Teaching & Training for Cross Cultural Ministry in Asia

Course Descriptions

1ST YEAR Courses

Herm – Narratives (Ruth)

This course is foundational to the student’s journey of discovering God’s Word for themselves. The skills that they learn in this course will be of benefit to them not only during their whole stay at the Bible college but also during their lifelong quest of discovering & knowing God’s Word and applying it in their lives.

Genesis
A partial in-depth, partial survey style study of the book of Genesis. Emphasis will be given to God’s personal relationships and covenants with each of the pre-patriarchs and patriarchs (from Adam to Joseph).  The course will look at how these relationships and covenants preserved His people and prepared the way for the establishment of the nation Israel. This study will also examine the expression of personal faith and the development of worship.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Exodus – Deuteronomy   

A survey of Exodus through Deuteronomy— the remaining books of the Pentateuch. A general analysis of the beginning and development of the nation of Israel will be included, with emphasis on man’s relationship with God, especially the development of the nation of Israel as a people, and the covenant given through Moses. How each character and theme relates to the law God has given them, and their significance to our present Christian faith and practice

Theocratic History

A survey study of Joshua and Judges.  The focus of this course will be on the leaders and Judges of Israel from Joshua until Samson; the concurrent spiritual decline of the nation, and God’s fulfillment of His covenant promises to the Patriarchs. Emphasis will also be given to God’s Mosaic relationship with both the nation of Israel as a whole, and the individual characters of this period. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as classroom discussion of the text.

Monarchial History    

A survey study of I Samuel through II Chronicles.  The focus will be on the transition from Judges to kings of Israel, with an emphasis on the life of David and the other godly kings of Judah, the covenant loyalty as basis of monarchial evaluation and the ark of the covenant representing God’s presence in the temple as the central role of worship for the continuation, expulsion and restoration of his covenant people.

Post-Exilic History

A survey study of Ezra through Esther focusing on the return of the exiles to rebuild their ruined temple and city and to once again worship God according to his ways, along with a look at the sovereignty of God over his chosen people in the face of complete annihilation. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

John

An in-depth expository study of the 4th Gospel using an inductive study & lecture – discussion format. The goal is discovering the rich depth of theological truth in the Gospel of John. Students will be involved in class discussion, question-discovery assignments and required to maintain an inductive study notebook.

Herm – Parables

This Hermeneutics class focuses on developing interpretation skills for Parables as a unique literary style, and will look primarily at Matthew 13 in giving guidelines for interpreting the parables of the New Testament.

Matthew

An in-depth study of the Gospel of Matthew – Understanding various sect during Christ Ministry, the Kingdom of Heaven and fulfillment of prophecy including important discourses and teaching of Jesus Christ that relates to our personal relationship with him, in our knowledge of who the Messiah is and how we can apply this truths to us personally and in the ministry. Reading of the Bible text and other required books for understanding the historical background of characters and their way of life and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.  Study of the historical context, expository teaching of the book and discussion will be important elements of the course.

Mark

A survey study of the 2nd Gospel (the Gospel of Mark), focusing on Jesus as the Servant.  Reading the Bible text, completing the study guide and keeping an Inductive Bible Study Notebook will be the main course objectives. Study of the historical context, expository teaching of the book and in-class discussion will be our main objectives during class time.

Luke (Life of Christ)

A survey study of the 3rd Gospel, focusing on Jesus as the perfect God-man. Luke will be used as a historical reference in developing and understanding a Harmony of the Gospels and Jesus life will be traced from birth to ascension.  Students will study Luke’s gospel with the mind set of comparing it to the Gospel’s of Matthew, Mark and John. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text. Specific assignments on the harmony of the gospels are also required.

Personal Evangelism/Evangelism Outreach

This is a one week class and mission outreach practicum in a Cebuano-speaking area. Learning to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelievers through a relational, personal evangelistic approach (Friendship Evangelism). Emphasis will be on presenting the gospel message in various forms, understanding “gospel terminology”, discover and learn the Lord Jesus’ strategy of evangelism and practical application (exposure) of all the things discussed in the classroom.

