HOW TO USE THE STUDIES
A WORD TO COURSE LEADERS
This website mainly concerns “Finding Out About Christ”. The course introduces us to Jesus as an historic person, and challenges us to consider who He is and what He came to do.
The course is suitable for a wide range of abilities. Experience has shown that almost anybody, from any background, will benefit from these studies.
The intellectual level of group studies will depend on the skill of the leader and the ability of the students. The course material itself is sufficiently instructive to be used as a very effective postal course.
Use “Finding Out About Christ” for your church evangelism, Christian Union outreach, and on the Mission Field. All the courses uphold the principles of free and sovereign grace, and remain uncompromisingly biblical throughout.
HOW TO RUN GROUP STUDIES
You will probably design your own publicity, but if you want to preview a basic example of a leaflet CLICK HERE. If you want printed copies you must set your printer to print on A5 sheets. You may need to trim the margins after printing.
The “Finding Out About Christ” course is for those with little or no understanding of the Christian Gospel. It is essential, therefore, that the course should be under the guidance of a well-informed and capable leader who can answer the questions that arise.
Before the First Meeting
Make sure the students can use the index at the front of the Bible. Then give each student a copy of the First Study and ask them to write down (when at home) the relevant Bible verses in the space provided. You should also ask the student to read the study through carefully in preparation for the meeting. This simple process of entering Bible passages, and reading through the study in advance, is an excellent way of preparing the mind for the study itself.
At the end of each study be sure to hand out the following study. Then the student can read it and enter the relevant verses in time for your next meeting. There are seven studies in all. Study 7 calls for a response to the Gospel’s command to repent and believe on Christ. At this point the leader should encourage the student to frankly acknowledge his sin and turn to Christ for salvation.
HOW TO RUN POSTAL STUDIES
Shy or Remote?
Some people feel threatened by group studies and would prefer to study at home and submit questions for answer by post. Others simply live too far away, perhaps abroad, to come to a group study. Missionaries in rural areas could advertise the studies as a correspondence course and so could churches in their local press.
How to Begin
Prepare suitable leaflets for distribution. If you want to preview a basic example CLICK HERE. If you want printed copies you must set your printer to print on A5 sheets. You may need to trim the margins after printing.
Explaining the Procedure
Explain, either personally (if possible) or by letter, how the student should complete the course - see “How to Run Group Studies” above. Include with your letter the first study, “Who Is Jesus Christ?”, together with a large stamped envelope addressed to yourself. Ask students to send the completed study to you for checking, and encourage them to ask questions based on it. Promise to return the study with answers to their questions.
The Ongoing Process
When you return the study with your answers, be sure to send the next study and another stamped envelope. The process should be repeated until all seven studies have been completed. How you proceed from there depends on the student’s response to the last study.
Keep a record of all those doing the course and the date when you last sent a study. In this way you can gently remind a student when a completed return is overdue. The delay may be due to ill-health or any other factor.