Course Contents

USokhanya ufundisa iBhayibhile yodwa. Isifundo sinenjongoyokunceda abafundi ukukhula elwazini lwabo lweBhayibhile Ngale ndlela bayaqina elukholweni nokuzinkela eNkosinin nasemsebenzini wayo. Isifundo sifuna ukunceda abafundi babenako ukukhokela amakhaya abo, nasemabandleni abo nasekuhlalweni.

Ukukhula elukholweni kuxhobisela ukulungiselela abanye abantu.

USokhanya ufundisa ngeBhayibhile yonke, iTestamente eNdala kunye neTestamente eNtsha. Nangona izifundo zembalelwano azilanelelani kanye indlela izifundo zaseklasini zilanelelana ngayo, zifundisa yonke into enikwa ziiklasi.

Uludwe lwezifundo zembalelwano ezinikwa ezantsi luyanceda ukubona oku kufundiswe nguSokhanya.

Sokhanya offers a course based on the Bible which is intended to help students to grow in a thorough knowledge of the Bible itself. This leads to spiritual growth and deeper commitment in the personal life of the student. In this way the student is equipped to provide proper spiritual guidance to his or her own family, congregation and community.

Spiritual growth that does not lead to service to others is not Biblical.

The course covers the main parts of the Bible, both Old and New Testament. Although the Class teaching is structured somewhat differently to the Correspondence Course, both cover basically the same contents.

The full Correspondence Course outline which is given below gives you a picture of the contents that is covered


Course contents

Book 1:                                                                                         

The Bible is the Word of God

1  The Bible is the word of God

1.1  The Bible is the word of God

1.2  The Bible was written by people

1.3  The Holy Spirit inspired the Bible

1.4  The purpose of the Bible

2   The nature of the Bible

2.1  Two Testaments

2.2  The books of the Old Testament

2.3  The books of the New Testament

2,4  The relationship between the two Testaments

3.  The origin of the Bible

3.1  The way the Bible was written

3.2  The places where the Bible was written

3.3  The times when the Bible was written

3.4  The times when the Bible was translated

4 Things to remember about the Bible

4.1  The Bible has both easy and difficult parts

4.2  The Bible is a book from olden times

4.3  We have the Bible only in translations

4.4 That the Bible does not offer us

 

Book 2:

The times of the Bible

1  The times of the Bible

1.1 To understand previous ages

1.2 The times of the Old Testament

1.3  The times of the books of Moses

1.4  Israel’s times in Canaan

1.5  The times of the New Testament

2 The story of te world and of humankind

2.1 The corruption of God’s good creation

2.2 God did not abandon us because of our sins

 

Book   3:    

God, his creation and humanity (Gen 1-3)

1    God’s good creation

1.1 Genesis 1: The song of God’s good creation

1.2 The form of the earth

1.3 The earth must flourish

2 God our Creator

2.1 God the Creator of all

2.2 The humans God created

2.3 Created in God’s image

3   The origin of corruption and sin           

3.1 The corruption of God’s creation

3.2 Who Satan is

3.3 The works of Satan

3.4 Sin and its fruits

3.5 God judges sin

3.6 God promised to restore everything

 

Book 4:

The ancestors of faith (Gen 12-50) 

1    God opened the way of faith

1.1 Abraham and his descendants

1.2 Abraham the father of faith

1.3 Lot’s unbelief

1.4 Sarah and Hagar

2 The ancestors of Israel

2.1  Isaac and Ismail: sons of the believer

2.2  Jacob: God can change a person

2.3 The life of Joseph

 

Book 5:

God saved people to serve him  (Book of Exodus)

1 God revealed Himself to Moses 

1.1   The book of Exodus

1.2   Moses as God’s chosen leader

1.3   God reveals his nature

2   Salvation comes from God 

2.1   Salvation comes from God

2.2   What His salvation is

2.3   Passover as remembrance of salvation

2.4   Salvation for the family

3     God’s law and the life of faith

3.1   The position of the law in the life of the believer

3.2   The covenant as seal of new life

3.3   The Ten Commandments

3.4   The Ten Commandments and the New Testament

 

