Degrees to consider

http://www.oc.edu/academics/b-a-degree-in-missions#degree-requirements

http://www.moody.edu/edu_MainPage.aspx?id=1696

http://eternitybiblecollege.com/prospective-students/your-first-class-is-free/

U of N Accreditation

http://www.uofn.edu/index.php/uofn_us/Academics/Accreditation

Accreditation

Considerations about Accreditation

The University of the Nations offers courses and field assignments in 101 nations worldwide which may be used toward U of N degrees. Various accredited institutions throughout the world accept U of N transfer students and credits. U of N is a degree-granting institution (Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and Graduate Diplomas), but has not applied for accreditation in any nation’s educational system.
U of N recognizes the value of accrediting agencies in maintaining predictability in quality of education. Therefore, U of N may apply for accreditation in the future. However, at this time, we are not in the process of doing so for the reasons given below.

U of N is unique in its international missionary training scope with locations in many countries. Validation by an accrediting agency in one nation could be limiting. With the U of N, students may begin their education in South America, continue it in the United States and complete their U of N degree requirements in Europe. This type of international scope is a challenge for accrediting agencies to validate.
U of N is an integral part of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an international and multi-denominational missionary organization. Normally, accreditation agencies require the separation of the educational institution from the parent organization, thus requiring U of N to separate from YWAM. However, by design, U of N is an integral part of YWAM and only able to fulfill its purposes as such.
The U of N Board of Regents consists of the YWAM Global Leadership Team (GLT) and representatives from the YWAM 23 worldwide regions, fields and ministry divisions. Accreditation generally requires a partially non-YWAM governing board. However, the present U of N Board of Regents is from a diverse international group which understands the founding principles of the Mission and the University. Since the development of U of N is still in a formative stage and needs freedom to grow into the fulfillment of the purposes for which it was created, we do not believe that it is right to form a non-YWAM governing board. The U of N does have an International Advisory Board which consists primarily of non-YWAM representatives.
U of N maintains a staff of volunteer missionaries who must raise their own support independent of their positions with the University. Accrediting agencies require salaries for university staff members on the basis that a good solid income helps to ensure stability in the university system and quality in its program. The U of N is establishing a “track record” to demonstrate stability through a history of quality long-term staff with independent support. But for now, the lack of salaries for staff could preclude accreditation. Presently, U of N has a growing student population internationally, constant construction of new buildings and projects globally, and a growing force of long-term staff members.
Our modular approach to education as well as the visiting teacher concept utilized in our schools is generally unknown by accrediting boards. At the present time, much of the academic material provided in the school is presented by long term staff members in conjunction with visiting speakers, who generally have excellent credentials and high qualifications. Nearly all visiting teachers have extensive international experience and are able to present a broad perspective in their fields of expertise.
Our present library resource strategy is different from that required for accreditation standards in a centralized location. At present, we are planning and developing a worldwide educational resource network. We utilize electronic technology to access most resources, and those resources will ultimately be made available internationally at many U of N training locations. In the meantime, each school is adding to its resource materials. We are planning to develop CD-ROM reference libraries that will be made available to U of N training locations worldwide.

To further support U of N development, a Master Plan and a Development Guide were produced in 1979 in the earliest stages of the University’s development. These provided clear definitions and goals for the University prototype in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Documentation, admissions and records procedures, examinations and evaluations have been in operation. The International Registrar Offices maintain school and student records and disseminate information for the University worldwide.

The U of N is committed to quality education. As a result, U of N courses are now recognized by many institutions of higher learning. Our students are accepted as transfer students, and they are given transfer credit for those U of N courses which are comparable to the programs of the receiving institution. Courses do not transfer on a one-for-one basis, but neither do the courses of other universities. Accreditation is not always the main factor in that decision. The major factor is quality of instruction, recognized by the depth and quality of student learning. On that basis U of N students show commendable strength. An increasing number of institutions are enthusiastic about accepting U of N students. Of course, the lack of accreditation can leave certain professional doors closed. But for many students, this is not an insurmountable problem. It all depends on the career or profession the individual student is pursuing, for what purpose, and in which nation. Attention is called to the fact that U of N is not accredited by written statements such as: THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees, as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer, courses and degrees completed at non-accredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. U of N in the USA (Kona, Hawaii) has been evaluated by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and is recognized as qualified to accept I-20 student visas.

CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA & DEGREE PROGRAMS

Harvest Bible University offers degree programs to fit the varying needs of individual students. The
following pages describe the different degrees and their requirements. We strongly encourage you to work
toward your degree. Many people want to “simply take a few courses in the Bible.” That’s wonderful,
and we have arranged the schedule to make this possible, because we want everyone to be able to learn
God’s Word. We’re glad to have you take just one course, or as many as you like.However, we suggest that you work toward a degree because there is great value in setting a goal,
working toward it, and completing it. In fact, one of the reasons a university degree is important in our
society today is that it demonstrates a person is able to finish what he or she starts. Read more of this post

How to Win People to Christ

EV 141 EVANGELISM

The word “evangelism” means taking the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to other people. Jesus evangelizes today through us, because we are His body (1 Cor. 12:27). How do we learn to evangelize? Mainly by doing it. This is a “field experience” course. Each student finds an opportunity to be part of an evangelistic program for at least 11/ 2 hours per week, usually at his or her own church, and then turns in weekly report forms. A book report completes the course. (2 units per quarter)

EV 229 HOW TO WIN PEOPLE TO CHRIST

There’s nothing more exciting than winning someone to Christ. Jesus said, There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10), and believers everywhere rejoice, too, when a new believer is born into the kingdom. But what are some good ways to bring people to Christ? This course will prepare you to share your faith effectively and, even better, bring souls to salvation in Christ. (2 units)

EV 252 EVANGELISM IN LARGE CITIES

Throughout the world today there is a “sameness” in every major urban center, no matter what country it’s in. And there’s an urban mindset that’s different from that of people in smaller communities and the countryside. The people of the world are rapidly moving to megalopolises that now comprise the majority of the world’s population. These people require an evangelistic approach different from those in small towns and rural areas. This course will teach you how to reach the residents of the large cities of the world today. (2 units)

EV 307 SERVANT EVANGELISM

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” says the world. As a result they have a hard time comprehending salvation as a free gift (Rom. 6:23), or that someone would be genuinely concerned for them without wanting something in return. Yet in the Roman Empire the early Christians gradually won over the forces of evil by serving others selflessly. Servant Evangelism is a plan to serve people in this way with the result that some of them will eventually see God’s love and be won to Christ. (2 units)

EV 342 EVANGELISM IN DEPTH

What is the most effective method of evangelism? The answer really is quite simple. When a person comes to see himself as a sinner, and comes to the knowledge that God is the one who can save him, that person is converted to Christ, accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour and is born again. There is a genuine, passionate energy that every believer experiences when he or she falls in love with Jesus Christ. Each believer, from the moment of rebirth, becomes a unique method of evangelism. In this course you will see that evangelism is not a particular program or technique, but is the person who, without even being able to articulate what he does, accomplishes great triumphs, unexplainable to others, but entirely natural to him. This course is designed to correct modern misconceptions of evangelism and to teach you how to discover the unique method of evangelism that God has created for you. (2 units)

Department of Ministry

MN 131 MERCY MINISTRIES

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18–19).

The Lord Jesus Christ came to minister to the poor (Luke 4:18), and so did the apostles (Gal. 2:10). God cares, and His loving heart wants to reach out to the poor through us. But how can we best help people? What should we give and when? How can we empower them in this wicked world and yet not make them dependent on us?

This course will provide real, practical answers that come out of the experience of people who have given up their own security and comfort to minister to the poor in Jesus’ name. Come and learn new ways to let your compassion flow effectively to people in need and to develop and empower the poor. (2 units)

MN 135 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

God loves the city and its people. He calls us all to help one another with a love the world can’t understand. This course involves volunteering a Saturday to help restore a poor, inner city church facility that is in need of repair, so that the people of the neighborhood might come and worship Him in all His glory in a beautiful house. This is a time of great joy in working together. It also includes reading and written work if you would like to earn credit for it. (2 units)

MN 146 WORSHIP

The greatest thing in all the world is to worship God. He alone is worthy of our total affection, adoration, and admiration. In these last days the Church has been rediscovering the centrality of the worship of God. It is finding more exciting ways to glorify His name and draw people’s hearts upward to Him. You will learn how to worship God in spirit and in truth, and lead others in worship of Him. For such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers (John 4:24). (4 units)

MN 174 DISCIPLESHIP

Jesus said, Go and make disciples of all the nations (Matt. 28:19). This is at the very heart of the Great Commission that He has called us to fulfill. But how do we make disciples? One clue is found in the same passage when He said: . . . teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (v.20). In Jesus’ day that meant following Him without reservation, learning and doing all He commanded. This course will teach you how to make real disciples of those whom God places in your care. (2 units)

