Core Modules:

Bibliology & Theology Proper: The foundation of true Christianity is in the sufficiency and authority of Scripture. There will be the study on the canonicity of it on how we arrived at the 66 books of the whole Bible. This course will examine the inspiration, infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture, a Bible without contradictions, or discrepancies. God the Holy Spirit inspired and used the 40 different authors to pen down Scripture exactly what He wanted to be said. We will study why other gnostic books and the Apocrypha were excluded from the Bible. Theology proper is the study of God and His attributes. This course will focus on the nature of God the Father, and the understanding of the Trinity about God. We will look into the existence of God and answer sceptics in the arguments for His existence and His attributes and the relationship of the three different persons of the Trinity to one another. We will consider God’s omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and eternality. The Theology Proper gives us a more complete understanding of who God is and what He does. (2 credits)

Anthropology & Soteriology: Christian Anthropology is the study of humanity from a Christian/biblical perspective, especially on the creation and the nature, and the fall and the depravity of man and its consequences. Christian Anthropology deals with who we are and how we should relate to a thrice holy God. This helps us to understand ourselves from God’s perspective, the unconditional love of the Saviour and His redemptive work. (2 credits)

Christology & Pneumatology: Christology is the study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ as infinitely more than a prophet, a good teacher, or a godly man, being both fully human and fully divine with no mixture or dilution of either nature, and how the eternal God came to become a perfect man. A Biblical understanding of Jesus Christ is crucial to our salvation. It helps us to understand the significance of the humanity and deity of Christ. Without a proper understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what He accomplished, our theology will be deficient. Pneumatology is the study of God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. This study answers numerous important questions about the identity of the Holy Spirit. This course will address the biblical nature and work of the Holy Spirit. The baptism and the receiving/indwelling of the Spirit and the filling of the Spirit in the Christian life will also be discussed. We will study the question of the giving of the miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit and whether the Holy Spirit still dispense the miraculous gifts today to Christians. We need to have a correct perception of the work and person of the Holy Spirit which will be of immense benefit to all Christians. (2 credits)

Ecclesiology & Eschatology: Ecclesiology is the study of the church. It is crucial to understand God’s purpose for believers as we serve in the local churches. The purposes/activities of the church like teaching Biblical doctrine, fellowship for believers, and the observance of the Lord’s Supper, will be discussed. The precept of the plurality of elders along with a group of deacons who serve as servants of the church will be studied carefully. This course helps us to understand the role of the church and our roles in the church. We will learn about the ordinances of the church, the church leadership structure, and our specific functions and roles within that body. Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times with the coming of Christ. This has an impact on how we should live our lives and what we are to expect to occur in God’s plan. Some important issues in Eschatology like the tribulation and the “rapture” will be discussed. The fulfilment of many of God’s covenants and promises in a literal, physical, future millennial kingdom and its events will also be studied. (2 credits)

Church History I: Post-Apostolic – Medieval: A failure to know the notable lessons of history has often led to the frequent repetition of it all over again. A study of Christianity from the Early Church to the dawn of Reformation is a requisite and beneficial one for all Christians. This course places an emphasis on the application of church history to one’s life and ministry. It helps the student to understand the development of Christian thought and the formulation of doctrine as part of God’s sovereignty in the overall pattern of church history. This course examines the development of Christianity from its biblical origins from the 2nd century well into the 15th century. Over the course of the semester, we will have the opportunity to discuss the emergence of Christianity, its gradual separation from Judaism, implications from the varieties of spiritual experimentation (martyrdom, asceticism, mysticism, scholasticism, crusades, renaissance, etc.) that took place within Christian settings, the important consequences of the imperial embrace of Christianity and the rise and fall of the Roman Church from a heavenly perspective that preceded the 16th century Protestant Reformation. (2 credits)

Church History II: Reformation – Modern: This course addresses the relevant personalities or reformers like Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Knox, William Tyndale and others on their lives and doctrines, and the historic events during the 16th century reformation movement, particularly in Germany, Scotland, France, England and Switzerland. We will also study the reforms of John Calvin at Geneva and the counter measures of the Roman Catholic Church. This course will also address the events from the 18-20th century, covering the major theological themes and controversies like Liberalism, Fundamentalism and Charismatism and other ecclesiastical concerns of the modern age. (2 credits)

