Certificate in Christian Ministry

Program Syllabus – Certificate in Christian Ministry

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Certificate in Christian Ministry at Knox Theological Seminary is a program specifically designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing theological training without the commitment to a master’s program. The program is well suited for lay leaders in the church, missionaries who require a year of formal theological training, or individuals desiring to both broaden and deepen their understanding in the Christian faith. The 24-hour program is designed with flexibility in mind. Certificate students may take courses as desired in any department of the school and the program can be completed fully online. To receive maximum benefit, the following course track is recommended below.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To faithfully interpret, appreciate, and work with the English Bible
  • To serve the Church by interpreting and applying Scripture

ADMISSION TO PROGRAM

Application to the Certificate program at Knox is open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or beyond. Interested students should contact us using our online inquiry form. The admission requirements include a completed application, application fee, transcripts from all previous institutions attended, personal testimony, and a pastoral reference.

  Course Name/Description Credits
NT502 New Testament 1 – Gospels and Acts
This course presents critical and introductory issues in the scholarship of the Gospels and Acts. The issues will be such topics as: the synoptic problem, seeming contradictions between the gospels, an introduction to the historical Jesus conversation, and historical considerations in the book of Acts. This class will divide itself into three sections: first, the background of second-temple Judaism before the birth of Christ, second, the Gospels and particular exegetical issues inherent in gospel scholarship, including the life of Jesus; third, the book of Acts and introductory/historical issues that are particular to this important book of Church History.
3
NT504 New Testament 2 – Epistles and Revelation
This course will present critical and introductory issues in the New Testament epistles. The issues will include such topics as authorship, normative vs. cultural understanding of commands contained in the epistles, the authorship of disputed epistles, and the life and work of the apostle Paul. These issues will be in addition to the typical introduction and overview of the books from Romans to Revelation.
3
ST506 Old Testament Survey 1
This course is the first of two classes that constitute a survey of the Old Testament canon. Beginning with the creation account in Genesis, this class traces the redemptive-historical development through to the end of King David’s reign. The emphasis is on the narrative of the Bible story as presented through sacred history.
3
OT604 Old Testament Survey 2
This course completes the survey of the Old Testament canon and the conclusion of the redemptive-historical story up to the time of Christ. Much attention will be given to Hebrew Psalmody and wisdom literature as well as the prophetic oracles that established the contours of the history of Israel.
3
ST506 Systematic Theology 1 – God and Creation
In this course the students will examine the character of God, the creation, and the nature of humanity. The students will be introduced to pertinent biblical texts and themes, theological terms, key figures, and the importance of culture and history in framing various debates. As the first of three courses in systematic theology, particular attention will be given to theological method and the nature of theology as biblical reasoning within God’s economy of grace.
3
ST602 Systematic Theology 2 – Christ and the Church
In this course the students will examine the person and work of Christ (the historia salutis), as seen in the context of God’s covenant of grace and in the community of His people created by His gospel. The students will be introduced to pertinent biblical texts and themes, theological terms, key figures, and the importance of culture and history in framing various debates. As the second of three courses in systematic theology, particular attention will be given to the centrality of the gospel in all Christian theology.
3
ST604 Systematic Theology 3 – Salvation and Eschatology
In this course the students will examine the application of the gospel to individuals and to the whole earth. We will focus on the application of salvation (the ordo salutis), the means of grace, and the kingdom of God. The students will be introduced to pertinent biblical texts and themes, theological terms, key figures, and the importance of culture and history in framing various debates. As the last of three courses in systematic theology, particular attention will be given to the eschatological shape of all Christian theology.
3
Total Hours 24 Credits

 

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