Firm Foundation Ministries
60 Newtown Road #15
Danbury, CT 06810
203-791-2500

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Bible Institute
Classroom Series Course Descriptions


These courses are primarily designed for the traditional classroom and are also offered online beginning Fall 2011. Each student will require a textbook and a Bible. All courses run for 10 weeks. Tuition is $89.00 plus $10.00 registration fee. The registration form can be downloaded here. To pay online for a Bible Institute course, please visit the Firm Foundation Ministries store.

Old Testament Survey Part I:An overview of Genesis through Esther – This course explores the diverse circumstances in which the people of Israel lived.  We will focus on the Old Testament as a theological  witness to the experience of ancient Israel, taking seriously the claim of the text that it is speaking about encounter and relationship with God.  The Old Testament is more than the literature, history, and sociology of ancient people, but it is the collected faith testimony regarded in Judaism and Christianity as scripture through which God’s word becomes a reality and a resource to the modern synagogue and church.  For our purposes, this is not just ancient Israel’s book, but it belongs to the church as well.  Dates for the Fall: September 19, October 3,10,17 & 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 2011.
Old Testament Survey Part II: Job - Malachi: A survey of the Prophets and writings.  This course will survey the Old Testament from the Hebrew Bible perspective and will provide a historical-thematic survey of the Old Testament during and after the Exile.  Special attention is given to the cultural, theological, ad contextual perspectives. A look at the practical application of major Old Testament themes will be discussed.  Dates for the winter: January 9, 16 & 23; February 6, 13, & 20; March 5 & 12, 2012

New Testament Survey: Brings unity and chronological sequence to New Testament study by weaving the contents of the books around a central theme the pers6n of Christ. Divisions are the synoptic gospels, the Gospel of John, the Book of Acts, the Pauline Epistles in chronological order, the General Epistles and the Book of Revelation.   Dates for the Spring: April 2, 9, 16, & 23; May 7, 14, & 21, 2012
    

Biblical Beliefs: Presents foundational Bible doctrines in a popular, easy-to-understand format. Covered in the course are creation and fall of man, faith and regeneration, justification and adoption, angels, Satan, resurrection and judgment, and the church.

The Triune God: This course provides grounding in basic Christian beliefs. The individuality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is studied and the biblical teaching of the oneness of the Godhead is clearly presented.  Session topics include the characteristics and works of God; the preexistence, incarnation, and deity of Christ; and the personality and power of the Holy Spirit.

Joy At Work - based upon the book by Dennis Bakke which focuses on the fact that God created us with a purpose and design that enables us to be good stewards of our gifts and employing them toward meaningful work brings joy and peace.  As redeemed people of God through the Lord Jesus we are to demonstrate the glory of the Lord in the earth  and find out where our gifts fit in the workplace.

Spiritual Formation 1: Topics include foundations for spiritual growth, communication with God, establishing a godly life-style, developing interpersonal skills, worship and devotional life, identifying ministry capabilities and areas for service, and lifelong learning.            

Spiritual Formation 2: The moment you invite Christ into your life and experience conversion, a monumental change takes place.  In part 1, we explore the necessary ingredients needed to cultivate and stir a desire for spiritual growth, namely the virtues of Jesus.  While Jesus virtues are the goal, in Part 2, we will look closely at the disciplines or spiritual exercises to access the virtues.  We will focus on learning how to practice Spiritual exercises that open us up to God’s presence.  Ultimately our desire is to submit to the Lord Jesus, and be an imitator of Christ in this world.

The Church at Study - This course clarifies the Sunday school's purposes, functions, and organization for ministry in the 21st century. Covers all aspects of the ministry of bringing people of all ages (children, youth, and adults) to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, enriching their Christian lives, and preparing them to serve Christ.

Church Educational Ministries: More Than Sunday School.  It provides a panaroma of educational ministries in the local church Sunday school, home Bible studies, summer ministries retreats and camps, adult education, youth and club programs, children s church, and missions. It presents each program's uniqueness, strength, and structure.

Effectively Leading: A Guide for All Church Leaders: Explores the wide variety of areas with which volunteer and professional church leaders must contend today. This course contends that while church leaders may be efficient, they are often ineffective.

Foundations of the Faith: Part One and Two examines how to be assured of forgiveness, salvation, victory, and God’s love from a scriptural standpoint.

Personal Leadership Development:  Presents the three critical dimensions of effective leadership.  You learn from scripture the essential qualities of an effective leader and how to develop those qualities in your own life.  The specific changes needed to maximize your potential as a leader will be determined.

Understanding Teaching:  Designed to provide Bible teaching preparation for those desiring to serve in the church educational program.  Presenting the “why” as well as the “how” of teaching, this course is designed to challenge teachers with the newest principles and methods of communicating God’s Word.

God’s Financial Plan: This course is designed to present a biblical perspective of how to put God first in our lives and allow God to show us His plan for our financial success. Personal money management through spending plans and cash flow analysis will provide the needed control to take charge of your finances.  Click here to find out about our seminars www.myfirmrock.org.   

The Life of Prayer: This course is designed to present the importance of prayer as a lifestyle rather than a time of calling upon the Lord for emergencies.  Prayer is the supply-line connecting human need to God’s resources and a channel of fellowship and communion with God.

The Power of Praise and Worship: In addition to prayer, this course will present the most powerful weapon against the devil who tries to prevent you from receiving healing and deliverance for your life. Understanding music and worship in the church is an integral part of this learning experience.  It will provide a historical overview of music and worship, biblical foundations for both, and practical instruction on how to renew both within the local church.

Discovering Spiritual Gifts: Covers the meaning of spiritual gifts from Romans 12, and 1 Corinthians 12. Through a survey you can determine how God has gifted you for service in order to fulfill your purpose.

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt: Aside from personal faith in Christ, is there any evidence to substantiate the claims of Christianity? You be the judge. As an introduction to the study of apologetics, this book will take a step-by-step approach through the well-documented evidence and help you reach a verdict that could change your life!

Perspectives from Church History: Written as a basic introduction to the subject, this course covers the four major periods of church history: The Ancient Church, The Medieval Church, The Reformation Church, and The Modern Church. It is designed to give Christians an overview of their spiritual heritage.

Teaching Techniques: Provides information on how to communicate God's Word and apply it to life situations. This course covers teaching aims, methods, and evaluation as well as lesson preparation, presentation, application and principles of classroom discipline.

VBS  &Other Summer Ministries: The summer months provide opportunity for creative expression of faith, concentrated Bible study, evangelism, and family reinforcement. Traditional Vacation Bible Schools have a new appearance. Other ministries, to all age groups, are giving birth to fresh ideas for spiritual development and attendance boosters.

Your Ministry of Evangelism: Evangelism is the mandate for church growth today.  This course covers the foundations for evangelism, conversion and regeneration, leading to a decision.  Also discussed will be age specific techniques, team efforts, visitation, discipling new believers, and the importance of prayer to the evangelistic effort.

 

World Missions Today: A survey of missions with emphasis on the present worldwide scene, the biblical basis of missions and how all believers can get involved. Every believer's life will be enriched with the knowledge of God's work through His people.

You and Your Bible (Bible Introduction): Believers, especially those involved in church ministry, should be well informed about the Word of God. This course presents the inspiration and authorship of the Bible, how it was preserved, why we believe it, how we deal with its problems and critics, the role of archeology, and ways to study it.

Understanding People: Gives insight into people's personalities, experiences, interests, and needs. Examined in this course are the basic elements of personality development (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual) for each major age division in an individual's development.

 

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