Please find below a brief description of each of our Modules that form a part of our Applied Biblical Studies course. Only a few are currently available through our Distance Learning Programme, and more are accessible through Study Events as part of our Extension Class Programme. If you are interested in a particular Module, please let us know.
This module will introduce students to tools and resources available, and enable them to approach Bible study in an organised and positive manner.
The Authority of Scripture (5) INT02
This introductory module addresses the concepts of Biblical Inspiration and Canonicity, and explores the reasons for there being 66 books in our Bible and why certain other books were rejected.
Understanding the Bible (5) INT03
Interpreting Scripture according to proper methods is essential to a healthy understanding of its message. This module gives an overview of methods, looking at context and the importance of perspective in application to Christian service.
This module will introduce the student to the documents upon which our Old Testament and New Testament texts are based and will begin to explore factors relating to the integrity of these texts.
Creation and Evolution (5) GEN02
The origin of life is currently a much debated subject with immense implications. The student will be introduced to critical areas of this debate and shown how the evidence fits the Biblical model with a view to helping prepare for useful engagement.
Christian Evidences (5) GEN03
In an increasingly sceptic society, the student must be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in Christ. This module will address various areas of evidence to support the Biblical story.
The Nature of God (5) GEN04
This module will help the student to develop an understanding of the concept of God being Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and explore the relevance of God’s nature to our mission – the Missio Dei.
Eschatology (5) GEN05
A number of topics are brought together in this module that presents the student with an opportunity to explore Biblical teaching on matters relating to the spiritual realms such as life beyond death, angels, demons, etc.
Contemporary Christianity (5) GEN06
The student will have the opportunity of exploring the ‘history of churches of Christ’ as a worldwide fellowship, and examining the practice of Christianity in the world today.
Christianity & Other World Religions (5) GEN07
In an increasingly pluralistic society, the student needs to understand something of the world in which we will serve. This module introduces world religions from a contemporary missiological perspective with a view to better understanding and appreciating alternative world views.
Ecclesiastical History (5) GEN08
This module will introduce the student to a general outline of major events which have shaped the history of Christianity with a view to understanding contemporary issues within the Christian world.
Introducing New Testament Greek (5) GEN09
The Greek language played a key role in the revelation of God to mankind. Here the student will be introduced to the Greek alphabet and grammar enabling them to begin to understand the language of the New Testament.
This module will introduce the student to the Biblical basis for ethics with an opportunity to explore a variety of issues relevant to contemporary life and mission.
Public Communication (10) PRA02
Communication is a vital part of our service and in this module students will be helped to develop skills in preaching, teaching and outreach, enabling them to find areas in which they are best suited for mission.
Media Communication (5) PRA03
Surrounded by technological advances, the student needs to develop skills in the use of modern means of communication enabling them to be involved in non-contact mission. This module introduces the student to a number of important areas in this field.
Pastoral Communication (5) PRA04
This module will introduce the student to a wide variety of ways in which the spiritual needs of God’s people might be addressed, involving preparation for major events and aspects of pastoral care.
Mission Studies (5) PRA05
Essentially an introduction to missiology: the student will study the Biblical basis of mission and the history of mission strategy with a view to developing a fresh approach to the task at hand today.
Leadership (5) PRA06
Leadership is such a vital part of any congregation or mission work, and here the student will be looking at the Biblical basis of servant leadership with a view to building skills for personal and congregational development.
Walking with God (5) PRA07
Personal faith and discipleship are important aspects of our lives. Here students will be encouraged to explore the concept of walking with God, helped to assess their spiritual development and be offered practical help for the journey.
In this module the student will be introduced to the broad sweep of the Old Testament world, surveying its geographic, historic and political background in order to place in context further Old Testament studies.
From Eden to Egypt (10) OLD02
The student will be introduced to the importance of Genesis as the foundation document of the Scriptures, placing it in its context and showing its relevance to God’s purpose. This module will trace God’s dealings with mankind until Israel’s exodus from Egypt.
The Birth of Israel (10) OLD03
Israel’s exit from Egypt marked the beginning of the history of a nation through whom God was to bless the world. This module looks at some of the key aspects of Israel’s identity as a nation, including their laws, festivals and religious activities.
The Conquest and Settlement of Canaan (5) OLD04a
This is one of the most exciting episodes of Israel’s history, from the time of Moses to that of Samuel. This module examines the Book of Joshua in the contexts of the history of Israel and of God’s purpose for the whole of mankind, considering also the relevance of its message in light of contemporary events and culture.
The Conquest and Settlement of Canaan (5) OLD04b
This is one of the most exciting episodes of Israel’s history, from the time of Moses to that of Samuel. This module examines the Book of Judges in the contexts of the history of Israel and of God’s purpose for the whole of mankind, considering also the relevance of its message in light of contemporary events and culture.
The United Kingdom of Israel (10) OLD05
The reigns of Saul, David and Solomon mark a significant point in the history of Israel and this module examines their contribution to God’s plan and the changing role of the nation during this period.
The Divided Kingdom of Israel (10) OLD06
This module examines the history of Israel during its most turbulent period and considers its role among the surrounding nations. All is seen within the context of contemporary history and modern archaeology.
Post-exilic Writings (5) OLD07
The period following the exile in Babylon saw the Jews returning to their homeland in continued fulfilment of God’s promises. This module examines the literature and evidences associated with that period.
