Foundations for the fbBCC
In this first unit we want to lay some groundwork for you as you begin this course. One of the strengths and goals of this course is that by the end you would have read through the entire Bible. In this unit you will devise your own reading plan.
Having a right attitude to, and understanding of, the Bible is also a vital foundation we want to lay in this unit, exploring the significant issues of inspiration and how the Bible came to us.
We also lay an important foundation of understanding of the historical times that both Jesus and Christianity were born into.
The Basics of Inductive Bible Study
In this unit you will learn how to distinguish between different approaches to the study of the Bible and how to read the Bible well. You will understand what the inductive approach to Bible Study is and the three important steps, observation, interpretation and application, and how they each relate to the other. The main tools used for inductive study will also be explained. This unit is the foundation unit for all that follows. Take time to learn these lessons well.
In this unit you will begin to study the Bible using the inductive approach. You will begin to develop the skills of observation, interpretation and application as discussed in the previous unit (The Basics of Inductive Bible Study). Using this short letter of Paul to Philemon, you will understand how the background and circumstances surrounding the letter open up these 25 short verses and you will be able to identify the core message of the letter. You will then consider the dynamic implications of this message for both yourself personally and for contemporary society.
With this unit, you will continue to develop your skills of observation, interpretation and application as in the previous unit. Using the letter of Paul to his co-worker Titus, you will discover the background and circumstances surrounding this letter, complete a character study of Titus, and consider the unchanging message of God’s wonderful grace yet the responsibility of the believer to grow in Christian character. You will then be introduced to the value and practice of the four methods you will often use in this SBS course to record your discoveries.
Continuing to develop your inductive study skills, you will explore what might be Paul’s first letter. You will discover the background issues related to the writing of this letter and see how much this opens up meaning and relevance of this letter. You will also be introduced to a group of teachers that we often meet in the New Testament and see what a challenge they were to the infant church. In the ‘religious’ environment of many church situations today, you will have the opportunity to discover the radical implications of this short letter to contemporary Christianity.
Psalms and an Introduction to Hebrew Poetry
We have included the book of Psalms in this Module so that you can enjoy your study of this much loved book throughout the duration of the course. You will quickly understand that the 150 Psalms includes a variety of poems, each true to their literary genre, and have a new appreciation for the rich art form that they are presented in. At times worship will fill your heart, and at other times the pain of the poet will ring true to the realities all around you.