Bible Study Guides

Our free Bible Study booklets provide valuable aides for in-depth study on a wide range of topics. Read them online now, or have a copy sent to your house, completely free. They are grouped here by category.

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Prophecy

Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns

Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns

The Bible is filled with prophecies. Some have already been fulfilled, while others are still awaiting their ultimate fulfillment. These seven prophecies, some fulfilled and some unfulfilled, must come to pass before Jesus Christ returns to earth. For the first time in history, each one is possible. Will this generation see Jesus' return?

Russia and Bible Prophecy

Russia and Bible Prophecy

Russia is aggressively reasserting itself on the world stage, raising fears of a renewed Russian expansionism. How might this play out in Bible prophecy?

You Can Understand Bible Prophecy

You Can Understand Bible Prophecy

How will the world finally find peace? What will happen before that finally comes to pass? The Bible reveals many details about end-time events and the major trends that will lead up to Jesus Christ's return. Read this featured booklet to learn the answers.

Final Superpower

Final Superpower

Bible prophecy reveals one more wordly superpower before the return of Jesus Christ, that will rule with force and ferocity like none before. Its fall will come when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God—the final superpower the world will ever see.

The Horsemen of Revelation

The Horsemen of Revelation

The "four horsemen of the Apocalypse" - this latter term being the Greek name for the book of Revelation - have intrigued Bible readers for centuries. What do they represent? The implications for mankind are staggering.

Christ's Reign on Earth

Christ's Reign on Earth

Just as He promised, Jesus Christ is returning soon. When He comes He will replace the human governments of the world with His own Kingdom of peace and joy. Find out what Jesus' reign on earth will look like and how you can be there to see it.

Time of the End?

Time of the End?

Many Bible prophecies leave us in no doubt that increasingly cataclysmic events will occur before God's direct intervention in human affairs. The crucial question is, 'When?'. In this booklet we examine exactly what Jesus Christ, His apostles and the prophets of old really said about the perilous days they referred to as 'the time of the end'.

Revelation Unveiled

Revelation Unveiled

Many people believe the book of Revelation is all about bad news. Although it reveals where our actions and decisions will take us, it also shows how mankind will finally experience a world of peace. Is the book of Revelation relevant today? Is it possible for us to understand it? Can we know to whom it was written and why? What are the meanings of its mysterious symbols? Once you grasp the message of Revelation, you too, will see that it contains the most remarkable message of hope ever written. Its fundamental message is plain and its conclusion certain.

The Middle East In Bible Prophecy

The Middle East In Bible Prophecy

Explains the causes of conflict in this volatile region, between Arab and Jew, and between Eastern and Western cultures. It deals not only with the past and present but with the future as prophesied by inspired writers more than 2000 years ago. Present conflicts cannot be understood without putting them into their historical context and recognising the modern influences fanning those historical flames.

The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy

The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy

Does the Bible tell us what lies ahead for the United States and British Commonwealth, including Australia? What are the real origins of the American and British peoples? The answers to these questions are both interesting and surprising! The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy, a free, 110 page full colour booklet, will help you better understand the answers to these questions and more, including the relevance of many current events.

Who Is the Antichrist?

Who Is the Antichrist?

Bible prophecy of the end time talks about this mysterious figure. Is he the one identified as the "man of sin" and the "false prophet"? Or is there more to the story than that? The answer is deeply personal and forces Christians to examine the very core of their relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Throne of Britain

The Throne of Britain

The greatest and most enduring dynasty in world history is showing signs of passing. But will it? To understand the future of the British royal family, we must examine how the monarchy began—and why.

Basic Bible Questions

Why Were You Born?

Why Were You Born?

Why do you exist? What is your destiny? Is there a reason, a purpose, for human life? These questions have baffled the greatest thinkers and philosophers down through the ages.

The New Covenant

The New Covenant

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds" (Hebrews 10:16, New Revised Standard Version).

Does the New Covenant negate Old Testament law and do away with God's direction to obey His Ten Commandments and other laws? The belief that it does has long been a popular teaching in traditional Christianity. We'll thoroughly examine this question in this booklet.

What Does the Bible Teach About Grace?

What Does the Bible Teach About Grace?

Few things could be more important to our relationship with God than a true biblical understanding of grace! Be sure to read this eye-opening study guide to discover the real biblical meaning of grace!

The Gospel of the Kingdom

The Gospel of the Kingdom

"Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mark 1:14, 15). "The gospel of the Kingdom of God" is the message Jesus Christ instructs His followers to believe. This booklet will help you understand and believe this wonderful good news Jesus Christ announced to humanity!

