Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | May 29, 2019

My Bible Notes Website

Prior to coming to faith in Christ as a teenager, a friend in my Algebra class had given me a copy of the New Testament. I knew absolutely nothing about the Bible or how it was arranged. I only understood that it was an important book. That very night I opened the pages of the New Testament and started to read the Bible for the first time.

What I read about Jesus touched me deeply. I underlined, highlighted, and took notes in the margins of my paperback New Testament. I repeated this ritual every night until I had read through the New Testament — only to be convinced that there was something missing in my life.

A short time later I attended a youth gathering at the high school stadium in my town. Norm Evans, a football player with the Miami Dolphins, was the speaker. He clearly explained why Jesus had come and why we should place our faith in Him for salvation. That night, I did just that and my life has never been the same.

As a new believer, the Bible became very important to me. I made time every day to read and study the Scriptures. I ordered a set of Scripture memory cards from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and learned to memorize Scripture. Since then I have committed many verses and entire chapters of Scripture to memory.

When I started my journey into full time ministry in 1978, leading Bible studies and working with teachers became a key part of my ministry. For the next twenty-seven years, I led weekly faculty meetings to help teachers prepare their lessons for Sunday.

In the mid-1990’s, the late Dr. Tommy Lea, then Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, introduced me to some of the editors at what was then the Baptist Sunday School Board, later renamed LifeWay Christian Resources. And so began my journey as a writer for LifeWay.

Over the years I was privileged to have more than two-hundred lessons and articles published by LifeWay. Working with LifeWay’s editors was one of the most enriching experiences of my Christian walk. I am grateful for that long season of writing and how God used it to deepen my study and understanding of the Scriptures.


In 2001, a friend encouraged me to start a website for Sunday School teachers and helped me to post my faculty notes on the site. That was the start of my Bible Teaching Notes website where I posted my exegetical research notes, charts, illustrations, and other resources for those who lead small groups.

A few months ago I started the process of moving my notes to a new site and am only a few hundred pages away from finishing that task. I try to add a few pages every night. However, my new site is now up and running. If you teach a small group or just enjoy reading the Scriptures, you should find something on the site to enrich your study.

I hope you will visit and look around my updated Bible Teaching Notes site and visit often. If you don’t find exegetical notes on the passage you are studying, that’s because this is a project that will take me a lifetime to complete. So check back often because I continue to add content every week.

May God bless you in your study of His Word and in taking intentional steps to strengthen your biblical worldview. And remember, we will not graduate from Bible study until we meet the Author face to face.


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  1. I love this! I have used your notes several times when I was preparing my lessons for Cambodia. I am looking forward to your new sight and continue to learn from you! Miss you lots
    Auntie


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