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  African Centre for Theological Studies

  No 40 Town Planning Way

  Ilupeju

  Lagos  State

 

 

Course Title: Synoptic gospels

Course code: TH 503

Date of Course:  June 14-18, 21-22

 

Facilitator : Olufemi Emmanuel PhD

Facilitator’s Contact Information: olufemmanuel@wats.edu.ng

                                                            08035174383, 09030974939 (WhatsApp Only)

 

Course Description:

This course provides a detailed examination of the gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke. These three gospels will be examined with special attention given to the distinctive portraits of Jesus in each gospel. The course explores various theories regarding the so-called "synoptic problem; and the different critical methods in gospel analysis such as literary, redaction, socio- historical and tradition. These texts will be examined in their ancient contexts and its application in contemporary times and Africa in particular.

 

General Learning Objectives: 

1. To gain an in depth comprehension of the synoptic gospels 

2. Explore the historical and social background of each synoptic gospels 

3. Examine the differences and similarities among the various portraits of Jesus among the various portraits of Jesus in the three gospels 



(PASTOR AS A CAREGIVER 2

DR JOY DAVIES AND DR SOLAMI OKUNLOLA MAY 10 TO JUNE 4

This course introduces the distinctive approach to Christian counselling and its relevance to the contemporary scene, especially to the current African context, by presenting a consistent Christian philosophy of counselling within the African context.


THS 503: Systematic Theology 3

 Dr Vic Reasoner MAY 10-21

Church, Eschatology, Angelology (3 credit hours)

Ecclesiology: nature and purpose of the Church, models of church ministry, ordinances/sacraments, polity, ordination; Eschatology: death, eternal state, heaven, hell, biblical teaching and contemporary perspectives on the rapture, millennium and return of Christ; Angelology: nature and work of angels and demons, relation to African worldviews and practices; contemporary issues related to these doctrines.


Title of Course: Pauline Literature and Theology

Department: Biblical Studies

Session: 2020/2021

Semester:  Second

Course Units: Three (3)

Course Code: NT 514

Course Lecturer: Dr Chibuzo I. Nwanguma

Teaching Schedule: April, 12-18, 2021

Venue: ACTS Campus, Ilupeju

 

Course Description

As the title implies, this course is designed to help the student gain some insights into the Pauline Theology. As much as possible, it as well explores into it several scholarly developments of Pauline corpus within different cultural and philosophical contexts. To a great extent, it provides a study on selected themes in Pauline theology as well as Pauline letters, hence the title.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

· Give general explanation of Paul and his ministry

· Discuss his missionary activities in details

· Discuss Paul’s epistolary works in categories

·  Describe analytically, Paul’s theologies

· Do a competent comparative analysis of Pauline and other epistles

· Appraise the contributions of Paul’s contribution to the Church and humanity


PST 500 Marriage and Family  

2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

 This class seeks to establish God’s design for marriage and the dynamics necessary to create Godly offspring.  The class will discuss various characteristics needed to live out this design and discover strategies for growing in oneness together.  Subjects will include: the purpose of marriage, parenthood essentials, communication techniques, conflict resolution, gender differences, and investigations of God’s view of family roles



THS502 Systematic Theology 2

Humanity, Christ, Salvation

 

 

March 23 - April 2, 2021

Time - 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday - Friday

 

Instructor: Dr. Vic Reasoner

<victorpau@aol.com>

 

Course Description: Theological Anthropology: humanity in light of creation, the Imago Dei, human ecological stewardship, gender, hamartiology; Christology: person and work of Christ, incarnation and hypostatic union, virgin birth, resurrection, impeccability; Salvation: nature and models of the atonement, predestination, calling, repentance, faith, conversion, justification, adoption, assurance, sanctification, glorification. (3 credit hours)

 

Course Objectives:  By the end of this course the student will be able to

 

$     Connect a biblical understanding of mankind with a compatible psychological method.

$     Explain the image of God in tension with total depravity

$     Teach on the hypostatic union, explaining the unique dual nature of Christ as the God/man.

$     Explain the differences between objective and subjective theories of the atonement.

$     Evaluate scripturally the Calvinistic and Arminian order of salvation.

$     Understand the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation well enough to discern where a person is in the process.

$     Appreciate the varied theological emphases on sanctification in light of the scriptural teaching.

 

Course Requirements:

 

1.  You will be expected to have read the assigned section in Grudem and Reasoner for each day.

Summarize the material in a one page, single-spaced report titled “Three Lessons Learned.” These summaries should be email to <victorpau@aol.com>

 

2. At the beginning of each class each student will report online from this summary. The area of focus will be comparisons and contrasts between the two major texts.


THS501 Systematic Theology 1

God, Bible, Holy Spirit

 

March 8- 19, 2021

Time - 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday - Friday

 

Instructor: Dr. Vic Reasoner

<victorpau@aol.com>

 

Course Description: In Bibliology: the Bible’s self-understanding, the canon of Scripture, inspiration, inerrancy, authority, sufficiency, perspicuity, and historical reliability; rationalist and pluralist critiques of the Bible; In Theology Proper: nature of revelation, the nature and attributes of God, and God’s continuing work in the world today; the Trinity; person and work of the Holy Spirit. This course will interact with African worldview(s) and issues, as well as discuss the importance of these doctrines for contemporary Africa. (3 credit hours)        

 

Course Objectives: By the end of this course the student will be able to

 

$     Explain the necessity of an infallible base of authority.

$     Defend the Holy Scriptures as our final authority for doctrine

$     Resolve doctrinal questions using the proper methodology of systematic theology

$     Defend the existence of God and articulate a biblical theology of his nature.

$     Connect theology and doxology, leading a congregation to defend the faith and worship the true God.

$     Preach and/or teach how the Holy Spirit is the “executive of the Godhead.”

$     Explain why the doctrine of the Trinity matters.


 Academic Writing   

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Lecturer: William Udotong, PhD.

Contact: williamudotong@acts.edu.ng


Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writingThe goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.



Course Title: Strategic Management (Strategic Thinking, Planning & Implementation)

Lead Lecturer: Prof. Mike Wicker, Ph.D.  (mike.wicker@gmail.com)


 Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to equip the student with knowledge and skills in strategic management, concepts and process. It focuses on the techniques, processes and policies that determine organizational success and enable organizations gain competitive advantage.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

a)      Understand the importance of strategic management in determining organizational success

b)      Understand the strategic management theoretical frameworks

c)      Analyze organizations and formulate a strategic plan

d)     Appreciate the importance and evaluate strategic plans and policies

e)      Develop corporate vision & mission statements & strategic plans using team process

 

Competencies

  • Head:
    • Appreciate various Strategic Planning Theories
    • Understand Strategic Planning Framework
  • Heart:
    • Incorporate ethical standards and Biblical values in the planning process
    • Humble oneself and integrate collaborative methods in the planning process
  • Hands:
    • Develop Vision and Mission Statements
    • Analyze internal and external assessment of your organization
    • Design Strategic Initiatives
    • Implement Strategic Plan for your organization

 

Course Content

Strategic management and business policy, defining strategy; strategy formulation process, stakeholders, vision, mission, objectives and purpose, types of strategy; matching strategy and industry; strategic analysis of organizations, external environment and internal environment assessment, strategies and competitive dynamics; strategy implementation process, resource allocation, corporate ethics, culture and governance, operations plans and policy formulation; strategy evaluation, importance and measurement; cases in strategic management.


Athletes in Action is an International, Interdenominational Christian sports organization that started in 1969. People look up to athletes as role models, our desire it so see these role models look up to and reflect Jesus as people look up to them.

 

AIA MISSION, VISION, AND PRIORITIES:

 
Vision: We dream of a day when there are Christ followers on every team, in every sport, in every nation.
 
Mission: Building spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sports so that everyone knows an athlete who truly follows Jesus.
 
