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Explore the Bible

The Bible is the most controversial book in the world. Christians believe it is a message from God. It is where they find out what God is like, why he made the world, what his plans are, how we can know him and how he wants us to live. But many people dislike the Bible’s message and try to prove that it is just another book of human opinions. They feel free to have their own opinions about God, or not to believe him at all. They say that everyone can have their own beliefs and live the way they think best.

Explore the Bible – Contents Page

Introduction

Unit 1: The Bible

  • What is the Bible and why should I care about it?
  • Background info about the Bible: its history and structure
  • How should we approach the Bible?

Unit 2: Creation and Fall

  • What is the Bible about? 1
  • The meaning of Genesis 1 to 11
  • The meaning of the creation story
  • Who was Adam?
  • What does God do about Adam and Eve’s rebellion?
  • Why was Adam’s sin so serious?
  • The meaning of the story of Noah
  • Why did God confuse the people’s language?
  • To what point does Genesis 1 to 11 lead us?

Unit 3: Promise

  • Abraham’s place in the plan of God
  • The promise God made to Abraham
  • How did the promise become a covenant?
  • The sign of the covenant God made with Abraham
  • Abraham’s response to God’s promise
  • How did God keep His promise to Abraham?
  • Why is Jacob so important?
  • How did Israel end up in Egypt?

Unit 4: Nationhood

  • Moses and the plan of God
  • Redemption for God’s people
  • When did Israel actually become a nation?
  • Atonement
  • Why did it take forty years for the Israelites to reach Canaan?
  • How did the Israelites take possession of their new land?

Unit 5: The kingdom established

  • The message of the book of Judges
  • The transition to kingdom
  • The book of Ruth
  • The reign of Solomon
  • Israel’s holy places
  • The decline and fall of the kingdom after Solomon

Unit 6: The kingdom in decline

  • The role of the priest, prophet and sage in the period after David
  • Elijah
  • Amos
  • Isaiah
  • Other nations

Unit 7: Exile and restoration

  • What was Judah’s response to Isaiah’s warnings?
  • Jeremiah’s message
  • Ezekiel’s role
  • Did the Israelites ever come home from Babylon?
  • Daniel’s place in God’s unfolding plan

Unit 8: Messiah

  • How did the hope for a Messiah develop?
  • How much do we know about Jesus?
  • The major theme of Matthew
  • The message of the other Gospels

Unit 9: Church

  • What is the church?
  • Who wrote Acts?
  • The most important characters in Acts
  • The task Jesus gave His apostles
  • The message preached by the first Christians
  • What was the early church like?
  • Opposition in the early church
  • Where did Paul minister and what were the big issues he encountered?
  • The great truth Luke wants to establish through the ministry of Paul
  • Culture and the Christian

Unit 10: Christianity

  • Is there any significance in the order of the books in the New Testament?
  • The main subjects dealt with in Paul’s letters
  • The problem between Jews and Gentiles
  • Difficulties in the early Christian churches
  • Paul’s authority disputed in the early church
  • Problems over the lordship of Christ in the early church
  • Paul’s focus on encouragement
  • Letters written to Christian ministers: Timothy and Titus
  • Other New Testament letters
  • The Book of Revelation
  • Summary of the whole Bible: It’s all about Jesus!