BlueLetterBible (BLB) is one of the most valuable free resources available online, and it's the primary tool that we use for our Grace Aware Bible studies.
This four-part course will teach you how to use this powerful tool to dig deeper into the scriptures, and along the way we will introduce you to some of the powerful Grace Aware Bible study techniques.
Unit 1: The Basics (5 lessons; approximately 36 minutes of video)
Unit 2: Mastering BlueLetterBible (5 lessons; approximately 41 minutes of video)
Unit 3: Advanced Techniques (4 lessons; approximately 31 minutes of video)
Unit 4: Examples (4 lessons; approximately 18 minutes of video)
Includes downloadable Greek Verb Tense quick reference and Fast & Easy Bible Word Study guides!
GraceAware is not affiliated with BlueLetterBible or Evernote.
We offer this independent training to help people make the best use of the free tools available. By combining our Bible study method with exceptional tools like BlueLetterBible and Evernote we create "thought-leaders" in Christianity who will become "seekers" and be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Our goal is to produce believers who know the reason for the hope that lies within them, and who can articulate it because they understand what they believe and why they believe it.
Unit 1 Lesson 0 - Overview of the course
Unit 1 Lesson 1: Intro to the The Main Page on the site
In this lesson you'll get an overview of the BlueLetterBible site.
Access BlueLetterBible using any browser - any computer, even phones and tablets
Most-used feature - Searching
Buttons along top: Your Bible study resources
Study Tools: Maps, Timelines
How to create an account, add "Daily devotional" or "Read in 1 year"
BLB Help - and why our training is different - how WE use BLB
Donate, free site
Features: Strong's reference numbers, show "Red Letter"
App available for iPhone, iPad, Android
Duration - 5m 36s
Unit 1 Lesson 2: Finding verses using the 'Search' box
This video teaches you how to go directly to Bible verses using Scripture references (e.g., "John 3:16"), and shows the basics of the 'Search' function.
You'll see the 2 types of searches in action - general reading vs study (i.e., searching for a verse vs finding verses containing a particular word or phrase)
Direct Search for verse
Looking up multiple verses at a time (great for classes and discipleship courses)
Duration - 7m 34s
Unit 1 Lesson 3: Basic Word Search
This video demonstrates the basics of doing a word search in BlueLetterBible.
Example: Finding ‘Love' (and how to use it to find the "first mention"), as well as:
Seeing where words are used in other books in the Bible
What is “Search Results Continued?"
How to show a verse in context
Intro on how to copy/paste verses
How to customize your Copy Options (more on this topic in the Advanced unit)
Duration - 3m 16s
Unit 1 Lesson 4: Buttons and Features on the BlueLetterBible main screen
In this lesson you'll get a tour of the buttons and features that appear on the main screen.
Example: Using the Tools button (Search for Ps 7:11)
Finding Cross References
On-line Bible Dictionaries
Misc features (Maps, Timelines)
Interlinear (the most powerful tool for Grace Aware "seekers")
Duration - 4m 59s
Unit 1 Lesson 5: Available Bible Translations in BlueLetterBible
This lesson will show you all the different Bible translations available for reading and searching, and how to select the translation you want.
How to search within a particular translation
Changing versions to see a verse in a different translation
Showing a single verse in many versions
Finding multiple verses at once (Interesting example of Grace Aware method: 1Thes 1:3; Rev 2:2)
Duration - 9m 19s
Unit 2 Lesson 1: Advanced 'Search' techniques
This lesson focuses on Advanced Search techniques. You'll learn:
Using search operators (AND and OR) - Grace AND Truth, love OR loved OR loves
Using wildcards - lov*
Logical expressions using parentheses: (follow OR follows OR following) AND me
Exact searching using quotation marks - fear AND God vs "fear God"
The BLB 'Secondary' tab
Duration - 7m 4s
Unit 2 Lesson 2: Using the "Lexiconc" search
Lexicon Search is a specialized feature in BLB used to see which Hebrew and Greek words are getting translated into the word you're searching on.
Find all of the Hebrew and Greek words that get translated into the English word "Love"
Use the results to find a surprising rendering between Peter and Jesus in John 21:17 (more on this topic later in this course)
Duration - 4m 34s
Unit 2 Lesson 3: Interlinear Basics
This video gives you an overview of the powerful "Interlinear" feature in BLB, used to get access to the details of the original language and words directly. This is a very important feature for doing word studies.
