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Units (Subjects)

See below for the individual units (subjects) currently available. Please go to Courses for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We encourage you to contact our registrars to start a conversation about what units might best suit your needs.

Note: Due to COVID-19, 2021 units will be available in one or more of the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only, with a limit on numbers.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus (limited face-to-face numbers) and off-campus (live online) concurrently.

AQF levels (Australian Qualifications Framework) specify the standards for educational qualifications:
AQF 5 = Foundational undergraduate level
AQF 6 = Advanced undergraduate level
AQF 7 = Advanced undergraduate level + Foundational postgraduate level
AQF 8 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 9 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 10 = Doctorate postgraduate level
Here's a helpful chart with more AQF levels information

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

CH001-512/712

Who we are is very much a product of our 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. Christian 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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The Fourth Gospel (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisite: NT001 or NT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

NT016-612/712/812

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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The Fourth Gospel (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA006 Corequisite: NT001 or NT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

NT017-612/712/812

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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New Testament Greek A (Class 1)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word. In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written...

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New Testament Greek A (Class 2)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word. In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written...

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

OT001-512/712

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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Cross-Cultural Communication

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Evening Unit

EM008-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

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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New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 off-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Evening Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word. In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written...

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Ethics

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CT04

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?..

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Wisdom Literature (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisite: OT002 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

OT016-612/712/812 + OT205-912 (Capstone)

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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Wisdom Literature (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 off-campus or on-campus, Prerequisite: LA004 Corequisite: OT002 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

OT017-612/712/812

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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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH005-512/712

‘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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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 off-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Evening Unit

OT001-512/712

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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Critical Thinking

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT05

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH104-612/712/812 + TH205-912 (Capstone)

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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Pastoral Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT02A

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...

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Applied Evangelism

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EMO25 -612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

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). As Christians, we have a commission, exhortation and passion to evangelise, but do you ever get the feeling that our culture has changed, and methods of evangelism which once worked very well last century, no longer seem as effective?..

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisites: 2x foundational NT/OT units + 1 x CH/TH/PE unit

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Evening Unit

TH002-612/712/812 + TH205-912 (Capstone)

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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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612

This unit is the first step in building a solid 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 a 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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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 off-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612

This unit is the first step in building a solid 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 a 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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Mission Perspectives

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

CM07

God has a global mission! And that means that we, as God’s people, also have a mission. But to know how we fit in, we need to understand what God has done, is doing and will do...

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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC008-612/712/812

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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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisite: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT008-612/712/812

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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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA004 Corequisite: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT009-612/712/812

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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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

​EM017-612/712/812

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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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 off-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Evening Unit

PC008-612/712/812

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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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Evening Unit

OT001-512/712

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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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

SEMESTER 1 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

​TH001-612/721/812

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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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

​NT001-512/712

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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Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 18 – Friday 22 January 2021

PE001-512i/712i

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we properly discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ in our post-Christian world? How are we to apply our understanding of God’s will to the complex ethical questions facing Christians today?...

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 + Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 January 2021

TH104-612i/712i/812i + TH205-912i (Capstone)

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? In this unit we’ll explore the many facets of what church ministry is...

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 April 2021

NT002-512i/712i

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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Preaching I

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 April 2021

PC047-612i/712i/812i

There are not many more important responsibilities in the life of the church than the task of preaching God's word. Whether it is speaking to children, youth, at evangelistic outreaches, or to a Sunday congregation, communicating God's timeless truth in the Bible with accuracy, pastoral warmth, and relevance is a challenging task that requires diligence, prayer, and hard work. But where do you start? What is the process of moving from the ancient text to the modern world?..

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Interpreting and Applying the Parables of Jesus

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: NT001, NT002, 48cps at Level 8, including 1 x NT unit

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 10 - Friday 14 May 2021

NT048-812i/912i

Christians have responded to Jesus' parables in a variety of ways since he first spoke them. Today they continue to delight and intrigue and confront. In this unit we’ll discuss the role of parables in the context of Jesus' ministry, as well as their function in the Gospels. We’ll also look at the history of the study of the parables, especially in modern times (1800-2020), looking at both the longer story parables as well as shorter more enigmatic sayings...

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Disability, Theology and Religion

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: For DM003-912i: 48cps Level 8

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 2021

DM003-812i/912i

The human experience of disability keeps turning up on the pages of the Bible and raises questions about the core concerns of theology. What are God’s purposes? What does it mean to be human? How do faith and cognition connect? Who belongs at my church? What answers are on offer in Christianity and other systems of belief?..

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Teaching in Intercultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 5 – Saturday 10 July 2021

EM014-612i/712i/812i + EM205-912i (Capstone)

Are you teaching, training, or discipling anyone from a different cultural background than your own? Or do you think you might be in the next few years? If so, this unit is designed to equip you to do this well. We will explore biblical concepts, principles, and examples of teaching and learning, engage with key adult education theorists and practitioners from both western and non-western contexts, and examine case studies of cross-cultural teaching and learning...

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Exilic Prophecy (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisites: OT002 or OT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

OT014-612/712/812

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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Exilic Prophecy (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA004 Corequisite: OT002 or OT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

OT015-612/712/812

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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Pastoral Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

CT02B

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...