Values: Faith, Growth, Fruitfulness

Athletes in Action is an International, Interdenominational Christian sports organization that started in 1969. People look up to athletes as role models, our desire it so see these role models look up to and reflect Jesus as people look up to them.

 

AIA MISSION, VISION, AND PRIORITIES:

 
Vision: We dream of a day when there are Christ followers on every team, in every sport, in every nation.
 
Mission: Building spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sports so that everyone knows an athlete who truly follows Jesus.
 
Values: Faith, Growth, Fruitfulness

HERMENEUTICS AND EXEGESIS

(BIBLE STUDY METHODOLOGY)

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course combines Bible study methods with biblical hermeneutics. A comprehensive survey is conducted of the basic processes of observation, interpretation, application, and correlation in Bible study. Regarding hermeneutics, the course examines the principles of biblical interpretation with particular focus on the historical-grammatical method. Attention is also given to developments and trends in hermeneutics in the African as well as the western world.

COURSE OBJECTIVES. At the end of the course, students should acquire:

1)      an understanding of the history of Hermeneutics (both examples to follow and avoid).

2)      an understanding and ability to apply the general principles of historical-grammatical interpretation.

3)      an understanding and ability to apply the special principles of interpretation which are used with various types of biblical literature.

4)      the ability to study, understand and apply God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15)

5)      character change through the application of God’s Word.

CORE VALUES

-          Uprightness and Godliness

-          Faithfulness to Biblical Revelation

-          Commitment to the Gospel and Christian Mission

-          Passion for Academic Excellence

-          Contemporary and Contextual Relevance


Pastor as Caregiver  3 Credit Hours

Course Code:  PST 601 

Course title: Pastor as Caregiver

Facilitator:  Rev. Dr. Joy Davis, MACE, M-Div, D-Min


  1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides an introduction to the ministry of the role of the  Pastor as Caregiver, counselor, and undershepherd  within the context of the Christian church. The course will explore the nature of caregiver and shepherd  from a biblical and  theological perspective and discover different forms and methodologies  of caring using  relational skills needed in the area of pastoral care, particularly in situations of a crisis. This will be done with a view of becoming  a leader and making leaders in the area of Pastoral Care. 

 LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Provide Solutions to crisis management in the area of pastoral care.

  • Develop a biblical, theological paradigm of pastoral Care within Christian ministry

  • Discover the Trinitarian position of Pastoral Care
    influence and impact the dynamics of the caregiver’s  relationship

  •  Identify the nature of commonly encountered crisis situations as well as develop the necessary interventions to be effective in ministering to people in such situations

  • Formulate an understanding and apply spiritual resources such as prayer, Scripture, and the community of faith as appropriate aspects of pastoral care and counseling.

  • Understand and formulate the overarching theme of Relational Space

  • Understand Emerging issue in Pastoral Care in Africa 


PRINCIPLES OF EVANGELISM AND FOLLOW-UP

MASTERS CLASS

2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE

The Class serves as an introduction to principles and methods of effective personal evangelism and follow-up of new believers. Taught in conjunction with field ministry team involvement, this course enables the student to share Christ effectively and motivate new believers to further growth through small group Bible studies and initial integration into the local church.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. Basic Knowledge of material presented in this course by:

a. Being able to begin a conversation with someone that leads to a natural presentation of the gospel.

b. Knowing the principles related to assurance of salvation to those who sincerely receive Jesus Christ by faith.

c. List the steps involved in developing a personal discipleship ministry.

2. Deeper understanding of the material presented in this course by:

a. Knowing the gospel message and distinguish it from pseudo gospel.

b. Mastering the use the &quot;Four Spiritual Laws&quot; booklet as a witnessing tool.

c. Recognizing the task of evangelism within the African context, especially in light of the challenges and opportunities presented by Islam, ATR and new technologies

d. Being able to help resolve some intellectual barriers to faith in Jesus.

3. How to use what the students have learned in this course by:

a. Sharing the gospel effectively using the Four Spiritual Laws booklet

b. Giving your three-minute personal salvation testimony from memory in a simulated environment.

c. Being able to motivate a new believer to meet again for follow-up in both a simulated and an actual situation.

d. Develop a personal or corporate strategy for evangelism and follow-up.

LDR 502: Theological Foundations of Leadership 3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course provides a theological and philosophical basis for leadership, framed within contemporary worldviews. Metaphors, forms, styles, functions, responsibilities and character of leaders are explored within a framework of justice, truth and accountability, considering dynamics of Church-State relations, for empowering leaders and their followers to be agents of transformation.



PST 604 Church Administration and Management

 (3 Credit Hours)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The is course provides an overview of church administration and management of non - profit organizations. It is designed to inform and educate students regarding church administrative and management principles, procedures, techniques, theory, and practices.  The course applies a problem solving approach to the subject of management, administration, supervision, organization, leadership, church government, finance, and legal issues relevant to church ministries and non-profit organizations.  


PST 500 Marriage and Family  

2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

 This class seeks to establish God’s design for a marriage and the dynamics necessary to create Godly offspring.  The class will discuss various characteristics needed to live out this design and discover strategies for growing in one-ness together.  Subjects will include: the purpose of marriage, parenthood essentials, communication techniques, conflict resolution, gender differences and investigations of God’s view of family roles



CEF 500: SPIRITUAL FORMATION 
2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course seeks to develop a model for spiritual growth that has a theological grounding in the Bible, historical precedents in the Church and is practically applicable to life.  Drawing from various Christian traditions of spiritual theology and practice, this course will present an approach to spiritual development which considers both the internal issues of motivation, faith and character as well as the external practices of spiritual disciplines that help Christians experience increasing growth in their relationship with Christ.  This class will also address critical issues involved in spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh and the devil as well as the role and importance of biblical community in spiritual development. 



Course Title: Multiplying Discipleship

Course Code: FME502

Course Hours: 2 Hours


Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide theological foundation, principles, methods and skills of discipleship ministry. 

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

1.      Explain the biblical and theological basis of making disciples.

2.      Plan, implement and evaluate the ministry of building multiplying discipleship.

3.      Integrate evangelism and follow-up principles in discipleship ministry.

4.      Formulate clearly a philosophy of discipleship ministry.

 

Course Content

Theology of discipleship; a biblical philosophy of discipleship; discipleship methods; stages of discipleship; social relationships; local church involvement; leading a small group; building movements of multiplying discipleship.


Course Title: New Testament Book Exposition

Course Code: EXP620

Credit Hours: 3        


 

Course Purpose

This course builds upon previous courses in exegetical methods and Greek grammar and exegesis in order to develop competency in the interpretation and exposition of the New Testament.  The course will demonstrate a passage by passage study of a book of the New Testament inclusive of relevant critical, historical and critical issues that affect interpretation as well as demonstrates the process of going from interpretation to exposition to application.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

1.      Translate selected texts from a book of the New Testament.

2.      Use the Greek language and exegetical skills to interpret selected passages and solve exegetical and interpretative problems.

3.      Identify relevant critical and exegetical problems and explain proposed solutions.

4.      Explain the structure, content, and message of the book being studied.

5.      Develop teaching and preaching outlines from the exegetical study of a passage along with appropriate application.

 

Course Content

Expositional (explanation passage by passage) study of a book of the New Testament (the book will vary according to the expertise of the lecturer); introductory, historical, and cultural issues relevant to the book will be examined in depth; application of Greek and exegetical methods to translate, interpret and solve exegetical problems; develop teaching or preaching outlines and applications from a study of selected passages.


ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

LDR 561 / 520

3 Credit Hours



COURSE PURPOSE:

This course addresses the principles and processes of skillfully leading and developing organizations, whether churches, local communities, NGO’s, CBO’s, or businesses. Built upon the foundation of biblical principles and values, topics will be studied in light of current leadership research and literature, to enable the student to be strategic in leadership, for effective and sustainable ministries and organizations which contribute to the larger good, and in which the participants thrive and grow.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the course, the student will be able:

  1. To discuss principles and processes of organizational leadership;
  2. To demonstrate an understanding of organizational culture and development processes;
  3. To analyze and strategically address organizational leadership and systemic problems, especially in the African context;
  4. To lead an organization with more wisdom and skill than before, leading the way as a servant-leader, empowering all within the organization to succeed and excel, even as the organization grows and flourishes.

 COURSE CONTENT:

Topics to be covered include: vision, mission, core values, corporate culture, visionary and strategic leadership, organizational identity, participation and equity, organizational diagnostics, SWOT analysis and other evaluation models, motivation, trust-building, planning, implementing strategic change as a dynamic process, integration of faith as the foundation for corporate leadership.


COM 518 PREACHING AND COMMUNICATION

3 Credit Hours

Course Description

This is a course on the basic principles of biblical teaching. It is designed to give a basic overview of methods and principles of teaching biblical truth. Students are exposed to the principles of developing, preparing and delivery of sermons.  In doing this, the course will attempt to give the student helpful feedback so that he or she can assess with more confidence God’s calling in his life.

Course Objectives

Master the basic principles of communication

Gained further understanding concerning the Holy Spirit’s role in the preaching and teaching  process.

Learned about various preaching methods along with their effectiveness.

Become aware of the importance of the spiritual, intellectual, and homiletical preparation that biblical teaching requires.


HEBREW BASICS AND RESOURCES

3 Credit Hours

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is a study of the Hebrew language with emphasis on the basics of grammar and syntax looking toward exegesis of the Old Testament text. The course is designed to introduce the students to Biblical Hebrew with the primary intention of getting the students familiarized with original language with which the text of the Old Testament was written.

The focus of the course would be among others to help the students to learn how to identify, read and write the Hebrew consonants (and vowels). Attempts would also be made at helping participants in the course to analyze different grammatical aspects of the Biblical Hebrew.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this course, students should have been:

1.      Helped to identify, read and read the consonants (and vowels) of the Biblical Hebrew language.

2.      Helped to possess basic and working knowledge of the different grammatical aspects of the Biblical Hebrew language.

3.      Able to analyze the different grammatical aspects of the Biblical Hebrew language.

4.      Able to think critically, analytically and develop a working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax, leading to acquiring skills in reading and interpreting the Old Testament Scripture.

5.      Able to gain basic proficiency in biblical Hebrew for them to be able to fluently read the Hebrew scripture.

6.      Able to effectively communicate the word of God with basic understanding of the Biblical Hebrew language.

7.      Able to read, write and translate a good number of Biblical Hebrew vocabularies.

 

 

 

CORE VALUES

-          Uprightness and Godliness

-          Faithfulness to Biblical Revelation

-          Commitment to the Gospel and Christian Mission

-          Passion for Academic Excellence

-          Contemporary and Contextual Relevance


THS 530: Church History- (MACLM) and THS 540: History of Christianity (Mdiv)

 3 CREDIT HOURS

 

Course Description

 THS530/THS540 is a Survey of the historical and doctrinal development of the church from the apostolic age to the present day. Focus is on key moments in the development and growth of Christianity both in the West and the East from the 2ndcentury. The impact of key leaders and crucial turning points in the development and expansion of Christianity. 

 

Course Objectives

 

A.    To have the student know the major events of church history.

B.     To have the students know and appreciate the major doctrinal issues that developed throughout church history and how these doctrines came into formal articulation over the ages.

C.     To have the student recognize the importance of protecting the Body of Christ from doctrinal deviations.

D.    To have the student recognize the importance of learning from the past—learning from the right choices of the past as well as from the mistakes of the past.



PENTATEUCH AND OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS

 (3 Credit Hours)

Course DESCRIPTION: 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the Old Testament and Bible through an examination of the content, matters of introduction, and historical, social and religious contexts of the Pentateuch and historical books of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the relevance and message for the church today, particularly the African church. 

An in-depth study of the Pentateuch, both in terms of individual books and the corpus as a whole. To deepen student knowledge and understanding of both the contents of the five books of the Pentateuch and the collection as a unit, through readings and discussions.

 

Course RATIONALE:

Why redirect rigours in revisiting relics resources?

·         For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – (Romans 15:4) RSV

·         Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Cor. 10:11) RSV

 

Course OBJECTIVES:

This is a merger of two massive modules meant to be mastered within a very short moment of time.

 

THE PENTATEUCH or Torah as the foundation of the Old Testament canon provides the blueprint for the OT and functions as a special lens through which Scripture as a whole (OT and NT) is to be comprehended, interpreted and implemented. Given its peculiarity, the Pentateuch has received higher critical attacks, often seeking to ultimately undermine the accuracy, authority and reliability of the entire Bible. If the basis for belief “in the beginning” can be discredited, the rest of scripture can be disconnected, and therefore disregarded and discarded!

 

Thus, this course seeks to affirm the authenticity, authority, and theological richness and relevance of divinely inspired message of the Pentateuch and the historical books.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS offer an integrated overview of Israelite history from its pre-history to the close of the Old Testament period. This will be undertaken as an exploration of the two great historical works of the Old Testament:

1)      The Prophetic History from Joshua through Second Kings, and

2)      The Priestly History from First Chronicles through Nehemiah - as well as the books of Ruth and Esther.

 

We should be examining the salvation history of Israel to discover therein the picture of God that arises from the records of His mighty acts of mercy and grace, and to also learn what it means to be His people from the accounts of the Israelites' interactions with their God -Yahweh Jehovah.



THS 640: ETHICS, VALUES AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Description

 

This course will focus on areas of Ethics as they relate to the various contexts of the student in relationship to the Christian life both in their personal as well as church leadership.  Ethical theories will be discussed as well as how having a Biblical Worldview will effect ones ethical decisions.  Case studies will be used as a primary vehicle to demonstrate a proper response to ethical dilemmas as experienced by students today.

 

Information on the Instructor 

Dr. Cellamare is a US native who is currently working with African Leadership – Initiatives, a project of the Cornerstone Foundation of Easley SC.  He received a BA degree from the University of South Florida, MBA from Seattle University, M. Div. and Th. M. from Western Seminary in Portland OR, and his D. Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Mass. with an emphasis in Christian Leadership.  He has been married to Paula for 39 years and has 1 daughter and two sons and 3 grandchildren.


LDR 512: PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Purpose:

This course focuses on character and skill development of the individual leader, for both personal and public contexts. Personal call (SHAPE), values, character, temperament, family and relationships, resource management, holistic living and decision-making will be explored and developed.



 Academic Writing   
Credit Hours: 3  Hours
Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writingThe goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.



THS 503: Theology 3

 (3 credit hours)

Course Description: 

 

This is a graduate level course that covers Ecclesiology, Angelology and Escathology. The course content includes Ecclesiology: the nature of the church, the New Testament concepts of the church and other concepts of the church, the relationship of the church to the Kingdom, Israel, church age and Jesus Christ, the purpose of the church, officers of the local church, organization and government of the local church and ordinances of the church. Angelology: the doctrine of the angels in history, origin and nature of angels, classification of angels, ministry of angels, the fallen angels and the destiny of angels.

Escathology : Escathology in philosophy and religion, the kingdom of God and the day of the Lord, the rapture of the church – parousia, epiphaenia, various schools of thought on escathological events, the great tribulation period, the second coming of Christ, bodily resurrection and scriptural view of the intermediate state, judgments and final destination. Analysis and application of the concept to our lives and the church in the context of Africa is key focus of this course.

Goals and Objectives of the Course:

By the end of this course, the students should be able to :

·         Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and terms used in the Christian doctrines related to church, angels and last things.

·         Demonstrate comprehension of the various views, differences and conflicts related to the doctrines and be able to take a reasoned and correct stance on each of them.

·         Explain and critique traditional African and other non – Christian concepts regarding these doctrines.