MN 207 HOW TO PREACH POWERFULLY

So, you want to preach?! Many people love to talk; and more than a few would love to talk to, or preach at, a group. How can you get a message from God rather than speaking out your own ideas? How do you bring change in people’s lives, when God is the only one who can change people? Or what if you don’t like to talk, especially in front of a group? How do you overcome fear and speak with the power of God? This course will give you the basic understandings and skills to preach the Word of God with power and find joy in doing so. (2 units)

MN 209 HOW TO PREACH BY STORYTELLING

Over 80% of the Bible is stories. God communicates to us by stories of real people in real life situations. Jesus constantly told stories because storytelling is the most powerful way to preach and reach people in today’s world—even kids who seem to have no attention span left after 100,000 hours of TV and video games. Everyone is captivated when you tell a story. This course will teach you how to use this powerful way of getting people’s attention to drive home the truth of God’s Word. (2 units)

MN 257 CHRIST AND SOCIETY

And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). Jesus cares deeply about the problems of society today and wants His people to be salt and light, bringing the transforming power of God’s kingdom into the urban world of the 2000s. But how? That’s the subject of this class and a part of the very reason for the existence of Harvest Bible University. We really believe Jesus’ plan began with the establishment of churches among the poor and disenfranchised of society, and that from that base His people brought change to society. Come and learn how you can become an effective agent of God’s kingdom in the urban jungles of the world. (2 units)

MN 303 HOW TO TEACH

This course will help you become an effective teacher of God’s truth. It covers: Personal preparation, discovering the message God wants you to deliver, gathering material, organizing it, presenting it effectively for life-change, getting feedback, and helping students afterward. (2 units)

MN 308 ADVANCED PREACHING

Building upon the course How to Preach Powerfully, Advanced Preaching is designed to produce greater skills in clear, effective preaching that changes lives. Further instruction in sermon preparation, in effective delivery methods, and ways to read audience response will be taught. (2 units)

MN 313 HOW TO HEAL

Much of Jesus’ ministry on earth was healing, both out of compassion for those afflicted with sicknesses (Mark 1:40–42), and as an authentication of Himself as Messiah (Luke 7:18–23). This course will teach the basics of God’s power for healing and ministering to those in need of healing in a practical, hands-on, yet careful way. (2 units)

MN 314 HOW TO DELIVER

Peter said, “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). This is an exciting course that will take you right into Jesus’ incredible ministry of delivering people from the power of the devil. You will thrill as you see Him setting the captives free and then learn how to minister as He did in His power. (2 units)

MN 315 SUPERNATURAL SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Jesus has given us supernatural gifts so we can do the works He did, things that the world simply cannot do. For example, God has given the gift of healing for miraculous healings, the gift of prophecy so that we might hear from God directly, the word of knowledge so that we can have information about a person we would otherwise not know how to effectively minister to them, and many other wonderful gifts. Each is meant to bring great joy.

But how do we receive, develop, and operate these gifts? This course will explain how. You’ll be thrilled as you learn how to move into the wonderful, supernatural life and ministry the Lord has planned for you. The class will involve opportunities to try out the gifts in a safe environment, with the instructor helping you “get it” and letting you know how you’re doing. Come, be blessed, and learn how to minister in the power of God. (2 units)

MN 323 WORSHIP IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

Worshiping God is the highest, greatest, and best thing any creature can do. People come to church expecting an experience that draws their hearts up to God Himself. Yet often, the worship leader does not know how to bring people into focused worship of God; or worship is equated with listening to sermons; or tradition reigns and the subject is not given much thought. This course will tell how to bring people into the worship of God: From the personal preparation of the leader, to the corporate preparation of the church, to the actual worship experience. (2 units)

MN 328 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Churches require a special kind of leadership, different from secular organizations. Jesus Christ was the greatest leader of all time, and He told His followers not to lead like secular leaders, but to be servants as He was a servant. This course will teach you a whole new way to lead your church in the power of the Holy Spirit to produce a more fruitful ministry. (4 units)

MN 333 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

The church is unlike any other human institution and therefore requires a different type of administration. The church is not a part of the world system but of the kingdom of God. Much damage has occurred down through history when churches were administrated like a secular organization instead the house of God.

