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Session 1: Lesson 3 - The Bible is a Story

Discover how this amazing collection of books forms a unified story.

As you come to this session, take a moment to pause, to breathe and ask God to be with you.



Luke 24.13–27

13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.


In our reading, we see Jesus explaining the big story of the Bible to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

How confidently could you tell someone the big story of the Bible?

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Wherever you are on this scale, we hope The Bible Course will increase your understanding as you explore the BIG story of the Bible!

The Bible is about real people finding their place in God’s story. In which books of the Bible might you find the following amazing people?

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Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Primarily in Exodus

Primarily in the Books of 1 and 2 Samuel


Book of Acts

Book of Judges


As we saw in the video, the Bible is a story with a beginning, middle and an end.

Think about stories with big narratives – a film like Star Wars or a favourite book. How might seeing it as a unified story change your understanding of the Bible?

‘The Bible is a library of writings that are both divine and human, that together tell a unified story which leads us to Jesus.’



Imagine yourself on the Emmaus Road and getting an exclusive from Jesus himself on how the big story of Scripture points to him. Is your heart burning for more?

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you explore this big story in The Bible Course.

Lord, thank you that a library of books written by diverse authors, with a range of genres from different eras, reveals one unifying story. Thank you that this story points to the ultimate storyteller – Jesus himself. Amen.


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