Units (Subjects)

These are the individual units of study currently available.

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Ethics and Contemporary Issues (PE211i/301i)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 January Intensive Unit 1

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ – and how should we seek to apply that understanding in our post-Christian world?

The aim of this unit is to apply the Bible to develop a coherent theological framework for how we should think and act, live and love, do and desire as disciples of Christ – by the power of his Spirit and in accord with the will of God. Our approach will be biblical, systematic and practical...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ (TH402i/602i)

Australian College of Theology Unit Pre-requisite: 8cp of foundational NT/OT and 4cp of CH/TH

2019 January Intensive Unit 2

Theology affects all of life. It is intensely practical. It answers the meaning of life questions such as, “Who am I? What is my purpose? How can I live well?” by stepping back to see the centrality of God himself to our lives and the universe. As Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”...

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Old Testament Foundations (OT301i/501i)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 April Intensive Unit 1

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 travelers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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God’s Mission and the Local Church (SMM42i/62i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 April Intensive Unit 2

Our God is a God of mission. The gospel is for people of every nation, tribe and tongue, in Australia and to the ends of the earth. We all affirm it but how should it impact our lives and our churches here? Should we just focus on our own neighbourhood and let others work out the rest? What does it look like to faithfully serve God’s global mission at home? What is our role locally and further afield?...

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Exilic Prophecy (OT423i/623i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 July Intensive 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 with its 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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Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT302i/502i)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 October Intensive Unit 1

'Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of God, as well as be equipped with tools for doing your own study and teaching of some of the least read books of the Bible?...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH305i/505i)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 October Intensive Unit 2

"Everyone is a theologian...they just don't know it!" If that's so, then the real question is whether you're doing good or bad theology. Theology absolutely matters. That's because what lies at the heart of life, love and the universe is the reality of the Triune God and his plan to create, redeem and perfect the world he has made for his glory...

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Christian Mentoring (PC720i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 January Postgraduate Unit

We live in an era when Christian leadership is intensely challenging. It is more important than ever for leaders to find competent support for effective ministry and personal development. Christian Mentoring is an intentional 1 to 1 ministry that helps good leaders flourish as thoughtful and secure Christian disciples in the midst of the challenges of ministry and life...

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The Doctrine of Justification and Pastoral Ministry (TH705i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 March Postgraduate Unit

What does it mean to be justified by God? What is the ground of justification? What are the fruits of justification? Where do ‘works’ fit in to the picture? Is justification by faith really the article by which the church stands or falls? What difference does it make to personal assurance? What is its relationship to holiness? How does it impact prayer, preaching, evangelism and pastoral counselling?...

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Understanding and Preaching Deuteronomy (OT746i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 May Postgraduate Unit

Deuteronomy has been called the most important book of the Old Testament, and is often compared to Romans in the New Testament. To heed its call is to “Choose life!” (30:19). We’re familiar with its call to love God with all our heart, yet the remainder of the book is seldom read. In fact, Deuteronomy consists largely of the first major example of preaching in the Bible, yet the book is seldom tapped as a resource for preaching today...

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Self-Care and Resilience in Ministry (PC718i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 June Postgraduate Unit

Christian ministry is hard work and stressful at the best of times, even when it is a joy and blessing. Following in the way of Jesus necessarily involves suffering and sacrifice. Caring for God’s people is demanding and costly. Unresolved conflict can demotivate us. Criticisms can hurt. The challenge is to keep holy, healthy and maturing in the midst of the ups and downs of Christian ministry. A vibrant spiritual relationship with the living God is vital. We are to attend to our physical, emotional and mental health. Loving relationships with family and friends are crucial aspects of our being and well-being...

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Colossians and Philemon (NT741i)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 August Postgraduate Unit

Paul’s letter to the Colossians has long been one of the most loved letters in the New Testament for Christians. It has the wonderful combination of teaching about the greatness of the Lord Jesus as well as application for Christian living, and all within four succinct chapters! The perennial temptation to minimise the person of Christ and find strength for Christian living elsewhere means that this letter continues to teach and challenge us today...

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Jesus and the Gospels (NT301/501)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

**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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New Testament Greek (LA004A)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 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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Christianity in History to 1550 (CH301)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Who I am is very much a product of my personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Church History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries (PC408/608)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Competence and charisma often outstrip character in Christian leaders. However, what God primarily requires of Christian leaders in Scripture is character. That’s because leadership in God’s church is to be exercised by those who are first and foremost, followers of Jesus Christ. We can only serve as leaders if we are disciples of THE leader, Jesus Christ...

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Hot Topics (CU01)

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Evening Unit

This series of 10 lectures is for all Christians who want to apply biblical wisdom as they confront life's complex issues.

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Christianity in History to 1550 (CH501)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Who I am is very much a product of my personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Church History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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Early New Testament Church (NT302/502)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

**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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New Testament Greek (LA004B)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisite: LA004A

2019 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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Christianity in History from 1550 (CH302)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS 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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Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek) (NT435/635)

Australian College of Theology Unit Pre/co-requisite: NT302/502, LA004A/B

2019 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

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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Children’s Ministry Skills (DM222)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
This is 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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Christianity in History from 1550 (CH502)

Australian College of Theology Unit Foundational Unit

2019 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS 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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Pastoral Skills and Methods (PC203/403)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Christian ministry is grounded in God’s love for people in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That means Christian ministry is necessarily about loving and caring for people, so that they love, trust and look to Christ. Ministry to people can be challenging at the best of times, and especially when people are faced with crisis such as relationship breakdown, death, mental illness or domestic violence...