 

Elective Modules:

The Westminster Standards: This course introduces the students to the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms, the Confession of Faith and the Directory of Public and Family Worship. (4 credits)

Biblical Examination of the New Age, Cultic and Occultic Movements: We live in an increasingly pagan society with great interest shown by many in the supernatural. More people have turned to New Age gurus in seeking answers to questions about life and the hereafter. There is a belief that the “Age of Aquarius” has ushered in a New Age of pagan superstition. Modern Astrology is also gaining the ascendancy. The cults are on the rise as we witness the recent revival of the Mormons, JWs, Christian Science and Freemasons among others. As Christians, we need a fresh appreciation and contemplation of the sound doctrinal precepts of the Bible to protect, defend and arm us against the seductive New Age teachings and practices of our times. This course is designed to give Scriptural guidance, insights and counsel from the sufficient and authoritative Word of God concerning such phenomena in our midst. (2 credits)

The Doctrine of Christ: This course will cover the doctrine of the deity and humanity of Christ, His work on the cross, and His ministries as Prophet, Priest and King. It will also touch on the doctrine of salvation. (2 credits)

The Doctrine of the Church: What is the church? What is the mission of the church? How should the church be organised? This course will examine the nature of the church, its characteristics, its organizational structures, its functions to the saints, and its mission to the world. Beyond the doctrines, this course will also present practical applications for the believers to further his understanding and role as a member of the body of Christ. (2 credits)

Lessons and Perspectives from Church History: This course addresses the spiritual lessons that we can derive from the study of historic figures like John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Charles and John Wesley, William Carey and the early church fathers like Augustine, as historic examples in evangelism, missions, the defence of the faith to the proper understanding and interpretation of genuine revivals. (2 credits)

Doctrinal Implications and History of the 16th Century Protestant Reformation: There are rich and precious lessons to be learnt from the life and the doctrinal teachings of the magisterial reformers of the 16th century during the Protestant reformation. The writings and theological teachings of Luther, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli and Tyndale transformed societies and affected nations and the course of human history. There are important implications for the church, Christian and society today as we study carefully, rehearse and apply these spiritual lessons. (2 credits)

History of Martyrdom: This course is a study on the persecution of Christians over the centuries starting from the first 4 centuries of Roman persecution, resulting in the deaths of many of the church fathers and leaders. Martyrdom assigns meaning to death, transforming it into an act of choice and purpose that can be remembered, treasured, and, if necessary, emulated by later generations. The complexities of martyrdom are best studied from a historical, doctrinal and practical perspective, and how it has evolved and changed over time, as the martyr attempts to change the spiritual and moral structure of society. Martyrs dying as witnesses to God’s existence and teachings and their refusal to worship strange gods or compromise their faith and convictions serve as a sobering example, and lessons can be learnt from them. This course will also address the concerns of the persecution of the end times and the preparations for it. (2 credits)

History of Revivals: It is needful to know and to understand how the Lord works in the lives of His people during times of declension over the years and the spiritual awakening of many to spiritual vitality and health. This course addresses the biblical and historic revivals over the centuries. We will consider the doctrinal and practical lessons learnt from the OT and NT revivals, the 18th century Great Awakening in the UK by George Whitefield and the Wesley brothers, the US revivals led by Jonathan Edwards and William Tennent, Samuel Davis among others. (2 credits) 

Understanding and Applying Bible-Presbyterian History and Distinctives: It is vital to know our roots and this course will address the historical and theological reasons for the formation, growth and continuing ministry of the Bible-Presbyterian movement since the doctrinal controversy in the 1930s in the US and the fundamental doctrines that undergird the Bible-Presbyterian churches that distinguish us from the rest. This include the doctrine of biblical separation and the defence of the faith, the Reformed faith and the Westminster Confession, the authority, inerrancy, sufficiency and inspiration of the Bible, Premillennialism, Biblical Cessationism of temporal sign gifts, Infant Baptism and Burial among others. (2 credits)