Acts

An in-depth study of the Book of Acts looking at the development of the early church with an emphasis on early church history, the development of early church theology (doctrine), the work and role of the Holy Spirit, and the expansion of the church into other regions through cross-cultural ministry. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Church History

Understanding the development of the church, beginning with Christ’s original command and the foundation laid by the apostles, through the formation of the Christian church as a dominant religious influence throughout the ages. Emphasis will be placed on understanding of the development of key doctrines, church government, and those who influenced the development of both. Special attention will be given to the Reformation and its effects on the church through present day.  Assigned church history text, along with supplemental readings, will serve as their main source of information. Daily Church History Worksheets will be provided. Completion of these worksheets readings and a time-line of events are required for completion of the course.

Herm – Epistles (Colossians)

This course will cover the basic guidelines for Biblical Interpretation with an emphasis on how to study Epistles using the Inductive Study approach. The teaching emphasis will be on a practical application of the instruction given during class with several written assignments during and outside of class.  This course will use the Book of Colossians as its primary text.

Galatians

An in-depth study of the Epistle of Galatians. This epistle exhorts us by examining the grace of God, as opposed to religious legalism. It also focuses on the freedom which comes from the working of God’s grace in a believer’s life.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

1st Corinthians

A survey study of the first Epistle to the Corinthians. This epistle emphasizes Love and Unity, Exhortations to Holiness, The Work of the Holy Spirit, and the Resurrection. It is a progressive presentation of how we are to live together in Christ and by the Spirit. The student will study this letter with an emphasis on comparing it to current church practices in regards to discipline, communion, the exercise of spiritual gifts and the general conduct of believers; and how these fit around the central truths of God’s wisdom displayed in the work on the cross and the hope of the resurrection

Holy Spirit & Prayer

This class will concentrate on the Person and work of the Holy Spirit and the importance of prayer in the life of the believer.  Scripture reading and workbooks will be utilized.

Worship Leaders

This course will give the students a Biblical perspective on worship and worship leading. An emphasis will be put on Pastor’s and Worship Leader’s responsibilities. A music practicum, including basic music theory is incorporated in the class.

2nd Corinthians

A survey study of the second Epistle to the Corinthians. This epistle is primarily a defense of Paul’s apostleship and ministry although it contains some important theological truths including some of the clearest New Testament teaching on giving. It is very personal in style and gives us a deeper sense of the realities and struggles that Paul faced in ministry.

Philippians  

An in-depth study of the book of Philippians in light of the context in which it was written, with an emphasis on Christian experience. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Homiletics 1 

A basic, practical course on the art & skill of interactive verse by verse bible study in the small group setting. The focus of this course will primarily be on practically training the student in the skills they will need to teach effectively, with a lesser focus on instructional lecturing. Instruction will include: Developing expository teaching outlines, developing interactive inductive questions, and developing devotional messages.

General Epistles

A survey study of the 7 letters following Hebrews — James through Jude. Reading of the Bible text and completing study-guide assignments in an Inductive Study Notebook will be the main objectives, as well as expository highlights and insights. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Ephesians

An in-depth study of the Epistle of Ephesians. This epistle emphasizes the Lordship of Christ, the Head of the Body of Christ. It also focuses on the “spiritual position” of believers in Christ & the importance of the Body of Christ.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

 2nd Year Courses

 Apologetics

This course will consist of an examination and evaluation of the argument for the truthfulness of Christianity. Emphasis will be given to the nature of truth, existence of God, evil, hell, the reliability of the Bible, deity of Christ, resurrection of Christ, and other elements that comprise the core doctrines of Christianity. In addition, attention will be directed to understanding the formation of the Christian canon of Scripture. Subjects will include a study of biblical inspiration, canonization, transmission, translation and the role of archaeology as it supports the reliability of the Scriptures.

Cults 

This course will consist of an introduction to the origin, history, philosophy, theology, and practices of the major non-Christian religions such as Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and pseudo-Christian cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Iglesia ni Cristo and The Kingdom of Jesus Christ by Apollo C. Quiboloy . Each belief system will be described and evaluated with a view to equip the student for effective evangelism.

Herm – Hebrew Poetry

This course will cover the basic guidelines for Biblical Interpretation with an emphasis on how to study the Bible using the Inductive Study approach for Hebrew Poetry. The teaching will focus on practical application of the instruction given during class with several written assignments within and outside of class. This course will use selections from the Book of Psalms as its primary practice text.

Poetry Survey

A survey study of Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom, from the books of Job through the Song of Solomon. Emphasis will be put on the style and content of the text with some background information, especially considering man’s relationship with God. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Herm – Prophecy (Malachi)

This Hermeneutics class focuses on developing interpretation skills for the prophetic books of the Bible.  Students will look closely at the guidelines for interpreting Biblical prophecy, and will enhance their skills using the book of Malachi as a practice text.

