It's time to hear from the Pastor of the Jerusalem Church. It's hard to comprehend that there was a day when this brother of Jesus either did not believe in Jesus or at best grossly misunderstood the mission of Jesus. This radically enforces the fact that the Holy spirit is the teacher and once filled with the Spirit, great wisdom and knowledge is available to the recipient!
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It's amazing that an apostle who was several times denounced as ignorant and unlearned, could and would use over 30 Greek words not found in any other New Testament epistle. Is it possible that divine revelation far exceeds formal education! Imagine a toughened fisherman using such language as "Precious Blood," when referring to the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jude may be one of the shorter epistles, but believe me it is long in revelation. from Angels to Demons, from Heaven to Hell. One amazing discourse!
Romans is described as being the Grace Epistle. Unfortunately, many have turned grace into a doctrine that resembles Universalism. (Everyone and everything eventually redeemed by Grace. We will use the word "Favor" replacing the Grace word, in hope of allowing the reader to decipher the true message of Romans without the distraction of a misinterpreted word called Grace!
You will be challenged to discover that Paul is engaging in a question and answer discourse with the Corinthians predicated on the previous letter that He had sent to them. The Corinthians are seeking clarification as touching many of their long standing traditions.
If you would like to test your basic knowledge of the events in the life of Jesus in chronological order and you have a hard time with essays, this study is for you, for it comes with a test that can be taken with your bible in front of you!
This study is the next step up from The New testament Survey. This study by Author Louis Berkov is not casual or light. If you are interested in the Historical record of the books of the New Testament, not to mention what might be classified of a Word Study volume, you should not hesitate to engage with the course.
This is a good starter course to ascertain your general knowledge of all of the books of the New Testament. NTS comes with a test that will challenge you to take a fresh look at each of the NT books. This exercise will guide you in your selection of future and perhaps more in-depth studies. Sounds simplistic, but don't miss this opportunity to gain a complete understanding of the order and message of each of the NT writers!
ASIDE FROM CHAPTER I, which is an overview of the early Christian era by Eberhard Arnold, each chapter consists of passages by the early believers themselves, and by non-Christian contemporaries. You will read of self-portraits and portrayals, confessions and worship practices of the Early Christians. Very enlightening and perhaps a reminder of the model that we moderns should follow!
Alfred Edersheim is likely the most prolific writer of all time dealing with the manners and customs of the days in which Jesus lived and conducted His ministry. This book is like the color commentary on the Life of Jesus. You will learn more about the settings for the messages of Jesus and his audiences than ever imagined. It will give you fresh insight to the parables of Jesus and many of His other sayings and teachings. This course will take some time as it involves 1,723 pages. You will learn by writing essays on the various sections of the book. This could be considered a college education concerning the life of Jesus in just one book! Don't tackle this one if you are not serious!
Any and everything you ever desired to know about the life and travels of Apostle Paul. from his Nationality, his family, Personality and education; all which shaped his life and eventually his ministry. You will walk and preach with Paul from the dusty road of Damascus to board ships sailing to far flung destinations, until ultimately landing in Rome. All this laid out for you by the remarkable Author W.M. Ramsay.
Josephus was a priest, a
soldier, and a scholar. His life is of special interest in the fact that he lived during the lifetime of Jesus. He is best known as a Historian and he provides a complete historical account of scripture from the days of Creation and Adam. This particular volume deals with his life and the events that occur during and just after the death of Jesus. It is of special interest in that it deals with the actual fulfillment of the prophesies of Jesus concerning the fate of the Jews and the city of Jerusalem; this as told by a non-believer in Jesus. It is hoped that by the reading of this book you will be intrigued to read the other works of Josephus which will give you great insight to the historical veracity of the events of Scripture. To be graded by the writing of Essays!
This could be the most informative course you can take due mainly to neglect. Most of us love the majors; Isaiah, Jeremiah and the like, but oh the richness and wealth of information contained in the Minor (Only minor in the sense that their books are short) Prophets! How long has it been since you read Habakkuk?
Survey of the Old Testament Part 1 - Genesis to Judges
Many students shy away from the Old Testament, or look only at a few well known passages. Much of the OT seems obscure, and difficult to place into a historical and theological context. The result of such neglect is that much of the richness of the New Testament is lost.
This Survey is designed to direct Students into the Old Testament in good order. It covers most of the OT books in a chronological order so as to give the historical context, and as it points forward to the New Testament. However, this is not a heavy study. It's intended to encourage the participants to find treasures, not to overlook them in haste.