·         Construct personal biblically based theological statements on these doctrines.

·         Develop an attitude of love towards every member of the church, gratitude for his position in church and living in fear and trembling in preparation for the parousia.

·         Be excited to involve more in the work of the ministry and share the good news of God’s love to men and women outside the faith.


KINGDOM MISSION IN A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

ICS 500 (3 Credit Hours)

Course Description

Kingdom Mission in a Global Community presents the mission of God (missio Dei) and lays biblical, theological, and practical foundations for its conceptualization. It also exposes students to the worldwide context as it explores issues related to Christian missions, the intersection of Christianity and world religions, and the global church.


Students will emerge from this course with a growing commitment to the mission of God, a heightened awareness of the global church, and a deeper understanding of the cross-cultural and multifaith contexts into which God calls the American church to minister in word and deed. The course includes a detailed examination of the global church, the global context, the global mission, and the global faiths.


Bible Study Methods 

EXP 501 

3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE: 

This course combines Bible study methods with biblical hermeneutics. A comprehensive survey is conducted of the basic processes of observation, interpretation, application, and correlation in Bible study. Regarding hermeneutics, the course examines the principles of biblical interpretation with particular focus on the historical-grammatical method. Attention is also given to developments and trends in hermeneutics in the African as well as the western world.


LDR 502: Theological Foundations of Leadership 3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course provides a theological and philosophical basis for leadership, framed within contemporary worldviews. Metaphors, forms, styles, functions, responsibilities and character of leaders are explored within a framework of justice, truth and accountability, considering dynamics of Church-State relations, for empowering leaders and their followers to be agents of transformation.


PST 500 Marriage and Family  2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

 This class seeks to establish God’s design for a marriage and the dynamics necessary to create Godly offspring.  The class will discuss various characteristics needed to live out this design and discover strategies for growing in one-ness together.  Subjects will include: the purpose of marriage, parenthood essentials, communication techniques, conflict resolution, gender differences and investigations of God’s view of family roles


 Academic Writing   Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writingThe goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.



Strategic Leadership Development  (3 Credit Hours)

Course Purpose

This course focuses on a plan of action (Strategy) designed to develop leadership abilities in leaders in both a personal and public context. The overall aim will be to achieve a major shift in ordinary leadership definitions and propel the leader into a program of action, plan and policy and a strategic blueprint that will help develop his/her leader-Shift abilities regardless of proposed leadership plans mandated by institutions, organisations, or social systems they may find themselves.

Strategic skill development of the individual leader includes Personal call/vocation, values, character, temperament, family resource management, emotional intelligence, wholistic living, priorities and decision-making skills that will be explored and developed from within a thoroughly biblical worldview. Various leadership development strategies and theories will provide a framework for principles and processes you can use to develop as a mature and effective leader able and willing to invest in others and leave a positive legacy.

 

An analysis of the qualities and practices of effective Christian leadership based on strategies and principles in Scripture and related literature, with attention to devising a strategy, philosophy, and plan of action in the development of spiritual leadership.

 

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course, the student will:

1.      Have identified Strategic principles of Leadership, his/her calling and giftedness, including spiritual gifts, temperament, natural abilities and acquired skills and experience relevant to leadership;

2.      Have outlined a personal leadership development timeline, demonstrating understanding of phases and processes as presented by various scholarly leadership development theories.

3.      Have developed personal disciplines and a plan to promote on-going character maturing and skill development.


PENTATEUCH AND OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS (3 Credit Hours)

Course DESCRIPTION: 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the Old Testament and Bible through an examination of the content, matters of introduction, and historical, social and religious contexts of the Pentateuch and historical books of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the relevance and message for the church today, particularly the African church. 

An in-depth study of the Pentateuch, both in terms of individual books and the corpus as a whole. To deepen student knowledge and understanding of both the contents of the five books of the Pentateuch and the collection as a unit, through readings and discussions.

 

Course RATIONALE:

Why redirect rigours in revisiting relics resources?

·         For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – (Romans 15:4) RSV

·         Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Cor. 10:11) RSV

 

Course OBJECTIVES:

This is a merger of two massive modules meant to be mastered within a very short moment of time.

 

THE PENTATEUCH or Torah as the foundation of the Old Testament canon provides the blueprint for the OT and functions as a special lens through which Scripture as a whole (OT and NT) is to be comprehended, interpreted and implemented. Given its peculiarity, the Pentateuch has received higher critical attacks, often seeking to ultimately undermine the accuracy, authority and reliability of the entire Bible. If the basis for belief “in the beginning” can be discredited, the rest of scripture can be disconnected, and therefore disregarded and discarded!

 

Thus, this course seeks to affirm the authenticity, authority, and theological richness and relevance of divinely inspired message of the Pentateuch and the historical books.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS offer an integrated overview of Israelite history from its pre-history to the close of the Old Testament period. This will be undertaken as an exploration of the two great historical works of the Old Testament:

1)      The Prophetic History from Joshua through Second Kings, and

2)      The Priestly History from First Chronicles through Nehemiah - as well as the books of Ruth and Esther.

 

We should be examining the salvation history of Israel to discover therein the picture of God that arises from the records of His mighty acts of mercy and grace, and to also learn what it means to be His people from the accounts of the Israelites' interactions with their God -Yahweh Jehovah.


THS 502: Theology 2: (3 credit hours)

Course Description

This is a graduate level course that covers Humanity, Christ, and Salvation. The course content includes Theological Anthropology: humanity in light of creation, the Imago Dei, human ecological stewardship, gender, hamartiology; Christology: person and work of Christ, incarnation and hypostatic union, virgin birth, resurrection, impeccability; Salvation: nature and models of the atonement, predestination, calling, repentance, faith, conversion, justification, adoption, assurance, sanctification, glorification. Analysis and application of these concepts in the African context is key focus of the course.


 THS 530: Church History- (MACLM) and THS 540: History of Christianity (Mdiv) 3 CREDIT HOURS

 

Course Description

 THS530/THS540 is a Survey of the historical and doctrinal development of the church from the apostolic age to the present day. Focus is on key moments in the development and growth of Christianity both in the West and the East from the 2ndcentury. The impact of key leaders and crucial turning points in the development and expansion of Christianity. 

 

Course Objectives

 

A.    To have the student know the major events of church history.

B.     To have the students know and appreciate the major doctrinal issues that developed throughout church history and how these doctrines came into formal articulation over the ages.

C.     To have the student recognize the importance of protecting the Body of Christ from doctrinal deviations.

D.    To have the student recognize the importance of learning from the past—learning from the right choices of the past as well as from the mistakes of the past.


NTS 513: M.Div  BL 411: MACLM

New Testament Historical Books and Johannine Writings


Credit Hours: 3         

 

Facilitator: John Reaume


Course Description 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the New Testament through an examination of the content, themes, introductory matters and the historical, social and canonical contexts of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John, and the Book of Revelation.  Attention is given to the relevance and message for the Church in Africa today.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

1.    Outline the general content and major themes of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation.

2.    Critically interact with the literary (author, date, purpose, occasion) and historical (religious, political and social) background of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation and relate these to biblical interpretation.

3.    Compare the unique contribution of each of the four Gospels to our understanding of Christ’s life and meaning.

4.    Critically evaluate important critical and interpretive problems in the Gospels, Acts, and Johannine Writings.

5.    Explain the formation of the New Testament canon and relate the unique contribution of the Gospels, Acts, and Johannine writings to the New Testament canon.

6.    Integrate the teachings of the New Testament to one’s life and ministry.

 

Course Content

Overview of the content, major themes, organization, distinct contributions, interpretive challenges along with introductory and critical matters for the Gospels, Acts and Johannine Writings; formation of the New Testament canon; the historical context, and the portrait of Jesus in each of the four Gospels.


