Course Downloads - Mount Zion Bible Institute

We suggest taking one course at a time, and the first course to be "What Is a Biblical Christian?"
Feel free to use these downloads for self-study. In the USA and countries with an MZBI branch, courses may be available for correspondence study. The focus is on personal application to the heart; therefore, no 'diplomas' are offered. Courses consist of reading chapters followed by study questions; see instructions. See the Course Catalog (PDF) for detailed course descriptions. See Frequently Asked Questions for help in downloading. All materials are copyrighted: please include the MZBI information in all reproduction and do not republish under a different name.

Course Topics:    Salvation     Practical Walk     General Studies     Doctrine    

Salvation

Basic Level

Look to Jesus (LTJ) by William Reid (1814-1896)

4 Lessons - An excellent course for all beginning students and seekers after biblical truth about salvation from sin.

What is a Biblical Christian? (WBC) by Albert N. Martin

3 Lessons - The first course in the MZBI curriculum. An excellent beginning for a new student, unfolding man's sin, God's solution, and our response.

Decisional Regeneration (DRE) by James Adams

3 Lessons - Deals with the theology behind decision-based evangelism and presents a biblical alternative.

Forgiveness (FOR) by John C. Ryle (1816-1900)

3 Lessons - Explains our need, God's provision, and the marks of true forgiveness.

Intermediate Level

All of Grace (AOG) by Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

10 Lessons - God's salvation for the ungodly, His unmerited grace

5 Lessons - In this study, the nature of saving faith is examined to reveal God’s call to faith and repentance. Upon completion, the believer will understand the Biblical mandate for repentance.

10 Lessons - A good starting place for those seeking Christ and to understand the true Gospel, also for the new believer and anyone who wants a better understanding of the depth of man’s sin.

12 Lessons - This course has as its overall purpose to confirm to the believer the basis of his faith, including repentance from sin. It prepares the student to defend his faith against the confusing and false message often preached today: “making a decision for Christ,” without any real commitment or submission to Christ as Lord.

Advanced Level

10 Lessons - Upon completion of this course, the student will understand some of the issues around man’s free will and God’s sovereignty in saving faith, and the Biblical answers. In addition, he will have a greater appreciation for the infinite worth and value of Christ as the object of our faith.

Practical Walk

Basic Level

Set Apart for Christ (SAC) by Joel Beeke

3 Lessons - Biblical holiness in heart and life: concept, history, hindrances, growth, and joy.

6 Lessons - How and why Satan attacks God's people, and how to respond victoriously.

5 Lessons - the Christian's prayer life

A Call to Prayer (CTP) by John C. Ryle (1816-1900)

13 Lessons - Upon completion, the student will have a deepercommitment to pray, great confidence in God’s hearing his prayer, somewhat better understanding of how to pray, and quiet joy in praying!

Freedom from Bitterness (FFB) by Wilson

2 Lessons - Details the nature of bitterness, its causes, and its cure.

Divine Guidance (DGU) by Ramsbottom

2 Lessons - Biblical guidelines for making decisions according to God's will.

Thoughts for Young Men (TYM) by John C. Ryle (1816-1900)

5 Lessons - In the clearest language, he both warns and instructs people of all ages (though he aims at young men) on what they must do to protect themselves from evil and harm, and to actively seek God. As such his wisest of counsel applies both to the unsaved and to true believers.

Intermediate Level

Biblical View of Self-Esteem (BVS) by Jay Adams

3 Lessons - Biblical truth about loving yourself, self-worth, and being a new person.

The Hidden Life of Prayer (HLP) by David MacIntyre (1859-1938)

8 Lessons - Upon completion, the student will have a clear idea of both how to prepare himself and how to communicate effectively with God in prayer, in a way that pleases God and gives Him glory!

Footprints of the Lamb (IFL) by G. Steinberger (1915)

4 Lessons - This course is a very penetrating devotional study of our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who loves us with tender and unspeakable love, and who desires to have intimate fellowship with us. Upon completion, the student will have new understanding and encouragement to deny self and turn to Christ for victory, in all aspects of daily life.

10 Lessons - “All Scripture,” we are told in 2 Timothy 3:16, “is profitable,” but how much do we gain from our reading of Scripture, and by what means can we learn to profit more? These fundamental questions provide the theme for this course. Both readable and immensely practical, it has all the characteristics which have led to Pink’s recognition as one of the finest Christian writers of the twentieth century.

Altar of Sexual Idolatry (ASI) by Gallagher

18 Lessons - At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry is an intensive personal study of the causes and solutions for sexual addiction (including pornography). It is only for the person who is actually struggling in this area, and offers the only hope for the addict: a new heart and a new life in Jesus Christ.

