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Library: Bible Introduction Course

This 30-lesson course systematically introduces the basic doctrines of God—and enables you to prove them from your own Bible. Study the BIC lessons in sequence, and you will discover: Who and what is God, why you were born, what happens after death, the true plan of salvation, the real truth of prophesied events in our time, the purpose and meaning of God’s Law—and a host of other Bible truths.

Some have asked about sending in their completed lessons with answers to be reviewed or graded. This is unnecessary because the questions are asked in such a way that the answers are essentially contained within the scriptures that students are instructed to write out.

Is This the End? – Lesson One – Bible Introduction Course

Only God’s Word reveals the right foundation of all knowledge. Only here do we find the answers to life’s big questions: Why is the world in such a miserable condition? What is the purpose of human life? Is there life after death? The Bible answers all these questions and many more. We have…
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Where Are We Going? – Lesson Two – Bible Introduction Course

In this lesson, we will further solidify the gospel (meaning “good news”) of the soon-coming kingdom of God. We will examine the general sequence of events leading up to the Return of Christ—as the King of kings—to rule over the entire earth. In short, this lesson shows the…
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Who and What Is God? – Lesson Three – Bible Introduction Course

When the term “God” is mentioned, what comes to mind? Do you think of God as Creator and Sustainer of the whole universe? Do you ponder His relationship with the Holy Spirit that flows out from Him?—or Christ’s relationship with the Father? What about the time when God came…
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Proof of the Bible – Lesson Four – Bible Introduction Course

After covering the vital subject of who and what God is, the next vital step is proving the authority of the Bible. These subjects go hand-in-hand—whatever evidence proves the validity of the Bible also proves the existence of an all-wise Creator God! In this lesson, we will prove the Bible…
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Who Will Rule the Earth? – Lesson Five – Bible Introduction Course

This lesson will cover more about the millennial reign of Christ and the soon-coming kingdom of God, described as “the times of refreshing” and “the times of restitution of all things” (Acts 3:19-21).
Bible prophecy focuses more on that pivotal time than on any other event.…
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Christ Opens the Seals – Lesson Six – Bible Introduction Course

Having examined the good news of the kingdom of God and the millennial reign of Jesus Christ in Lesson 5, this lesson focuses on the troublesome times that lie between now and that time. The increasingly turbulent state of the world is symptomatic of the storm that is gathering as we approach the…
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The Day of the Lord – Lesson Seven – Bible Introduction Course

In Lesson 6, we saw the point marking the end of the Great Tribulation (Satan’s wrath on God’s Church and the nations of physical Israel), and the beginning of the Day of the Lord (God’s intervention, and His justified wrath on the gentile nations).

In this lesson, we will cover each of the…
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Is Heaven the Reward of the Saved? – Lesson Eight – Bible Introduction Course

Millions of professing Christians believe that those who were nominally obedient or, at least, had good intentions in their physical lifetimes, go to heaven when they die. This belief is closely tied to the idea that human beings possess an immortal soul, which will be addressed in detail in Lesson…
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Who and What Is Man? – Lesson Nine – Bible Introduction Course

This lesson begins with understanding the origin of the “immortal soul” doctrine. We will see that it does not come from the Bible. We will also look at facts so amazing as to shock those who have assumed such beliefs originated from the Bible. What the Bible teaches pertaining to what…
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The Truth About Hell – Lesson Ten – Bible Introduction Course

Most professing Christians’ concept of hell does not come from the Bible. Accepting the distorted ideas from this world, cut off from God, their beliefs originated from pagan philosophy. However, proper understanding must be based on the sound truths of the Bible. Before proving the truth…
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When Is One “Born Again”? – Lesson Eleven – Bible Introduction Course

Many believe that being “born again” means having a “religious experience” or “accepting Christ.” Also, this is believed to constitute the process of conversion. Anyone having “experienced” this is said to be “saved.” Yet, is this what the…
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Are the Ten Commandments in Effect Today? – Lesson Twelve – Bible Introduction Course

Consider the following question presented to Christ: “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Notice His answer: “If you will enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:16-17).

Modern theologians ignore this direct statement from Christ that to…
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Does God Require Tithing Today? – Lesson Thirteen – Bible Introduction Course

Virtually all modern Western nations have come to possess more wealth during the past few decades than ever before in history. Yet, these nations are plagued with staggering public debt and other fiscal problems, partly because of the cost of military defense and combating crime. Why this dilemma?…
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What Is the Old Covenant? – Lesson Fourteen – Bible Introduction Course

Many believe that the Old Covenant refers to a harsh Ten Commandments law, while the New Covenant pertains only to grace and promises not based on law or obedience. Although popular, such traditional concepts are completely wrong. Professing Christianity has never understood the significance of the…
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Preparing to Become the Bride of Christ – Lesson Fifteen – Bible Introduction Course

