God’s Forever Family
A Brief Survey of the New Testament
What was life like for Christians back in Bible days? These beautifully illustrated video lessons, produced and made available by The Bible Project, gives us a glimpse into the history of the early church and some of the spiritual battles with which our brothers and sisters in Christ had to contend. But, even more than that, they also help us make application of the eternal spiritual truths contained in scripture to our own hearts and lives as God’s covenant people live out that continuing drama to this very day. The videos in this Online Bible Study, as well as the New Testament books they represent, were specifically chosen for inclusion in our Online Bible Study curriculum for their historical value. We believe these particular video presentations will not only help our students become more familiar with New Testament history, but be better prepared to relate the story of the New Testament to others, as well.
* PLEASE NOTE: This is a “certificated” Online Bible Study course; and students wanting to qualify for the Course Certificate must be enrolled in the course. If you have completed our three Introductory Lessons (God is Love, Saving Kind of Love, Life Changing Love), we invite and encourage you to enrolled in this course. You will be enrolled in the course when you submit your first “Lesson Response Form” below – Lesson One: Book of Acts (1). Remember, students must complete all assignments and submit the Lesson Response Form for each lesson in this course — working at your own pace — in order to qualify for the Course Certificate.
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Lesson One: Book of Acts (1)
Course Assignment #1.) Read Acts Chapter 2 — the very first public proclamation of the Gospel ever recorded after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection — and respond to the following discussion prompts: Describe the “main point” of Peter’s message; Describe the people’s response to Peter’s message; Why do you think this is sometimes referred to as the “birth” of the Christian church?
Lesson Two: Book of Acts (2)
Course Assignment #2.) Read the following passages of scripture and share your thoughts about some things that they all have in common: Acts Chapter 8:25-40, Acts Chapter 9:1-19, Acts Chapter 10:30-48, Act Chapter 16:11-34, Acts Chapter 19:1-7, Acts Chapter 22:1-21.
Lesson Three: Book of Romans (1)
Course Assignment #3.) Read Romans Chapter 4 and discuss how God’s great promise to Abraham—centuries earlier—was being fulfilled in Christ and in the Christian community.
Lesson Four: Book of Romans (2)
Course Assignment #4.) Read Romans Chapter 5 and Chapter 6, and respond to the two following discussion prompts: What is the significance of the fact that we are saved from sin by faith in what Jesus has done for us, and not by what we have somehow managed to do for Him? According to the Apostle Paul, what is the significance, place, and purpose of “baptism” in our relationship with God?
Lesson Five: Book of 1 Corinthians
Course Assignment #5.) Read I Corinthians Chapter 1 and discuss this chapter’s implications for our religiously divided (denominationalized) world today… do you believe Christian “unity” is still possible and, if so, what do you think that would really look like in our today’s world?
Lesson Six: Book of Galatians
Course Assignment #6.) Read Galatians Chapter 3 and explain the big problem that had developed in the 1st century church; and the only way that problem can be solved.
Lesson Seven: Book of 1 Thessalonians
Course Assignment #7.) Read I Thessalonians Chapter 4 and Chapter 5:1-11 and share your observations concerning the Apostle Paul’s teaching about those who have died and the coming great day of the Lord.
Lesson Eight: Book of 2 Thessalonians
Course Assignment #8.) Read 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 and share your observations concerning the Apostle Paul’s teaching about the coming great day of the Lord and some things that must first come to pass before that great day.
Lesson Nine: Book of 1 Timothy
Course Assignment #9.) Read I Timothy Chapter 3 and briefly describe the Apostle Paul’s basic instructions to Timothy as to how to bring order and spiritual leadership to the local Christian community at Ephesus.
Lesson Ten: Book of 2 Timothy
Course Assignment #10.) Read 2 Timothy Chapter 3:1-17 and Chapter 4:1-8 and discuss Paul’s prophecy concerning how things will be on planet earth toward the end times; and what remains the ultimate work, purpose, and function of the church while living through those difficult days?
Lesson Eleven: Book of Hebrews
Course Assignment #11.) Read Hebrews Chapter 11 — The Great Hall of Faith — and respond to the following two discussion prompts: What Bible character(s) mentioned in this chapter do you most closely relate to, and why? What does this chapter tell you about the nature of authentic faith?
Lesson Twelve: Books of 1, 2, 3 John
Lesson Thirteen: Book of Revelation (1)
Course Assignment #13.) Read Revelation Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 and make a few comparisons between the “seven churches of Asia” to whom the book was originally written: what is something that these 7 churches all seem to have in common; and how are any of them different or unique?
Lesson Fourteen: Book of Revelation (2)
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