What Is the Bible?
The Bible is God’s Word to us given that we might know him and serve him and minister to others. In this lesson, learn that the Bible is a collection of 66 God-inspired books divided into Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is organized into four categories: The Pentateuch, History Book, Poetry Books, and Prophetic Books. The New Testament also has four categories: The History Books, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and The Revelation. All the books of the Bible carry forward a single message, that God restores man’s separation from Him by sending Jesus. The Old Testament declares that “Jesus is coming,” while the New Testament declares that “Jesus came.”
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The Purpose of the Bible
We must understand how the Bible came to be and why God gave it to us. All of Scripture has four main purposes; and they all point to Jesus. Those four purposes are: (1) To present Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the world (2) To provide for us the historical context in which Jesus came (3) To show believers how God wants us to live (4) and to lead the unbeliever into faith in Jesus.
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How to Study the Bible
To study the Bible and apply its truths to life requires work. Effective Bible study is a three-part process: observation, interpretation, and application. In other words, we ask ourselves these three questions: “What does it say?” “What does it mean?” and “What does it mean to me?” Along with these three parts to Bible study are a number of guidelines to help keep us on track, and twelve “rules” are provided in this lesson.
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Genesis and Creation
As believers in God’s Word we should understand what it says about the origins of the world and of humanity, but we must also understand the origins of sin and the fall of man. We must understand that sin has separated us from God and plunged the human race into ruin. Only God can bring us back and restore us to relationship with Him. Jesus is the promised one who God sent to accomplish the redemption of the world and the reconciliation of all things. Do you know the marvelous story of God’s salvation?
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The Birth of Mankind
Genesis teaches that man was created in the image and likeness of God: spiritual, creative, thinking, feeling, and with the ability to communicate. The image was marred when Adam and Eve sinned. The rest of Scripture deals with how to restore sinful man with a Holy God. God created first Adam and then Eve, the woman, to be a “completer” for man. Marriage, man and woman united exclusively, is God’s perfect plan. As they grow closer to God, they grow closer to each other. With God’s help, men and women can be adequate people, parents, and partners.
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Where Are You?
What is our greatest need? What happens if it is not met? God provided Adam and Eve with everything they would need. They faced the same decision we all face: Are you going to live God’s way or your own way? Genesis 3 is a picture of sin and its consequences and how God dealt with sinners. God pursues sinners and asks you, and is still asking you, the same questions today.
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Where is Your Brother?
Reconciliation is a major theme in the Bible; reconciliation to God, and reconciliation to each other. Genesis 4 helps you to discover causes of conflict and some solutions. Cain and Abel both brought sacrifices to God. Cain’s heart toward God was not right; therefore, his offering was unacceptable. Cain became angry and depressed and killed his brother. In this lesson we learn God’s foolproof solution that still works for those who are angry and depressed.
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The Father of Faith
Abraham, the Father of Faith, teaches us what faith is and how to demonstrate it. Abraham is an example through a four-step process, the four alters Abraham built, and his great faith as it matured and developed. The fourth altar, the altar of Surrender, was the most significant. There Abraham demonstrated his total trust in God and that God was entirely first in his life.
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Who Are You?
Esau and Jacob provide insights into God’s call and His grace over mankind. Jacob was born grabbing; he grabbed his twin brother’s birthright and deceived their father into giving him the blessing. Jacob’s life is a journey of hardship and deception that led him to God’s amazing grace. He was blessed not because he had grabbed, but because of God’s grace and mercy. God gave Jacob a new name – Israel – because he wanted Jacob to see his true identity in grace. We can see the grace of God in His plan for us by looking up, looking in, and looking around.
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The God Who Is In Charge
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, mistreated and went through difficult circumstances, yet he never lost his faith in God. His loving response was, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Joseph teaches about the providence of God and confirms what Romans 8:28 declares, that there is no situation so bad God cannot redeem it and bring good from it.
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Making Somebody Out of Nobody
The book of Exodus is an illustration of deliverance, or salvation of God’s people, and the life of Moses is one great illustration of how to be a deliverer. God taught Moses humility in order to use him as a deliverer for His people. It can be observed from God through Moses that, “It is the plan of God to use the power of God in the people of God to accomplish the purposes of God, according to the plan of God.”
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Four Spiritual Secrets
Learn the keys to obeying the call of God upon your life and of effective leadership. The most important ability is your availability. God prepared Moses for leadership by teaching him four spiritual truths: “I am not, but He is.” “I cannot, but He can.” “I do not want to, but He wants to.” And “I did not but He did.” You too must learn to apply these spiritual secrets in order to be an instrument that God can use.
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The Principles of Deliverance
God’s power is displayed throughout the book of Exodus. The confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh parallels what Satan tries to do to you today. Satan, like Pharaoh, does not mind people being religious as long as they do not leave “Egypt” or “go too far,” or include their children or their possessions in worshipping. In this lesson, learn how deliverance from sin takes a series of miracles that parallel the ones God performed when he delivered the Israelites from Egypt.
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The Spirit of the Ten Commandments
In this lesson we take an in-depth look at the purpose of the Ten Commandments and each individual commandment, and how Jesus interpreted and applied them to the lives of those around Him. The Ten Commandments were written on two stone tablets. Four of them govern our relationship with God, and six govern our relationships with people. As you obey all of the commandments, you must be careful to obey them in spirit as well as by the letter.
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