As in the Book of Acts, most churches are born of informal ministry to people. Structure becomes necessary over time, especially when there’s continued growth. Yet competent administration seldom “just happens.” Churches, as voluntary associations, often suffer from lack of efficacious organization. This results in quenching the Spirit of God as people vie with each other for control. It often leads to financial mismanagement and/or abuse of church members and is a bad witness to the outside world. This course will teach the basics of setting up a church so that it has financial integrity; complies with the law; provides clear, gentle leadership for its people; and accomplishes what God has called it to do. (4 units)

MN 343 SMALL GROUPS

As we near the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, the Church worldwide is looking more like the Book of Acts all the time. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the move back to small groups of believers meeting in homes and other places as the backbone of fulfilling the Great Commission to win and disciple people. This course will introduce you to many of the unique approaches being attempted and used today—from two or three in a factory or home, to mega-churches with hundreds of thousands of people all meeting in home groups. You will have many more options for starting your own “churchplanting movement” as a result of this course. (2 units)

MN 347 SPONTANEOUS EXPANSION OF THE CHURCH

When Jesus said, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . (Matt. 28:19) , He literally said “make disciples of all the ethne,” which refers to ethnic groups. Amazingly, we interpret it as individual disciple-making. Yet all over the world today people are being won in groups, resulting in explosive, spontaneous, geometrical growth of churches. This happened in the first century, and it is happening in many parts of the world today. It’s God’s will, the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this generation, for He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). In this course we will explore together ways of igniting such movements in the urban centers of the world. (2 units)

MN 348 HOW TO START A CHURCH

The most effective means of fulfilling the Great Commission, of bringing change in people’s lives and renewal to the city, is planting new churches. Harvest Bible University was especially founded to help people become successful church planters. This course surveys all the basic aspects of envisioning, planning, organizing, and planting a church that succeeds. It is designed both for actual church planters, and also for other students who want to be aware of the issues involved and how to help church planters they personally know. (2 units)

MN 353 HOW TO GROW A CHURCH

In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we need both qualitative and quantitative growth in local churches. This course will distill and present the best of what God has revealed to His church in recent decades concerning ways to bring greater quality to the local church, as well as ways to coope ate with the Lord of the Harvest as He seeks to bring more people into His church. You’ll be amazed and thrilled at the fascinating content of this course. (4 units)

MN 356 HOW TO DEVELOP A MISSIONAL CHURCH

As we near Christ’s return, Christianity is looking more and more like the Book of Acts. In Acts most missionary activity was done by people sent out from local churches, not “parachurch” organizations. This course will show you how to send out ministry teams from your church to plant churches in other nations of the world. (2 units)

MN 358 COMPASSION MINISTRIES

Picking up where Mercy Ministries left off, this course will delve further into ways to show God’s compassion for the poor. Special emphasis will be given to avoiding the patronizing attitude of dogooders who think they know what’s best for the poor. Rather, this course will derive from the poor themselves —and the God who loves them so dearly —healthy ways to serve them in love, ways they consider helpful. (2 units)

MN 364 PROPHETIC MINISTRY

God still speaks to His people today in many ways and fashions. One of the ways He communicates to us is through prophecy in its various forms. However, prophecy is often misunderstood, maligned, and misused.
This course will teach both the proper and effective use of prophecy, and also its management in the church. It will include “hands-on” experience in receiving and giving a prophetic word. Participants will have the opportunity to seek a word, give it, and then receive feedback from an instructor who is known for his accurate and balanced prophetic ministry. This will be immensely helpful in developing and moving forward in prophetic ministry in a way that is thoroughly Scriptural. (2 units)

MN 365 HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD

A major emphasis in the body of Christ today is hearing the voice of God. This cuts across all denomination and theological boundaries as people everywhere are hungry to know Him, commune with Him, and hear what He would say to them. In these last days with the rapid often deadly changes in the world it is vitally important to hear God’s voice. It might even save your life. This course will help you to hear His voice. (2 units)

MN 373 CHRISTIAN LEADERS SYMPOSIUM

One of the things that makes Harvest so much more exciting than other schools is that all the teachers are leaders who are actually living and doing what they are teaching, which means you get great wisdom and practical insight into every subject, practical wisdom that really works in your life and ministry. This class brings together a number of different Christian leaders for one or two weeks each—leaders that are not normally available to teach a whole quarter. You will be exposed to some world-class people who will share things you’ve never heard before. Come for an exciting time of growth and learning. (2 units)

MN 383 PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR THE PASTOR

Ordained pastors marry, bury, baptize, do visitation, and do a myriad of other things in the operation of a typical church. Budgeting, handling office equipment, building and maintaining the church facilities, leading committees, setting up missions programs and youth ministries, developing a library, counseling, and sermon preparation . . . these and many other duties familiar to ordained pastors will be explained in this helpful course. (2 units)

