Study the Bible with People You Know
More than just a book or video series, being a part of The Bible Course means that in addition to the friendship and prayer of a small group, you have support and two-way communication with the same expert teacher who provides your video lectures.
The Bible Course can be used for small groups that meet:
- in-person (i.e. at a parish, in a home, or in a gathering space such as a library or cafe)
- virtually (i.e. using “Zoom”)
How Groups Work
Your group could meet:
- in a parish or ministry space
- in a home
- in a public space like a library or café
- online in a live video-conference like Zoom or Google Meet
How often would your group like to meet? And how long per gathering?
Common schedules include:
- weekly, 1 hr
- weekly, 1.5-2 hrs
- twice a month, 2 hrs
If you’re not sure, our #1 recommendation is to start with Year A of The Bible Course. Learning to understand the Book of Genesis and the story of Creation and God’s People is foundational and “unlocks” the roots of the Mass and knowing God personally through the Old Testament.
Our #2 recommendation is to start with Year B of The Bible Course. We’d especially recommend this if a goal of your group is to lead people to encounter Jesus (for the first time or anew) and make the decision to follow him as a disciple.
Our #3 recommendation is to respond to the needs or interests of your group. The Catholic Biblical School uniquely offers lessons that cover every book of the Bible, so we can provide a custom course for your group (i.e. shorter than a Sept-to-May “year” or selecting certain parts of The Bible Course).
Discern which elements of The Bible Course to include in your live group meetings.
We highly recommend using the live time together for:
- Discussion of each lesson’s reflection questions
- Prayer (your own style or each lesson’s prayer prompt)
Beyond that, some groups choose to:
- Watch each lesson’s lecture together (and some pause lectures to mix in discussion)
- Attend the weekly teacher video-conference (“Zoom”) Q&A/open discussion together
Elements you choose not to include in your live group meetings can (optionally) be done independently by individual group members, each at their own interest level and time availability.