- What is Open?
Open is an online tool meant to help you go through the entire Bible. While it will not take you into every verse in every book of the Bible, it does include 50 sessions that walk you through the whole biblical story from Genesis to Revelation.
Each session includes a scripture passage, a teaching in audio or text format, and 5 discussion questions.
- Who is behind Open?
Colin Smith is the author and teacher at Open. 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.
- Why does Open end each session with discussion questions?
We designed Open to be used in community. You can go through it on your own, but you’ll want to grab a friend If you want to get the most out of Open.
- How long does it take to complete Open?
Open has 50 sessions. Each session takes about 45-60 minutes. The great thing about Open is that you can do these at your own pace. You can go through them in 50 days, 50 weeks, or even 50 months.
- Do I need to have prior knowledge of the Bible before I start?
No. We designed Open 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.
- Is Open just for those who are new to the Bible?
No. Open is a great resource for the person who is very familiar with Bible. The 50 sessions will strengthen your understanding of the Bible story, and increase your love for Jesus Christ.
- I’m worried I don’t know enough about the Bible. Can I still take someone through Open?
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.
- What do I do after I finish Open?
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 a second time—and this time with someone new.