Study the Word of God

Welcome to the Biblical/Theological Core Classes here at Christian Leaders Institute. These core classes ordinarily will include two primary areas of study:

Biblical

Courses about the Christian Bible (Biblical) are included. Courses like Old Testament and New Testament Survey or the study of books of the Bible and such. 

Theological

Courses about doctrine or Biblical theoretic conclusions are included. Christian History Courses will be included in this category because so much of church history is interpreting the Bible and making theoretical conclusions over the last 2000 years.  

Philosophical

Courses about the Christian world and life view are also included in this section. Courses such as Christian Philosophy and Christian Ethics are included here. 

This course examines the history of Christianity in America. You will explore major events and movements, grasp the impact of key leaders, evaluate significant theological debates, develop your ability to see contemporary American Christianity in historical perspective, and integrate these insights into your ministry context.

This foundational ministry training course focuses on some of the most basic truths in God's Word, the Bible, for guiding Christian belief and behavior. Students will learn these truths, find where they are taught in Scripture, and grow in their ability to state Christian truths clearly and briefly to others.

This ministry training course examines the historical writings of the Old Testament, focusing on the stories of God's dealings with Israel in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The class also shows some applications for contemporary Christian living and preaching. (The Old Testament's detailed laws, Psalms, wisdom writings, and prophets are featured in other classes.)

This class explores God's Word in the New Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions.

This course explores Scripture in its original historical, cultural, and geographical context. The focus is mainly on Old Testament people, places, and events, while showing links to the New Testament and exploring the relevance for contemporary cultures and people. You must complete Old Testament Survey before taking this course.

This course improves your God-given ability to think. You learn how to use logic and critical thinking to formulate clear, sound arguments, evaluate others' reasoning and evidence, and detect fallacies in flawed arguments. You will learn key elements of argument structure, inductive reasoning, probability, deductive reasoning, formal logic, and categorical logic.
This course explores Scripture in its original historical, cultural, and geographical context. The focus is mainly on New Testament people, places, events, and themes, while showing links to the Old Testament and exploring the relevance for contemporary cultures and people. You must complete New Testament Survey before taking this course.

This course explores Acts, the Bible book that describes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the launching of the early church, and the international spread of the gospel. Students will engage with historical background, archeological findings, literary analysis, and major theological themes. Such in-depth study enables better understanding and involvement with the Spirit's work in our own time and place.
This class examines the literature of the Old Testament with careful attention to the historical, cultural, geographical, religious, and literary elements of ancient Near Eastern societies. This course will also show the influence of Old Testament literature on the New Testament and on Western culture. (This class can be used as a core requirement for the Degree program or as an elective in all programs. You can only use this course once in your program.)

This course reveals the continuity of Scripture, focusing on the stories of the Old Testament and how they anticipate the life and work of Christ. Part 1 summarizes the redemptive-historical story that Jesus would have learned in his youth. Part 2 develops some Old Testament themes that continue to be very important for Christian faith and life today. Both the reflections in the book and the accompanying lectures will prove useful to those preparing to lead Bible Studies or write sermons based on the Scriptures of the Old Testament.

This course develops sound methods of Spirit-guided interpretation of Scripture involving grammatical, literary, historical, and theological elements. Students will gain skill in using online research tools and in basing sermons on the original meaning of the biblical text. Prerequisites: Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey.

This course explores what the Bible reveals about prayer and answers many questions about prayer. Students will grow in interacting with God, praying rightly, seeking God's guidance, and training for godliness.

The very idea that there can be such a thing as a Christian Philosophy has long been denied and seldom tried. This course will explain why some Christian philosophers of the 20th century concluded that a Christian philosophy is possible, and will end with a brief account of one proposal of such a theory, the Christian theory of reality developed by Herman Dooyeweerd (1894 - 1977).

This course considers doctrines about Scripture, God, creation, humanity, sin, and Christ.

This course considers Christian doctrines about the Holy Spirit, the application of salvation, the church, and the future. (You must take Theology I before you take Theology II.)

This course focuses on living according to God’s pattern for us. We study biblical commands and their wise application to various life situations. We expose demonic strategies of temptation and learn about spiritual warfare. We seek ways to express the Christ-life within us by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

This ministry training course introduces students to basic issues in apologetics (defending and contending for the faith). Students learn biblical worldview, cultural analysis, and presenting the gospel in a way that shows its plausibility and addresses common objections.

This course uses philosophical dialogue to show that religious experience can produce self-evident knowledge of God.

This is the first in a sequence of three courses on basics of New Testament Greek, laying a foundation for studying the New Testament in its original language. (Note: Greek is hard for most people. Usually it is best to take Greek only after you have successfully completed some other CLI classes.)

This is the second in a sequence of three courses on basics of New Testament Greek, increasing the ability to study the New Testament in its original language. You must complete Greek I before taking this course.

This ministry training course examines the wisdom writings of Old Testament sages and poets: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. The class shows the relevance of Old Testament wisdom for knowing God's wisdom in Christ and following Jesus today.

This is the third in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek, completing a study of essential language knowledge and online tools for  studying the New Testament in its original language. You must complete Greek II before taking this course.

This course examines the history of Christianity and its interactions with various social, cultural, and political contexts. Historical study shows God's faithfulness in the past and increases understanding of Christianity's present challenges and opportunities.

This course looks at major events, key persons, and important trends in the first four centuries of the Christian church, the period from Jesus' resurrection through Augustine of Hippo. Such study helps us to see God's faithfulness in the past and to better understand the church's present challenges and opportunities.

This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit has done at various times and places, causing the church to grow in holiness, power, and numbers. By examining major mission advances and revivals, we gain insights for mission and revival in our own time and place.

This course surveys and evaluates the historical data available concerning women in early Christianity starting from the ministry of Jesus through the first several centuries of the Catholic church.