New Course: The Biblical Basis for Research

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.

Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7

OC’s strategy – Research, Motivation, Training, Mobilization – explains the process by which we minister to the church and encourage the spreading of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  Before we can motivate, train, or mobilize the church, we must first do research.  We must know our nation, our church, and it’s people before we can even begin to think about how to reach them.

Research may be beneficial, but is it biblical?  Does God ever specifically command us to do research?  Does He ever condone it or even hint at it?  Or is this simply a strategic use of a secularly developed process?

There is no commandment, “Thou shalt do research.”  Rather we have many narrative passages showing us that information gathering or research was just done as a matter of course in the lives of God’s prophets, kings, and missionaries.  We also see many admonitions to use wisdom and planning in everything we do.  Both the Old and New Testaments testify to God’s expectation that His servants gather information before they act.

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The Biblical Basis for Research will provide you a foundational understanding of research and planning in the bible.  This course is self-paced but encourages discussion with other students.  Engage with your fellow missionaries and wrestle with these issues together.  

Let’s do some research in God’s Word together.  Click the Bible to get started.

Edit: This was an excerpt in anticipation of the full course which is now available on the OC Learning Center.  Click here to begin “Finding Your Way with OC Research”.

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