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Level 1 : FOUNDATIONAL
L1F-01 How to Study the Bible
The purpose of this lesson is to provide basic guidance on how to approach the study of the Scriptures. The lesson highlights priority areas for study, how to set goals for reading and studies, the importance of prayer before studying, meditating on the Word, looking for principles, getting to know God’s character, and seeking revelation rather than sense knowledge. It also encourages students to apply what they learn to their own lives. There is no homework assignment for this lesson.
L1F-02: Understanding Purpose
Every human being has a purpose in God’s plan – a critical concept for every believer. Drawing from passages in Scripture such as Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139, and others, this course points students to the five important questions of life. Two Assignments are to be done: an inventory of the student’s own life for personal use, and an essay to express his/her understanding of purpose.
L1F-03: Obedience, the Key to Life
This lesson teaches the importance of obedience in a Christian’s life with lessons from Christ’s obedience to the Father, and how authority and obedience work together in the believers’ life. Obedience to the Word, the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and those in authority are discussed. Homework assignment: an essay on the student’s understanding of how obedience leads us to life, and a discussion of the distinction between legitimate and illegitimate authority.
One cannot hope to develop in any area of life, including spiritually, if one approaches the task in a casual manner. This is particularly true for a student undertaking a course of study such as this, so we have included this lesson at the beginning of the course to ensure that the student understands both the meaning and the application of this topic. The assignment is an essay describing the student’s own understanding of specified areas for faithfulness, plus a description of what it would take to be a faithful student.
L1F-05: Growing up, Spiritually
This important subject deals with the various stages of spiritual growth, leading up to maturity. The purpose of this lesson is to help students locate themselves in their own growth, and to understand and help others to whom they will be ministering. Getting to know the Father, getting acquainted with the new creation, forgetting the past, cultivating a teachable spirit, developing discernment, and the love-walk are included in the outline. Assignment: An essay demonstrating the student’s understanding of spiritual maturity, including references to personal experiences to demonstrate this.
L1F-06: The Word on Knowledge
The purpose of this lesson is to help the student understand the critical importance of revelation knowledge and its role in spiritual growth. Students will learn to discern between carnal knowledge and revelation. The assignment requires specific research and application of principles as found in the Bible, and an essay demonstrating the student’s understanding of the term “revelation knowledge.”
L1F-07: The Threefold Being of Man
To properly understand many of the teachings of Scripture, and their application, we need to understand the three dimensional makeup of man. We are essential spirit-beings, we have a soul (mind) and live in a body. These three parts interact with three different spheres of life, and we strive to be victorious on all three of them. The assignment is an essay explaining the process of renewing the mind. The student must explain the function of the mind in the overall life experience of man.
L1F-08: Understanding Faith
Faith is one of the most important forces of spiritual life. Without it we cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6). In this lesson we study the topic of faith in some depth, providing the student with tools and guidance to develop their own faith and be successful in their spiritual walk. What faith is, the character of faith, the importance of faith, eight ingredients of strong faith, God’s seven “I will”-s of deliverance, God’s Covenant Names, what God says about His Word, and what Jesus calls faith are in the outline. Students are required to write an essay on how to strengthen one’s faith, how to walk by faith, and how to keep one’s faith strong.
L1F-09: Divine Healing
The topic of Divine healing has been misunderstood and misrepresented in many different ways, and yet it is one of the most precious gifts given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary. This lesson provides important teaching from both the Old and New Testaments to dispel any doubts and confusion, and will help the student to receive healing for themselves, as well as minister healing to others. An essay is required on the Biblical foundation of healing, referencing Old Testament promises of God, New Testament fulfilment of those promises in Christ’s death on the cross, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the healing of our bodies.
L1F-10: Life in Christ
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross dealt with the legal requirements of our redemption. There is also a practical side to our redemption, and this lesson helps the student to understand the work that Holy Spirit is doing in us today. The lesson takes the student through concepts of what it means to be “with Christ,” crucified with Christ, the law of heredity, getting acquainted with the new me, and “Christ lives in me.” The assignment is in usual essay format, covering the student’s understanding of the new life, the believer’s responsibility to put on the new man, and the role that the renewing of the mind plays in this process.
L1F-11: Fruit of the Spirit
God wants us to be complete, whole, blameless — perfect. He stands behind us to help us attain this goal, but it doesn’t happen automatically. This lesson expands on “The Threefold Nature of Man” and provides practical guidance to students on developing Christ’s character in them. The spirit of man, the soul (mind, will, emotions), the body, walking in newness of life, perfection: maturity, completeness and maturity and understanding the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, meekness, self-control according to Galatians 5:20 form the outline. The assignment is an essay on how to develop those parts of the fruit of the spirit which do not seem to be a part of our own character.
L1F-12: Praise and Worship
God created man in His own image, (Genesis 1:27) and for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). Part of our creative purpose is to praise Him for what He has done, and worship Him for who He is. This lesson explores the why, how and when of praise and worship, touching on topics such as the Father and worship, the difference between praise and worship, praise and worship in the Old Testament, praise and worship in the New Testament, worship in heaven, and how to praise and worship God according to Scripture. Assignment: students write an essay on what this lesson has meant to them.
L1F-13: The Local Church
Students will discover why the church is important in God’s eyes, and how it should be functioning today by following the principles established in Scripture. The lesson covers the Scriptural organization of the church, the office of the pastor, helpers, discipleship, tithing and offerings, fellowship, communion, fulfilling the ministry, membership and the different “faces” of the church. The assignment is an essay explaining how the church functions practically in the different “faces” of the church, as we find them in the book of Ephesians.
L1F-14: The Word Of God
The Word of God stands central in our lives. Everything that God has for us is in His Word, and apart from His Word there cannot be a true Christian life. Jesus defeated Satan by speaking the Word to him. Jesus Himself is the Word made flesh. But the Word is also like a seed that contains within itself nutrients and the unlimited potential to multiply the fruit that it bears within. When this seed is planted in our hearts, it turns us into producers – of the fruit that is hidden in the seed! This course looks into the central role that the Word must play in our lives.
Stewardship is a principle that is found throughout Scripture, starting in the Garden of Eden, and the focus of several of Jesus’ parables. Every believer is called to be a steward of his or her time, talents and treasure. Faithful stewardship is a prerequisite for advancement in the Kingdom of God, and this lesson provides the student with a clear understanding of their responsibilities before God. The assignment is an essay on stewardship, focusing on its importance and explaining the heart/attitude of a steward.
L1F-16: Productive Prayer
Prayer must be productive: we should never be satisfied with an empty, ritualistic, religious prayer life that never sees the hand of God in action. This lesson is a practical guide to Biblical prayer, and is provided to assist and encourage the student in developing an effective and productive prayer life. It presents principles for productive prayer and discusses obstructions to receiving from the Father. The assignment is an essay on the prayers of the apostle Paul, with attention to his prayer requests, and the scriptural foundation he used.
L1F-17: Offenses, Bitterness and Forgiveness
Jesus warned against the dangers inherent in taking offense or becoming offended. Doing so leads to bitterness and many other destructive consequences. Churches and families have been destroyed because of this. This lesson will help the student to recognize the onset of offense and how to resist it, as well as how to deal with past offenses and the consequences they have already experienced. The assignment is in two parts: firstly, an unhurried self-analysis and inventory of the student’s own experience with offenses and bitterness, and how they have and will exercise forgiveness (this is a private exercise); secondly, an essay is required on the importance of a heart that is free from the bondage of offenses and bitterness for a successful Christian life.
L1F-18: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
This lesson is designed to help the student understand the Trinity of the Godhead — although God is one “being,” He is revealed in Scripture in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. More particularly, the student is introduced to the Holy Spirit: His personality; His names in Scripture; the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The student is led into a place of understanding and trust where the Holy Spirit is welcomed as a personal Friend, Teacher, Counsellor, Comforter, Helper, and much more besides. The assignment is an essay explaining the operation of the revelation gifts.
Level 2 : NEW CREATION
L2N-01: Spiritual Disciplines
The Christian life will not be fulfilling if one tries to live it casually. There are certain things that are essential to spiritual growth and effectiveness, and this lesson addresses the most important ones. The importance of discipline in the Christian walk, spiritual disciplines to be developed, meditation, prayer and fasting are looked into. Assignment: an essay on how meditating on the Word enriches our lives, brings revelation, and strengthens our faith, using examples in Scripture and real life.
L2N-02: New Creation Realities
“If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” This life-changing lesson explores what this statement really means, with discussions on the reality of our redemption, the legal and practical aspects of redemption, and sharing with Him. Assignment: an essay to demonstrate the student’s understanding of the difference between the legal and practical aspects of redemption, and how to narrow the gap between the two.
L2N-03: Understanding Righteousness
Righteousness means the ability to stand in the presence of God without a sense of guilt or inferiority because of what Jesus did for us. The average Christian does not know that all that Christ did for us, is available to us now — we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to receive the benefits that Jesus made available to us. This lesson is designed to help the student know who they are, and what they are in Christ — vitally important revelation if one is to live a victorious life. The student will write an essay on sinconsciousness, and how it can be dealt with by renewing the mind to righteousnessconsciousness.
L2N-04: The Principles of God
Principle is described as a basic truth, law, or assumption, and a fixed or predetermined policy or mode of action. (The Free Dictionary) God speaks through Isaiah (chapter 55:8-9) and declares that His thoughts and ours are as far apart as the heavens are high above the earth. It is impossible for us to walk in the ways of God with our own understanding, but because He cares about us He gave us His Word that will bear fruit if we live by it. The Word of God contains many principles, precepts, laws, commandments, etc. that are designed to bring blessing to our lives if we obey them. This course shines the light on the importance of these principles. Everything in life is governed by principles!
L2N-05: The Word and Finances
Material wealth is mentioned in the Bible as early as at the beginning of creation. It has always been God’s intention that His people should be well provided for, and Scripture is rich with testimonies of how God blessed and provided for His people. However, we, His people, have a major part to play in enabling Him to bless us. This lesson teaches the key principles found in the Bible that open the door for God’s blessing to flow in our lives, and to ultimately finance the gospel message. The assignment is an essay presenting the student’s own understanding of tithes and offerings, supported by Scripture.
L2N-06: Bible Doctrines
The Bible is the written revelation of God to man. Bible doctrines are, simply stated, summarized statements on topics revealed in the Scriptures. Bible Doctrines form the pillars on which we build our faith and practice. This lesson presents just a few doctrines that we consider to be among the most important: The Godhead — one true God; the Church and its mission; water baptism of believers; the baptism in the Holy Spirit; the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and notes on “judging prophecy.” The assignment is an essay on “judging prophecy,” including guidelines provided by the student on “discerning a word from the Lord.”
L2N-07: The Blood Covenant
In order for us as to partake of the life and power that are available through the blood of Jesus, we must understand what has been done through the sacrifice of God’s Son, and through the covenant that He made with man. Covenants made in blood are very solemn; they have been known and practiced by many peoples since the times of Genesis. This lesson will help the student to understand, and fully embrace, the awesome relationship that we have with Almighty God, who entered into covenant with us, sealed with the blood of His Son. The student will submit an essay on the New Covenant — how it influences our walk with God, in contrast with a legalistic, religious way of life.
L2N-08: Operations of Demons
The spiritual world is a real place — even more real than the natural, visible world that we live in: our world is temporary, whereas the spiritual world is eternal. This lesson will help the student understand the influence of the spiritual world upon events and people on the earth — both good and bad. As believers we need to know how our enemy operates, and how we are to exercise the authority that has been given to us to overcome the works of the devil. The student will compile a list of Old and New Testament verses/passages (transcribed in full) on the believer’ s authority over demons, and the works of the devil.
L2N-09: The Authority of Believers
This lesson builds on what was taught in “The Operations of Demons.” The emphasis here is on the tremendous resources available to the believer because of the victory that Jesus won in His death and resurrection. In Mark 16:17 Jesus said, “in My name they (believers) will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” The lesson also provides cautionary advice, since there have been many abuses of this authority by naïve and untaught believers. The assignment is an essay describing the student’s understanding of the spiritual authority one has as a believer.
L2N-10: Helps Ministries (Deacons)
Not all believers are called by God into one of the fivefold ministry gifts, but every believer does have a role to play in the Body of Christ and the local church. This lesson will help the student recognize a call on their life and understand how to pursue it within the context of the local church. The assignment is an essay on the student’s own calling, whether it is to one of the fivefold ministries, or to a helps ministry. Explain how that call was received, and how you plan to answer it.
