The Bible Project // Review

If you teach/disciple others, I hope by now that you’ve heard about The Bible Project. From their site, www.thebibleproject.com, they say:

The Bible Project is a Portland based non-profit that utilizes short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story by focusing on its overarching themes and each book’s literary design. We are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world.

This is one of those resources that would have been wonderful to have when I was teaching 7th grade Bible at Christian Academy of Louisville all those years ago, or the 14 years when I was leading youth groups & children’s bible studies. The videos are fun to watch, the artwork is always engaging and the method they use for story telling captures the viewer in this grand, overarching look at the history of the movement of God among human kind.

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The Bible Project YouTube page is an easy way to engage someone when you are on the go.

Add to that the visual progression through the story board of the book or subject being covered and you wind up with something that you can quite literally carry with you as they offer printables, downloads & other bonus features that help to put the lesson right in the hand of the learner. I have been teaching the Bible for almost 20 years, and these are the types of resources that I love to use when walking people through the story of God. Using a physical story board (in hand or downloaded on your phone/tablet) you can walk backwards and forwards in big, sweeping motions or maneuver in fine detail with ease.

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Every book they cover has a study guide and a downloadable storyboard/poster like this one.

But here’s the bonus-bonus: Every adult that I have shown this to has been engaged by the methods employed by Timothy, Jonathan and their team. This isn’t kid’s stuff, but a tool to be utilized by anyone and everyone who shares the Word of God with someone else. Our world is intensely visual, and the team at The Bible Project has latched on to this in a wonderful way. This method of teaching isn’t just for people under 18 years old. God has wired us with a variety of learning styles. The Bible Project allows for audio, visual & kinesthetic learners as they give you the tools to work in each of these realms of learning. This is a great tool for everyone.

If you know someone who wants to know more, but maybe isn’t a big reader, then why not give them a glimpse into the concepts of key biblical themes like Holiness, Covenants & the Gospel of the Kingdom. These are topics that we might not bring up in casual conversation, but we can definitely shoot someone a link to watch a video so we can talk about it later over coffee (always a good idea!) or a meal. You may not get them to read through Leviticus, but I’ll bet you can get them to watch it in less than 9 minutes.

This is still a work in process, as they are adding in videos & resources every week (as of the time of writing,) but they have done so much so well in such a seemingly short time.
They have done a good job to leave non-essential doctrinal issues out of the mix so that the teacher/disciple-maker can engage those in their own way.

On the other hand, they do not shy away from being bold with core doctrinal issues & topics. They do not try to tame God, limit the Holy Spirit or write off the miracles of Jesus. They are open and honest with the flaws of every person God has used throughout history and that transparency leaves us with an honest retelling of God’s righteous handiwork among sinful men & women.

With high quality visuals, an open heart for the Gospel & an obviously gifted team behind these efforts, The Bible Project is definitely a worthwhile addition to your teaching toolbox. It works great in large settings with discussion groups or a single point person, or one-on-one in a cafe or living room. This versatility & mobile format will give this group serious longevity in a quick-change world. I’m looking forward to what is yet to come from this crew. They also have a blog with details and news where you can keep up with what’s in the works or find a place to dig deeper into difficult subjects. And please remember that great content like this doesn’t happen for free. If you like what you find there, you can sponsor their efforts with a donation.

(There is no sponsorship of my blog or affiliation with TBP implied.)

Have you seen The Bible Project before? What are your thoughts? Any other resources in this category that you like enough to share? Let me know in the comments below.

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Psalms 119:121-128 // ע Ayin

“121 I have done what is just and right;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

122 Guarantee Your servants well- being;

do not let the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes grow weary looking for Your salvation

and for Your righteous promise.

124 Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love;

teach me Your statutes.

125 I am Your servant; give me understanding

so that I may know Your decrees.

126 It is time for the Lord to act,

for they have violated Your instruction.

127 Since I love Your commands

more than gold, even the purest gold,

128 I carefully follow all Your precepts

and hate every false way.”

Psalms 119:121-128

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Read Psalm 119:121-128 again, a little more slowly and listen to what David is saying.

