IFD217 – How to Study the Bible
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Do you know it is important to study God’s Word and you want to read your Bible faithfully, but sometimes you just don’t know how or where to begin? Do you sometimes wish you knew how to go about understanding what you are reading in more detail? Do you feel intimidated at times because you find it difficult to understand the meaning of the biblical text?
This course is designed to help you study the Bible in such a way that it allows you to bask in the light of God’s Word as His special Love Letter to you, by using a method referred to as Inductive Bible Study that will not only help you to observe and interpret what you are reading, but how to apply it to your specific context. This method can be used for devotional reading, or by extending it further for digging more deeply into the biblical text. 2 Peter 3:18 instructs us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” You don’t have to be a Christian for several years or a seminary trained theologian to read and apply the truths of the Bible – God has given His Holy Scriptures to all of us!
This course will help you understand the differences between the many versions of the Bible and how to select one best-suited for your goals and purposes, and will also introduce you to some tools you can use in your studies. It is our prayer that this course helps you begin to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in a wonderful never-ending journey of immersing yourself in God’s Word and growing spiritually as you learn more about God’s redemptive plan for humanity through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Students will need a copy of the book Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet, and a Light Unto My Path: How to Study the Bible by Nancy Golden. This book should be available for purchase later this year; if it is not available before the start of the course, a PDF version of the book will be provided to students enrolled in this course.
1.5 CEUs are available upon successful completion of this course.
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Nancy Golden has a passion for sharing her faith and a heart for people of “every tribe and language and people and nation.” She graduated from Dallas Christian College and earned her master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Nancy’s seminary work included theology and Bible with an intercultural studies focus. Her passion for evangelism led her to author a book, “The Second Greatest Commandment Meets the Great Commission: How to Love Your Neighbors to Christ” (HIS Publishing Group 2013). She is an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Christian College and has taught How to Study the Bible, New Testament Survey, and World Religions. In addition, she has developed a cross-cultural missions course for Dallas Christian College that incorporates both the theology and the history of missions.
Nancy and her husband Phil are certified lay servants and along with their son Josh are members of the First United Methodist Church in Carrollton, Texas. Phil and Nancy also serve as the Directors of Pursuit: Young Adult Ministry and occasionally serve at the United Methodist Cambodian Fellowship also in Carrollton in various capacities. Nancy also teaches Sunday School and has been active in serving on the evangelism and discipleship committees at her church. When she is not busy with her family, students, and church activities, Nancy can be found riding her horse Pistol, who fortunately does not mind listening to her sing praise and worship songs!
Visit Nancy’s website to learn more about how to share your faith.