Holiness, Part 1 (HO1) by John C. Ryle (1816-1900)

10 Lessons - These courses are designed for Christians who want to grow in God’s ways, to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

Holiness, Part 2 (HO2) by John C. Ryle (1816-1900)

10 Lessons - These courses are designed for Christians who want to grow in God’s ways, to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

Walk of Repentance - Parts 1-4 (WR) by Gallagher

24 Lessons - The Walk of Repentance is an in-depth discipleship study about true repentance: what it is, what it brings about, and what kind of behavior and attitudes we must repent of. But repentance isn’t personal effort; God must work it in your heart.

Advanced Level

5 Lessons - Intended for pastors and church leaders, this course focuses on one’s personal intimate spiritual communion with God, as the only firm foundation for ministering in a way that is both pleasing to God and blessed by Him.Note: the course is designed only for the independent study method, without mailing of answers for feedback.

4 Lessons - Personal faithfulness in ministry.

To Preach Christ (TPC) by Rob Ventura

3 Lessons - How to preach the gospel

General Studies

Basic Level

6 Lessons - The Life of Jesus Christ is a broad overview of thelife of Christ, presented as it unfolded geographically and chronologically. LC1-2 are developed especially for a very easy reading level, with fill-in-the-blank questions. It might be appropriate for early teens in home schools, or adults with English as a second language or junior high level education. LC3 covers the same material, but at a normal reading level, with more challenging “look up and consider” questions based on the biblical texts.

7 Lessons - The Life of Jesus Christ is a broad overview of thelife of Christ, presented as it unfolded geographically and chronologically. LC1-2 are developed especially for a very easy reading level, with fill-in-the-blank questions. It might be appropriate for early teens in home schools, or adults with English as a second language or junior high level education. LC3 covers the same material, but at a normal reading level, with more challenging “look up and consider” questions based on the biblical texts.

13 Lessons - LC3 covers the same material as LC1-2, but at a normal reading level, with more challenging “look up and consider” questions based on the biblical texts.

Joy in the Gospel of John - Part 1 (JG1) by V. R. Benson (1980)

4 Lessons - In very simplified lessons, “Joy” is designed to lead the student to see Jesus Christ more clearly, to believe in Him for eternal life, and to reject the old life of sin.

Joy in the Gospel of John - Part 2 (JG2) by V. R. Benson (1980)

4 Lessons - In very simplified lessons, “Joy” is designed to lead the student to see Jesus Christ more clearly, to believe in Him for eternal life, and to reject the old life of sin.

Joy in the Gospel of John - Part 3 (JG3) by V. R. Benson (1980)

5 Lessons - In very simplified lessons, “Joy” is designed to lead the student to see Jesus Christ more clearly, to believe in Him for eternal life, and to reject the old life of sin.

The Story of the Puritans (SOP) by Erroll Hulse

4 Lessons - The course is designed as a simple yet compelling introduction to the Puritans and their works. Pastors and churches can use The Story of the Puritans to introduce the classic teachings of the Reformation to their congregations and friends.

Guide to Bible Study (GBS) by Newcomb

2 Lessons - An insightful introduction to reading the Bible profitably.

Intermediate Level

16 Lessons - The life of Christ as revealed in the Gospel of Mark.

13 Lessons - Many thousands of people around the world have used this course to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. Its purpose is to assist each student to personally apply biblical truth in obedience and service.

The Church in History - A (GS2) by Stanford Murrell

19 Lessons - This is a broad perspective of the developing institutions of the Christian Church, demonstrating both God’s power and man’s rush toward sin apart from Him. The student will gain an appreciation for the early development of Christian thought, the continual need for watchfulness, and our profound debt to those who fought to preserve the true faith of the Gospel through the Dark and Middle Ages.

The Church in History - B (GS3) by Stanford Murrell

20 Lessons - This course presents a concise and dramatic overview of the major movements which have shaped the modern Christian Church. Our eyes are opened to both the sovereignty of God in building His Church, and the precarious fight for purity which has been fought continuously since the earliest days of the Reformation. How this struggle continues in our own day, together with an understanding of the historical foundations involved, is a key result of the course.

New Testament Survey (NT1) by Stanford Murrell

13 Lessons - This course aims to glorify Jesus Christ as the mediatorof the new covenant by His shed blood at Calvary’s cross. It then illustrates the believer’s practical responsibilities, including Christian growth and church functioning, as revealed in the pages of the 27 books of the New Testament. Overall, the text provides many aspects of each book and author.

Old Testament Survey, Part 1: Overview & Genesis (OT1) by Francis Breisch, Jr.

4 Lessons - Introduction to Old Testament and study of Genesis

Old Testament Survey, Part 2: Exodus and the Law (OT2) by Francis Breisch, Jr.

3 Lessons - A study of Exodus and Leviticus.

3 Lessons - Numbers, Deuteronomy, & Joshua

5 Lessons - Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel

Old Testament Survey, Part 5: Poetry & Wisdom (OT5) by Francis Breisch, Jr.

