Welcome to Grace Aware
Our number-one goal is to equip you with everything you need to learn what the Bible actually says and have a stronger understanding of why you believe what you believe.
In addition to the Blog, where we post site updates, Bible studies, topical analyses, and fun informative quizzes, this site has both free courses to teach you how to study the Bible more deeply for yourself and premium courses to expand upon various topics using the same study methods we offer for free with some extra scholarly study to make the price worthwhile. If we can help you discover the freedom and peace of God's grace without you ever buying a course, then we couldn't be happier! But if you do opt to pay for some of the premium content, you'll instantly have access to well-researched and diligently expanded scriptural and historical context studies to help you better understand what is written in the Bible and why.
What We Believe
The Gospel of Grace has become eclipsed by the Gospel of Works in modern Christianity. Grace Aware is a website designed to give you the tools you need to explore the Bible in a richer way. Dig deeper into the Word of God to learn just how easy it really is to know the love, grace, and favor of God.
At Grace Aware, we believe that to get the best understanding of who God is and how he intends for us to live, we need to:
- Read the text as it is written first, without a filter of previous beliefs coloring our understanding of it.
We use the Young's Literal Translation on this website to give us a good idea of the exact words that were used without the theological filter before digging deeper into the original languages.
- Understand how the words are used in the text that we've read so we can see any implications that we might have missed in our first reading.
This can create large branching cases that lead to larger studies in context, but it is helpful to know how words were used in other places to help us know how we can understand its usage where we found it.
- Learn the context of the text so we can know how to interpret it.
Finding out who was writing the text, determining who the text was written to, and understanding how it applies to us, if at all, is just as important as knowing what the text says.
- Mold your beliefs to the text, not the text to your beliefs.
Question your beliefs and be honest with what you've discovered in the text, allowing it to reshape your worldview if it needs to be changed.
How to Use This Site
Courses can be purchased from the Courses page with a debit card or any major credit card through PayPal. Whenever you register for a course, free or paid, it will appear in your My Account page if you are logged in. Any courses you buy will always be accessible from there. Upon completing a course, you will receive a certificate of completion, and you can earn badges for completing multiple courses or doing certain things. If you sign up for our newsletter, you can also receive notifications every time a new course is added or when a special promo or coupon code becomes available.
Every time a Bible verse reference appears on this site, you'll notice that it is underlined and can be clicked. If you click the reference, a little box with the full verse will pop up to show the New King James Version (NKJV) of that verse, courtesy of BlueLetterBible.org so you can be sure that what is written about or quoted is correct. We will also often use the Young's Literal Translation (YLT) to give a different perspective of the same verse. While the YLT is not always the smoothest translation to read, it gives a good idea of what the original Hebrew or Greek text literally says for when you don't have time at to go digging deeper into the text for a word study at that moment. We believe that this is just one way that we can make a deeper understanding of God's Word more easily accessible to you.
Behind the content on this site is a group of Christians who want to help people learn the true freedom that Jesus' death on the cross provides.
Dave Weston — Developer of the Grace Aware Bible Study Method
As an elder, home fellowship leader, and Bible teacher for over two decades, Dave became aware that Christians had slipped from teaching the Good News of the Gospel of Grace into legalistic disempowering doctrines that have held people back from knowing God's love. Dave has developed an integrated study method that focuses on eliminating presuppositions and equipping believers to see what's really in the Bible (and avoiding seeing what's not in the Bible!).
Robbie Antenesse — Site Web Admin, Blog Content Creator
Robbie studied Religious Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from Colorado Christian University (CCU) with a Bachelor's Degree in Theology in 2012. He has since been working at CCU as an IT professional while doing hobby programming projects on the side. He believes that knowing how to use technology is an important skill to help you learn and understand the truth of the Bible.