Book 6 :

To serve God only 

(Leviticus and Deuteronomy)  

1    To serve God only 

1.1   The book of Leviticus

1.2   Sacrifices and customs

1.3   Not to eat pork

1.4   Ritual uncleanliness

1.5   Not to shave ones beard

2   To serve God only 

2.1   The book of Deuteronomy

2.2   To serve no idols

2.3   Do not involve with mediums

2.4   Uphold the Sabbath

 

Book 7:   

The life of Jesus (Synoptic Gospels)

1    Synoptic Gospels

1.1   The term “gospel”

1.2   The relation between the Gospels

1.3   The Gospel of  Matthew

1.4   The Gospel of Mark

1.5   The Gospel of Luke

1.6   The Gospel of John

2   The times and rulers of the New Testament

2.1   The period between the Old and New Testaments

2.2   The Roman rulers

2.3   The Jewish kings

2.4   The Jewish council

3     The story of Jesus’ Ministry    

3.1   The Gospels does not give ordinary history

3.2   The birth of Jesus

3.3   Jesus’ youth

3.4   The age of Jesus

3.5   The time of Jesus’ death and resurrection

4    The palaces where Jesus ministered

4.1  The beginning of Jesus’ ministry

4.2  Jesus worked mostly in Galilee

4.3  Jesus on His way to Jerusalem

 

Book 8:

Baptism 

1   Jesus and John the Baptist

1.1   The birth of Jesus

1.2   John the Baptist

1.3   The baptism of Jesus

 Christian Baptism

2.1   The origin of baptism

2.2   What does Baptism do to you

2.3   Ways of baptizing

2.4   The baptism of infants

2.5   The sign on the forehead

2.6   Baptism by the Holy Spirit

2.7   Ritual cleansing ceremonies

3   Jesus and the Pharisees

3.1   Who the Pharisees were

3.2   Why  Jesus clashed with the Pharisees

3.3   Jesus revealed the falseness of the Pharisees

3.4   The responsibility to confront sin in people’s lives

 

Book  9:  

The ministry of Jesus  

1   The sermon on the mount

1.1   Jesus’ sermons

1.2   The sermon on the mount

1.3   The Beatitudes

 Jesus and the traditions of the time

2.1   Jesus and the Law of Moses

2.2   Jesus and fasting

2.3   Jesus and the Sabbath

2.4   Jesus and ritual impurity

3    The parables of Jesus   

3.1   What parables are

3.2   The message of the parables of Jesus

3.3   How to interpret the parables

3.4   Jesus explained the parables

4    The miracles Jesus performed

4.1   The aim of the miracles of Jesus

4.2   Different types of miracles

4.3   The manner in which Jesus healed

4.4   Faith and healing

 

Book 10:

The passion and death of Jesus

1   Jesus’ final days 

1.1   The final week

1.2   The last Passover

1.3   Jesus on trail

 Jesus on the way to the cross

2.1   Jesus suffered at the hands of soldiers

2.2   Walking towards Calvary

2.3   The first words on the Cross

2.4   The second words on the Cross

3    Jesus on the cross         

3.1   The third words on the Cross

3.2   The fourth words on the Cross

3.3   The fifth words on the Cross

3.4   The sixth words on the Cross

3.5   The seventh words on the Cross

 The death and funeral of Jesus

4.1   The death of Jesus

4.2   The funeral of Jesus

4.3   The resurrection of Jesus

 

 

Book 11 :

Christian Ministry 

1    Ministry according to the Bible

1.1   The leaders in the Old Testament

1.2   The ministry of Jesus

1.3   The ministry of the disciples

 General Christian Ministry

2.1   Christian Ministry

2.2   The ministry of every believer

2.3   The gifts of the Spirit are for ministry

2.4   The believer and his/her ministry

3     The ministry of the leaders    

3.1   To build the house of the Lord

3.2   When congregations multiply

3.3   New ministries developed

3.4   Moving ministers of the New Testament

  Ministry in particular congregations

4.1   Ministry in particular congregations

4.2   Ministries today

 