Isaiah

A survey study of the prophecies and messages of Isaiah, with special attention given to their fulfillment for the original audience and readers today. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and applying the rules for interpreting prophecy to this book, particularly the themes of judgment, righteousness, justice, and the sovereignty of God. Special attention will be given to the Messianic references found in Isaiah. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Jeremiah/Lamentations

A survey study of the Books of Jeremiah through Lamentations. Covering the ministry to the Kingdom of Judah (southern), the destruction of the Temple and time of Exile. Overview of the historical context, historical background of the prophet’s ministry, the themes of his message and the issues of Judah’s misplaced trust, the conflict between true and false prophecy, and the hope for a restored community. Emphasis will be put on the content of the text with some background, especially in relationship to the time, kings & people to whom Jeremiah ministered. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Hebrews

An in-depth study of the book of Hebrews with an emphasis on Christology— the doctrine of Christ— the person of Christ & His nature. There is also an emphasis on Soteriology— the study of salvation— Christ’s finished & ongoing ministry for us as believers. We will also look at the superiority of Christ in the many ways it is expressed in Hebrews.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Minor Prophets

A survey study of the Minor Prophets of Israel, covering the ministry to the Kingdom of Israel (northern) and the Kingdom of Judah (southern), through the Captivity, Exile and Restoration. Emphasis will be given to an overview of the prophets calling, ministry, and prophecy (both didactic and predictive), as well as the historical back ground in which they were written. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Ezekiel

A partial In-Depth, partial Survey study of the book of Ezekiel.  This class will focus primarily upon the themes of God’s judgment upon Judah and the surrounding nations, as well as the hope of future restoration. Special attention will be given to apocalyptic visions, symbolic actions and Messianic prophesies.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Marriage & Family

In this class, the students will examine at the Biblical concept of marriage.  Emphasis is placed on understanding God’s ideals vs. cultural impressions of marriage, and the necessary attitudes and dynamics for healthy marriage.  Class discussion, questions, and student interaction are key to this course.  Additional reading materials are required.

Daniel

An in-depth examination of the book of Daniel, with emphasis on the historical setting of the book, and the nature of fulfilled prophecy.  Students will examine the concepts of the Son of Man, fulfilled and future prophecies, and the work of Sovereign God in and through rulers and nations.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Revelation

An in-depth study of Revelation. God’s apocalyptic messages to the church, hope of future glory and final judgment of Satan and his angels, the wrath of God which will destroy all works of wickedness and sinfulness and the restoration of his creation. Reading of the Bible text, completing study-guide assignments and keeping of an Inductive Study Notebook, interpreting important passages and giving application to what is learned personally will be the main objectives. Also, studying of the historical context, expository teaching of the book and discussion of the text.

Romans

An in-depth study of the Epistle of Romans. This epistle emphasizes Salvation by Grace along with Justification by Faith and is sometimes referred to as “the Gospel of Grace”. It is a systematic presentation of the theology of our salvation in Christ. Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Homiletics 2

A lecture & workshop format on Expository Preaching. A step by step course in developing an expository message or sermon. Great emphasis will be placed on practical application of class instruction — both in-class assignments & a practicum outside of class.

Systematic Theology

Our study of Systematic Theology seeks to develop the topics of the Bible in terms of the logical relationships within the topics themselves and with other topics and themes found in the Bible, rather than their Biblical historical connections alone. Taking note of the continuing development of these topics in church history, it then seeks to relate these topics and themes to other branches of knowledge within the present culture and apply these topics and themes into new areas not considered by the Biblical writers.

Kairos Missions Course

The Kairos Course is a nine-session interactive course on World Mission designed to educate, inspire and challenge Christians to active and meaningful participation. It is ideally suited to be conducted in local churches, bible schools and other ministries who are involve in training and mobilizing for world missions.

Kairos looks three specific dimensions of missions: Biblical, Historical and Cultural. Chapters one to three will cover the Biblical Foundation. Chapter three will discuss about the Historical background and the other four chapters will cover strategy and culture.

The Kairos Course utilizes a variety of adults learning styles including group discussions, short lecture introduction, devotions, video teaching and student participation in specially designed activities. After every chapter discussion, the students will be given a worksheet as part of their assignment to be submitted the next day of class.

