Theology Department Courses at Harvest.edu

TH 116 HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

God has given teachers to the Body of Christ, that we might learn His Word and His ways (Eph. 4:11). Yet He has also called us to study His Word ourselves (Acts 17:11) for our long-term growth in Christ (2 Tim. 3:16–17). If we are to handle it accurately and not be ashamed (2 Tim. 2:15), we need to know how to study it, not just read it casually. This class will show you how to dig out the rich golden nuggets of the Word for yourself. Your whole life will be different from now on as a result of applying the skills you’ll learn in this most enjoyable course. (2 units)

TH 126 CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS

In this course, which is like a mini-Bible college, you will go through the whole Bible and all the basic doctrines of Christianity in a single year. You will learn basic theology, Biblical background information, and Christian living, with answers to questions, such as “How do you know the Bible is the Word of God?” “Does the Bible say Jesus is God?” “Can people who never heard the Gospel be saved?” “What’s wrong with sex outside marriage?” “How do you know Christ will come again?” “Is Christ the only wayto God?” “How should I study the Bible?” and many more such questions. You will love having clear-cut answers, and your faith will be stronger as a result. (6 units)

TH 202 HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE

How should you interpret the various things you find in the Bible? Would you, for example, cut off your hand, based on Matthew 5:30? Some people, not understanding the principle of hyperbole, have done just that. When Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again, Nicodemus pictured a grown person reentering his or her mother’s womb (John 3:1–8). Certain cults use the Bible to come up with some rather strange things. So how do you interpret and understand what God is saying in different places in the Bible?

This course will teach you the basic principles of biblical interpretation, sometimes known as hermeneutics. You will enjoy, understand, and profit from the Word more after taking this course. (2 units)

TH 212 THE POWER OF PRAYER

How’s your prayer life? How do you feel about your ability to get answers to prayer? In the twentyfirst century, God is emphasizing prayer in an unprecedented manner. In churches throughout the world people are rediscovering the power of prayer to communicate with God and to accomplish His work (Mark 11:23–24).

This course may change your life and bring about the vision God has placed in your heart for His kingdom. Come prepared for a new day. (2 units)

TH 214 INTERCESSORY PRAYER

God answers prayer. Practically everybody agrees. Yet many things fall to the ground because the prayers of the saints are missing. Evil kingdoms can be brought down and godly ones built up through prayer. The Queen of Scotland once said that she feared the prayers of John Knox more than all the armies of the enemy. Praying Hyde and the intercessors in Britain turned the course of World War II through their intercessory prayers.

Furthermore, prayer is essential to protect Christian leaders and front-line workers, who often get “picked off” by the enemy due to lack of prayer. And intercessory prayer is vital in healing, as even the American Medical Association reported in its journal. Come and learn how you can be a world changer through effective intercession. (2 units)

TH 217 HOW TO DEFEND YOUR FAITH

Peter tells us to sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you . . . (1 Pet. 3:15a). Yet we have all been “nailed” at times by articulate atheists or crafty cultists who frame their unbelieving questions in such a way that we’re at a loss as to how to answer. This course will prepare you for battle: For the typical hackneyed arguments and baffling conundrums that will come your way from unbelievers. Your confidence will grow as you gain clear, concise answers to such questions, and the skill to guide the adversary to faith in Christ. (2 units)

TH 218 THE MESSIAH

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the centerpiece of all history, the “desire of all nations” (Hag. 2:7), has come. And He will soon come again, and “from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty” (Rev. 19:15). In this practical course you will learn the prophecies that He fulfilled so you can witness right out of the Old Testament. And you will learn how to know and present Him in power to the world today—the world that will soon witness His mighty return to rule and reign. An incredible course. (2 units)

TH 237 CHRISTIAN HISTORY

Christianity continued to expand after the Book of Acts closed, but it also became increasingly institutional after the first century. By the year 500, all the freshness and spiritual power of the church in Acts had been thoroughly expunged and only a shell of formal religion seemed to be left. The church entered the Dark Ages for the next 1,000 years. Though there were a few lights here and there, darkness was pervasive. There is much we can learn from this season of the church’s history, to guide us towards the freshness of the early church and away from the ruinous patterns that led to the Dark Ages.