Book 12:

Ministry of pastor, evangelist and minister 

1   Ministry of different leaders

1.1   The calling to ministry

1.2   Questions by someone called

1.3   The purpose of ministry

1.4   The ministry of membership

2   The ministry of the Pastor

2.1   All leaders are pastors

2.2   The Great Good Pastor

2.3   The tasks of a pastor

2.4   The character of a pastor

3  The ministry of the Evangelist   

3.1   What an Evangelist is

3.2   Evangelization in the New Testament

3.3   The Great Evangelist

3.4   The character of the evangelist

3.5   Examples of evangelists

4   The ministry of the Minister

4.1   Teaching according to the New Testament

4.2   The Great Teacher

4.3   The disciples became ministers

4.4   The character of a Minister

4.5   Paul as minister

 

Book 13:

Ministry of elder, deacon and bishop 

1   The development of ministry in the New Testament  

1.1   Also the people of God need leaders

1.2   The biggest leader in the New Testament

1.3   The situation in Jerusalem after Pentecost

1.4   Congregations multiplied and ministries multiplied

 Ministry around 100 AD

2.1   Three main offices

2.2   Elders

2.3   Bishops

2.4   Deacons

3    Ministry and traditions of the Apostles         

3.1   The traditions of the Apostle

3.2   The traditions of Jesus

3.3   What are the traditions of the Apostle

3.4   Apostleship today

 The development of ministry in history

4.1   The succession of bishops

4.2   The appointment of a leader

4.3   The instalment of a leader

4.4   Laying on of hands

4.5   Timothy

 

Book 14:   

Ministry of Archbishop and anointment

1   Anointing of some officials

1.1   Anointing with oil

1.2   Anointment according to the New Testament

1.3   Jesus the great Anointed

1.4   We are anointed ones

1.5   Anointment through the ages

2   Ministers and their robes

2.1   To be given a particular robe

2.2   Robes in the Bible

2.3   The robes of the priest

2.4   The Great Priest of the New Testament

2.5   The robes of salvation

3    The ministry of the Archbishop           

3.1   The name “Arch”

3.2   The origin of the Archbishop

3.3   The Pope

3.4   Archbishops today

4     The ministry of Priesthood

4.1   Priests and Old Testament priests

4.2   The divide between priests and members

4.3   The origin of celibacy

4.4   Priesthood today

 

Book 15:

The books of the prophets and their message 

1   The books of the prophets

1.1   The books of the Old Testament

1.2   The books of the prophets

1.3   The historical books of the Old Testament

2    The prophets of God

2.1   Prophets today

2.2   Prophets in the Bible

2.3   Prophets as counsellors

2.4   Prophets as preachers

3     False and true prophets          

3.1   To distinguish between spirits

3.2   Marks of false Prophets

3.3   Marks of true Prophets

4    Prophecy in the Old Testament

4.1   The message of the preaching prophets

4.2   The message of the Historical books

4.3   God’s judgement today

 

Book 16:   

The Historical Books and their message

1   History that preaches

1.1   History that preaches

1.2   The book of Joshua

1.3   The book of the Judges

1.4   The books of Samuel

1.5   The books of the Kings

2   The story of Zion

2.1   The story of Israel is the story of Zion

2.2   The book of First Chronicles

2.3   The book of Second Chronicles

2.4   The book of Ezra

2.5   The book of  Nehemiah

3     The times of the Israel

3.1    The time of the Old Testament

3.2    The times of the prophets

3.3    The nations the prophets spoke of

 

Book 17:    

Prophecies about Jesus and ways of revelation by God

1   The prophets of Zion

1.1   Prophecy before the time of Zion

1.2   The prophets of Israel (northern Kingdom)

1.3   Isaiah and Micah

1.4   Jeremiah and his times

1.5   The prophecies of Ezekiel

1.6   Haggai and Zechariah

1.7   The presence of God today

2    Prophecies about Jesus Christ

2.1   The Old Testament prophecies about Jesus

2.2   Prophecies about the Kingship of Jesus

2.3   Prophecies about the passion of Jesus

3   The ways in which God gives revelations       

3.1   Revelation through dreams

3.2   The Urim and Tumim

3.3   The revelation of mysteries by prophets

3.4   Revelation through the Bible and the Holy Spirit

3.5   Mediums and spirit possessors

3.6   The Bible and our ancestors

 

