This eCourse will discuss the topic of freedom -- how the Bible defines it and how we can see freedom manifested in our lives. It will cover Moses and the children of Israel's trek out of bondage to their arrival on Mount Sinai. We will look at Moses' confrontation with Pharaoh, his experience at the burning bush, and the challenges the Hebrews faced in the wilderness. Also there will be a discussion on what is required of us to leave Egypt behind and look toward the Promised Land. The second part of the eCourse will include an in-depth examination of the Ten Commandments and a review of the relationship between God's law and freedom and discover how God's laws are actually rules for a dominion existence. We will discuss some of the challenges the Hebrews faced in the Promised Land. Looking to the New Testament, we will study Jesus' inspiring statements on freedom, and finally take a look at the role the church has to play in preserving and promoting the biblical standard in which to walk at liberty.
Outlined in 4 weeks, we will discuss in depth the first three chapters of the Book of Genesis in relation to the subject of origin and look at the question as to why this type of study is so important in our healing work. If the greatest problem humanity is facing has been defined as not knowing who we are, how can the Bible answer or solve this problem for all time? The question, “Who am I,” is a universal one that reaches beyond any particular culture or people.
Who is Jesus? The question has confronted Christianity since its inception. Brought before a council in 325 C.E. in Nicea, the question resulted in a major turning point in the history of Christianity. Was Jesus divine? Was he human? Was he God’s adopted Son? What do the Gospels tell us about Jesus’ nature and character? Discover through this 5-week online course how dogma and doctrine established in the 4th century have affected the Christians’ understanding of Jesus up to the present time.
If we want to practice primitive Christianity as Christ Jesus did, do we need to know and understand his teachings? The Gospel of Matthew documents a large portion of these teachings in what has come to be known as the “Sermon on the Mount.” In that Sermon we find the highest standards for the scientific Christian. Do these ideals seem difficult to attain, far-off, or even impossible for us to live? This 3-week eCourse will take an in-depth look at these timeless teachings to discover how they reveal to the world the way to think and live righteously.
The Book of Job has been regarded as “the supreme literary masterpiece in the Old Testament and one of the greatest creations of the world’s literature.” Job is a unique and memorable character in the Bible, and his story delivers a spiritual message regarding suffering versus righteousness. This 5-week online eCourse will discuss in depth the overall question the Book of Job asks, “Why do good men seem to suffer?” We will also ask, “What lessons does Job have to learn before he is restored with more than he had at the beginning? What makes this book so relevant to our lives today?” Many have found that Job is a book that asks all the right questions; what we will discover is whether it also will provide all the right answers.
This 6-week online course covers the history of the English Bible up to and including the King James Version. The discussion begins with a brief overview of the origin of the Bible; then we move on to the background history of Medieval Europe and England, Wycliffe, Erasmus and Humanism, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale. Also included will be a discussion of Protestantism, its relation to the King James Bible, and its impact on Roman Catholicism. The final question that will be addressed is: Why do we need “the inspired Word of the Bible” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 497)?
This 8-week course takes you through the entire Gospel of Mark in 8 sections. The lectures are accompanied by visual slides to highlight some of the significant historical information.
This 5-week course (Part 2) covers chapters 12-21 of The Gospel of John. We continue the story of Jesus and the Passion Week, plus the resurrection appearances in Jerusalem and Galilee.
This 6-week course (Part 1) is structured around the first eleven chapters of The Gospel of John. These recordings are intended to not only expand and illuminate the historical background, but also provide deeper and inspiring highlights as well.
Our goal with this 3-week course is to encourage a deeper appreciation for the concept of the Tabernacle. The course is structured so that the lectures will go deeply into historical context around the Tabernacle. These are intended to not only expand and illuminate the historical background, but to provide deeper and inspiring highlights as well.
This 4-week course looks closely at biblical terms which have a direct relationship with Christian Science and its Discoverer, Founder, and Leader – Mary Baker Eddy. We will ask: Can this kind of research enhance our own understanding of Christian Science and our sharing it with others? We will also discuss how this type of study can help us handle the misconceptions surrounding Christian Science which claim that our religion is not biblically based.
The word “apocalypse” in Greek (apokalypsis) means “a revealing, an uncovering, or an unveiling.” This eCourse will look in depth at specific chapters in two apocalyptic books of the Bible: Daniel and Revelation. We will ask: Why does the author use this particular literary style? Do these writings envision the end of the world as we know it? If not, then what do they envision? Why use symbolic language if the goal is to unveil or reveal? We will explore these symbolic narratives and seek to gain an inspired understanding of their relevance for us today.
How often do we read those comforting words in the Bible – “Grace be unto you”? The phrase is found many times in Paul’s epistles as part of his greeting to the Christian community. In this course we will explore why the quality of grace is so important to a follower of Christ Jesus and how expressing that quality changes our lives and thus helps to transform the world. This course will look closely at the theme of grace in the Scriptures and help all of us gain a deeper understanding of its meaning not only for first-century Christians but for us today as well.
How often in the midst of trials do we think of the inevitable victory? The story of the Passion is the culmination of Jesus’ lifework. He turned what appeared to be defeat (the crucifixion) into an everlasting victory (the resurrection and ascension). This eCourse will examine in depth that last week of Jesus’ life and look at it through the spiritual lens of the power and the glory of God (see I Chron. 29:11) rather than through the material lens of suffering and defeat.
Paul’s epistles to the Church at Corinth are probably some of the strongest messages he wrote. For the purity of Church to move into this atmosphere, Paul had to attack everything Corinth had degraded into. We will identify the needs as Paul saw them to make the Corinthian congregation better represent the divine concept of Church and eschew conflicting human opinions.
This 3-week online eCourse will discuss the topic of “Discipleship” - what it is according to Jesus’ statements as recorded in the Gospels, what our purpose and mission are if we claim to be a disciple, and how we can fulfill that mission. We will look at the known facts surrounding the 12 disciples; then we will focus on what it means to have the mind of Christ (see Phil. 2:5). We will discover, to use Harry Emerson Fosdick’s words, “Christianity is not simply a message to be heard; it is a deed to be done” (The Meaning of Service, p. 15).