Bible and Theology

Course Outline

All across the globe God is calling people to serve Him in active Christian Ministry. The Bible and Theology undergraduate degree program from Global University is designed to equip you to answer the call. Global University allows you to study within a flexible time frame wherever you are. You may be already involved in active Christian Ministry and in need of formal theological training. Or you may have a full-time job and be unable to attend a university campus.

If you want to preach, teach, and lead in a Church environment, our Bible and Theology course will equip you with the tools to do so. You’ll learn how to interpret the Bible and apply it to your own life and the lives of those you lead.

The Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology is designed to provide the biblical and theological background required for pastoral or preaching ministry. After successfully completing this curriculum, the student will be able to interpret the Bible, prepare and deliver sermons, and administer the programs of a local church.

Course Content

Bible


The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels
This course is a study of the life of Christ from the viewpoint of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels helps the student grasp the chronological progression and the spiritual significance of important events in Christ’s life. It also stresses His message and His method, including His parables and miracles. Organized around three themes—the world, the Man, and the message—this study helps students integrate their understanding of His life and work with a clear commitment to live by the principles He taught and the values He demonstrated. They are enabled to preach and teach about Christ with greater understanding and effectiveness.


Paul's Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans
Paul’s Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans gives the student a deep appreciation of the apostle Paul. In the midst of church planting, he explains the gospel, confronts false teachers,
distinguishes between law and grace, and shows how the gospel is rooted in Old Testament Scripture. His systematic explanation of the gospel to the Romans gives the student insight into the major doctrines of sin, salvation, and sanctification. The student also learns how union with Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit enable him or her to mature spiritually and live victoriously.


A Study of the Book of Hebrews
A Study in the Book of Hebrews uses both analytical and topical studies to develop the main themes in the Epistle to the Hebrews. An introductory study of the structure of the book helps the student see more clearly its relationship to the Old Testament and the pattern of its development. Historical information on the background of the book gives an understanding of its warnings and exhortations. Numerous charts and outlines emphasize the main truths of the Epistle and are of great value to those who want to preach or teach from Hebrews.


Principles of Biblical Interpretation
This course is divided into four units. The first unit presents fundamental truths that must be accepted before beginning a study of the Bible. The second unit deals with general principles of interpretation that are applicable to any type of literature. Specific rules that apply to special types of literature are overviewed in the third unit. In the final unit, the student is given sample passages of Scripture to which he or she will apply the guidelines of interpretation that have been learned.


Genesis
How did the world come into existence? What is humanity? Why do we exist? How did evil come into the world? Paul Hoff discusses these and many other difficult questions in the interpretive Study Guide Genesis. He includes spiritual types and practical applications. He traces the thread of God’s plan of redemption from its beginning promise in Eden to the formation of God’s chosen people through whom this plan would be realized.


Themes from the Major Prophets
The major prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel spoke God’s message to His people many years ago. Yet their message is as important for us today as it was then. In Themes from the Major Prophets, the student gains an understanding of who these men were, why God called them to be His messengers, what their messages were, and how to apply these messages.


The Book of Acts
The author states that the approach of this IST is unapologetically Protestant, evangelical, conservative, and Pentecostal. An expansive study with eighteen lessons, this course is available only in a three-credit format, with a required collateral writing assignment (CWA). Students will learn and be able to defend evidences for the traditional dating and authorship of Acts as well as explain why these are important to the book’s historical reliability and spiritual authority. They will gain new appreciation for the work of the Holy Spirit and the foundations from which Pentecostal theology and practice developed. The students’ relationship with Christ and determination to be involved in building God’s kingdom will be enhanced.


Corinthians
How does one relate the Bible to contemporary church life? In the Corinthians Study Guide, the author helps the student do this through an in-depth study of the Corinthian letters. He begins with exegesis, teaching the student how to use this method of Bible study to understand the problems faced by first-century Corinthian believers. Then, for each major problem the apostle Paul dealt with, the author suggests a possible solution or an interpretation that can be applied to the church today. This course is especially helpful to those who desire to preach and teach as it demonstrates a methodology of Bible interpretation. An overview of 2 Corinthians is also included in this study.


Wisdom Literature
This course introduces the student to the ancient pursuit of wisdom, both in Israel and among her neighbours, and the genre, content, and social context of the wisdom writings. The course examines both Old Testament wisdom books and wisdom writings produced in the period between the Testaments.Particular attention is given to themes that run throughout the wisdom tradition and the ways these themes develop and change in successive wisdom writings. The course also considers the ways wisdom writings helped shape the New Testament and continue to influence the church today.