Peter said, “Heaven must receive [Jesus] until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” (Acts 3:21). With the Protestant Reformation all things began to be restored to the church, starting with basic issues, such as salvation by grace through faith, the Bible for everyone, the priesthood of all believers, and more. Beginning with Martin Luther 500 years ago, lost ground from the church in Acts has been steadily regained, until today we see nearly everything in the New Testament happening in the church around the world. Now, with the vast expansion of the church worldwide—and fulfillment of the Great Commission in every people group on earth within reach—the church has entered its greatest moment, sensing the imminent return of her Lord. This course will take you through the great revivals right up to today, in the ongoing saga of the church of Jesus Christ. (6 units)

TH 238 TWENTIETH CENTURY REVIVALS

Over half of all the people who have ever lived on the earth are alive today. And even more than half of all the believers that have ever lived are alive right now. God moved more mightily in revivals in the 20th century more than ever before in history. You will be excited as you learn the things He has done in recent decades and is doing in the world today. Come take this course to build your faith and to learn how you can get into revival today! (2 units)

TH 247 THE POWERFUL HOLY SPIRIT

Throughout the book of Acts the Holy Spirit leads the way in the spread of the Gospel (Acts 1:8; 16:6–10). Today, He is still commander-in-chief of “God’s army,” the militant church of God engaged in evangelizing every creature in the world to fulfill the Lord’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20). He is the one who clothes believers with power from on high (Acts 1:8) and performs mighty acts to convince nonbelievers that Jesus is Lord. Missionaries have long known the need for God to display Himself as more powerful than heathen gods in showdowns (Acts 13:5–12). But today even “civilized” people are more concerned with power
than truth, so that demonstrations of the power of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit are more needed than ever. In this class you will learn how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. (2 units)

TH 262 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

The Bible is our rock of truth, the first and foremost source of information and revelation that God has given us in this world. Without it we would be at the mercy of everyone’s opinion vs. our own. Who could know truth? In the Bible God has given us all the foundational truth we need to know, from which we can reason out other issues not specifically covered in the Bible.

Theology is the study of all that God says in His word about the most important areas of truth, such as the nature of God Himself, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, sin, salvation, heaven, hell, the church, prophecy, and so on. Theology takes each of the most important areas and outlines the teachings of the Bible on that doctrine. It is an unusually exciting course, because you suddenly see what the whole word teaches on each doctrine so clearly that it practically jumps out at you. You’ll grow in your faith and in your relationship with God as a result of taking this course, and your whole life will be better and more stable.

The subjects covered are Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. (6 units)

TH 306 THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

One day the trumpet will sound and the world as we know it shall end. Jesus Christ shall appear in the sky and every eye shall see Him coming with great power and glory. The greatest event in history— coming soon to your world! Are you ready? Now is the time to get ready. This course will electrify you and prepare you for the most important day in your life and in history. Jesus Christ is coming again, this time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (2 units)

TH 341 SPIRITUAL GIFTS

When Christ ascended to the Father, He gave gifts to people by the Holy Spirit. These gifts are supernatural anointings to easily do things that would otherwise be either difficult or impossible, depending on
the gift. In this course you will learn about different types of spiritual gifts, with a special emphasis on the ones in Romans 12, which are often called the Motivational Gifts. You will have the opportunity to learn your motivational and spiritual gifts, and how to experience great joy as you use them. This is an exceptionally enjoyable course, one you’ll remember all your life. (2 units)

TH 364 GOD’S CHARACTERISTICS (ATTRIBUTES)

God is the most wonderful person in the universe! To experience Him is to find everything you’ve ever wanted and more. Just one touch from Him fills you with joy and life in a way nothing else can possibly do. As a result, the enemy of our souls is busy lying about God, trying to get us to believe awful things about Him. But truth is more powerful. If you take this course, you will come to truly know God in a way you never dreamed possible. And as a result, many problems in your life will simply go away. Come for the blessing of your life! (4 units)

TH 419 HOW TO HANDLE THE CULTS

We live in an age of unprecedented openness to the gospel. Hunger for spiritual reality has never been greater. Yet, often, pseudo-Christian cults get to the hungry people first. These cults claim to follow the Bible, but in reality deny salvation through the cross of Jesus Christ alone, substituting instead salvation through their group and activities. So what do you do when people you know get into one of these groups? How do you witness to people who are in the cults? These and many other questions are answered in this practical course, preparing you for the encounters you are sure to have. (2 units)

