Survey in Basic Christianity:
How to Get the Most
Out of SBC

O.J. Gibson

How to Get the Most Out of Survey in Basic Christianity

The following suggestions will make this study profitable.

  1. Pray to God
    Ask God to help you understand His word. Claim the promise of Psalm 119:130: “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” It is impossible to truly understand the Bible without God’s help (1 Corinthians 2:14).
  2. Prepare Before Class
    1. Read the Notes
      Read and reread the lesson. Underline key thoughts, mark anything that you do not understand or about which you have questions. Make notations in the margin at the side of each lesson.
    2. Look Up Key References
      If time permits, read all Bible references from a translation such as the New King James Bible. The Bible is one volume that contains 66 books. Each book contains numbered chapters, and each chapter has numbered verses. Specific Bible verses are written with the book’s name followed by the chapter number and verse number separated by a colon (ex. Colossians 3:23). The abbreviation “cf.” means to compare two verse references (example: Psalm 45:6-7, cf. Hebrews 1:8). Most Bibles have a table of contents that lists the starting page number for each Bible book. After finding the page, locate the appropriate chapter and verse. Or, you may wish to use a Bible app or program. You can also read the lessons on our website at, where all verse references are tagged.
    3. Answer Homework Questions
      Complete all items of the homework as directed. If you have trouble with a question, move on to the next question.
  3. Attend Class Regularly
    There is a time for small group interaction as well as a lecture period. Your questions and comments will encourage others to share.
  4. Save Your Notes and Materials
    Keeping good notes will help you retain the material you study and remind you what you have learned. You may wish to refer back to these lessons in your future study of God’s word, and you may want to share them with others.