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For users of Open the Bible prior to October 13, 2021

If you were using Open the Bible prior to October 13, 2021, you will find that:

“The Hike” and “The Drive” have not changed.  You can simply log in (or if you stay logged in) and pick up where you left off.

However, “The Flight” is now updated to provide an overview of the Bible in 3 sessions (rather than 10).  This update provides an overview of the whole Bible story by introducing you to 5 people you need to know from the Old Testament, exploring 5 events in the life of Christ, and teaching you about the 5 gifts God gives every Christian.

In order to continue your journey, we recommend the following transition for those who are on “The Flight” prior to October 13, 2021.

You’ll find each lesson on “The Flight” on the left-hand side below and its corresponding lesson on “The Drive” on the right-hand side.  Once you locate your corresponding lesson on “The Drive”, select the “book icon” at the top of the website, select “The Drive” from the options provided, and finally, select your lesson number from the list.  Continue from that point to complete your journey.

For instance, if you are currently on lesson (4) Invitation on “The Flight”, you would go to lesson (22) Calling on “The Drive” and complete the remaining lessons on “The Drive” to finish your journey.

(lesson) The Flight = (lesson) The Drive

(1) Garden = (1) Life + (2) Curse
(2) Law = (7) Law
(3) Sacrifice = (9) Priest
(4) Invitation = (22) Calling
(5) Manger = (29) Born
(6) Cross = (32) Crucified
(7) Tomb = (33) Risen
(8) Spirit = (40) Power
(9) Fight = (48) Battle
(10) City = (50) City
What is Open the Bible?

Open the Bible is an online tool meant to help you know the whole story of Bible. While it will not take you into every verse in every book of the Bible, we provide you 3 “paths” that cover the whole biblical story from Genesis to Revelation.

“The Flight”, is a 3-session journey through the Bible that will introduce you to 5 people from the Old Testament, 5 events from the life of Jesus, and 5 gifts God gives to every Christian. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about the Bible, the Flight is a great place to begin.

The Drive“, is a 30-session journey that explores the peaks and valleys of the Bible story. Once you’ve completed The Flight, The Drive will take you deeper into the valleys of the Old Testament, the peaks of the glory of Jesus, and the ups and downs of the Christian life.

The Hike“, is our most rigorous path through the Bible story. If you’re up for a challenge and you want to dig deep roots into God’s Word, this 50-session journey is for you. Each session includes 5 questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

“The Hike” and “The Drive” also include a scripture passage, discussion question(s), and resources for further study.

Do I need to have prior knowledge of the Bible before I start?

No. We designed Open the Bible to be helpful for anyone interested in the Bible. You can go through it if you have never read the Bible before, or even if you have read it hundreds of times.  If you are newer to the Bible, we recommend that you start with “The Flight.”

How long does it take to complete Open the Bible?

Open the Bible has 3 ways for you to journey through the Bible.  Each path is designed to provide a level of understanding, not necessarily to make one path “shorter” or “longer” than another.  Strictly speaking, “The Hike” is the “longest” because it takes you on a more thorough journey, while “The Flight” gives you an overview of the Bible in only 3 sessions and thereby “shorter”.  The great thing about Open the Bible is that you can do these at your own pace, so take as long as you’d like!

Is Open the Bible just for those who are new to the Bible?

No. Open the Bible is a great resource for the person who is very familiar with Bible.  In fact, if you are more familiar with the Bible, we recommend you take “The Hike.”  This 50-session journey will strengthen your understanding of the Bible story, and increase your love for Jesus Christ.

Is the Open the Bible content available in print version?

At this time, Open the Bible is solely a digital tool. A large portion of the content is drawn from books written by Pastor Colin Smith. Here are two that may interest you:

Open the Bible in 30 Days

Unlocking the Bible Story


I’m worried I don’t know enough about the Bible. Can I still take someone through Open the Bible?

Yes! We created this tool in order to equip everyday people to walk through the Bible. You do not need to be a seminary student or a pastor to use Open the Bible, and the format makes it easy for you to take the journey with others.

How do I add Open the Bible to the home screen of my mobile phone?

Your smartphone or tablet’s home screen isn’t just for apps. Whatever platform you’re using, you can pin your favorite websites to your home screen so you can quickly access them.  Here is how you can add Open the Bible to your home screen:

Android Instructions

  1. Launch the “Chrome” browser app.
  2. Type in the website address that you want to pin to your home screen.
  3. Tap the menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand corner) and then tap “Add to Home screen”.
  4. Enter a name for the shortcut and then tap “Add”.
  5. Tap “Add Automatically” or touch and hold the icon to place manually.

iPad or iPhone Instructions

  1. Launch the “Safari” browser app.
  2. Type in the website address that you want to pin to your home screen and then tap “Go.”
  3. Tap the icon with an upward-pointing arrow coming out of a box along the top of the browser window. It will open a drop-down menu.
  4. Tap “Add to Home Screen.”
  5. Enter a name for the shortcut and tap “Add.” Safari will close automatically and you will be taken to the screen where the icon is now located.

To remove a website shortcut from your device’s home screen, just long-press the icon and remove it like you would any other app icon.



What translation of Scripture does Open the Bible use?

The text used most often is the English Standard Version of the Bible.

What do I do after I finish Open the Bible?

Continue to read the Bible. Perhaps start by re-reading some books of the Bible that were intriguing to you.

If you aren’t already, we encourage you to get involved in a church community.

Lastly, consider going through Open the Bible a second time—and this time with someone new.

Who is behind Open the Bible?

Colin Smith is the author and teacher at Open the Bible. Colin is the senior pastor at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church – a thriving, multi-campus church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He also serves as the president of Unlocking the Bible – a non-profit ministry whose mission is to multiply believers who are rooted in the word of God, growing in love for Christ and bearing fruit, around the world.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, he trained at the London School of Theology where he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Theology and Master of Philosophy. Before coming to the States in 1996, Colin served as senior pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London.

He is the author of several books including Momentum: Pursuing God’s Blessings through the Beatitudes; Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross; Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life; The One Year Unlocking the Bible Devotional; 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible; The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life; as well as others. His preaching ministry is shared around the world through Unlocking the Bible.

Colin and his wife Karen reside in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and have two married sons and five granddaughters.