Book 18:

The prophecies of Amos,

Jeremiah   and Daniel

1   Prophets spoke of sin (Amos)   

1.1   The prophet Amos

1.2   The prophecies of Amos

1.3   The sins of Israel

1.4   God wants Justice

 Prophets and politics (Jeremiah)

2.1   The times of Jeremiah

2.2   The Prophet and politics

2.3   Politics today

3    Prophets and false gods (idols)           

3.1   Prophets and idol worship

3.2   What is idol worship?

3.3   Idols today

  The prophecies of Daniel

4.1   The times of Daniel

4.2   The stories of Daniel

4.3   The visions of Daniel

4.4   To discern the future

 

Book 19:     

Books of poetry

1     Books of poetry

1.1   Which are the poetic books?

1.2  The nature of poetry

  The headings of the Psalms

2.1   The writers of the Psalms

2.2   The types of Psalms

2.3   The way Psalms were used

3    The Ascension Songs    

3.1   The Ascension Songs

3.2   The Feasts of Israel

3.3   Psalms 12 to 134

4   The king in the service of God

4.1   The king in the Old Testament service

4.2   The good king

4.3   The king as anointed son of God

 

Book 20:  

Living with God

1    The presence of God in Zion

1.1   The story of the temple at Zion

1.2   The presence of God in Zion

1.3    Zion as the dwelling place of God

1.4    Zion songs

2   The God of Zion

2.1   God is King

2.2   God is the Helper

2.3   God helps the helpless

3     Also believers experience pain and troubles

3.1   Also believers suffer - Psalm 73

3.2   Job and his suffering

  Solomon councils about life

4.1   The writer Solomon

4.2   The book of Proverbs

4.3   The book of Ecclesiastes

4.4   The book of Songs of Songs

 

Book 21:  

Jesus according to the Gospelof John

1   The writings of the Apostle John

1.1   John the writer

1.2   John wrote to the congregation of Ephesus

1.3   The aim of the Gospel of John

 Jesus is God Himself

2.1   Jesus is the Word of God

2.2   The Word is God

2.3   Jesus is separate from God the Father

2.4   Jesus is the Son of God

2.5   One God, three persons

3    Jesus became a human being 

3.1   Jesus became a human being

3.2   The divinity and humanity of Jesus

3.3   The value of Jesus’ humanity to us

 Names of Jesus in John

4.1   Jesus is the Christ

4.2   Jesus is King

4.3   Jesus is the Lamb of God

4.4   Jesus is the Bread of Life

4.5   Jesus is the Good Shepherd

4.6   Some other names for Jesus

 

Book 22:   

To believe in Jesus Christ

1    To believe in Jesus Christ

1.1   What faith is

1.2   To believe in Jesus Christ

1.3   Faith that brings eternal life

1.4   How one comes to faith

1.5   What repentance is

1.6   Faith and being saved

1.7   Faith only

2 The fruits of faith

2.1   To have eternal life

2.2   To be justified

2.3   To be a child of God

3    The promise of the Holy Spirit            

3.1   The mediator that He would give

3.2   The Spirit was given to believers

 

Book 23:   

The work of the Holy Spirit

1      The work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers

1.1   The Spirit gives the new life of faith

1.2   To be filled by the Spirit

1.3   To live in the Spirit

1.4   The Spirit leads in the truth

1.5   The Spirit and Prayer

1.6   The particular gifts of the Spirit

 The resurrection of Jesus

2.1    To believe in the resurrection

2.2    Jesus’ ascension to heaven

2.3    Death and life

3     The Second coming of Jesus   

3.1   The time of Jesus’ return

3.2   The manner of Jesus’ return

3.3   The resurrection of the dead

3.4   The final judgement

 

