The study of God's Word demands our best attention. The Holy Spirit teaches us, but we must apply ourselves as well. It takes careful study of the Bible to understand its deep meanings. This short course focuses upon a single method by which to organize and get a head start on your study. Without a plan of action it would be very difficult to build a house, sew a dress, or graduate from school, but having a well thought-out strategy makes any task more enjoyable and profitable. Inductive Bible study is a method by which you can profit greatly from your personal studies in God's Word, beginning immediately, while continuing to grow and learn new methods, add information, and gain greater insight.
"Basic Individual Bible Study" is aimed at beginners, but will also provide a great means of checking Bible study methods for even the advanced learner. The focus is the "Inductive Method" of studying God's Word, and comprises 5 modules:
- Welcome Section wiith Introductory Reading and a Biblical Literacy Quiz
- Part 1 - Reasons for Inductive Bible Study
- Part 2 - Major Components of Inductive Bible Study
- Part 3 - Hands-on Practice with Inductive Bible Study
- Course Assignment Section
The first of 4 parts of New Testament History & Literature, this course is a 16-Week Overview of the History, Literature & Content of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
A comprehensive study of the book of Acts and the history of the Early Church that is all about the background of the New Testament, aimed at giving students a more complete view of the life and times of such people as Peter, James, John, Paul, Silas, Luke and others.
A rigorous, structured investigation into the letters of the New Testament (Romans - Jude) that focuses upon them as actual letters written by real people to other real people at a certain time in history.
Understanding the Unseen Realm is a Reading and Response course for anyone wishing to delve deeper into the worldview from which Old Testament authors wrote.
The textbook for our discussion, The Unseen Realm: Restoring The Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, by Dr. Michael Heiser, argues that we must approach biblical topics such as this with a clear understanding of the worldview of the people who wrote them. Otherwise passages such as Psalm 82, Deuteronomy 32:8-9 and many others will never make any sense. "People shouldn’t be protected from their Bible,” says the text, but many modern theological systems attempt to do just that, by “explaining away” difficult or troublesome passages of Scripture in order to maintain uniformity with their preconceived theological system or doctrinal framework.
Michael Heiser is a scholar of no mean credentials (see Biographical Sketch) and his work comprises much of the most recent and best scholarship in archaeology, philology, theology, biblical languages and many other relevant disciplines. In this reading and response course, as Dr. Heiser carefully and systematically lays out his biblical-theological approach to the scriptures, we'll discover what it means to read the Old Testament within the context of its ancient Hebrew writers. This course is not for beginners. Heiser's text is heavily footnoted and requires the background of a thorough reading of the entire Bible.
Foundations of Biblical InterpretationHermeneutics is the science of interpreting what an author has written. In Christian theology, hermeneutics focuses specifically on constructing and discovering the appropriate rules for interpreting the Bible. These methods and principles, however, are often drawn from outside of scripture in historical, literary or other fields. It inevitably involves exegesis, which is the act of interpreting or explaining the meaning of scripture. The goal in applying the principles of hermeneutics is to "rightly handle the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15), striving to accurately discern the meaning of the text. Throughout this course, students will encounter three main hermeneutical processes: preparation, investigation, and application, which are so essential to biblical interpretation that each module in this course will fall into one of these three categories.
Students who complete this course should be able to demonstrate the following:
- A clear expression of the importance of revelation, inspiration and enlightenment in the context of biblical studies and the Christian's personal life.
- A thorough understanding of the basic framework for sound and scholarly biblical interpretation, underpinning an ability to teach and preach from the Bible.
- A rigorous application of the teachings to their own life, making a commitment to learn how to study the Bible more carefully and seriously.
In order to meet the goals and complete this course, students will:
- View all the video lectures and use all the resources to complete the written assignments of each module (11 modules in all), expressing their own thoughts and attitudes regarding biblical hermeneutics.
- Obtain satisfactory grades on the automatically graded activities.
- Complete the questionnaire for each module (11 modules in all), in which they apply the teachings of each module to their own practice of Bible study.