TH 424 UNDERSTANDING WORLD RELIGIONS

Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and other world religions are rapidly increasing in the United States and are on the verge of flexing their muscles in a way that will astound traditional American Christians. What is the attraction of these groups? How can we relate to each of them? How do we handle people ca ght in their web? This class will look at the beliefs and practices of each of the major religions with an emphasis on strategies for winning them to Christ. (2 units)

TH 430 UNDERSTANDING ISLAM

Since 9/11 Islam has been one of the hottest topics in the world. And rightfully so. Islam and Christianity are locked in mortal combat for the human race. We can no longer ignore Islam, but must understand it if we are going to effectively reach these people, plus the ones they are evangelizing. This course will be a shocker and an eye-opener. Very informative. Don’t miss it! (2 units)

TH 434 THE KINGDOM OF GOD

A common thread throughout the Scripture is the reign of God over all His creation, often referred to as the kingdom of God. It is both present and future, earthly and heavenly, personal and corporate, total and yet disputed. We are in a battle to bring the reality of God’s rule into the lives of people and of society, for Christ taught us to pray, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).

Understanding the kingdom of God will help us bring its reality to the streets and neighborhoods of the city, pushing back the kingdom of darkness that reigns there in so many ways today. This is a strategic course in taking our cities for Christ. (2 units)

TH 439 SPIRITUAL WARFARE

The Bible teaches that we are engaged in spiritual warfare. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12). It also says that though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (2 Cor. 10:3–4).

To bring down the fortresses or “strongholds” of the city (crime, drugs, violence, poverty, discrimination, demonic control, abuse, and so on) requires adeptness in spiritual warfare, not just social and spiritual programs. This course will teach the basics of effectively engaging the enemy in spiritual warfare and prevailing. (2 units)

TH 454 PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT

This course will present the biblical perspective of God’s abiding purpose that His people participate with Him in bringing His redemptive rule to all peoples of the earth; the historical perspective of the progress and continuity of the Christian movement in world history; the cultural perspective on crucial issues of cross-cultural communication and service; and the strategic perspective on understanding an overall strategy of reaching the world’s unreached through evangelism, church planting, relief, development, going, sending, and prayer. (2 units)

TH 459 WORLD MISSIONS

Jesus Christ will have a victorious church at His return. Bible-believing Christians amounted to just 1/ 4% of the world’s population in A.D. 100. They increased to 1% by 1500, 2% by 1900, 3% by 1950, and today they constitute over 12% of the world! This is a geometric curve, accelerating like a rocket to the moon. The story of world missions is the story of the advance and multiplication of God’s people around the globe in these last days, and it’s more exciting than anything else! Come prepared for an adrenaline rush as you see the awesome works of God in our day as He prepares the world for the return of His Son. (4 units)

TH 505 GOD THE FATHER (THEOLOGY PROPER)

Surveys have shown that a visit to your local Christian bookstore will turn up very few books on God, but a plethora of books on “self.” This course is an in-depth study of the person of God the Father, His existence and attributes, from the Bible and the creation. Very refreshing. (2 units)

TH 510 CHRISTOLOGY

Jesus Christ, the greatest person who has ever lived. More books and songs have been written about Him than anyone in history—by far. This course is a complete study of Him: His person and His work as the Messiah, the Anointed One. An exciting course. (2 units)

TH 515 PNEUMATOLOGY

As you may have noticed in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is the power of the church and the Christian life. In fact, Jesus said it was actually better that He leave us so we could have the Holy Spirit! This course is a thorough study of the person and work of God the Holy Spirit with a special emphasis on His ministry from the New Testament era onward. (2 units)

TH 536 THEOLOGY OF CHURCH GROWTH

A study of the theological foundations of church growth theory, along with a critique of the (often pragmatic) practice of growth methods among churches today. (2 units)

TH 545 SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENA IN THE CITY

Many recalcitrant urban problems, as well as most of the “points of light,” involve unseen forces. This course delves into issues of discerning and appropriately responding to such forces. (2 units)

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