Courses

Old Testament

GENESIS                                                                  Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance

The study of this important first book of the Bible is essential to understanding the remainder of Scripture. We have dedicated an entire course to the study of this wonderful book of “firsts.” Recorded are the beginning of life, sin, apostasy, judgment, atonement, worship, prophecy, and salvation. Genesis forms the first chapter in the history of redemption which is the substance of the whole Bible. It points forward from a paradise lost to a paradise regained in the Book of Revelation (29 Lessons).

EARLY HISTORY OF ISRAEL: EXODUS–JOSHUA     

Authors: Mrs. T. M. Constance and Marni McKenzie

In Exodus we see Israel's deliverance from Egypt and journey toward the Promised Land. In Leviticus we see the laws of worship and priesthood given. The way of approach to God and the way of abiding with God are also seen. The books of Numbers and Deuteronomy review the history and wanderings of Israel prior to entering the Promised Land. Finally, in Joshua, we witness the conquest of Canaan as Israel begins to claim the inheritance promised to Abraham (30 Lessons).

JUDGES AND KINGS OF ISRAEL                                      Author: Marni McKenzie

This course surveys the books of Judges through Second Chronicles. The development of Israel from a loose confederation of twelve tribes into a recognized kingdom of God’s people will be traced. One repeated truth that will act as a refrain of hope in this very sobering study is the power for change when even one person repents and seeks the Lord. Eternal changes can occur in individuals, families, and even in nations as a whole (30 Lessons).

RESTORED: EZRA AND NEHEMIAH                                   Author: Chris Tiegreen

The people of Israel longed for restoration—for the return of God’s blessing and the rebuilding of their lives. They had lived in captivity and exile, but the years of God’s judgment had ended. Would He restore His covenant with them? Would they be able to reestablish their Temple and their worship? Would life ever be the same? These are the themes of the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, two leaders who helped guide the people of God in their return to the Promised Land. They help us understand both the blessings and the challenges of living out God’s promises. They give us examples of how to rebuild broken lives. And they encourage us to remain faithful even in difficult times as people of God who have been both redeemed and restored (14 Lessons).

JOB, PSALMS, AND PROVERBS                                Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance

These three poetical books deal with practical questions on right living. The book of Job gives insight into suffering; Psalms gives insight into true prayer; and Proverbs teaches the art of right conduct in every circumstance. In each of these books we find a deeper understanding and love for the God who created us, sustains us, loves us, forgives us, and ultimately gives our lives meaning (30 Lessons).

WISE ANSWERS: JOB AND ECCLESIASTES                      Author: Deborah Burrus

This course begins with studying the book of Job. As you study Job, watch for insights into the sovereignty of God while you see how we are to relate to God in seasons in our lives which are marked by suffering. We close this course with a few weeks in Ecclesiastes, a book which instructs us to enjoy life, fear God, and keep His commandments (14 Lessons).

PSALMS OF PRAYER AND PRAISE                                      Author: Deborah Burrus

The book of Psalms is the songbook of ancient Israel. No other book of hymns has been used by so many for so long. The content of the psalms ranges from adoration and praise of God to desperate pleading in times of distress. Every human emotion can be found. Emotions are deeply felt, including the pain of sin and separation from God, relief in forgiven sin, distress in trial and humiliation, and confidence in Almighty Ever-Present God. As you study this course, you will be challenged to enter into a more intimate love relationship with God (30 Lessons).

WISE LIVING: PROVERBS AND SONG OF SOLOMON         Author: Deborah Burrus

In this study we cover two of the wisdom books, Proverbs and the Song of Solomon. Proverbs teaches us to apply heavenly wisdom to our earthly experience. It is packed with earthy, memorable guidance to navigate the tricky waters of daily living. The Song of Solomon, also called the Song of Songs, graphically displays the biblical view of married love. The book opens with the woman’s desire for her lover’s kisses and closes with her urgent invitation for love’s intimacy (15 Lessons).

