The Bible covers God’s revelation about Himself, His love for humanity, the means of salvation, and the relationship He wishes to have with humankind. It also contains instruction on how to live in a manner that is pleasing to Him, which is the foundation for a happy, fulfilling, and productive life in harmony with God and others.

God’s Word includes practical instruction and principles which serve as the compass of our life and help us face our daily challenges. It conveys principles which guide us in our interaction with others and our decision-making, helping us to know the difference between right and wrong. It sets the tone for our moral standard, our ethics, our attitudes about life, love, the world, the environment, and relationships.

Though the Bible doesn’t specifically deal with every possible situation that a person may face, it reveals the principles needed to navigate the complexities of life in a manner that is pleasing to God. These spiritual principles are meant to serve as a compass throughout the journey that is our life. They help us to face each challenge with the confidence that we can make good and wise decisions, and we can develop proper attitudes about life and others. They show us how to respond when we face obstacles or conflict. They help us to know what direction to take at every crossroad.

Being connected to God—the source of life—and being aware of the truth of His presence, the words of guidance He has given, and the marvel of being able to communicate with Him, gives us the ability to live our lives in relationship with Him. We hope that this edition of the Activated Basic Course will encourage you to take time every day to study God’s Word.