3 Lessons - Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, & Job

4 Lessons - Kings & Chronicles

Old Testament Survey, Part 7: Prophetic Warnings (OT7) by Francis Breisch, Jr.

7 Lessons - Joel, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah & Micah

8 Lessons - Jonah, Obadiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Lamentations & Ezekiel

8 Lessons - Daniel, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi

Advanced Level

Methods of Bible Study, Part 1 (MB1) by Paul Dreblow (2002)

8 Lessons - To introduce and develop the most important and useful basic Bible study knowledge and skills.

Methods of Bible Study, Part 2 (MB2) by Paul Dreblow (2002)

10 Lessons - To introduce and develop the most important and useful basic Bible study knowledge and skills.

Biblical Eldership (BEL) by Alexander Strauch

6 Lessons - This material is designed to help remedy the confusion which exists in most churches today over eldership. Hopefully, it will motivate you to study further the biblical teaching on eldership, and actively to discuss among your own church leadership how to become more truly biblical according to the New Testament pattern.

Church Officers (COF) by Nehemiah Coxe D. 1688

5 Lessons - Unfolds biblical church leadership.

Doctrine

Basic Level

The Cross (CRO) by John C. Ryle (1816-1900)

2 Lessons - The cross of Christ: its importance, its sufferings, glorying in it, and our response to it.

God's Astounding Grace (GAG) by Meadows

3 Lessons - Concise summary and introduction to the historic doctrines of the Reformation.

2 Lessons - The Bible without error: its purity, majesty, immutability, testing, and use.

8 Lessons - The historic doctrines of the Christian faith: God, man, salvation, and sanctification.

10 Lessons - PL1p uses as a reading supplement The Pilgrim’s Progress in Pictures, which consists of simple illustrations on every page with short captions. Thus the course is suitable for those with easy reading levels: early teens in home schools, or adults with English as a second language.

10 Lessons - PL1t uses a 48-page condensed version of The Pilgrim’s Progress as a reading text. The questions for PL1p and PL1t are fill-in-the-blank type, using the same study guide.

Baptism (BAP) by Peter Masters

2 Lessons - What the Bible says about believer's baptism and identification with Christ.

4 Lessons - Historic doctrines of the faith: God, Bible, man, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

4 Lessons - Historic doctrines of the faith: redemption, new birth, sanctification, and providence.

3 Lessons - God's providence

Intermediate Level

4 Lessons - The gospel: God's just law, man's inability, wrath on sin, Christ's redemption.

Deity of Christ (DOC) by William S. Plumer 1802-1880

2 Lessons - Scriptural proof that Christ is God

6 Lessons - The unique character of the Bible

6 Lessons - The unique character of the Bible

12 Lessons - The Attributes of God is one of the classic books in Christianity. Surely the subject is foundational to truly knowing God, which is foundational to the Christian faith. A. W. Pink was a master expositor of God’s Word. The course includes his classic text and questions for each of the 19 characteristics examined.

13 Lessons - This course presents one of the most important statements of faith in all the history of the Church, in a way that makes the basic evangelical doctrines for faith and practice both understandable and meaningful to students today.

Doctrines of Grace in the Gospel of John (DGJ) by R. Bruce Steward (1936-2006)

7 Lessons - This course examines the Biblical basis for the five points of Calvinism, using the Gospel of John. Upon completion, the student will be encouraged toward increased worship, humility, and devotion before God.

Justification and Law (JAL) by Charles Hodge (1797-1878)

3 Lessons - Excellent theological study of justification by faith alone.

Advanced Level

10 Lessons - Biblical study of God's work in positional sanctification.

6 Lessons - Biblical study of the work of practical sanctification.

The Holy Spirit - A (HS1) by Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

13 Lessons - The Holy Spirit courses are in-depth analyses from Scripture of all aspects of the Holy Spirit: who He is and what He does. Upon completion, the student will have a wonderful, joyful reverence for the active working of the Spirit, both in salvation and sanctification.

The Holy Spirit - B (HS2) by Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

13 Lessons - The Holy Spirit courses are in-depth analyses from Scripture of all aspects of the Holy Spirit: who He is and what He does. Upon completion, the student will have a wonderful, joyful reverence for the active working of the Spirit, both in salvation and sanctification.

13 Lessons - God's rule over all: election, reprobation, atonement, and free will.

10 Lessons - Biblical study of law, sin, love, righteousness, and faith.

7 Lessons - A study of Christ's substitutionary atonement.

9 Lessons - Thorough study of justification by faith alone.

8 Lessons - Christ's righteousness, the Law, imputation, and consolations.

11 Lessons - Repentance: its biblical parts, responsibility, continuity, motives, and fruits.

8 Lessons - Its meaning, causes, subjects, counterfeits, and faith.