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Bible Concentration

Let the Author

of the Book come alongside to open, reveal and explain the Scriptures to you! Your heart will burn within you and your life will be transformed as you go beyond simply studying your Bible to true biblical meditation.

Our Bible concentration

will guide you in letting God reveal Himself to you through His Word.

The Bible is your main text, and if you complete the entire Through the Bible series, you will be reading every word of every book.

According to I Timothy 1:5, “the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

This major is designed to give you a framework to meditate on God’s Word, receiving revelation from every single book, that you might grow in love, pureness of heart, obedience that results in a good conscience, and faith in your Lord.

The heart of the major is the Through the Bible series in which you will read the entire Bible, expecting the Holy Spirit to illumine it to your heart and mind.

When the disciples on the road to Emmaus heard what Jesus had to say, they exclaimed, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was … explaining the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).

That is our goal for this major: that the Lord Himself will open up the Word to you, speaking to you in every lesson.

Out of your meditation will come an awareness of the major topics and overall flow of each of the books of the Bible.

Individual book studies are also available to guide you in spending more time on specific passages and verses.

In these courses, the Bible is still the main text with other resources sought only for clarification and confirmation of what the Lord is saying to you directly through the Scriptures.

Online Bible Degrees

The courses listed below may be taken as a Bible Certificate or applied as a major concentration toward any of the following online Bible Degrees:

  • Associate of Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies
  • Master of Biblical Studies
  • Doctor of Biblical Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Doctor of Divinity

Additional work is required when an undergraduate-level course is taken on the graduate level. Course substitutions and combining major concentrations are possible when working toward your Bible Degree online. Discuss these options with the Dean. The key is to follow God’s passion within your heart. To receive a Bible Certificate a student must complete a minimum of 10 of the courses below. One of them must be Communion With God. Students in the Master’s and Doctoral programs earn approximately 30 credits for each degree from specific courses, and the remaining 10 credits by doing practical ministry work and earning “practica” credits.

Courses

Communion With God - REN103/503

Have you ever wished you could sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? When you’re worried or confused, wouldn’t you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don’t seem to be going your way and your prayers aren’t answered the way you had hoped, wouldn’t it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life?

Jesus promised that “My sheep hear My voice” (Jn. 10:27). If you are one of His sheep, then He is speaking to you and you are hearing His voice! The problem is that we have not learned how to recognize His voice and differentiate it from all of the other voices that bombard our hearts and minds. This course will help you discern the voice of the Lord within your heart, clearly and consistently, leading to a deeper intimacy with Him as well as greater faith, hope and joy. Your life will be transformed! (3 credits for REN103; 4 credits for REN503) (Course syllabus: REN103; REN503)

Understanding the Bible - BIB100

The purpose of this course is to survey the Bible, learn how it is organized, how to study books and topics, how to correctly interpret the Bible, and how to use Bible study aids. At the end of this course, the student will have a general knowledge of the whole Bible and a working knowledge of how to study and correctly apply the Bible to everyday life. (1 credit) Course Syllabus

Experiencing God in the Small Group - MIN310

The Bible teaches that truth comes through revelation knowledge rather than through rational knowledge. Discover how biblical meditation (Josh.1:8) precipitates the flow of revelation. Learn the differences between analytical study and prayerful reflection, and discover how to meditate continuously on the Scriptures. (3 credits) Course Syllabus 

Pentateuch - BIB101

The student will read through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (Course Syllabus) 3 credits

History I – United Kingdom - BIB102

The student will read through Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I and II Samuel, I Chronicles, and the first half of I Kings and II Chronicles at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

History II – Divided Kingdom - BIB103

The student will read the second half of I Kings and II Chronicles, II Kings, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Poetry Books - BIB104

The student will read Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

 

Major Prophets - BIB105

The student will read Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Life of Christ - BIB106

The student will read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Acts and Epistles - BIB107

The student will read the Acts of the Apostles, Romans, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Epistles & Revelation - BIB108

The student will read I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, I, II and III John, Jude, and Revelation at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

New Testament Survey - BIB109

Study the entire New Testament, verse by verse. Receive background information on each book. The Gospels will be covered as a single, chronological account. The rest of the New Testament is covered in the order it was written, not in the order found in the Bible. Apply all of this to your everyday life. You will know the New Testament when you are finished. (Option #1: Do the study as part of a Bible study group – receive 1 additional credit; Option #2: Initiate and lead the group – receive 1 additional credit.) (4 credits) Course Syllabus

Principles of the Kingdom - BIB310

This course will help define what the Gospel of the Kingdom is, and how we can live in the principles and attitudes of the Kingdom more fully. We will be examining the Sermon on the Mount, which has been called the Manifesto of the King. We will take a verse-by-verse examination of this to see how we should be developing in character as its citizens, and what the relationship of the Kingdom of Heaven is to the world. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Isaiah - BIB322

An in-depth study of the person, message and setting of the prophet’s book. A major emphasis will be placed on the Messianic prophecies and the revelation of Christ in the book. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Gospel of John - BIB375

An in-depth study of the life of Jesus Christ as portrayed by the beloved disciple. Students will study the seven signs John gives proving the divinity of Christ. The life of abiding in spiritual awareness will be examined. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Romans - BIB377

An in-depth study of the teaching of the Apostle Paul concerning sin, justification, and the sanctifying work of the cross in the life of the believer. Special emphasis will be given to a study of how the power of sin is broken in the Christian’s life. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Ephesians & Colossians - BIB380

These twin letters will be covered at a rate of one chapter per week. We will study the greatness of Christ within us and His outworking through our lives. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Pastoral Epistles - BIB382

A study of biblical principles and qualifications for leadership as found in I and II Timothy, Titus and Philemon, and how to apply them. Other biblical doctrines discovered therein will also be discussed. (3 credits) Course Syllabus

Bible Research Methods - BIB390

Generally the student will take this course during his third year, near the completion of the core courses. In it he will be asked to do a complete Scriptural study, discovering what the Bible has to say about the vocation/ministry he is planning to enter. This will give him a biblical worldview. The student will be trained to do original Bible study utilizing the Greek and Hebrew, by learning to use an Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, a complete concordance, a Bible dictionary, a Greek lexicon, a study Bible, and an expository dictionary. No previous knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required.

We have developed a new, improved, totally electronic course which can replace BIB390 Bible Research Methods. It is The Art of Biblical Meditation, and it is available through our new electronic CLU School of the Spirit.

The Art of Biblical Meditation is a one credit course for $99. You will be turning it into a full 3 credit CLU course by purchasing two additional CLU credits (Tuition cost is $200). You can make that purchase here, and in the note box, ask for a CLU instructor to be assigned to you. The CLU instructor will grade all the work you send in. You will be doing ALL extra assignments found in the electronic texts which you download, and turning them in for grading.

Also, you will be downloading the free e-Sword. The instructions provided within the course “The Art of Biblical Meditation” are for the Windows PC version of e-Sword. If you download the Mac version of e-Sword, it will be slightly different in the way it operates, than the Windows version. You would need to determine and master these differences on your own as our instructors work with the Windows version. (3 credits)