A common question I get is about the study plan, especially since we are studying parts of a Bible book in this year’s plan. A great deal of thought went in to determining what Bible books are studied and when.
As we looked to the future of Explore the Bible, we reviewed everything including how we selected what we studied and when. The approach we had used has served us well in the past, but there were some additional factors we needed to consider. One of our goals was to develop a balanced study plan that took into account age-development needs (required since we expanded our resources to include preschoolers, children, and students), genres of Bible books, and going deeper into each Bible book.
With these issues in the background, we extended the future study plan by a year (the previous plan was 8 years, the current plan is 9 years with three 3-year blocks), giving us the opportunity to study selected Bible books in more than one quarter. As we refined the plan, we sought to create a balanced plan with each kind of Bible book genre being represented in each 3-year block. For example, Psalms, Job, and Proverbs (all poetry) were placed in different 3-year blocks. To accomplish this, some Bible books were placed in two different 3-year blocks (Genesis and Acts for example). We took a holistic view at this point, realizing that after 9 years all the Bible books would be covered. We also placed multiple-quarter studies of the Gospels in different years so that in 7 of the 9 years we would study some part of the life of Christ.
We will study the second half of Acts in the Winter of 2017-2018.
Here’s a link to a post explaining the process…http://blog.lifeway.com/explorethebible/blog/7-steps-used-for-developing-our-study-plan-2/
Link to the 9-year plan: http://blog.lifeway.com/explorethebible/downloads/study-plan-2014-2023/