Book 24 :

The believer and sin   

1    What  sin is

1.1   The letters of John

1.2   What sin really is

1.3   The law and sin

1.4   To be worldly

 Sin in the life of believers

2.1   Does a believer sin?

2.2   The battle against sin

2.3   The unforgivable sin

3    The book of Revelations          

3.1   The nature of the book

3.2   A picture of life hereafter

3.3   Hope in the midst of suffering

 

Book 25:

 The ministry of Paul  

1   Paul and his writings

1.1   Paul’s youth

1.2   Journeys  of Paul

1.3    Letters  of Paul

  Paul and the Corinthians

2.1   The town of Corinth

2.2   The congregation in Corinth

2.3   The letters to the Corinthians

2.4   Paul’s ministry to the Corinthians

3    Commitment to build up the congregation  

3.1   A letter to solve problems

3.2   The congregation according to God’s intention

3.3   God’s grace to the congregation

3.4   Problems in present day churches

 Proclaim the message of the Cross

4.1   Tensions and divisions in congregations

4.2   The message of the Cross

4.3   Preaching properly

 

Book 26:    

Build up the life of faith of the congregation

1   Building up the faith

1.1   The root of problems in the congregation

1.2   The need to build up believers faith

1.3   The role of leaders in building faith

 Sin in the life of the congregation

2.1   Take the old yeast out!

2.2   How to deal with sinners in the congregation

2.3   Overcome temptations

3    A leader like Paul          

3.1   Setting a good example

3.2   Paul and the Corinthians

3.3   The zeal of a good leader

  Dealing with serious conflict

4.1   Christians in conflict

4.2   Procedures to restore peace

4.3   All are even important

 

Book 27:   

Marriage and sexual issues 

1    Matters relating to sexuality

1.1    Adultery

1.2    Prostitution

1.3    Rape

1.4    Aids

1.5    Birth control

1.6    Abortion

1.7    Homo sexuality

1.8    Counselling the congregation

2    Marriage

2.1    Good marriage

2.2    Divorce

2.3    Not changing your status

 

Book  28:   

The life of the congregation

1    Christian and old customs

1.1    How to deal with sacrifices

1.2    Are ancestors devils?

1.3    Consider the weaker ones

2    The role Women in the church

2.1    The status of women in Christ

2.2    The status of women in the church   

2.3    Traditional customs and the church

2.4    May women preach?

3     The Lord’s Supper        

3.1    Passover in the old and New Testament

3.2    Lord’s Supper in the early Church

3.3    Proper use of the Lord’s Supper

3.4    The purpose of the Lord’s Supper

4   Money for the Church

4.1    The use of money in the church

4.2    The need to contribute to the church

4.3    The proper way to give

4.4    The need for proper control of money

 

Book 29:   

  The history of the Christian Church

1   The beginning

1.1   The early growth of Christianity

1.2   The persecution of believers

1.3   False teachings

1.4   Meetings of leaders

1.5  Standardizing doctrines

2     The middle ages

2.1   Christianity after Constantine

2.2   The Roman Catholic Church

2.3   The Reformation

3     The spread of Christianity over the world    

3.1   The Lutheran Church

3.2    The Baptist Churches

3.3    The Reformed Churches

3.4    The Anglican Church

3.5    The Methodist Church

 

Book 30:  

Christianity in Africa

1   Mainline Christianity in Africa

1.1  The arrival and spread of Christianity in Africa

1.2   The rise Independent churches

1.3   The Thembu National Church

1.4   The Ethiopian Churches

2   Spiritual Churches in Africa

2.1   The origin of Spiritual Churches

2.2   The stream of JA Dowie

2.3   The stream of Piet le Roux

2.4   The stream from Azusa Street

2.5   The founding of African Spiritual churches

2.6    Zionists go independent

2.7    Pentecostal Churches

2.8    Spiritual churches in other parts of Africa

3    The spirit of ecumenism          

3.1 The rise of the ecumenical movement

3.2    The need to work together as Christians