Grace Notes

Do you have a hunger for God's Word?  Not sure how to dig in and study?  Do you think you might have the pastor-teacher gift?  

Grace notes might be just what you need.  Here is a description of Grace notes from the founder, Warren Doud.


Grace notes

Austin Bible Church


Introduction to Grace Notes

from Warren Doud, Director

October 2015 marks the beginning of the 25th year of Grace Notes ministry This article is a brief description of how the work started and what the status is today.

Grace Notes is a ministry of Austin Bible Church, Austin, Texas. Our Pastor-Teacher is Bob Bolender. Click on the church name to visit our church web site.

Our purpose is to provide the equivalent of Bible College level studies for people who otherwise have no opportunity for in-depth study of the Word of God. The course catalog contains more than 100 courses in Bible exposition, Bible-related history, biography, and categorical doctrine. Given that a Bible college student in a four-year course takes fewer than 50 courses, you can see that the Grace Notes library is quite extensive. [If you would like to see a complete list of courses and descriptions, write to me: ]

There are presently verse-by-verse studies for 53 books of the Bible. Each course is divided into lessons that have quizzes which must be returned to an instructor. While no college credit is offered, the curriculum provides a very comprehensive Bible education that is comparable to that available in colleges. Best of all, Grace Notes courses and service are completely FREE to students.

A student receives a certificate for completing each course. The courses are organized into 12 Units of six courses each. A certificate is awarded for completion of each Unit. Then, diplomas are awarded for completing four (4), eight (8), and twelve (12) Units, diplomas for Associate in Bible Teaching, Senior Bible Instructor, and Master of Biblical Instruction (respectively).

To date (July 15, 2018), 7,431 certificates for completing courses have been awarded to more than 1500 students worldwide. Twelve (12) people have completed all of the 103 courses, including all electives!

The ministry began in late 1994 when I offered two Bible doctrine topical studies to people who subscribed to some Christian email list servers and newsgroups. One of the topics was on what the Bible says about depression; the other was a Bible study on sexual promiscuity, or what the Bible says about sexual health. More than 450 people sent email messages requesting copies. I made offers to more Christian groups, and I added several more topics to the list, including articles on Christian Music, Worry, Peace, and Faith-Rest. By the end of the year I had a database of more than 800 responders.

In February 1995 I sent a note to the people on the mailing list asking whether they would like to receive weekly studies of a book of the Bible. There was good response to this, and I spent the next few weeks rewriting and formatting my own notes on Titus. I had a good set of notes for Titus because I had taught it several times in the past. I ended up with 10 verse-by-verse lessons on Titus, and about 50 categorical doctrine and historical studies to go along with the exposition. When I started distribution by email in March, 1995, about 450 people subscribed to the lessons, and more than 400 completed the series! At that time there were no quizzes with the lessons; the students just studied the Bible and the notes.

During 1995 I also began to develop the Grace Notes site on the World Wide Web. Every article or file that I prepared for email distribution I also formatted in HTML for Web access. I learned that some people prefer to use the Web for accessing or downloading files, while others still wanted to receive the email.

I started a session in the book of Ruth (10 lessons plus 36 topical studies) in May 1995, and in September I introduced a study in Ephesians (20 lessons plus 82 categories). I now had a tiger by the tail, and I haven’t been able to let go yet!

People immediately began asking for studies in other Bible books; but at the time, I didn’t have any more completed studies of my own. In 1996 I began to ask around among doctrinal men whether anyone had expositional studies which would be suitable for Internet distribution. The first Pastor-Teacher to respond was Dr. Dan Hill of Southwood Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He sent me his teaching notes on Romans, and later those on Ecclesiastes, which I edited and formatted for distribution. By mid-1996 the number of Grace Notes subscribers was in the thousands, and the first Romans session had more than 2500 subscribers.

Now there are studies in 53 books of the Bible, along with a library of more than 500 doctrinal (word studies), historical, geographical, and biographical studies.

There are hundreds of sites on the Internet which have links to Grace Notes. Many people visit the site every day, and every week I receive new registrations for Grace Notes certificate courses.

Ethel and I are retired now, so I work full time on Grace Notes. I am developing new courses, writing quizzes, handling correspondence, and helping pastors and church leaders set up training activities for their members and communities.

The greatest blessing in this ministry has been to see how many people in the world love to study the Word of God. The testimonies and letters of gratitude that I receive regularly, from all parts of the world, indicate that the Grace Notes service is very well received and appreciated.

If you would like to receive the Grace Notes newsletter (approximately bi-monthly), send me your email address.

Cordially in Christ,