1 & 2 Thessalonians

An in-depth study of I and II Thessalonians.  The focus will be on Paul’s encouragement to the church in the following subjects: Christ’s 2nd Coming, Enduring persecution, Rebuking laziness, and Encouragement for our growing faith.  Reading of the Bible text and keeping an Inductive Study Notebook will be required, as well as exposition and discussion of the text.

Pastoral Epistles

A survey of the personal letters to Timothy & Titus, as well as the personal letter to Philemon— 1 Timothy through Philemon. Reading of the Bible text and completing an Inductive Bible Study Notebook will be the main objectives, as well as expository highlights and insights. There will also be an emphasis on pastoral responsibilities, church order & leadership, with some practical guidelines for church planting.

Church Planting 

An overview of Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis on church planting, the feeding and care of God’s people, ministry priorities and administration. The emphasis will be on practical application of the student’s academic studies and training for pastoral ministry – especially related to their internship.  Devotional reading of related Bible texts and participation in discussion based on the main objectives of the study guide – for practical application – is the primary focus of this course.

Assisting Pastors/Pastoral Care & Counseling 

An overview of Pastoral Care and Ministry with an emphasis on – Servant leadership, role of an Assisting pastor, counseling, conflict resolution, and restoration within the church. This will be a discussion-oriented format. The emphasis will be on practical application of the students’ academic studies and training for counseling within church ministry – especially related to their internship. Devotional reading of related Bible texts and participation in discussion based on the main objectives of the study guide – for practical application – is the primary focus of this course.

Ministry to Muslims

A condensed exposure to Muslim culture, religion and world-view.  Emphasis is given to biblical truths contained in the Qur’an and biblical answers to questions Muslim’s face.  The class will include lectures, reading materials and videos.

Missions Outreach

A one-week practicum on cross-cultural missions (Non-Cebuano speakers, tribal areas) outreach.  Students will be exposed to various ministry opportunities outside of their own culture and/or dialect.  Each student will be given various ministry responsibilities.  This course will be taken after finishing the World Mission “Kairos Course” (From the Perspective Family) so that the student can experience and apply what they have learned (OJT) from the class.

Biblical Counseling

This course will be a biblical study of counseling from God’s perspective. It will involve the study of the biblical basis for counseling as well as the principles for effective counseling taught in God’s Word. Students will also learn to discern the difference between secular counseling methods and biblical counseling methods.

ONGOING CLASSES

 Practical Christian Ministry (M199)

The course is required for all credit students, Students will provide support to many areas of both the Bible College and Inductive Bible Studies (IBS) Office. Opportunities for service include: kitchen, library, housekeeping, maintenance, grounds, security, farming, and many others.

Children’s Ministry Practicum

This course is required for both on-campus and out-campus students.  This course provides venue for students to put into practice the theories and lessons they learned inside the classroom as they were being assigned to different existing Children’s Ministry Outreach of Calvary Chapel Bible College and its affiliated churches.  The goal of this course is to fully equip students with godly knowledge and skills in approaching the different challenges they faced in handling Children’s Ministry Outreach.

 

Chuck Smith Listening (NT301, NT302, OT301, OT302)

The C2000 Series MP3s are recordings of Pastor Chuck Smith’s “Through the Bible” messages delivered at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. As you take this course, you will study the Bible verse by verse from Genesis through Revelation by listening to the expository messages, answering the study questions in the course guide, and writing down personal notes from the teachings. There are 60 messages for this course, at an average length of about an hour per message. This course should give you a broad and deep understanding of God’s Word, which will strengthen your relationship with God and help you understand His will for your life. You should listen to the messages with your Bible open and with a heart that is prepared to hear from God.

Morning Chapel

In addition to personal devotions, the entire student body meets daily throughout the week for corporate devotions and missions prayer.  This time allows each student the voluntary opportunity to minister the Word to his/her peers and allows each student to develop his/her God-given gift of worship.  This time also creates awareness among students and encouraged them to consider missions’ work as they participate in missions’ prayer.

Community Worship (CL105) 

Each Tuesday and Thursday night and each Sunday morning throughout the semester, the student body meets together and joins the local church for prayer meeting, teaching, worship and communion. This gives time for student to come together and establish relationships with the local church members and also provided opportunities to actively involved themselves in local church’ different ministries and activities.