Pathway Bible Guides
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Pathway Bible Guides are simple, straightforward, easy-to-read Bible studies, ideal for groups who are new to studying the Bible, or groups with limited time for study. We’ve designed the studies to be short and easy to use, with an uncomplicated vocabulary. At the same time, we’ve tried to justice to the passages being studied, and to model good Bible-reading principles. Pathway Bible Guides are simple without being simplistic; no-nonsense without being no-content.
Soft cover A5 booklets covering 7-10 studies per title with leader’s notes included. This series of Bible studies is now also for sale in PDF formats, either for printing at home or in a size ideal for iPad display.
Some titles include:
£3.50 per booklet, similar for PDF and license.
Smart A5 matt booklets.
Very clear, with leader's notes explaining the structure for both preparation and leading the group. Easy icons to follow.
The one booklet contains both the participants' notes and then leaders' notes for each session at the back. Each study comprises: ‘Getting started' icebreaker based on the theme, sometimes with a Bible verse too; ‘Light from the Word' section with readings from one or two passages and seven or so study questions; ‘To finish' section focused on summary understandings of the passage studied; ‘Give thanks and pray' with suggestions for prayer focused on the topic. Nicely laid out with lots of white space in the participants' section. Some studies are more creative than others, with different ways of engaging with the Bible, but essentially they are all focused on methodical Bible study around the theme. The leader's notes are given as guides rather than ‘answers' as such. The ideal is envisaged as a leader who knows enough to be able to lead the study without ‘regurgitating' the notes. The notes, however, do give strong steers as to the direction each section is pointing in.
As these studies are designed for those less familiar with Bible study, for whatever reason, a leader who can sensitively guide, help and inspire would be good. Flexibility encouraged.
The vision for these guides is to both introduce people to Bible study and inspire them to keep going with it. So the questions are fairly straight-forward and aimed at helping people to understand what the Bible passage is about. The ‘To finish' section takes this further in simple, overall application. Room for notes under each question.
Recommendations for preparations are spelt out as 60/40/20 where 60 minutes are spent reading passage and answering the questions oneself; 40 minutes are spent consulting the leader's notes for that study; and 20 minutes spent praying for the study and the participants. So that's a couple of hours suggested, with the additional recommendation that less time is still used in these proportions.
Straight-forward discussion around Bible study questions and initial application; prayer together: all of which may be new to many participants. Non-threatening, with a clear structure.
This seems to be a good introduction to straight-forward Bible study. It will inevitably appeal most to those who are happy to discuss and read.
As an initial introduction to Bible study, these seem to be a good length, good questions and good structure. For those less used to the read-and-discuss way of doing things, it may not be the best way to begin. Visual aids, and stories could be added perhaps.
This varies somewhat according to the author. The emphasis is on beginning to understand the foundational doctrines of Christianity, firmly based on the Bible.
All of it.
Well targeted for initial understanding of biblical concepts, some more complex than others. Questions are straight-forward rather than probing.
Focus on understanding more than application, though again this varies according to the theme.
The range of titles is good, and it covers a range of discipleship subjects.
As initial, solid introductions to the big concepts of Christianity, these are great studies. For many, these concepts would be new, so there would be plenty to take on board and wrestle with.
Again, many of the subjects would be very new for participants, and the easy structure would help people to dig into them without being overwhelming. Foundational.
This varies according to topic, with the overriding focus being to help people engage with initial doctrine in a helpful way. Application is generally implicit or limited to a couple of questions.
Implicit in being designed for new Christians, and committed to the centrality of the Gospel message for all humankind. Features more in some titles than others.
Features in overall principles rather than specifics.
Not a focus in reviewed books.
Implicit in understanding of Gospel.