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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

NT002-512

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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Leviticus Exegesis (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 on-campus, Corequisites: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

OT032-612/712/812

Why did God give us such a boring book? While many may have secretly asked that question when reading through Leviticus, in the end the problem lies more with us. Here is a part of Scripture that has a long history of being neglected, misunderstood, and misapplied. That is a great pity for Leviticus is a consummate work of literary artistry, it is theologically rich, and presents a vital word that God’s people need to hear today. In fact, it is impossible to fully grasp the significance of Jesus without understanding Leviticus...

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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 off-campus, Prerequisite: New Testament Greek A

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Evening Unit

LA006-612

In this unit we continue our introduction and 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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Children’s Ministry Skills

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Evening Unit

DM022-512

SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE FOR AUDIT - $199 on-campus*/$180 off-campus*

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Biblical Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CT01

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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The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH103-612/712/812

There is no more important question in life than, “What must I do to be saved?” The doctrines of grace are concerned with God’s plan of salvation from election through to glorification, through which he brings about his eternal purposes for his creation, and in particular, for those he has chosen by grace to be his people. They also describe how the finished work of Jesus Christ is applied by the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to the believer, who by virtue of their union with Christ, is justified, adopted and perfected to share in his glory...

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Christianity in History from 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CH002-512/712

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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The Synoptic Gospels (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisites: NT001 or NT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT008-612/712/812

Luke was a doctor, a theologian, a careful historian and a follower of Jesus – the evangelist who recorded Jesus’ momentous words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house.” This unit studies the Gospel of Luke in its context as one of the three Synoptic Gospels, considering the question of what kind of writing the Gospels actually are...

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The Synoptic Gospels (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA006 Corequisites: NT001 or NT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT009-612/712/812

Luke was a doctor, a theologian, a careful historian and a follower of Jesus – the evangelist who recorded Jesus’ momentous words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house.” This unit studies the Gospel of Luke in its context as one of the three Synoptic Gospels, considering the question of what kind of writing the Gospels actually are...

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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus, Prerequisite: New Testament Greek A

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA006-612

In this unit we continue our introduction and 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 the study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 off-campus

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Evening Unit

OT002-512/712

'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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Pastoral Skills and Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Tuesday Evening Unit

PC003-612/712/812

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 a crisis such as relationship breakdown, death, mental illness or domestic violence...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisites: 2x foundational NT/OT units + 1 x CH/TH/PE unit

SEMESTER 2 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH002-612/712/812

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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Living Faiths

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM021-612/712/812

2.5 billion people in the world follow Islam or Buddhism. Perhaps God has given you an interest in helping Muslims or Buddhists find Jesus?..

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God’s Mission and the Local Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM060-612/712/812

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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Other Writings (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisites: NT002-512/712 or NT003-512/712

SEMESTER 2 2021
Wednesday Evening Unit
 – For part-time students only
NT024-612/712/812

Want to explore in more depth the thorny issues raised in Paul's letter to the Corinthians and the theological depth of Hebrews? How did the values in 1st century Corinth impact the Corinthian church and their view of the Christian life and spiritual gifts? Why did the writer to the Hebrews warn them about falling away?...

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Biblical Hebrew B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus, Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew A

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA004-612

This unit continues building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A (Semester 1) and B, students will be in a 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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Biblical Hebrew B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 off-campus, Prerequisite: Biblical Hebrew A

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA004-612

This unit continues building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A (Semester 1) and B, students will be in a 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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Teaching in Intercultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM014-612/712/812

Are you teaching, training, or discipling anyone from a different cultural background than your own? Or do you think you might be in the next few years? If so, this unit is designed to equip you to do this well...

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Church Planting (Cross-Cultural)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM026-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Are you interested in helping a church, or cluster of churches, come into being where they don’t yet exist, and especially where Christ is not known? This unit will help you develop a biblical framework for church planting. We’ll wrestle with the whys, whats, and hows of starting churches from scratch...

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Preaching II

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Prerequisite: Preaching I Corequisites: 96cps of study, including 36 cps at AQF level 6

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC048-612/712/812 + PC205-912 (Capstone)

In our churches every week there are people wrestling with life’s difficulties. The problems of death, disease, political unrest and terrorism create considerable angst and fear. In today’s church how do we address God’s people dealing with such turmoil? How do we communicate the timeless truths of the gospel and connect them with our broken world? How does Christ make a difference? In what ways do people best hear and understand these truths? How does the Bible speak to our deepest longings?..

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday Evening Unit

OT002-512/712

'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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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

NT002-712

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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The Psalter (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisite: OT002 or OT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

OT020-612/712/812 + OT205-912 (Capstone)

We live in beautiful but broken world, a world full of blessing and loss. In every circumstance, we are called to trust in a God who is sovereign and good, a God who has promised to save and protect his people. How do we respond when our prayers to God go unanswered? How do we live faithfully before God in times of blessing and in times of loss?..

