Full Length Courses
BIB 111 Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
This ministry training course examines the historical writings of the Old Testament, focusing on the stories of God’s dealings with Israel in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The class also shows some applications for contemporary Christian living and preaching. (The Old Testament’s detailed laws, Psalms, wisdom writings, and prophets are featured in other classes.)
BIB 112 New Testament Survey (3 credits)
This class explores God’s Word in the New Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions.
BIB 311 Biblical Interpretation I (4 credits)
This course explores Scripture in its original historical, cultural, and geographical context, focusing mainly on Old Testament people, places, and events. Professor Ray Vander Laan takes us to locations where biblical history unfolded and shows the relevance for contemporary cultures and people. You must complete Old Testament Survey before taking this course.
BIB 312 Biblical Interpretation II (4 credits)
This course looks at some major Biblical events, key persons, important Biblical archeological sites and themes in the history of the Biblical revelation. This class tends to highlight the New Testament, but also will jump back to Old Testament characters and themes. The Articles will mainly feature New Testament topics. Our noted professor Rev. Ray Vander Laan takes us to onsite locations where Biblical history unfolded. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past and better to understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities. You must complete New Testament Survey before taking this course.
BIB 330 Old Testament Literature, History, and Theology (3 credits)
This class examines the literature of the Old Testament with careful attention to the historical, cultural, geographical, religious, and literary elements of ancient Near Eastern societies. This course will also show the influence of Old Testament literature on the New Testament and on Western culture.
BIB 340 Biblical Wisdom (4 credits)
This ministry training course examines the wisdom writings of Old Testament sages and poets: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. The class shows the relevance of Old Testament wisdom for knowing God’s wisdom in Christ and following Jesus today.
BIB 420 Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
This ministry training course deals with key issues in how to interpret the Bible. Students learn basic elements for studying a passage and practice using methods to become more skilled in understanding biblical passages and preparing sermons.
BIB 455 The Book of Acts (3 Credits)
This course explores Acts, the Bible book that describes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the launching of the early church, and the international spread of the gospel. Students will engage with historical background, archeological findings, literary analysis, and major theological themes. Such in-depth study enables better understanding and involvement with the Spirit’s work in our own time and place.
BIB 456 Romans (3 Credits)
This class offers in-depth study of the book of Romans, exploring Paul’s meaning in the original context and the relevance of Romans for today.
BIB 464 Colossians and Philemon (3 Credits)
This class offers in-depth study of Paul’s letters to the Colossians and to Philemon, exploring their meaning in the original context and their contemporary relevance.
BIB 470 General Epistles (3 Credits)
This class offers in-depth study of the general epistles: James; 1 & 2 Peter; 1, 2, & 3 John; and Jude. Their meaning in the original context and their contemporary relevance are explored.
THE 101 Christian Basics: Introduction to Christian Doctrine (3 credits)
This foundational ministry training course focuses on some of the most basic truths in God’s Word, the Bible, for guiding Christian belief and behavior. Students will learn these truths, find where they are taught in Scripture, and grow in their ability to state Christian truths clearly and briefly to others.
THE 210 Theology I (4 credits)
This course considers doctrines about Scripture, God, creation, humanity, sin, and Christ.
THE 310 Theology II (4 credits)
This course considers doctrines about the Holy Spirit, the application of salvation, the church, and the future. (You must take Theology I before you may take Theology II.)
THE 315 Old Testament Theology (3 credits)
This course reveals the continuity of Scripture, focusing on the stories of the Old Testament and how they anticipate the life and work of Christ. Part 1 summarizes the redemptive-historical story that Jesus would have learned in his youth. Part 2 develops some Old Testament themes that continue to be very important for Christian faith and life today. Both the reflections in the book and the accompanying lectures will prove useful to those preparing to lead Bible Studies or write sermons based on the Scriptures of the Old Testament.
THE 320 Christian Apologetics (3 credits)
This ministry training course introduces students to basic issues in apologetics (defending and contending for the faith). Students learn biblical worldview, cultural analysis, and presenting the gospel in a way that shows its plausibility and addresses common objections.
THE 350 Prayer (3 credits)
This course explores what the Bible reveals about prayer and answers many questions about prayer. Students will grow in interacting with God, praying rightly, seeking God’s guidance, and training for godliness.
THE 390 Early Church History (3 credits)
This course looks at major events, key persons, and important trends in the first four centuries of the Christian church, the period from Jesus’ resurrection through Augustine of Hippo. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past, to understand more clearly what some of the earliest Christians and churches were like, and to better understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities.
THE 395 Missions and Revivals (4 credits)
This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit has done at various times and places, causing the church to grow in holiness, power, and numbers. By examining major mission advances and revivals, we gain insights for mission and revival in our own time and place.
THE 470 Women and Leadership in the Early Church (3 credits)
This course surveys the historical data available concerning women in early Christianity starting from the ministry of Jesus through the first several centuries of the Catholic church. For a man, this course will help them see the Biblical role of women in ministry. For women called to ministry, this course will give confidence for their calling to ministry and minister ordination.
Christian Leaders Institute’s mini-courses are short, targeted courses that do not award college credit. With a wide range of professors and topics, mini-courses are forum-focused to encourage reflection and student discussion.
Storyline of the Bible (40 Pts)
YouTube links: Dr. Dave Mathewson
Are you interested in getting a 30 thousand foot view of the entire Bible? Are you a Christian new Christian who wants to understand the basic message of the Bible so you feel more confident? Are you a ministry leader who wants to fill in some of the blanks in your Bible knowledge? The Storyline of the Bible mini-course may be a great fit for you.
Song of Songs (60 Pts)
YouTube links: Dr. Lloyd Carr
Have you ever studied the Song of Songs(Song of Solomon)? Maybe people are not aware of this marriage sex-positive book? Dr. Lloyd Carr brings us through this Biblical mini-course that will give encourage and surprise you.
Proverbs (40 Pts)
YouTube links: Dr. Fred Putnam
Have you ever studied the book of Proverbs? The book of proverbs is one of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. Dr. Fred Putnam brings us through this Biblical mini-course that will give you an understanding of the context and the teachings of this very interesting book.
Proverbs for Christian Living (40 Pts)
YouTube links: Dr. Daniel J. Treier
Have you ever studied the book of Proverbs from the perspective of Christian living? Seeing the book of Proverbs from the point of view of Christianity is what Dr. Daniel J. Treier is doing in this mini-course. Dr. Daniel J. Treier brings us through this Biblical mini-course that will give you an understanding of how proverbs is a life-changing book for Christians.
Ancient Places of Ministry Inspiration (40 Pts)
YouTube links: New Perspective Community
What can we learn from the historicity of archeology? The history of the early church is still alive through the study of ancient places. Your ministry will be enhanced are you learn about these New Testament places.
Miracles (42 Pts)
YouTube links: Dr. Robert C. Newman
Have you ever studied miracles? We read about the miracles in the Old and New Testaments. What can we learn for today? Dr. Robert C. Newman leads this mini-course.
God’s Design for Sex (45 Pts)
Professor: Ruth Buezis
Have you ever studied God’s Design for human sexuality? Even though our sexuality is one of the most important parts of being human, we hardly ever talk about it and the design God desired for it. The sinful world exploits sex as a means for making money. Pornography reduces sex to visual and sensual pleasure. Many Christians have reduced sex to a necessary duty. So, what is God’s Design for Sex?