Faith Bible College 2021

Our new semester starts on 22 February 2021.

See our 2021 Prospectus here.

Level 5 NZ Diploma in Christian Studies (Leadership Strand) Programme

Leadership Principles & Practice 1

Leadership Principles & Practice II

Faith in Context

Theology

Biblical Foundations

Christian History & World Religions

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    Available courses

    Lecturer: Des Short

    Key Learning Outcomes:

    (i)                 Evaluate God’s plan and provision in your own life and effectively communicate that to others.

    (ii)               Analyse and define key course themes in individual and community faith journeys paying particular attention to their application to everyday life.

    (iii)             Identify and discuss changes in personal growth and development.

    (iv)             Demonstrate competence in a range of study skills.

     

    This module will meet Key Learning Outcomes (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv).


    Lecturer: Stuart Dreadon

    Key Learning Outcomes:

    GPO 2 (15 credits):

    Apply biblical and theological principles to own faith journey and to that of others

     

    (i)                 Evaluate God’s plan and provision in your own life and effectively communicate that to others.

    (ii)                Analyse and define key course themes in individual and community faith journeys paying particular attention to their application to everyday life.

    (iii)             Identify and discuss changes in personal growth and development.

    (iv)             Demonstrate competence in a range of study skills.

     

    This module will meet Key Learning Outcomes (i), (iii) and (iv).

     


    Lecturer: Arthur Crane

    Key Learning Outcomes:

    (i)                  Evaluate God’s plan and provision in your own life and effectively communicate that to others.

    (ii)                Analyse and define key course themes in individual and community faith journeys paying particular attention to their application to everyday life.

    (iii)              Identify and discuss changes in personal growth and development.

    (iv)             Demonstrate competence in a range of study skills.

     

    This module will meet Key Learning Outcomes (iv).

     


    This module on the Song of Solomon is designed towards an in-depth study of this fascinating, but often misunderstood, book of the Bible. The teaching will focus on the relationship of the characters in this book, and how they relate to Christian life today. Furthermore, the connection of this book to the believer’s relationship to Christ is studied and analysed further. 

    This course will survey an overview of both the Old and New Testaments with emphasis on the Gospels and the life of Jesus. Introduction and background information will be studied concerning all sixty-six books of the Bible and how they connect one with the other. The focus of this course is for students to develop a good working knowledge of the books and sections of the Bible’s sixty-six books.

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    WELCOME TO Biblical Foundations

    This course has three modules which are all designed to develop your biblical foundational knowledge.  In particular, the modules equip you to understand and interpret the Bible in the following ways:

    Hermeneutics:  

    Christian Worldview & Apologetics

    New Testament Survey

    The Scriptures stand before us as a challenging world of truth waiting to be explored, interpreted and applied to life, the study of hermeneutics equips one to participate in this exciting call. The various literary forms within the Bible along with the relevant general and special principles of interpretation will be taught and practiced throughout this course’s teaching. The task of hermeneutics provides the vital basis for all Christian study and practices and pursuits, for the Bible as the Word of God is the very foundation for all of life and godliness.

    This course overviews the New Testament.  It initially focuses on the historical background of the NT books and their authors. The historical development of the text along with the role and purposes of the differing genres of writing that communicates the beginnings in the Gospels, Acts, epistles and culmination in the book of Revelation will provide students with an initial critical study in New Testament literature.  It makes a focused study of the book of Acts, outlining the emergence and development of early Christianity and the expansion of the young church throughout the Roman Empire.   Attention is given to the major roles of Peter and Paul, and the development of Christianity from its Jewish mono-cultural base into a multi-cultural world faith.   The distinctive emphasis Luke makes on the role of the Holy Spirit in the expansion of the mission and development of the church is one of the focus points in the course's teaching.  Emphases will be made on identifying and examining life-principles, applicable and relevant to today. 

    This introduction to Christian history traces the expansion and issues of the early Church from the time of Christ to the eve of the Reformation.  The purpose of the course is to give students an overview of the historical foundations of post-biblical Christianity.  Accepting the premise that we do not live in a vacuum and that we all come from somewhere, this course examines an overview of church history from the early church into the medieval period.  It examines persecution, development of doctrine, and Christological heresies.  Class members will be given an understanding of how Christianity developed in an effort to learn principles, which have application to today.

    The classes aim to provide an introduction to the major World Religions: Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism (Chinese Religions). There will also be a section on tribal religions, and New Age Cults. The classes will survey the origins, beliefs, growth and impact on the contemporary world scene as well as giving an understanding of their cultic expressions and worldview. A further application on how Christians respond to these belief systems will also be explored.

