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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.

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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.”

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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.

You will also explore themes within individual books and throughout the Bible, developing your own Bible-based theology on a variety of topics. The unique qualities of each book will be explored, along with how each book fits together with the rest of the Scriptures.

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.

Journal Entry: Exodus 17:8-13

Lord, I see Your power flowing through the rod in Moses’ hand. May I accept You as the “rod” of my life in all circumstances.

Response from Jesus: I love to see you learning this way. It gives Me pleasure. Keep on trusting for I have plans for you. Do not turn to the right or the left, but see Me ahead of you. You are special to Me and My Father loves you as I stand before Him interceding for you.

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:

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. 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.

Bible Courses Online and by Correspondence

All of the courses listed below are available by distance learning, and you can submit your coursework online. Your course materials are normally sent by mail, though our top 18 most popular courses are available as downloadable PDF ebooks, MP3 and video downloads if that is your preference. You will able to contact your instructor online and conveniently email any assignments to him.

Tuition is $100 per credit. Course materials are in addition and generally under $100 per course. The courses may be purchased individually or as a total package. If purchased as a pre-paid package of 10 or more, the cost of tuition is reduced by 20%. Prices are subject to change without notice. Payment may be made by credit card.

Bible Certificate Online

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.

Available Courses

REN103 Communion With God (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

REN503 Communion With God Graduate(Course Syllabus)
4 credits

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!

“I’m taking Communion With God. I am so blessed so far. My life is already completely transformed. I went from hearing God speak to me once in a while to hearing Him not just in my journaling times but even throughout the rest of the day. What a difference this has made.”

— Andrew Steck

 

“We have been using Communion With God for some months now in all our home groups and one after another people whose prayer lives were dry difficult affairs have blossomed as they have heard the Heavenly Father commune with them, His children.”

— Rev. Bill A. VanZutphen, Baptist Church, Wollongong, Australia

 

“Oh my, I am speechless…I have completed only the first several lessons in Communion With God and my life has been totally, totally transformed. He is such a wonderful, wonderful God. A few months ago I told Him I was desperate for more of Him…I had no idea His answer to my prayer would be so exceedingly abundantly above anything I could ever have imagined. My days and nights are now filled with His presence. Thank you for your service to Him, Mr. Virkler. I will be in touch as I progress through the course….”

— Amy

BIB100 Understanding the Bible (Course Syllabus)
1 credit

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.

MIN310 Experiencing God in the Small Group (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

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.

“I cannot tell you what a blessing the course Experiencing God in the Small Group has been to my life. My small group meetings have been awesome. They have also grown to ten members consistently. God has been expanding me and our group has been experiencing greater measures of Him during our meetings.” — Student

BIB101 Pentateuch (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

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.

BIB102 History I – United Kingdom (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB103 History II – Divided Kingdom (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

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.

BIB104 Poetry Books (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB105 Major Prophets (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB106 Life of Christ (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

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.

BIB107 Acts and Epistles (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB108 Epistles & Revelation (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB109 New Testament Survey (Course Syllabus
4 credits

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.)

BIB110 Mastering the Word of God (Course Syllabus
3 credits

In this course you will learn how to take God’s Word into your life – basic ways to read, study, memorize and meditate on God’s Word by actually doing all of these things, including an in-depth study of one of the smaller books of the New Testament. You will develop life-long goals and plans of mastering the Bible and letting it master you. You will also learn how to lead a Bible study group and gain experience doing that. (Option #1: Do the study as part of a home study group – receive 1 additional credit; Option #2: Initiate and lead the group – receive 1 additional credit.)

BIB310 Principles of the Kingdom (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB322 Isaiah (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB375 Gospel of John (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB377 Romans (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

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.

BIB380 Ephesians & Colossians (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

BIB382 Pastoral Epistles (Course Syllabus)
3 credits

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.

BIB390 Bible Research Methods (Course Syllabus
3 credits

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.

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