A sterling character does not happen by accident. Christian character is developed as the Holy Spirit produces His fruit in the believer. The fruit of the Spirit, described in Galatians 5:22–23, is the result of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This course Abundant Living offers a practical study from Galatians 5 and other related Scripture passages. This course emphasizes the development of desirable qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, and their benefits in the Christian’s relationships and service.
Near the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth, He told His disciples that the time was coming when He would not be with them. He said, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16–17). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit. This course Counselor, Teacher, and Guide will acquaint you with the ways the Holy Spirit helps you, in the same way that Jesus helped people when He was here on earth.
Most of our knowledge comes to us in two ways: from patterns and from principles. This course People, Tasks, and Goals analyzes leadership from both perspectives and looks at examples of several of God’s chosen leaders. Students are given the opportunity to consider these familiar biographical studies of the Bible in a new context using the theme of leadership. The most advanced theories of leadership and human development are outlined, and the application of these theories in harmony with Christian faith and practice is explained.
Salvation is the crucial subject of this course Alive in Christ the definition is broadened to include everything that was purchased at Calvary. Salvation is shown to include not only the forgiveness of the sins of the past and deliverance from the power of sin in the present, but also protection against the depredations that could be brought on by sin in the future. All of the spiritual needs of man are met by the redemption provided by Christ on the cross.
“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant,”
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:1. Spiritual gifts are very important to
the body of Christ. This course Spiritual Gifts teaches about these spiritual
gifts, which are available to the believer to help him or her become a
greater blessing to the church and more effective in spreading the
You have probably already shared your testimony with others and realized the need to give the message of salvation clearly and simply. You need to have at your fingertips the Scriptures that will aid you in responding to those who seek to know more about Jesus. This course Sharing the Good News will help you use what you already know about salvation and the joy of serving God so that you can better share the pleasure of being a Christian.
The careful, methodical study of the Bible is the subject of this course. This course Understanding the Bible introduces the principles, terminology, and means of interpretation that are essential to all effective methods of Bible study. The next series of lessons emphasizes scrutiny of individual books through the synthetic or whole-book method of study. The biographical, topical, and devotional methods of study are critiqued in the last section. While much in the course is necessarily an academic discussion of how to study the Bible, major emphasis is placed on the student’s spiritual improvement and how a systematic study of the Scriptures is the best means for achieving this goal.
This course Preaching and Teaching demonstrates how to communicate God’s message effectively through preaching and teaching. These two methods of sharing God’s Word are alike in many ways. Yet during the history of the Christian church, each method has developed some distinctive characteristics. It also points out the advantages of both methods and helps prepare the reader to use them in the best manner for evangelizing the unreached and providing for the spiritual development and maturity of those that are ministered to.
The books of the Old Testament are surveyed in this course, written by
Rick Howard. This course Tents, Temples, and Palaces looks at the Old Testament begins with creation,
continues through the judgement of the Flood, and then picks up the theme
of God’s chosen people, the seed of Abraham. It also discusses the
writings of the Old Testament as an account of God’s dealing with the
people He chose to use to bless the world. Many of the names, terms, and
events that are often difficult to understand are addressed, along with
questions that are pertinent to understanding the Old Testament period.
Christian nurturing is very important to the church’s ministry and it is necessary for the growth and maturation of new believers. The course Helping Christians Grow encourages and instructs those who would like to help develop spiritual maturity in others. He also makes them aware of their own need for more instruction. The emphasis is on the interdependence that exists in the Christian community. Recent converts need to be instructed and encouraged, while mature Christians need to teach and nurture others in order to grow themselves
This course The Responsible Christian shows us how to become faithful stewards.
In a parable, Jesus commended two good stewards who had managed their
assets wisely and condemned the one who did nothing with what he had
been given. It also teaches how to manage and invest what God has
entrusted to us, so that one day He will say, "'Well done, good and
faithful servant…. Come and share your master’s happiness!'" (Matthew
As you have probably discovered, the teachings in the Bible are not presented according to topics. For example, the book of Genesis does not give us a complete explanation of the Godhead, nor does any other single book. An important way to study the Bible is to find all the teachings related to a certain topic. This course Cornerstones of Truth will follow this kind of systematic study to see what the Scriptures teach about the universe and its Ruler, about humankind and the structure God has chosen for human development. Students will also discover what the Bible has to say about the future.