Discipleship Website Targets Biblical Illiteracy

By David Roach is a new website that teaches the Bible as a single storyline focusing on Jesus. It is designed for churches to use as a discipleship tool, offering an educational curriculum for new believers and others who want to refresh or strengthen their Bible knowledge, providing a basic understanding of Scripture, its context, and implications.

Pastors can sign up for a free one-year subscription.

The initial course on BibleMesh covers the sweep of biblical history, by means of hundreds of short articles and teaching videos, and includes an interactive quizzing tool that helps people remember what they have learned. The site also features social networking for individuals and churches.

“BibleMesh is not just facts. It’s a whole-Bible theology approach to learning the Bible,” says Greg Thornbury, the project’s theological editor. He plans to use the site in Old and New Testament survey courses, biblical theology classes at Union University, where he is dean of the school of theology and missions, and in his adult Sunday School class at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn.

Mark Coppenger, pastor of Evanston Baptist Church in Illinois, plans to use BibleMesh as a discipleship tool.

“We have a lot of people come to the church who have little or no Bible background,” Coppenger says. “Many are students at Northwestern University, and they come from countries where they have not been exposed to the Bible or have been barely exposed to the Bible. It’s going to be a joy this fall to give them complimentary access that our church will purchase.”

Access to the Biblical Story Course is $49.99 for individuals, with discounts for church groups. Pastors can receive free access for one year.

Published by former American Standard CEO Emmanuel Kampouris, the website tells the entire biblical story through 90 minutes of video animation anchored by New York City pastor Tim Keller, author of the bestseller “The Reason for God.” The website also features commentary by a plethora of noted evangelicals: Hundreds of one-page articles introduce key Bible ideas while short teaching videos expound crucial points.

Contributors to the site include — Alistair Begg, senior pastor of Parkside Church in metropolitan Cleveland; Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College in Illinois; Peter Akinola, longtime Anglican archbishop of Nigeria; and Christopher Ash, director of London’s Cornhill Training Course, Mark Coppenger, professor of Christian apologetics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University, R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

This post is edited from an article by David Roach that originally appeared in Baptist Press.





David Roach

David Roach is a pastor and writer in Shelbyville, Ky.