Course Description

This course is designed to give information and direction in understanding and responding to the various “Life Transitions” that you will face in the next five years. We will also examine a strategy for discovering God’s will and introduce an approach to the decision-making process that will equip you to make wise choices as you transition into the next stages of life.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify basic life transitions/decisions that most students will face in the next five years.
  • Organize and prioritize your personal life transitions/decisions into immediate (1-2 years) and short-term (3-5 years) categories.
  • Develop a personal strategy for determining God’s will in all areas of life.
  • Formulate a Biblical approach for decision-making that will serve as the basis for making wise choices in life transitions.
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of your immediate life transitions by designing a strategy/plan of action to respond to them as part of your anticipated future.
  • Glean life transition principles from 3 textbooks & various articles.

Course Rationale

Word of Life Bible Institute seeks to have all students prepared for their immediate future and to be thinking about their long-range plans. This course is designed to guide the student in organizing, prioritizing and making plans to implement a life action plan based on Biblical principles that helps the student maximize his or her effectiveness for the Lord.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to the Course
  2. The Identification, Organization and Prioritization of Basic Life Transitions/Decisions
  3. The Development of a Personal Strategy for Determining God’s Will
  4. The Formulation of a Biblical Approach for Decision-Making
  5. General Information Relative to Various Life Transitions
  6. Conclusion –- So What Will You Do Now?

Course Requirements

1. Required Reading

MacArthur, John, Jr. Found: God’s Will. Colorado Springs: Victor Books, 1977. (to be completed by quiz on Thursday)

Stanley, Andy. The Best Question Ever. Colorado Springs: Multnomah
Books, 2004. (to be completed by the beginning of the first day of class after Spring Break)

DeYoung, Kevin. Just Do Something. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009.
(to be completed by the beginning of the first day of class after Spring Break)

Selected Articles (to be completed before the Final on Tuesday)

Dean, Ruthie. “6 Common Misconceptions About God’s Will.
Church Daily.

Henderson, Steve. “A Question of Price Versus Cost.” Christianity Today March 2006:80-107.

Melleby, Derek. “The beginnings of vocation: Deciding on a major.” The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. 2007. 11 April 2010 <>

Melleby, Derek. “Why students abandon their faith: Lessons from William Wilberforce.” The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. 2008. 11 April 2010. <>

Seel, John. “Making the most of college: Recovering the lost logic of church.” Cardus. 29 June 2007. <>
2. Recommended Reading

DeYoung, Kevin. Crazy Busy. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013
Friesen, Garry. Decision Making & the Will of God. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 1980, 2004.
Smith, M. Blaine. Knowing God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions: Appendix 2 (228-239). Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1991.

Course Testing

  • Quiz (Thursday) – Covers material from Found: God’s Will.
  • Reading Assignments – (Next Tuesday)
  • Life Transition Strategy (Next Tuesday)

Course Grading

The student’s final grade will be determined on the following basis:

  • Reading = 35% (10% for each book & 5% for articles)
  • Quiz = 15%
  • Personal Spiritual Growth Plan = 15%
  • Life Transition Strategy = 35%