Bible Gateway: A Comprehensive Review

Bible Gateway is a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Until now, it remains the most-visited Christian website in the world.

Generally, it seeks to enable global users to read, listen, search, and for free.

As well as share the Bible, in more than 200 different versions in over 70 languages.

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The goal of this focused enterprise is to make the Bible available on the web for free.

More so, while dedicated to excellence in the presentation of Biblical content.

It has a set of doctrinal statements that are not intended to limit the use of the site.

Rather, it is to promote trust in its content. Basically, the resources and tools on Bible Gateway are absolutely free, except the Bible Gateway Plus.

Interestingly, this is a membership program with more services and features.

HISTORY OF BIBLE GATEWAY 

Bible Gateway was launched in 1993. As the original multilingual Internet Bible resource by Nick Hengeveld. Who was a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids?

He had the vision to make the Bible accessible to everyone. Through the emerging technology at the time called the Internet. Furthermore, in 1995 Nick became the first webmaster of Gospelcom.net, now Gospel.com. 

Meanwhile, he brought Bible Gateway with him. Ever since the service has been the daily favorite online resource for millions of people around the world.

In 2008, Zondervan purchased Bible Gateway and has remained the owner to date. To date, it remains part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.

Clearly, it has remained a trusted resource and a favorite for millions of people around the world. Who rely on it, every day for their desktop and mobile device Bible reading.

As well as listening, studying, searching, comparing, and sharing needs.

MISSION STATEMENT 

Bible Gateway’s mission statement is, To honor Christ by equipping people to read. And understand the Bible, wherever they are. 

BIBLE GATEWAY’S EIGHT PRINCIPAL DOCTRINES

Bible Gateway has eight biblical doctrines. These are the doctrine of:

    1. Scripture: The Bible is God’s unique revelation to mankind, the infallible Word of God. 
    2. God: There is only one true God. He exists forever as Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
    3. Sin: Everyone is in God’s image and for communion with God.
    4. Salvation: Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and God gives salvation. And eternal life to those who trust in Him. 
    5. Christ: Jesus lived a sinless human life. Yet He willingly took upon Himself our sins by dying in our place. 
  •  Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. And gives new life to all who trust in Jesus.
  • Judgment: At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. 
  • Church: All believers are members of the body of Christ. 

BIBLE GATEWAY ENGAGEMENT FEATURES 

Bible Gateway has many engagement features. These include its daily Blog; over 60 email devotions, Bible reading plans.

Even, verses-of-the-day, an award-winning mobile app, audio Bibles, video interviews, Bible reference books.

Additionally, there are shareable widgets, advanced search tools, Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. Likewise, Bible Gateway Plus membership service; Bible Gateway discount deals.

Also, the online bookstore offers over 500,000 Christian resources. Others are the ability to display a Bible verse in all English translations.

Lastly, the feature that allows you to display and compare up to five Bible translations side by side. 

 BIBLE GATEWAY PLUS

The membership service is known as Bible Gateway Plus.

This begins with a 30-day free trial. Also, the membership gives you access to an online Bible study library. Additionally, it gives you access to a set of Bible study tools with easy integration.

Moreover, you have access to over 40 study and reference books. Some of these are the NIV Study Bible, MacArthur Study Bible Revised Edition, and the abridged Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Meanwhile, subscribers have access to the NIV Reverse-Interlinear Bible.

Secondly, the Exhaustive Concordance Dictionary functionality. Thirdly, you have access to periodic, printable Bible Studies. And links to study resources in the Bible Gateway Plus library by subscribers.

Additionally, you’ll enjoy reduced ads on Bible Gateway for a distraction-free reading experience as a subscriber.

These great features and extra services, go for as low as $3.99 USD a month. 

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BIBLE GATEWAY APP

In a nutshell, the app gives you access to an online library of free Bible study resources. Secondly, on upgrade, Bible Gateway Plus, you will enjoy over 40 extra study/reference books.

Additionally, you will be able to study and navigate the Bible with ease. Thirdly, you can highlight your favorite verses as well as take notes. You will be able to refer to them at any point.

Also, you can challenge yourself with daily readings. More so, you can set up, a daily reminder to keep track of your personal Bible reading goals.

Summarily, you will be able to set doable goals to spend more time with God’s Word. 