The time when the New Covenant will be in force is fast approaching. We read, “In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away” (Heb. 8:13). We see the Old Covenant phasing out, to be replaced by the…
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What Is the Holy Spirit? – Lesson Sixteen – Bible Introduction Course

God’s Holy Spirit is the crucial element that makes the New Covenant workable, in contrast to the Old Covenant that failed because of Israel’s disobedience. Hebrews 8:10 (which quotes Jeremiah 31:33) states, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after…
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Who Rules Earth’s Airwaves? – Lesson Seventeen – Bible Introduction Course

Professing Christianity teaches that the modern world is essentially God’s world and that the duty of all Christians is to make it a better place. If this were God’s world, then we would have to conclude that Satan is vastly more powerful than God, since civilization is apparently won…
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What Is Human Nature? – Lesson Eighteen – Bible Introduction Course

The previous lesson focused on the fact that Satan holds sway over the nations. As prince of the power of the air, he broadcasts moods, feelings and attitudes such as hostility, lust and greed around the globe, affecting and influencing all people.

The Bible reveals precisely when and how human…
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Repentance – Turning Your Life Around – Lesson Nineteen – Bible Introduction Course

The world has come to accept a form of penitence—usually a form of self-denial accompanied by temporary remorse. However, genuine repentance is far different. It encompasses a comprehensive change in the outlook, values and direction in one’s life. This lesson will cover many of these…
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About Water Baptism – Lesson Twenty – Bible Introduction Course

Professing Christians are in confusion as to what constitutes the biblical method of baptism. Some feel that sprinkling or pouring of water is sufficient. In spite of the fact that repentance is a prerequisite for baptism, some denominations “baptize” infants and assume that this is…
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Should You Keep the Sabbath? – Lesson Twenty-One – Bible Introduction Course

Jesus Christ kept the Sabbath, as did the original apostles and the Church of God through the centuries. The weekly seventh-day Sabbath was commanded to be kept forever and will be kept by all humanity in the coming Millennium. This lesson presents the biblical proofs of the Sabbath in a clear way,…
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Who Authorized Sunday Worship? – Lesson Twenty-Two – Bible Introduction Course

In this lesson, we will summarize how Sunday came to be observed by professing Christianity, although it was never commanded—or even permitted—in the Bible. We will also see some of the ways that worldly theologians attempt to justify Sunday observance.
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First in God’s Plan – The Passover – Lesson Twenty-Three – Bible Introduction Course

This lesson begins a series of seven lessons that should prove beneficial in not only introducing the subject to many for the first time, but also serving as a refresher that can be reviewed every year prior to each Feast. These lessons cover the fascinating subject of the feasts that God commands…
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The Days of Unleavened Bread – Lesson Twenty-Four – Bible Introduction Course

The very process of coming out of sin is what true Christians must do once their slate has been wiped clean. Even before coming under the sacrifice of Christ, there has to be an acknowledgement and regret of having sinned as a way of life. The process of coming out of sin is not…
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The Feast of Firstfruits – Pentecost – Lesson Twenty-Five – Bible Introduction Course

The third step in God’s Plan of Salvation is pictured by the Feast of Pentecost.

The Days of Unleavened Bread picture God’s people coming out of sin, just as ancient Israel coming out of Egypt typified coming out of sin. This is the second step in the Plan of Salvation. But another vital…
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The Feast of Trumpets – Lesson Twenty-Six – Bible Introduction Course

The Feast of Trumpets ushers in the fall Holy Days, which all represent specific events that are yet to occur. This Feast occupies the central or pivotal position of all the Holy Days, with three preceding it and three following it. The pivotal event of all human history to which the Feast of…
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The Day of Atonement – Lesson Twenty-Seven – Bible Introduction Course

When peace does finally come to this world, such an influence as Satan could never be allowed to continue to manipulate civilization. What, then, will happen to Satan during this time?

The Day of Atonement, observed shortly after the Feast of Trumpets, reveals the answer to this question. Satan and…
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The Feast of Tabernacles – Lesson Twenty-Eight – Bible Introduction Course

Christ’s gospel focused on the good news of the coming kingdom of God. The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the rule of the government of God on earth under the reign of Christ, which will continue for one thousand years. After this millennial reign, other crucial steps in the Plan of God must occur…
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The Final Judgment – The Last Great Day – Lesson Twenty-Nine – Bible Introduction Course

This lesson addresses the last of the seven annual feasts that God has commanded His people to observe. The Last Great Day represents more than one significant event, in contrast to most of the preceding feast days. This final feast commemorates the time of final judgment and crucial events that…
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Putting the Pieces Together – Lesson Thirty – Bible Introduction Course

This short final lesson will focus on the knowledge you have recently acquired from this course and how God expects you to act upon it. It has been said that knowledge is of no use unless it is acted upon. Surely, there can be no more true application of this principle than with the knowledge…
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