Six Year Overview
EBS started with a six year overview of the Bible. Classes would study these and then start over again. So you might consider these our classics. When selecting this approach, we recommend doing the series in order. Any of the courses may be mixed with the Extended Courses listed below and it is certainly acceptable to cover them in your order of preference.
The study of this important first book of the Bible is essential to understanding the remainder of Scripture. We have dedicated an entire course to the study of this wonderful book of “firsts.” Recorded are the beginning of life, sin, apostasy, judgment, atonement, worship, prophecy, and salvation. Genesis forms the first chapter in the history of redemption which is the substance of the whole Bible. It points forward from a paradise lost to a paradise regained in the Book of Revelation. (29 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance (also available in Spanish)
Early History of Israel-- Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua
In Exodus we see Israel's deliverance from Egypt and journey toward the promised land. In Leviticus we see the laws of worship and priesthood given. The way of approach to God and the way of abiding with God are also seen. The books of Numbers and Deuteronomy review the history and wanderings of Israel prior to entering the promised land. Finally, in Joshua, we witness the conquest of Canaan as Israel begins to claim the inheritance promised to Abraham. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance (also available in Spanish)
Judges & Kings of Israel--Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles
This course surveys the books of Judges through Second Chronicles. The development of Israel from a loose confederation of twelve tribes into a recognized kingdom of God 's people will be traced. One repeated truth that will act as a refrain of hope in this very sobering study is the power for change when even one person repents and seeks the Lord. Eternal changes can occur in individuals, families, and even in nations as a whole. (30 Lessons) Author: Marni McKenzie (also available in Spanish)
Prophets of Israel
This study is intended to follow Judges and Kings of Israel. This present course focuses on the teachings of the Old Testament prophets as they relate to the last years of the Divided Kingdom, God's eternal promises to the Jews, and the coming of His Messiah. With the exception of Isaiah and Jeremiah, who have entire Explorer's courses devoted to them, all the other Old Testament prophets will be studied in chronological order. We will hear them sound God's warnings and issue His instructions before and after the fall of Israel at the hands of Assyria and during the exile and return of Judah from her captivity in Babylon. (30 Lessons)Author: Marni McKenzie (also available in Spanish)
Luke & Acts
In these two wonderful New Testament books we study the life of Christ and the life of the early church. The Gospel of Luke presents the good tidings of the gospel of Jesus Christ for every age, nation, profession, and people. Luke is the most complete historical record of the life of Christ. The Book of Acts is the continuation of the risen Lord's work glorified through the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of his followers. It is Christ acting from heaven guiding, directing, comforting, and encouraging His servants. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance
New Testament Epistles - Romans through Revelation
This course is not meant to be an exhaustive study of the New Testament, but rather is meant to be a study that will deepen our desire to dig further into the precious truths of the Word of God. It covers the Pauline epistles, Hebrews, the general epistles, and the Book of Revelation. The epistles are written for the instruction of every Christian. In them we have a complete course in Christian conduct for the Church as well as for the individual. (32 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance
These courses can be covered in any sequence. Some classes alternated from OT to NT, others follow no specific plan but follow the leading of the group leadership or the insight of the teacher into the spiritual needs of the class.
Job, Psalms, & Proverbs
These three poetical books deal with practical questions on right living. The book of Job gives insight into suffering; Psalms gives insight into true prayer; and Proverbs teaches the art of right conduct in every circumstance. In each of these books we find a deeper understanding and love for the God Who created us, sustains us, loves us, forgives us, and ultimately, gives our lives meaning. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
The book of Psalms is the songbook of ancient Israel. No other book of hymns has been used by so many for so long. The content of the psalms ranges from adoration and praise of God to desperate pleading in times of distress. Every human emotion can be found. Emotions are deeply felt, including the pain of sin and separation from God, relief in forgiven sin, distress in trial and humiliation, and confidence in Almighty Ever-Present God. As you study this course, you will be challenged to enter into a more intimate love relationship with God. (30 Lessons) Author: Deborah Burrus
This course is an exciting study of one of the greatest prophets of Israel. For sixty years Isaiah served as a prophet, writer, and statesman during a most critical and eventful period of his nation's history. Out of his devoted loyalty to the God who loved Israel, his unswerving faith, and patriotism came the greatest moral revolution and the reign of the great king Hezekiah. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance
This study looks at a man who did not have the satisfaction of seeing reform come from his constant warnings to a people who were corrupt, idolatrous, and obstinate. His job was to warn of the coming judgment of God through foreign armies, famine, pestilence, drought, defeat, captivity, despair, and destruction. He delivered his message with a gentle and sympathetic heart even though it was in opposition to what people wanted to hear. In this he stood alone. The study of Jeremiah reveals many parallels to our nation and world today. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance
Gospel of Matthew
This gospel provides the bridge from the Old Testament to the New through the genealogy of Jesus. The life of Christ is given in such a manner as to form part of the history and life of the Jewish nation and therefore as the fulfillment of the blessing promised to Abraham. Jesus is portrayed as the newborn King of the Jews, as the promised Messiah, and the fulfillment of prophecy. In this study we come in contact with the Living Person, Jesus Christ. We can see Jesus as He was: fully human and yet the King of Kings. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance
Gospel of John
“In the beginning was the Word.” These opening words from the Gospel of John draws a portrait of Jesus as the Divine Logos, the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus has a dual role as Revealer and Redeemer. He came to reveal the Father and to take away “the sin of the world.” As the Logos, Jesus continued God's creative and redemptive work, turning water to wine and giving sight to a blind man. As the Revealer, Jesus revealed that He and the Father were one, so those who saw Him, saw the Father. All that Jesus does and says points beyond and above to the knowledge of God, through Jesus' revelation of the Father, which reaches its fulfillment in His death on the cross and His triumphant resurrection from the grave. (30 Lessons) Author: Mrs. T. M. Constance, edited by Marni McKenzie (also available in Spanish)
Romans, Galatians & James
Author: Marni McKenzie The Apostle Paul, who was called, committed, and courageous, was the author of two of the three epistles that are covered in this study. Romans, the first epistle in the New Testament, is considered by many to be the foundational document of Biblical doctrine. The essential truth of justification through faith alone is central to this book. The book of Galatians builds on this foundation and continues to demonstrate the inability of the law to justify. James, the final book in this study, emphasizes godly behavior – the working out of our faith. (30 Lessons) (also available in Spanish)
Corinthians, Ephesians & Philippians
These four letters address specific struggles in the early church. Though centuries have passed, many issues will sound familiar. People still need instruction in how to get along with one another; care must be taken not to succumb to false teaching; believers need to know their status and position in Christ and to one another; and those obedient and submitted to Christ experience joy despite circumstances. (30 Lessons) Author: Deborah Burrus (also available in Spanish)
Hebrews & 1 Peter
These epistles are purposely paired because they have so much to say to us in our present world where holiness is ridiculed, absolute truth is denied, self-indulgence is applauded, careful study of Scripture is neglected, and the proclamation of the Gospel is increasingly forbidden. As you study these to books, expect to have your spiritual stomach stretched with meaty issues and your heart pierced with deep truths. (30 Lessons) Author: Marni McKenzie
God’s Perfect Plan - Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation *
This course seeks to bring together and open a broad spectrum of Scriptures dealing with prophecy, hopefully leading to a fuller understanding of their meaning and importance. The study begins with a look at Old Testament prophecies and their fulfillment in the life of the nation of Israel. Several lessons focus on the many prophecies concerning the coming Messiah and their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. The later portion of the study looks at prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled - those that many consider to be future or “end time.” (30 Lessons) Author: Marni McKenzie
* Bible believing Christians hold a variety of positions on prophecy, eschatology and the end times. The various viewpoints are explained in this very popular course God’s Perfect Plan. The material is presented from the position that the events described in the Book of Revelation from chapter four on, are yet to occur. Please be aware of this as you pray about your course selection for the next year.
The Only True God - Knowing the God of the Bible
We find ourselves in a world of many so called gods. Established world religions offer us several choices while individuals constantly invent gods in their own image - often to approve whatever they are already doing. Jesus stated clearly that there is only one true God, and He is the God who has revealed Himself through His anointed Son, Jesus Christ. This study identifies attributes of God first appearing in Genesis and traces them through the Bible. (30 Lessons) Author: Marni McKenzie
Making Sure of the Truth
Peter, John, Paul, and Jude were among the apostles who knew firsthand about the dangers of "adding to" or "subtracting from" the true Christian faith. From without they faced a government trying to limit Christian influence. From within, they battled false teachers trying to profit from the generosity of believers while undermining the truth of the gospel with their actions. In the 15 week study we cover Philemon, Colossians, 2 Peter, Jude and 1,2,3 John. By diving into these epistles you'll discover treasures of truth that are eternally relevant and immediately rewarding.
The Gospel of Mark
In our 15 week study of The Gospel of Mark you will enjoy powerful descriptions of the life and work of Jesus. Mark describes Jesus as the King who leaves heaven to serve humankind. A servant comes to serve and that is what Jesus does. He serves His Father accomplishing the work God sent Him to do. He serves us as the Savior who lays down His life that we might begin living. Mark shows Jesus as a powerful servant who just speaks and people are restored to health. He also shows us a teaching servant who gives us lessons on the nature of God, on prayer, on life, on leadership, and on servanthood.
The Book of Acts
We read the Book of Acts not only as an observer but as a participant. The coming of The Holy Spirit is the main event in Acts and the recorded history of the early church is the history of the Holy Spirit acting in and through the lives the apostles. This same Spirit lives in and through the life of the believer today. This 30 week study is perfect as a follow up to a gospel study or for any group.