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How to Use This Study Guide

Dear Student

We are very happy to welcome you into the growing circle of Biblecor students in many countries of the world! We pray that God will bless you richly while you are busy with this study.

New Life for You! is more than just something to read. It is a course. For this reason it is necessary for you to pay close attention to the following instructions:

1. Read your Bible

In Lessons 1 and 2 you will get to know more about the Bible. It is possible to complete this course even though you do not have a Bible. We would, however, strongly advise you to obtain a Bible if you do not already have one. All the Bible quotations in this course come from the Good News Bible, but you may use any other translation in your answers.

Open your Bible at the "Contents" page in front. There you will find a list of the names of the books of the Bible, and the page number of the first chapter of each book. This will help you a lot if you are looking for a particular verse.

Please note that the Bible is divided into two main parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament. In some Bibles the pages are numbered from page 1 again in the New Testament Remember this when you are looking for a verse: Is that verse in the Old Testament or the New Testament?

Please note also that besides the book "John", the fourth book of the New Testament, there are also books called "1 John," "2 John" and "3 John" near the end of the New Testament. Do not get them mixed up!

2. Personal study

You can work through the course on your own. If you print out the lessons, you can fill in the answers to the questions at the end of each lesson. This will help you find out if you have understood the contents of each lesson correctly. Compare your answers to the pop-up answers that appear when you click on the button. Check whether you have answered them correctly. Read the lesson again if you did not understand it properly the first time.

3. Work in pairs

Perhaps you have received this course from someone else who wants to help you understand the Bible better. Or perhaps you feel that you would like the help of someone else in order to work through the course. There is a lot of value in working through the course together. Meet regularly and study the lessons one at a time. Discuss the answers to the questions at the end of each lesson.

4. Working in a group

This course is also suitable for Bible study where a number of people meet as a group. The leader (minister, pastor, priest, or other leader) announces which lesson will be studied at the next meeting and the group members study the lesson at home in advance. The questions at the end of the lesson (and any other questions) can then be thoroughly discussed. The meeting can be closed with prayers.

5. Your Biblecor certificate

At the end of the course you will find an optional Biblecor course test. You can fill this out on your computer and email it to bm@cmn.co.za, or print it out, fill it in and post it to: Biblecor, PO Box 5, Wellington 7654, South Africa, or fax it to: +27-(0)21-873-3864. Do not use the (0) if you fax from outside South Africa. Do not use the +27 within South Africa.

It will be corrected, and successful students will receive a free certificate from Biblecor, which you can frame with pride.

You may make use of this study guide and a Bible to help you answer the questions. Those who are part of a group should each do the course test on his or her own.

6. Questions and problems

If there is anything in the course which you don't follow, or if there is something in the Bible which you do not understand, please email or write to us and put your question. We also have a team of counsellors if you need advice on spiritual matters. Your question will be answered personally.