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Where Do I Start with Bible Study?

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

Where do I start with Bible Study?

Are you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to where to start with Bible study for your home, church, co-op or school? You’re not alone. With numerous options available, it can be challenging to know where to begin. At Grapevine, we understand this struggle, and that’s why we’re here to help. We believe in taking the stress out of selecting a study by offering a simple and easy three-year plan.

To get started, we recommend diving into our Topical studies, which cover specific biblical characters and events. Once you’ve explored these engaging topics, you can transition seamlessly into our Overview Studies, which provide a comprehensive understanding of the Bible. To guide you on this journey, here is the recommended three-year cycle we suggest:

  1. Year One: Topical Studies
  2. Year Two: Old Testament
  3. Year Three: New Testament

          Year 1 –  Topical Studies

Year 2 Old Testament Overview or Old Testament Bible Study Journals

Year 3 New Testament Overview

With this approach, you can gradually build your knowledge and explore the depths of the Bible in a systematic and manageable way. So, say goodbye to the overwhelming feeling of choice paralysis and let Grapevine simplify your Bible study experience.

Topical Studies at Grapevine

As you begin on your Grapevine journey, we suggest starting with one of our shorter topical studies. These studies are designed to be engaging and accessible for students across a wide age range.

Depending on the time of year you decide to start, we recommend incorporating the Birth of Jesus study around November and the Resurrection study starting in late January. These topical studies delve deeper into these specific subjects, providing a more comprehensive understanding than what is covered in the Overviews.

Overview Studies at Grapevine

Once you have completed a few topical studies, you’ll gain the confidence to dive into the Old Testament or New Testament Overviews. These studies provide a chronological overview of the Bible, exploring its major characters and events. As you progress through each level, we introduce new skills that educates and empower students to eventually study the Bible independently. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to embark on your personal Bible study journey.

PreK-Kindergarten – Ages 3 to 6 – PreK to K

    • Introduce your students to the major characters and events chronologically.
    • Traceable student option for younger students.
    • Memorize at least one fact and memory verse related to each lesson.
    • Not compatible with older levels.

Early Elementary – Ages 5 to 9 – 1st to 3rd Grades

    • ​Introduce your students to the Bible timeline
    • Memorize the books of the Bible and other fact
    • Draw the timeline.
    • Traceable student option for younger students.

Elementary – Ages 9 to 12 – 4th to 6th Grades

    • ​​​​​​​Build on the timeline events and learn the books of the Bible
    • Learn basic Bible geography
    • Draw the timeline

Middle School – Ages 12 to 14 – 7 and 8th Grades

    • Build on the timeline events
    • Note where the books of the Bible fit on the timeline
    • Learn basic Bible geography
    • Practice using Bible study tools: Dictionary, Concordance, and Topical Bible

What do I need to buy from Grapevine?


  • Bible (version of your choice)
  • Teacher Book: Softbound


  • Teacher eBook: Teacher License: Legally make copies for one teacher
  • White marker board and markers
  • Bible Dictionary


  • Bible
  • Student Book: 3 Hole Punched Loose Leaf pages and ready for your notebook. You will need one for each student. If you prefer to print your own, see the eBook options below.


  • Student eBooks – Grapevine offers eBooks in PDF format for those parents and teachers who would like to print their own books. Licenses are non-transferable.
    • Family License: Legally make copies for your immediate family
    • Small Class License: Legally make up to 10 copies of a book
    • Large Class License: Legally make up to 30 copies of a book
  • Notebook – 3 ring-binder
  • Colored pencils (crayons and markers not recommended)
  • Middle School students: access to a Bible Dictionary, Topical Bible, and Concordance.

Need a Personal Recommendation from Grapevine?

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Message us with the grades/ages you are teaching and any information you think I might need to know to give you a recommendation.

In conclusion, choosing a Bible curriculum doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With Grapevine, you can simplify the process and embark on a fulfilling three-year plan. Starting with topical studies, you’ll gradually delve into the depths of the Bible, gaining confidence along the way. As you progress to the overview studies, you’ll cover major characters and events, acquiring new skills to study the Bible independently. Let Grapevine be your guide in this transformative journey of discovery and understanding. Begin your Bible study adventure today!

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