The first lesson gives a brief overview of the 39 books of the Old Testament. You will learn about how recent archaeological discoveries have illuminated and verified places and customs mentioned in the Old Testament that had previously been ridiculed by higher criticism. You will also read some helpful hints for effective Bible Study.
The second lesson gives a brief overview of the 27 letters of the New Testament and some information about the writers of these letters. A brief outline of the New Testament is also included. The inspiration of the Bible is discussed along with how prophecy and scientific foreknowledge, stated in the Bible, substantiate its claims to be God’s word. For example, did you realize that the Bible spoke of the earth being round 1,500 years before man discovered this to be true?
These topics have been the source of great controversy for centuries. It is imperative that we put aside the teachings of men and see what the word of God says on these important subjects. Topics covered are: 1) The need for both faith and obedience, and 2) The relationship of faith and works.
Lesson five covers the plan of salvation that is revealed in the Bible. Using actual accounts of conversion in the scriptures, we find that men have drifted from the plain teachings of the Bible. If we want to be Christians, we must do what people did in the first century in order to become Christians.
The Bible records various accounts of people who worshipped God their own way, and suffered God's displeasure for doing so (see Gen.4:1-7; Lev.10:1-3). If we desire to please God, we must respect Him enough to do what He has commanded. Through the years, men have made countless changes in worship to God, yet the Bible has not changed. Where is the authority for making these changes? It is not enough to be sincere in our worship. We must worship as Jesus said in John 4:23-24.
There are many denominations now in existence. In the New Testament, all people were part of the same church. There were different congregations, but all of them were instructed to teach, believe and practice the same things. Unity, and various characteristic of the New Testament church are discussed in this lesson
The last lesson explains how, even today, one can be just a Christian. There were not different brands of Christians in the New Testament. All the divisions of modern denominations are clearly condemned in the Bible (see 1Cor.1:10; 3:1-4). It was foretold in the New Testament that people would depart from the true teachings of Christ; history has shown that to be true. Many doctrines have been added and many plain Bible teachings are twisted or ignored by modern denominations. In the Bible, people were just Christians. We can be just Christians today. This lesson explains how.