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As someone who’s been in the church my whole entire life, occasionally I forget that there are people who haven’t. Your parents stop going when you’re kid. Something traumatic happens that keeps you from wanting to face God. Maybe you didn’t leave until after high school, but you still feel like you learned nothing about the actual Bible.
I teach our Sunday School class, for young-ish people in our church – right now, we’re all married couples and most of us have young children. Two of these friends have admitted that they fell away from church at an early age, due to their parents’ choice or their own, and they just don’t know a lot about the Bible.
I am so passionate about teaching the Bible. As young as possible and right onto when you enter Heaven! Since it is living and active, we will always have something new to learn. Right now I am doing a read-the-Bible-in-90-days plan. And I will outright confess that I’m not sure I’ve ever read some of these books in their entirety before (Jeremiah, Ezekiel). I still have tons to learn myself.
Even as someone who was raised in the church, I remember talking about biblical history in my 9th-grade history class. And I was honestly unsure if King Saul and Saul (Paul) from the New Testament were different people or one in the same. I had no idea there were people who didn’t believe in Adam and Eve. I hope my kids will have a better grasp on the biblical timeline and foundations than I ever did.
So back to the point. If you are someone who, as an adult, doesn’t have a lot of biblical knowledge … don’t stress. We are all learning. I do want to share with you some excellent resources that will help you, whether you are a baby Christian, new to the Bible as an adult, or just want to learn more.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is an awesome resource for children and adults. It doesn’t shy away from the hard parts of the gospel and connects every story to Jesus and how each small part fits into the Big Story of God. Lloyd-Jones does add narrative that is not necessarily in the Bible texts, which upsets some people. I think it makes it a storybook.
While What’s in the Bible DVDs are definitely targeted at kids – they have puppets, are funny, there are songs, etc, etc – I don’t think there’s a simpler method of learning all about the entire Bible. Phil Vischer’s creation goes through the Bible book by book, explaining what happened in each book and why it is important to the central story of God. They hit on hard topics (Why was it OK for the Israelites to kill the people who lived in Canaan?), they discuss church history topics like how the books of the Bible were decided, and they explain things that I had never learned (what happened between Malachi and Matthew to make it the perfect time for a Savior to come?).
I have learned SO much just from listening to these DVDs while my kids watch them in the car. It might take you awhile to watch all 13, but you’ll have a blast while learning all about the Bible.
And if you’re ready to approach reading the Bible every day? (Do it!!) I highly recommend the New Living Translation, or NLT. I feel like it is very readable and things don’t generally fly over my head while it still holds on to all original meanings in the text. A One-Year Bible will have passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs for you to read each day; it will probably take 15-25 minutes depending on how quickly you read. There are also great one-year plans on bible.com or the YouVersion app. After reading, I would suggest taking the time to write down any questions or observations as well as verses you just love. Maybe reflect on how these verses speak to you right now in your life situations.
Are there other resources you recommend for learning about the Bible?