MN 401 FAMILY MINISTRY

The family has been the foundation of all societies for all of human history. Today it is under unprecedented attack by the devil and the media with the result that the latest statistics show a large percentage of Americans not even bothering to marry, and many other perverse groups now vying to be considered as families with multiple partners and even animals included in their so-called “marriages.” A desperate day indeed. Now is the time for the church to develop healthy families that will show the world God’s beautiful plan, produce a new generation of godly kids, and turn our society back to the Lord. Come and learn how to start a successful family ministry in your church. (2 units)

MN 402 CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

“Satan wants the children” because they are the world of tomorrow: Its leaders, its church, everything. Our society is designed to take children out of the home at an ever-younger age, and keep them in its grip so that they are shaped by the world-system, not by their parents, the church, or the Bible. Jesus loves the little children dearly, and He wants us to fight for them. This class will show you how to draw children to the Lord, and bring them up in Him so they will love Him and become all He created them to be. (2 units)

MN 404 YOUTH MINISTRY

“The youth of today are the church of tomorrow.” This truism about teenagers falls short of an even greater truth—that youth can be the most dedicated and zealous believers of any age group! Many of the greatest revivals in history have involved teens. Yet today they are typically the least committed people in the church, because they have not been challenged in the way that grabs their zeal. This course will teach you how to bring youth into full commitment to the Lord and to spreading His Kingdom. (2 units)

MN 444 PASTORAL COUNSELING

One of the names of Jesus in the Bible is “Counselor.” This is not in the secular or psychological sense of the word, but in the biblical sense of a pastor who takes the trouble to go beyond the Sunday morning sermon and help people actually apply the spiritual truth that was preached in their daily lives. This course will help prepare those who pastor God’s people to shepherd their flock with grace and wisdom. (2 units)

MN 449 ADVANCED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

This course picks up where the basic Leadership Development course leaves off, giving further insight on how Christ taught His followers to lead as servants. It’s a course rich with insight into God’s ways, which are the opposite of human ways. You will grow in Christlikeness through this course. (4 units)

MN 461 THE CHURCH AND SOCIAL ISSUES

According to studies at USC the church is the most effective organization in bringing change to the inner cities of the world. The church transforms lives, families, and neighborhoods. Spiritual solutions produce permanent change. Though the problems of society often seem intractable, impossibly resistant to solution, yet the Word of God has much to say about the way societies work and God’s ability to change them when the church is willing to be and do all that God has called it to. This is a thrilling course, because it will highlight obvious answers that few Christians even consider. Jesus cares about the social problems of the city, and this course, designed for seniors, will open up new vistas in solving them. (2 units)

MN 466 PRISON MINISTRY

Jesus said we are to visit those who are in prison, and that if we didn’t, we were neglecting Him (Matt. 25:31–46). Prison ministry is certainly close to our Lord’s heart, yet how do we do it? This course will teach you how, and the results will bring great joy to your life. (2 units)

MN 530 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

A study of the uniqueness of Christian education, in the home, at church, in school, and elsewhere. An introduction to various pedagogical methods along with practical application. (4 units)

Department of Languages

LG 555 GREEK

Our New Testament is translated from Greek manuscripts. Learning Greek provides the student an opportunity to gain rich insights and an appreciation of certain aspects of the text which do not translate easily into English. (2 units per quarter)

LG 560 HEBREW

The Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew. Learning this language is difficult, yet the benefits are worth the effort, because Hebrew understands and presents truth in a different way than either English or Greek. (2 units per quarter)

Department of the Bible – Harvest

BI 101 THE LIFE AND POWER OF JESUS

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)

BI 106 UNDERSTANDING THE OLD TESTAMENT

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)

BI 111 UNDERSTANDING THE NEW TESTAMENT

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)

BI 223 THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

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)

BI 224 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

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)

BI 227 JAMES AND 1 & 2 PETER

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)

BI 232 THE BOOK OF ACTS

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)

BI 252 THE BOOKS OF PAUL

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)

BI 278 ISAIAH

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)

BI 302 EXODUS

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)

BI 305 JOSHUA

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)

BI 318 BIBLE KINGS AND PROPHETS

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)

BI 331 PSALMS

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)

BI 349 THE FEASTS AND FESTIVALS OF ISRAEL

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)

BI 351 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS

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)

BI 353 PASTORAL EPISTLES

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)

BI 368 1 & 2 CORINTHIANS

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)

BI 370 EPHESIANS

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)

BI 371 PHILIPPIANS

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)

BI 404 BOOK OF ROMANS

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)

BI 409 BOOK OF HEBREWS

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)

BI 425 BOOK OF REVELATION

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)

BI 429 CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE

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)

BI 430 THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID

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)

BI 520 OLD TESTAMENT RESEARCH

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)

BI 575 NEW TESTAMENT RESEARCH

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)