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Understanding the Bible for Theology and Ministry is a detailed course which deals with the significance and meaning of the Bible, it’s interpretation, and the implication for today’s context. It gives important guidelines in exegeting biblical passage and to infer practical insights to make it relevant for the present-day context.

Learning Outcomes (4 or 5 only)

By the end of the course, a learner will be able to…

•   Use six guidelines for correctly interpreting the Bible.

•   Take twelve practical steps to bring out the meaning of a passage of scripture for today. 

•   Use concordance, dictionary and commentary to exegete one passage in the final exam.

Learning provisions

Full Course 4 Credits
Total 100

40 hours of Structured learning – in a Learning Management System (Asynchronous)

15 hours of structured tutorial learning – Face to Face (Synchronous) – Physical or Virtual

45 hours of unstructured learning - Online Library reading, Reflective engagement, Journal and assignment writing and preparation for final exam or practical work.

Assessments and Requirements

Total Marks 100

a. Internal Marks (50 Marks)

b. Final Exams (50 Marks)

Engage: Christian Responses to Islam

Introduction to the Course

This online study guide has been developed to help give Christians some guidance on what the correct and appropriate responses to Islam should be. The aim of this online study guide is for Christians to learn that there is not one single response to Islam but many. What is an appropriate response in one situation may not be very helpful in another. Various types of responses are discussed and the guide helps the reader to decide which would be the best response for a particular situation.

This online guide also shows that responding is not only the responsibility of those in leadership but we can all respond in some way. In fact, most of the responses in the book are things that should be part of normal Christian life anyway. We do not need to wait to be challenged by Islam before we start to do these things.

The guide can be used by an individual for personal study, or church leaders can use it to train a group, perhaps in 12 weekly sessions or at a training conference. An example of a time-table for a three-day conference is given on page six.

At the end of each chapter there are questions in the form of a quiz and finally discussion questions, with space for answers to be written. If the study guide is being used to train a group in a tutorial, the leader should use the PowerPoints for their presentation and questions to create discussions and debates either on an online forum or through face-to-face tutorials. These questions are only suggestions and a leader may wish to leave some out or add others.

If the material is to be used as weekly tutorials with a face-to-face or online interaction, leaders may think of structuring each weekly session as follows:

Open the meeting with a prayer
Recap last weeks chapter
Give a talk on this weeks chapter
Lead a group discussion using the questions as a guide
Encourage prayer and Worship

The leader will find it helpful to spend time in preparation before each session: to study the material well enough to give a talk on it, and to pray for the Lord’s guidance and protection.This guide briefly covers many areas and issues related to what Muslims believe and do. However, it is only a basic introduction. For those who would like to learn more about Islam, there are some suggestions for further reading below.

UNVEILED: A Christian Study Guide to Islam

This online study guide has been developed to help Christians know what the religion of Islam teaches and to understand the worldview of Muslim people. The aim of this 15 week online study guide is for Christians to learn how different Islam is from Christianity and to be aware of how Islam has spread across the world, both in the past and now. The last chapter looks at how to share the Gospel with Muslims. Finally, there is a glossary explaining the meaning of some Islamic words. The chapters include Bible readings. These are there to give a Christian perspective on each chapter.

Barnabas Bible Curriculum

For centuries, people have turned to the Bible for comfort, instruction, inspiration, and hope. But what about adventure, intrigue, entertainment, and FUN? Barnabas Fund invites you to experience the Bible in a whole new way. Inside, you can explore the dry land through the Red Sea, wander online the streets of a first-century village, and see rare artifacts from the Vatican and Israel. We invite you to come see for yourself. What’s in it will surprise you! Come experience the Bible Online with us now.