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

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The course follows the story-line 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

Sample teaching clip: Why believe the Bible? (from session 1)

Sample pages from the manual – click to enlarge

Who produced The Bible Course?

Andrew Ollerton

AndyAndrew 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 in partnership with Explore Church (Soul Survivor) and the Free Methodist Church.

What do people think of the course?

Whether you’re well versed in Scripture, or just starting out on the journey, The Bible Course offers a superb overview of the world’s best-selling book. Informative and accessible, the Course explores some of the Bible’s major themes and the part we can play in God’s story.

James Catford, Chief executive, The 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.

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.


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


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.

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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.

Greg Downes

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’.

John Townley

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