ISAIAH                                                                             Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance

This course is an exciting study of one of the greatest prophets of Israel. For sixty years Isaiah served as a prophet, writer, and statesman during a most critical and eventful period of his nation's history. Out of his devoted loyalty to the God who loved Israel, his unswerving faith, and patriotism came the greatest moral revolution and the reign of the great king Hezekiah (30 Lessons).

JEREMIAH                                                                       Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance

This study looks at a man who did not have the satisfaction of seeing reform come from his constant warnings to a people who were corrupt, idolatrous, and obstinate. His job was to warn of the coming judgment of God through foreign armies, famine, pestilence, drought, defeat, captivity, despair, and destruction. He delivered his message with a gentle and sympathetic heart even though it was in opposition to what people wanted to hear. In this he stood alone. The study of Jeremiah reveals many parallels to our nation and world today (30 Lessons).

PROPHETS OF ISRAEL                                                          Author: Marni McKenzie

This study is intended to follow Judges and Kings of Israel, the Explorer's Bible Study course which surveyed Judges through Second Chronicles. This present course focuses on the teachings of the Old Testament prophets as they relate to the last years of the Divided Kingdom, God's eternal promises to the Jews, and the coming of His Messiah. With the exception of Isaiah and Jeremiah, who have entire Explorer's courses devoted to them, all the other Old Testament prophets will be studied in chronological order. We will hear them sound God's warnings and issue His instructions before and after the fall of Israel at the hands of Assyria and during the exile and return of Judah from her captivity in Babylon (30 Lessons).

THE ONLY TRUE GOD: KNOWING THE GOD OF THE BIBLE

Author: Marni McKenzie

We find ourselves in a world of many so called gods. Established world religions offer us several choices while individuals constantly invent gods in their own image—often to approve whatever they are already doing. Jesus stated clearly that there is only one true God, and He is the God who has revealed Himself through His anointed Son, Jesus Christ. This study identifies attributes of God first appearing in Genesis and traces them through the Bible (30 Lessons).

New Testament Courses

THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW                                          Author: Marni McKenzie

This gospel provides the bridge from the Old Testament to the New through the genealogy of Jesus. The life of Christ is given in such a manner as to form part of the history and life of the Jewish nation and therefore as the fulfillment of the blessing promised to Abraham. Jesus is portrayed as the newborn King of the Jews, as the promised Messiah, and the fulfillment of prophecy. In this study we come in contact with the Living Person, Jesus Christ. We can see Jesus as He was—fully human and yet the King of Kings (30 Lessons).

THE GOSPEL OF MARK                                                  Author: Marni McKenzie

In this study you will enjoy powerful descriptions of the life and work of Jesus. Mark describes Jesus as the King who leaves heaven to serve humankind. A servant comes to serve and that is what Jesus does. He serves His Father accomplishing the work God sent Him to do. He serves us as the Savior who lays down His life that we might begin living. Mark shows Jesus as a powerful servant who just speaks and people are restored to health. He also shows us a teaching servant who gives us lessons on the nature of God, on prayer, on life, on leadership, and on servanthood (15 Lessons).

LUKE AND ACTS                                                      Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance

In these two wonderful New Testament books, we study the life of Christ and the life of the early church. The Gospel of Luke presents the good tidings of the gospel of Jesus Christ for every age, nation, profession, and people. Luke is the most complete historical record of the life of Christ. The Book of Acts is the continuation of the risen Lord's work glorified through the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of his followers. It is Christ acting from heaven guiding, directing, comforting, and encouraging His servants (29 Lessons).