Hasmoneans and Herodians (5) OLD08
Understanding the political and social history of the period lying ‘between the testaments’ is essential to a healthy understanding of the teaching of the New Testament. This module introduces the student to the main characters, events and literature involved.
Psalms (5) OLD09
This module introduces the student to the structure, character and contents of this Hebrew songbook. A number of selected Psalms are examined within their historic and theological contexts.
Wisdom Literature (5) OLD10
With an immense need for wisdom within every aspect of mission work, this module takes a look at these books to see what is on offer for the servant of Christ today.
Isaiah (10) OLD11
Isaiah is possibly best known through a few quotations in the New Testament scriptures, but this book is full of richness and colour. This module introduces the student to the prophet and his writings within their original context amidst a turbulent political world.
Ezekiel (10) OLD12
Thought by some to be a difficult book, this module shows the writings of Ezekiel to be both full of excitement and very relevant to the work of mission today.
The Writings of Jeremiah (5) OLD13
Jeremiah knew what it was to suffer in the face of mission and has much to teach those who seek to serve God today. This module introduces the student to the work of this faithful prophet.
The Twelve Prophets (10) OLD14
This module covers the remainder of the prophets with particular emphasis on those not addressed in previous modules. Each book is set in its context with relevant practical lessons for today.
Daniel (5) OLD15
At a time when all seemed not to be going to plan, Daniel assures his people that God is always in control. This module looks at the message of Daniel in the context of God’s purpose for mankind in history.
In this module the student will be introduced to the world of the New Testament, surveying its geographic, historic and political background in order to place in context further New Testament studies.
The Synoptics (10) NEW02
This module examines the accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke in their first century context with particular interest in their relevance to mission today. It considers some of their similarities and peculiarities and explores a number of key events.
John’s Gospel (10) NEW03
Standing in contrast to the other gospel accounts, that of John deserves separate attention. In this module the student will be introduced to the structure and significance of this book with an opportunity to explore a number of key passages.
Parables (5) NEW04
The parables of Jesus must be understood in their original context. This module sets out to understand them as they were intended, drawing important, practical lessons relevant to present day circumstances.
Discourses of Jesus (5) NEW05
The gospel accounts record a number of lengthy discourses made by Jesus in which he presented some of his most profound teaching. This module examines these and considers important lessons for today’s disciple.
Acts (10) NEW06
This module begins to examine this key New Testament book within the context of God’s purpose for mankind. The mission implications for the student are immense as the good news of Jesus continues to be taken across cultural boundaries throughout the world.
Romans (10) NEW07
Described by some as the ‘gospel according to Paul,’ Romans is immensely important in our understanding of the work of God in Christ. This module examines this letter sent to believers living at the heart of the first century world.
The Corinthians Letters (10) NEW08
These letters shed considerable light on the nature and conduct of early Christian assemblies, as well as provide an intimate insight into the heart of a truly devoted servant of Christ. This module looks at both letters with ample relevance to congregational service.
Galatians (5) NEW09
The dangers of legalism are never far away and always to be opposed. This module examines the text of this letter in light of its first century context and draws some important lessons from it for today.
A Letter to Ephesus (5) NEW10
This is a module that takes us beyond this realm and into the heavenly places. Though the theological implications are vast, there is a wealth of practical instruction that cannot be overlooked.
Philippians (5) NEW11
Seen in the context of its historical setting in the book of Acts, this letter is one of the most positive of the New Testament writings. Full of joy and hope, the student will examine the text in the context of Paul’s mission work, and learn valuable lessons for our own times.
Colossians (5) NEW12
The centrality of Christ in our lives is a significant theme of this letter, and this module stresses the importance of his presence in every aspect of our living and of the life of the community.
The Thessalonian Letters (5) NEW13
Among the earliest letter of Paul, these two books contain a wealth of useful insight into his work as a preacher and teacher. This module examines the contents of these letters with a view to better preparing those who would follow in his steps.
Timothy and Titus (5) NEW14
This module explores the letters written to Timothy and Titus, young men whose lives were devoted to the work of mission, and suggests plenty of important lessons for those working with congregations today.
Hebrews (10) NEW15
One of the most significant books in the New Testament in helping us understand the work of Christ in the context of the calling of Israel. Here we take a thorough look at the arguments presented for the supremacy of Christ – as useful today as when first written.
General Letters (10) NEW16
This collection of letters at the end of the New Testament is diverse and contains much for today’s faithful. This module introduces the student to the writers and their writings, and addresses a number of key passages.
A Letter from James (5) NEW17
Though few books can be said to be more practical, the lessons from James have often not been placed in their true context. This module explores this book with a view to understanding the relevance of its teaching for God’s people today.
Letters from Peter (5) NEW18
Set against a backdrop of struggles and persecution, Peter brings hope and strength to the community of Christ. This module examines these two letters, helping students to understand the message of Christ in a way that is relevant to the world today.
Letters from John (5) NEW19
Truth and light are central themes to the letters of John and in much need in our world of darkness today. The student will have the opportunity to closely examine these letters and consider their vitality for present day application.
The Book of Revelation (10) NEW20
Though often considered to be a difficult book, this module clears away the confusion and presents a straightforward approach to a message of conflict and victory for the people of God. A healthy knowledge of Old Testament prophecy is essential for this module.