Certificate In theology - Course Descriptions
Total: 25 Credits
The Apostles’ Creed (3 Credits) – There are many denominations, divisions and theological disputes in the modern church, but despite these types of disunity, there is a common core of belief that all faithful Christians have affirmed throughout history. For almost two millennia, this core of belief has been summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. This course explains the history and use of the Apostles’ Creed, as well as the details and significance of each of its articles of faith
Building Your Theology (1 Credit) – For many, theology seems complicated, dry and abstract. It shouldn’t be that way if it is done properly. As an introduction to theology, this course will help you learn to build your theology on the certain foundation of the Scriptures but also with pathos and practical application. It teaches the purpose and importance of doing theology, the different sources of revelation, the meaning of inspiration, the proper interpretation of Scripture, and the key distinctive emphases of reformed theology.
Building Systematic Theology (2 Credits) – Throughout the history of the church, faithful Christians have used systematic theology to communicate the teachings of our faith. For many, it has proven to be a helpful tool for expressing ideas clearly, and for organizing them in ways that increase our understanding of Scripture. This course analyzes the steps of building systematic theology, especially the formation of technical terms, theological propositions, and doctrinal statements. It examines the legitimacy of systematic theology, the place of human logic in the process, and the dangers and benefits of this tool.
Kingdom, Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament (2 Credits) – This course gives a brief survey of the Old Testament, examining the themes of kingdom, covenants and canon. We will see that the Old Testament is not a random amalgam of episodes, genealogies and prophetic tidbits. Instead, it is unified around the central theme of the kingdom of God which was administered through covenants and applied to life through the Old Testament Canon.
The Gospels (3 Credits) – The four gospels are key books of the Bible, since they narrate the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Each gospel has a unique perspective and a unique purpose. This course explains the background, the structure, the main contents, and the major themes of each gospel.
Building Biblical Theology (2 Credits) – Faithful Christians have always recognized the importance of progress in biblical history, especially as it relates to humanity’s fall into sin and to God’s redemptive work. Biblical theology is a specialized discipline that studies this progress by tracing the development of theological ideas between historical epochs. Used rightly, it is a helpful tool for interpreting and applying the Bible. This course explains the meaning of biblical theology, examines the way it is developed, defends its legitimacy, and gives examples from both the Old and New Testaments of its use.
The Pentateuch (3 Credits) – The first five books of the Old Testament are commonly called the Pentateuch. They tell the story of the nation of Israel from creation to preparation for the conquest of the Promised Land. This course explores the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy, examining why they were written, what they meant to their original audience, and how we should respond to them today.
NOTE: This course includes lessons from “The Primeval History” and “Father Abraham,” as well as new lessons on the Pentateuch.
The Book of Joshua (1 Credit) – The book of Joshua covers the period of Israel’s history from the conquest of Canaan to just after Joshua’s death. Although certain events in the book can leave modern audiences feeling more than a little uncomfortable, it helps to remember that God promised to be with Joshua in all that he did, especially in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, establishing Israel’s tribal inheritances, and calling God’s people to remain faithful to the terms of God’s covenant. This course teaches about the background, purpose, contents, and application of the book of Joshua.
Kingdom and Covenant in the New Testament (2 Credits) – Have you ever wondered why the New Testament gives so much attention to the kingdom of God or how this central theme relates to the new covenant in Christ? This course explores these two fundamental features of the New Testament by examining where they originated and what they mean for us today.
The Book of Acts (1 Credit) – Christians today often turn to the book of Acts to explore questions related to the charismatic gifts or to investigate issues related to church government. While these concepts are certainly talked about in the Book of Acts, what was Luke’s main point as he wrote this book? What big picture did he try to give readers as a context for understanding these secondary matters? This course answers those questions by explaining the background, structure, and content of the book, including a study of the major themes and guidelines for applying the lessons of Acts today.
We Believe in God (2 Credits) – This course briefly surveys what theologians call theology proper or the doctrine of God. It deals with questions such as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is his eternal plan? What are his works in history? At the most fundamental level, the Scriptures were given to teach us about who God is and what he has done for us. In fact, knowing God is essential for us to understand ourselves and our world.
We Believe in the Holy Spirit (3 Credits) – Practically speaking, the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who is most involved in our daily lives, but many Christians know far more about the Father and the Son than they do about the Spirit. In this series we’ll discover how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit developed historically, and we’ll explore the Spirit’s dynamic work in the world, in the church, and in believers.