The Fundamental Series

 

These straight-forward studies in doctrine, the Bible, and the early life of Christ provide a good basic foundation of the faith.

This 24-course curriculum will guide you through the scriptures as you deepen your knowledge of God, and ultimately know Him better by knowing His Word.


1.

The Bible - Whats In it for you?

The Bible is one of the most ancient and influential books in the world. People throughout the world study, believe, and follow its teachings as the authority in their lives. But what is the Bible, and where do you begin in understanding its message?

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2.

Men Who Met the King

So how did Jesus change the world? By calling individual men and women to recognize and respond to Him as the true King–the One who would save the world. In this course you will see how six men responded to Jesus. As you read, ask yourself, "What is my response to Jesus the King?"

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3.

Story of the King

People of all ages love tales of romance and rescue, stories with happy endings, plots where good wins over evil. The ancient writings of the prophets tell the original story of romance and rescue—where good puts down evil in a most unexpected way. The old, old story with its grand characters and epic plots is about a King and His secret plan to rescue His rebellious subjects from the kingdom of darkness and make them fit to live with Him in His kingdom of light. Experience the story. Encounter the King. And decide.

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4.

A Journey Through the Bible

God has a plan for creation, for men and women, for the nations, for Israel, for the Church, for the lost, for the saved, and for you as well. Discover these plans in this straightforward survey of the Bible.

Starting in Genesis and covering the whole history of His dealings with this world and its people, A Journey Through the Bible traces God’s plans for the ages, the world, and for each of us.

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5.

Source of Life

“In Him was life . . .” With grand simplicity, the apostle John begins his account of the earthly life of Jesus Christ by boldly stating one of its most significant themes—that Christ is the Creator and Source of all life, both physical and spiritual. Among the nearly 40 uses of the word in the book is one where Christ Himself declares, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” May your study of John’s gospel help you grow in appreciation of the Lord Jesus Christ, whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3).

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6.

Good News for All (Romans)

In this concise study of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, we will learn step by step that the gospel is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” Paul proclaims God’s plan to provide deliverance for sinful man from the penalty, power, and eventual presence of sin through Christ’s sacrificial death. We learn how to respond to God’s grace and mercy in our daily lives, and we gain insights into God’s future plan for His earthly people, Israel.

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7.

Dying to Self: Finding Life in Christ

There is a war raging within yourself. It is the battle against the flesh, the "old you" which is completely opposed to the Spirit's work in your life. In the book of Galatians, Paul teaches us that we are to crucify the flesh and walk by the Spirit. This course will help you expose your flesh, provides four Biblical methods of dying to self, and explores the areas of your life in which you must walk by the Spirit's power.

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8.

Discovering Bible Study

This "hands-on" course teaches you the 7 Question Method as a way to study the Bible. This method will be applied to different types of Bible passages (narrative, poetry, characters, etc.), walking you through the process, and in this way equipping you to learn a skill that will help you understand God's Word and apply its truths to your life.

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9.

What the Bible Teaches

An ancient inquirer asked the question, "How then can man be right with God?"What the Bible Teaches, written especially for those with no previous Bible knowledge, simply and distinctly explains the answer to this all-important question.

As you study this course, you will discover what the God of the Bible is like, what separates men and women from God, the value of Christ's death and resurrection, and how you can have a personal relationship with God.

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10.

New Testament Survey

This course will briefly survey each book of the New Testament, giving its context, outline, major themes, and a brief description of its content. The purpose is for you to gain a general understanding of how each book fits into the bigger picture of the Bible, and how all of it points to Christ.

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11.

The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark follows Jesus moving from one event to another, submitting to the Father’s will at every turn. We see Him healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, forgiving sinners and eating with the outcasts of society. Mark tightly weaves these stories together culminating with the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus’s own life, showing us that Jesus “came not to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). As you work your way through this course, we hope it will challenge you to follow Jesus’s example in how He lived among people --- as a humble Servant.

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12.

I'll Take the High Road

The road to heaven begins at the cross, the place where Jesus died to bring us to God. But as a believer, how do you measure your progress along the Christian pathway? How do you know you're growing in your spiritual faith?

This 12-chapter course will guide you in answering these questions. First you will review the work of Jesus Christ at the cross. Next you will study other areas of the Christian life including assurance of salvation, Bible study, knowing God's will, and sharing your faith.

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13.

Principles of Biblical Interpretation

How can we accurately interpret the Word of God? What is the text saying, and why is it included in scripture? If we want to know God better, we need to understand His book and His intent for our lives.

