Christian Peacemaking

Christian Peacemaking Course Description (* Course not yet available)

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     State the theological bases for seeing reconciliation as the heart of Christian life and ministry,
(ii)    List and discuss the steps involved in biblical peacemaking,
(iii)   Explain how biblical peacemaking would work out in specific life situations,
(iv)   Take steps to facilitate biblical peacemaking in family, church, work, and society.

Social Ethics

Social Ethics Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Clarify current societal characteristics that affect church members in their ethical decision making,
(ii)    Name and interact with the current global social issues that are faced by his/her society,
(iii)   Apply the method of John Stott for developing ethical responses to the important ethical issues of today,
(iv)   Present a joint small group project that studies a social problem and apply the principles learned in it,
(v)    demonstrate ethical ways of thinking about the nuclear threat, the environment, work, unemployment, industrial relations, the poor, the rich and simple lifestyle, women, men and God, the culture, the family, and honor,
(vi)   Write his or her personal philosophy on social ethics with regard to the concepts of vision, work, perseverance, service and discipline.

Church History II

Church History – II Course Description

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
(i)     Discuss the Protestant Reformation, mentioning its causes and the reform attempts which preceded Luther and Calvin, and listing the views of other denominations, and explain the life history of Luther and Calvin using a historical, critical, and analytical, educational approach,
(ii)    Identify the date of the great division, and the religious, economical, political, and geographical factors which led to its occurrence,
(iii)   Explain the theology of the Orthodox church, the reasons for its survival, and the most important activities of its prominent theological fathers throughout history, evaluate their theology in light of the Bible and evangelical beliefs, and discuss attempts at reformation from within the Orthodox church,
(iv)   Repeat (iii) with respect to the other eastern churches in the region (i.e. the two branches of the Assyrian church, “Nestorian” and “Jacobean”, the Coptic church, the Maronite church, the Armenian church, and the Sudanese church), including their historic relationships with evangelical churches and missions,
(v)    Comment on the role of the evangelical church today and its relationships with these eastern churches, and discuss the Arab identity of the whole Church in the region both before and after Islam,
(vi)   Apply the analytical critical method to classify, compare and analyze any other group’s beliefs alongside evangelical beliefs and biblical teaching.

Church History I

Church History – I Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Present a general survey of Church History from its beginnings to the European Reformation (5 BC to AD 1517) that focuses especially on the origin, nature, purpose, organization, teaching, doctrine, literature, problems and progress of the Church,
(ii)    Narrate the dates, places and events of key characters, and demonstrate how to use maps for locating important places,
(iii)   Present a detailed chart of Church History from the Day of Pentecost in AD 33 to the beginning of the European Reformation of the Church in AD 1517, and include in the chart persons, dates, events, and important places
(iv)   Explain the development of the Church and the Church’s relationship to social, cultural and political struggles and the affect of Christianity on societies,
(v)    Generalize lessons from church history that accurately explain the historical data, and
(vi)   Compare what has been learned in Church History with the particular history and situation of his/her church today and suggest what might be done in his or her situation.

Understanding the Basic Principles of Religions

Understanding the Basic Principles of Religions Course Description (* Course not yet available)

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
(i)     Summarize the history, beliefs and practices of various religions and be able to formulate the gospel in ways that would be understandable to the adherents of these religions and
(ii)    Acknowledge and value the aspects of these religions which are positive and which agree with the Biblical principles and which can be used as a bridge for the presentation of the gospel.

Christian Family

Christian Family Course Description

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
(i)     List and explain Biblical principles and roles for each member of the family,
(ii)    Describe these familial roles from the background of his or her cultural system and evaluate them from Biblical perspectives,
(iii)   Share and apply Biblical perspectives on discipline in the family,
(iv)   Set and implement goals for family life,
(v)    Create a plan for family financial administration and budgeting based on good principles,
(vi)   Demonstrate the effect of the Christian home on society as a center for ministry and community development,
(vii)  Define the Biblical and cultural role of the extended family and apply the appropriate Biblical principles within a proper cultural context for extended family relations.

Study Skills and Research Methods

Study Skills & Research Methods Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Explain seven major learning styles and list the factors that make learning most effective, including how personal or self-management assists in the learning process, and will have drafted a personal study program;
(ii)    Discuss the necessity, value and potential pitfalls of serious biblical and theological study;
(iii)   Understand a variety of learning-related skills and techniques and be able to apply these to their biblical and theological studies, thus being better equipped for such studies; specifically, they will have acquired or refined skills with regard to listening, reading, note-taking, summarizing, consolidating, memorization, writing reviews, using libraries;
(iv)   Analyse and interpret essay (or exam) questions, plan an essay outline, structure research toward the topic, write, edit and format an essay and develop an accurate bibliography and appropriate footnoting;
(v)    Plan a study timetable for exams and prepare thoroughly for them, and explain what good examination technique involves;
(vi)   Learn basic word-processing skills and how to make use of the internet as an information resource;
(vii)  Explain the concept of life-long learning (with respect to biblical, theological, ministry, and spiritual formation), be encouraged to make a commitment to this process beyond their formal studies, and be able to develop a personal action plan for such learning;
(viii) Relate their learning experiences to their personal walk with God on a daily basis.

Church Growth

Church Growth Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     List three principals for church growth and how to evaluate their use,
(ii)    Explain the common basis between harvest theology and search theology,
(iii)   Explain the importance of needing to know about the growth of the church in precise terms,
(iv)   Name and define the three dimensions of church growth (numerical growth, quality growth and biological growth), and explain the relationships that link these three dimensions internally,
(v)    Clarify how to examine a church’s growth,
(vi)   List the motivations of renewal (that encourages a person to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior), and define revival and the likely factors necessary to see revival happen,
(vii)  Explain the mass movement (people movement) approach for accepting Christian faith and its characteristics, and define its meaning based on anthropology as a whole.

Development of World Christianity

Development of World Christianity Course Description

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
(i)     Explain the biblical foundation for world mission, define what “mission” is, demonstrate both that the main theme of the Bible is the restoration of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of God on earth and the redemption of people from every tongue, nation, and tribe for His glory, and that its content is chiefly about God (what He has done, what He is doing now, and what He will do in the future).
(ii)    Clearly understand God’s mission in the world, including the development of the world Christian movement throughout history, what God is doing now and expectations for the future, and be informed about and understand the strategic challenges and possibilities available for reaching out across different cultures with the Gospel message.
(iii)   Make informed decisions about his/her involvement in helping to fulfil the Great commission (Matt 28:19) in his/her country or abroad, whether as a go-er, active sender, equipper, or a welcomer.
(iv)   Explain in detail God’s mission in the world using four perspectives:  Biblical (the goal of bringing redemption to all nations), Historical (the progress of the world Christian movement), Cultural (how culture and context impact the practice of mission) andStrategic (strategies of evangelism and church planting).
(v)    Present a detailed research paper on strategies for reaching a specific cultural group (other than the student’s own culture).