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The Bible itself is the greatest resource available to mankind.

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The Bible claims to be God’s word to us. It tells us about God, and about ourselves. It tells us how we should live, and gives us a hope for the future, a hope of everlasting life.

The resources listed below are aimed to encourage and help you in your own understanding of God’s message. They are guides to help you to read and understand God’s word for yourself. If you do not have a Bible of your own, we would be happy to meet you in Bishop’s Stortford and give you a free Bible to get you started.

 

All of the resources on this page are provided FREE of charge. Click on a title to find out more.

Learn to Read the Bible Effectively

If you find the Bible difficult to read and hard to understand then this is the course for you!  A series of concise and informative sessions aim to equip you with the skills required to read and appreciate the Bible for yourself.  

You will be provided with a course book containing detailed notes, including any weeks you may have missed. Or follow the course by Distance Learning.  Contact us for more details.

  • Who wrote the Bible – where did it come from?
  • An overview of the books of the Bible.
  • How to use the Bible to interpret itself.
  • About Bible history and chronology.
  • How to use cross-references.
  • How to use a concordance.
  • About the different versions of the Bible and how to choose the best version for yourself.
  • How to understand difficult Bible terminology.

Discovering the Gospel

This programme is designed to help you discover the Gospel message for yourself. There are no detailed notes to read. Each week you are given a number of Bible passages to read carefully. A work sheet accompanying the Bible passages encourages you to record what each of the Bible passages tells you in answer to certain questions people have about Bible Teaching and the gospel message. You are encouraged to read carefully, letting the Bible speak for itself. After working out your own answers, you can compare your findings with those of others by requesting the sheets from one of our Bible Reading Groups. Or you can meet up with our members to discuss your findings and swap ideas. Contact us for more details.

Genesis

Can the book of Genesis still have any relevance to us today? What does the account of Adam’s sin teach us about our own nature and the death of Christ? Do the promises God made to Abraham have any bearing on the Middle East situation today? You will be provided with a course book containing detailed notes to work through at your own pace. You can either send your questions to your named tutor, or arrange to meet with our members who will be very happy to work through the notes with you. Contact us for more details.

The Gospel of Luke

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the gospel of Luke, summarising the main events and teachings. It does not aim to provide a detailed study of all parts of the book; the emphasis is to equip you with the skills and basic understanding that will enable you to undertake further study on your own, to begin to read the Bible more effectively. 

  • How the life of Jesus was foretold by the Old Testament prophets
  • Why Jesus often spoke in parables and how to interpret them
  • What Jesus prophesied about the future
  • Why Jesus did so many miracles
  • How to identify relevant Old Testament background and other related passages.
  • How to use cross-references.
  • How to use a concordance and Bible atlas.
  • How to understand difficult Bible terminology.
  • How to apply the lessons of the gospel to us. 

Challenges from the Gospel of Mark

This programme allows you to discover the message of the Gospel of Mark for yourself. There are no detailed notes to read. Each week you are given one or more chapters of the gospel to read. A work sheet encourages you to record what each chapter, and related Bible passages, tells you in answer to certain questions. You are encouraged to read carefully, letting the Bible speak for itself. The biggest challenge of all is working out the relevance of the chapter to your own life, and the challenge it poses for each of us today. After completing each work sheet, you can compare your findings with those of others by requesting the sheets from one of our Bible Reading Groups. Or you can meet up informally with some of our members to discuss your findings and swap ideas.

Old Testament History

This six week course aims to provide an overview of Old Testament History and its importance for understanding the whole Bible. A full set of notes is provided for you to work through at your own pace. You can either send your questions to your named tutor, or arrange to meet informally with our members who will be very happy to work through the notes with you. Contact us for more details.

  1. The Birth of the Nation of Israel – Abraham to Exodus
  2. The Land – Joshua to Samuel
  3. The early Kings and the Division of the Kingdom
  4. Kings, Prophets and Israel’s Captivity
  5. The Last Kings of Judah
  6. The Captivity and Return to the Land