Read it a third time, line by line and listen to the cry of his heart. Listen as he speaks about the faithfulness of God and how he is pursuing faithfulness in his own life, seeking wisdom from the Word. 

Read it a fourth and final time, and make it your own prayer. Thank God for His faithfulness in your own life, seek Him out for strength in your own faithfulness and for wisdom for your day as you GoLove others in His Name.

Psalm 119:113-120 // ס Samek // Desire for Consistency

“113 I hate those who are double-minded,

but I love Your instruction.

114 You are my shelter and my shield;

I put my hope in Your word.

115 Depart from me, you evil ones,

so that I may obey my God’s commands.

116 Sustain me as You promised, and I will live;

do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

117 Sustain me so that I can be safe

and always be concerned about Your statutes.

118 You reject all who stray from Your statutes,

for their deceit is a lie.

119 You remove all the wicked on earth

as if they were dross;

therefore, I love Your decrees.

120 I tremble in awe of You;

I fear Your judgments.”

Psalm 119:113-120

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Read this passage again & hear David’s desire for consistency within himself.

Read it a third time, listening for God’s desire to do a work of straightening within your own heart & mind.

Read it a fourth time, and humbly ask Him do do that work in you today.

Acts 17:1-9 // Jealousy of a New Life

“1 Then they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As usual, Paul went to the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and showing that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead: ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah.’ 4 Then some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, including a great number of God-fearing Greeks, as well as a number of the leading women.

5 But the Jews became jealous, and they brought together some scoundrels from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. Attacking Jason’s house, they searched for them to bring them out to the public assembly. 6 When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too, 7 and Jason has received them as guests! They are all acting contrary to Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king — Jesus!’ 8 The Jews stirred up the crowd and the city officials who heard these things. 9 So taking a security bond from Jason and the others, they released them.”

Acts 17:1-9

“But the Jews became jealous…” They weren’t really concerned for Caesar, his reputation or his rule. They weren’t concerned about ‘order’ in society or about maintaining the cultural status quo. They were plainly and simply jealous. They wanted the attention, they wanted to be the ones who were ‘morally right’ and they didn’t like contesting that position with anyone. Not too long before, weeks & days, they had been the representatives of God to that city. They likely did not do outreach, but stood apart, allowing those who gained an interest to join them. But now, passionate men & women were growing in numbers and they were not only speaking about God, but about His Messiah. And if anyone should have known about the Messiah, well, it should have been t hem.

And so they quickly found themselves less significant, maybe even a little irrelevant, and they didn’t know what to do about that but to fight back. 

When we turn from our previous ways of life and begin to follow Jesus, we are going to find we have people who were our friends who are now fighting against us, who don’t accept the changes taking place in us, and so they struggle for relevance, and even within themselves. That frustration is usually taken out on the person who introduced the change, in this case, Paul and company. We need to be sensitive to their frustrations and try to use those conversations as opportunities to explain, to show from Scripture why we’ve made these decisions, why we’ve chosen Jesus. It doesn’t mean they’ll come to the same understanding the way we did, but it will give them a relevant point to begin from and to at least consider Christ, if they are willing.

As Christians, we should expect hardship and opposition from those who stand outside Christ. That shouldn’t be a surprise to us. But as we GoLove others in His Name, we should definitely speak from those points of conflict or difference and present the reason for the hope that we have in an intelligent and reasonable way. We do not fight like the world fights, we answer conflict with love.

Acts 17:1-9 // 

“1 Then they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As usual, Paul went to the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and showing that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead: ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah.’ 4 Then some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, including a great number of God-fearing Greeks, as well as a number of the leading women.

5 But the Jews became jealous, and they brought together some scoundrels from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. Attacking Jason’s house, they searched for them to bring them out to the public assembly. 6 When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too, 7 and Jason has received them as guests! They are all acting contrary to Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king — Jesus!’ 8 The Jews stirred up the crowd and the city officials who heard these things. 9 So taking a security bond from Jason and the others, they released them.”

