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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.
Before you begin each lesson, you will be instructed to take a moment and pray for the Lord to help you with the lesson in some specific way.
Stop for a moment and ask the Lord to apply this truth to your heart.
It is important that you take this moment to pray before each lesson. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher and without His guidance, we learn facts without really coming to know Jesus Christ and His Word in a direct and intimate way.
A turning around; a change of mind and heart accompanied by a change of behaviour
At the end of each lesson you will be given a Review Test. The Review Test will further reinforce and consolidate the material in each lesson. Each Review Test should be completed from memory. You should not refer to the text or your study notes when taking this test. Some Review Questions may refer to previous chapters studied. When checking your answers, you may need to look back to earlier lessons.
With each lesson, you will be given a substantial portion of Scripture to read.
This passage of Scripture will relate in some way to your overall study. Take time to read it quietly and thoughtfully.
Each lesson in the course is divided into small sections of two to three pages in the course text. This allows the course to be simply organised and learned. Occasionally, if a section of the text is quite short, it will be combined with another section to make a single work section in the course. In each section you will study the Bible and your text.
Occasionally you will be given a special work assignment related to the material you are studying. It will usually be centred in a study of some portion of Scripture. Special Assignments will be checked by your tutor at the same time as the relevant examination, so make sure that it is filled in by that point as your exam will not be marked without it.
After reading the assigned Scriptures and answering the questions, you will then read one or more sections of the text for that particular section of the textbook. The sections in the text are titled, so they are easy to locate.
Text Study. Read from the beginning of the chapter the first three sections, ending at the title "Means of Revelation."
Finally, you will complete the section by answering question on the text material you have just read. These questions are in the form of key phrases from the text which you will complete by filling in the missing words (or letters). It is important for you to try to fill in the missing words from memory without referring back to the text. Recalling the missing word further reinforces the learning process. To help you remember the missing word, the first letter of the word is included in the blank as a "prompt". When moving through the gaps, it is possible just to tab through to the next gap rather than using your mouse.
Recalling the answer totally from memory not only reinforces your learning to the maximum, it will help you read the text with greater care and attention. At times you may not be able to recall the correct answer. If you cannot, go on and answer the questions you know. After you have finished answering all the questions you can remember, go back to the text and look up the ones you could not remember.
Once you have filled in all the blanks, Check your Answers and then Print the page to keep for reference and revision. If you get stuck, use the hint button to add a letter to the answer you are trying.
Coming from Adam, the first created man
Going upward, especially Jesus rising to heaven from the earth
Slander, abusive words
To speak out in public
To set free, as from misery or evil
Time that lasts forever
A conviction, trust, belief or assurance
Heathen nations, especially people who are not Jewish
To take on an aspect of God’s greatness
Used to describe something that is holy
The state of living forever, not subject to death
Not able to be destroyed or spoiled
Making a decision that determines one’s guilt
To be free from a charge or accusation, declared righteous
Those who died for their faith
To think often or deeply about something
To treat people cruelly so that they don’t have the same freedom or benefits as others
To speak forth, bring a word directly from the Lord, often about the future
Something received as a payment or reward, to make compensation
Being set free because someone paid a ransom, being delivered from evil and the penalty of sin
Remission (of sins)
A cancellation of all judgment or obligation
A restoration to life; rising from the dead
The quality of being right because of the grace of God
Rescue, deliverance; in Scripture it includes forgiveness, healing, prosperity, deliverance, safety, rescue, liberation, and restoration
To set apart, dedicate, consecrate, make or become holy
Proof, evidence, or what someone can say from their personal experience to support what they believe to be true
The textbook for the course is known by different names around the world, but has consistent content. The names by which it is known are:
The book has also been published in different formats. In the beginning, it was published as seven different booklets which correspond to the seven parts of this course. It was then published as three booklets which correspond to the three modules which are still clear in the paper-based version of the course, but not as obvious in the online version. See Glossary entry on Modules to read more about it.
The breaking of a moral law or rule of behaviour
A movement that is focused on supporting the well-being of Israel