This curriculum is the starting point for most people. It does not assume you know anything about the Bible, and will teach you basic Bible content and beliefs. Even if you have attended church for years, you will still learn much.
Life is a Journey
Dr. Bill Mounce
Our 12-week curriculum provides the foundational truths for all disciples of Jesus, and it encourages mature believers to mentor younger ones. It covers the basic content and meaning ("theology") of the Bible, and how you grow spiritually ("spiritual formation") (6 hours).
Bible Survey, A Big Screen Perspective
Dr. Bert Downs
For some of us our knowledge of the Bible is like a refrigerator door covered with unrelated post-it notes. For some it’s like reading a dictionary; important pieces of information but no thread to the story. This course will help you make sense of all those pieces (5 hours).
52 Major Stories of the Bible
Dr. Bill Mounce
The Bible is one continuous story, from the story of creation to the story of Jesus' future return at the end of time. And yet there are smaller, pivotal stories that make up the basic structure of the one big story. This class is designed for those wanting an overview of the Old and New Testaments, but prefer to learn through story (26 hours).
A Guide to Christian Beliefs
Prof. I. Howard Marshall
Every Christian ought to have a working knowledge of Christian doctrine. This class attempts to give the basic essentials in short compass, so that the student may obtain a reasonably complete bird's eye view of the subject. It is a simple, straightforward introduction to the subject that most Christians will find they need. (6 hours).
Dynamics of Christian Spirituality
Dr. Glen Scorgie
This class will help those who are at the beginning stages of the spiritual journey. It talks about the dynamics of spiritual growth, how to become more like Christ (11 hours).
The most important step you can take is to start reading through your Bible. There are many good reading plans you can choose from. Read the Bible for Life is an excellent way to dig into your Bible, especially on a church-wide basis.
These classes are the core curriculum for lay education. If you take these classes, please be sure to attend Life is a Journey (above) as it is foundational for this curriculum as well.
Bible Study Methods
Dr. Mark Strauss
This course will introduce you to the basics questions of how to study your Bible. What is Bible study? Why do we study these specific 66 books? What type of literature are we studying? What are the practical steps we should take? How do we determine a word’s meaning? How do we apply the text to our lives? (6 hours).
Bibliology: What We Believe about the Bible
Dr. Bill Mounce
These three lessons cover the topics of how the Bible was written (Synoptic Problem), trusting the Bible (inspiration, inerrancy, authority), and how we got the Bible (canon, transmission).
Dr. Bruce Ware
We all have a theology, a set of beliefs, but many are not able to articulate it or really understand it. This class will walk you through a basic evangelical understanding of God and his Word (10 hours).
Why I Trust My Bible
The uniqueness and authority of the Bible are always under attack. Professors and writers are claiming that Jesus never existed, Jesus never claimed to be God, the early church changed the basic preaching of Jesus, books were left out of the Bible, the copies of the Bible that have come down through the centuries are hopelessly corrupt, and how can you trust your translation where there are so many?
Dr. John Coe
This is one of the pivotal classes on BiblicalTraining. It is designed for people who have been followers of Christ for some time and are still striving to grow in their sanctification. It has an emphasis on people who feel stuck spiritually (10 hours).
Essentials of Worship
Dr. Gary Parrett
Worship is all about the revelation of the character and will of God, and our appropriate response. This class will help you understand not only Sunday morning but how you should be responding to God on a constant basis (3 hours).
Essentials of World Missions
Dr. Timothy Tennent (3 hours)
The "others" that we are to love are not only those around us — our family, neighborhood, and church. Dr. Tennent has served the church around the world for years, and his teaching will help you see beyond your local community the the world-wide tasks to which we have all been called.
Here are a selection of other topics you might find interesting. They were designed to answer the question, "What every elder should know about __________ ," but because they are also of general interest they are listed under Foundations. A few others are listed in our Leadership track.
The Story of Jesus, by John
Dr. Robert Mounce
This new translation of the gospel of John will help you understand the life and teachings of Jesus, and will challenge your theology. The class is housed at www.TheStoryofJesus.org.
The Story of Jesus, by Peter
Dr. Robert Mounce
This new translation of the gospel of Mark will help you understand the life and teachings of Jesus, especially if you are new in the faith. The book is housed in our library (2 hours reading).
How to Study Your Bible
Dr. George Guthrie
Have you ever sat down to study the Bible and not know how to start? Dr. Guthrie uses the imagery of a trip to talk about starting with your biblical passage, traveling to a distant land, and bringing back the historical meaning to your present (6 hours).
Essentials of Old Testament Theology
Dr. Paul House
Dr. House summarizes the basic teaching of the Old Testament. This course is not about what a particular text says, but what the Old Testament means as a unified whole (3 hours).
Biblical Theology. This three-part class will walk you through the theology of the Old Testament (by Dr. Miles Van Pelt), the Gospels (by Dr.Craig Blomberg), and then Paul and the rest of the New Testament (by Dr. Thomas Schreiner). As opposed the Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology asks the question of what a particular book, or group of books, teach on different topics, showing emphases of the different parts of Scripture.
What Every Christian Should Believe
Dr. Gerry Breshears
This class was designed specifically for church leadership, what they should understand theologically and practically about their faith system (15 hours).
Dr. Gerry Breshears 10 hours)
There is an ongoing battle between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. By studying Jesus' life and other passages in scripture, we can gain insights into how to respond to the influence of demons effectively
Gravity and Gladness on Sunday Morning
Dr. John Piper
God pursues us. We should pursue him. The key is to get these in the right order and depend on the first for the second. In the New Testament is a stunning degree of indifference to worship as an outward form and emphasizes a radical intensification of worship as an inward experience of the heart.
Dr. Gordon Isaac (3 hours)
Martin Luther used wit and lively word pictures to communicate his keen theological insights. His innovative thoughts are a result of his wrestling with Scripture and current theological teachings.
Theology of the Reformers
Dr. Timothy George (12 hours)
The leaders of the Protestant reformation built on the thoughts and teachings of scholars who came before them and spent their lives seeking God and explaining his Word.
World Religion classes by Dr. Timothy Tennent (3 hours each)
If you are taking a missions trip to an area of the world dominated by one of these religions, you should learn about the culture before leaving
Essentials of African Traditional Religions
Essentials of Buddhism
Essentials of Hinduism
Essentials of Islam
Dr. Jonathan Armstrong
An analysis of non-Euro-American theologies and theologians that have emerged from the expanding Christian church in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is taught by 56 scholars from 16 different counties in a virtual environment through Moody Northwest.
Regardless of what role you will be playing in your church, your character and spiritual maturity will play a significant role. You cannot impart to others what you do not possess yourself (1 Tim 3:2–3, 6).
Mr. Ron Toews
There are only two things we can do with the past. We can either forgive, or we can let our past hurts control us. Whatever be your story, we all need to continue learning how to forgive.
Ministry and Disabilities
Does your church know how to minister to people with disabilities? Do you see them as a burden, or are they valued members of Christ's kingdom? Do they have anything to say to those whose disabilities are not so immediately apparent? When was the last time you heard a blind pastor preach? This seminar contains some of the key discussion in the longer course, Beyond Suffering, at JoniandFriends.org. (3 hours).
Introduction to Public Speaking
Dr. Bryan Chapell
It is widely known that people fear public speaking more than death. It doesn't have to be that way. Let one of the premiere homilectics professors help you get started (3 hours).