Acts 17:1-9

“But the Jews became jealous…” They weren’t really concerned for Caesar, his reputation or his rule. They weren’t concerned about ‘order’ in society or about maintaining the cultural status quo. They were plainly and simply jealous. They wanted the attention, they wanted to be the ones who were ‘morally right’ and they didn’t like contesting that position with anyone. Not too long before, weeks & days, they had been the representatives of God to that city. They likely did not do outreach, but stood apart, allowing those who gained an interest to join them. But now, passionate men & women were growing in numbers and they were not only speaking about God, but about His Messiah. And if anyone should have known about the Messiah, well, it should have been t hem.

And so they quickly found themselves less significant, maybe even a little irrelevant, and they didn’t know what to do about that but to fight back. 

When we turn from our previous ways of life and begin to follow Jesus, we are going to find we have people who were our friends who are now fighting against us, who don’t accept the changes taking place in us, and so they struggle for relevance, and even within themselves. That frustration is usually taken out on the person who introduced the change, in this case, Paul and company. We need to be sensitive to their frustrations and try to use those conversations as opportunities to explain, to show from Scripture why we’ve made these decisions, why we’ve chosen Jesus. It doesn’t mean they’ll come to the same understanding the way we did, but it will give them a relevant point to begin from and to at least consider Christ, if they are willing.

As Christians, we should expect hardship and opposition from those who stand outside Christ. That shouldn’t be a surprise to us. But as we GoLove others in His Name, we should definitely speak from those points of conflict or difference and present the reason for the hope that we have in an intelligent and reasonable way. We do not fight like the world fights, we answer conflict with love.

Psalm 119:73-80 // י Yod // Dependent on God 

“73 Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding

so that I can learn Your commands.

74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice,

for I put my hope in Your word.

75 I know, Lord, that Your judgments are just

and that You have afflicted me fairly.

76 May Your faithful love comfort me

as You promised Your servant.

77 May Your compassion come to me

so that I may live,

for Your instruction is my delight.

78 Let the arrogant be put to shame

for slandering me with lies;

I will meditate on Your precepts.

79 Let those who fear You,

those who know Your decrees, turn to me.

80 May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes

so that I will not be put to shame.”

Psalm 119:73-80

Wisdom begins in us when we learn to fear God properly. Understanding grows in us when we gain a proper perspective as to who we are in light of just who He is, too. We cannot have a healthy perspective on life so long as we see ourselves at the top of the ladder of importance. Instead, with a dose of humility and an honest evaluation of reality, we see just how much we need God, His love, grace, mercy & His rule over our hearts, minds and lives. Pride has no place before the throne of God.

Read this portion of Psalm 119 again, a little more slowly, taking in the depth of what David is saying & admitting.

Read it a third time, acknowledging your own need for God’s guidance.

Read it a fourth and final time, and make it your prayer as you see Him out. 

  

Psalm 119:73-80 // י Yod // Dependent on God 

“73 Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding

so that I can learn Your commands.

74 Those who fear You will see me and rejoice,

for I put my hope in Your word.

75 I know, Lord, that Your judgments are just

and that You have afflicted me fairly.

76 May Your faithful love comfort me

as You promised Your servant.

77 May Your compassion come to me

so that I may live,

for Your instruction is my delight.

78 Let the arrogant be put to shame

for slandering me with lies;

I will meditate on Your precepts.

79 Let those who fear You,

those who know Your decrees, turn to me.

80 May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes

so that I will not be put to shame.”

Psalm 119:73-80

Wisdom begins in us when we learn to fear God properly. Understanding grows in us when we gain a proper perspective as to who we are in light of just who He is, too. We cannot have a healthy perspective on life so long as we see ourselves at the top of the ladder of importance. Instead, with a dose of humility and an honest evaluation of reality, we see just how much we need God, His love, grace, mercy & His rule over our hearts, minds and lives. Pride has no place before the throne of God.

Read this portion of Psalm 119 again, a little more slowly, taking in the depth of what David is saying & admitting.

Read it a third time, acknowledging your own need for God’s guidance.

Read it a fourth and final time, and make it your prayer as you see Him out.