Bibliology – The Doctrine of the Word of God (2 units)
God’s Word. God has spoken to us and shown forth His will to us through His written Word. After we are done, we will all have a greater appreciation for the Bible, a greater confidence and trust in God’s Word, and a greater love and understanding of God Himself, for the Bible is truly God’s love letter to us! Here is what we will study:
The Canon of Scripture: What belongs in the Bible and what does not belong? How do we know that what we have today is the actual Canon of Scripture? The Authority of Scripture: Is the Bible God’s Word? How do we know? (We will look at manuscript evidence, copyist practices, oral culture, internal and external evidence, the science of Textual Criticism, Archeological confirmation, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Prophetic fulfillment). The Inerrancy of Scripture: Is the Bible really without error? The Clarity of Scripture: Can the Bible be understood by all believers? The Necessity of Scripture: For what purpose is the Bible necessary? Can someone know God without His Word? The Sufficiency of Scripture: Is the Bible enough for knowing what God wants us to think and do? Bible Translations: Which ones are accurate? Which are good ones? The Interpretation of Scripture: How do we properly interpret the Bible? I look forward to spending these 11 weeks with you and taking this journey with you as our passion and joy of God’s Word increases daily.
Character Development – I (2 units)
God loves you unconditionally, no matter what you do, but He does not want you to remain immature like a little child, but to grow up. He has put a burning desire in your heart to become the unique person you were destined to become, and Character Development teaches you how.
Character Development is a series of courses on the most important quality of a Christian – Christlike character. It’s the very opposite of the hypocrisy Jesus condemned in the religious leaders of His day. God wants us to walk in victory and become like His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Learning all about the Lord and the Bible is great. Learning to minister in power is wonderful. But if we do not develop His character we will eventually get shot down by the world, the flesh, or the devil. God has definite steps to achieve victory in each area of our lives and the twelve Character Development courses are where you’ll learn them.
Ecclesiastes (2 units)
One of the basic hungers of mankind is to find meaning in life. The Book of Ecclesiastes takes us through a wonderful journey of an experienced searcher. He examines the problem of life’s meaning from many angles and concludes that life is worth living only if you see it through God’s eyes and live it according to His ways. Life is designed to have seasons. God has a proper time, season, and purpose for each activity (3:1-8). Recognizing this allows us to make smooth transitions from one season to the next. Solomon looks at life and death, success and failure, time and events, and writes some wise counsel about how to live a meaningful life in a world which does not necessarily conform to our needs and expectations. In this course you will learn how to identify and describe the present season of your life and to develop a plan for utilizing your God-given gifts, talents for the glory of God in ways that are consistent with the season you are in.
The Mystery of Intimacy and Unity with Christ (2 units)
About the church, Paul wrote, “‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:31-32) This word “mystery” refers to a secret, hidden understanding that can only be known by divine revelation, and it is used 27 times in the New Testament. However, only once does Paul speak of a “great mystery,” and that is in Eph. 5:32 which speaks about living intimately as Christ’s bride. This course will explore the bridal paradigm in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation with an emphasis on Song of Solomon. Our highest calling is not ministry but intimacy, and in this study we’ll discover the biblical steps into a much deeper love relationship with Christ.
1 John (2 units)
This course examines the first of John epistles. The epistles of John are known as the “catholic” epistles or letters (also known as “universal” or “general” epistles) meaning that they are general letters, which were not written to a specific church. The other “general letters” include James, 1&2 Peter, and Jude. One clear distinction between the Gospel of John and the three epistles of John is the fact that in the epistles, we find that John knew his audience intimately—addressing them as “My little children.” From the very first chapter, John presents a high robust Christology exegetically congruent with the prologue of his gospel (vv. 1-18). Because these epistles (viz. 1&2) were written as a pointed refutation against Docetic Gnostics, John sets forth a full-bodied presentation of the deity of Christ and His role as Advocate, the atonement, salvation, living godly, sin, and a pointed exposition on the importance of love, which, to John, identifies a genuine Christian. This detailed study on 1 John will be lively and very beneficial for all who attend this course.
How to Have a Healthy Church (2 units)
What does Jesus think about your church? What virtues would He commend? What defects would He correct? No passage in the New Testament contains more clear, concise and comprehensive instruction of the Church’s life and work than the first three chapters of Revelation. It is the only book in the Bible which promises a blessing to those who read it and heed its message (Revelation 1:3). The letters to the seven churches represent the kinds of conditions which are characteristic of churches throughout the church age. John is a prophet but he is also a pastor. A pastor is concerned about the spiritual needs of his flock in the present. Every vision is to be put to immediate use by his readers. John’s readers are comforted, commended, and warned. One phrase is repeated without variation in each of the messages to the seven churches: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Are we listening to and heeding what the Spirit is saying to the churches today?
Evangelism (2 units)
The word “evangelism” means taking the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to other people. Jesus came to preach the gospel to the poor, and He is still doing that today through us, because we are His body (1 Corinthians 12:27). How do we learn to evangelize? Mainly by doing it. This is a “field experience” course, which involves witnessing for at least one and a half hours a week, turning in weekly lists of the people witnessed to, reading a missionary book (supplied) and writing five pages of notes on it.
Saturday Seminar – To Be Announced (2 units)
A one-day seminar on a Saturday,