How To Find Sermon Helps On A Budget
This post is predominately for the pastors out there, although this may be applicable to Sunday School teachers, other Church leaders, or those who just want to go deeper in their study of the Bible, but just don't have enough money to purchase a large number of resources. If you fall into one of these categories, you don't have to spend a ton of money to accomplish these goals. In fact, there is a way to utilize free resources online, including free commentaries, from BibleGateway
If you have been doing online Bible studies for any length of time, you have probably heard of BibleGateway. It is an amazing online collection of (almost) every Bible translation out there. It allows you to compare translations and do many other wonderful things that are necessary for good sermon/lesson prep. However, you are able to do more than just compare translations.
One of the most amazing things about BibleGateway is that is offers free resources, including commentaries and study Bible notes, to help you study the Scriptures. It offers a limited selection of these for free, which may be great if you don't have any budget at all to apply toward resources. However, there is more. They do offer a premium service, called BibleGateway Plus. Plus members have access to a far larger range of Bible commentaries, including some from the New International Version Application Commentary (NIVAC), the Abridged Expositor's Bible Commentary, and the IVP New Testament Commentary Series. In addition, it includes other resources such as maps and Bible dictionaries. The Plus option is available for $3.99/month, and includes any new resources that Bible Gateway may add in the future. In short, this is probably the best bang for your buck in regards to having the resources at your fingertips for sermon or lesson prep each week. You should check them out!
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