Section 1

Biblical Studies

 

Summary:

In this section, Biblical Studies for the Diploma in Biblical Counseling, you will learn certain biblical skills.The aim of these skills is your own personal effective and practical use of the Bible.To minister the Gospel of God's love to others accurately and effectively, we must first be skilful in our own use of the Bible. To be skillful with the Bible you must:

  • Know where to put your finger in the Bible to find the Book or passage you need
  • Know where to put the Book or passage in the context of the whole Bible and also in the context of the place it has in salvation history.
  • Know how to apply Biblical studies in order to know God.
We will start developing your basic Bible skills.From there we will expand until you have a more developed view on the whole Bible.


God speaks his Word – Creation -the world comes into existence

  • Man sins and dies

God gives His Word – the Old Testament - the world has hope

  • Man cannot save himself

God keeps His Word, His Son becomes flesh – the New Testament – He pays for our sins and the world sees life

  • Man is still dead

God gives His Word in us – the Holy Spirit – Many people are still dead

God sends us with his Word - we live through faith and bring life to the world through counseling

As you can see it is God in us that changes the world through faith in His Word. This is what we do in Biblical Therapy. We lead people to the continuous choice to follow God’s Word in faith rather than human philosophies and theories.

books

Prescribed books:

The following books are prescribed for your qualification in section 1 of The Diploma in Biblical Counselling:

Compulsory books:You will have two prescribed books in section 1 of the diploma.

  1. The first is the book Exploring the Bible, under the editorship of LR Harris, SJ Schultz, GV Smith en WM Dunnet, printed in 2007 by Crossway Books.
  2. The second is the book written by Graeme Goldsworthy “According to Plan”, 1991, by Intervarsity Press.The second leads you into the subject of salvation history.As the name says it explains how God revealed his great pan of salvation through Christ in the Bible.The first book, Exploring the Bible, will serve as your basic text book on Biblical science.At the end of the chapters of both books you will find worked out questions.It is of prime importance that you complete these tasks and forward them to us for supervision.

Recommended books:To really know the respective Bible Books you will need introductions to them.

  • As introduction to the Old Testament you can purchase the book of Raymond, B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III, titled “An Introduction to the Old Testament”, printed 1994 by Zondervan Publishing.
  • As introduction on the New Testament the book by Everett F. Harrison, “Introduction to the New Testament”, printed in 1990 by Eerdmans will come in handy.
  • Willem Vangemeren, wrote “The Progress of Redemption”, printed in 1988 by Baker Books.This is a more developedtextbook on Salvation History.You will need it if you plan on going on with further studies with us.
  • The book, written by Jakob van Bruggen, titled “Christ on Earth” and printed in 1998 by Baker Books will also add to your insights on the Gospels.

Use of the compulsory books:You will not find much of the material of According to Plan or Exploring the Bible in the text of our lectures.Most of the contents of the two books will be covered in self study.The books are a pleasure to read and indispensable for your studies.You must read all of it and complete the questions at the end of each chapter.

Ordering Books:

All prescribed books are obtainable through our office by phoning in during office hours. Because books are ordered from overseas, pricing is subject to changes in exchange rates and shipping costs. It is advisable that you order beforehand once you decided to enroll. Be assured that our prices are very competitive with local Christian Booksellers. You may also find that books are not available locally, but feel free to check it out for yourself.


To enroll yourself into the following course you need to pay the enrollment fee specified for each course.
This is done in one of two ways:
Manually
You can pay for the entire course up front by electronic fund transfer or you make a deposit into our account at a bank. Once I receive proof of payment you will receive your enrollment key and log-in password for the entire course.
Automatically online
The program has been set so that you can also pay per module. The course has been divided into 24 modules. Before you can enter a module you make a payment which gives you a key to proceed.

What we believe of Holy Scripture will determine how we will work with it in your counseling sessions.If you believe that it is God’s Word and therefore infallible in its counsel you will convey its message with zeal and live a holy life.You will be blessed in what you do.Below you will find that which Christians believe about the Bible.

Module 2 has the aim of “the effective handling of Scripture”. Read Luke 24:44 and see how Jesus uses the types of literature of the Bible to explain it to his disciples. In Module 2 you will learn to orientate yourself with respect to every book in the Bible in order to position it in the Bible. To do this you must know every Bible book in the index by heart. It is important, for you as counselor, to know where every book is in the Bible. After you have done this you must know where, why and how they fit into the index of the Bible. You will first learn how the Old Testament books are classified and then also those of the New Testament.

Module 3 deals with the orientation of the Bible Books in the salvation history.We will plot every book against its historical background.This background is called the Salvation History.Salvation History describes how God employed the great plan of his salvation in Christ in human history.See for instance how Peter and Daniel take this into account.Peter explains that Christ was handed over by God “by his set purpose and foreknowledge” to be raised from the dead (Acts 2:23).Daniel enquires into the salvation history as revealed by his predecessor, the prophet Jeremiah.Daniel finds salvation history essential for his understanding of Gods plan with Israel (Daniel 9:2).In module 3 you will therefore learn to place the Bible books in salvation history.To understand Gods message to us it is important that we read them in this context.We must understand in what time He revealed what to whom and in what situation to try and fathom the deepest meaning of the message in Christ.

First you will learn the over arching salvation historical line.This is in order to know where each book fits in.Then you will learn the smaller periods in this bigger line.Take for example the period of the kings of Israel.You must know this period to know where the individual prophets fit in.

Module 4 takes us to the climax of salvation history, the Gospels. It is in the Gospels that the Old Testament, the Word of God up to that time, became flesh (John 1:14). In them we will learn about the life of Christ, why He lived to help others, so that we can live in Christ and lead others to Him.Module 4 therefore deals with the New Testament books.The New Testament is the completion of the Old Testament and of the whole Bible (Heb1:1-2). Through faith in the message of the Gospels God recreates us. He makes us a new being in his Son.

We will study the four gospels as true historical records of the life of Christ.The unifying factor in them is Christ’s life. a Chronology of his life will help us to fit the four Gospels into it.

We will also look at how our Lord moved during his ministry on earth.With the aid of a chronology and his itinerary we will understand every gospel better and see that they all harmonize with each other as true historical documents.We see how the different gospels fit into the same chronology.

To study Christ's life and makes sure about the facts is nothing new. Luke did the same! He did his own research of Christ’s life before writing his own gospel (Luke 1:1-4).


Module 5 deals with the life and letters of Paul.The letters of Paul is a result of the Gospels, Christ’s life on earth. The ascended Christ called Paul as a missionary to the heathens (Acts 9; Gal 1:17).

After founding the different congregations Paul wrote letters to them, instructing them in the walk of faith.By understanding something of the origins of Paul’s letters and their situation you will be able to understand their messages better.This will again help you to apply them correctly to your pastoral situation.

After describing the history of Christ in his Gospel, Luke goes on to describe the history of the apostles in his second Book, the Acts of the apostles. The apostles are described as instruments in Christ's hand (Acts 1:8; see Mark 16:19-20).

But Luke chose to elaborate on only the acts of two apostles. He chose the life of the two main apostles, Peter (Acts 1-8) and Paul (Acts 9-28).This classification sets the basis of the classification of the Books of the New Testament.From this description of Paul’s travels we now can trace the origins of the New Testament Letters he wrote to the different congregations.In this way you are much more familiar with the details of the letters.But if you still struggle to understand Paul’s letters, read 2 Peter 3:16.

The description “General Missionary Letters of the New Testament” refers to the following seven letters: James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude. In recent times the Book of Hebrews is also reckoned among them.