The Old Testament is divided into five sections, Law, History, Wisdom Literature, Major prophets and Minor Prophets. This course covers the two books of Ezra and Nehemiah which is found in the 12 books of history section. This portion of the history of Israel during Ezra’s time tells of the return of exiles back to Jerusalem (538 B.C.) and the rebuilding of the temple around (515 B.C.). In 458 B. C. God used Ezra to lead back a second and third wave of exiles returning from captivity. This book shows the providence and faithfulness of God. Contemporaries to Ezra were Haggai and Zechariah. Nehemiah is one of the greatest examples of leadership ever. The story of Nehemiah takes place around 445 B. C. The Lord would do a work in His heart that would lead to a work for the people of God. He would be used of God to lead the rebuilding of the walls which were vital to Jerusalem in many ways. He knew what God put in his heart to do, and in spite of opposition and disunity the walls were rebuilt in 52 days. What led up to that and what followed that is profound.
This course is called “Tens” because each class will address 10 specific and crucial questions people have about a Biblical topic. Topics in this course will include an examination of the doctrines of salvation. We will study election, predestination, regeneration, conversion, justification, sanctification, and glorification. We will answer questions like: Do you know you are saved? Do you have confidence and assurance of your position in Christ? How do you know you are saved? Why do different churches believe different things about salvation? What does the Bible say about election and predestination? It is our intention to base the content of this class on the sound teaching of Scripture. We will be making reference to historical theological traditions, especially those of the Reformation. We will address Calvinism and Arminian differences in salvation. Our goal is to relate these truths to contemporary life, thought, and experience.
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