Courses

SMBC offers academic depth with flexibility – from undergraduate diplomas through to postgraduate research degrees – full-time, part-time or intensive mode. All our courses have solid Biblical foundations and preparation for ministry, but each course has different requirements and emphasis. Except for the Certificate of Bible and Ministry and the Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies, which are SMBC awards, all courses are Australian College of Theology (ACT) courses.

We encourage you to contact our registrar's department on 02 9747 4780 or ftstudy@smbc.com.au to have a conversation about what course, or unit, might best suit your needs.

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Certificate of Bible and Ministry (CBM)

The CBM is an SMBC award that all full-time SMBC students study concurrently with their ACT course. The award is made up of a number of subjects and participation in the community life at College...

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Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS)

The ICCS is awarded to part-time students who have successfully completed a total of 192 hours of study at Certificate level. This internal SMBC award is available to part-time students and does not require concurrent enrolment in an Australian College of Theology (ACT) course...

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Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChrStuds)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+). For overseas students only.

The DipChrStuds is primarily offered to overseas students. It provides an overview of the Bible, Church History, Theology with some Ministry and Practice units.

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Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) (DipTh(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The DipTh(P1) will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church as a Bible study leader, youth or children’s leader, or lay preacher. This course is only available to part-time students. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history and theology as well as the option of choosing a couple of ministry and missions units.

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Combined Diplomas of Theology and Ministry (Pathway 1) (DipTh/DipMin(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The purpose of the DipTh/DipMin(P1) is to prepare you for gospel ministry in your local environment or in cross-cultural settings in Australia or overseas. Graduates work in a wide variety of ministries including pastoral, youth, children’s, prison, church planting, evangelism, missions, and ‘tentmaking’. The course provides a broad understanding of the Bible, Church History and Theology as well as the option of choosing several Ministry and Missions units.

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Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) (DipMin(P2))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The DipMin(P2) suits those requiring some foundational biblical and theological education to serve in a local church, or to use their existing profession or trade on the mission field. It contains units of study which provide an overview of the Bible, Church History and Theology, as well as Ministry and Practice electives.

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Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocDegMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The AssocDegMin is offered through the SMBC School of Cross-Cultural Mission and provides a great balance of study in Bible, Church History, Theology and Missions. Cross-cultural fieldwork is a required component of this course, providing you with the opportunity to experience and reflect on ministry in a cultural context different to your own, either within Australia or overseas...

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Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The BTh is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas. It provides a broad knowledge of the Bible, as well as a more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment. It includes biblical languages as core units as well as missions and pastoral units...

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Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry (BTh/BMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The BTh/BMin is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas, with additional emphasis on missions, pastoral and ministry skills. This combined degree includes the full Bachelor of Theology programme which you will complete initially. Following this, the additional units leading to the award of the Bachelor of Ministry are chosen from a wide selection of ministry and practice areas: missions and cross-cultural studies, evangelism and educational chaplaincy. You may also choose to include a research project or a Master of Arts level unit in your selection.

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Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (BTh(Hons))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Bachelor of Theology with a GPA of at least 2.0 overall, and 2.8 in the designated field of study.

The BTh(Hons) program is designed for students who have graduated with a three year undergraduate degree in theology from the ACT and who have demonstrated high academic potential as a means of preparing you for advanced research in theology.

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Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies (GDCS)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The GDCS is designed for those wishing to think theologically about their profession. It provides an overview of the Bible, Theology, a Ministry and Practice unit and a 6000-7000 word Integrative Project.

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Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The GDDiv will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church or for those wishing to use their profession on the mission field and require some foundational theological education. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, Church History, Theology with some Ministry and Practice units.

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Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(ChrStuds))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MA(ChrStuds) is designed for those wishing to think theologically about their profession. The course contains two phases: Phase One is at graduate level and Phase Two is at postgraduate level...

