Contenders Discipleship Initiative

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Old Testament, the Law of Moses, Prophets and Psalms

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San De Fuca Community Chapel

Old Testament
John 5:39

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This survey of the Old Testament has as its primary goal the presentation of the Gospel of Christ as the Apostles and early disciples and as Jesus himself did.  The Scriptures that Jesus used to declare himself the Messiah and that the Disciples and Apostles expounded as they preached "Christ and him crucified," were none other than the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. Our approach is first to give the student a “big-picture” look at the Old Testament, “the forest,” so to speak, and then to look more closely at the slowly developing picture of One who would come, “mighty to save.”

Understanding the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms and using them as Jesus and the New Testament writers used them is essential to “…correctly handling the Word of Truth.”

Jesus spoke of and quoted what we today call the Old Testament with such boldness and authority that the scholars of his day marveled.  He, who is the Word of God, spoke of Creation (he it’s Author), of Adam and Eve (made by him and in his image), of Noah and the flood, Abraham, Moses and Isaiah with absolute certainty as all pointing to and revealing truths concerning himself.

As we learned in Bibliology and How To Study the Bible, the first Contenders Bible School course:  “The New is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed.  The New is in the Old contained; the Old is in the New explained.”

The Gospel, or Good News, is simply Jesus.  He is revealed in all of Scripture as Creator, as Almighty God, as Deliverer, Redeemer, Priest, Prophet and King.  He sought Adam and Eve in the Garden, called to Abraham on Mt. Moriah, spoke to Moses from the burning bush, to Joshua on the plain before Jericho to Samuel as a child and to the aged prophet Daniel in his in exile.

Getting Started

Getting started is easy! Just take the below steps.
  1. Register for the course by completing the Online Registration Form. You will be emailed a copy of the form when finished. Present this form to your local pastor if you are taking a pastor-led course.
  2. Read the Course Syllabus (pdf). Prepare for the course by purchasing the required text books.
  3. Download the Student Guide (pdf). If attending a pastor-led course, the Student Guide and other course materials should be provided to you.
  4. Watch the Course Videos. If attending a pastor-led class, you will be viewing the videos in class and participating in a classroom discussion. As a refresher, you can also watch these videos at home while you are doing your homework assignments.
  5. Use the Bible Study Tools provided, or use your own resources, to assist with your homework assignments.
  6. Complete a Student Evaluation Form when finished with the entire course. You should complete this form once per course whether you took the course on your own or with a pastor/mentor.