Units (Subjects)

These are the individual units of study currently available.

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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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Genesis and Deuteronomy (OT205)

Australian College of Theology Unit

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

Australian College of Theology Unit

2019 Semester 1 Tuesday 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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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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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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