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MDiv is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity (MDiv/GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MDiv/GDDiv is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Graduate Certificate of Ministry (GradCertMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradCertMin is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Certificate of Theology (GradCertTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradCertTh is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GradDipMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradDipMin is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Diploma of Theology (GradDipTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradDipTh is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Arts (Ministry) (MA(Min))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The MA(Min) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Arts (Theology) (MA(Th))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The MA(Th) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Theology (MTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The MTh is a research degree with study and research to be undertaken normally in one field of specialisation within the departments of Bible and Languages, Christian Thought, or Ministry and Practice. The MTh is for theology graduates who are already engaged in ministry and aspire to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. Graduates of the course may articulate to the ACT's Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Theology.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The DMin is a research doctoral course for those who wish to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice. The degree is designed to enable you to produce significant and original research outcomes and as a beginning researcher demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The PhD is a research doctorate equivalent to an Australian University PhD. It is awarded on the basis of a satisfactory completion of a thesis. The PhD is designed to allow you to integrate your research in a field not traditionally related to theology with traditional theological disciplines.  You must show evidence of original research and the exercise of independent critical analysis.

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Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The ThD is a premier research degree for graduates who are engaged in ministry and aspire to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. The degree is designed to equip you as a beginning researcher in the traditonal fields of theology and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields. You must provide a distinct contribution to theological learning.

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New Testament Greek (LA004B)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: LA004A

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (LA001)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

A fast introduction to the fundamentals of the Hebrew language. Students will learn how to use the Hebrew script, comprehend basic Hebrew grammar, and navigate their way through lexicons, concordances, bible softwares and commentaries.

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Pastoral Skills and Methods (PC203)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
This unit aims to develop your understanding of the nature of pastoral care and to provide you with both skills and a better understanding of a wide range of pastoral issues, including domestic violence, depression, post-natal depression, suicide, grief and loss, and abuse.

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Early New Testament Church (NT302/NT502)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Exilic Prophecy and Wisdom Literature (OT207)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
A study of selected texts from Ezekiel and Job. The purpose of this unit is to develop your skills in exegeting Old Testament texts to facilitate the effective use of the Old Testament in Christian ministry.

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Church Planting (EM226/426/626)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

This unit develops a biblical framework for church planting and biblical principles which should direct the church planting process. Multiple models of and case studies of church planting will be evaluated. You will identify a set of principles to guide the church planting process and the development of a church planting strategy to fit a specific context.

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Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH305/505)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
The purpose of this unit is to give an overview the central doctrines of the Christian faith following the outline in the Creeds...

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Children’s Ministry Skills (DM222)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
A unit of learning and practical skills related to the planning and conduct of effective children’s ministry. Areas of study include: skills and techniques for communicating with children; pastoral care of children and families; children and worship; children’s ministry teams; training children for ministry; group management of children; duty of care requirements...

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Fourth Gospel (English) (NT424i/NT624i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 July Intensive Unit

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there, and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to its author, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts (EM415i/EM615i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 July Intensive Unit - IN CANBERRA

Understanding and engaging with Islam is clearly one of the greatest social and missional challenges the church faces at present. Muslim communities are growing in Australia and we see the impact of radical Islam around the world.

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Early New Testament Church (NT302i/NT502i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 September Intensive Unit - IN CANBERRA

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?...

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Introduction to Preaching (PC447i/PC647i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 October Intensive Unit

There are not many more important responsibilities in the life of the church than the task of preaching God's word. Whether it is speaking to children, youth, at evangelistic outreaches, or to a Sunday congregation, communicating God's timeless truth in the Bible with accuracy, pastoral warmth, and relevance is a challenging task that requires diligence, prayer, and hard work. But where do you start? What is the process of moving from the ancient text to the modern world?...

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Old Testament Foundations (OT301/OT501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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New Testament Greek (LA004A)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Introduction to New Testament Greek (LA002)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

This unit aims to familiarise you with the fundamentals of New Testament Greek, to enable you to use commentaries on the Greek text and to be able to consult lexicons and grammars for exegetical purposes. It also aims to enable you to appreciate the fundamentals of translation of the New Testament text into English.

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Early New Testament Church (NT202/302)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?...

