Learn to Become a Bible Study Pro! (All levels)
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Learn to Become a Bible Study Pro! (All levels)

Effective and contextual methods of reading the Bible and applying it's true meaning to one's life.
4.4 (109 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,668 students enrolled
Created by James Neil
Last updated 4/2016
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Unlock the meaning and context of the scriptures and apply it to one's life.
  • Understand how to effectively study the Bible.
  • Read the Bible with more ease.
  • Gain a better appreciation of passages that society may deem 'taboo' or too hard to understand.
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  • Any version of the Bible...KJV is preferred and will be easier to read by the end of the course.

Years of my experience in overseas Bible missions, to hostile and anti-Christian territories, are brought to you here for your convenience and edification. This course will ALWAYS BE FREE.

This course will explain how to understand the true context and meaning of God's Word so that one can conduct a proper and accurate personal Bible study on their own. 

First we will conduct a quick lesson on how to gain a complete CONTEXTUAL understanding of scripture passages in a manner God intended for the message to be received, not in a manner the reader, or someone behind a podium, wants to receive it. 

Secondly we will breeze through some online tools (free & no registration required) that will assist you on gaining true perspective of a passage as it relates to the time period, audience, and cultures in which it was written, and how we are to apply it to ourselves now. 

The core of this course is to teach you an easy 1-2-3 step method of studying the Bible in a manner that will give you better understanding, meaning, and life application. This is not a 'Bible in a year' plan. This is a 'Know The Bible & Its Message' plan regardless of how long or quick it takes you to read it. 

If you need a Bible. Send me a message with your address and I will ship one out to you...for free. Its a nice Bible too. It's a ministry my wife and I conduct. 

I hope to see you in the course! God Bless!

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone
  • People seeking the fundamental questions of life.
  • People who are asking "Why are we here?", and "Where did we come from?".
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Keep it in Context!
7 Lectures 23:57

Don't allow anyone to sell you short. Realize your God given faculties and use them to discover the meaning of the Bible. 

Intro..YOU got what it takes!

A free gift for you. A REAL FREE gift. No gimmics, no money needed, no spam or scam. A 'no strings attached' gift from my wife and I to you. 

Need A Bible?

Students will gain an understanding on how to obtain an accurate contextual picture and derive the true meaning of an Old Testament passage by understanding the history and culture of the society to whom it was written. 

Old Testament Hebrew

Students will learn how to avoid pitfalls in misinterpreting Bible passages. Students will also determine true context and compare it to how how a non-contextual interpretation of it will skew accuracy. 

Example verse : Old Testament

Students will gain an understanding of the culture and society from which the New Testament was written. With this understanding students will able to apply the accurate cultural setting to the passage in order to unlock its true meaning. 

New Testament Greek

Students will learn how to apply their understanding of accurate historical context to a passage in the Bible to gain true meaning from it. 

Example Verse: New Testament

God's has a message for you and the rest of humanity. Learn the importance of accurately deciphering that message and the harm that other people's misinterpretation of God's message can cause. 

God's Message to Humanity

Based on the previous lectures students should be able to identify by which historical context a book of The Bible is to be interpreted. 

It's all about true context.
1 question
Book Forwards
1 Lecture 02:05

Extra-biblical prefaces or forwards should not be taken as doctrine. However, we can use them to gain an understanding of cultural and historical settings of Bible passages to gain true context and meaning. 

Effective use of the 'Forward' (if your Bible has them) before a Bible book.
Footnotes...how to use them.
2 Lectures 02:18

We shouldn't be interested in what the footnotes say about a verse as much as we should be about what the VERSE says about the verse in light of God's message with it. However, we can use footnotes to help us when we're stuck, or to corroborate what we have learned about the meaning of a verse through proper study of its context. This lecture describes how. 

How to approach footnotes.

Here students will understand what a footnote looks like, hot to use it, and where it is located in their Bible. 

Footnote Example
Free open source tools for you to use.
1 Lecture 05:39

Earlier in the course we discussed a tool I use to assist me in gaining a true context in which a verse or passage was written. This lecture goes into detail how and why you use accurate meaning of Hebrew and Greek words, as they were intended in their historical setting, in order to derive its true meaning as it relates to you today. 

Easy tool to use: BlueLetterBible.org
The Technique!!
4 Lectures 15:50

The quick 1 - 2 - 3 technique for reading the Bible at your own pace with maximum understanding and life application. 

Intro: Morning - noon - night, the 3 step technique.

Using my Bible as an example...students will gain an understanding of the 3 step technique to reading their morning scripture. 

2 Chapters in the morning...take my Bible for example.

Using the technique outlined in this course, students can apply it to the interaction they have with scripture. Whether its in a church, on a bumpersticker, or anywhere else in public. Students will have the advanced skills required to determine truth in context, and learn what scripture is saying, what it means, and how to apply it.

Apply the effective technique to mid-day and evening scripture learning.

Identify the 3 steps in this Bible study technique. 

The 3 step technique
3 questions

Summarization, final thoughts, and THANK YOU!
White Monkey, a Free-Burma Ranger, in Iraq
2 Lectures 16:18

Understand that there are forces that will always try and distract us from the truth in context, and blind us from the things that are truly important in God's eyes, and in our lives. Know that 'trinkets' and distractions (cell-phones, social media, television, and other 'toys') are placed in-front of us to distract us from fulfilling our divine purpose in the LORD and for His kingdom. 

Intro to video

Psalm 82:3-4 "Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy deliver them from the hand of the wicked." 

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About the Instructor
James Neil
4.5 Average rating
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7,777 Students
7 Courses
Health & Safety Official

James is a Health & Safety officer who brings almost 20 years of military, government, and private sector health and safety experience to the Udemy community. 

James has conducted several overseas mission trips as well as operational deployments with the military and government.

James has developed multiple company safety programs and implemented dozens of health and safety policies.  James now brings a wealth of safety instruction conducted in the field on job sites, to you here for your convenience. 

No need to travel to a third party location for training. 

Trained and certified at Texas A&M University's Engineering Extension Service in San Antonio Texas, James holds numerous certificates in General and Construction Industry Safety from the OSHA Training Institute. 

James has conducted  missionary work to countries such as Burma, Thailand, Mexico, Belize, and Libya.

Seeing the value of each individual's life, and the families that count on them to come home, James wishes to take his experience and share it for the greater good. 

In addition to Health & Safety James is a veteran of the US Army with almost 20 years of service to the U.S. James is also a tactical firearms and driving instructor, combining his safety instructor and tactical experience in developing course curriculum.