Explore the Bible

Our Adult Christian Education lets you explore the mysteries of the bible with other like minded classmates. Through Living Discipleship: Exploring the Bible, you will discover anew the wonderful, rich, extraordinary, sometimes mysterious story of the Bible: the story of how God creates, redeems, and sustains us, a story of hope. As people join in reading the Bible together, as the whole Church listens for what God has to say to us, we deepen our life together and live more fully into the people God intends us to be. Scripture is God’s word, God’s communication to us. Through Living Discipleship: Exploring the Bible, our church engages in a faithful act of listening: listening to the story of salvation, told from the beginning of time; listening to what God has said to faithful women and men around the world and through the ages; and listening to what God is saying to us, here and now, through these most holy stories. Many of us are intimidated by the Bible. It seems too distant, too difficult to understand, and too long. Exploring the Bible is a twenty-six session, all-ages curriculum that uncovers the vast, sweeping story of God's extraordinary love for ordinary people, in a clear and easy-to-follow format.

About the course
Each week, participants read selections from the Bible, with passages excerpted and condensed by biblical scholars for easier reading. On this journey through the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, participants learn that the hope God offered to the faithful in ages past is the very same hope to which God is calling us today. Through thought-provoking questions in the curriculum and weekly group discussions, participants examine all of the highlights of the biblical narrative—and learn how the pieces of the story fit together.

Who can participate?
This free downloadable course is designed for adults and young adults, with an appendix on how to adapt sessions for youth. For communities with young children, a free secondary version of the curriculum The Path: Family Storybook Facilitator's Guide allows the entire family to take part. Each member of the family can come to church and learn about the same story, each in their own class, and have a shared starting point from which to go home and talk, discuss, and debate about "what they learned in Sunday school."

Format
Each session is designed to be approximately an hour long, utilizing a largely discussion-based format, rather than lecture-based. Instructions and facilitator notes guide the leader(s), while participants are asked to read each week to prepare for the discussion. Sessions correspond to the chapters in the course companion book The Path: A Journey Through the Bible. The curriculum contains a link to a downloadable PDF of the weekly chapters, for facilitators to print and distribute to participants weekly.

Living Discipleship Series
Exploring the Bible is part of the Living Discipleship series of curricula, funded by a generous grant from The Episcopal Church's Constable Fund. Other courses in the series include Celebrating the Saints and Practicing Our Faith.

Products related to Exploring the Bible:
The Path: A Journey Through the Bible
The companion book to Exploring the Bible, follows the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version, so that it is clear and easy-to-read. Follow the path of God's love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam's creation to John's revelation.