Tools for Bible Study

Tools"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

The truths in this verse are of a very high priority for the Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church. We are not only committed to studying God’s Word, we are committed to learning how to properly study God’s Word. To this end, we have regular seminars on how to study the Bible, and we encourage you to make use of the Tools that you will find on this page. Attached is a pamphlet with step by step instructions about how to use language tools; including concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, and computer language tools (such as e-Sword and Blue Letter Bible).

When studying the Bible, it is important to use a translation for which there is a Strong’s concordance, so that you can access the Strong’s number for each word in the Bible. Presently, these translations include the King James Version (KJV), the New International Version (NIV), and the New American Standard Bible (NASB). This is important, because using Strong’s numbers means that no matter how an original Hebrew or Greek word is translated into English, you will be able to study it in its original form, in every place in which it is used.

Remember: Our goal is not simply how to study the Bible. Our goal is living a Christ-like life, for which Biblical study is imperative.

Westminster Shorter Catechism MP3s

You can listen to or download audio files of the Westminster Shorter Catechism questions and answers here.  They are read by Dr. Jonathan Watt, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Professor at Ottawa Theological Hall.

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    August 17, 2010


The Bible is not a book about sentiment. The Bible is a book containing words. Since Psalm 12:6 says, "The words of the Lord are flawless," it is incumbent upon us to know the words of the Bible. The computer program, e-Sword, is available as a free download, and is one of the great facilitators for biblical language study for people who have absolutely no knowledge of the original languages!

Once you have downloaded the main e-Sword application, we recommend that you download the (free) add-on modules that are in our recommended list (available by clicking on the button to the right).

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    March 24, 2010

Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Bible

Without having to know the Hebrew or Greek languages, this extremely useful tool, available for free download, shows you the original Hebrew or Greek Scripture text, with the transliteration, Strong's number, parsing, and basic translation of each word. Using it, you can easily see whether or not a certain word is actually present in the original language in an Old or New Testament text, as well as the parsing of that word.

For example, using it you can see that when Jesus on the cross says, "It is finished" in John 19:30, the verb He uses, tetelestai, stems from the Greek word teleo (Strong's number G5055), meaning the debt is completely paid. Furthermore, the verb is in the Greek perfect tense, meaning that it has been finished/accomplished – the action has reached its completion (i.e., our debt has been paid in full, the work of our redemption and salvation is now completed/over), and the results of that action are now continuing on in full effect!

Note: You can also download the pdf files of the Hebrew interlinear and Greek interlinear. However, we recommend that you install the free software download, since it is easier to use and makes navigation between biblical texts far faster and simpler.

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    March 23, 2010

Bible Gateway

A great online tool for searching the Bible in a variety of translations.

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    March 19, 2010

Shorter Catechism

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, with full Scripture proofs.

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    March 18, 2010

Larger Catechism

The Westminster Larger Catechism, with full Scripture proofs.

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    March 18, 2010

Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America

Includes the Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, the Testimony, the Directory for Church Government, the Book of Discipline, and the Directory for the Worship of God. 2004 edition.

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    March 18, 2010

Westminster Confession of Faith

The Westminster Confession of Faith, with full Scripture proofs.

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    March 18, 2010

Calvin's Commentaries

Attached is a selection from Calvin's Commentaries. You can access the complete set of Calvin's Commentaries online.

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    March 17, 2010

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

An abridged version of Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible.

  • Date added:
    March 17, 2010

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Phone: (613) 596-5566

Pastor: Dr. Richard L. Ganz

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