October 10th, 2014
So you’re a Christian … now what? What on earth have you gotten into? You want to read the Bible but don’t know where to start. How is it put together? Do I just start at the beginning? How do I grow in the faith and how to I tell others what I’ve found?
In response to these questions and concerns, the Institute is offering an inexpensive certificate program targeted towards teenagers who want answers but don’t have any. The program consists of 4 classes. Each class is 10 weeks long and includes readings from respected authors and theologians on the basics of Christianity.
Conveniently, many of the works are available in either physical, electronic, or audio format, and before beginning a new author, an audio or video introduction is provided to give some background on the author and an overview of what you can expect to find in the selected readings.
At the end of each class, each student will be expected to provide a 5 page paper on each of the readings. What was the author trying to say? What arguments did they make? In addition, since we want to encourage personal application, we also require a 10 page introspective paper on each class. It should discuss how the student plans to personally utilize the information from the class as well as how it will benefit their own walk with Christ.
The four classes in this course are:
How to Study the Bible Effectively
- Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation by Henry A Virkler
- Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy B. Zuck
Basics of Evangelism
- Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
- Evangelism Is … by Dave Earley
Necessities of Discipleship
- Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund
- On Christian Teaching by Saint Augustine
- Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God by Bobby Jamieson
Information and Enrollment:
Filling out this form means you are ENROLLING. If that is not your intention, do NOT fill out this form. Click the “contact us” link above to request information.
To enroll in the Certificate for the Basics Basics program please fill out the following form:
All enrollment requests will be processed as soon as received. When this form is received an official application will be mailed to the prospective student. The student will then fill out, sign and date form. The form will specify which electives the student wants to take, establish the payment options and establish the enrollment date and expected program completion date. After completion of the application, the prospective student will mail the application along with the enrollment fee back to the Institute. After review and approval, a confirmation will be sent and the program will begin.