Department of the Bible – Harvest


Jesus Christ is the greatest person who has ever lived! His life is the most exciting, power-packed adventure in the history of the human race. This course begins with the worldwide setting for His coming and takes you through His birth, childhood, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father. It’s an adventure in miracles and power encounters, in preaching and teaching, as our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, enters human history and alters its course forever. (6 units)


The Old Testament is the fascinating story of God’s dealings with the human race. In one actionpacked event after another God’s hand is seen in the unfolding drama of history, which is “His story.” The Old Testament prepares the way for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the whole New Testament and church age. In fact, the New Testament was written primarily to people who were fully conversant with the Old, and therefore the New cannot be rightly understood without knowing the Old. So get into this class. You’ll love it! This course covers the entire Old Testament historically, literarily, and thematically and gives an introduction to each book. (6 units)


The New Testament contains more truth in less space than any other book in the world! It is God’s Word to us for today, yet it often seems long and difficult to understand. This course will bring the New Testament into focus, giving you the big, overall picture, within which you can study and gather valuable truths from its pages for the rest of your life. It is the framework for many of the other university courses which dig into specific books and parts of the New Testament. (4 units)


The four Gospels each present the Lord Jesus Christ from a different perspective, so that we have a “four-dimensional” view of Him and His life and ministry: As a king (Matthew), a servant (Mark), a man (Luke), and God (John). Luke, being a physician, was uniquely suited to write of Jesus in His manhood. This gospel is the longest of the four and contains many details that the others leave out, perhaps because Luke seems to have a more scholarly mind than the other writers. In any case, this is a course where you will meet your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in a new and greater way. (2 units)


The Gospel of John is often considered the most important, profound, and universal of the four Gospels. It is typically the first book a new Christian reads to become acquainted with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mastering the basic content of this Gospel is an important part of a true Bible school education, giving the student an exalted understanding of Christ as the Word of God.

During the course, the student is taken chapter by chapter through the entire book in a systematic fashion. The study looks at both the overall picture of Christ portrayed in this Gospel, and the specific significance of individual narratives and teachings in the separate chapters of the book. (2 units)


James and Peter write about the daily realities of living for Christ. Their epistles are packed with practical wisdom that speaks into our own lives in this crazy world of the twenty-first century. Both deal with the sufferings and trials we all experience, and show the way to victory. Each takes a no-nonsense approach to issues of right and wrong, helping to overcome the rationalizations rife in today’s society.

This course will detail the background of each of these epistles and then go through the rich spiritual lessons and insights they offer. (4 units)


Luke says he wrote the Gospel of Luke about all that Jesus began to do and teach (Acts 1:1). In Acts he continues the story, which becomes even more exciting as Jesus keeps right on doing and teaching, through His body, the church. The inchoate church begins taking shape and expanding with a series of thrilling events that makes Acts one of the most exciting books in the whole Bible.

The history of the church begins here as it seeks to fulfill the Great Commission and evangelize the world of its day. By the end of the first century, 1/4% of the world’s population was Christian. The church has continued to grow, and today fully 12% of the people in the world are Bible-believing Christians, up from 3% in 1950. We are once again in a time of rapid expansion of the church of Jesus Christ, so Acts has much to teach us today. (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 class will begin with Romans and go through Philemon, giving an introduction to the heart of Paul’s writings. (4 units)


Isaiah is like a miniature Bible. The first thirty-nine chapters (like the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament) are filled with judgment upon immoral and idolatrous men. But the final twenty-seven chapters (like the twenty-seven books of the New Testament) declare a message of hope. The Messiah is coming as a Savior and a Sovereign to bear a cross and to wear a crown.

In this course, we will explore the depths of this wondrous book of Isaiah. We will look at history, fulfilled prophecy, yet to be fulfilled prophecy, and how our wonderful God wants to use these words to touch our lives today personally and in our ministries. Get ready! (2 units)


God said, “Let My people go!” but Pharaoh said, “No!” So God performed some of the greatest miracles in the Bible, showing Himself strong on behalf of His people. Exodus is filled with spiritual principles for us today. As Paul said, “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Cor. 10:11). This course will build your faith and teach you new ways to live victoriously in Christ in this world. (2 units)


Joshua is the story of the conquest of the promised land by the Israelites. God promised them the land, yet they had to conquer it. In the same way, He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises (2 Pet. 1:4) yet we must fight the good fight (1 Tim. 1:18) to finish the course and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7). Joshua is a victorious book that will give you many strategies for victorious living and building the kingdom of God. (2 units)


Getting a clear chronological picture of the kings and prophets in the Old Testament is quite a challenge for all but the most seasoned Bible readers. This class presents them in chronological order and relationship, and brings out many of the resulting rich spiritual insights that come from seeing God’s hand in control of history. (2 units)


There’s no book like Israel’s song book, the Psalms. Written in large part by the man after God’s own heart, David, it expresses every emotion known to humankind. It has been the favorite of multitudes of God’s people down through history as they have learned how to worship Him and how to get through the trials of life in its pages. This course will teach you how to interpret and experience the Psalms in all their fullness in your own life. (2 units)


In the history of the world there came a time when God designed a nation from scratch, the nation of Israel. There’s much we can learn from how He chose to do it. And one of those things involves the feasts and festivals that He incorporated into the life of the nation. These occasions teach us many things about God, salvation, the life of the church, the experience of the believer, and more. This course will bring you the joy of new insight into God, history, salvation, and national and personal spiritual life. (2 units)


