Basic Doctrine (Part 1 & 2)
Basic Doctrine is a study of the core beliefs of Christianity, and every other PBC course is built on the concepts found here. The purpose of this course is to set a solid foundation for sound Christian thinking. It provides a concise and systematic understanding of what the Bible teaches. Basic Doctrine provides more than a doctrinal foundation, however. It gives you a framework for understanding God's purposes, our relationship to Him, and how He is working in culture today.
This course will help you understand how various worldviews answer the big questions of life: Knowledge, Reality, God, Morality, Identity, Meaning, Eternity, and Hope. You will learn the significance both theologically and practically of having a biblically based worldview and the manner in which it impacts every facet of life.
Social Responsibility is designed to help you better understand your responsibility as a Christian to serve and influence the society in which you live. You will explore both practically and philosophically how to apply biblical faith and values to help shape the institutions of society: government, public policy, politics, news and media, entertainment, medicine, education and the courts.
Church History is a study of the progress of the Church from apostolic times to the present. The cultural and theological challenges we face today are not as new as we often assume - the Church has been navigating many of them for centuries. Lessons from history can give us insight into the present and direction for the future. This course will focus especially on the early church, the Reformation, the restoration of the church, and the origin and progress of the twentieth-century Pentecostal movement.
Marriage and Family Issues focuses on one of the most fundamental parts of society and the church: the family. In this course, you will gain a biblical understanding of the nature and purpose of marriage, relationship roles, and parenting. Through these lectures you will gain wisdom that will help you in your own family and equip you to help others navigate these controversial topics.
Apocalyptic Literature is a study of the books of Daniel and Revelation. The course focuses on the historical background and circumstances surrounding the writings of each book and the benefit they provide to today’s contemporary readers. The lectures incorporate exegetical interpretation of this material as well as a survey of the major systems of eschatology as they relate to these two books.
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