Creation, the Fall and the Promise of Salvation
We highly recommend beginning the program with BIBL201. The historical section (BIBL202–BIBL203–BIBL204) should then be studied in chronological order. The student will progressively come to see how God developed the plan of salvation throughout history. At the same time, each course should build on the foundation of the previous one(s) and prepare the student for the following one(s).
The student will use the basic principles of Bible study already introduced in BIBL201.
The student should read the entire book of Genesis in advance.
To introduce elders, discipleship group leaders and church planters to the story of the human fall and an overview of God’s plan of redemption through a study of the book of Genesis as an aid to understanding the rest of the scriptures. Indeed, the book of Genesis contains crucial theological concepts for new believers in our context.
This course begins by exploring the nature of Scripture and revelation; it reviews the creation of the universe, the curse that fell on Adam through the fall, the way in which sin led to the flood, the nature of God’s covenant relationship with Abraham and the Patriarchs through their time in Egypt.
Contents: By the end of the course, the student will:
- Understand how God’s revelation has become progressively clearer until the coming of Jesus Christ (progressive revelation).
- Better understand the context (biblical, historical, cultural and linguistic) of the book of Genesis.
- Review the main concepts of Genesis; the creation, the fall, and the covenant promises.
Character: By the end of the course, the student will:
- Strive to emulate Abraham’s special friendship relationship with God the Creator.
- Desire to reach the world for Christ, the only means of saving mankind from the devastating effects of their sin and rebellion against God.
- Demonstrate a willingness to repent from sin and actively seek God’s forgiveness.
Competency: By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the unity of Biblical revelation.
- Recognize the major characters and be able to place them in their historical context.
- Explain the place of Jesus Christ in Genesis, especially the allusions to and types of Christ.