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Before you begin reading the text, you will first read the key Scriptures for that section from your own Bible and answer a question about each passage of Scripture.
Read these passages from your Bible and answer the questions.
What promise are we given because the Lord is our Shepherd?
Answer: We shall not want
Many students wonder, "How fast should I work?" The answer: As fast as you wish. The advantage of a self-paced course is that you may work at a speed which fits your own schedule and personal desire.
However, to maintain interest and continuity in your study, we recommend that you try to complete an average of one lesson, or its equivalent, each week. Some weeks you may work on a Special Assignment, or study for, and complete one of the Examinations. Working at this pace you should complete the entire course within two years. Of course, if you choose to work faster than the minimum recommended pace, then you will be finished much earlier.
Part of each Examination will be a short Essay Question. Unlike the other sections of the course which ask you to recall specific answers, this question is more concerned about your ability to apply what you have learned and express it in your own words. You will be presented with a practical situation and asked to apply your own approach to it based on the knowledge you have gained. You will not be graded so much on specific answers to the questions as you will on your general ability to understand the situation and apply your own answer.
These questions will not be difficult or require long answers. However, you should take time to think about your answers and make any necessary notes before you begin writing. You are permitted to use your Bible for reference while completing this part of the examination.
At convenient points throughout the course, you will be given an examination. This will cover all the material included in the lessons since the previous examination (usually 2-4 lessons). These are designed to be a point at which you may interact with your tutor and to be a check-up on how well you are learning the material. You will be on your honour to complete the examination without referring to the study material.
When you have completed all parts of your Examination, your tutor will review the short answer questions, Memory Work and Essay Question.
You will receive a numerical grade on your examination which will be scaled as follows:
Within the different parts of this course, the material is divided into several lessons. Each lesson is designed to be completed in a single work session of an average length of 1-2 hours. If, however, you find that you are rushing or under pressure to complete a lesson in a single session, then you should break the lesson into two or more work sessions which you may complete comfortably and effectively.
"This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success" (Joshua 1:8 NKJ)
The psalmist said, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (Psalm 119:11 NKJ). The Word of God has supernatural power for those who will take the time and effort to "hide it in their hearts" by memorising it and meditating on it. As God's Word is hidden in our hearts, it becomes constantly available to us for reference, comfort, correction and meditation. Put simply, it becomes part of our lives.
The Word is called the "sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17). The Holy Spirit uses the Word to guide, correct, comfort and teach us in every situation in our lives. He also uses it as an offensive weapon against Satan when we are tempted or attacked.
Jesus is our example. He memorised Scripture and made frequent use of it in times of teaching and spiritual conflict. Only what He had memorised could be recalled for guidance and for warfare with Satan.
David, a man after God's heart, frequently meditated on God's Word. Again, he could only have meditated upon what he had memorised
In this course, we have chosen key Scriptures for memorisation. This will place a spiritual sword in your hands which you, by the Holy Spirit, will be able to use in times of spiritual conflict. The Holy Spirit can only use what you can recall from memory.
How to Memorise
The passages for memorisation are short and should not present a great problem in memorisation. Memorisation is based more on interest than on ability. If we truly hunger for God's Word to be a part of our lives, we will be willing to invest the effort to "hide it in our hearts."
Here are a few practical suggestions for memorising:
Once you have gone through these steps, several times if necessary, you will find that the Scripture has not only been memorised, but has also worked its way into your heart and life.
If for some reason you have a special difficulty in memorisation and simply are not able to do the required work, liase with your tutor about it.
A short memory verse is an important part of each lesson. You should look up the verse in your own Bible and type it in the space provided and on your Memory Card. (These can be printed off and cut up)
Click here for a printable sheet of Memory Cards.
In the space below, and on your Memory Card, write John 17:3.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Take some time to work on memorising this verse before you begin the lesson. (Some hints on memorisation are given in the Glossary entry "Memorisation")
You will want to write and say this verse out loud several times until you are sure you know it well. The Memory Cards are provided so you may write the verse on it and carry the card with you for easy review.
You will be asked to recall your Memory Work on the Review Test at the end of each lesson. If for some reason you have not been able to memorise it by the time you do the Review Test, you may complete the Review Test and come back later to fill in the Memory Work. However, the Memory Work must be completed for each lesson before you begin working on the next lesson.
It is not as obvious in the online version where the course is split into seven parts, but historically the Bible Correspondence Course has been split into three Modules as follows:
The paper based course which is run from the DPM-UK amongst other offices is still divided in this way.
The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It is also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler.