An Series of Subjects to Study in Preparation for Practical Doctrine
Lesson Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:13
A. Each of the following studies are usually done in one week’s time. The start and completion date must be agreed to by the Course Instructor.
B. Each week, choose a subject from the list below, and work on that study. Complete it, and turn it in. Then, the next week, choose another of the remaining subjects and study it until all have been reported on.
C. Each study will require you doing a general note-taking exercise to gather information on the subjects involved.
D. From those notes, a report of no less that 2 pages, and no more than 6 pages must be written in ink (or typed out), and be single spaced on A4 sized sheets.
E. You may want to review your progress with your Course Instructor as you collect information, to help you stay focused, or to help you understand better what he is looking for in the report.
F. You will need to use the Strong’s Concordance, a Bible Handbook, and your King James Bible, as well as any other reference that may help your study.
G. Grading will be based upon content, and clarity. Neatness accounts for about 20% of the grade.
Your paper will need to be titled across the top like the following
Your Name; the Course Titles, and the Date Completed
II. The Preliminary Studies List
Each of the following paragraphs begin with a title, and a description of the study. It also lists the amount of time allotted to complete the study. Examples of how to present the information on the paper are sometimes listed as well. Make sure you have a good concluding paragraph that summarizes the information you have learned, and presented in the paper.
A. Word Studies One.
Define the following Biblical words – 3 week study.
Propitiation; Atonement; Sanctification; Salvation; Imputation; Adoption; Repentance; Justification; Redemption; Confession; Profession; Faith; Doubt; Damnation; Wrath; Sin; Iniquity; Servant; Steward; Charity; Grace; Mercy; Peace; Doctrine; Will; Body; Soul; Spirit; Angel; God; Lord; and the Devil.
You will need to look up these words (or their root words) in your dictionary and decide what meaning or meanings apply to its primary use in the Bible. You will therefore also have to look up each word in the Bible, and make sure that your meaning fits the word’s use in the Bible.
Each definition will need at least one Scripture verse written out to show the meaning, and explain it as used in the verse or verses.
B. Harmony of the Gospels - An Introduction.
Harmonize the early life of Jesus Christ from the Gospel - 1 week study.
Between the four Gospel records, there is variation in the chronological events. That does not mean that any one of the writers was in error, but that the events weren't actually recorded exactly according to their sequence in time, but rather according to how the Holy Spirit wanted them recorded.
The job of the student is to read all four accounts of the Gospels up to the beginning of Christ's ministry at age 30, and attempt to reconstruct the events in chronological order.
You are allowed to do some of your work with another student so that you can think the events through. Write each the Scriptures as if they were written chronologically - in the order of events. You are going to discover real quick that the Bible was not written to be totally linear and for the head, but to flow, and be more for the heart's instruction!
C. Comparing the Seven Church of Revelation.
Compare the Seven Churches of Revelation 2 and 3 – 3 week study.
Study the churches and develop a table of things similar, and things different between all of them. Then go through and see what was wrong with each church (its doctrine, attitude, specific sins, etc), and what was right with each.
From that information, produce a report of the characteristics that need to be developed in a Bible believing church, and what characteristics need to be watched for, and ultimately rejected.
D. Book Themes - Proverbs.
Identify Five Major Themes of the Book of Proverbs, and explain each theme – 5 week study.
This requires you to read through the Book of Proverbs several times, and compile a list of five of the major themes (recurring themes) that you keep seeing taught about. You need to then summarize those five themes with the goal of understanding how to live them as a Christian in today’s world. You will want to give examples of those themes in action today.
E. Book Themes - Jude.
Identify Five Major Themes of the Book of Jude, and explain each theme – 2 week study.
This requires you to read through the Book of Jude several times, and compile a list of five of the major themes (recurring themes) that you keep seeing taught about. You need to then summarize those five themes with the goal of understanding how to live them as a Christian in today’s world. You will want to give examples of those themes in action today.
F. Distinguishing Heaven and Hell.
Identify the differences between Heaven and Hell – 2 week
A simple contrast of two places. Look up all the places in the Bible where these subjects are referred to, and begin to summarize what they are like, how to get in, and why people go. Remember to ask yourself lots of questions about the information you find, so your report answers the most important questions.
G. Differences – Works verses Grace.
Explain the difference between Man’s Good Works, and
God’s Grace – 2 week study.
There is a lot written about God’s grace in the Bible. Create a compelling explanation of what humans do by their works and its results, and also what God does by His grace, and show its results as well.
H. Chronology of the Crucifixion.
List the events of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and
explain why each event was happening – 3 week study.
You will need to identify the prophetic events being fulfilled, as well as read through all four Gospels, and the fist chapter of Acts to include everything from the Last Supper, through to the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
A. There is enough here to keep the student busy on their own for years! Tackle each item with the desire to see what God says about them, and then summarize what you have learned.
B. Don’t try and completely understand everything in total about a subject, but try and get the major important thoughts and truths down onto paper.
C. What you learn will then be checked, and cross-examined by your Course Instructor. That is where you will learn the most.
D. This is what will prepare you to be able study anything in the Bible, and to understand the issues confidently.