God is a relational God and has chosen to reveal himself largely through the revelation of Scripture. Students will study scripture and become more familiar with their God to bring them into a closer relationship with Him. As they learn more from and about Scripture they will become equipped to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” 1 Peter 3:15. As they struggle for the answers they will become more “sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1.
Students will be encouraged to study the Bible for themselves, learn how to make astute observations, careful interpretation and conscientious application to their lives (ESLR: RUC, ET, NLL). Special attention is placed on understanding the Bible in its original time and culture with application for student’s lives now (ESLR: RUC, SCW, NLL, ET). Students will have the opportunity to teach some classes and lead discussions, with material they have researched and prepared. (ESLR: RUC, DC, ET, NLL).With the objective to be more sure of what they hope for, students will be being prepared and ready to give answers to those who don’t know Jesus (ESLR: RUC, DC, SCW). Students will also have opportunity to master the book of 2 Peter for themselves (ESLR: RUC, ET, NLL).
- “Mastering Bible Study Skills, Tools for Investigating God’s Word” – by Paul Pyle, ACSI, 1999
- “The Forbidden Book, The History of the English Bible” DVD, New Liberty Video, 2004
- “Herman Who? Read it Right … a Hermeneutics Primer” DVD, by Todd Friel, Talk the Walk Series,
- Various Bible study tools
- Teacher made resources
- Internet sites
50 minutes per day, 4 days a week and attending weekly chapel, for one semester.
- History of the Bible and how it came to us
- Features of the different types of Bible and Bible Study tools
- How to have an effective quiet time with God
- Observation of Scripture
- Interpretation of Scripture
- Application of Scripture
The assessment for the course will be through several different forms:
- Occasional Projects linked to the topics.
- Key Memory Verse (tested weekly)
- Verse study (checked and graded weekly)
- Reading through Genesis and journaling (checked and graded weekly)
- Questions in the Student workbook relating to each characteristic or attribute of God.