Nick Kalivoda authored 29 audio Bible courses, 8 topical courses and 21 courses on single books of the Bible taught verse by verse. All of these courses are available as free downloads from our Audio Downloads pages or purchased as CDs or cassette tapes using our Order Form.
Understanding The New Testament
Understanding the New Testament was first taught as a non-credit short course at Louisiana State University. This 14-hour series has helped readers to make sense out of the Bible. It identifies divine programs set forth in the Bible, emphasizing living by grace in contrast to life under Old Testament bondage, from which Christ has set us free.
By comparing the Bible's two religions of Judaism and Christianity, this course is a reminder that "although all Scripture is for us, all Scripture is not to us." No course or book contains this exciting and edifying material. You will learn how Christ's superior law of love enables a believer to fulfill the Old Testament law. This series will release you to live for God with thanksgiving, joy and peace!
This is a verse by verse study of what is considered to be the greatest of Paul's epistles and the constitution of the Christian faith. Romans establishes the basis for the salvation of mankind and is practical to an individual's relationship to God. The divine truths in Romans are relative to human needs and are commendable for instructing the Christian in how to please God. Romans answers the age-old question of Job, that righteous man of ancient times, who asked "how can a mortal be righteous before God."
Gospel of John
John is unique among the four Gospels. It alone gives evidence that it was written to a gentile audience. By the time John had written this magnificent account of the Son of God, Gentiles outnumbered Jews in the Church. It was written to a worldwide audience and for this reason is recommended to new believers or those just curious about the Christian faith. John states that his purpose in writing was so "that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."
Nick Kalivoda says "There is no book in the Bible which has instructed me more about the Christian's freedom from the law than the epistle to the Galatians. I see Galatians as the Bible's emancipation proclamation from spiritual bondage." Galatians brings us into a full appreciation of the freedom from the law which Christ has purchased for us.
Acts is a study of the origin and progress of the church as it complied with the command of the resurrected Jesus to preach the Good News throughout the world. The record of this activity is the Book of Acts, or as your Bible entitles it, The Acts of the Apostles.
The epistle to the Ephesians is unusual in that Paul did not write Ephesians to clarify or answer problems. And, there are no references to Paul's friends or local flavor. It's a letter that would apply to any church any place at almost any time. What is written is doctoral and can apply to every Christian. Paul wrote to expand the horizons of his readers so that they might understand better God's eternal purpose and grace.
Paul confronts the heresies of the Jews and gnostics. He exalts Christ as the very image of God, the Creator, the preexistent sustainer of all things, the head of the church, the first to be resurrected, the fullness of deity in bodily form, and the reconciler. Christ is complete and adequate.
Corinth is a good place to go to today, but it was not a good place 1950 years ago. This epistle was written to address problems of Christian conduct in that church, having to do with sanctification and the development of a holy character. Paul was writing to correct erroneous practices such as divisions, immorality, litigation in pagan courts, abuse of the Lord's Supper, false teaching concerning the resurrection and to answer questions contained in a letter Paul had received from the church in Corinth.
2 Corinthians was written about a year to two after 1 Corinthians. It also deals with problems in the church.. False teachers had crept into the Corinthian church and attempted to discredit Paul as an apostle.
Paul had left Timothy in Ephesus to ensure that the church there would get authoritative teaching and guidance. Paul's letters to the churches gave the wisdom of God to the people of God for the establishment of the churches of God. 1 Timothy was the first of these letters.
2 Timothy contains the last words of Paul the apostle, his last will and testament. It was written by Paul from a dungeon in Rome. At that time Christians were facing severe persecution by the Romans.
The book of Daniel is well known for its miracles and prophecies, prophecies so remarkable that they test a person's faith. Daniel foresaw the rise and fall of empires in world history. But most astounding was a prediction of Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on March 30, 33 AD, over 500 years before it happened. (Source: Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, by Harold W. Hoehner, PhD, 1977.)
The book of Revelation is a difficult book to understand, and because it is difficult, scholars and teachers disagree on its interpretation. In this course, Revelation is taught verse by verse with different viewpoints examined and explained. It is fascinating because it gives us glimpses of the future that can only come from God.
The Thessalonian epistles were written to people who had not been Christians very long. So this is a good place to start one's study of the faith. These two epistles give us an idea of the fervent faith, the obstacles faced, and the exciting hope of these early believers in Jesus Christ. If Christians were properly taught these epistles, the church today would be far different concerning its attitude about the Bible, its purity, and the zeal generated by the thought of Christ's return.
Paul's letter to Titus, along with 1st and 2nd Timothy, is referred to as the pastoral epistles. The term "pastoral" is not correct, however, because Titus and Timothy were not pastors. Early local churches were directed by multiple elders, not a single pastor. Rather than being pastors, Timothy and Titus were special representatives of the apostle Paul.
The first epistle of Peter is a tender expression of a man who has feelings for Christians who are suffering. It has its roots in the day of Pentecost. Peter was first to preach the gospel to Gentiles when he was invited to the house of Cornelius. He had been shown in a vision that's the gospel was to be preached to Gentiles, as well as Jews.
The Epistles of John
The author of the gospel of John wrote three short epistles and also the book of Revelation. In the first of these epistles, John tells Christians how they may know that they have eternal life.
The word baptism has suffered more abuse than any other word in the Bible, perhaps. In this short course, Nick discusses the meanings of the word baptism in ancient Greece, and illustrates how Christians have distorted the meanings of the word.
What is the proper approach to Christian evangelism? That is the subject of this short course.
Gifts of the Spirit
What were the gifts of the spirit given to the early believers, when did these gifts end, or are they still present today?
Hebrews is a book about the greatness of Jesus Christ. It emphasizes the deity of Christ and what he accomplished by his death and resurrection along with his priestly ministry in heaven on our behalf.
Highlights of John
Highlights of John teaches the Gospel of John in a more concise form. It can be a good introduction of a new believer or someone who has not yet believed in Christ Jesus.
It has been said that the Epistle of James is the most Jewish book in the New Testament, and that is probably true. James chapter 2 is almost certainly the most commonly used passage to discredit the doctrine that salvation is by faith alone without works. This position is thoroughly examined and Nick proves that read in context, James 2 does not deny salvation by faith alone.
Jude is a difficult book. Christians don't discuss Jude because they don't think it applies to our day. However, Jude can make us aware of dangers to the Christian faith, now, as in Jude's time.
Marriage (and Divorce)
In this course both marriage and divorce are studied from a biblical standpoint, and it is shown how some of our ideas about divorce in particular arise from poor translations.
The church in Philippi was spared some of the problems of the other churches. Philippians is a happy epistle. The believers in Philippi had a particular affection for Paul the Apostle, and this was the only church that gave money to Paul to help him carry the Gospel to other areas.
How should we pray and what should we pray for? Our prayers are usually far different from the way Paul prayed.
The Authority if the Bible
Most people in the world today have problems believing that the Bible is the Word of God and that it was inspired by God. This course focuses on what Jesus believed about the Bible, particularly some of the stories in the Old Testament.
Principles of Bible Interpretation
How should we interpret the Bible?. Are there multiple ways to interpret a passage in the Bible? This course examines the principles of correct interpretation of the Bible, particularly the law of the context.