she prepares her Bible study lessons. Here is what she has to offer currently:
- Philippians – Rejoice Always with 40 daily lessons.
- John Chapter 1 – Foundational Doctrine Of Jesus and His Relationship with the Father
- Hebrews 11 – Faith approved. I have done this study and it enriching.
- Ephesians – One In Christ
- Colossians – Complete In Christ
Book-Based Bible Study Guides From Michele Kelsey
Who is Michele Kelsey? She is a Christian blogger with Sharing Life And Love. Her mission is, “To help you find joy and/or satisfaction in whatever hurdles life throws your way, but most of all, to bring the salvation that comes from Christ to your doorstep!” (4)
Michele has a lovely 12-weekly Bible study on the Book of Psalms – How to Build Your Quiet Time With God. I have done this study personally. It is easy for beginners but has a lot of “digging deeper” elements for the seasoned Christian.
Book-Based Bible Study Guides From Theresa at Ladies Drawing Nigh
Who is Theresa? Another Christian blogger on a mission to provide Bible study tools for those, “searching for truth, or who have recently become a believer in Jesus, or have been walking with God for years.” (5)
Theresa has a good collection of Bible study lessons for women from the following Books:
- Genesis – The Beginning (18-week Bible study)
- Exodus – God’s People Delivered (8-week Bible study guide)
- Leviticus – God’s People Sanctified (5 Weeks of Bible study lessons)
- Psalm 1-30 – God’s People Comforted (5-week Bible study)
- Proverbs – Wisdom For Everyday (5-week Bible study guide
- Ecclesiastes – Finding Meaning In Life (3-weeks of Bible study lessons)
- Mark – Following Jesus As Servant (5-week)
- John – Believing Jesus Is God (12-week
- Philippians – Rejoicing In The Lord (5 week
- James – Living Our Faith (3-week
Book-Based Bible Study Guides From Anne Graham Lotz
Who is Anne Graham Lotz?
“Called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz speaks around the globe with the wisdom and authority of years spent studying God’s Word.” (2)
These are several of Anne’s free online Bible study guides.
- Acts – a 28-week study in PDF format
- John – a 24-week study In PDF format
- 1 & 2 Peter – an 8-week study in PDF format
Book-Based Bible Study Guides From The Gospel Coalition
Who is the Gospel Coalition?
“We are a fellowship of evangelical churches … committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures.” (3)
If you want to study the entire Bible, book by book, you will find free online Bible study lessons right here. Their series, “Knowing the Bible” are individual Bible study plans on every book of the Bible. Most are 12-weeks in length.
Other Free Online Bible Study Guides
Living By Design is a non-profit organization that has a unique approach. Not only are their studies free, but each week’s Bible study lessons are sent to your inbox. They are guided by:
” … I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” Revelation 21:6 ESV
You can select from
- Topical Bible study plans,
- Bible character studies,
- Book-based lessons.
All Bible Studies from Living By Design can be done in 15 minutes on a desktop or totally on your phone, either reading them or listening to them while you are driving or doing dishes.
Now it’s your turn
Have you ever done a free online Bible Study? Tell us about it and what you liked in the comments.
You might also like to read:
- Bible reading for beginners
- Bible study for beginners
- How to do a topical Bible study step-by-step
- Create and enjoy a do-it-yourself Bible reading plan