ACADEMY OF BIBLE AND THEOLOGY
"Growing together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18)
Certificates of Achievement are intended to promote a healthy sense of pride and accomplishment, both for the church leaders and students who earn them and for the congregations they serve.
The Academy of Bible and Theology offers solid biblical and theological instruction to pastors, evangelists, church leaders, and serious students in the Global South who want to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). All courses are FREE. Lessons and exams are sent to students by email in PDF form, so no costly air time is required. Practice exams and a required Final Exam are provided so that students may demonstrate their knowledge in the subject matter of each course. Students who complete a course by passing the Final Exam are awarded a Certificate of Achievement that they may proudly display in their homes, workplaces or churches. Please review the material on this page and join us, either as a student or a financial supporter.
Our courses are suitable for all major denominations and Church traditions.
The FOUNDATIONS Curriculum
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"In my travels in Africa and Asia, I have met many dedicated men and women who serve as pastors, evangelists and leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ. Because these faithful servants of our Lord Jesus often serve poor congregations in small villages and rural areas, they lack the financial means to attend Bible college or seminary. Yet, these faithful servants are hungry for education and training in the basic doctrines of the Christian faith."
Martin M. Davis, Ph.D.
President & Presiding Bishop
AsiAfrica Ministries, Inc.
DISCLAIMER: The Academy of Bible and Theology offers free educational courses to serious students. Our courses are not designed to meet requirements of degree-granting institutions such as seminaries and Bible colleges.
The Academy of Bible and Theology is an independent ministry. We are not affiliated with any church or denomination. We wish to serve believers from all church traditions.
COURSE 101 The Christian Doctrine of God. This course is a readable, understandable introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This doctrine is the foundation for all other Christian doctrines. In this course, we learn that God has revealed himself in his Son, Jesus and in the sending of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus, we learn that God is love.
COURSE 102 The Doctrine of Jesus Christ. In this course, the life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is explored from his pre-existence with the Father through his birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. The ministry of Jesus Christ is explored in relation to the Kingdom of God.
COURSE 103 Discipleship: Living in Union with Christ. Discipleship is the fruit of union with Christ through the communion of the Spirit. Discipleship is explored in relation to faith, worship, prayer, sacraments, Christian living and evangelism.
COURSE 104 Jesus and the Old Testament. In referring to the scriptures that we call the "Old Testament," Jesus said, "These are the scriptures that testify about me." This course will identity and examine many Old Testament passages that point to Jesus to help us gain a better understanding of "Who" Jesus Christ is.
COURSE 105 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. This course explores the biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit as expressed in the Old and New Testaments. Special attention is given to the role of the Holy Spirit in the knowledge of God with emphasis on the divine personhood of the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is explored in relation to the ministry of Jesus Christ. The gifts of the Spirit are understood as essential for the equipping of the church for mission. The Spirit's role as mediator of communion is explored in detail.
The Advanced Studies Curriculum
COURSE 201 The Bible as Story: Genesis to Revelation. In this course, students learn to read the Bible as a coherent, unified story running from Genesis to Revelation. The course examines significant events in the biblical story, from Adam, through Abraham, Moses, the monarchy, the psalmists and prophets, the exile, and finally to Jesus Christ and the early church. Students learn that the Bible was always a great story leading up to Jesus. The course concludes with an overview of the Book of Revelation, culminating in the glorious vision of a renewed heaven and earth. This course builds upon Course 104, “Jesus and the Old Testament.”
COURSE 202 Readings in Christology. This course is an exploration of the person and work of Jesus Christ, as presented by a variety of authors with expertise in the field of Christology. The Christological content of this course includes articles on the incarnation, an exploration of the important doctrine of the “vicarious humanity” of Jesus Christ, and, of course, a study of the Cross of Christ, with particular attention paid to the ancient Christus Victor view of the atonement. The course includes an examination of the Christological content of the book of Hebrews, where the revelation of Jesus Christ is shown to be the definitive revelation of the character of God. The course concludes with a lengthy exploration of the role of Jesus Christ as the revelation of God. In view of the revelation of God in Christ, special attention is given to the problem of divine violence in the Old Testament.
COURSE 203 Readings in Trinitarian Theology. This course is an exploration of the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, as presented by a variety of authors with expertise in the field of Trinitarian theology. The Trinitarian content of this course includes articles on the relationship between the eternal relations of God and God’s self-revelation in space-time history as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the importance of the Doctrine of the Trinity for understanding human salvation; the practical aspects of the Doctrine of the Trinity; the Trinity and human relationships, and the Trinity in relation to care for the creation. This course also examines various false teachings about the nature of God that have arisen in the course of church history. Finally, the course examines a number of passages of scripture in relation to the Doctrine of the Trinity.
COURSE 204 The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul. This course examines the life and letters of the first great Christian theologian, Saul of Tarsus, also known as Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Part 1 of the course presents a detailed account of the life and ministry of the apostle Paul, from his early life in Tarsus to his martyrdom in Rome. Paul’s “missionary journeys” are examined in detail. A variety of issues in Paul’s letters are discussed in this part of the course. Part 2 consists of detailed summaries of Paul’s thirteen letters recorded in the New Testament. The summaries include a list of key scriptures in each letter, as well as insight into the practical application of Paul’s writings. The course requires a significant amount of reading, including a 128-page manual, Paul’s letters, and most of the Book of Acts.
COURSE 205 The Gospel of Luke. This course is an in-depth study of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, as presented in Luke's gospel. Special attention is given to several of Jesus’ most beloved parables, including the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and Lazarus and the Rich Man. The course emphasises the importance of reading the gospel in its 1st-century context before applying its content to current issues. Special attention is given to Luke’s concern for the marginalised and outcasts of contemporary Judean society, including Gentiles, women, lepers, the demon-possessed, tax collectors, and “sinners.” This course requires a significant amount of reading, including the Gospel of Luke and a 104-page manual.
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