Old Testament

Old Testament Survey I: Genesis-Job*
This class gives you a broad and deep understanding of God’s Word, aimed in strengthening your relationship with God and help you understand His will for your life. You should listen to the messages with your Bible open and with a heart that is prepared to hear from God.

These are recordings of Pastor Chuck Smith “Through the Bible” messages delivered at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California. As you take this class, you will study the Bible verse-by-verse from Genesis through Job by listening to the expository messages, answering the study questions in the course guide while writing down personal notes from the teachings.

There are 88 messages for this course, at an average length of about an hour per message. First-time students, to begin working ahead on this class, please email mfhbc1@gmail.com.

Old Testament Survey II: Psalms-Malachi*
Continuing the Old Testament, this class gives you a deeper understanding of God’s Word, meant to strengthen your relationship with God and help you understand His will for your life. You should listen to the messages with your Bible open and with a heart that is prepared to hear from God.

These are recordings of Pastor Chuck Smith “Through the Bible” messages delivered at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California. As you take this class, you will study the Bible verse-by-verse from Psalms to the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi by listening to the expository messages, answering the study questions in the course guide while writing down personal notes from the teachings.

There are 87 messages for this course, at an average length of about an hour per message. First-time students, to begin working ahead on this class, please email mfhbc1@gmail.com.

PENTATEUCH

Genesis*
A verse-by-verse study of the book of Genesis. The intention of this course is to study the magnificent account of the creation of mankind and the unfolding plan of redemption of mankind, leading each of us into a deeper faith in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

EXODUS OT311 (2 CREDITS)
The book of Exodus is foundational to an understanding of the Old Testament. This course is an exegetical study of the book of Exodus with added emphasis on the authorship of the Pentateuch, the Passover feast, the role of the law in the life of a New Testament believer and the history of the Near East at the time of the Exodus.

LEVITICUS OT312 (2 CREDITS)
Why study Leviticus? To focus on God’s original plan for worship, service, obedience and holiness: your priestly calling, hence the reason for the Hebrew title for Leviticus: “And He called”. The final chapters of Exodus focus on the construction of the tabernacle, which leads to the opening of Leviticus – a description of the sacrifices performed in the Holy Place. Three sections comprise Leviticus: Sacrifices, Priesthood and Purity.

NUMBERS OT313(2 CREDITS)
Imagine being inches away from the Promised Land and instead of entering…you’re delayed forty years! The danger of delayed blessing and a wasted life is still a threat to every Christian today! During our verse-by-verse study of the book of Numbers we’ll learn from Israel’s mistakes so that our lives won’t be full of wasted time as well. Our main goals are to strengthen your walk with Jesus while gaining a better understanding of the structure, purpose, theology, themes, and Christ-sightings in the book of Numbers.

DEUTERONOMY OT314 (2 CREDITS)
This course is a thorough, expository study of Deuteronomy, its original meaning, and current significance. Discussion of different issues important for the study of the book are covered, such as authorship, structure, date, ethics, and theology of the book. Taking a look at Deuteronomy’s relationship to the rest of the Bible as an important chapter in God’s story, paying special attention to Jesus’ use of Deuteronomy in his understanding of his identity and mission.

HISTORY

JOSHUA OT315 (2 CREDITS)
This course is a verse-by-verse study through the book of Joshua. As we look at Joshua (a type of Christ), leading his people into the Promised Land, something that Moses (type of the law) had been unable to do, the applications to the Christian life become obvious. Through exploring the theme of the Promised Land as a picture of the victorious life of faith students will be looking to “see” Jesus as we study this Old Testament book.

JUDGES OT316 (2 CREDITS)
This class focuses on the period in Israelite history between the death of Joshua and Saul’s accession to the throne. Comparing present-day circumstances with the time period of Judges. Old Testament Israel demonstrates common pitfalls and offers solutions to our modern problems. The time of Judges can be described as a period of moral relativism and the message is just as appropriate today as it was 3000 years ago.

OT361 RUTH & ESTHER (2 CREDITS)
This course is designed to be an in-depth study of the Old Testament books of Ruth and Esther. Both books present the stories of women who faced great challenges in their lives and met these times of trial with courage and commitment to God. Both were ordinary women who found themselves in grim circumstances with physical and spiritual opposition. In their attempt to merely survive their circumstances, God used them to change the course of history.

OT362 I & II KINGS (2 CREDITS)
This study of I & II Kings seeks to engage students in a review of each of the stories presented in the book in order to discover how they incorporate the author’s intended purpose and the major themes involved. The major themes covered are: to prove Yahweh is the only true God, to demonstrate His faithfulness to fulfill His word, and to relate the account of how the moral breakdown of the kings and people lead to the collapse and captivity of the nation.

