Core Modules:

Homiletics: This is both a theoretical and practical course on the science and art of preaching. The theoretical part will cover the principles of communication and the techniques of crafting and delivering Christocentric sermons. In the practical aspect of the course, students will put to practice the homiletical principles in actual preaching situations in and out of the classroom. (2 credits)

Hermeneutics: A study of the general, grammatical, historical and theological principles for interpreting the Scripture. Students are introduced to the inductive method of Bible study involving the steps of observation, interpretation, application, and correlation. Principles in this method are applied to selected key passages. Other methods of Bible study will also be surveyed. (2 credits)

Apologetics: Biblical Defence for a Reasonable Faith: Christian Apologetics is the branch of biblical studies in Christianity that is committed to the intelligent propagation and the reasonable defence and establishment of the Christian faith. Christian Apologetics is for every committed believer who loves the Lord and who wants to know what and why we believe and be equipped to persuade others too. The apostle Peter says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). In the 21st century, we are to be knowledge-based Christians who should be equipped to give a reasonable response concerning our faith. There is a biblical basis for the belief in the deity and humanity of Christ, His work and His resurrection, the existence of God, creationism, the authenticity of the Bible, the Trinity and other important concerns for the Christian faith. We need to be able to give biblically sound and relevant explanations of the Christian religion to those who would seek to understand the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 credits)

Nouthetic Counselling: The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counselling describes the purpose of nouthetic counsellors as “to effect change in the counselee by encouraging greater conformity to the principles of the Scripture and is zealous to return God and the Bible to positions of authority in the hearts and lives of people”. Dr Jay E. Adams, one of the seminal thinkers of this biblical stream of counselling believes that obedience to God’s commands is “absolutely necessary for effective Christian living”. Nouthethic counselling is opposed to secular psychology devised by men to address the problems of the soul without the Creator (i.e. as evolution is to biblical creationism). Hence, this biblical counselling course will not include an integrationist methodology but is based solely on the authority and sufficiency of the canonical Scriptures. The need to counsel, admonish, warn, encourage, instruct, exhort and confront one another with the Word of God to guide believers in the paths of truth and righteousness are essential elements of the healthy church. To realize this, counselling theology and procedures will be derived from the inspired stands of Holy Scripture. Participants will learn the application of these biblical principles in both the theory, practical and relevant case studies and interactive discussions as objectives of this introductory course. (2 credits)

Introduction to Christian Education: This is an introductory course on the biblical and philosophical foundations of Christian Education. This course will examine precepts and practices from the Old and New Testaments, and apply them in the context of the local church. This course will also look at the historical development of Christian Education in terms of its methodologies. The goal is to help the student plan and develop the various teaching ministries that would best serve the local church. (2 credits)

The Principles and Methods of Teaching: This course is a study of the spiritual dynamics of effective Bible teaching and the principles of learning and teaching. Special attention is given to methodologies of teaching the Bible. (2 credits)

 

Elective Modules:

The Theology of Prayer: This course presents a summary of what the Bible teaches about prayer. It also examines the theological and practical aspects of prayer. The objective of the course is to develop a spiritually enriching prayer life in the Christian, his family, and his church. (2 credits)

Biblical Missiological Trends and Strategies: This course will cover the study of the OT and NT in its relevant passages that relate to biblical missions and gospel outreaches. Special attention will be given to understanding and applying the biblical principles and strategies of the Book of Acts, the theological foundations and the local church as God’s ordained base for the propagation of the gospel and the setting up of new mission stations, the potential problems and challenges involved in doing so and the possible scriptural solutions to resolving them. (2 credits)

Learning Evangelism from Jesus and the Apostles: This course draws spiritual lessons and principles of effective evangelism by examining Jesus’ encounters and conversations with different people in His public ministry and the example of the apostles in the early Church for our communication of the Gospel to unbelievers in our times. As biblical evangelists of the first century, Jesus and the apostles exemplified for us how to initiate spiritual conversations, answer enquiries of seekers and deal prudently with different situations in an evangelistic encounter. We will walk through the four accounts of the Gospel and the Book of Acts to witness how our Lord Jesus and the apostles interacted with people, with different ethnic and social backgrounds and the transformations that took place in their lives. His responses and expositions will be carefully studied from the different Gospel accounts and the Book of Acts as we draw useful practical lessons in the proper and effective promulgation of the pure and unadulterated Gospel. It will conclude with questions for further reflection and application. This course aims to enthuse, nurture and equip Christians with the necessary tools to reach out to unbelievers outside the kingdom of God, as what Jesus and the apostles did. (2 credits)

Biblical Principles of Reformed Worship: A doctrinal, historical and practical study of the regulative principle of worship (as given in the Westminster Standards) and its implications for Sabbath worship of the church today. This course will examine the worship of the Old and New Testaments, and trace its development, corruption, and renewal from the Medieval Church to the Reformation, the origins and development of hymns, the influence of revivalism and its legacy in contemporary worship trends, and the use of instruments and music in worship. (2 credits)

The Teaching Ministry of the Church: This course introduces the student to the primary tasks of the teaching ministry in the church. It helps the student develop a cohesive teaching ministry from the pulpit, in the classroom, and in the home. (2 credits)

The Administration of Christian Education: This is an in-depth study and analysis of trends, styles, and strategies in the administration and organization of Christian Education, in the areas of Sunday School, the home, mission and outreach, and various other areas of the church’s teaching ministry as a whole. Specific factors to be considered are leadership and management styles which includes organizing, delegating and controlling. (2 credits) 

Equipping Lay Leaders in the Local Church: The early church comprised not only the apostles but many other lay people in the elders, deacons, and names of ordinary members who played critical roles in the work of building up the local church. Theological training offered in Bible colleges often focused on the equipping of full-time pastors, missionaries and preachers. There is a dire need to carefully identify, nurture, equip, mentor and train our lay leaders in practical and effectual stewardship, working in tandem with the pastors. This course aims to fulfil this need by addressing the biblical preparation, calling, qualifications and the spiritual equipping of our lay leaders with the requisite skills, attitudes and knowledge as they serve the Lord in the Sunday School, various fellowship groups, music ministry, organizing church camps or retreats, Vacation Bible School, teaching and leading Bible study groups, worship chairman, evangelism and discipleship, missions and other practical ministries of the church. (2 credits)