first. Ask the Lord to guide you. Give your heart and mind
to Him to be molded and shaped. Trust Him to teach you.
If you go to
the course outline to the left, you will see how the topics are arranged. I strongly
suggest that you start at the top and work your way down the list. We
begin with the Bible since it is the instruction book of our Christian
faith and the basis from which we draw theological truths. From it we derive
proper knowledge and the better you understand it,
the better equipped you will be to know and defend your faith. Of
course, you can go through the online school anyway you want.
You can read any subject you want in any order. It is up to you.
After each lesson you will find questions and a link
with the answers to those questions. They are located at the
bottom of the lesson pages -- look at the bottom of this page to see
them. If you click on the questions link, you'll see the questions
page. You can print out the page, write out your answers, or jump
to the answers page and print that out...or not...whatever you want to
do. But, the idea is to get you to learn by having you answer
questions. If you try to answer the questions, you can then go and
check your answers on the answer page. Of course, sometimes the
answers given may be different than yours and your answer can be true
just the same. Remember, the answers are not always meant to be
exhaustive. They are guides.
Also, please feel free to print out each lesson with or
without the questions that you may or may not answer -- and feel free to
copy them and give them to people you know. Of course, we don't
want you to give out the username and password to this online school.
We recommend that you also keep a piece of paper in
your notebook so that you can write down verses that you think you
should memorize. We could provide a list of verses for you to
memorize, but we think it is best that as the Holy Spirit guide you to
memorize the verses that He prompts you to. We firmly believe that
the Holy Spirit will guide you and bring to your attention verses and
ideas that He wants you to know. This is because you have a
gifting mix that is unique to you and the Holy Spirit knows what you
need. So, trust Him to guide you as you study.
You will notice
a set of numbers at
the top left of every page. It is the lesson that you are on and
it corresponds exactly to the navigation bar to the left. The introduction section is
prefixed with the number zero. Each page in that section is designated
by its own number. This page, for example, is 00.02. The next lesson is
00.03. When you go to the section dealing with the Bible you will notice
that the first lesson lesson in the Bible section has a lesson number of
01.01. This numbering system has two purposes. First, all you need to do
is remember the lesson number you last finished so you can easily return to where you left off. Second, should we add material into the lesson plan, we can insert it
numerically and you will be able to print off the lessons and insert
them in your notebook accordingly. When we add or modify this
online school, we will document it on the update
page so you can see what is new.
You will notice that to the left in the navigation bar,
is a link to the Dictionary of Terms. This may be helpful
throughout the lessons when you need to look up various words.
You'll probably find that you refer to the dictionary frequently at
first. Remember, you must learn the words of theology. Words
are the tools of theological discussion. Once you've looked at the
terms, click BACK on your browser to return to your lesson.
All scripture references are linked to CARM's online
KJV Bible so you can check each verse in context.
Each page is designed to fit any browser and print on
any printer. This is why it is "wide." This way it is
scalable to your specific browser and printer needs. To print a
page, you can right mouse click on it, and select the print option.
Again, at the bottom of every lesson page is a
navigation bar that will help you through the school sequentially.
You should become familiar with it quickly and easily.
Once you are familiar with this online school and
start reading and studying, you should find yourself learning more and
more. Remember to pray, to take notes, to print the material up
and put it in a notebook, to add what else you discover, and to use what
you learn. The more you do this, the better you will know your
faith and the better able you will be to apply the truths of
Christianity in every area of your life.
We hope that you have a productive time here at the
CARM online school of Christian Theology
May the Lord receive the glory.