Understanding God's Story
Porterbrook Network

Understanding God's Story

Learn how to understand passages of scripture in the light of the whole Bible story. This course teaches Christians how to get to the meaning of the text for its first readers and for us today.

At a Glance

This 9 lesson course leads you step by step through bible passages, key concepts, practical examples and exercises.

Pace yourself by setting aside 40 minutes a day, for 30 days, to read, reflect, and pray your way through the course.

Each lesson includes
  • Insightful articles on Bible passages, doctrine and application
  • Instructional videos
  • Helpful illustrations
  • Interactive reflection boxes to make and store your notes
This course is ideal for
  • Christians who want to grow spiritually and who want to develop a gospel-centred approach to the subject
  • Pastors with busy schedules, who want to grow in character, ministry skills and gospel direction
  • Small groups who want to go deeper by studying in depth at home and then meeting together to discuss and share learning
  • Leadership teams and church planting core groups, who want to set out and implement a biblical vision for their church

Intermediate

20-25 hours

More Details

God has spoken to his people through the story of his Son, Jesus. As Christians, we find our identity and purpose as we engage with the stories, letters, poems, prophecies, histories etc., contained within the Bible’s bigger story. This course is deeply practical. You will need your Bible with you to work through multiple exercises on Bible texts. You will learn to understand texts in the context of the bigger story and the immediate context of the book of the Bible they appear in. Then you will learn how to apply the words of the Bible today.

Course Overview

  • Unit 1. Understanding God’s word
  • Unit 2. Approaching God’s word
  • Unit 3. What is the meaning?
  • Unit 4. What is the structure?
  • Unit 5. Why say it this way?
  • Unit 6. Why say it here?
  • Unit 7. How should they have responded then?
  • Unit 8. How should we respond now?
  • Unit 9. Why should we respond?

View a Sample Unit

Instructors

Tim Chester
Dr. Tim Chester

Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.