OT372 I & II SAMUEL / LIFE OF DAVID (2 CREDITS)
I & II Samuel gives an in-depth look into a time period in the nation of Israel when they moved from being a nation that had God as their king, to a nation that would be ruled by a man. These two historic books of the Bible give us a clear view of three individuals who played a major part in the history of the nation. King Saul, King David and the prophet Samuel. Students will learn much about God and the type of person that He chooses to work through from both the triumphs and the tragedies of these three men who helped shape the course of a nation and history. This class is an interactive class, combining lecture with spirited class discussion.

OT374 EZRA & NEHEMIAH (2 CREDITS)
When Ezra and Nehemiah received a call from God, they each responded in very different ways, but both were called to be leaders. The Lord knew the strengths and weaknesses of both men and he used both to His good purposes. The leadership roles these men would willingly undertake would revive a people and a nation, which had been all but destroyed. Jerusalem was a pile of rubble, the Jews were an enslaved people in Babylon, and when all seemed lost
and hopeless God raised up men of stout heart and God-given faith who would restore God’s chosen nation. Answering the Lord’s call, Ezra and Nehemiah stepped into the cauldron of leadership and service.

OT402 I & II CHRONICLES (2 CREDITS)
This course consists of an overview of I & II Chronicles. Through taking a closer look at the lives of the kings covered in these two books and help learners make practical application of the truths found within. This course reviews the stories and lives of the people involved during this important period of history.

POETRY

JOB OT327 (2 CREDITS)
At the heart of the Book of Job are questions that all people face at some point in life regarding suffering, justice, and God’s relationship to human life. This book’s message about Yahweh’s wisdom, sovereignty, and His trustworthiness in spite of suffering is one that believers need to understand and apply today as urgently as ever. This course is an expositional study and will focus on understanding the message of the Book of Job and what it means for us as we seek to walk by faith in Christ.

OT328 PSALMS (2 CREDITS)
The Psalms remain today as one of the most loved, read, and quoted books in the Bible. God would have us study them as well, yet often they are neglected in this regard. Examining important ideas and themes while spotlighting several of the key Psalms.

OT329 PROVERBS (2 CREDITS)
Students will study verse-by-verse to apply the wisdom of Proverbs in our everyday life in Christ. This course studies the words and wisdom of Solomon as written in the book of Proverbs. Seeking to pull out spiritual truths that can be practically applied to our lives, based on Paul’s exhortation, “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Our study proves that a deeper knowledge of Him produces humble, teachable, and willing servants.

OT330 ECCLESIASTES (2 CREDITS)
The course is a verse-by-verse exposition of the book of Ecclesiastes. Attention will be placed on helping the student understand the book’s place in the canon of Scripture, authorship, ethical issues revolving around the meaning and actions of life, solutions to problem passages, and discovering and applying God’s greatest good to our lives.

Major PROPHETS

OT332 ISAIAH (2 CREDITS)
The goal of this class is to deepen the student’s relationships with Christ while gaining an academic and devotional understanding of the book of Isaiah. Becoming familiar with the form and structure of the book, as well as its basic theology, purpose, authorship, and various historical accounts related to Isaiah. Though Isaiah relates God’s judgment upon those who reject Him, some of the most beautiful and profound prophecies of the Messiah are found in this powerful book. This is a chapter by chapter expositional study.

OT333 JEREMIAH (2 CREDITS)
Students will utilize their Bibles to fully understand the times in Israel when the LORD chose Jeremiah to be His prophet to God’s chosen people. Having the opportunity to compare national values from ancient biblical times with our present-day moral values in this verse-by-verse study through Jeremiah.

OT410 JEREMIAH & LAMENTATIONS (2 CREDITS)
This course hopes to bring transformation to the student through a verse-by-verse study of Jeremiah and Lamentations; it is designed to impart exegetical understanding leading to a Christ-focused passion through the text, for His glory. A special emphasis is placed on the relevance of these books for the contemporary Christian.

OT336 DANIEL (2 CREDITS)
This course is a chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse study of the book of Daniel. Known as the “Apocalyptic Book of the Old Testament,” Daniel holds the keys that unlock understanding of the book of Revelation, as the two partner each other. Some of the main topics of the book are the sovereignty of God, the biblical accounts of secular historical events, the preservation of Israel while in exile, and detailed accounts of major prophetical events.

OT359 MINOR PROPHETS (2 CREDITS)
This course consists of an overview and study of the messages of the pre-exilic and post-exilic Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. The goal of this course is to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, by studying the writings that once governed and continue to govern the divine happenings of history; taking heed to the persisting fulfillment of God’s Word and the pertinence of these messages in our lives today.

* Required for Degree or Certificate Completion

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