Module Information

Loren Cunningham

How the Bible transform nations.

Module 1: The Basics of Inductive Bible Study Part 1

In this first module you will explore the dynamic inductive approach to Bible study, and be introduced to the method we will be using throughout most of these Online SBS courses.

After exploring what inductive Bible study is and how it works you will then apply these skills to three of Paul’s letters, two to individuals and one considered Paul’s first letter, to a group of churches in the Roman Province of Galatia.

Topics – Books Studied

  • The Basics of Inductive Bible Study
  • Philemon
  • Titus
  • Galatians
  • 2 Credits

Module 2: The Basics of Inductive Bible Study Part 2

In this second module, the skills of inductive Bible study are further developed exploring two of the four Gospels.

As you will discover, each of these books were written to predominantly Gentile audiences, and with the previous module you will continue to build a foundation for the study of the rest of the New Testament.

Books Studied

  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • 2 Credits

Module 3: The Basics of Inductive Bible Study Part 3

In this the last of the introduction modules, you will consolidate the inductive Bible study skills you have been learning. You will do this by applying them to a third genre of literature, New Testament narrative book – Acts of the Apostles.

This study will give you the background history to much of the New Testament period and set you up well for the rest of your New Testament studies. The study of the two letters the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica, where he addresses their confusion over the second coming of Christ, concludes these introduction modules.

Books Studied

  • Acts of the Apostles
  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • 2 Credits

Modules 1, 2 and 3 are prerequisites for the rest of the modules


Module 4: More Earlier Letters of the Apostle Paul

The Apostle Paul has been called a ‘task theologian’, meaning that Paul’s interest in theology is not abstract but applied to the life and needs of his readers. Nowhere is this more evident than in these letters of the Apostle to these two churches.

A lack of a Biblical world view and values, false teaching, disunity and confusion about eschatology (understanding of the end times) are some of the issues addressed by these letters, all of which sound very familiar to us today.

Books Studied

  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Romans
  • 2 Credits

Module 5: The Prison and Later Letters of the Apostle Paul

The centrality, supremacy and humility of Christ fill the pages of these letters, along with heartfelt words to one of Paul’s young co-workers.

The prison cell does not seem to dampen Paul’s wonder of both Jesus and the power of the Gospel, nor his commitment to protect the Gospel from those who would corrupt the message entrusted to him by Jesus on the road to Damascus.

In this module, there is an opportunity to develop skills in the preparation and delivery of a small group Bible study.

Books Studied

  • Colossians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • 1 and 2 Timothy
  • Small Group Bible Studies
  • 2 Credits

Module 6: New Testament Writings Primarily to Jewish People

From what is most probably the first of the New Testament writings (James), in this module we explore books written to primarily Jewish people in Matthew, Hebrews and James.

James is the New Testament book of wisdom, while Hebrews shows how Jesus is ‘so much better than’ what the Jewish believers had left behind when placing their faith in their Messiah. It is this Messiah that the Gospel of Matthew proclaims as the fulfilment of the Old Testament.

Books Studied

  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • Hebrews
  • James
  • 2 Credits

Modules 1-6 are the equivalent to the first term of the residential SBS, CHR 213


Module 7: The Later Letters and John’s Gospel.

The books studied in these next two modules are considered to be some of the last of the New Testament books written.

The apostle Peter affirms that both Jew and Gentile who have placed their faith in Christ are the ‘chosen nation’, and God’s ‘holy people’. While in his second letter when he is giving his farewell address, along with Jude, he urges the saints to contend for the Faith.

You will also begin to explore John’s writings, by studying the last of the Gospels to be written.

Books Studied

  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • Jude
  • The Gospel of John
  • 2 Credits

Module 8: More writings of the ‘Beloved Apostle’ John

All the books studied in this module are by John who calls himself in this Gospel ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. This has become a major theme in these writings.

As the heresy of Gnosticism was in its infancy at this time, so John addresses this, making both a strong defence of the truth, and brings correction.

The final book of Revelation is a revelation of Jesus Christ, and bringing hope to a suffering church. In this module there is an opportunity to learn and practice skills in message preparation and delivery.

Books Studied

  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Revelation
  • Preaching and Teaching
  • 2 Credits

Module 9: From Eden to Sinai: The Origin of the World and Israel

By setting the scene for the whole Old Testament this module explores the origins of the nations and the nation of Israel.

Having shown the deep need of humanity, God breaks into human history and begins his plan of redemption by choosing a man, Abraham, and through him a nation, Israel.

In these books we explore these beginnings with God’s provision of the covenant, deliverance from oppression, and the commissioning of the nation of Israel to its destiny to be a missionary people on the earth.

Books Studied

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • 2 Credits

Module 10: From the Wilderness to the Promised Land

Having commissioned Israel to its Calling as God’s missionary people, and declared that He would dwell among them, in this module we explore the journey from Sinai to the Promised Land.

The journey that should have taken less than 40 days took 40 years. After renewing the Covenant in the plains of Moab, the new generation under a new leader begins to possess the promised inheritance.