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The Psalter (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA004 Corequisite: OT002 or OT003

SEMESTER 2 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

OT021-612/712/812

We live in beautiful but broken world, a world full of blessing and loss. In every circumstance, we are called to trust in a God who is sovereign and good, a God who has promised to save and protect his people. How do we respond when our prayers to God go unanswered? How do we live faithfully before God in times of blessing and in times of loss?..

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Ruth, Esther and Pastoral Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: OT001, OT002 + For OT063-912i: 48cps at Level 8, including 1 x OT unit

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 9 - Friday 13 August 2021

OT063-812i/912i

Ruth and Esther make exciting Sunday School stories, but if we scratch a bit deeper we’ll find some thorny interpretive issues. Did Ruth the Moabite truly find belonging among the people of God? To what extent was Naomi’s sense of loss mingled with feelings of shame and guilt? Despite their circumstances, did Ruth and Esther go beyond acceptable sexual boundaries? Was ethnic intermarriage acceptable in the Old Testament? Should we view Esther’s actions against her enemies as ‘revenge’? Was it right for Esther and Mordecai to hide their identity as God’s people? Does God still act in narratives where he is barely mentioned (Ruth) or not mentioned at all (Esther)?..

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Self-Care and Resilience in Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: For PC073-912i: 48cps Level 8

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 20 - Friday 24 September 2021

PC073-812i/912i

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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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 20 – Saturday 25 September 2021

NT001-512i/712i

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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The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM033-912

This unit will provide participants with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry, especially cross-cultural ministry. In light of this understanding, it will enable participants to exegete the cultural context in which they are serving...

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Ministry in Culturally Diverse Teams

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM049-912

This unit will enable participants to investigate the principles of healthy multicultural teamwork, to reflect on their own and others’ experiences of serving in multicultural teams, and to more effectively work as part of a team composed of people from diverse cultural backgrounds...

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Making Disciples Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM039-912

This unit will enable participants to understand the patterns and principles of disciple making and mentoring in the Scriptures and the ways these principles are expressed in various cultures. Building on this understanding, participants will be helped to develop contextually appropriate ways of discipling people in their particular ministry setting...

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Cross-Cultural Church Planting

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM012-812

This unit will enable participants to discover a framework of biblical principles that can help guide the practice of church planting in any cultural context.  A variety of models of and approaches to church planting will be evaluated for their appropriateness to specific contexts and cultural settings. Stages of pioneer church planting in cross-cultural contexts and ways to address challenges arising in each stage will be explored...

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Developing Resilience and Spiritual Maturity in Cross-Cultural Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM038-812

This unit will enable participants who are engaged in cross-cultural ministry to understand, reflect on, and think through the personal issues and challenges involved in this ministry. Building on these insights, it will explore principles and resources for responding to these issues and challenges in ways that nurture spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing in themselves, their families and their co-workers...

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Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM036-812

This unit will enable participants to enhance their ability to relate well to Muslims, to communicate the gospel and to help the church grow among them in ways that are biblically faithful and culturally relevant. It will do this by deepening participants’ understanding of key themes in Islam, Islamic attitudes towards Christianity, and approaches to evangelism, discipling and church planting among Muslims.

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Transformational Development

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM043-912

This unit explores the Bible’s teaching on the nature of poverty and the way that God’s people are called to love the poor. We will consider models of engagement and assess their appropriateness for a range of contexts...

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Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM052-912

This unit will enable participants to understand the principles of contextualisation in order to construct a framework for approaching contextualisation in any specific cultural context. It will help participants to develop contextualised ways to communicate the gospel in their context as well as contribute to the development of the church...

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Developing Leaders Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM020-812

This unit will help participants investigate the theological, philosophical, anthropological, educational and developmental foundations of leadership and leadership development in order to enable participants to engage in the practical challenge of developing leaders in cultures that have different assumptions and worldviews. Models of education and curriculum design for leadership development will also be explored...

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Effective Christian Education Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM034-812

This unit will enable participants to research local cultural values and approaches to learning, plan responses, and develop curriculum to empathically serve the educational needs of various receptor cultures in which they are situated. The unit introduces postgraduate students to the current approaches to education across boundaries of culture and worldview difference. Students will critically reflect on various approaches and devise strategies that are appropriate to the design and delivery of educational materials allied to their ministry specialisation in cross-cultural contexts...

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Intercultural Dynamics of Multicultural Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM069-912

This unit enables students to develop a specialist understanding of the intercultural dynamics that are at play when people from multiple cultures interact and work with each other, wherever they are in the world. Theoretical viewpoints will be evaluated in the light of the authentic voice of interviewees and other data gathered from multicultural contexts. An integrative framework for multicultural engagement that creatively engages with the challenges of intercultural dynamics will be crafted as a guideline for future multicultural ministry...

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Evangelism and Missiology Capstone

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM205-912 Capstone

As part of the assessments in this unit, participants will work together to construct an integrative conceptual map of what they have learned about cross-cultural ministry throughout the SMBC Master of Intercultural Studies course. They will develop a personal professional development plan and prepare an item that communicates missiological ideas to others in practical ways...

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

AS001-912

This unit prepares participants to do a research project. Assessments are focused preparatory steps towards a research project...

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