This course lays out 28 principles regarding Biblical interpretation. The end goal when applying these principles: What did God, through the author, intend to say? May this course be a foundation from which you can better understand God’s letter to humanity, and be transformed by it.

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14.

Acts

The Book of Acts tells us how the early church faced the challenge of taking the gospel to the world. It tells how the gospel made its way westward until at last it reached Rome. It is a book of people and places. You will find this study simple yet stimulating and satisfying. It is a fast-moving survey of those stirring events which changed everything.

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15.

The Holy Spirit at Work

There are two extreme attitudes today regarding the subject of the Holy Spirit. One of those disregards Him almost entirely, substituting a religious ritual or an ecclesiastical machine that functions regardless of any spiritual power. The other attitude places an unwarranted stress on the operation of the Holy Spirit at the expense of the written Word of God and true Christian sobriety. One extreme expressed itself in frigid formalism, the other in fervent fanaticism.

In this course, the Bible is studied to present the truth concerning the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom the Father has sent to dwell with us and to be in us (John 14:16).

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16.

Ephesians

Paul’s letter to the believers in Ephesus takes us on a journey through some of the most wonderful truths in the Bible concerning Christ and His church. We learn of Christ’s glorious position as the exalted Head of the church. We learn the scope of God’s cosmic plan for the church as Christ’s body and the climax of this plan in the fullness of time. And in the light of these truths we learn how we, as members of His body, should conduct our lives in a contemporary world.

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17.

Old Testament: Law & History

This course is devoted to the survey of the Law and History sections of the Bible.It covers the book of Genesis through the book of Esther.You will gain an overview of the book of beginnings, the wilderness wanderings of Israel, their entrance into the land of Canaan, and the period of the Judges and Kings.The period after the captivity in Babylonia is also covered.

The author has given many insights that will enable the student to appreciate these rich portions of God's Word.

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18.

Genesis 1-12: In the Beginning


19.

Judges

The book of Judges records the history of the nation of Israel in the Promised Land from the death of Joshua until just prior to the kingdom being established under King Saul. During this period, the nation failed God repeatedly, prompting Him to allow the pagan people in the land and surrounding areas to oppress them. Whenever Israel cried out to God for help, He would graciously raise up leaders to deliver them from their enemies and a time of peace would ensue—until the next time they failed.

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20.

Romans

Countless salvation stories, maybe even your own, have started with truths found in the book of Romans. Perhaps it is because out of all the books of the Bible, Romans provides the fullest explanation of the Gospel. In this letter, Paul helps his readers understand how the Old Testament laws find their fulfillment in Christ, and how all humanity, both Israel and every other nation, is justified by grace through faith. While the greater portion of this epistle is filled with deep truths, it ends in the last several chapters with a call to live “In view of God’s mercy” (Romans 12:1). Through this course, you the student will be reminded of Christ’s great love and be renewed to live for Him.

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21.

Old Testament: Poetry & Prophecy

Suffering, loneliness, anger, sorrow and stress touch all of our lives. They are part of the human experience and always have been, even in the ancient world. The Poetry and Prophecy books of the Bible show us that these feelings are not unfamiliar even to biblical authors. These books can encourage us through the highs and lows of life, as well as call us to repentance when we stray from God. This course is designed to help you understand two types of biblical literature, Poetry and Prophecy, and how they can offer encouragement and understanding of God’s desire for your life.

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22.

Joseph: A Life of Virtue

The life of Joseph is a classic Old Testament illustration of the biblical principle that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). We can rest assured that God allows the trials of life to teach us things we would not otherwise learn. The believer’s life is a probation, not a picnic. During trials, we need to learn to trust God and keep in mind that God’s overall purpose is to conform us into the image of Christ Jesus, His Son (Rom. 8:29).

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23.

Discovering Christ in the Psalms

Jesus Christ is the dominant theme of Scripture. He Himself said that when we search the Scriptures, we discover that they testify of Him (John 5:39). A messianic psalm is one of the psalms in the book of Psalms that contains one or more references to God’s Messiah in connection with His ministry as Prophet, His suffering as Priest, or His glory as King.

The psalms covered in this study course are limited to the ones that are quoted directly in the New Testament. May you be richly rewarded in your quest to discover Christ in the Psalms!

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24.

Hebrews

Many times it can be difficult to see how the sacrificial system God established in the Old Testament connects with the new covenant of grace Jesus brings in the New Testament. However the letter of Hebrews explains that the sacrificial system of the Old Testament is a picture of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus came to fulfill. Hebrews weaves together these two realities in a profound way that shows the intricacy of God’s plan throughout history. We hope this course will help you understand the letter of Hebrews and the themes in it to grow your faith and encourage your life in Christ.

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