The book of Deuteronomy becomes foundational to understand God’s dealings with this people in the subsequent history books

Books Studied

  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • 2 Credits

Module 11: From Cycles of Defeat to Israel’s Golden Age

In this module we explore this significant period of Israel’s history from what has been called Israel’s ‘dark ages’ in the book of Judges, with the cycles of victory and defeat, to the establishment of the Monarchy under the great King David.

With his mighty victories over Israel’s enemies King David finishes what Joshua began so all of the Promised Land was finally settled, and Israel had peace with its neighbours. This ushered in Israel’s golden age.

The jewel of the book of Ruth, demonstrates how Israel’s law worked out in practice and gives hope in the darkest of times.

Books Studied

  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 and 2 Samuel
  • 2 Credits

Module 12: From Greatness to Destruction

Beginning with Israel as the world super-power, to its eventual destruction, this module follows the decline of Israel through the divided kingdom and beyond.

Idolatry, like a cancer, eats away at the very heart of the nation and despite the many prophets sent by the Lord, and the great grace shown, the people were resistant to the heart cry of God. The message of both Elijah and Elisha and later Amos and Hosea, with their special ministry to the northern tribes, falls on deaf ears. This led to the destruction and exile of these peoples. For the Southern Kingdom too, ignoring the words of their mighty prophets, destruction eventually came and the glorious temple that was built in the beginning lies in ruins at the end.

The long-suffering patience of the Lord is declared on every page. The study of Deuteronomy is a prerequisite for this module.

Topics – Books Studied

  • 1 and 2 Kings
  • Introduction to the prophets
  • Amos
  • Hosea
  • 2 Credits

Modules 6-12 are the equivalent to the second term of the residential SBS, CHR 315


Module 13: Psalms and an Introduction to Hebrew Poetry

The Psalms, loved by so many people are a rich variety of worship, praise, thanksgiving and teaching, with many heartfelt cries of those in pain and distress.

At times the spirit soars high and at others the pain of the poet rings true. In this module we explore the beauty of the art form of Hebrew poetry and encounter a rich variety of Psalms.

Topics – Books Studied

  • Hebrew Poetry
  • Psalms
  • 2 Credits

Module 14: Wisdom for the People of God

From life not making sense or seeming meaningless, to knowing how to live life well and make wise, life giving decisions, wisdom is many sided as this module will show.

Topics – Books Studied

  • Introduction to wisdom literature
  • Proverbs
  • Job
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Solomon
  • 2 Credits

Module 15: The 8th Century Prophets Declaring the Heart of God to the Nations

Both Isaiah and Micah call the Southern Kings to put their trust in God as the One that will bring salvation to the nation, and indeed, to the nations!

Joel calls the nation to return to the Lord and our God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love is evident through the prophet Jonah, but a God of justice revealed through the prophet Nahum.

The study of Kings is a prerequisite for this module.

Books Studied

  • Isaiah
  • Micah
  • Joel
  • Jonah
  • Nahum
  • 2 Credits

Module 16: The 6th Century Prophets, Calling Judah to Avoid Disaster

Despite the Northern nation of Israel having been removed because of Idolatry, the southern nation of Judah continues to follow this path.

Zephaniah warns of judgment while Habakkuk questions God’s means. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, expresses God’s broken heart over his people offering a chance of reprieve right up to the very end. Even amidst the despair of a ruined nation, Lamentations declares God’s steadfast love continues as do all the prophets with their integral message of hope.

The study of Kings is a prerequisite for this module.

Books Studied

  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • 2 Credits

Module 17: Prophecies in Exile

Ezekiel was God’s messenger in exile to a rebellious Israel, calling for a change of heart. He declares that beyond the judgment there was hope, beyond the end there was a new beginning with hope of restoration and hope for the future.

You will discover in Obadiah, you don’t exploit God’s people and get away with it!

The exiled Daniel, not only remains faithful to God in a pagan world, but also is given the privilege of insight onto the future challenges and blessings of his people.

The study of Kings is a prerequisite for this module.

Books Studied

  • Ezekiel
  • Obadiah
  • Daniel
  • 2 Credits

Module 18: Rebuilding of the Nation and Beyond

Beyond the end was a new beginning, the scattered people were bidden to return. But the time was tough, and the opposition was great. How could a dead nation be re-born?

1 and 2 Chronicles creates the foundation, restoring the identity of this broken people. Ezra and Nehemiah reflect the rebuilding of the temple, Jerusalem and the nation. Exceptional times call for exceptional leaders, not only Ezra and Nehemiah, but Esther too. For the difficult task of rebuilding, there is encouragement from the Lord, and for disillusionment there is challenge. And so these final Old Testament prophets speak before the 400 years of prophetic silence.

The study of Kings is a prerequisite for this module.

Books Studied

  • Esther
  • 1 and 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • 2 Credits

Modules 13-18 are the equivalent to the third term of the residential SBS, CHR 316