Conversational Bible Study

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Get LIVE, Online, high-quality Bible study

—–You get LIVE, weekly study–online. We record every session.
—–You get 24/7 email-based Bible discussion groups.
—–You can choose English or Greek/English Biblical Text.
—–You have a community of NT Greek translators (we’ll teach you Greek if you want!).
—–You get annual LIVE Events.
—–You choose your own level of involvement.

Tap in to the Art of Biblical Conversation

Conversational Bible Study is reading biblical documents as if over coffee with biblical authors.  We focus on biblical texts and teach the ABC’s of dealing contextually with those texts. (Hence, we are IABC–Institute for the Art of Biblical Conversation).

Get Started—–LIVE & Recorded Online Group Sessions


If you Want Challenging Bible Study!

Then check out the following two links.  You choose:  English only, or English and Greek . . .

30 Days LIVE for $1LIVE Online Group study:

1. “English Text Only” Bible Study–(Click Here)

IC2-EnglishBibleProgramStudy the English Bible only. High-quality Bible study for those who want more.
This “live” group is warm and accepting, and it will challenge you to think!

  • Live Online Classes
  • Real discussion every day, 24/7 access
  • Women & Men of all ages.
  • Working, Retired, Busy.
  • Members are from all Locations and all Backgrounds
  • This group is also called IC2 or Inner Circle 2.
  • First Month Trial Membership for $1
  • Click Here Now.

2. “Greek Text” AND “English Text” Bible Study–(Click Here)

IC3GreekTextProgramStudy the Greek NT (and OT) and improve your Greek ability. If you don’t know Greek, we teach you. If you have studied Greek, we put you on a team of Greek translators. A very special group.

If you select this group, you also have full access to the English Text group above.

  • Hands-on Greek NT Translation Study Project
  • You must have had some Greek already OR be willing to learn it
  • A unique study opportunity with a motivated team of translators
  • This group is also called IC3 or Inner Circle 3.
  • First Month Trial Membership for $1
  • Click Here Now


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Have a question?  Go here:  “I have a question!”


Who Are We?

Coffee With Paul Classroom
is the public face of The Institute for the Art of Biblical Conversation a 501c3 not-for-profit international organization.  We offer online, LIVE, high-quality Bible study classes as well as recorded classes for people who take Bible study seriously.  We have a passion for promoting responsible, contextual, and conversational Bible study.  We are not a church, do not offer grades or degrees, and are not in competition with any other organization. We are an independent group, not associated with any particular Christian denomination.  We have people from numerous Christian backgrounds and we attempt to be supportive of private and group study for churches.

—–For more on our teachers, Click Here.

—–Here is our expression of faith Click Here.

We pay attention to scholarly literature and publications, but with an overriding sense of looking for the “so what” of the the things we study.  We are not an ivory tower group, but are constantly looking for practical applications of our times together.


The following picture is a few of our group at a three-day “Live Event” (October 2014).
The video tells more about what we do.

What Our Bible Study Partners Are Saying!

Featured video


. . . from one of our board members and teachers: 

Dr. Mike Wilkinson

brings a casual presentation during our Saturday Inner Circle 2 gathering (July 23, 2016).
He had just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe in early July 2016

(a 60 minute video)




What Others Are Saying . . .

Here is what a few of our Bible Study partners have spontaneously said to each other about our study groups.
We did not solicit these statements as testimonials!___


Twila2This Inner Circle is a safe place to think outside the box and offer up ideas on scripture that other “God-taught” people will consider and challenge with scripture. When I try to read scripture with ‘fresh’ eyes, not reading into it what I’ve always been taught or have always thought, I sometimes get fresh ideas – some more contextual than others. Thinking through that idea on my own can get me off track. That is why the conversational part of this responsible, contextual bible study is so vital. We need each other as we pursue a holy life. Thank you one and all for being that safe place!



LeeI’ve been catching up today. My problem is that your material draws me in and I find I could easily spend 4 hours chewing on what you offer for each day. Level 1 and 2 are just teasers for 3 and I hate it when I can’t immerse myself in the third level. I can do it quicker but go away feeling like I only ate half of what was on my plate. I don’t say this to critique your material but to compliment it. I find it incredibly valuable. What you put before us is of such high caliber, and is so compelling, and speaks so directly to my life that I have a hard time putting it down and getting on with my day. . . . I don’t know what you can do to make things better, but I do know this—-DON’T DUMB IT DOWN!



RickKelly_reading2Like Lacey, I was surprised at the length of the scroll. I dressed up in my biblical outfit (have used it many times for VBS) and read it to my secretary and friend and her two daughters, they were amused at first, found it interesting by the end. Thanks for the suggestion to do this, I would never have even considered reading the whole letter at one time. It was powerful, getting the overall message that Paul wanted to give.



Jim Welch1Gary, I will say again thank you for the spiritual growth that you and the Spirit have helped me achieve. You have changed the way I think about scripture and the way I share scripture with others. In my work as a hospice chaplain I have used your insights on a number of occasions to help those who are hurting to know the peace that comes from seeing anew our Lord in verses they have heard all their lives. And this simply by getting them to see the context and the purpose of that writer for that writing. It is truly a freeing experience. Yet, it is so challenging as I work to overcome decades of how to approach the Word.

--Jim W.