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Bible Study Course

Study the BibleThe Bible is filled with advice to help you in your career, marriage, family relationships, finances, friendships, and every other major aspect of life. But for many people, understanding the Bible can be difficult. It doesn't have to be! Discover life's answers in this free 12-lesson Bible Study Course.

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This study course isn't just about the Bible. It's about life itself. Why were you born? What is the purpose of life? What is your destiny? What lies ahead for our world and for your family and loved ones?

Discover the answers to these and many other vital questions. Each new lesson takes you through a major theme of the Bible. And it's absolutely free, with no hidden cost or obligation.

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Start your journey now to understand the main themes of the Bible with Lesson 1— Why the Bible is the Word of God.  Each lesson ends with a review to evaluate what you have learned. Do the lessons at your own pace.  

Before you start, you may wish to first test your Bible knowledge with our quick QUIZ.

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Alternatively if you would prefer to have the Bible study course mailed to you, simply click on Lesson 1 and order your own print copy.

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Bible Study Course Quiz

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Test your Bible knowledge before you start the Course!  You may be surprised by some of the answers.
Lesson 1: Why the Bible is the Word of God

Lesson 1: Why the Bible is the Word of God
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Our secular society has come to the point where it basically ignores the Bible as the instruction book for personal character. Truth has become relative in this age. In the energetic pursuit of material possessions, humans are ignoring spiritual development. This lesson addresses the questions of God's existence, why humans were created in the first place, and an overview of the Bible itself.
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Lesson 2: The Word of God - The Foundation of Knowledge

Lesson 2: The Word of God - The Foundation of Knowledge
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Despite living in perhaps the wealthiest society of all time, people in our Western world still search for meaning for their lives. The explosion in information is promoted as the answer to our spiritual wanderings. But is secular information the same as the true knowledge of God? This lesson discusses the unique understanding that can only be found in the Bible. It shows how God inspired the various books by different authors, and how to understand the various types of literature found in the Bible. Most importantly, it teaches how to apply its practical truths in our personal lives.
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Lesson 3: Why Did God Create Mankind?

Lesson 3: Why Did God Create Mankind?
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Various theories exist about how humans came into existence and about the purpose, if any, for human life. Is there a reason for us being on earth? Or, as evolution would like us to believe, did we come into existence by pure coincidence? If that were the case, we might as well eat and drink for tomorrow we die. This lesson shows from the Bible the fantastic potential we have from God-not only now, but for all eternity.
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Lesson 4: Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Lesson 4: Why Does God Allow Suffering?
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How do we reconcile anguish and suffering with the Bible's portrayal of a loving God? Why would He allow the horrendous miseries that afflict humanity? Does the Bible explain suffering? Many people, the faithful and the faithless, look at calamities—whether personal, national or global—and agonize over these questions. In this lesson we will see how the Bible addresses this enigma: Why does God allow suffering?
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Lesson 5: Is There Hope for Human Survival?

Lesson 5: Is There Hope for Human Survival?
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The world changed forever in 1945. That year, with the detonations of atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, man for the first time demonstrated the frightening potential to destroy all human life. Since then our weapons have grown far more powerful and threatening. As we will see in this lesson, many of these threats to human survival play prominent roles in prophecies in the Bible.
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Lesson 6: What Is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?

Lesson 6: What Is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?
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Is the work of organized religion the Kingdom of God on earth today? This is the central idea that shapes the view of the religious world. But is this the same Kingdom of God the Bible describes? In this lesson you'll discover the biblical answers to these important questions.
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Lesson 7: The Calling of God

Lesson 7: The Calling of God
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We all understand that relationships are important. Our lives revolve around our families, friends, neighbors and associates. But where does God fit in? What is the meaning of God's relationship with man? What priority does He place on it? Does man need a relationship with God? If so, what is the basis and purpose of that relationship? In this lesson we will carefully explore these vital questions and see how the Holy Scriptures answer them.
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Lesson 8: What is Christian Conversion?

Lesson 8: What is Christian Conversion?
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In this lesson we examine the process by which our lives can be turned to God–the process of conversion. We will learn what Peter meant when he exhorted his countrymen, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ..." (Acts 3:19). We examine how, beginning with repentance, new converts can turn from a life of sin to become servants of the living God.
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Lesson 9: The Transforming Power of God's Spirit

Lesson 9: The Transforming Power of God's Spirit
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Scripture tells us that we, too, need to undergo a transformation - a change, with God's help, from "the old man" to "the new man," a human being "renewed in knowledge" and "created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness" (Colossians 3:9-10; Ephesians 4:22-24). In this lesson we discuss this remarkable change, made possible by the transforming power of God's Spirit.
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Lesson 10: What is the Church?

Lesson 10: What is the Church?
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What are the roots, the history, of the Church? What sets apart people whom God calls His own? How does God use the Church to achieve His purposes? What does the Church do for you, and what should its members do for the Church? How can you be part of what God is doing through His Church? In this lesson you will learn what the Bible teaches about God's Church and what it means for you.
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Lesson 11: Christianity - A Way of Life

Lesson 11: Christianity - A Way of Life
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Is it acceptable to believe we are free to worship God as we wish, to refashion God in our own image? Or has God revealed an approach to life that He expects us to follow? Does it make any difference in the relationship we are supposed to have with Him? In this lesson we examine the answers to these questions and more from the Scriptures.
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Lesson 12: God's Festivals—Keys to Humanity's Future

Lesson 12: God's Festivals—Keys to Humanity's Future
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Humanity has been deprived of the keys that unlock a comprehensive understanding of God's plan and purpose for humankind. God reveals His splendid plan in the prophecies and teachings of the Scriptures. In this lesson you will see how God has provided us with the keys to unlock His plan through His sacred festivals.
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The “four horsemen of the Apocalypse” have intrigued Bible readers for centuries. What do they represent? The implications for mankind are staggering..

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About the UCG

The United Church of God teaches faith in God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; reliance on the Holy Spirit (the agent through which God works); Salvation by God's grace; and obedience to the Law of God as taught by Jesus Christ. We focus on the inspired Word of God, the Bible, as the guide to life.

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