L2N-11: Fivefold Ministry Gifts
Ephesians 4:11-12 is the basis for this lesson. In it the student will find teaching explaining the significance of each of the five ministry gifts that God has placed in the church, and the importance for the believer to receive from each of them leading to spiritual growth and maturity. The assignment for this lesson is combined with that of “Helps Ministries.”
L2N-12: God’s Three Kinds of People
The Bible describes humanity in three different categories, and each of us fits into just one of them at any point in time. This lesson will help the student understand how the Bible describes us, and how we can grow spiritually and advance from one category to the next. The material presented here will help the student to identify their own position in the Lord, as well as understand why people do what they do: their reactions, motivations, approach to life and approach to spiritual matters in general. The assignment is an essay explaining the difference between discerning with the natural senses, and discerning by the re-created spirit.
L2N-13: Time Management
Time is a precious commodity and we need to be good stewards of the seconds, minutes and hours that have been entrusted to us. This lesson presents both Scriptural teaching on the importance of managing our time, and practical insights that can be implemented to help one function effectively and efficiently. The assignment is not submitted for grading, but is for personal benefit: a one-page essay on how you can simplify your life, together with a detailed explanation of how to implement the plan.
Counselling as a helps ministry is an extension of the pastor’s ministry in the local church. A counsellor is a guide; someone who shows the way, who helps to lead others out of a problem situation and towards victory and a stable life. All counselling should be done by ministering the truth of the Word concerning the counsellee’s specific situation. The student will create a bookmark (5” x 8”) to keep in his/her Bible with headings such as salvation, forgiveness, baptism, etc., with relevant Scripture references, to be used as an easy guide when dealing with people who need help.
L2N-15: Calling and Separation unto the Ministry
Following on the lesson on Fivefold Ministry Gifts (the offices of Apostle: Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher). In this lesson the student learns the distinction between being “called” by God to one of these offices, and being “separated” to fulfil that calling. Assignment: write an essay on your own calling experience – how you came to know what God created you to do with your life, how you have to serve your generation in ministry, whether in a Fivefold Ministry capacity or as a helper.
L2N-16: Excellence in Ministry
In everything that we do, we should glorify the Name of the Lord — as a matter of lifestyle. Everybody should see that we serve a God of excellence. This lesson provides practical guidance on developing excellence in every area of one’s life: it deals with attitudes, wisdom, strategy, and examines the qualities that helped Daniel developed a spirit of excellence. The assignment is an essay on how excellence contributes to the anointing on one’s ministry.
L2N-17: Book of Colossians
An overview of the letter; conditions within and surrounding the church at Colosse; heresies that had crept into the church; the character of the new creation man’ and good advice for practical godly living. This study is followed by an essay on the danger of the influence of philosophies on our faith, with a discussion of modern-day philosophy and its impact on church life and the faithwalk.
L2N-18: Creative Evangelism
Reaching the lost with the life-saving message of the Gospel is at the very centre of everything the church is called to do. This lesson considers the different aspects of, and the motivations and priorities for evangelism: The world in its sin and misery; Christ’s love; the church; and the harvest. The assignment is one of 3 options: (1) a class discussion (where applicable): discuss ways to reach the lost around us in everyday life: relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc. God knows the way into every person’s heart; how to reach them and how to draw them unto Himself. We are His instruments. Ask the Holy Spirit for fresh ideas that are relevant for the day and culture that we live in. (2) a class discussion (where applicable): discuss ▪ The apparent immunity that people of our generation have against the gospel ▪ The evangelistic methods of the church ▪ How we can effectively reach out to the lost in our day (3) Write an essay of two pages typed (three written) on how you, as an individual, will reach the lost.
L2N-19: The Christian Family
It is said that “charity begins at home,” and it is certainly true of ministry. Dysfunctional marriages and/or problems in the family continue to shipwreck good ministries. Far too often trouble in the minister’s home finds its way into the ministry, with casualties among innocent people. The only way to close those doors to the enemy is to follow God’s principles for family life. This course touches on healthy Biblical principles for family life.
Level 3 : Ministry
LM-01: The Word of God
The Word of God stands central in our lives. Everything that God has for us are in His Word, and apart from His Word there cannot be a true Christian life. Jesus defeated Satan by speaking the Word to him. Jesus Himself is the Word made flesh. But the Word is also like seed that contains within itself nutrients and the unlimited potential to multiply the fruit that it bears within. When this seed is planted in our hearts it turns us into producers – of the fruit that is hidden in the seed! This course looks into the role that the Word wants to play in our lives.
LM-02: Hebrews, the epistle of better things
The book of Hebrews is one of three books selected for in-depth study in our curriculum. These books have been selected because their content is rich in doctrine, and by following this study guide that we provide, the student will not only grow in understanding of different aspects of our salvation, but they will also develop good study habits to help them later on. For the assignment the student will write an essay on the “Better Things” of the book of Hebrews.
LM-03: Excellence in the pulpit
A very important part of the work of the fivefold ministry of prophet, apostle, pastor, evangelist, and teacher, is to preach or teach the truths of the Bible orally. This lesson is intended to guide the student in the practical aspects of preparing and delivering pulpit ministry. Some of the topics covered are: mannerisms, language and other aspects of speaking; methods of presenting a sermon; contact and connecting with the audience; and several negative aspects that should be guarded against. Assignment: in a live class setting, the student would be required to deliver a sermon. Correspondence students should ask their pastor for an opportunity to minister, and fill out our critique form that must be sent to us for evaluation.
LM-04: Excellence in Leadership
There are many misconceptions about what leadership entails, both in the secular world and within the church at large. Fivefold ministers inevitably assume positions of leadership, and this lesson is designed to help the student understand the characteristics of a good leader: attitude to the role, qualities that are important for success, and how to develop leadership skills and attributes. The assignment is to write an essay on leadership, using any character from the Bible as an example. Look at positive and negative aspects that we can learn from.
LM-05: The Kingdom of God
As believers, our true citizenship is in heaven, even though we physically live in a pagan world. We are here to work for the harvest of souls and to establish God’s spiritual kingdom on the earth. “To be His son you have to be like your Father; to be a citizen you have to represent your country, and to be an ambassador you have to represent your government.” This lesson explores the connections between, and the implications of: God’s plans for His kingdom on earth; man’s fall and Jesus’ sacrifice; the gospel of the Kingdom; entering the Kingdom; how to live in God’s Kingdom on earth; and our mandate.
LM-06: The Book of James
In this study we cover topics such as dealing with trials; the role of wisdom; dealing with temptation; hearing and doing; discrimination in church; the works of faith; humility and pride; judging; patience and perseverance; how to meet any needs; dealing with backsliders; and others. The assignment is an essay containing sections on dealing with trials, temptations, and backsliders.
LM-07: The Danger of church politics
Politics may be defined as “social relations involving authority and power.” There are both good and bad types of authority, and, unfortunately, both types may be found at work in the church. This lesson will help the student to identify false motives and give direction to walk honestly before the Lord. The lesson provides examples of perverted authority and offers guidance on how to stay free from religious politics. This lesson has no assignment.
LM-08: Ethics and integrity in ministry
In this lesson the student will learn what we mean by integrity, and what the Word has to say about it. We discuss topics such as integrity towards the flock; integrity in the world; and ethical conduct in ministry. This course has no assignment.
LM-09: Endure hardship
A timely message for the world we live in, with strong encouragement to run this race with the goal to win. Our enemy offers strong resistance to the work of the Lord, resulting in hardship for His soldiers. Assignment: students write an essay on the place of challenges and victory in the life of the minister, and how to stay encouraged at all times.
LM-10: Cross-Cultural ministry
God’s call takes many of us to other nations and foreign people. Ministering to other cultural groups can be very challenging, and at times easily defeated, yet some understanding of the ways people think and do things can make such ministries very rewarding and fulfilling. This course opens the door to effective cross-cultural ministry. Assignment: looking at the life of the apostle Paul, write an essay on his ministry to the known world of his day, and how he managed to avoid cultural conflict while ministering the gospel in various nations.
LM-011: Promotion through Humility
“Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies,” Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13. Increased knowledge of the Word, a call of God to ministry, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the appreciation of the people, etc. can easily open the door to pride in a minister’s life. Promotion by people can turn a minister from the secret place in God’s presence to a carnal man. An understanding of our call to be humble servants is the key to effective ministry. This last course calls for an essay that emphasizes the difference between the first two kings of Israel: Saul and David, and how humility – or the lack thereof – influenced the outcome of their lives.