Certificate Program (Level 1) Courses

These courses are primarily for students who have never studied an INSTE course or have not completed their Certificate in Christian Ministry. The focus of these courses is discipleship. Students should submit their application and enrollment forms 2 weeks before the start date of a course in order to enroll.

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JUNE 2017

Course
Old Testament
New Testament
Day and Time
Sundays at 5:00pm (Pacific time)
Wednesdays at 6:30pm (Eastern time)
Start Date
June 18, 2017
June 21, 2017
End Date
October 1, 2017
October 4, 2017
Facilitator
Keith Odoms
Julius Tolbert

JULY 2017

Course
New Testament
New Testament
Day and Time
Saturdays - Time: 6:30 PM (Eastern)
Thursdays - Time: 8:00 PM (Eastern)
Start Date
July 8, 2017
July 13, 2017
End Date
October 21, 2017
October 26, 2017
Facilitator
Patricia Tolbert
Don Frye

Diploma/Degree Program (Level 2) Courses

Students must have completed their Certificate in Christian Ministry in order to be fully enrolled in this program. Visiting students may study up to three of these courses without having completed any INSTE courses previously. The focus of this program is leadership development. Students should submit their application and enrollment forms 2 weeks before the start date of a course in order to enroll.

APRIL 2017

Course
Church History 1
Plan
7 wk
Day and Time
Sundays - Time: 3:00 pm (Central)
Start Date
April 23, 2017
End Date
June 4, 2017
Facilitator
Tina Luther

MAY 2017

Course
Church History 2
Cults and Religions
Teaching the Bible
Plan
7 wk
7 wk
7 wk
Day and Time
Tuesdays - Time: 7 PM (Mountain)
Mondays - Time: 7:00 pm (Central)
Sundays - Time: 4 PM (Central)
Start Date
May 2, 2017
May 15, 2017
May 21, 2017
End Date
June 13, 2017
June 26, 2017
July 16, 2017
Facilitator
Sherryl James
Blake Lathrop
Leona Venditti

JUNE 2017

Course
Church History 2
Christology
Plan
7 wk
7 wk
Day and Time
Sundays - Time: 3:00 pm (Central)
Tuesdays - Time: 7 pm (Mountain)
Start Date
June 11, 2017
June 20, 2017
End Date
July 23, 2017
August 1, 2017
Facilitator
Tina Luther
Sherryl James

JULY 2017

Course
Theology/Pneumatology
Plan
7 wk
Day and Time
Tuesdays - Time: 6:00 pm (Central)
Start Date
July 18, 2017
End Date
August 29, 2017
Facilitator
Lisa Christensen

AUGUST 2017

Course
Luke-Acts
Plan
7 wk
Day and Time
Tuesdays - Time: 7 pm (Mountain)
Start Date
August 8, 2017
End Date
September 19, 2017
Facilitator
Sherryl James

SEPTEMBER 2017

Course
The Pentateuch
John & His Epistles
Plan
7 wk
7 wk
Day and Time
Mondays - Time: 6:00 pm (Eastern)
Tuesdays - Time: 7 pm (Mountain)
Start Date
September 11, 2017
September 12, 2017
End Date
October 23, 2017
November 7, 2017
Facilitator
Gary Dodson
Sherryl James


DETAILS ABOUT THE DIPLOMA/DEGREE PROGRAM

- The cost for one course is $240 for Diploma students and $315 for Degree students.
- A 7 week plan means that the group will complete a course in 7 weeks and immediately continue with the next course. An 8 week plan means that the group will complete a course in 7 weeks and take one week off before starting the next course. A 10 week plan means that students will take 10 weeks to complete a course before starting the next one.
- For a list of the courses in the Diploma/Degree Program in sequence please see the first page of the course enrollment form.


Course Descriptions

Bible and Theology

INSTE believes in the full and final authority of the Word of God. Disciples of Jesus Christ and leaders are to be Bible-centric, not only mastering the Bible but also allowing the Bible to master them. The courses in Bible and Theology are designed to provide students with the basic hermeneutical tools they need to effectively apply biblical principles to their own lives and to their ministries with the goal of accomplishing the Great Commission.

Old Testament


BIB103: The Old Testament: Discovering Treasures in the Word of God
The purpose of this course is to provide the disciple with a solid foundation for studies in the Old Testament. The student learns the general content of each book, its relationship to the rest of the canon, and the place of each in the progressive revelation of God in the Old Testament.
BIB403: Poetic Books: Expressions from the Heart
A hermeneutical study of poetic literature of the Old Testament. Since a third of the Bible is written in poetic form, an understanding of the rules of interpretation of poetic literature is imperative for every spiritual leader. Also emphasized is the private and public use of poetic literature in the Christian community.
BIB306: The Pentateuch: The Books of the Law
The study of the first five books of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on the first eleven chapters of Genesis. This course includes a thematic study of the Law of Moses, the Tabernacle in the desert, and the feasts prescribed in the Law as they are related to the New Testament.
BIB406: Daniel and Revelation: Windows to the Future
An inductive study of Daniel and Revelation. The course begins with a study of the hermeneutical methods of interpretation of apocalyptic literature followed by an inductive study of these two books. Discipleship and leadership lessons found in Daniel and Revelation are discussed.
BIB307: Hebrew History: The Historical Books of the Old Testament
An inductive study of the historical books of the Old Testament. Leadership lessons found in this portion of Scripture are stressed.
BIB407: Prophets and Prophecy: Proclaiming God’s Word to the World
An introduction to the Prophets of the Old Testament. Relevant hermeneutical principles are applied to prophetic literature. Leadership principles are drawn from these books. The content of each book is overviewed.

New Testament


BIB104: The New Testament: Exploring the Riches of the Word of God
A synthetic approach to Bible study of each New Testament book. We consider key questions such as background, authorship, major themes, outlines, and personal application of biblical truth to the life of the disciple.
BIB208: Colossians and Ephesians: The Christological Epistles
This course begins with an introduction to Paul’s epistles. Also presented are hermeneutical principles for the interpretation of epistolary literature, with a special focus on the Christology of the twin epistles.
BIB206: Luke-Acts: To the Ends of the Earth
An inductive study of Luke’s writings. This course underscores the fact that Luke-Acts is the continuation of the salvation history of the Old Testament. It deals with the development of the Church from its unique beginnings to its emergence as the universal people of God through the moving of the Holy Spirit.
BIB302: Romans and Galatians: Justified by Faith
An inductive study of the soteriological epistles par excellence of the New Testament. Using the hermeneutical principles learned in earlier courses, the great themes of Galatians and Romans are studied in detail, with emphasis on the universality of the Gospel.
BIB207: John and His Epistles: The Universal Savior
A hermeneutical study of John and his Epistles. The course begins with an introduction to the principles of inductive Bible study which are illustrated and practiced throughout the study. Emphasis is placed on the person and work of Jesus Christ, the One sent from God. The course ends with an inductive analysis of the Epistles of John.
BIB303: Hebrews: Jesus Our Great High Priest
An introduction to the letters written to the Jewish Christians, with special attention to the Epistle to the Hebrews. The theme of the course points to Jesus Christ as the final revelation of God to humanity. Special emphasis is given to the hermeneutics of Hebrews in relation to the Old Testament.