The App works on desktops, iPad, iPhones, Android phones, and Kindle Fire. Undoubtedly, it is the cleanest and most efficient app for interacting with the Bible for Android.

It remains an excellent Bible study app, especially, for those only beginning the study of the Bible.

Plus, the App is not only a pocket Bible, it lets you create an account. Or log in through Facebook to track your Bible study and read any chapter from any translation of choice.

The App is a delight to use and this makes this already excellent app better.

BIBLE AUDIO APP

Evidently, Bible Gateway Bible Audio App is one of the best you will likely find.

Firstly, it allows you to listen to a variety of Bible translations.

Secondly, it gives you the room to choose from several audio narration styles.

Thirdly, you can navigate faster anywhere in the Bible.

Also, it is the perfect assistant when trying to memorize the Bible much faster.

You can set a timer to assist you to set goals to spend quality time with God’s Word.

Additionally, you can speed up or slow down playback to listen to the Bible at your own pace.

Lastly, users can upgrade their subscriptions to the Gold package to enjoy more translations and downloads.

BIBLE GATEWAY DEVOTIONALS 

Altogether, BibleGateway.com has more than 60 inspiring and life-transforming devotionals.

Firstly, there are premium devotionals, which are only available to Bible Gateway Plus members.

Non-premium members can actually try for free, for a period of 30 days! Second, there’s Grace for the Moment by best-selling author Max Lucado.

Secondly, this inspiring devotional comes with a wisdom-filled treasure chest for your daily quiet time. Thirdly, it will help you reflect on God’s Word, as well as understand His direction and timing.

In addition, there’s Olive Tree One Year Daily Devotional. This is one of the best devotionals on BibleGateway.

Additionally, there are other great devotionals from classic authors such as C. S Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, etc. Altogether, there are over 60 life-changing devotionals on Bible Gateway.

These powerful devotionals will challenge and keep your faith growing. 

BIBLE GATEWAY STORE

 The Store has a huge selection of over 500,000 resources of excellent value with great daily discount deals.

You’ll find lots of inspiring books such as NKJV, Encouraging Word Holy Bible by Max Lucado. Secondly, you’ll find 30 Days to Understanding the Bible Study Guide with DVD by Max Anders. 

Meanwhile, the store assists by contributing hugely to its many far-reaching ministry services. Which Bible Gateway provides to millions of people free of charge.

BIBLE GATEWAY BLOG

The Blog is also referred to as Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.

It is an international network of independent bloggers. Every day, these bloggers blog about matters relating to the Bible.

Hence, Gateway extends its reach through this network of international and independent bloggers.

These kingdom bloggers come from all walks of life such as North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Amongst them are stay-at-home-moms, pastors, Bible professors, seminaries, etc.

As a result, it is ranked the #1 best Bible study blog on the web by Feedspot. In addition, it is named by Alltop to be among the Best of the Best, in the Christian category.

ADVERTISING ON BIBLE GATEWAY

Salem Web Network is the advertising representative for the company.

Hence, it takes care of the selling and scheduling of advertising on gateway Advertisers get to reach millions of audiences across the world through Bible Gateway’s impressive coverage.

THE OBJECTIVES OF BIBLE GATEWAY

According to Rachel Barach, the general manager, Bible Gateway is committed to one: understanding.

As well as, responding to transformation in technology and consumer behavior changes. Overall,  its goal is to continue to add new translations.

And powerful features for a better user experience. Hence, it seeks to help subscribers engage the Bible and make it an important part of daily activities. 

ENGAGEMENT & CONVERSION RATE 

Bible Gateway had an average of 81.92 million monthly visits from 247 countries between November 2020 and January 2021.

In addition, its monthly users spent about 76 million hours on the website in the last year.

PAGE RANKING

BibleGateway.com ranks 656th globally.

 In the United States, it ranks 234th. Plus. 

Often, it is the first result on Google. As well as on Bing when searching for Bible, Bible verse, and other Scripture-related searches. 

FOUR PROMINENT KEY THEMES  IN BIBLE SEARCHES IN 2020.

Four subject areas generated ten times more searches for BibleGateway.com in 2020 than in 2019. 