The Survey is divided into three parts, each containing several studies. 1. Genesis to Judges 2. Kings & Prophets 3. Exile & Return; The Inter-Testament Period
Survey of the Old Testament
Part 2 - Kings & Prophets
Survey of the Old Testament Part 3 - The Inter-Testament Period
From the earliest periods a belief has prevailed among Jews and Gentiles, that in one mode or another the Supreme Being has appeared visibly on earth. In the Eastern World, Divine incarnations are taught in the Brahminical and other systems. For the origin of such a belief we must undoubtedly recur to the Divine appearances recorded in Moses and the prophets. Such visible appearances and the doctrine of the incarnation are taught in the Hebrew as well as in the Christian Scriptures. It is the object of the ensuing pages to show that He who truly became incarnate, and is announced as Jesus, the Christ, and also as Jehovah, Immanuel, God with us, is the same who in the Hebrew oracles is often called Jehovah and Elohim, and designated also by official titles, as the Messiah, the Messenger, Adonai, the Elohe of Abraham; and that, under various designations, he appeared visibly in a form like that of man to the Patriarchs, and to Moses, and others.
Christianity is the religion of a Book. Christianity is based upon the impregnable rock of Holy
Scripture. The starting point of all doctrinal discussion must be the Bible. Upon the foundation of
the Divine inspiration of the Bible stands or falls the entire edifice of Christian truth.—“If the
foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3). Surrender the dogma of verbal
inspiration and you are left like a rudderless ship on a stormy sea—at the mercy of every wind that
blows. Deny that the Bible is, without any qualifications, the very Word of God, and you are left
without any ultimate standard of measurement and without any supreme authority. It is useless to
discuss any doctrine taught by the Bible until you are prepared to acknowledge, unreservedly, that
the Bible is the final court of appeal. Grant that the Bible is a Divine revelation and communication
of God’s own mind and will to men, and you have a fixed starting point from which advance can
be made into the domain of truth. Grant that the Bible is (in its original manuscripts) inerrant and
infallible and you reach the place where study of its contents is both practicable and profitable.
The Apostles' Creed contains ten articles on the Person and Work of Christ, and only one on the Holy Spirit. The proportion of ten to one about represents the interest in the doctrine of the Spirit in the history of Christian thought. No doctrine of the Christian faith has been so neglected. Sermons and hymns are singularly barren on this subject, and the last great book on the Spirit was written in 1674. This is all the more remarkable when we remember that the Holy Spirit is the ultimate fact of Revelation and the unique force in Redemption. No other religion has anything corresponding to the Christian doctrine of the Spirit, and in the Christian religion there is nothing so vital, pervasive, and effective.
There is deep insight, sobriety of style, and a insight that is refreshing. The author A.W. Tozer has few quotations but he knows the saints and mystics of the centuries—Augustine, Nicholas of Cusa, Thomas a Kempis, von Hegel, Finney, Wesley and many more. The ten chapters are heart searching and the prayers at the close of each are for the closet, not pulpit. One can feel the nearness of God while reading and perhaps reciting them. A course that is essential and everyone will pass!
Throughout history, many of the major revival movements came as people turned back to the Bible, allowing it to challenge them to hear God’s message afresh in their generation. The church in much of the world today needs to return to the Bible no less, seeking from God a fresh wind of the Spirit to challenge many of the claims made in the name of God, His word, or His Spirit. May we pray for such an awakening, search the Scriptures ourselves, and become God’s agents in spreading His message.
HERMENEUTICS is usually studied with a view to the interpretation of literature produced in the past. The special task is to remove the distance and differences between the author and the reader. In the study of the Bible, it is not sufficient that we understand the meaning of Secondary authors. Moses, Isaiah, Paul, John etc. We must learn the mind of the Holy Spirit. That God has spoken in Holy Scripture is the very heart of our faith - without this certainty we are left with that very dubious thing called HUMAN KNOWLEDGE God has spoken! But what has He said? This is the primary and basic need of hermeneutics to discover what God has said in scripture; to determine the meaning of the Word of God. It is of no profit to us if God has spoken and we do not know what He has said! 2. We need a correct method of interpretation so as not to confuse the VOICE OF GOD with the VOICE OF MAN. Because Scripture has not been properly interpreted many strange things have crept into the church and cults.
This study is intended primarily for students who are beginning the study of the Greek Testament either without any previous acquaintance with the Greek language or with an acquaintance so imperfect that a renewed course of elementary instruction is needed. Owing to the exigencies of the present educational situation, many who desire to use the Greek Testament are unable to approach the subject through a study of classical Attic prose. The situation is undoubtedly to be regretted, but its existence should not be ignored. It is unfortunate that so many students of the New Testament have no acquaintance with classical Greek, but it would be still more unfortunate if such students, on account of their lack of acquaintance with classical Greek, should be discouraged from making themselves acquainted at least with the easier language of the New Testament.
Chapters will include subjects such as Psychology and Christian Counseling, General Principles of Biblical Counseling ,Theology and Biblical Counseling, The Doctrine of Sanctification and Biblical Counseling and Counseling in a Postmodern World. these blurbs do no justice to the wealth of information contained in this wonderful work by Jim Newheiser.