What does the Bible say about everyday life and how to live it?
What do I do first in each study lesson? A key word with us is flexibility. As long as all the work gets done, it is not important which order you choose. The main study material on each page is to get you searching and thinking about the subject. We then emphasise the lesson with scripture readings and conversation. We give you a short essay to write and we ask to you to actually do something practical that will help you to turn the learning into experience.
Approach each lesson in the way that suits you best, but if I can make a suggestion why not try this:
1. The Bible readings to set the context.
2. The actual study.
3. Memorise the verse.
4. Meditate on the given verse.
5. The written work.
6. The practical project.
7. The conversation.
8. Don't forget the two prayer times, beginning and end.
Please bear in mind that if you are doing the Course as an individual, which is just great, some of these items, like the 'Talk about this . . .' are really designed for small group use. Maybe your family and friends will be pleased to hear what you have discovered. You do not have to do everything at once, people often complete a study over a week.
Can I take just one section of the study programme?
Yes, of course, please help yourself to as many or as few of the studies as you wish. In you are doing the whole course we don't mind in which order you handle the lessons. You can take things in order from number one in the list of studies, or you can begin in the section that interests you the most.
Have I really got to do the practical and written assignments? No, not at all but you will gain the maximum benefit if you do so. Some people only do the main section as a personal devotional. In some cases people simply cannot write well in English or even in their own language, and in some repressive countries if students try and do the practical projects they could end up in prison. We do not want that to happen.
As an alternative to our practical projects you could speak to your Pastor, and ask if he or she will employ you in similar church activities for two hours for each study. If you are studying for a Certificate then you should maintain a list of jobs done and hours taken. This was always acceptable in our own school.
Do I need to buy books and how much will they cost?
The only book you will need is a modern Bible in your language. However, online study aids including scriptures are accessible from within the course.
How long does it take to complete the Course?
We suggest that all the studies, assignments and practical work should be completed within a maximum period of two years, which is more than ample.
How long does it take to do all 85 lessons ?
Many people do one lesson a week, and do every part thoroughly. Others but do a study every three or four days. One study a day would be ridiculous cramming and of no lasting benefit. You need to give yourself space and time for the Bible content to go past your mind and take root in your heart and spirit, and you need time to do the assignments. There is no benefit at all in rushing through the studies, and haste will make a disciple.
Intended Audience: Anyone wanting to learn to read and understand the Bible