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Fourth Gospel (Greek) (NT434/634)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisites: NT301/501, LA004A/B

2019 Semester 1 Monday Daytime 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 John, 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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Fourth Gospel (English) (NT424/624)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisite: NT301/501

2019 Semester 1 Monday Daytime 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 John, 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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Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope (TH211)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Monday Daytime Unit

As Christians we're convinced that the Bible is a book about salvation. And yet the grammar of salvation is complex in Scripture. If we ask 'Have I been saved?', or 'Am I being saved?' or 'Will I be saved?', the Bible's answer is 'Yes!' In this subject we'll explore how this is the case; how our redemption has been accomplished and applied by God's grace alone, through faith in Christ alone...

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New Testament Greek (LA004A) Class 1

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Monday + Thursday Daytime 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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New Testament Greek (LA004A) Class 2

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Monday + Thursday Daytime 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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Pastoral Theology (CT02A)

SMBC Internal Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Daytime Unit

Pastoral Theology seeks to provide students with an overview of the structure and content of Christian theology. In doing so, the focus of the subject is upon the personal impact of the knowledge of God upon the student's mind, heart and life. It is a thought provoking unit seeking to help a student understand the implications of theology for the way they live, with the spiritual formation of the student as its primary goal.

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Biblical Hebrew (LA003A)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003A is the first step to building a lasting framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A and B (Semester 2), students will be in position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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Early New Testament Church (NT502)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Daytime 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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Wisdom Literature (OT424/434/624/634)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisites: OT424 = OT302, OT434 = OT302 + LA003A/B, OT624 = OT502, OT634 = OT502 + LA003A/B

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Daytime Unit

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel...

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Christian Ethics (CT04)

SMBC Internal Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Daytime Unit

Sex, guns and babies – what is Christian ethics in a postmodern, post-Christian, culturally relativist, morally subjectivist world where "everything is OK as long as you are true to yourself". Can you give a Christian viewpoint on the mini-Pill, euthanasia, IVF, divorce and remarriage, same-sex attraction, war, gambling, or which political party to vote for? Can you explain what makes something right or wrong? Would you go to the funeral of an Asian friend where there will be ancestor worship involved? Why are Christians vocal about some ethical issues (e.g., euthanasia and abortion) but not others (health, welfare, immigration)?..

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Critical Thinking (CT05)

SMBC Internal Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday Daytime Unit

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Knowledge of God (TH401/601)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisites: 8cp OT/NT foundational units + 4cp CH

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Daytime Unit

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?..

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Old Testament Foundations: Exploring Genesis to Kings (OT501)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Daytime Unit

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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Principals of Evangelism (EM324/524)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Daytime 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)...

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Genesis and Deuteronomy (OT205)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Daytime Unit

The texts of the Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy) have been foundational for biblical faith for over 2,000 years. Yet many Christians struggle to know what to make of these books with their unique blend of law and narrative. Perhaps even more than that, many wonder what relevance, if any, this part of Scripture has for the contemporary church...

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Biblical Theology (CT01)

SMBC Internal Unit

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Daytime Unit

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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Personal Life of the Missionary (EM216)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Wednesday Daytime Unit

A study of international development workers probed characteristics needed for a person to be effective overseas. Again and again, researchers found that the most significant factors in cross-cultural effectiveness were not knowledge, language or competency, but: (1) the ability to initiate and sustain interpersonal relationships with the local people; (2) a strong sense of self-identity; and (3) positive, realistic pre-departure expectations...

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Church, Sacraments and Ministry (TH404/604)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisites: 8cp OT/NT foundational units + 4cp CH

2019 Semester 1 Thursday Daytime 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?..

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Early New Testament Church (NT202/302)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Thursday Daytime 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 Unit

2019 Semester 1 Thursday Daytime 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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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Ministry (EM417/617)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Thursday Daytime Unit

Cross-cultural ministry can shape us to be more like our Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult and discouraging journey. This is often due to the extra challenges of living and serving away from our normal supports of family, friends and church; being out of our comfort zone in unfamiliar cultures where we struggle as linguistic toddlers; and confronting entrenched spiritual forces that are dogged in opposing the discipling of the nations...

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Old Testament Foundations: Exploring Genesis to Kings (OT201/301)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Friday Daytime Unit

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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Pentateuch (OT420/430/620/630)

Australian College of Theology Unit Prerequisites: OT420 = OT301, OT430 = OT301 + LA003A/B, OT620 = OT501, OT630 = OT501 + LA003A/B

2019 Semester 1 Friday Daytime Unit

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?...

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Other Selected Letters of the Pauline Corpus (NT209)

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Friday Daytime Unit

This unit considers in detail three letters the Apostle Paul wrote to early Christian congregations in the 1st Century. Each one stands out in different ways. 1 Corinthians, a letter to a church full of the Holy Spirit and his gifts, but getting lots of their thinking and practices wrong. Philippians, Paul's warmest and most joyful letter which encourages us to gospel partnership and rejoicing in suffering. And Colossians, giving a cosmic, radiant picture of Jesus, his identity, his work, and his absolute supremacy over evil powers, religious systems and human efforts...

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