GRK 502: Intermediary New Testament Greek 2    3 Credit Hours

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

This course aims to equip the student with a basic grasp of New Testament Greek as a foundation for accurately interpreting the New Testament. This includes developing the student’s understanding of the essential elements of Koine Greek such as morphology, grammar, and syntax, as well as training the student to use appropriate resource tools to determine the meaning of the Greek text.  It also aims to develop the student’s confidence in working with Greek words by being able to read, pronounce, and find words in alphabetical listings and in the biblical text.  

Students are provided with a copy of the Greek New Testament with literal English translation and parsing for each term.  While the students are not required to be able to do sight-translating or sight-parsing of the Greek New Testament, they are required to demonstrate skill in understanding grammar and syntax in order to effectively exegete the Greek New Testament.

This course builds on “GRK 502: New Testament Greek 1” (GRK 501) This course is foundational to the preaching and teaching courses, the New Testament book courses, theology courses, and all other courses dealing with the New Testament biblical text. And explains Complex sentences; special verbs; participles; perfect tense verbs, the subjunctive mood, third declensions; vocabulary of 390 most commonly used Greek words; practice reading Greek; use of Greek reference works and commentaries. 


LDR510 Leadership History, Theory and Praxis

3 CREDIT HOURS



COURSE PURPOSE:

This course explores the nature of leadership as a complex process involving leaders, followers and situations.  The content intends to set emerging leadership theories and practices into various situations, from entrepreneurial start-up endeavours to well-established institutions and even society as a whole. Discussions of leadership ideas and applications relate traditional and contemporary African experience to historical and current global theories. Although the characteristics of leaders and managers will be discussed, the focus of the class remains on exploring the concept of leadership as a process involving much more than the leader. The goal is to sharpen the students’ knowledge and skill related to leadership and management functions for today’s multiple contexts and roles.


LDR 512: PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Purpose:

This course focuses on character and skill development of the individual leader, for both personal and public contexts. Personal call (SHAPE), values, character, temperament, family and relationships, resource management, holistic living and decision-making will be explored and developed.


LDR 542: Leading Across Cultures or  Inter-cultural Leading 

3 Credit Hours


COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to equip the student for leadership within multi-cultural organizations in a variety of global contexts.  Concepts of culture; dimensions of culture; models of inter-cultural leadership; cultural change; team dynamics; influence of communication technologies; cultural divergence and convergence; promoting multicultural understandings.

 

Duration of class: Class will hold from Monday- Saturday 8:30-4:30 daily.  There is one-hour break from 12-1:00PM 

 

FACILITATOR:  Dr Alan Celllamare ( acellamare2@gmail.com)

Allan is based in South Carolina USA and completed his doctorate from Gordon Cornwell Seminary. He has served as adjunct faculty to several university and Seminaries. He held leadership positions in Christian and secular context, including working at the Development office at Gordon Cornwell Seminary, Charlotte Campus, North Carolina. He has many years of teaching in cross cultural settings.

Alan currently as the Director African Leadership Initiative- A Ministry of Cornerstone Foundation, Easley, South Carolina, USA. Alan is married to Paula and they have more twenty years’ mission experience. They have three grown up children.


GRK 501: New Testament Greek 1 3 Credit Hours


COURSE OVERVIEW

 

This course aims to equip the student with a basic grasp of New Testament Greek as a foundation for accurately interpreting the New Testament.  This includes developing the student’s understanding of the essential elements of Koine Greek such as morphology, grammar, and syntax, as well as training the student to use appropriate resource tools to determine the meaning of the Greek text.  It also aims to develop the student’s confidence in working with Greek words by being able to read, pronounce, and find words in alphabetical listings and in the biblical text. 

 

Students are provided with a copy of the Greek New Testament with literal English translation and parsing for each term.  While the students are not required to be able to do sight-translating or sight-parsing of the Greek New Testament, they are required to demonstrate skill in understanding grammar and syntax in order to effectively exegete the Greek New Testament.

This course builds on “Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics” (BS 510) and lays a foundation for the follow-up courses “Introduction to Greek Exegesis” (NT 601) or “Introduction to Greek Exegesis for Advanced Studies” (NT 602).  The third Greek course, “Greek Exegesis for Advanced Studies” (NT 603), builds further on this foundation through a course designed as a major elective for Biblical Studies majors and as a free elective to others.  This course is foundational to the preaching and teaching courses, the New Testament book courses, theology courses, and all other courses dealing with the New Testament biblical text.


OBJECTIVES 

By the end of this course, the student will have:

      Knowledge:

1.      Explained the essential elements of Koine Greek such as morphology, grammar, and syntax. 

2.      Explained insights from Greek grammar for Greek passages (with the literal English translation provided). 

 

Character/Values:

1.      Demonstrated a growing dependence on God to enable understanding of God’s word. 

2.      Demonstrated a growing commitment to study, apply, and communicate God’s word.

 

Skills/Behavior:

1.      Found, pronounced, and worked comfortably with Greek terms.  This involves the student having learned the Greek alphabet; declension of the Greek article; conjugation of a common verb in the indicative mood for the present, future, and aorist tenses; principal parts of verbs; a basic Greek vocabulary of 135 words and forms; and basic grammatical relationships. 

2.      Determined the meaning of Greek words used in the New Testament in context. 

3.      Used key tools effectively in translating and interpreting Greek words and passages.

4.      Grammatically diagramed simple Greek sentences.

 

 




 FME 501: EVANGELISM AND FOLLOW UP  2 CREDIT HOURS
Course Purpose

This is a compulsory foundation course required for every student. 

The purpose of this course is to provide theological foundation; principles; methods and skills of evangelism and follow up ministry. Biblical principles and theology of evangelism; definitions of evangelism and follow up; writing personal testimonies; sharing the gospel message; methods of evangelism; mass evangelism; the use of follow up materials. 


Pre-Requisite: Academic Writing

Course Description

The course will cover topics of components of research, qualitative vs. quantitative research methods, components of a Masters level thesis, including topic, background to the problem, purpose statement, research questions and hypotheses, literature review, methodology (population, sampling, research tools, data collection, data analysis), conceptual frameworks, using software for data analysis, research ethics, and formatting of thesis

 

Student Learning Outcome for this course include the following:

 

1.      Understand Research Process and Paradigms ~ Describe the four dominant approaches to research—experimental (quantitative), descriptive (qualitative), historical and critical -in ways that account for their differences and allow the researcher to choose appropriate paradigms for varying types of research questions.

 

2.      Define and Develop a problem and purpose statement.

 

3.      Understand the qualitative and quantitative methods and designs

 

4.      Understand and outline the components of a Masters level thesis proposal and final thesis

 

5.      Develop annotated Bibliography ~ Demonstrate how antecedent theoretical and bibliographic literatures support, clarify and contextualize their own research concerns. Locate literature for annotated bibliography.

 

6.      Develop a research design and Write a concept paper ~ a research design process that can be applied in a productive manner to the doctor of ministry project.


 Academic Writing 2  Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writing. The goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.


This is a two credit hour required course for all MLS, MACL, M.Div., PG and BA Students.

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to provide practical field ministry experience in building and leading multiplying discipleship groups. Planning and writing a ministry strategy; multiplying discipleship; integrating ministry components; writing and analysis of ministry reports and ministry evaluation.

This is one of our core courses at ACTS required for graduation. This course is about who we are, why we exist, our DNA. Please register for the class.


 (EXP 501)   Bible Study Methods (3 Credit Hours) 

COURSE PURPOSE: 

This course combines Bible study methods with biblical hermeneutics. A comprehensive survey is conducted of the basic processes of observation, interpretation, application, and correlation in Bible study. Regarding hermeneutics, the course examines the principles of biblical interpretation with particular focus on the historical-grammatical method. Attention is also given to developments and trends in hermeneutics in the African as well as the western world.

PST 5000 Marriage and Family  2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

 This class seeks to establish God’s design for a marriage and the dynamics necessary to create Godly offspring.  The class will discuss various characteristics needed to live out this design and discover strategies for growing in one-ness together.  Subjects will include: the purpose of marriage, parenthood essentials, communication techniques, conflict resolution, gender differences and investigations of God’s view of family roles.


LDR 502: Theological Foundations of Leadership 3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course provides a theological and philosophical basis for leadership, framed within contemporary worldviews. Metaphors, forms, styles, functions, responsibilities and character of leaders are explored within a framework of justice, truth and accountability, considering dynamics of Church-State relations, for empowering leaders and their followers to be agents of transformation.


CEF 500: SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course seeks to develop a model for spiritual growth that has theological grounding in the Bible, historical precedents in the Church, and is practically applicable to life.  Drawing from various Christian traditions of spiritual theology and practice, this course will present an approach to spiritual development which considers both the internal issues of motivation, faith and character as well as the external practices of spiritual disciplines that help Christians experience increasing growth in their relationship with Christ.  This class will also address critical issues involved in spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh and the devil as well as the role and importance of biblical community in spiritual development. 


 FME 501: EVANGELISM AND FOLLOW UP  2 CREDIT HOURS
Course Purpose

This is a compulsory foundation course required for every student. 

The purpose of this course is to provide theological foundation; principles; methods and skills of evangelism and follow up ministry. Biblical principles and theology of evangelism; definitions of evangelism and follow up; writing personal testimonies; sharing the gospel message; methods of evangelism; mass evangelism; the use of follow up materials. 

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LDR 512: PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Purpose:

This course focuses on character and skill development of the individual leader, for both personal and public contexts. Personal call (SHAPE), values, character, temperament, family and relationships, resource management, holistic living and decision-making will be explored and developed.

TOPICS IN CHURCH HISTORY

 3 CREDIT HOURS

 

Course Description

PGD 505 is a Survey of the historical and doctrinal development of the church from the apostolic age to the present day. Focus is on key moments in the development and growth of Christianity both in the West and the East from the 2ndcentury. The impact of key leaders and crucial turning points in the development and expansion of Christianity. 

 

Course Objectives

 

A.    To have the student know the major events of church history.

B.     To have the students know and appreciate the major doctrinal issues that developed throughout church history and how these doctrines came into formal articulation over the ages.

C.     To have the student recognize the importance of protecting the Body of Christ from doctrinal deviations.

D.    To have the student recognize the importance of learning from the past—learning from the right choices of the past as well as from the mistakes of the past.



PENTATEUCH AND OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS (3 Credit Hours)

Course DESCRIPTION: 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the Old Testament and Bible through an examination of the content, matters of introduction, and historical, social and religious contexts of the Pentateuch and historical books of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the relevance and message for the church today, particularly the African church. 

An in-depth study of the Pentateuch, both in terms of individual books and the corpus as a whole. To deepen student knowledge and understanding of both the contents of the five books of the Pentateuch and the collection as a unit, through readings and discussions.

 

Course RATIONALE:

Why redirect rigours in revisiting relics resources?

·         For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – (Romans 15:4) RSV

·         Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Cor. 10:11) RSV

 

Course OBJECTIVES:

This is a merger of two massive modules meant to be mastered within a very short moment of time.

 

THE PENTATEUCH or Torah as the foundation of the Old Testament canon provides the blueprint for the OT and functions as a special lens through which Scripture as a whole (OT and NT) is to be comprehended, interpreted and implemented. Given its peculiarity, the Pentateuch has received higher critical attacks, often seeking to ultimately undermine the accuracy, authority and reliability of the entire Bible. If the basis for belief “in the beginning” can be discredited, the rest of scripture can be disconnected, and therefore disregarded and discarded!

 

Thus, this course seeks to affirm the authenticity, authority, and theological richness and relevance of divinely inspired message of the Pentateuch and the historical books.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS offer an integrated overview of Israelite history from its pre-history to the close of the Old Testament period. This will be undertaken as an exploration of the two great historical works of the Old Testament:

1)      The Prophetic History from Joshua through Second Kings, and

2)      The Priestly History from First Chronicles through Nehemiah - as well as the books of Ruth and Esther.

 

We should be examining the salvation history of Israel to discover therein the picture of God that arises from the records of His mighty acts of mercy and grace, and to also learn what it means to be His people from the accounts of the Israelites' interactions with their God -Yahweh Jehovah.



PENTATEUCH AND OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS (3 Credit Hours)

Course DESCRIPTION: 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the Old Testament and Bible through an examination of the content, matters of introduction, and historical, social and religious contexts of the Pentateuch and historical books of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the relevance and message for the church today, particularly the African church. 

An in-depth study of the Pentateuch, both in terms of individual books and the corpus as a whole. To deepen student knowledge and understanding of both the contents of the five books of the Pentateuch and the collection as a unit, through readings and discussions.

 

Course RATIONALE:

Why redirect rigours in revisiting relics resources?

·         For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – (Romans 15:4) RSV

·         Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Cor. 10:11) RSV

 

Course OBJECTIVES:

This is a merger of two massive modules meant to be mastered within a very short moment of time.

 

THE PENTATEUCH or Torah as the foundation of the Old Testament canon provides the blueprint for the OT and functions as a special lens through which Scripture as a whole (OT and NT) is to be comprehended, interpreted and implemented. Given its peculiarity, the Pentateuch has received higher critical attacks, often seeking to ultimately undermine the accuracy, authority and reliability of the entire Bible. If the basis for belief “in the beginning” can be discredited, the rest of scripture can be disconnected, and therefore disregarded and discarded!

 

Thus, this course seeks to affirm the authenticity, authority, and theological richness and relevance of divinely inspired message of the Pentateuch and the historical books.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS offer an integrated overview of Israelite history from its pre-history to the close of the Old Testament period. This will be undertaken as an exploration of the two great historical works of the Old Testament:

1)      The Prophetic History from Joshua through Second Kings, and

2)      The Priestly History from First Chronicles through Nehemiah - as well as the books of Ruth and Esther.

 

We should be examining the salvation history of Israel to discover therein the picture of God that arises from the records of His mighty acts of mercy and grace, and to also learn what it means to be His people from the accounts of the Israelites' interactions with their God -Yahweh Jehovah.



PGD 411:    New Testament Historical Books and Johannine Writings


Credit Hours: 3         

 

Facilitator: John Reaume


Course Description 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the New Testament through an examination of the content, themes, introductory matters and the historical, social and canonical contexts of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John, and the Book of Revelation.  Attention is given to the relevance and message for the Church in Africa today.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

1.    Outline the general content and major themes of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation.

2.    Critically interact with the literary (author, date, purpose, occasion) and historical (religious, political and social) background of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation and relate these to biblical interpretation.

3.    Compare the unique contribution of each of the four Gospels to our understanding of Christ’s life and meaning.

4.    Critically evaluate important critical and interpretive problems in the Gospels, Acts, and Johannine Writings.

5.    Explain the formation of the New Testament canon and relate the unique contribution of the Gospels, Acts, and Johannine writings to the New Testament canon.

6.    Integrate the teachings of the New Testament to one’s life and ministry.

 

Course Content

Overview of the content, major themes, organization, distinct contributions, interpretive challenges along with introductory and critical matters for the Gospels, Acts and Johannine Writings; formation of the New Testament canon; the historical context, and the portrait of Jesus in each of the four Gospels.



Course Description

          This course explores the Synoptic Gospels: Mathew, Mark and Luke. In contrast to the Gospel of John, these three gospel  take a similar view of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus  Christ. These books are viewed both separately and together in order to provide a harmonious perspective of life and teachings of the Lord.

Goals and Objectives of the Course:

By the end of this course, the students should be able to:

·        Explain the historical, political, social and religious background of the synoptic Gospels.

·        Discuss intelligently the reasons for the differences and similarities between Synoptic Gospels and John’s Gospel.