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Cross-Cultural Communication (EM408/608)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

Would you like to get to know people from another culture, but are afraid of ‘treading on their cultural toes’? Do you want to learn how to share the gospel with people who are very different to you, in a way that resonates with their hearts?...

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Hot Topics (CU01)

2017 Semester 1 Wednesday Evening Unit

This series is for all Christians who want to apply biblical wisdom as they confront life's complex issues.

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Early New Testament Church (NT502)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?...

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Personal Life of Those in Ministry (PC210)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Christian ministry is more than just knowing your Bible or doing it skilfully. Character matters! You minister out of who you are - as God's child, connected to Jesus, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit...

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Introduction to Biblical Theology (BB301/501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

One of the joys of being a Christian is reading God's word and growing in our understanding of what it means to know the Lord Jesus and serve him. One of the challenges that soon becomes apparent, and one that many Christians of all stages face, is how to apply the various parts of the Bible to the Christian life. Wouldn't it have been great to walk with Jesus along that Emmaus road and hear him explain ‘what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself’ (Luke 24:27)?...

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New Testament Greek (LA004B)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions...

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Christian Education Among Children (DM202)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
How do I guide a child to decide to follow Jesus? How do we teach so they will understand? Why should our churches focus more on embracing and nurturing our children? How do I get them to sit still and pay attention? Can I make teaching the Bible fun for them?...

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Jesus and the Gospels (NT201/NT301)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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Exilic Prophecy (OT423/623)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

Our study of exilic prophecy will focus on the often-neglected book of Ezekiel. While this book offers a number of challenges for modern readers such as bizarre sign acts, oracles of judgment, and fantastic visions, these features communicate a unique and important message that should contribute to our picture of God and His relationship with His world. In particular, the book of Ezekiel portrays the holiness of God and the betrayal of His people in confronting and shocking language...

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Preaching for Today’s Church (SMP42/62)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

In our churches every week are people wrestling with life’s difficulties. The problems of death, disease, political unrest and terrorism create considerable angst and fear. In today’s church how do we address God’s people dealing with such turmoil? How do we communicate the timeless truths of the gospel and connect them with our broken world? How does Christ make a difference? In what ways do people best hear and understand these truths? How does the Bible speak to our deepest longings?...

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Jesus and the Gospels (NT501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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Principles of Evangelism (EM324i/524i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 January Intensive Unit

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Mt 28:19); Peter exhorted, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’ (1 Pt 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Rm 10:14).

As Christians, we have a commission, exhortation and passion to evangelise, but do you ever get the feeling that our culture has changed, and methods of evangelism which once worked very well last century, no longer seem as effective? How do you tell your friends about Jesus in a postmodern, post-Christian, relativist world? Jesus has not changed, but our culture's systems of hearing and believing have altered...

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The Church from 1550 to Modern Times (CH302i/502i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 April Intensive Unit

We can only properly make sense of our present if we understand our past. Our numerous Protestant denominations only make sense if we understand the Reformation of the 16th century. Whether we identify ourselves as modern or post modern, we are indebted to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. Our ability to understand the American Presidential race depends in part on how we well we have grasped the rise of fundamentalism in the 19th century...

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Church, Sacraments and Ministry (TH404i/TH604i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 July Intensive Unit

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks?

In this unit we’ll explore the many facets of what church ministry is: how churches differ about decision making and governance; why some baptise infants but others don’t; how churches might be diminishing the importance of the Lord’s Supper; and how can pastors, and others in church leadership, pray biblically and helpfully for God’s people...

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Pauline Theology and Romans (NT425i/625i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 July Intensive Unit - IN CANBERRA

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT302i/OT502i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2017 September Intensive Unit

‘‘Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Pr 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Could you benefit from getting a better grasp of the Israelite history such books originally addressed?

This foundational survey unit will explore the Old Testament prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the Twelve) and wisdom books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job), in addition to 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Daniel. Particular attention will be given to discerning God's original message for Israel in these texts, to best identify their enduring message for us as Christians. Essential to this will be considering how the New Testament extends and brings to a climax the message of the Old Testament in Christ...

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