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01 Introduction to the Bible B101

01 Introduction to the Bible B101

Course Description and Purpose

The student will study of the nature, origin, inspiration, development, literary characteristic and ethical content of the Bible. The course will show the value of understanding the Bible in its historical, geographical, linguistic and literary setting. The student will be able to explain ways in which God intervenes in time and space and how this worldview is supported by the inspired Scriptures. The Student will be able to tell the Meta Story of the Bible to non-believers. As a Godly example the student will apply underlying Biblical principles of holy love in their lives as examples to others.

Course Rational

Many people have not read the whole Bible and been exposed to the wide range of stories available. This survey course introduces outlines that will help the student grasp the flow of the story through scripture and gives them a basic launching point for further study.   It also emphasizes devotional methods so that Scripture is not just an object of study but an interaction with the Loving God who created them. The student will identify ways that God intervenes in time and space to reveal Himself to build faith and provide assurance. Prayer and answered prayer are key elements in that experience. The same types of experiences build a connecting bridge between the people of God today and those in the Biblical stories.

Program Outcomes from APR SOO


CN-1 Ability to describe the basic story of the Bible.

CN-2 Ability to describe the basic content of the Old Testament, identify the principal people and events and their roles in Old Testament history.

CN-3 Ability to describe the basic content of the New Testament, identify the principal people and events and their roles in New Testament history.

CN-14 Summarize OT history, and theological themes.

CN-15 Summarize NT background, literature and redemptive themes.

CN-16, Ability to identify the literary structure and the main story line of the Old Testament.


CP-4 Ability to teach the Word of God.

CP-5 Ability to plan, participate in, and guide others in worship.

CP-6 Ability to present the Gospel in a clear and Biblical way.

CP-11 Ability to organize and promote Christian education for all ages.

CP-12 Ability to BE a leader and to encourage other leaders.

CP-16 Ability to interpret OT & NT passages, and apply to personal and congregational life.

CP-17 Application of NT message and the demands of the Gospel to life and ministry.


CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.

CH-2 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion.

CH-7 Apply OT insights to one’s life and spiritual formation.


CX-3 Ability to apply this current information to the ministries of the Church.

CX-4 Basic ability to analyze and describe communities and churches.

CX-5 Basic ability to identify elements of culture.

CX-7 Ability to distinguish between world views – Local, Biblical, and Western.

CX-10 Relevance of OT to contemporary society in Asia – Pacific

CX-11 Relevance of Christ’s ministry and message for contemporary society in Asia- Pacific.

Assessment and Evaluation

Primary Course Outcomes

Describe the major theological concepts which underline the salvation story CX-8 OTH

Personal Spiritual Development and the Sabbath

Demonstrate how Biblical worship, prayer and sabbath apply to today’s life for spiritual development. (drama, art, music, or other creative activities can apply) (CN-48 SAB, CN-36 HOL)


Explain how the difference between Biblical understanding of forgiveness, restitution and trust compare and contrast with local cultural understandings and the impact on the accountability relationship. (contrast Christianity and the culture of the student). CP-5 ACC


Tell the principal events from the Bible in chronological order, including the important people and their roles in that story. CN-1 OTH

Demonstrate how to tell the stories and theology of the Bible to a non-believer using language that is easy to understand and appropriate to all ages. (the non-believer should re-echo the story in some way, survey, or interview, etc). CP-1 OTH

Additional Course Outcomes

Accountability and Ministry

Explain the Biblical understanding of stewardship in relationship to accountability and ministry. CN-31 MIN

Explain how the Biblical theology of the Body of Christ applies to ministry activities. CN-30 MIN

Dealing Biblically with the Spirit World

Clearly explain the Biblical understanding of the spirit world. CN-60 DBS

Identify clear Biblical passages appropriate to responding to the spirit world that does not involve proof texting. CN-12 DBS


Explain how the Biblical description of the body (church) relates to teams. CN-23 LEA

Explain the importance of a Biblical understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit in creating an effective team. CN-25 LEA


Recognize different literary genres and the necessity to read and understand the meaning of and biblical text according to the characteristics of its genre. CN-2 OTH

Compare the cultural background and the understanding of the universe presented in the Old Testament with the local culture and the understanding of the universe held in the context of ministry. CX-1 OTH

Give examples of the character and the actions of principal people in the Bible in relation to the level of divine revelation available in that era – related to the call and character section. CN-3 OTH

Compare the important events from the Bible in chronological order with the secular history. (need to produce a timeline graphic for the students). CN-4 OTH


Outcomes by total and percentage
Content-            18       47%
Competency-       9        24%
Character-          4        11%
Context –           7       18%

Course requirements, with percentage of course grade

  1. (5%) To develop a habit (the character) of Bible reading (or listening), students will read or listen to the Bible up to 30 minutes a day (daily). For this course the student will read or listen to at least Genesis & Matthew and record their reading in a journal to be presented to the teacher. The journal will be at least a record of the chapters covered and the date. It can also include observations about the passages covered that day. The journal can be recorded or written.
  2. (30%) Session content evaluation , the teacher will compose a assessment for each session. It will give at the beginning of the session, and will cover material presented during the previous session’s lectures.
  3. (20%) The students will form teams and select some of the Bible stories to create a skit to tell that story to the community. The skit will use all the members of the team in the story telling.
  4. (5%) List the personal spiritual development practices of 10 Biblical characters.
  5. (5%) Explain the structure of 3 sermons given by persons in the Bible.
  6. (10%) Deliver sermon and/or a Bible study based on a Biblical text that deals with the needs of a Christian life.
  7. (5%) The student should be able to use one OT and one NT examples to teach their local church how to pray.
  8. (20%) Draw a Timeline Chart with the principal events from the whole Bible in chronological order, including the important people and their roles in that story. Use the Chart to tell the story to the Class.


Class Outline

Session 1: One Story, Many Books

Session 2: Principles for Understanding the Bible

Session 3: Pentateuch—The Origins and the Torah

Session 4: Salvation History—The Mighty Acts of God

Session 5: Historical Books—God’s People and their Kings

Session 6: Call and Character—Abraham, David, and Jeremiah

Session 7: The Writings—Psalms, Poetry, and Wisdom

Session 8: Sacrifices and Feasts of Israel

Session 9: The Major Prophets

Session 10: The Minor Prophets

Session 11: The Relationship Between the Hebrew and Greek Worlds

Session 12: The World of the First Advent

Session 13: The Gospels

Session 14: The Life and Ministry of Jesus

Session 15: The Acts of the Apostles

Session 16: The Expansion of the Church

Session 17: The Letters of Paul

Session 18: Qualifications for Being an Elder or Deacon According to Paul

Session 19: The General Letters

Session 20: Revelations

Session 21: Interpreting the Various Genres of Biblical Literature


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