SPRING QUARTER COURSES (Apr. 1 – Jun. 14, 2019)

New Covenant Theology: Christ-Centered View of the Bible (2 units)

Reformed theologians have traditionally viewed the unfolding of God’s divine plan with mankind through a theological system called Covenant Theology. More recently, another system was developed called Dispensationalism which helps us see God’s plan through different epochs of time. Although both of these systems help us understand some important aspects of God’s plan, the most important way to view God’s plan is by seeing how it all points to Christ and His New Covenant with mankind.  Jesus is the beginning and end of every part of God’s plan through all of the ages and covenants. This theological or interpretative system with Christ at the center is called “New Covenant or Christotelic Theology”. I will show you how we can and should view it all through the lens of the New Covenant and a Christ centered or “Christotelic” method of understanding Scripture. It’s all about Jesus! Jesus said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.” (Luke 24:44).

Character Development – In Your Finances (2 units)

This quarter we will focus on finances, the topic Jesus talked about the most. Jesus said that the way we handle our money is the way we will handle spiritual things. It is also the most important issue is marriage. Therefore, learning how to get out of debt, how to get the best buy, how to invest in God’s kingdom, how to make Jesus Lord of your finances, how to prosper, how to help the poor, etc., will help develop your character for spiritual things and for family living.

     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.

1 & 2 Peter and Jude (2 units)

In his first letter, Peter tells us to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). Jude tells us to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered for the saints” (Jude 3). In his second letter, Peter tells us that “there will be false teachers among you, who secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them . . . and many will follow their destructive ways” (2 Peter 2:1–3). “These are murmurers (says Jude), complainers, walking according to their own lusts and they mouth great swelling words . . . But you . . . keep yourselves in the love of God . . . pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 16,21,23). 

     Be ready! Contend for the faith! Keep yourselves! Pull them out of the fire! These are words of action and words of battle. These are our marching orders in the last days as the army of God. We are to know the truth, be ready to explain it to others, protecting them from heresy and harm, and attempt to pull those that are going down the wrong path out of the fiery flames of falsehood! This course will help you stand at attention and use the sword of the Spirit for victory. You will be better prepared than ever to defend your faith and contend earnestly for it. Will you answer the call? 

Daniel Stories and Divine Sovereignty (2 units)

In speaking about the last days, Jesus referenced the prophet Daniel in Matthew 24:15 and added this exhortation, “Let the reader understand.” In other words, to understand how to respond rightly in these days, it is critical that we understand what Daniel said. In this course, we’ll be studying Daniel 1-6 with an emphasis on how God sovereignly works in history and in our own lives. We’ll be unpacking the meaning of Daniel’s testimony about God “to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21). In Daniel, God uses the wickedness of kings to further His purposes, yet does He cause that wickedness in any sense? He foreknows and foreordains the future, so do peoples’ choices even matter? He controls events large and small, so is mankind’s freedom real? As we dig into Daniel, we’ll be discussing these key biblical themes of foreknowledge, predestination, sovereignty, and responsibility. It is critical to understand these issues in order to discern God’s will and works in these last days.

An Exegetical Analysis of the Book of James, Chapters 1-2 (2 units)

Traditionally, as with Jude, James was the biological brother of Jesus (cf. Galatians 1:18-2:9-10). James (who was called “James the Just”), was a leader of first church council in Jerusalem (cf. Acts 15:2-35). Also, as with Jude, this epistle has been canonically classified as a “catholic” (meaning “universal”) epistle; that is, it was written “universally” to all the churches (as with the other six “universal” epistles – 1, 2 Peter, 1–3 John, and Jude). The epistle of James could have been written before the end of Paul’s first missionary journey (A.D. 46-48), when the inclusion of Gentiles first became an issue.

     The book of James is a most interesting letter that is loaded with unique and very applicable theology. James is highly Christological providing multi-layered theological insight. Aside from his high Christology, James addresses many sanctification issues, which are clear and pointed and thus, very useful for us today. We will explore select passages in chapters 1 and 2 in its original significance and proper context. This study of James will encourage you and increase your theological foundation regarding the Lord of Glory, as you live out your Christian life.

The Book of Philippians (2 units)

In this course we will immerse ourselves in the Book of Philippians, discovering the in-depth teaching and instruction of the Apostle Paul. Most importantly, we will explore the practical application of this epistle to our Christian lives and focus on how the words of this letter equip, transform, and empower us to be all we are called to be in Christ. As Philippians is appropriately called “The Epistle of Joy,” we will learn how to experience victorious, overcoming joy and peace in every circumstance of life and share these timeless truths with others. Those who study the teaching of this epistle and apply its principles will learn Paul’s secret of contentment even in life’s most difficult circumstances. “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13).

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 – June 1, 2019, 9AM-3PM – The Power of Intercessory Prayer (2 units)

We see chaos in our nation and the world around us. Evil is increasing and we see selfishness abounding. How can we make a difference and have an impact in seeing things change? What has God called us to do? Jesus gave us the solution: Intercessory prayer! Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Intercession is prayer that pleads with God for your needs and the needs of others. But it is also much more than that. Intercession involves taking hold of God’s will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass.

In this seminar you will learn some key biblical concepts and dynamics of intercessory prayer and then dive into hands-on team intercession for the things God puts on your heart. Intercession changes the environment, changes circumstances, and can even change the world, because the One we are praying to is all knowing, all loving, and all powerful. Saturday, June 1, 9AM–3PM.