1 & 2 Thessalonians tell the story of a ministry that was completely beautiful in so many ways: A church of people who were filled with faith, overflowing with joy, and serving the Lord with whole hearts. Paul says they were an example to their entire region, and they’re an example to us as well. These two books provide many practical insights into ministry which are invaluable for becoming a pastor or leader in the church. They give excellent advice on how to live the Christian life in the midst of trials and tribulations. And they present special wisdom on living in our day when the return of the Lord Jesus is at hand. Your life will be richer as a result of taking this course. (2 units)


The Pastoral Epistles, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, were written by Paul to guide pastors and church leaders in ministering to people and building their local churches. These books are rich with wisdom on how to gently lead and guide the flock of God, how to handle problems and problem people, how to preach, how to select leaders, how to know right doctrine, the inspiration of Scripture, moral and authority issues, and much more. You will be a much better leader as a result of taking this course. (2 units)


People sometimes refer to Paul’s letters to the Corinthians as 1 and 2 “Californians” because they cover more bizarre issues than any other New Testament epistle. In this course you’ll learn what Paul teaches about divisions, worldly wisdom, levels of maturity, personal ministry aggrandizement and power struggles, incest, litigation, homosexuality, marriage and divorce, liberty and legalism, evangelism, rewards and punishment, male and female roles and ministries, gifts, miracles, the Body of Christ, love, prophecy, tongues, resurrection life, the new covenant, suffering for Christ, faith, separation from the world, church discipline, giving to the poor, deception, strength in weakness, and much more. You’ll be greatly helped in your understanding of the issues which plague the church today, and you’ll learn how you yourself can minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. (4 units)


Ephesians is often called the “queen of the epistles,” the finest of Paul’s writings. It has had a dramatic effect on believers down through history. In it Paul tells us who we are in Christ, all that is available to us in Christ, and how important our unity in Christ is. He explains how to be victorious in face of the world system that tries to co-opt us. He covers many practical topics, including marriage and family, spiritual warfare, forgiveness, holy living, and spiritual gifts. This is a rich course. (2 units)


Philippians fairly shouts with triumph. The words “joy” and “rejoice” appear repeatedly even though Paul was writing from prison. In this brand new course you will learn how to have victorious, overcoming joy in every circumstance of life, so that you may be a winner in this life and the next. Come, learn of Jesus who is highly exalted above all names. (2 units)


A thorough study of Paul’s most complete theological treatise on salvation by grace through faith. The course begins with the historical setting of the book, then progresses through Paul’s “legal brief” on behalf of salvation by grace through faith, explanation of God’s dealings with Israel, and instructions on practical Christian living that should result from good doctrine. (2 units)


Hebrews is undoubtedly one of the most elegant books in the Bible. It presents the work of our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, showing its development from the Old Testament Tabernacle and sacrificial system into the new covenant today. It gives in-depth perspective and direction for living the Christian life, even in the midst of suffering; and it presents the Bible’s greatest summary and explanation of faith as the basis of living for God. Your appreciation of salvation, and the God who paid its price, will grow mightily in this course. (2 units)

BI 414 1, 2, & 3 JOHN AND JUDE

These brief epistles are potent! The writers get right to the point, presenting truth on many subjects in no uncertain terms. Questionable teachings and actions that crop up in the church are clearly dealt with, elucidating the difference between truth and error. Love, too, is developed to a high degree in these epistles, showing what pure love really is, along with some of the greatest expressions of God’s love for us. An unforgettable, life-changing course. (2 units)


The Book of Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, is both a fascinating and a baffling book. It is the only book in the Bible which promises a blessing to those who read it (Rev. 1:3). It is also a book which has much to say to us today. Written to encourage Christians threatened with persecution, it shows us the workings in the world from God’s perspective. Behind the vivid imagery of John’s writing is a powerful picture of the nature of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. This is a book which speaks strongly to the Church today. (2 units)


God is a consistent God, an eternal God, who thinks in terms of all of history, not just the immediate generation. When He planned the work of Jesus Christ for our salvation in eternity past, He planned a coherent, progressive unfolding of the drama of redemption down through the history of humans on the earth. Moses’ Tabernacle was an important part of this illustrated revelation of His plan and work on man’s behalf. It showed realities both in heaven (after which it was copied) and on earth, as it foretold the coming of Messiah and His perfect work for our salvation.

Each part of the Tabernacle pictures an important truth for humankind, consistent with everything else God has said on this subject down through the ages. It is a fascinating course that takes the student through all aspects of the Tabernacle and their significance in Christ. (2 units)


What is the tabernacle of David, and what is it for? God said, “After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, in order that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old (Acts 15:16–18). This Scripture says that it is something that God would restore in the New Testament so that the rest of humankind could seek Him. It is the type of worship David instituted, the kind proclaimed in the Psalms, worship that all the peoples of the world can relate to. This course will explain what David’s tabernacle was and how it is being used of God today to reach the world for Christ. (2 units)


It’s one thing to learn about the Old Testament from others, it’s quite another to know how to engage in graduate level research yourself. This course will teach you both research methods and how to write up the results. (6 units)


The New Testament is that portion of God’s Word especially for the present age. This course will teach methods of scholarly research in the New Testament documents and ways of writing reports on the results of that research. (6 units)


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