Life Ministry Institute

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Gm 101 SPIRITUAL FORMATION 1A, Hearing God’s Calling, 1 credit

Understanding God’s “calling” is foundational to spiritual formation for ministry. God’s call is unique for each person since God has designed each one with different combination of talent, ability and temperament while empowered by the Holy Spirit. The student will be guided in a self-discovery process that will help one identify their call and develop a plan to fulfill that call. This course is offered only on a pass/fail basis.

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Gm 102 SPIRITUAL FORMATION 1B, Discovering God’s Gifts, 1 credit

God’s “call” is something we hear, but His “gifts” are something we discover. When God formed us in the womb (Ps 139:13-16; Eph 2:10), He carefully designed each one of us so we would be able to successfully accomplish those things He would call us to do. He knew which strengths and capacities we would need in order to play our part in His great plan of redemption. This class will again engage the student in a God-guided process of self-discovery. It is designed to be a next step after taking the course Spiritual Formation 1A, Hearing God’s Call, Gm 101. The goal is for each person to gain a better understanding of their ministry gifts, to recognize their need to partner with others, and to form a plan to develop those gifts. The course will be offered only on a pass/fail basis.

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Gm 103 SPIRITUAL FORMATION 1C, Devloping Godly Character, 1 credit

This is the third course in our program of “spiritual formation”, and it addresses a subject which is absolutely essential to the success of any person’s ministry. Without godly character no one can produce good “fruit” (Mt 7:17, 18). So a person’s character is the foundation upon which their calling and gifting rest. This course is offered only on a pass/fail basis.

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This course covers the doctrine of the Bible, including inspiration, canonization, and transmission of the Bible; and the study of the Bible inductively, including practical assignments in the inductive method and application of biblical truth to the student’s personal life and ministry.

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Bi 203 ACTS, 3 credits

This course is a study of the journeys of Paul and development of the early N.T. churches, with emphasis upon the principles, which are applicable to our church life today.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is stressed.This course offers an accurate and practical knowledge of the Book of Acts and challenges the student to respond in the context of his/her life and ministry to the truths discovered.

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This is an analytical survey of the dynamics of Hebrew national history from Joshua to Nehemiah. The class covers material in the books of Joshua through Esther. Notable biblical characters are highlighted, and special emphasis is given to the typology of Jesus Christ.

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Bi 230 APPLIED BIBLICAL EXEGESIS (formerly Practicum), 3 credits

Through the inductive study of passages, students will refine their methodological skills in Biblical Study.  Students will also learn to interpret Old and New Testament texts in light of their literary genre.

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Bi 301i ROMANS, 3 credits

An expository study of the book of Romans.  Special attention is given to Paul’s development of major theological themes and his application of them to the lives of believers. This course will be given in an intensive format.

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Ce 101/Gm 221 CHILD EVANGELISM, 1 credit

This course is an introduction to the study of Children’s Ministry with a focus on evangelism and discipleship of children. Also the role of the Children’s pastor is examined.

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This course is a challenge to “reconsider the purpose of what you do on Sunday mornings.” The organization and structure of a Christian Childhood Education program will be studies with emphasis on the transformation ministry of our most precious resource, little children. n introduction to the study of Children’s Ministry with a focus on evangelism and discipleship of children. Also the role of the Children’s pastor is examined.

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(1) Theology – a general overview of theology and theology proper including the revelation of God, His nature, His character and His works with emphasis on the Trinity.

(2) Christology – a study of the person of Jesus Christ including His pre-existence, His promise, His incarnation and ramifications, and His resurrection.

(3) Anthropology – a study of humanity as God’s creation, human beings as sinners alienated from God by voluntary disobedience and as the objects of God’s redeeming grace.

(4) Hamartiology – a discussion of sin, its origin, reality, extent, result and penalty.