Old Testament Literature: His Story
This course is a study of beginnings. It shows how the ancient, inspired Hebrew writers expressed in narrative form a record of God’s saving deeds from the beginning of God’s work with all humankind. From these narratives, students can see God’s unfolding plan of redemption through what Christians believe to be God’s revelation. Concepts like covenant, priesthood, law, trust, faithfulness, and righteousness come from the Old Testament. Such knowledge is basic to understanding the New Testament. The Old Testament is the only Bible Jesus, His followers, and the early believers had. Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of communicating from one generation to the next. Learn to tell God’s story from the record of the Old Testament and be equipped to pass it on to your generation and those to follow.


New Testament Literature
This course is intentionally a literary approach to understanding the New Testament and is not intended to be a survey course. More attention is given to understanding literature—especially divinely sponsored literature—than is given to survey the specific contents of each book. The overarching goal is to prepare students to appreciate and understand the New Testament more fully in its divinely ordained original context. The intent is that this understanding will better equip students to be faithful in interpreting the Word more closely to the authorial intent.




Theology


Pneumatology
The person, work, gifts, and ministry of the Holy Spirit are the topics examined in this biblical study. Among the questions discussed from both the Old and New Testaments are these: Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? How do I live a Spirit-filled life? Students are encouraged to apply these and other related biblical teachings to their own teaching and preaching ministries.


God and Angels
This Independent-Study Textbook attempts to present a broad biblical view to help the student better understand the nature of God and
angels. The course teaches that biblical theology clearly includes all people in God’s plan of redemption and that an unbeliever will be redeemed when he or she believes and accepts God’s plan of salvation. The study of angels is designed to give believers a more complete knowledge of the nature, power, and activities of angels.


Man and Sin
Man and Sin is an introductory study of the biblical doctrines of the origin and nature of humankind and of the problem of sin and its effects. Students will learn to appreciate these subjects from a biblical, systematic, and, to a lesser extent, historical perspective. The course emphasizes biblical interpretation from the view of evangelical Christians, but this position is understood against the backdrop of predominant non-Christian worldviews.


The Bible and the Church
In The Bible and the Church, a basic study of bibliology and ecclesiology, the student investigates the nature and authority of the Scriptures. In the second half of the course, the authors consider the biblical basis for the church, its Old Testament antecedents, and its beginning, nature, and purpose.


Christology
Jesus is more than just a New Testament figure. This course introduces the student to Old Testament typology as well as to the prophecies concerning Christ’s present and future work. The Study Guide presents certain controversial historical and contemporary views of Jesus and relates them to the Word of God. With Christology the student discovers what the Scriptures really say about Jesus Christ.


Apologetics
Is there a procedure for dealing with doubt? Can Scripture be verified? Are miracles possible? Where is history taking us? The author discusses these and other questions in Apologetics. Faith and knowing are the two consistent themes of this course; the Study Guide examines and explains the relationship between them. The course helps the student persuade others that there is no better way to follow than that of faith in, and obedience to, the God of the Christian Scriptures.




Church Ministries


Cross-Cultural Communications
How do cultural differences affect the way people interact? How might one improve his or her communication skills in a shrinking world? Cross-Cultural Communications attempts to help the student discover answers to these current problems. Perhaps the most important aspect of this course relates to the word mission. The course is dedicated to helping the student become a sent one to present Christ and His kingdom in an environment other than his or her own. To do this, the course addresses how communication and culture relate, how to reach people where they are, how different people think and express ideas across cultures and subcultures, and how the thoughts and expressions of people affect their behaviour


The Work of the Pastor
The Work of the Pastor focuses on the pastor’s call to and preparation for Christian ministry. The author examines the relationships vital to successful ministry and reviews the pastor’s primary responsibilities. Based on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, this course enables students to recognize and apply biblical principles to different situations they face in a local congregation. Specific principles treated relate to the selection of church leadership, the discipline of church members, and guidelines for church worship. Since the study focuses on the pastor’s call and spiritual life as well as pastoral duties, it emphasizes both being and doing.


Great Commission Strategies
This course establishes a biblical theology of the Great Commission. It presents an in-depth study of evangelism and discipleship principles that are universal in their application. Important elements of Great Commission Strategies include the nature of the gospel message, the biblical definition of discipleship, and the methodology of Jesus. Challenges facing the church in multiple ministry contexts are also explored. Finally, the course integrates evangelism and discipleship, presenting them as two sides of a single task.


