When beginning to explore the Bible, you may feel that you don't know where to start! The best way to read your Bible is not cover to cover but, instead, in a more structured way. We have a NEW Bible reading group starting soon, as well as Bible reading plans and courses that you can work through at your own pace to help you with this.
Online Bible Reading Group
A NEW Bible reading group via Zoom will be starting soon, where we will be working through a structured reading plan with an opportunity to talk about what we read together to help in understanding. More details to follow.
Learn to read the Bible effectively
This course is designed to help you read and understand your Bible more effectively. We want to help you discover the true Bible message for yourself, regardless of how much, or how little, you already know about it. By the end of the course, you will have learned about some of the key themes running through the Bible, how to link passages together to increase your understanding and how to use reference tools to interpret difficult passages.
How the course is arranged
The course is divided into 12 sections, each covering 2 distinct topics. It includes:
- A Background to the Bible
- How the Bible interprets itself
- Evidence that the Bible is NOT a work of fiction
- Tips on reading the different types of writing in the Bible
- Using Bible study tools and reference books
- Getting familiar with Bible terminology
Understanding the Gospels
A 12 section course about the gospel records of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in the New Testament of the Bible. The word “gospel” means “good news”, and this course material is largely based on the contents of the records themselves. It aims to provide sound evidence that Jesus was a real historical figure and help you to understand his teaching in context. The final part of the course focuses on the record of his death and resurrection and their significance to people today.
Course content includes:
- The historical Jesus and Israel during his ministry.
- John the Baptist and Jesus’ early life.
- Why Jesus was tempted, the style and impact of his early teaching.
- The Sermon on the Mount.
- Understanding parables.
- The purpose and meaning of miracles and signs.
- The last week: his crucifixion and resurrection.
Bible reading plan with guidance notes
The best way to learn what the Bible has to say is to read it.
Because often people will form an opinion and develop their views without being in possession of all the facts we would encourage believers and nonbelievers alike to read what the Bible has to say about you, me and the world we all share, but most important of all what God reveals to us through his word.
However, because the Bible is compiled to both provide a historic framework and to reveal God’s important message for our future it contains many layers of information and meaning, making it essential to study it carefully in its entirety. This is not something that can be done with a single reading and something which is not best done reading from page 1 to the end.
Start at Any Time
Start at any time of year with our clearly laid out plan which will take you through the most important messages of the Bible in a year. As you follow the reading plan, use the notes provided to help you think about and understand the passages. We hope you find them both interesting and useful in understanding what your part can be in God’s purpose.