An introduction to Acts, covering its historical, literary, and theological foundations. Additionally, students study how Acts impacts the Christian faith, and mission.
A logical argument for God, giving counter-rebuttals to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics.
Bible Doctrine covers the essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp of several key doctrines. It is marked by its clarity, its strong spiritual emphasis, its thoroughness in scope and detail, and a treatment of such timely topics as spiritual warfare and the gifts of the spirit.
Focuses on the reliability of the scriptures, using archeology. The course imparts confidence in historical biblical descriptions, as well as understanding of how archeology can inform and confirm biblical truths.
This course is designed to give the student twelve different and distinct bible study methods. The course shows the student how to get the most out of there bible study time. At the end of this course the student will recognize the need for a personal bible study program and have the confidence to share these methods with others.
Just as the biblical record of the people of God is a story of a mixed people, with great acts of faith and great failures in sin and unfaithfulness, so is the history of the people who make up the Church of God since the time of Christ. This course covers the development of the Church from the time of Christ to Pre-Reformation (1st through 13th centuries).
Church History II covers from Pre-Reformation to present day. This course offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed during the Reformation. It looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the Church, covering the Church's triumphs and struggles during that time.
This course examines the role of culture in human experience. It helps students as they explore and understand this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. The course covers standard cultural anthropology topics, with special attention given to issues of concern to Christians, such as cultural relativism, evolution, and missions.
Students will reflect on biblical themes, in the light of anthropological realities, and are encouraged to apply what they learn to a wide variety of work and ministry settings around the world.
This course outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. It also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant. It tackles ethical dilemmas, and uses case studies to address some of today's most pressing social issues.
This course covers everything from translation concerns, to different genres of biblical writing. While exploring context, history, and genre, this course uncovers their meaning for ancient audiences, and their implications for Christians today.
This course traces the history of the Bible and includes discussions of inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions.
The purpose of this course is to move from the process of interpreting Scripture to the proclamation of a biblical sermon.
This course is an introduction to the ministry of intercessory prayer as given in James 5:16, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." As an intercessory prayer guide, this course includes guidelines on how to pray, what to pray, when not to pray, resources for prayer, international intercession, and factors that hinder prayer.
Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this course is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning.
The course provides an overview of the world’s religious traditions. It begins by discussing the nature and study of religion. Then it launches into an introduction to the various world religions. Given the breadth of the subject matter, this course strikes a balance among the texts, traditions, and practices of each religion. The course discusses questions that highlight the similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions. This study seeks understand these traditions sympathetically, with a goal of appreciating the world’s diverse religious communities. The course exposes students to the beliefs, cultures, and histories of a variety of non-Western peoples, and encourages students to think about the presence and significance of religious traditions worldwide.
An introduction to the four New Testament Gospels and the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The course examines methodologies for the study of the Gospels (historical-critical and literary approaches), historical and cultural setting of the Gospels, the unique portrait of Jesus provided by each of the Gospel writers, and an introduction to the study of the historical Jesus.
A survey of the Old Testament prophetic books.
This course covers introductory material on Paul and the Pauline corpus, and includes discussions of Paul's “theological discourse”. Many up-to-date and judicious discussions, of debated issues in Pauline studies, are reviewed and studded with illuminating primary and secondary source quotations. The course stresses Paul's “apocalyptic narrative” as providing coherence to the letters, as well as reconstructing other meta-narratives - regarding the covenant people Israel, and the Roman imperial order - that help contextualize Paul within Jewish and Roman milieux.
A survey of the Old Testament that examines the Pentateuch, Historical and Poetical books, and Major and Minor Prophets. This survey highlights key scriptures, major personalities, and examine their literary and historical backgrounds.
An in-depth study of Genesis through Deuteronomy.
This course is a study of evangelism ministry with special attention paid to the context of a local church setting.
This course is designed to help the followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to have a deeper relationship and a pleasing intimacy with God. In this course the student discovers how to walk with the Lord hand in hand. It gives the student suggestions about how the church can become all that the Lord has called her to be: the very loving presence of Jesus in a lost and dying world.
This course is designed to give the student common sense answers on how to lead small groups. The information and resources gives the student the ability to lead a transformational small group in which life-change is the norm. This manual is invaluable for the small church pastor.
This course is an exegetical study of John designed to enable the student to understand and interpret the biblical message. Primary attention is given to the form and content of the text itself: its background and history, distinctive literary traits, the flow of the argument, and the application of its truths in the contemporary setting.
The course provides an overview of the world’s religious traditions. It begins by discussing the nature and study of religion. Then it launches into an introduction to the various world religions. Given the breadth of the subject matter, it strikes a balance among the texts, traditions, and practices of each religion. It discusses questions that highlight the similarities and differences between Christianity and the other religions. The course seeks to understand these traditions sympathetically, with a goal of appreciating the world's diverse religious communities. The course exposes students to the beliefs, cultures, and histories of a variety of non-Western peoples and encourages students to think about the presence and significance of religious traditions worldwide.