This course is intended as an introduction to the good news of God's Master Plan. The course explores the faith and obedience that God requires from those wanting to share in God's wonderful plan for the earth.
Bible references throughout this course are from the New International Version unless otherwise stated.
God's Master Plan is the central theme of the Bible. Our investigation into this plan will cover two important areas.
The first area (lessons 1-6) deals with the fundamental concepts of this plan. The Bible often refers to these fundamental concepts as the good news or the gospel.
The second area (lessons 7-8) focuses on the practical obedience required of those wanting to share in God's Master Plan. Understanding the Master Plan is really a learning process. The final two lessons of this course (7 and 8) look at how this learning must be applied in practical living through obedience to the gospel.
Paul tells us in his second letter to the Corinthians that we need to ensure that our understanding of the gospel is accompanied by obedience.
"Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ...." (2 Corinthians 9v13)
(a) The Gospel
The gospel is the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. This good news is preached throughout the whole Bible. For example we find Philip preaching the gospel to the people he met:
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women." (italics mine(Acts 8v12)
The gospel preached in the early days of Christianity consisted of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.
Lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4 focus on issues relating to the kingdom of God.
Lessons 5 and 6 focus on the name of Jesus Christ.
Lesson 7 covers the important steps required of those who wish to participate in God's Master Plan.
Lesson 8 provides a brief overview of the behaviour expected of those who have chosen to participate in God's Master Plan.
The following is a diagrammatic structure
of this course: