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Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Jason Silver 

Course Description: In exploring Scripture, it is clear that God is looking for ‘lifestyle worshipers’.  Jesus instructed us that God is seeking worshippers - those who would worship Him with both word and life (John 4).  This course will examine the theology behind praise and worship, as well as how we can become ‘lifestyle worshippers’ today.

Recommended Textbook: "Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship" by: David Peterson

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Dr. Ron Swanson, D.Th

Course Description:  "To set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us." (Luke 1:1)

Course Objectives:  By the conclusion of this course, the student will have:

  • Gained a thorough understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian Faith.
  • Been prepared for the defense of the faith – (1 Peter 3:15, Jude v. 3.)
  • The ability to intelligently discuss both sides of complex doctrinal issues.
  • Demonstrate the validity of his/her own beliefs, using the Bible.
  • An understanding of important Biblical terms and what they mean.

 Recommended Textbook:  "Bible Doctrines" by: P.C. Nelson

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Dr. Ron Swanson, D.Th

Course Description: Hermeneutics is the study of the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation.  In this course, we endeavor to teach the student how to correctly interpret Scripture and “rightly divide the Word of Truth”.

Course Objectives:  By the conclusion of this course, the student will:

  • Understand the principles of sound Biblical Interpretation, and know what  “interpretation hazards” to avoid.
  • Have a clear understanding of the various dispensations and covenants found in Scripture and how to “rightly divide the Word of Truth.
  • Understand the different writing styles that are used throughout Scripture and recognize the difference between literal and figurative language.
  • Gain experience in correctly using many of the study tools available today.

Recommended Textbook: "Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods", by: Rick Warren