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The Bible For the Rest of Us [DVD, Study Course]

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From the Back Cover

Does studying the Bible sometimes make you feel like a dummy? You’re not alone! The Bible is a confusing book. But it’s not just for scholars and clergy-it’s for the rest of us too. This 6-session course takes a closer look at how to read, study, interpret and understand God’s Word more accurately and responsibly.

Each week participants can follow along in their workbooks (which are included in PDF format) as topics such as translation, inspiration, text-criticism, and interpretation are explored in detail. On-screen notes, charts and graphics help bring the information to life and provide an in-class feel ideal for small groups or Sunday School classes.

Course Index

The course is divided into five parts, with each session between 20-40 mins. in length:
Part 1 – Bible Basics (5 sessions)
Part 2 – The Hebrew Bible (2 sessions)
Part 3 – Interpreting the OT (3 sessions)
Part 4 – The New Testament (2 sessions)
Part 5 – Misunderstood Passages (4 sessions)

Whether you’ve studied the Bible for decades or just received your first copy, you’ll definitely be exposed to a fresh encounter with God’s Word each week!



The perception in America is that Christians are products of a blind allegiance to the Bible. Unfortunately, this view is fairly accurate. Bible for the Rest of Us will change that. This course transforms a person’s understanding of the bible and will empower them to grow into more informed and educated believers.”
Chris MacedoPastor of Worship, Good Shepherd UMC

James-Michael’s “Bible for the Rest of Us” was an excellent experience. It was better than some of my seminary classes. James-Michael combines a heart for God and intimate knowledge of his word with a high capacity to teach with humor, wit and simplicity. Its a real treat for anyone interested in learning more about the Bible on its own terms.
Rich TuttleUnited Methodist Pastor

Standing on a firm theological foundation, James-Michael is able to clearly communicate the timeless truths of the Christian faith in a way any listener can understand and appreciate.

David HickmanExecutive Director, CharlotteONE


Teacher Biography

James-Michael Smith (M.Div, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is a teacher/speaker who writes as the national Methodist Examiner and The Olio. He served for five years as pastor of discipleship at Good Shepherd UMC in Charlotte, NC where he oversaw the church’s PASSAGE school of theology, Discipleship, Adult Education, FUSION Young Adult Ministry, Men’s Ministry and Small Groups. He speaks on occasion at CharlotteONE, a citywide worship gathering of young adults in the metro Charlotte area. He loves teaching about and discussing obscure biblical passages, philosophy of religion, the Hebrew Bible, and theological or spiritual truths (as well as anything pertaining to the Simpsons, MMA, or Ron Burgundy).

Order Info

3-DVD, 16-session course with course workbook included – $50.00 (a fraction of the price of comparable DVD curriculum sets!)


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