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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.

Units are available in the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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Interpreting and Applying the Parables of Jesus

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: NT001, NT002. Additionally for NT048-912i: 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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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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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 off-campus

SEMESTER 2 2021
Monday Evening Unit

DM022-512

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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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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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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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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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God’s Mission and the Local Church

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

SEMESTER 2 2021
Thursday 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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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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