Is There Really a Devil?

Is There Really a Devil?

The Bible reveals much about an unseen power that works behind the scenes, shaping our world to its will and agenda. Are you being taken in?
In this study guide you will discover the real source behind so many of the world's problems. Learn about the being who is determined to bend your thinking to his own. — "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).

Heaven & Hell

Heaven & Hell

Vast numbers of the world's population down through the ages have never had the opportunity to genuinely repent and accept Christ simply because of where they live. Would it be just and right for God to subject them to the same punishment He will give to those who reject Him and make themselves His enemies?

Join us on a journey through the pages of history and your Bible.

Clean and Unclean Meats?

Clean and Unclean Meats?

Are all kinds of animal flesh suitable for food? Did God design certain animals to be eaten and others not to be eaten? Are Christians free to eat any kind of food, ignoring the instructions of the Bible? Learn the surprising answers--and the science behind them--in this featured booklet.

What Does the Bible Teach About Tithing?

What Does the Bible Teach About Tithing?

Does tithing teach timeless principles and lessons even in today's modern world? How many tithes are mentioned in the Bible? What are the purposes for the tithes? This booklet will help you understand God's perspective on this vital issue.

Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God

Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God

This guide  first lists a summary of each belief from the Constitution of the United Church of God, an International Association, then explains and expands on each of those beliefs. Additional booklets on these topics are available free of charge.

The Rapture vs. The Bible

The Rapture vs. The Bible

Christians all over the world are looking for a sudden rescue - a Rapture - to save them from the coming time of trouble. But does this Rapture teaching come from the Bible?

The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Rich Man and Lazarus

What should we learn from Jesus' parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus?

The Church Jesus Built

The Church Jesus Built

". . . I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in . . . the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). In this booklet we examine the fruits Jesus and His apostles said would identify His Church. We look at the contrasting fruits that identify those who are influenced by a different spirit and preach a different gospel. We will learn, not from human tradition or opinion but directly from God's Word, how we can distinguish "the church of the living God" (1 Timothy 3:15) from those who follow "false prophets" in sheep's clothing.

This is the United Church of God

This is the United Church of God

The mission of the United Church of God is to proclaim to the world the little understood gospel taught by Jesus Christ—the good news of the coming Kingdom of God—and to prepare a people for that Kingdom. This message not only offers great hope for all of humanity but encompasses the purpose of human existence--why we are here and where our world is headed. In this booklet we outline the mission and key activities of the United Church of God, an International Association, and the beliefs that drive them.

God

Who is God?

Who is God?

How is God One? Is God a Trinity? Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Was He a mere man, or much more? What was the significance of His death and resurrection? In this booklet you'll learn more about the nature of God and Jesus Christ and our future destiny with them as revealed in the Bible.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

Did Jesus do what the records show? Was He, is He, really who He claimed to be? Can it be proved historically? Or are we left to simply accept it on blind faith?
This booklet seeks to address and answer the major questions that intelligent, reasoning people naturally ask in trying to understand Jesus Christ--the real story.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Almost 2,000 years ago, a miraculous, momentous event occurred—the New Testament Church was founded on the Feast of Pentecost. What made this event so astounding—and Acts 2 records that the circumstances of that day were truly dramatic—was the giving of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus Christ, just as He had promised.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

A Christian's walk is challenging, and trials can be overwhelming at times. But through the birth, perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have hope in the ability to overcome life's challenges. Find out how we are saved by His life.

Does God Exist?

Does God Exist?

Is this life all there is, or is there something more? If there is something more, how should awareness of that something impact your life? Why are we here? Is there a purpose for our lives? What is our destiny, and is that destiny inextricably linked with the existence of God? We can find the answers to these questions.

Is God a Trinity?

Is God a Trinity?

Is God a Trinity? This booklet examines the history of the doctrine of the Trinity, a belief of great importance to many Christians. Be prepared for some surprises.

Help for Today

Living Faith

Living Faith

There is a crisis of faith. Few people place confidence in God or the future. Many have no faith their marriages will survive, that political leaders will honourably serve their country or that education will prepare them adequately for the challenges ahead. Faith is all too rare today. This booklet will help you understand the keys to living faith.

Transforming Your Life

Transforming Your Life

In this booklet we will examine the Bible's teaching on conversion—it is not just a one-time event. Instead the Scriptures reveal that it is a process. The process begins with God's calling, followed by the key steps of repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, finally climaxing with the return of Jesus Christ — when the dead in Christ are resurrected to immortality and given eternal life — the ultimate transformation!

