The Bible Unpacked
by Paul Mallison
I am really pleased to recommend this website which features 7 different ‘bibles unpacked’ and 4 different bible studies. The focus of each varies from non-Christian to pastor and various others in between.
There has been an amazing amount of effort put in Paul to produce this resource, and the further you dig into it the more realize this. The first thing you will notice is the quality of design. All of his guides are very professionally laid out – making it easy and enjoyable to use. Secondly, the depth of content is astounding – the In Depth edition of the Bible Unpacked weighs in at just short of 1,400 pages! I expect there is something for everyone here, whether you are studying alone or in a group.
The Unpacked Bible
The Unpacked Bible is split into 7 version. There is small elements of commentary within these, but most of the content is verses straight from the bible grouped into the relevant section for the area of study.
For non-Christians and new Christians there are the following options:
- Two-Minute Edition – Key Bible teachings for people “on the run”.
These are ideal for outreach and are Credit card sized so you can keep them in your wallet/bag
- Pocket Edition – A look at the Bible’s teaching for seekers of truth.
Largely for giving to inquiring non-Christians or young new Christians. (Size A6)
- Concise Edition – A look at the Bible’s teaching for new and young believers.
For new or young Christians. Also suitable to give to non-Christian friends. (Size A5)
For Christians wanting to deepen their faith:
- Foundations Edition – A compilation of the Bible’s teaching for believers consolidating their faith.
- Intermediate Edition – A compilation of the Bible’s teaching for believers growing in the faith.
- Comprehensive Edition – A compilation of the Bible’s teaching for believers established in the faith.
And then finally there is the in-depth. This is the most expansive of the Unpacked Bibles, and is a very useful study resource for anybody. It is laid out in chapters across doctrinal areas, and also has an index of topics and verses. I love the fact that it is so heavily weighted towards scriptures rather than commentary. This both helps you to learn the bible better, and also makes it a valuable tool when preparing sermons.
There are also four study guides which complement the more comprehensive Unpacked Bibles. These include key verses, breif commentaries, and also questions to be discussed.
All of the material can be downloaded and reproduced multiple times free of charge, for use for non-profit Christian purposes. Paul says “This website does not need support but millions of persecuted Christians do. So in lieu of payment for this material, please support one of the organizations that aid persecuted Christians – and encourage your church to do so too.”