    Prayer is vital to the Christian life. The Bible is filled with examples of prayers of men and women who prayed to God for a variety of reasons. From these are gleaned the principles and concepts of prayer for a deeper understanding of prayer and its role in the lives of Christians in this modern time and age. 

    The ongoing development of the spiritual and worship life of the Christian is a lifelong imperative, “one must grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Being a worshipper of God in “spirit and (in) truth” is normative. 

    Spiritual formation will be pursued from the perspective of a process of ‘being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.’ 

    In this subject, class members will participate in the development of their personal faith through the processes of understanding Christian formation, facilitated through spiritual reflection, faith development, embracing the ‘classical disciplines, reading Christian classics, social spirituality… i.e. for the sake of others.   There is group interaction under faculty supervision in all of these.

    It is the nature of the church to grow. Church Development looks at the manner in which churches grow and reproduce in communities around the world. The course covers the ranges of “sub-disciplines” within broader church growth, such as: Discipleship, prayer, the miraculous, Church structure, missions and giving, and special attention to the work of the Holy Spirit. 

    This course covers learning and teaching in the Epistle to the Ephesians. An exegetical model of the text is followed with assignment work focused on students responding to investigative questions in regard to ministry, other aspects of the Scriptures  including the teaching of Jesus and the ministry of the OT prophets.

    Theology is the study or knowledge of God. For the Christian, that means the self-revealing God who exists in the personal distinctions of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This course will look at the nature of God's existence, revelation, being, character and activity; what are angels, and who and what is humanity. The main purpose of the study is, “to help students understand the world and life from a God Perspective.”

    Theology II considers the centrality of the Doctrine of Christ as the foundation of the Christian faith. The course will explore ideas around the person of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son and God manifest in flesh within time.  Both His deity and humanity are studied in consideration of the provision and application of salvation to those “who believe in His name.”   The study considers the Biblical data, systematic doctrine throughout history and the application of Christology in “these last days”. It will also focus on the workings of Christ through His Church until His return. 

    In this module the student will be exposed to the teachings of Scriptures about the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments. They will trace the history and actions of the Holy Spirit working in unison with God the Father and God the Son. Terminologies used in Scripture are explored to shed further light. The course includes a survey of the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit with the focus on further understanding the Holy Spirit.

    Leadership is both a gift from God as well as an office given to the Church. As a result it is a calling to be
    fulfilled and a skill to be developed. In this course we will enable the student to understand the Biblical
    foundation and examples of leadership; to recognize and develop their own leadership style and philosophy;
    and to appreciate the challenges and complexities of leading in our diverse and rapidly changing cultures.

    An introduction to the principles and practice of counselling and pastoral care, including development of foundational counselling skills. This course aims at breadth rather than depth.

    Preaching has become a “necessary other” in today’s Sunday services swept by an ultra fast-paced, special effects generation. With the help of multimedia, preaching is slowly taking a back seat to other activities on a Sunday morning. This course is motivated by the firm conviction that the impact of preaching throughout church history will continue even in the 21st century and beyond until Christ’s return. This conviction is backed by the firm commitment that every man or woman behind a pulpit will be a skilled workman, trained to correctly handle the Word, with a passionate delivery that will cause the listener to be “cut to the heart” as it did on the first service in the New Testament church.

    In line with that this course will have as its goal to convince and equip the student of the need for hard work in this daunting task of taking the written Word of God from text to Sermon, and delivering it to the listeners as “cure for their souls”.

    The prime purpose of Christian teaching is to build on the foundation of belief that has been created in the hearts and minds through biblical preaching and translate that belief into lifestyle. This course considers the nature of learning, learners and the calling, heart and skills of those who teach. 

    How to function pastorally in a local church; calling & preparation; pastoral team leadership; delegation; visitation; leading public events: celebrations, baptisms, christenings, weddings, funerals, etc. We have a comprehensive look at ministry and the life of the Church, its vision, mission and its purpose.

    The three-fold development goals of training at Faith are: Knowing, Being and Doing. Ministry Praxis at diploma level concentrates on the “doing of what one is getting to know and beginning to become.” It looks to apply through practical ministries the Outward Role of Faith’s mission statement, which is to “…prepare Christian leaders and workers for this generation. To develop ministry world-wide, to facilitate the change in character to that of Christ, to nurture the growth of the spiritual man within, to oversee the development of a mature anointed ministry, to prepare those who minister in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

    This 'course' site is a place to access examples and resources of ways to work successfully with faith.

    If you have a question related to teaching, assessment or grading, just post it in the Q & A section at the beginning of the course and someone will get back to you asap.