  1. Societal-related terms such as justice, equality, oppression, and racism. The results directed searchers to such verses as. Learn to do right; seek justice; defend the oppressed.Isaiah 1:17
  2. Pandemic and disease-related terms hit a high point during the 2020 lockdown. With searches pointing to, I will bring health and healing. – Jeremiah 33:6
  3. The theme was related to politics and government. Bible references included the urging of prayers, for kings. And all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness.
  4. The fourth search was related to prophesy, Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, and the end times. Here, searchers turned up Jesus’ teaching about, that day or hour no one knows. Matthew 24:36

FIVE MOST-POPULAR BIBLE VERSES IN 2020

  1. John 3:16    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. That whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  2. Jeremiah 29:11    For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD; plans to prosper you…
  3.  2 Chronicles 7:14    If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face. And turn from their wicked ways.  Then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 
  4. Psalm 23:4    Even though I walk through the darkest valley. I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod, and your staff, they comfort me.
  5. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Who has been called according to his purpose?

THE 10 MOST POPULAR KEYWORD SEARCHES IN 2020

  1. Love
  2. Faith
  3. Peace
  4. Hope
  5. Joy
  6. Prayer
  7. Holy Spirit
  8. Grace
  9. Healing
  10. Forgiveness

THE TOP-10 COUNTRIES SEARCHING BIBLE GATEWAY

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Mexico
  5. Philippines
  6. Columbia
  7. Australia
  8. South Africa
  9. Brazil
  10. India

BIBLE GATEWAY BRAND USAGE

Note that, when writing about  Gateway as a general multi-faceted ministry. The proper usage is Gateway (two words, each one capitalized).

Likewise, kindly avoid using the word, the in front of it is only Bible Gateway. Particularly, when referring to the website. BibleGateway.com is one word, with a capital B and capital G.

LOGO IMAGES

Below are the official Bible Gateway logos that can be used with articles and other content.

Often, presented in both jpg and png transparent background files, each comes in various sizes. The color codes for the brand color(s) are:

Hex:       711F14

PMS:      1815c

PMS:      1815u

CMYK:    C) 32 M) 92 Y) 97 K) 45

 BIBLE GATEWAY PARTNERS

The following are the partners:

SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE 

BibleGateway.com has  963,000  Facebook followers. 

Also, on Twitter stream, Bible Gateway has over 156,000 followers 

BIBLE GATEWAY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Bible Gateway Blog 

Twitter Official Handle 

Bible Gateway App Twitter

Facebook Page

Goodreads 

Instagram Page

LinkedIn 

Pinterest 

Scribd 

SlideShare 

Tumblr

YouTube Channel

FACTS ABOUT BIBLE GATEWAY AT A GLANCE

BibleGateway.com is the first result on Google and Bing when searching for Bible, Bible verse, etc.

In the global ranking, BibleGateway.com ranks as high as FOXNews, Netflix, NFL.com, CraigsList, Walmart Target, etc

BibleGateway.com is the most visited Christian website with millions of people. It has visitors from over 200 countries. 

Subscribers on BibleGateway.com have spent an average of 76 million hours on the site in the past year. 

Gateway App for Android ranks in the top 10 of all free Bible apps on Google Playstore. 

Its App for iPad ranks in the top 20 of all free Reference apps in the iTunes App Store.

Gateway App for iPhone ranks in the top 30 of all free Reference apps on the iTunes App Store.

Its App won the Premier Christian Media 2013 Christian Mobile/Tablet App of the Year Award.

SUBSCRIBER TESTIMONIALS

Dear Bible Gateway: to start with, I want to thank you for your Internet ministry. Secondly, you have been (and continue to be) a blessing to me and my life. 

As a matter of fact, I discovered you a few years ago. And often have listened to the Holy Scriptures pour life into me daily. – Tonyelle

I’ve been reading from Bible Gateway for a few years. Some time ago, I couldn’t afford to buy the audio Bible.

Meanwhile, I’m now listening to audio Bibles and so far, I am enjoying it very much. I listened the other day from Acts to Revelation. And now I’ve started with Genesis. Thank you so much for making this available.– Anonymous

Dear Bible Gateway, I’d like to thank you for your daily verse. Miraculously, I’ve been saved from drug and alcohol addiction. Now, I am putting my faith in God. – Anonymous


David

Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.

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