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Study Packs

We invite you to choose one of the below self-study packs to help you discover the true Bible message for yourself.

Please click on a 'Request study pack' button to request the pack you'd like. The course can be completed remotely at your own pace. Support is available if you would like it. Study materials will normally be sent via email. Printed copies are available, in UK only, by special request.

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

Click here to download an introduction to the course (pdf).

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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.
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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 fact we at the Open Bible Learning Centre 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.

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.

Joh 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

However, because the Bible is compiled to both provide a historic framework and to reveal God’s important message for our future it, therefore, contains many layers of information and meaning, making it essential, to study carefully in its entirety. This is not which can be done with a single reading and something which is not best done reading from page 1 to the end.

Rom 10:13-15  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

To read your Bible in 12 months apply for part 1 of your How to Read the Bible Effectively Reading Plan study pack and discover for yourself how to read the Bible critically and effectively. Get help on difficult passages and ask and get your questions answered.

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.

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