Preparing and Preaching Bible Messages
The intention of this course is to give a clear understanding of the basic principles of Christian preaching. It stresses the prime place of biblical exposition in authoritatively communicating the Christian message. It deals with practical matters such as the preparation of sermons, sources of materials, construction of sermon components, variety of sermon types, and delivery of sermons. It also stresses the importance of preachers themselves in effectively communicating their messages.


Worship of God
This course is designed to give a clear understanding of Christian worship as it is directed by the Holy Spirit. Basic to an understanding of worship is an understanding of who God is, what He is like, and why He wants us to worship Him. Worship of God discusses the necessity, value, and results of worship and presents biblical models of worship as guidelines for both individual and corporate worship. The course gives practical instruction in leading group worship by following biblical guidelines. It also encourages personal development and growth in devotional worship.


The Bible and Missions
This course is a biblical study about the missionary task of the church. The Bible and Missions focuses on world evangelism and discipleship. The author emphasizes the lost condition of humankind and God’s plan of redemption. He presents the church as the agency God uses to reach the world with the gospel. The course introduces the student to the spiritual resources available to the church for this task. Biblical illustrations focus on the church’s and individual’s involvement in missions, emphasizing commitment and responsibility.


Introduction to Islam
This course is an introductory study of Islam, including its beliefs, practices, and present status as a world religion. The history of Islam is summarized, and key terms are defined. In the final unit, the author contrasts key beliefs of Islam with Christianity and offers practical guidelines for effective Christian witness to Muslims.


Thesis
A bachelor’s thesis is written under the direction of a Global University adviser. Students must be within six credits of completing all coursework required by the degree program before submitting their thesis proposal. Students must submit their enrolment for the thesis at the same time as they submit the thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must be developed by the student and approved by the Dean of the Undergraduate School of Bible and Theology before enrolment in this course is permitted. Once the thesis proposal is approved, students will have 12 months to submit the final copy of the thesis. Write to your Global University director for further information.




General Education


Orientation to GU Learning
This course assists new students in understanding the process and expectations of studying with Global University in the distance learning setting. It provides an overview of academic policies and guides students in developing skills in library usage, creative and critical thinking, reading and writing, study and note taking, and time management. Students identify personal learning styles to increase effective study practices and learn to make connections between personal views and other worldviews. They are introduced to how Global University courses are designed, become familiar with how to prepare assignments, and learn what to expect from three credit courses.


Civilization Past and Present 1
This course traces the rise of both Western and Eastern civilizations from their preliterate beginnings. Consideration is given to the development of civilization in China, India, the Greco-Roman world, Eastern Europe, and Russia. The student becomes acquainted with the rise of Islam and the beginnings of civilization in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. This foundation leads to an understanding of states and political systems. As the history of world civilization is developed, a number of global issues are considered, including migration, religion and government, location and identity, and technological exchange. This course concludes with a review of the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment.


Civilization Past and Present 2
This course continues the study of world civilization from the time of the French political revolution and the Copernican scientific revolution. Consideration is given to the rise of Eastern and Western states and the development of modern nations. The student will witness early attempts to establish democratic governments and the formation of the bipolar world that continued through the twentieth century. Global issues include slavery, gender, world war, and international law. The course concludes with a review of world governance.


The Church: From Pentecost to the Reformation
The Church: From Pentecost to the Reformation is an introductory study of Christianity from its birth to the beginnings of the Reformation. The course provides an introduction to history as a scientific discipline and emphasizes the importance of history in relation to the Christian faith. The course deals with the apostolic church, the early church fathers, the ecumenical councils, the emergence of medieval theology and church practice, and the beginning of the Renaissance in Europe. Course content includes a consideration of the contribution of major Christian theologians, the relationship of the church and state, and the rise of monasticism and missions. The twelve lessons enable the student to apply insights from the past to contemporary situations.


The Church: From the Reformation through the 20th Century
This course provides an introductory
study of the history of Christianity from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The student will consider renewal periods, organizational matters, theological issues, and geographic expansion. The student will also examine the lives and contributions of significant Christian preachers, leaders, and theologians, concluding with an assessment of recent trends such as the charismatic renewal and non-Western missionary outreach. The lessons are structured to enable the student to apply insights learned from the past to contemporary situations.



*Note: This program requires students to complete a Bible and Theology pre-test and post-test. The pretest must be completed before students request the final exam for their first course. The post-test is a part of the undergraduate capstone requirement. It is recommended that students begin working on the essay and verbal components of their capstone within six months of graduating. The post-test and Graduate Follow-Up Survey should be completed during their last course. All four capstone components should be submitted before requesting the final exam for their last course. There is no cost for these assessments.