·        Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts  related to the Synoptic Gospels like the Synoptic problem, Markan priority, Mathean priority, Temple ,Synagogue.

·        Defend the authorship, setting, and outstanding characteristics of each of the Synoptic Gospels.


Critical Thinking and Creative  Writing 

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Lecturer: William Udotong, PhD.

Contact: williamudotong@acts.edu.ng



Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writingThe goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.


OT 303 HISTORY OF ISRAEL

Facilitator

Rev. Adeagbo Robert –pastorshinaadeagbo@yahoo.com –08023227741

Location

40, Town Planning way

Ilupeju, Lagos

Schedule

Date: Oct. 19 – 30.  2020

 

 

Course Description: 

This is one of the Old Testament introduction courses with a special focus on the History of Israel, the covenant people. This is important because biblical prophecy makes Israel unique among the nations of the world. No other nation has been the subject of such detailed prophecies as the Jewish people. This course exposes the uniqueness of the nation of Israel, their land, the city of Jerusalem and the Messiah. The historical analysis begins from the Patriarchs to the division of the kingdom, the invasion of the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Roman Empire. It will also touch some of the activities and Jewish experience during the intertestamental period to the beginning of the New Testament when the nation was under the Roman Empire.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course:

By the end of this course, the students should be able to:

1.      Understand the sovereignty of God in the formation of Israel as a nation of God in the making of the nation of Israel.

2.      Explain the importance of Israel as a nation in God’s salvific agenda for the World.

3.      Explain the meaning and significance of God’s self- revelation to Israel and the nations.

4.      Reflect on God’s faithfulness and covenant relationship to Israelites and Christians.


PRINCIPLES OF EVANGELISM AND FOLLOW-UP

UNDERGRADUATE CLASS

2 CREDIT HOURS

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE

The Class serves as an introduction to principles and methods of effective personal evangelism and follow-up of new believers. Taught in conjunction with field ministry team involvement, this course enables the student to share Christ effectively and motivate new believers to further growth through small group Bible studies and initial integration into the local church.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. Basic Knowledge of material presented in this course by:

a. Being able to begin a conversation with someone that leads to a natural presentation of the gospel.

b. Knowing the principles related to assurance of salvation to those who sincerely receive Jesus Christ by faith.

c. List the steps involved in developing a personal discipleship ministry.

2. Deeper understanding of the material presented in this course by:

a. Knowing the gospel message and distinguish it from pseudo gospel.

b. Mastering the use the &quot;Four Spiritual Laws&quot; booklet as a witnessing tool.

c. Recognizing the task of evangelism within the African context, especially in light of the challenges and opportunities presented by Islam, ATR and new technologies

d. Being able to help resolve some intellectual barriers to faith in Jesus.

3. How to use what the students have learned in this course by:

a. Sharing the gospel effectively using the Four Spiritual Laws booklet

b. Giving your three-minute personal salvation testimony from memory in a simulated environment.

c. Being able to motivate a new believer to meet again for follow-up in both a simulated and an actual situation.

d. Develop a personal or corporate strategy for evangelism and follow-up.



CE 102: SPIRITUAL FORMATION 
2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course seeks to develop a model for spiritual growth that has a theological grounding in the Bible, historical precedents in the Church and is practically applicable to life.  Drawing from various Christian traditions of spiritual theology and practice, this course will present an approach to spiritual development which considers both the internal issues of motivation, faith and character as well as the external practices of spiritual disciplines that help Christians experience increasing growth in their relationship with Christ.  This class will also address critical issues involved in spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh and the devil as well as the role and importance of biblical community in spiritual development. 



MN 102 Christian Family Living  

2 CREDIT HOURS

COURSE PURPOSE:

 This class seeks to establish God’s design for a marriage and the dynamics necessary to create Godly offspring.  The class will discuss various characteristics needed to live out this design and discover strategies for growing in one-ness together.  Subjects will include: the purpose of marriage, parenthood essentials, communication techniques, conflict resolution, gender differences and investigations of God’s view of family roles


MN 202

WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT 

3 Credit Hours

Course Description

A Perspective on what God is currently doing in the growth and spread of global Christianity including history and theology of Missions, cultural aspects of missions and current strategies of Cross - Cultural Missions. 


Goals and Objectives of the Course:

By the end of this course, the students should be able to:

·         Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the growth and spread of global Christianity with a special focus on the history and theology of missions.

·         Be encouraged to join the Missionary activities, movement of the church.

·         Educate others on the importance of Mission and Missionary activities in church.

·         Support the Missionary Movement and Missionaries with their talents and treasures.



History of Christianity 

 3 CREDIT HOURS

 

Course Description

HT 201 is a Survey of the historical and doctrinal development of the church from the apostolic age to the present day. Focus is on key moments in the development and growth of Christianity both in the West and the East from the 2ndcentury. The impact of key leaders and crucial turning points in the development and expansion of Christianity. 

 

Course Objectives

 

A.    To have the student know the major events of church history.

B.     To have the students know and appreciate the major doctrinal issues that developed throughout church history and how these doctrines came into formal articulation over the ages.

C.     To have the student recognize the importance of protecting the Body of Christ from doctrinal deviations.

D.    To have the student recognize the importance of learning from the past—learning from the right choices of the past as well as from the mistakes of the past.



M1 201 

WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT 

3 Credit Hours

Course Description

A Perspective on what God is currently doing in the growth and spread of global Christianity including history and theology of Missions, cultural aspects of missions and current strategies of Cross - Cultural Missions. 


Goals and Objectives of the Course:

By the end of this course, the students should be able to:

·         Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the growth and spread of global Christianity with a special focus on the history and theology of missions.

·         Be encouraged to join the Missionary activities, movement of the church.

·         Educate others on the importance of Mission and Missionary activities in church.

·         Support the Missionary Movement and Missionaries with their talents and treasures.


LD 101: PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Purpose:

This course focuses on character and skill development of the individual leader, for both personal and public contexts. Personal call (SHAPE), values, character, temperament, family and relationships, resource management, holistic living and decision-making will be explored and developed.


Critical Thinking and Creative  Writing 

Credit Hours: 2 Hours

Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writingThe goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.



Introduction to Hermeneutics

BL 401 

3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE: 

This course combines Bible study methods with biblical hermeneutics. A comprehensive survey is conducted of the basic processes of observation, interpretation, application, and correlation in Bible study. Regarding hermeneutics, the course examines the principles of biblical interpretation with particular focus on the historical-grammatical method. Attention is also given to developments and trends in hermeneutics in the African as well as the western world.



LD 102:  Foundations of Leadership 3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course provides a theological and philosophical basis for leadership, framed within contemporary worldviews. Metaphors, forms, styles, functions, responsibilities and character of leaders are explored within a framework of justice, truth and accountability, considering dynamics of Church-State relations, for empowering leaders and their followers to be agents of transformation.



MN 102 Christian Family Living  2 CREDIT HOURS


COURSE PURPOSE:

 This class seeks to establish God’s design for a marriage and the dynamics necessary to create Godly offspring.  The class will discuss various characteristics needed to live out this design and discover strategies for growing in one-ness together.  Subjects will include: the purpose of marriage, parenthood essentials, communication techniques, conflict resolution, gender differences and investigations of God’s view of family roles



OT 101   Survey of Old Testament Historical Books (3 Credit Hours)

Course DESCRIPTION: 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the Old Testament and Bible through an examination of the content, matters of introduction, and historical, social and religious contexts of the Pentateuch and historical books of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the relevance and message for the church today, particularly the African church. 

An in-depth study of the Pentateuch, both in terms of individual books and the corpus as a whole. To deepen student knowledge and understanding of both the contents of the five books of the Pentateuch and the collection as a unit, through readings and discussions.

 

Course RATIONALE:

Why redirect rigours in revisiting relics resources?

