Monday, October 23, 2017
Acts
The overall objective of this course is to determine the fundamental biblical principles regarding the mission of the Church and its role in missions, developing guidelines and strategies from these principles for a local church's involvement.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would do the following:  1. Develop a basic understanding of biblical keys to the establishment and expansion of the first-century Church and how to use these keys in the establishment and expansion of the global church.  2. Design a model to use as a guide in planting and establishing churches today from the core elements of Paul's strategy used on his missionary journeys. 3.  Determine a biblical definition for missionary and missionary work.  4. Develop convictions on the role of the local church in missions today and design a model for how a local church could be central and vitally invloved in missions while networking with other churches and missions agencies.  

Pauline
The overall objective of this course is to determine the fundamental biblical principles for growing and strengthening (establishing) a church to maturity and developing a strategy for implementing the biblical forms and functions of a church necessary for making and keeping it strong.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would: 1.  Develop a biblical understanding of Paul's concept of establishing local churches, while discerning the difference between what Paul understood to be normative for all churches in every culture and generation and what he intended to be merely cultural for his time and situation.  2.  Develop a biblical understanding of how the church fits into the overall plan and eternal purposes of God.  3.  Develop a biblical understanding of the philosophy that is to drive the ministry of the church and the guidelines (i.e. "house order") by which each local church is to abide.  4.  Bring all of this biblical understanding together into a contemporary model for establishing local churche in the twenty-first century, including general procedures consistent with Paul's establishing model and normative "house order" instructions.

Essentials
The overall objective of this course is to build a contemporary didache-an early church manual to establish believers in the essentials of the apostles' teaching.  This contemporary didache must be founded solidly upon the faith delivered by the apostles; seasoned by the historical effort of the church; and be eminently relevant to our present cultural situations.  Specifically this means that each person studying the course would do the following:  1.  Gain an understanding of the preaching (kerygma) and the teaching (didache) of the apostles-the core doctrines-and their importance to the churches of every generation, summarizing the doctrines in statement form, which will be used as  foundation for all contemporary theological formulations.  2.  Write a modern kerygma/didache type doctrinal statement that can be used by churches as a guide for establishing  believers in their faith for doing theology as a community of believers, and for aiding all believers in beginning their own practical theology for everyday life.  3.  Gain an appreciation for the historical effort of the church as it has sought, through the centuries, to provide the church of this generation with a relevant understanding and defense of the faith delivered by the apostles.  4.  Lay out a strategy for establishing everyone in a local church in both the gospel (kerygma) and the essential teaching of the apostles (the didache), as well as understand how the BILD curriculum grows out of the didache.

Shepherding

The overall objective of this course is to build a comprehensive shepherding strategy for a church which is rooted in the traditional pastoral care paradigm, drawn from the Scriptures, especially from Paul's early letters, rather than the secular psychological care paradigm of contemporary culture.  specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:  1.  Develop an understanding of the biblical model of pastoral care practiced in the early churches as a basis for formulating a philosophy of pastoral care which is consistent with New Testament guidelines for living in community and treating problems in our own lives and in our churches.  2.  Formulate a clear perspective of the gospel and the work of the Spirit in our lives (from an examination of the message of the gospel in Paul's early epistles) as a basis for addressing the foundational needs and life-controlling problems of new or unestablished believers.  3.  Examine the contemporary practice of integrating psychology and theology, and assess the legitimacy of such an endeavor and its implications for the practice of counseling within the church.  4.  Lay necessary foundations for skillfully handling the Scriptures in counseling, and develop convictions regarding the sufficiency of the scriptures in counseling, and develop convictions regarding the sufficiency of the scriptures in the counseling process.  5.  Critique the contemporary emergence of a new Christian profession--Christian psychologists and psychiatrists--and the church's reliance upon it for pastoral care while examining its implications on biblical authority structures and responsibilities.  6.  Design a contemporary and comprehensive pastoral care strategy consistent with the biblical guidelines set forth in the Scriptures for the life of the church and the individual's growth in the Spirit.   


Habits
The overall objective of this course is to determine the necessity of every believer embracing sound doctrine in the habits that undergird life and ministry, coming to conviction regarding its role in the lifelong pursuit of purity and wisdom.  Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:  1.  Discover the root causes and effects of the present-day separation and fragmentation that has taken place within and between the "devotional life" and serious "theological studies."  2.  Examine the life of the early church, identifying the ghabits and personal disciplines necessary for increasing soundly in faith as individual and as churches, being protected from the constant infiltration of unsound doctrine.  3.  Identify the "core habits of the heart" that ministers of the gospel and spiritual leaders must maintain in order to visibly progress in the Scriptures in a sound manner, and identify the general development phases characteristic of most leaders, sketching a lifellong strategy for growth and development.  4.  Sharpen reading skills and develop a guide for a building a lifelong reading program. 5.  Design a strategy for a church in which corporate, family, and individual habits are modeled and practiced in an orderly and natural manner.

Interpreting 1
The overall objective of this course is to gain skills and insights for identifying the author's intention for writing as it is expressed in the text he has written as the determinant of meaning.  Then, out of that meaning, the objective is to determine the significance of that text for today.  Specifically,this means that each person studying the course would:  1.  Develop a basic conviction on the importance of handling the Word accurately, paying careful attention to the author's intended meaning as expressed in the text as the determinant of meaning rather than one's own preconceptions.  2.  Gain a basic grasp of the discipline of hermeneutics (the art of interpretation), thus equipping the student with foundational principles essential in interpreting and validating the author's intended meaning expressed in the text, as well as translating its relevancy to the tewnty-first century.  3.  Gain a basic grasp of the discipline of exegesis (basic procedures for studying and interpreting the Scriptures) as well as a basic proficiency level in accurately drawing out the author's intended meaning from the text and relating it to the twenty-first century.  4.  Gain an understanding of and proficiency in many of the recent literary contributions, which are very significant in the process of interpreting the Word, paying special attention to cross cultural interpretation and application.

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