Forgiveness Is Possible

Forgiveness Is Possible

The road to forgiveness can be long and hard, but through God’s loving guidance it is possible to remove the mountains of resentment, grudges and bitterness. Forgiveness is at the core of Christian faith, belief and action.

Making Life Work

Making Life Work

Looking for some good advice? You may not realise it, but you probably already own the best self-help book ever published, one that's loaded with practical guidance to help you achieve success in your career, friendships, finances, family and every other aspect of life. That book is your Bible. We've prepared this guide, Making Life Work, to help you discover the Bible's principles for success.

Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family

Marriages in the 21st century are in crisis! Divorce is rampant and many no longer expect to have a life-long relationship. Can a potential couple know what true love is? Are there guidelines for a happy and productive marriage? Our booklet on marriage and family contains biblically-based articles that will help you understand how to build a truly loving and life-long relationship.

What You Need to Know About Baptism

What You Need to Know About Baptism

What is the purpose of human life? Are we here for a reason? Does the Bible provide answers for these questions? What does the Bible mean when it talks about repentance and conversion? Inside this booklet you will find the answers to these questions.
"...Broad is the road that leads to destruction...and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13,14 New International Version).

Tools for Spiritual Growth

Tools for Spiritual Growth

Are you desiring a closer relationship with God? If so, where do you start? What tools can you use to grow spiritually and build that all-important relationship with your Creator? This important study aid will set you on the right path. Read and begin implementing these important elements today!

The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit

Jesus Christ taught important spiritual lessons regarding the "fruit" of our lives. What are those lessons, and how well are we applying them? Our eternal life depends on this understanding!

Managing Your Finances

Managing Your Finances

What advice does the Bible offer about wealth and our attitude toward it? Is money really the root of all evil? Do you know what God thinks about bankruptcy? What does the Bible say about charitable contributions? How much should we give? Be sure to read this booklet to discover biblical answers to these important questions and more.

Overcoming Alcoholism

Overcoming Alcoholism

Alcohol can be an uncomfortable subject. If you have an alcohol problem it's not easy to admit it and seek help. If you know someone with a problem, confronting them with the issue or knowing how to help can be very difficult.

Overcoming Pornography Addiction

Overcoming Pornography Addiction

Pornography addiction is a real and very serious problem for people of all types and backgrounds. It may even be a serious problem for you. If you or someone to know is struggling with the sexual sin of porn addiction, this study aid can help break the chains of slavery to sin.

Guys, Girls and God

Guys, Girls and God

Build wonderful relationships with the opposite sex while you keep God in mind! This ebooklet is a re-print compilation of a series of articles written for Vertical Thought magazine.

Worship

God's Holy Day Plan

God's Holy Day Plan

Is it possible to know what the future holds for us? The Creator of mankind does have a plan for us, and He reveals it to us through an annual cycle of festivals described in the Scriptures. It is an astounding plan offering an incredible future to every man, woman, and child who has ever lived. This booklet will help you understand the incredible truth about what lies ahead for all humanity.

Holidays or Holy Days?

Holidays or Holy Days?

Many people are shocked to discover the origins of our most popular religious holidays. They are also surprised to find that the days God commands us to observe in the Bible-the same days Jesus Christ and the apostles kept-are almost universally ignored. Why? Also, why are today's supposedly Christian holidays observed with so many rituals and customs that are not sanctioned anywhere in the Bible? In this booklet you'll discover detailed answers to these questions.

God's Sabbath Rest

God's Sabbath Rest

Why did God command a day of rest to begin with? Did He have a purpose for it, and, if so, what is that purpose? Is the Sabbath relevant at all for humankind today? Does it make sense in today's world? The questions go on and on. Why should there be such confusion about one of the 10 basic guiding principles and laws God gave mankind? There are answers to these questions, and you don't have to look far to discover them. They can be found in the Bible. Join us for a journey through the Bible to discover God's Sabbath Rest. In this booklet we will answer these basic questions.

Easter

Easter

Many believing Christians celebrate Easter as a way to honour Jesus Christ's resurrection. But Easter is a day with very different roots—stretching long ago into pre-Christian paganism. The Bible alone has the truth of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, and it shows a different set of celebrations—the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread—that give us the real story that Easter doesn't tell us.

Life's Purpose

What Happens After Death?

What Happens After Death?

Immortal Souls and Eternal Life? Heaven and Hell? Reincarnation? Resurrections? What about reported life-after-death experiences? These ideas can't all be right! Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about this important subject!

Creation or Evolution?

Creation or Evolution?

