The ministry of Unlocking the Bible grew from a two year journey of preaching and reading through the whole Bible that was shared by the congregation at The Orchard in 2000 and 2001. This led to the publication of a series of four books entitled Unlocking the Bible Story, followed by Ten Keys for Unlocking the Bible, Unlock the Bible in 30 days, Ten Keys to Unlock the Christian Life, and The Ten Greatest Struggles of Your Life. The aim of these materials is to help people grasp the big picture of the Bible story.
The radio program was launched in 1999, and grew steadily throughout the 2000s. Currently the daily program reaches an estimated 80,000-100,000 all over the world.
The Mission of Unlocking the Bible
Edify the Believer: Provide Biblically-sound edification and shepherding to Believers in their walk with Christ
Transform the Seeker: Draw Nominal Believers to life-transforming faith in Christ by drawing them to God’s Word
Strengthen the Isolated: Provide consistent teaching and encouragement to those who do not/cannot go to church
Build the Church: Help drive people to a church where their walk/seeking can be nourished more fully
Nourish the Body: Provide churches with impactful, Biblical content to help them make progress on all of the above
Colin S. Smith – Biography
Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He is married to Karen, and they have two grown sons, Andrew and David.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Colin was raised in a Christian family and felt the call of God to pastoral ministry from an early age. He trained at London School of Theology where he received a B.A. in theology and later an M. Phil.
Colin was pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for sixteen years and during that time served in various capacities in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, including a time as their President.
Colin has served as Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church since 1996. His primary focus is on preaching and his ministry is shared more widely through a radio program called Unlocking the Bible.
Timeline of Our Ministry:
Weekly Radio Program Begins
Unlocking the Bible Story 4 Book Set is published
Unlocking the Bible becomes a daily radio program
UnlockingtheBible.org is launched
10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible is published
Unlock the Bible in 30 Days is published
10 Keys to Unlock the Christian Life is published
10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life is published
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10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life DVD is released
Today’s Keys One-Minute Radio Spots begin running
Let That Idol Go! DVD Series is released
Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life Book is published
The One Year Unlocking the Bible Devotional is published
The Unlocking the Bible Mobile App is released
The Unlocking the Bible Radio Program reached an estimated 80,000-100,000 people each day.
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