What is Understand the Bible in a nutshell?
Understand the Bible is all about teaching you the Christian faith online. At the heart is the teaching programme which is as a series of courses to help you learn Christianity from the ground up. There are also other resources including Learn to read the Bible and Thought for the Week.
Who is it for?
It’s for anyone who wants to learn the Christian faith. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner, or even if you’ve been in church a long time. If you want to learn, this is the right place.
How much does it cost?
The website is completely free to use. Almost all the content is available freely on YouTube or Facebook. There is a small cost for the mobile apps (see below) to cover the cost of development.
However, if you appreciate the videos, please do give us a donation, you can find the link on the bottom right of every page.
How do I join the teaching programme?
You can either create an account and do the course here on the website, or you can use the mobile app (see below).
How does the course work?
Once you’ve signed up, you can go to your personal home page, where you will see some suggested courses that you might be interested in. Pick one of them (I suggest working through them from the top down, but the choice is yours!) and you’re off.
From then on, your home page will show you the video that you’ve got up to in the course. If you close the site we will remember where you got up to and save it for next time.
If you don’t visit for a week, by default you will receive a reminder email to come back. (You can turn off emails if you want).
Is there an audio alternative to the videos?
Yes. Every session has both a video and an audio version.
Can I use the site on mobile?
Yes! You can either use the website on mobile, or there are mobile apps for iOS and Android. You can find the links on every page in the side bar at the right, or down at the bottom of the page.
There is a small nominal fee for the app, but the course content itself is free.
Can I do this instead of going to church?
Understand the Bible is not intended to be (and could not be) a replacement for church. The discipleship programme is a way of understanding the Christian faith and the Bible. To live it out, you need to be part of a church. What would be the point in learning all about the Bible without putting it into practice? This is what is says in the book of James (in the Bible):
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.James, chapter 1, verses 22-25
If you want to do what the Bible (the Word) says, rather than just hearing it, then you need to be part of a church local to you. Understand the Bible can help you to make sense of the Bible, but you need to put that into practice with other Christians. The best thing would you for you to find a local church to attend and a Bible study group with Christians in your area (many churches have Bible study groups and are very happy to have new people joining).
How is UTB different from going to church?
Church is an entirely different experience from Understand the Bible. UTB is primarily about teaching, church is about much more than that – e.g. meeting with other Christians, encouragement, prayer, etc. In other words, UTB by design cannot provide the things which church provides.
Who are you?
My name is Phill Sacre, creator of Understand the Bible, you can read a bit about me and the history of UTB on the About page.
Any other questions?
I think I’ve covered everything here but if you have any other questions, contact me! I’d love to hear your questions / comments / suggestions.