Bring Your Own Bible

BYOB

Reading the Bible can be awesome. Christians seem to approach the Bible these days: with confusion, boredom, intimidation, or even angst. For so many reasons, many Christians just don’t spend time engaging with Scripture anymore. Well, we're here to show you how awesome it truly can be!

Beyond the Sermon

Podcast

Between Sundays. is a weekly podcast where hosts, Tyler, Maron & Barry, catch you up on what you may have missed from the weekend messages. During BYOB, they'll take you even further into the sermons and scripture as well as give helpful tips on how to read the Bible! 
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Recommended Resources

Throughout the series, we are also providing a free resource library. You can come into any campus location and pick up any of these resources:

Homework

Each week, we will pick a passage of scripture to read as homework. While you're reading through the scripture, be thinking about the three worlds of the text and the five questions we have been discussing.
This week's homework: Leviticus 19:9-10

Three Worlds 

  • The World Behind the Text (history, author(s), culture)

  • The World of the Text (literary features)

  • The World in Front of the Text (how do you apply it?)

Five Questions

  • What does God want me to understand?

  • What does God want me to believe?

  • What does God want me to desire?

  • What does God want me to stop doing?

  • What does God want me to do?

Week 1: Intro

What is the Bible

This is episode 1 of an ongoing series that explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. You'll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

Story of the Bible

Episode 2 summarizes the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.

Week 2: Intro Continued

Literary Styles in the Bible

Episode 3 shows how reading the Bible wisely requires that we learn about the ancient literary styles used by the biblical authors. These writers expressed their ideas and claims through a variety of different type of literature, and this video will explore why it's important to tell them apart so we can hear their message on their terms.

Bible as Meditation Literature

Episode 4 explores the unique literary style of the Bible that is meant to draw its readers into a lifelong journey of reading and meditation. The Bible is designed as a multi-layered work, offering new levels of insight as you re-read it and allow each part to help you understand every other part. The Bible is the original meditation literature.

Week 3: The Gospels

Plot in Biblical Narrative

We must learn how to understand the nature of "the plot," how stories are arranged into a pattern of conflict and resolution. Ignoring the sequence of the plot can lead to a distorted interpretation of the stories. Explore how grasping the multi-layered nature of the narrative can help you see the unified story that leads to Jesus.

The Gospels of the Kingdom 

Today, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of God's kingdom that He brought down, is ours to deliver. Like the messenger that Isaiah told about and the messenger that Christ Himself was, we too are now charged with going out and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

Week 4: OT History

Character in Biblical Narrative

In this video, we’ll explore the ways biblical authors present characters as more complex and morally compromised than we usually imagine.

The Covenants

God entered into a series of formal relationships with various human partners in order to ultimately rescue the world through Jesus.

Week 5: Prophecy

Justice

What is justice and who gets to define it? Explore the biblical theme of Justice and discover how it's deeply rooted in the storyline of the Bible that leads to Jesus.

Exile

The exile was the watershed moment of the Israelites history on which the entire Bible gains its significance.

More Resources & Homework

Blog: Jerusalem Has Fallen 
Study Guide: Justice  
Study Guide: Exile
Podcast: Justice Part 1
Homework: Micah 6:6-8

Week 6: Epistles

Setting in Biblical Narrative

In this video, we explore how biblical authors use settings in the narrative to meet the reader's expectations or to mess with them. Paying attention to locations and timelines in biblical stories unlocks deeper layers of meaning.

Khata: Sin 

The word “sin” is one of the most common bad words in the Bible, but what does it really mean? In this video, we’ll explore the concept of “moral failure” that underlies this important biblical word. Get ready to discover a profound and realistic portrait of the human condition.

More Resources & Homework

Study Guide: Plot in Biblical Narrative  
Podcast: Plot in Biblical Narrative 
Podcast: Literary Styles
Homework: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Week 7: Parables

Design Patterns in Biblical Narrative

Design patterns are one of the key ways the biblical authors have unified the storyline of the Bible. These patterns highlight core themes of the biblical story and show how it all leads to Jesus!

The Messiah

Jesus fulfilled the ancient biblical promise of a wounded victor who would rescue humanity. He was the one who overcame evil itself by allowing it to destroy him.

Week 8: Psalms

Public Reading of Scripture

Reading the Bible out loud is an ancient practice that offers us an example for a different way of engaging the Scriptures.

Holiness

The holy God is unique and set-apart as the Creator of all reality. And this God wants to invite all people into his purifying holiness so they can experience true life.

Week 9: Wisdom

The Image of God

In sending Christ to the earth to live as a man, God shows us what it truly looks like to live a life in the image of God. Through Christ's example, we see that this life is one of servitude and goodness to others no matter what they do to us. 

Khata: Sin 

The word “sin” is one of the most common bad words in the Bible, but what does it really mean? In this video, we’ll explore the concept of “moral failure” that underlies this important biblical word. Get ready to discover a profound and realistic portrait of the human condition.

Week 10: Law

The Law

The laws in the Old Testament are part of the Bible’s larger story that leads to Jesus. In him we are freed from our own selfishness to love God and our neighbor.

Sacrifice & Atonement;

God’s “covering” over human evil through animal sacrifices ultimately point to Jesus and his death and resurrection.

Week 11: Apocalyptic

Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord explores how God is on a mission to confront human evil, and the more mysterious spiritual evil that underlies it.

Revelation

The book of Revelation, a story about Babylon, Jesus, and judgment, which is too much to cover in one blog, so we are going to focus on the very end-of-the-end of the most epic story ever told.