Viewing 1John 2:12 through the Interlinear feature
Tour of the Interlinear:
Duration - 7m 8s
Unit 2 Lesson 4: Using Copy, Copy Options For study
Once you find something, how do you capture it? This lesson shows you how to set your copy options to suit your study needs, and how to efficiently select and copy the portions of Scripture so you can organize your notes.
Portions of Scripture
Whole Chapter (shortcuts)
Non-contiguous verses: work* AND labor* AND patience
Duration - 14m 6s
Unit 2 Lesson 5: Organization - using Evernote to capture concepts
This video is a brief overview of EverNote, a powerful FREE, cloud-based application that is perfect for capturing and organizing study notes that are available on any device. It provides good formatting and outlining, allowing you to create print-ready documents. All notes can be searched and tagged with keywords for easy reference.
Copy-paste from BLB
Adding in-line word studies
Get EverNote free at your App Store (PC, Mac, SmartPhones, Tablets)
Duration - 8m 47s
Unit 3 Lesson 1: Advanced Interlinear (tour)
This video will take you on a deeper review of the powerful interlinear features in BlueLetterBible.
Hovering in Greek to see English rendering
Why the English renders in KJV (or NASB) instead of the version you're using
Word Study using Interlinear
Introduction to the Parse button (More later in this unit)
Duration - 8m 24s
Unit 3 Lesson 2: Digging into the words
We often say in our Grace Aware study method that "you can’t know what it means until you first know what it says." In this lesson we take a look at a familiar section of Scripture to show how important word study is, and how going beyond the English translation can open your eyes to a deeper understand of a passage.
In-Depth look at: "Peter, do you love me?"
Duration - 6m 55s
Unit 3 Lesson 3: Word usage in other verses
It's often very useful when you're doing a word study to see how that word is used elsewhere (especially by the same author, since people typically have consistent usage of words and phrases).
Example: Searching for "Save*"
Search results in other versions
Search results, continued at bottom of Search Results page
How to find "First use"
Parse button special usage in Hebrew - stem
Example: Look up "Salvation" for a surprise that should be no surprise
Duration - 7m 55s
Unit 3 Lesson 4: Using the Parse command
Verbs are action words, and more than any other form of speech they impact the meaning of a passage. In this lesson we show how to use this powerful feature to understand the three basic attributes of a verb: Tense, Voice and Mood.
Tour of the Greek Verb Quick Reference guide
Tense (past, present, future, perfect, imperfect)
Voice (active, passive)
Mood (imperative, subjunctive)
Get your Free Greek Verb Tense Quick Reference guide, and read more about Greek verb tenses in this related post.
Duration - 7m 59s
Unit 4 Lesson 1: Looking Up Names
Ever since a word study on the word "cursed" sent us on a strange journey, the Grace Aware study method has held in high regard the practice of looking up common names of people and places. In this lesson you'll see how a simple word study took us to an unexpected place with a surprise ending.
Genesis 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You [are] cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
Look up the meaning of "Peter" and "John" - as disciples they had two different approaches to Jesus and their names reflect that.
Duration - 6m 28s
Unit 4 Lesson 2: The Importance of the Greek "Perfect Tense"
Greek verbs go beyond just "past, present and future." In this lesson we'll show three examples of how the "perfect tense" gives special clarity and insight into the author's intended meaning of a passage.
Duration - 5m 13s
Unit 4 Lesson 3: Context across books of the Bible
Most Bible study strategies focus on the immediate context. The Grace Aware study method goes much further. In this example you'll see beyond "local contact" to a greater context that spans books of the Bible.
Example: “No where to lay His head:" Mt 8:20, John 19:30
Duration - 3m 17s
Unit 4 Lesson 4: Double-Negatives in Greek
In English a double-negative reverses the meaning, but in Greek double-negatives work together to strengthen the negative. In this example you'll explore a double-negative:
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
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Duration - 3m 26s
This final quiz will give you an opportunity to apply what you've learned to real-world questions and situations that come up regularly. There is no failing, so just take your time and go though each one thoughtfully. Try looking up either key words or phrases in the question or in some of the answers. That will maximize your success!
For best results, perform searches in the New King James Version (NKJV).
As an author, elder, home fellowship leader, and Bible teacher for over two decades, Dave became aware that Christians had slipped from teaching the Good News of the Gospel of Grace into legalistic disempowering doctrines that have held people back from knowing God's love. Dave has developed an integrated study method that has helped hundreds of people to eliminate their presuppositions and equip believers to see what's really in the Bible (and avoiding seeing what's not in the Bible!).