Introduction and Course Guide
Welcome to the Internet version of the “Learn to Read the Bible Effectively” course. This course has been developed from a series of evening classes. As the title implies, it is designed to help you read your Bible more effectively.
We know that your
time is valuable, so the material is structured to enable you to make
the best use of the time you spend on this course. From comments received
from those who attended the seminar evenings, we know it will prove to
be both useful and enjoyable.
More information and help
In the section giving more information and help, you have a number of options for getting in contact with us. Feel free to do this at any time.
We will always be
willing to discuss any Bible-related topic, so do not hesitate to contact
What is the aim of the course?
The Distance Learning Course is designed to help you to read your Bible effectively. By this we mean :
We want to help you
discover the real Bible message for yourself. Regardless of how much (or
how little) you know about the Bible, we hope that this course will give
you the ability to decide what the Bible really means.
How is the course arranged?The course is divided into twelve easily managed sessions, each consisting of two sections. Each section would take less than an hour at an evening class, but you will of course be able to spend as much time as you like on each one.
There are several assignments which are entirely voluntary. These are meant to assist your learning and your understanding by giving you something to explore in more depth if you so wish. Exploring a subject for yourself is one of the best ways of learning. If you wish to e-mail an assignment to us, we can arrange e-mail discussion with a tutor.
Using the Bible button you have access to a summary of the books of the Bible.
We would encourage you not to take our word about what any section of the Bible means, but always look at it for yourself. We can arrange e-mail discussion if you have any problems. If you do not have access to a Bible, we may be able to send one to you.
Why are we offering this course?
We assume from your interest so far that you believe there is something special about the Bible. You may already believe that it is the inspired Word of God, or you may not yet be totally convinced of this. We also assume that, since you are taking this course, you wish to improve your understanding of the Bible. There are many reasons why people ask for help, including not knowing where to start, confusion, and a sense of being overwhelmed by the size of the task. We hope we can provide you with keys and tips to overcome such problems.
Our motive is to encourage respect for, familiarity with, and understanding of, the Word of God.
It is not our role to convert you to our way of thinking in this course. We may come to agreement on matters or we may not. If not, your conscience and ours must be satisfied independently. For this reason we will avoid a debate on doctrine. It is our aim to help you to read your Bible effectively, and from this we hope that God's message will be made plain to you.
Now you can start the course by clicking on the Session 1 button in the left hand frame.