·         For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – (Romans 15:4) RSV

·         Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Cor. 10:11) RSV

 

Course OBJECTIVES:

This is a merger of two massive modules meant to be mastered within a very short moment of time.

 

THE PENTATEUCH or Torah as the foundation of the Old Testament canon provides the blueprint for the OT and functions as a special lens through which Scripture as a whole (OT and NT) is to be comprehended, interpreted and implemented. Given its peculiarity, the Pentateuch has received higher critical attacks, often seeking to ultimately undermine the accuracy, authority and reliability of the entire Bible. If the basis for belief “in the beginning” can be discredited, the rest of scripture can be disconnected, and therefore disregarded and discarded!

 

Thus, this course seeks to affirm the authenticity, authority, and theological richness and relevance of divinely inspired message of the Pentateuch and the historical books.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS offer an integrated overview of Israelite history from its pre-history to the close of the Old Testament period. This will be undertaken as an exploration of the two great historical works of the Old Testament:

1)      The Prophetic History from Joshua through Second Kings, and

2)      The Priestly History from First Chronicles through Nehemiah - as well as the books of Ruth and Esther.

 

We should be examining the salvation history of Israel to discover therein the picture of God that arises from the records of His mighty acts of mercy and grace, and to also learn what it means to be His people from the accounts of the Israelites' interactions with their God -Yahweh Jehovah.



INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecturer: IFIOK UKOBO

 

Course Description

This is a survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include memory and intelligence, psychological development, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social processes. The course integrates and relates the content of Psychology to students' everyday experience as well as to a Christian worldview.

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of theoretical underpinnings of the major areas of psychology, including cognition (thought, memory, perception), learning, personality, social and environmental influences, development, and physiology of behavior.
  2. Explain different models of human behavior based on science versus intuition or general ways of knowing.
  3. Recognize ways of pursuing questions in Psychology via discussion of theory and empirical research.
  4. Describe connections between knowledge gained in Psychology to everyday life.
  5. Evaluate the philosophical basis of theories in psychology in the light of Christian Worldview.

EN 101 Communication in English (B.Th)  

3 Credit Hours


Course Description

The course EN 101 offers guidance for development of better communicative efficiency in English Language for under graduate students. It reviews regional varieties of English, process of effective communication, as well as parts of speech, grammatical foundations and English as a communication tool. EN 101 also dwells briefly on Public Speaking, so as to enhance the quality of their academic and intellectual activities during and after their course. The course also reviews English Literature.


Information Technology GS 102

CREDIT HOURS : 2 Hours

 LECTURER : Daniel Keriafe Ejiro, MA 

CONTACT : danielkeriafe@acts.edu.ng

 Course Description

 The course introduces you to computer systems and tools, and shall cover basic computer skills and the place of internet and electronic resources for students’ academic work. The course will introduce you to ACTS learning management system and registration portal as well digital resources for evangelism. This course therefore will familiarize you with basic relevant concepts of information technology, simple maintenance culture and how to use the computer system to pursue a successful academic program at ACTS. The ultimate goal of this course is to assist you familiarize yourself with information system as a whole. The course will cover specifically the meaning, general overview of computer functions (practical), classification and brief on the generations of computer (first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth generation). The course will also introduce you to the two main components of computer (hardware and software), computer virus, computer networking, internet and basic cloud computing. The course will further introduce you to ACTS learning management system registration portal (how to navigate easily) as well as digital ministry. The course will finally introduce you to relevant Microsoft Office applications.

Expected Learning Outcomes

In the end of this course, students are expected to: 1. Understand basic information technology concept

2. Gain the skills and knowledge required to operate the computer and perform common tasks

3. Understand simple computer networking and make effective use of the internet

4. Self-reliance in using ACTS learning management system

5. Understand and master procedures in digital ministry 6. Perform basic functions with relevant Microsoft office applications.

Survey of New Testament Historical Books

Credit Hours: 3         

 Facilitator: John Reaume

Course Description 

This course provides a foundation for understanding and interpreting the New Testament through an examination of the content, themes, introductory matters and the historical, social and canonical contexts of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John, and the Book of Revelation.  Attention is given to the relevance and message for the Church in Africa today.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

1.    Outline the general content and major themes of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation.

2.    Critically interact with the literary (author, date, purpose, occasion) and historical (religious, political and social) background of the Gospels, Acts, 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation and relate these to biblical interpretation.

3.    Compare the unique contribution of each of the four Gospels to our understanding of Christ’s life and meaning.

4.    Critically evaluate important critical and interpretive problems in the Gospels, Acts, and Johannine Writings.

5.    Explain the formation of the New Testament canon and relate the unique contribution of the Gospels, Acts, and Johannine writings to the New Testament canon.

6.    Integrate the teachings of the New Testament to one’s life and ministry.

 

Course Content

Overview of the content, major themes, organization, distinct contributions, interpretive challenges along with introductory and critical matters for the Gospels, Acts and Johannine Writings; formation of the New Testament canon; the historical context, and the portrait of Jesus in each of the four Gospels.


LD 101: PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Purpose:

This course focuses on character and skill development of the individual leader, for both personal and public contexts. Personal call (SHAPE), values, character, temperament, family and relationships, resource management, holistic living and decision-making will be explored and developed.


MN 103: EVANGELISM AND FOLLOW UP  2 CREDIT HOURS
Course Purpose

This is a compulsory foundation course required for every student. 

The purpose of this course is to provide theological foundation; principles; methods and skills of evangelism and follow up ministry. Biblical principles and theology of evangelism; definitions of evangelism and follow up; writing personal testimonies; sharing the gospel message; methods of evangelism; mass evangelism; the use of follow up materials. 


Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Course Description

The course introduces you to the process and procedures library usage, writing ethics, required format for all term and research papers, and policies and procedures of ACTS, for successfully completing your academic program.

The goal of this course is to assist you in developing the writing skills necessary to meet a range of anticipated writing tasks that you will encounter during your academic career at ACTS and beyond. 


The course will cover library usage: accessing resources (books, journals, and on-line resources), proper citation of all forms of literature, required format style, academic ethics, and an over-view of study skills for Masters work.    

This course will also introduce you to critical thinking and academic writingThe goal is to introduce you to the kinds of writing assignments and engagement required for graduate level students.

This class will be offered by first year masters and Bachelor students.



THS 640: ETHICS, VALUES AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

3 CREDIT HOURS

Course Description

 

This course will focus on areas of Ethics as they relate to the various contexts of the student in relationship to the Christian life both in their personal as well as church leadership.  Ethical theories will be discussed as well as how having a Biblical Worldview will effect ones ethical decisions.  Case studies will be used as a primary vehicle to demonstrate a proper response to ethical dilemmas as experienced by students today.

 





Bible Study Methods 

EXP 501 

3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE: 

This course combines Bible study methods with biblical hermeneutics. A comprehensive survey is conducted of the basic processes of observation, interpretation, application, and correlation in Bible study. Regarding hermeneutics, the course examines the principles of biblical interpretation with particular focus on the historical-grammatical method. Attention is also given to developments and trends in hermeneutics in the African as well as the western world.



Theology 2: Humanity, Christ, Salvation (3 Credit hours)

 

Course Description

Theological Anthropology: humanity in light of creation, the Imago Dei, human ecological stewardship, gender, hamartiology; Christology: person and work of Christ, incarnation and hypostatic union, virgin birth, resurrection, impeccability; Salvation: nature and models of the atonement, predestination, calling, repentance, faith, conversion, justification, adoption, assurance, sanctification, glorification.


LDR : Theological Foundations of Leadership 3 Credit Hours


COURSE PURPOSE:

This course provides a theological and philosophical basis for leadership, framed within contemporary worldviews. Metaphors, forms, styles, functions, responsibilities and character of leaders are explored within a framework of justice, truth and accountability, considering dynamics of Church-State relations, for empowering leaders and their followers to be agents of transformation.