In this booklet we examine the foundational premises of evolution. We consider the evidence evolutionists cite to support the theory. Perhaps most important, we look at the scientific facts evolutionists don't discuss in public for reasons that will become clear.
You can know whether evolution is true. We hope you'll examine the evidence carefully. What you believe does matter.

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Suffering. It's not a pleasant subject to discuss, but a necessary one. Suffering plagues our world. In its many forms it affects us physically, psychologically and emotionally. This featured booklet will help you understand how suffering began, how it will end—and why it continues.

Why Am I Suffering?

Why Am I Suffering?

When tragedies happen, we ask why. Whether it happens to us personally, to our loved ones, or to our communities, we have a natural desire to find answers. How could a loving all powerful God allow terrible things to happen? God gives us answers. He gives us hope. The Bible is the very Word of God, and it reveals the reasons for pain and suffering. It also gives us the hope of how to get through trials and sorrows.

Suicide

Suicide

The loved ones of a suicide victim need to understand what the Bible reveals — there will be life after death for that person and he will have his opportunity to qualify for eternal life in God’s Kingdom.

The Bible

Angels

Angels

Angels exist to serve “those who will inherit salvation”. They are invisible, and we tend to forget their role in carrying out God’s purpose and plan. We’ve all heard stories of supernatural intervention—you may have your own stories. Many angels have been assigned to serve our needs, and their tasks may change with circumstances.

This study guide examines some of the interesting and profound verses that give insight into these servants of God. The Scriptures have much to tell us on this fascinating subject.

Is the Bible True?

Is the Bible True?

Can you believe the Bible? What is this book, really? Is it only a collection of ancient legends and literature, as many believe? What about scientific discoveries that "disprove" the Bible? These are crucial questions. Humanity faces challenges that threaten our very existence, yet all too often we ignore the one source that actually has the answers. Shouldn't we, then, check to see if this source really is true? This eye-opening booklet discusses these vital questions and helps you find the answers.

How to Understand the Bible

How to Understand the Bible

The Bible is the world's best selling book...yet, in spite of the Bible's popularity, it has also been described as the world's most misunderstood book. Have you been one of those who have found the Bible difficult to comprehend? Do you wish you knew how to better apply its timeless principles, how to use it to build a right relationship with its author, your Creator? This eye-opening booklet will examine seven keys that will help open up this Book of books to your understanding.

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Many religious people embrace the idea of loving others as themselves but remain blissfully unaware of how the Bible defines love. As a result, they do not understand the necessity of putting into practice the biblical principles that determine the success or failure of their relationships.

We hope this booklet will inspire you to so appreciate the wisdom of God that you will look to His commandments as your standard for behaviour. This is the example set for us by Jesus Christ (John 15:10; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6).

Bible and Archaeology #1

Bible and Archaeology #1

The study of archaeology can help fortify faith. It allows us to take a fascinating journey back in time to study the stones and artifacts that bear mute but compelling witness to the truth of Scripture. This series examines the discoveries that parallel and illuminate biblical accounts.

Bible and Archaeology #2

Bible and Archaeology #2

Evidence from archaeology is one great proof of biblical accuracy, and it is the focus of this series of articles. We offer you a sampling of the evidence that is available—documentation showing that details of the people, places and events described in the Bible—many of them mentioned only in passing—have been verified by archaeologists and historians.

Answers From Genesis

Answers From Genesis

To much of the scientific world today, the universe is a great mystery—and a fortuitous, evolutionary accident. Indeed the predominant model of the universe leaves the Creator entirely out of the picture. We know the Bible tells a much different story, however. This series of articles explores the creation of the universe as recorded in the Bible and examines how a great deal of scientific research—instead of contradicting the Bible—actually confirms the truths God inspired to be recorded in the Bible.

Online Bible Commentary

Online Bible Commentary

Increase your Bible knowledge with our online Bible Commentary. Designed to help you organise your personal study of the Old Testament, each chapter is considered in its historical and textual context to bring out the purpose and meaning of the inspired Word of God. Understand the Bible like never before, and enrich your Daily Bible Reading program!

12-Lesson Bible Study Course

12-Lesson Bible Study Course

Free 12-lesson Bible Study Course from the United Church of God, Australia. Die Bybel is vol raad om u te help in u loopbaan, huwelik, gesinsverhoudings, finansies, vriendskappe en elke ander belangrike aspek van die lewe. Maar vir baie mense kan dit moeilik wees om die Bybel te verstaan. Dit hoef nie so te wees nie! Ontdek die lewe se antwoorde in hierdie gratis 12-les Bybelstudiekursus...

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