Pastor's Training Course Year C

Pastors' Training Course Handouts, reading and Links for 2019-20

This course gives fundamental guidelines for interpreting the Bible. Christians sometimes disagree over the meaning of particular verses or passages, and one reason for these disagreements is that there are different approaches to Bible interpretation. How do we know which approach is the most responsible? This course will help answer that question. The lessons are taught by multiple instructors.

The topic of eschatology, or the end times, has fascinated people for centuries, but what does the Bible say about this extraordinary subject? What future has God planned for his creation and his people? In this series, we examine what the Scriptures teach about the last days, including a variety of challenging topics, such as the afterlife, the general resurrection, and the consummation of Christ's messianic kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. This course is based on the lecture series, Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Matt Friedeman with contributions from a variety of professors.

Practically speaking, the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who is most involved in our daily lives, but many Christians know far more about the Father and the Son than they do about the Spirit. In this series we'll discover how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit developed historically, and we'll explore the Spirit's dynamic work in the world, in the church, and in believers. This course is based on the lecture series, We Believe in the Holy Spirit, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Ramesh Richard with contributions from a variety of professors.

We often struggle with individualism and legalism, as well as confusion regarding Christ's second coming. This course will help you deal with these issues as you explore the central message of Paul and review the teachings of Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and 1 and 2 Corinthians. You will gain a better understanding of the kingdom of God, and rejoice in Jesus and the amazing plans He has for His people and His world. The course is based on the video lessons of Dr. Reggie M. Kidd produced by Third Millennium Ministries.

This course offers an analysis of the epistles that Paul wrote from prison (Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians). As Christians we face many challenges to our faith. False teachings and worldviews assault our loyalty to Christ. Suffering tempts us to think that God is not in control, or that he does have our best interests at heart. And our relationships with other believers are often strained to the point that we doubt the value of the church. Paul responded to these types of difficulties in his letters from prison. This course is a study of these epistles, based on the video lessons of Dr. Reggie M. Kidd produced by Third Millennium Ministries.

The Book of Acts tells us of an exciting period of the expansion of the Church. But do the amazing experiences of that time necessarily set a pattern for us today? This course will help you answer some difficult questions about the work of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the Church. It explains the background, structure, and content of the Book of Acts, including a study of the major themes and guidelines for applying the lessons of Acts today. This course is based on the video series by Dr. Hans F. Bayer, produced by Third Millennium Ministries.