Study the Word of God

Welcome to the Bible/Theology Courses here at Christian Leaders Institute. These courses will ordinarily 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.  

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 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 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 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 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 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 offers in-depth study of the book of Romans, exploring Paul's meaning in the original context and the relevance of Romans for today.
This class offers in-depth study of the general epistles: James; 1 & 2 Peter; 1, 2, & 3 John; and Jude. Their meaning in the original context and their contemporary relevance are explored.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.