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Th 125 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 2, 3 credits

This course includes three sections of the study of Theology:

Part 1 Pneumatology, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: (1) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (2) The Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Part 2 Angelology, The Doctrine of Angels: (1) Angels; (2) Demons; (3) Satan and Spiritual Warfare

Part 3 Divine Healing: A study of God’s provision and promises concerning physical healing

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Th 215 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 3, 3 credits

This course will present three doctrines from the perspective of systematic theology,

based upon a biblical and historical foundation:

Soteriology – The doctrine of salvation; its plan by the Godhead; its provision through the mediatorial work of Christ, and application through the Holy Spirit.

 Ecclesiology – The doctrine of the Church; detailing origin, nature and constitution of the Church; its local organization, ministry, ordinances, and destiny.

Eschatology – the biblical teaching regarding the last things, the second coming of Christ and the consummation of the age, the resurrections and judgments, the millennial reign of Christ, and the final state of both the saved and unsaved.

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This course will focus on a study of historical figures, movements, and doctrines from the time of the Early Church in the Roman Empire through the Reformation and to Christianity in America today.  The course traces the Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic movements within the framework of church history.

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An introductory course in the field of missiology – the science of world mission.  The biblical basis for worldwide evangelism, its historical development and current status are studied.

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This course is an analysis of the cultural settings of the Ancient Near East from c. 3000 BCE up to and including the Greco-Roman period.  Included in the course is a study of the social structure, religion, philosophy, art, economics, law and politics of various cultures. There is special attention given to the integration of this cultural understanding with the biblical text.

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Bi 115 PENTATEUCH, 3 credits

This course is a study of the first five books of the Old Testament which consists of examining each of the books in relation to each other, the Old Testament, history, Ancient Near Eastern literature and culture, and the New Testament.  Special attention will be given to understanding the God of Israel along with creation, humanity, Israel, salvation, covenant, and law.

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Ph 201 CHRISTIAN ETHICS, 3 credits

This is a study of the Christian basis for personal and public morality in light of today’s culture.  Comparisons and contrasts with secular approaches are noted.  The consistency of biblical ethics is emphasized with the practical application of the principles in one’s conduct.

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As an introduction to the study of Christian apologetics, the students will analyze biblical, philosophical and existential approaches utilized in the discipline of apologetics, and will examine the strengths and weaknesses inherent within classical, evidential and pre-suppositional approaches to defending the Christian faith.

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Ph 202 READINGS IN SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT, 1 credit (elective)

Relationships between key scientific disciplines and biblical revelation will be explored as they pertain to the creation/evolution controversy and intelligent design theory.  This will assist the student with previous science classes to develop a general understanding and philosophy of science compatible with his or her Christian faith.

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Gm 314 OFFICIATING SERVICES, 1 credit (elective)

This course covers how to officiate at public Christian ceremonies of life events such as child dedication, baptism, wedding, memorial and funeral interment. This includes the recommended practices in officiating at each type of service and a structure for each service. It also provides practice sessions so students can gain skill in officiating.

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Gk 101 Introduction to Greek and Hebrew, 2 credits

This is a study of the basic elements of the biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew, and how to use that knowledge to develop simple word studies with the help of a concordance and other research tools.

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Bi 101 Introduction to Old Testament Literature, 3 credits

This course is an overview of the Old Testament, highlighting its organization, overall themes, historical context, and major events, as well as key words, names, and places mentioned in each book. Particular emphasis will be given to the role and interpretation of Worship literature, Wisdom literature and Hebrew Prophetic literature as it is observed in the text and realized in light of the work of Christ.

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Gm 222 Introduction to Prayer Ministry, 1 credit

This is an introductory course that introduces the student to how to minister to individuals and diverse groups in prayer Salvation, Holy Spirit baptism, healing and deliverance. It will also cover various approaches to promoting prayer church-wide in both small and large groups. The ministry will be framed in Biblical theology, but with a balanced approach in principles and practices. Guidelines will be offered for keeping such ministry effective as well as “safe and sane”, remembering that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).

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Gr 101 Greek 1, 3 credits

Biblical Greek 101 is the first of three courses that will teach the student how to read, translate, and interpret Koine Greek as it is used in the Greek New Testament. This course focuses on the foundations of grammar. Students will learn the Greek alphabet, pronunciation, and sentence structure. In addition, they will be introduced to grammatical parts of speech and their uses in Ancient Greek.

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