October 10th, 2014
Christian doctrine can something be hard to understand. This is especially true if you’re new to the faith. What is God like? Why are people born sinners? Why do different churches have different ways to looking at stuff? It isn’t easy going to get a handle on two thousand years of traditions, doctrines, and theology.
In response to these very valid questions, 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 a number of respected authors covering a variety of doctrinal topics.
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:
- The Doctrines that Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines that Separate Christians by Erwin Lutzer
- Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy
The Study of Sin and Man
- Offense to Reason: A Theology of Sin by Bernard Ramm
- The Human Person in Theology and Psychology: A Biblical Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century by James R. Back and Bruce Demarest
The Study of God
- The Functions of Deity by Nate Wilson
- The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
The Study of the Church
- 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
- Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman (small book)
- Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman (small book)
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 Christian Fundamentals 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.