The Bible Course - Bible Society

The Bible Course

An informative, accessible, eight session course providing an introduction to the big picture of the Bible for seekers, new Christians and mature Christians.

The Bible Course – 3rd edition

The new edition of The Bible Course launches on 24 January 2018. Why not consider running your Bible Course from end of January through to Easter?

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What is the Bible Course?

Whether you’re just looking into the Christian faith or a long way in, the course provides tools and skills that help you read the Bible for yourself.

The course contains

  • An interactive journey through the whole Bible story
  • 8 sessions of DVD teaching and small group discussion
  • Course manual – 150 pages packed with notes, quotes and visuals to accompany the DVD teaching

The course follows the storyline of the Bible from cover to cover (Genesis to Revelation). Along the way, it shows how to interpret the Bible and apply its message to our lives today.

Aims of the course

  • Get the big picture so the pieces of the jigsaw fall into place.
  • Get teaching about skills and tools to interpret the Bible
  • Get together to help each other read and apply the Bible to life

How each session works

There are 8 sessions each lasting 90 minutes. Every session consists of two halves:

First half

  • 20 min – DVD teaching
  • 20 min – small group discussion

Second half

  • 20 min – DVD teaching
  • 20 min – small group discussion

Each participant has a manual that illustrates the DVD teaching with quotes, notes and visuals. The manual also contains questions for small group discussion, daily reading plans that build up to the next session, a glossary and recommended reading.

Who is the course for?

  • The course works for seekers, new Christians and mature Christians
  • It can be run in large settings, small groups or 1-2-1 coaching

Who produced The Bible Course?

Andrew Ollerton

Andrew is an Ordained Minister and Lecturer in Theology. He developed the course to help his congregations get into the Bible. The Bible Course has been produced by Andrew Ollerton in partnership with Bible Society.

Sample teaching video

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What do people think of the course?

'The Bible Course is exactly what it says. An informative and accessible (eight session) introduction to the big picture of the Bible. Whatever your Bible experience, the Bible Course will help you discover more about the world’s bestselling book and think about the part you could play in God’s story.'

Paul Woolley, Interim Chief executive, Bible Society

'The Bible Course is a great resource. It helps address a huge need by skilfully giving a big picture overview of the Bible. Simple yet scholarly, practical yet profound, it will significantly benefit people at all stages of their spiritual journey.'

Dr Dave Smith, Senior Pastor, KingsGate Church

'I used to get whisky for Father’s Day but this year I asked for a Bible! This course helped me come to faith and now I read the Bible every day.'

Simon Sullivan, Fire Safety Engineer

'Our whole church did the Bible Course and we’re still feeling the benefits…new understanding, new confidence, new passion. Everyone should do it!'

David Jones, Pastor of Explore Church (Soul Survivor)

'This Course has given me a whole new feeling about the Bible. It used to seem inaccessible and dull. But now I have understood the context and background of the Bible, I am a lot more confident to read it for myself.'

Roberta Mathieson, Creative Arts Educator

'In these days of increasing biblical illiteracy, there is a pressing need to not just teach the Bible, but to do so in a way that is accessible, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary life. The Bible Course meets this need and I wholeheartedly commend it.'

Revd Greg Downes, Theologian and Author

'We often read the Bible in a haphazard way with little awareness of how it all fits together. The Bible Course gives the ‘bigger picture’ and enables each participant to engage with God’s book. I recommend every leader to use it in their context.'

Revd John Townley, Leader of the Free Methodist Church

How to run the course

Download a free 30 minute training video for advice and tips on leading a course.

Promotional materials

If you're looking to promote The Bible Course in your church, then these downloads may help.

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Bringing the Bible to life

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