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Perhaps you’re familiar with the Bible, but not with the over-arching story this book unfolds to us from its beginning in Genesis to its conclusion in Revelation. Discover the themes that unite these 66 books into a cohesive narrative. And discover the essential part you play in this big story.
The content for this course is provided courtesy of Mark Young, PhD, President of Denver Seminary.
- Understand the larger story God communicates to us through His Word.
- Identify the themes that begin in Genesis and work their way through Scripture to the book of Revelation.
- Discuss God’s creative work in Genesis and examine it from both Old and New Testament perspectives.
- Articulate what it means and why it matters that man is created “in God’s image.”
- Examine the tragedy of the fall in Genesis 3 and answer the question: What is God going to do?
- Explain how God rescues His creation.
- Describe how Abraham is a model of how God involves people in His restorative work.
- Explain why redemption is not limited to personal forgiveness.
This lesson was wonderfully taught. It gave me so much new awareness. For example, What it means to be a child of God is not that “I believe so that I can go to heaven, or be forgiven, or even have eternal life. The purpose of being a child of God is to live my life so that others may come to know the one true God and worship Him.” I enjoyed this lesson.Jennifer
Just a great way to get started on my Bible study journey to have the integrative themes of who God is to us, who we are to Him, and how he is carrying out his redemptive mission through us so clearly laid out.John
Dr. Young does a outstanding job on reviewing the three biblical ideas of Rescue, Restoration, and Ransom.Cynthia
This course answered so many questions for me. Some clearly formed and specific and others I hadn’t been able to formulate. Completing this course makes me eager to take the other ones.Sonya
This course left me with much to think about in how I might answer someone who asks what the Bible is about. The examples in the lectures were great. I will look at the sunset differently. I think the most pertinent thing that I took away from this course is that whatever God does for me is always for the sake of others.Kathleen
Dr. Young was an engaging lecturer, whose personal commitment gave weight to his teachings. It was scholarship with spirit and truth. Thank you for making this available to the body of Christ and for faithfully teaching His Word.Carolyn
I have a clear understanding of my role as a follower of Jesus Christ. I know that I am saved not only for my own salvation but to compel other’s to become followers and share in God’s redemptive plan for all people. The work of God’s redemption is RESCUE, RESTORATION, AND RANSOME. From Genesis until Revelation the promise is continuous.Susan
This course is so refreshing. I needed this, especially because I have just been in a dry place for a long time. This course made me realize that God loves me so much even though I am stubborn. I am now energized!Faye, India
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this overview of what the Bible is all about, and would recommend it – it’s given me so much food for thought. I love having that big picture in my mind now of how it’s God’s story, and not only a story of rescue and restoration for the individual, but for all peoples. It’s inspired me to know and understand that God has given me and His Church an integral part to play in that story. The blessings are not just for us, but that we are a ‘sent’ people, and we are to be a blessing to others and to showcase God’s love, mercy, and grace so that others will be drawn to love and worship Him.Pauline, India
I enjoyed the topics and how they were presented. Thank you so much.Marci, India
I really enjoyed this course.Susan, India
I really enjoyed Dr. Mark Young’s lectures on all of his subjects. He spoke very clearly and precisely and was easily understood. I would really appreciate hearing more of his excellent teaching! Thank you Dr. Young.Juergen, India
The course was great! It gave me insight and knowledge. It caused me to think in depth about the Bible story and God’s redemptive mission. I love reading the articles written by scholars. The articles were personable and further explain the narrative of the Bible story.Dannita, India
The reading materials and lectures were clear and concise and helped to provide key understanding of the topics.Anna, India
What I’ve learned about the Bible in this course has been a tremendous help to understanding what God has been teaching me all along.Benito, United States (US)
Outstanding course. I finally see my place in the big picture.Skip, United States (US)
The course was very stimulating, I was able to expand my understanding and meditation of God’s Word.Theresa, United States (US)
Great course. Really explained the thread that runs through the entire Bible.Cecil, United States (US)
Excellent lectures and readings; enjoyed very much and learned a lot.Wes, United States (US)
Outstanding Course! I learned so much from the professor! I will definitely share with others!April, United States (US)
It is easy to understand yet very informative. I learned so much.Sheila, United States (US)
The reading materials are great. It gives me more knowledge aside from Dr. Young’s explanation. Meanwhile, Dr. Young’s presentations are very easy to understand as he uses simple English language for listeners to follow. The transcript helps me review the lessons.Vincent, United States (US)
This was my first course and I’m very satisfied. I like the format – reading, class time, quiz & a final exam.Helen, United States (US)
This is the core of the Bible. Thanks.William, United States (US)
Great insights, clear teaching, interesting things to consider with good evidence to back it up.Brandon, United States (US)
Very thought provokingAlvin, United States (US)
The lectures were excellent and well organized. I learned a lot and was deeply challenged.Courtney, United States (US)
Great presentation. The lectures were very interesting!Calvin, United States (US)
It brought the Old Testament to a different level of understanding for me.Karren, United States (US)
A brilliant course which made me think beyond the scope of my existing understandingGlen, United States (US)
The course has helped me to understand the Bible as one true story about God. Further that God redeems, restores and ransoms His people through one Jesus Christ into His Kingdom. And He accomplishes His mission through His people.Nicholas, United States (US)
What an excellent course! After reading the parable of the sheep and goats, I have come to believe that we live in a generation of “goats”. This course explains why. It seems the bulk of our focus as Christians, is on what God can do for us. And while it is true, life in God is full of benefits, we fail to understand “why” God is building us up and empowering us. I am so thankful for having the truth of the Bible, as an entire story, explained with such clarity.Grace, United States (US)
This is a unique course in its presentation. I learned a great deal.Michael, United States (US)
This is a great work. Thumbs up. I only humbly suggest that to aid students the right answers should be given after the exams where the students got it wrong.Dusty, United States (US)
Sessions are made simple, so that a lay person can easily understand.Diana, United States (US)
I have totally enjoyed doing this course, and believe it has given me a good grounding for reading, understanding the Bible a bit better, and for the need of sharing my faith.Gillian, United States (US)
I truly enjoyed this lesson. The format was easy to follow and allowed for me to understand the lessons clearly. Thanks to all those who contributed to this class, especially Dr. Young. God bless all who were involved in this study.Kim, United States (US)
This lesson was a great learning experience and it enhance my understanding of God, Jesus and the Bible.Terry, United States (US)
I am thankful for this course and its presentation of the redemption story. I will use what I have learned in my ministry. Blessings.Donald, United States (US)
This was another great experience for me. Not too overwhelming but thought provoking and impacting. Thank you.Pamela, United States (US)