Theology


THE102: Discipleship 2: Finding Your Ministry in the Body of Christ
This course focuses attention on the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. It begins with the doctrine of the Church with a special emphasis on how to discover and develop spiritual gifts in the Body of Christ. Also studied are vital doctrines such as the inspiration of the Bible, the nature of God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, man and sin, salvation and sanctification, the Holy Spirit, angels and last things. All doctrines are presented from a practical and apologetic viewpoint.
THE301: Soteriology: Our Great Salvation
A theological study of the three phases of salvation from the moment of new birth until the glorious reunion with our Lord. The focus of this course is both missiological and soteriological. It includes a study of sanctification as an essential part of salvation.
THE202: Ecclesiology: The Church in the 21st Century
A theological study of the Church with emphasis on the Church as the community of the people of God. The Church is studied in relation to the kingdom of God, its nature, structure, and mission.
THE305: Theology and Pneumatology: The Doctrine of God and of the Holy Spirit
This course begins with a study of theology from an apologetic perspective, and deals with the Fatherhood of God and His Word, with a basic introduction to hermeneutics. The second part of the course deals with Pneumatology, i.e., the study of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Included in this section is an introduction to the Pentecostal / Charismatic movement.
THE205: Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
A theological study of the person and work of Jesus Christ. The course is divided into three parts: The eternal Christ, the incarnate Christ, and the exalted Christ. The Christology found in the Gospels is emphasized.
THE401: Anthropology and Hamartiology: Man and Sin
Two related themes are developed in this course: The uniqueness of man made in the image of God and the human tragedy caused by sin. The destiny of man is also studied. The student develops a biblical perspective of man and his need for salvation.
THE405: Eschatology: Living in the Last Days
The study of the theology of last things. This course presents the various hermeneutical systems that have been used throughout the history of the church. Emphasis is placed on the relation of eschatology to the Great Commission. Both the personal and corporate aspects of eschatology are studied.

Ministry

Given the multi-cultural nature of INSTE, these ministry courses are introductory and foundational. The general principles presented here are applied specifically in different cultural settings as the student dialogues with the group and his/her mentor. The ministry courses lay the foundation for further development as the student pursues his/her calling and ministry.
MIN101: Discipleship 1: Following Jesus in Committed Service
This course highlights the formation of basic skills and attitudes which characterize a disciple of Jesus Christ; i.e., devotional habits, personal Bible studies, the function of prayer in the life of a disciple, how to effectively witness, plus biblical attitudes toward others and oneself.
MIN308: Homiletics: Practical Principles of Preaching
An introduction to the principles of sermon preparation and presentation. The students practice preaching skills in their churches and learn to use homiletical principles in the construction of three types of sermons: topical, textual and expository.
MIN201: Church Leadership: Becoming the Leader God Wants You to Be
The student is encouraged to examine his/her life and discover the means that God has used and continues to use to develop him/her as a leader. Emphasis is placed on the great importance of the character of leaders and their life-long development.
MIN404: Counseling: How to be a People Helper
This course teaches skills for ministering to people who need emotional and spiritual help. The student develops skills such as listening and questioning. Emphasis is placed on the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word both in the counselor and in the counselee.
MIN304: Teaching the Bible: Principles for Change
Although teaching methods are determined both culturally and temporally, there are certain biblical principles that are universally applicable; these are the principles that form the basis of this course. We include principles for teaching children, youth, and adults.
MIN408: Church Administration: Principles for Responsible Stewardship
An introduction to the skills required for the healthy functioning of the church. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, the services and ceremonies of the church, how to prepare and maintain financial information and other important documents of the church, ministry ethics, and many other practical topics.

History and Religion

These courses help the student understand the historic development of the church from a missiological viewpoint. The Great Commission is the underlying principle in all three courses.
HIS203: Church History 1: From Pentecost to Protestantism
An introduction to the history of the first fifteen centuries of the Church. Emphasis is placed on the fulfillment of the mission of the Church through two structures, modalities and sodalities. We also deal with nine principles that have affected the renewal and expansion of the Church throughout the centuries.
HIS204: Church History 2: Renewal and Expansion in the Modern Age
A continuation of the previous course, from the great mission century to the end of the twentieth century. The worldwide expansion of the Church is stressed.
REL402: Cults and Religions: Man’s Answer to Sin’s Dilemma
The major religions and cults are analyzed historically and apologetically, with the purpose of sharing the gospel in an effective way with their adherents. Special attention is given to Islam. Traits that cults have in common are also presented.