Winter Quarter Courses (Jan. 6 – Mar. 20, 2020)

Christian Ethics for Today’s Issues (2 units)

We find our current society with deep divisions over issues that people are very opinionated and passionate about. People often look to their own experiences or upbringings when making important decisions in their lives rather than what is biblically ethical. How should the church respond to this dilemma and how can we be healers, salt, and light in such a divided culture? We will study God’s answers to society’s issues and learn how to approach and address issues such as the sanctity of marriage and family, the sanctity of life, racism, gender issues and roles, crime and legal issues, government and workplace issues and more. Our goal isn’t just to understand the truth but to be change agents and ministers in the midst of it all. The most important questions are, “what did Jesus say?” and “what would Jesus do?” Scripture lights our way. Come join us!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASB)

 

Character Development – How to Overcome Temptation (2 units)

We all face temptations, and we all have certain temptations that we wonder if we’ll ever conquer permanently. This course in character will look at temptation in a new way that will help you get over the things that are keeping you from the abundant life God planned for you. This is not a shame-based approach, nor a guilt- nor condemnation- nor fear-based approach. Rather, it is a whole new way of looking at sin and temptation that will help set you free.

     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.

 

Epistles of Paul – II (2 units)

God converted Christianity’s arch enemy, Saul of Tarsus, and made him the great Apostle Paul, who wrote more books of the Bible than anyone else and shaped Christianity more than anyone except Jesus Himself. Many of the richest expressions of Christianity are found in his letters. This quarter we will be going through Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, learning what each of these books is about. A very valuable course.

 

Be Steadfast: A Study of Job’s Life (2 units)

Speaking of the example of Job’s life, James wrote, “Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11) Life can be full of hardships, difficulties and disappointments, yet how can we not just survive but also thrive through it? How can we continue to be steadfast in following the Lord and not shrink back? How are we to understand God and His ways when facing the problems of evil and suffering? The book of Job will give us an example to follow, answers to explore, and even point to the gospel and Jesus Himself as the ultimate solution.

 

Essentials of Biblical Doctrine & Practical Evangelism (2 units)

This course is one of the most important courses you will ever take. Having a set or firm foundation of the Christian faith is simply having a solid biblical understanding of the essentials of Christian doctrine especially pertaining to the gospel. Without a set foundation, biblical error is unavoidable. Today, far too many Christians, although having a significant (yet cursory) knowledge of Christ and the gospel, are either confused and/or embrace erroneous ideas, due to a lack of adequate teaching on essential doctrines such as the Trinity and salvation (esp. justification).

     The Bible commands all Christians to evangelize, provide apologetics and polemics, put on the Armor of God, and to “see to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men” (Col. 2:8). These important mandates (and others) can only be faithfully accomplished by having a set foundation of the doctrines of the Christian faith.

     In this course, we will briefly explore and examine several foundational doctrines—namely, the nature of God, the sovereignty of God, soteriology (salvation/justification/glorification), apologetics, and proper evangelism. Christian education will affect your life long after you leave school. Unlike many secular colleges and universities, we should place more worth on Christian education because it involves a higher learning and deeper understanding of the Redeemer, the Author of the Christian religion—Jesus Christ, “The only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 4). This study will dramatically increase your theological understanding of important gospel doctrines and increase your confidence in presenting to others the Christian faith in an accurate manner.

 

Vocation: Finding God’s Call for You (2 units)

This course will help you identify God’s call on your life. Purpose and fulfillment cannot be bought – they are a gift of revelation from the Holy Spirit. The upper road less traveled requires obedience and courage to travel. For example, Solomon epitomized the emptiness of an unfulfilled life when he wrote “vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:2). The call for significance is perhaps the single voice that eludes man most. Answering the call of the Creator is what Os Guiness calls “the ultimate why.” In Guiness’s words, a calling is “the truth that God calls us to Himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to His summons and service.”

 

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.

 

How to Preach & Teach with Power – Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 9AM-3PM –  (2 units)

     So, you want to preach?! Many people love to talk; and more than a few would love to talk to, or preach at, a group. How can you get a message from God rather than speaking out your own ideas? How do you bring change in people’s lives, when God is the only one who can change people? Or what if you don’t like to talk, especially in front of a group? How do you overcome fear and speak with the power of God? This course will give you the beginning understandings and skills to preach the Word of God with power and find joy in doing so. Dr. Don Sunukjian famous professor at Talbot Seminary is one of the top preaching professors in the world. He’s incredible! 

     Saturday, March 7, 9 AM–3 PM. It will include lunch, and also snacks all day long. You may earn two units of credit by doing a report, or you can just take it for audit.