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN      Authors: Mrs. T. M. Constance and Marni McKenzie

“In the beginning was the Word.” These opening words from the Gospel of John draws a portrait of Jesus as the Divine Logos, the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus has a dual role as Revealer and Redeemer. He came to reveal the Father and to take away “the sin of the world.” As the Logos, Jesus continued God's creative and redemptive work, turning water to wine and giving sight to a blind man. As the Revealer, Jesus revealed that He and the Father were one, so those who saw Him, saw the Father. All that Jesus does and says points beyond and above to the knowledge of God, through Jesus' revelation of the Father, which reaches its fulfillment in His death on the cross and His triumphant resurrection from the grave (30 Lessons).

THE BOOK OF ACTS                                                          Author: Deborah Burrus

Acts is a historical letter believed to have been written by Luke to his friend Theophilus. In it you will study the birth of the church, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the engrafting of Gentiles into God’s chosen people. You will follow the missionary journeys of Paul into Greece, Asia Minor, and Europe. You will see the expansion of the church from Antioch to Rome and study the trials of Paul before Felix and Festus and his journey to Rome. This course recounts God’s victory in building His church and fittingly ends with Paul boldly and without hindrance preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ (29 Lessons).

ROMANS                                                                                 Author: Chris Tiegreen

Paul’s letter to the Romans is a rich source of truth and inspiration, filled with deep insights into the nature of salvation and the true meaning of faith. In an age in which many are struggling to define what Christianity really is, Romans brings us back to the foundations. It shows us how we can live out our salvation among the challenges of a fallen world. Most important of all, it leads us out of our old way of life and into a completely new one (29 Lessons).

ROMANS, GALATIANS, AND JAMES: FAITH AT WORK 

Author: Marni McKenzie

The Apostle Paul, who was called, committed, and courageous, was the author of two of the three epistles that are covered in this study. Romans, the first epistle in the New Testament, is considered by many to be the foundational document of Biblical doctrine. The essential truth of justification through faith alone is central to this book. The book of Galatians builds on this foundation and continues to demonstrate the inability of the law to justify. James, the final book in this study, emphasizes godly behavior—the working out of our faith (30 Lessons).

CORINTHIANS, EPHESIANS, AND PHILIPPIANS            Author: Deborah Burrus

In these four epistles, Paul addresses issues of church doctrine. He reveals his pastor’s heart to the Corinthian church as he teaches proper church conduct, dealing with troublemakers within their midst and walking in a holy manner. In the letters to Ephesus and Philippi, Paul implores them to come to a place of unity as they take up the armor of God and press on toward their goal (30 Lessons).

MAKING SURE OF THE TRUTH                                     Author: Marni McKenzie

Peter, John, Paul, and Jude were among the apostles who knew firsthand about the dangers of "adding to" or "subtracting from" the true Christian faith. From without they faced a government trying to limit Christian influence. From within, they battled false teachers trying to profit from the generosity of believers while undermining the truth of the gospel with their actions. In this study we cover Philemon, Colossians, 2 Peter, Jude and 1, 2, 3 John. By diving into these epistles you'll discover treasures of truth that are eternally relevant and immediately rewarding (15 Lessons).

HEBREWS AND FIRST PETER                                     Author: Marni McKenzie

The Hebrews and 1 Peter course takes you on a journey through some of the richest teaching in the New Testament. The Book of Hebrews declares the supremacy of Christ saying that He is the "radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being." First Peter could be called a survival manual for saints who are suffering. It presents God's strategy for holding up rather than folding up in the face of trials (30 Lessons).

GOD'S PERFECT PLAN: EXPLORING BIBLE PROPHECY FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION 

Author: Marni McKenzie

Interpretation of Biblical prophecy has been the source of confusion, controversy, and misunderstanding throughout the ages in Christendom. This course seeks to bring together and open a broad spectrum of Scriptures dealing with prophecy, hopefully leading to a fuller understanding of their meaning and importance. The study begins with a look at Old Testament prophecies and their fulfillment in the life   of the nation of Israel. Several lessons focus on the many prophecies concerning the coming Messiah and their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. The later portion of the study looks at prophexies that have yer to be fulfilled—those that many consider to be future or “end time” (30 Lessons).