Principles of Christian Living

OVERVIEW

Christian Living is a survey course that reviews foundational principles essential to the Christian’s life. In this course students will delve into and review key truths that are critical to their faith. The reality of God’s existence and the validity of the Holy Scriptures are the starting point for the semester. Goal setting and the vital keys to true and lasting success will be covered, as will principles for successful marriage and family life. This entry-level course is designed to set the stage for further study into both the Word of God and into the life of a true Christian. It focuses on the practical application of godly principles and knowledge that are essential in one’s Christian walk.

Course description

This covers the purpose for human life and biblical principles for achieving that purpose. Topics include the foundations for choices in life, life plans, interpersonal relationships and fundamental values related to health, social development, Christian financial planning, life transitions, aging and death. Upon completion, students should be able to explain and demonstrate a basic knowledge of practical Christian living. Prerequisites and Corequisites There are no Prerequisites or Corequisites for this course.

Course Credit Three (3) semester hours

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES As a result of participating in THL 200, students should be able to:

1. Provide sound reasons for believing in God and for using the Bible as a guide for making fundamental choices in life;

2. Contrast what the Bible reveals about the purpose and path of life with assumptions made by atheists about life and values;

3. Describe biblical principles for setting goals and achieving success in life;

4. Discuss biblical principles that promote health, the wise use of time and the choice and preparation for careers;

5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of family finance principles;

6. Describe biblical principles for Christian social development and family Discuss what the Bible reveals about aging and death;. 7. Describe what the Bible reveals about spiritual growth and maturity.

COURSE TOPICS

FALL SEMESTER

  • Lesson 1: Choices in Life
  • Lesson 2: The Spiritual Dimension of Life
  • Lesson 3: Keys to Godly Success
  • Lesson 4: Redeeming the Time – Using Time Wisely
  • Lesson 5: Education and Careers for the Future
  • Lesson 6: Christian Social Development
  • Lesson 7: Wise Technology Use
  • Lesson 8: Biblical Health Laws
  • Lesson 9: Biblical Health Laws Continued -STRESS
  • Lesson 10: Family Finance CH 1-3
  • Lesson 11: Family Finance CH 4-9
  • Lesson 12: Asset Protection and Investments
  • Lesson 13: Retirement and Estate Planning
  • Lesson 14: Mid-Life and Aging
  • Lesson 15: The Grave and Beyond
  • Lesson 16: Continuing to Grow — Life-Long Learning
  • Week 16+ — Semester Completion Assignments

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction and Cultural Crisis for the Family (Jan 9-13)
  • Lesson 2 – Blessings of Singleness (Jan 16-22)
  • Lesson 3 – Dating (Jan 21-27)
  • Lesson 4 – Christian Courtship & Engagement (Jan 28-Feb 3)
  • Lesson 5 – Leaving and Cleaving – Marriage in the Old and New Testaments (Feb 4-10)
  • Lesson 6 – Nature of Marriage (Feb 11-17)
  • Lesson 7 – Building a Happy Marriage (Feb 18-24)
  • Spring Break – (March 2-10)
  • Lesson 8 – Romance, Sex and Contraception (Feb 27-Mar 19)
  • Lesson 9 – Family in the Old and New Testaments (Mar 18-24)
  • Lesson 10 – Parenting – Part 1 (Mar 25-31)
  • Lesson 11 – Parenting – Part 2 (Apr 1-7)
  • Lesson 12 – Homosexuality and the Family (Apr 8-14)
  • Lesson 13 – Divorce (Apr 15-May 5)
  • Unleavended Bread BREAK – April 19-28
  • Lesson 14 – Importance of Seeking Counsel & Continuing to Learn (May 6-10)
  • Semester Ending Assignments (May 13-14)