"STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED...RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH" – II TIMOTHY 2:15
Admissions Prerequisite Course
*OR 099 - Orientation/Entrance Exam – This is a 5 week course.
The objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the books of the Bible. At the end of this course, the students will know the correct spelling of each book of the Bible, the chronological order of the books, how many divisions are in the Old as well as the New Testament, the title of each division of the Bible, and how many books are in each division.
*MANDATORY - ALL NEW MATRICULATED STUDENTS must take this 4 week Orientation Course and pass the Entrance Exam with a grade of 80% or better before acceptance into the Institute and enrollment in the Certificate Program.
No credits are earned for the Orientation Course and only the registration fee is required.
General Bible Courses (8 Week Courses)
BI 100 - Principles of Bible Study
This course is an introduction to the various tools of Bible study. It is a methodical and inductive approach to study of the Scriptures, basic laws, and principles of interpretation. The objective of this class is to give the students a “method of study” using the principles of observation/Information, Interpretation, and Application. The students will also learn how to integrate study aids such as the Strong’s Concordance, The King James or New King James Study Bible, The Vine’s Bible Dictionary, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, and other resources into this method of study. This course also includes opportunities for the students to practice using the tools, methods, and principles learned. At the end of the course the students will know how to use their study aids to interpret scripture based on content, context, and culture.
*BI 101 – 104 - Bible Survey
The objective of these courses is to help students understand each book of the Bible, its historical context and its place in Scripture as a whole. At the end of the course the students will know the author, historical setting, the theme and purpose, key words, key scriptures, and key chapters of each book.
BI 101 - Old Testament Survey 1 (Genesis through Esther)
BI 102 - Old Testament Survey 2 (Job through Malachi)
BI 103 - New Testament Survey 1 (Matthew through Colossians)
BI 104 - New Testament Survey 2 (1 Thessalonians through Revelation)
*Prerequisite BI 100 – All matriculated students must have passed “The Principles of Bible Study” to take these courses.
Theology Courses* (8 Week Courses)
TH 101 - Hermeneutics
Hermeneutics is the science and methodology of interpreting the books of the Bible. In this course, the Instructor will survey the principles of Biblical interpretation and application. In addition, the Instructor will address issues of application, such as determining what is normative and the implications of cultural relativism. Students will learn the importance of literal interpretation, word studies, grammatical analysis, context, figurative language, and Biblical genres.
TH 102 - Apologetics
Apologetics is the art of proving the truth of Christianity. The objective of this course is to teach students how to defend the faith from a Biblical standpoint.
TH 103 - Homiletics
Homiletics is the art of preaching. This course exclusively focuses on expository preaching, a method of sermon development which expounds on a Biblical text in an accurate and effective manner. Students are instructed in the techniques of sermon design, preparation, and delivery. To develop proficiency as an expositor, the student will learn the process of moving from analysis of the text through exegesis to a sermon structure, which communicates truth to contemporary minds.
*Prerequisite: Matriculated Students must have completed and passed all Bible Survey Courses (BI)before taking any Theology courses (TH). Theology courses must be taken in sequence.
Evangelism Courses (8 & 6 Week Courses)
EV 101 -Church Evangelism Strategies
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and those who win souls are wise” (Proverbs 11:30 TNIV). This course is designed to introduce students to the role of the Church (Body of Christ) as it relates to effective church evangelism. Jesus was the greatest Evangelist of all times! Jesus’ approach to evangelism and His strategies will be analyzed with regard to His effectiveness with different cultural groups; and with consideration to their present-day relevance. Emphasis will also be placed on presenting the Gospel in a practical yet Biblical manner – What would Jesus do!
EV 102 - Proclaiming the Gospel**
This course is a study of relational evangelism through consideration of “Just Walk Across the Room”. This course is designed to teach the students simple steps in pointing people to faith through “personal evangelism”. Students will learn how to "live in 3-D" by developing friendships, discovering stories, and discerning the appropriate next steps.
*Prerequisite: Matriculated Students must have completed and passed all Theology Courses before taking any evangelism courses.
**The “Proclaiming the Gospel” course is only for four (4) weeks.
Effective Ministry Courses (8 & 6 Week Courses)
EM 101 - The Church’s Ministry
This course is a study of God’s corporate purpose for and design of the church. Special attention is given to the value and necessity of edification and outreach being accomplished through a community of saints. The church’s activity in education, worship, fellowship, evangelism, and missions is considered.
EM 102 - Using My Gifts
The objective of this course is to help students to understand their significance and place in the body of Christ. At the end of the course students will be able to identify their specific grace gift(s) given to them by God and how to use that gift to serve the body of Christ.
Women’s Ministry Courses (6 Week Courses)
WM 101 – Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Restoring the Balance
Today’s women are constantly on the go – having mastered the art of multitasking, women today juggle family life, work, ministry and social lives; to name a few. Consequently, many women suffer from burnout, exhaustion and frustration; they have lost their balance in the midst of a “Martha’s world”.
This 4 week workshop is designed with “today’s women” in mind; women who need balance! As we study the lives of Mary and Martha, the students will take an introspective journey through their busy lives; a journey that will require them to examine their priorities and motives for ‘doing it all’. At the conclusion of the workshop, students will be able to identify those areas of their lives that are out of balance and learn how to choose “the better part.
WM 102 – Women Who Lead: The Grace of an Influential Woman
Women in leadership roles have learned that leading is not about demanding or forcing others to comply; in contrast, it is about nurturing, guiding and meeting the needs of others.
In this 4 week workshop, students will examine the role of a servant-leader. We will study the examples of servant leaders throughout the Bible, and especially the master example of Jesus. At the end of the course, students will know how to use their influence as a leader to build-up of the body of Christ
WM 103 – What Happens When Women Say YES to God
In this 4 week workshop, students will learn what it means to live a life in total obedience to God. Through the study of Scripture, we will learn how to hear the voice of God and discern what it is that He wants you to do. At the end of the course, students will know how to give their lives and heart totally over to God so that He can transform their lives in amazing ways and affect the lives of others around them in extraordinary ways.
WM 104 – After I Do
Women, sex and cooking are not the only ingredients for a successful marriage. In this 4 week workshop, Students will explore the practical implications of a Biblical marriage and the women's role. At the end of this course, students will know biblical foundations for a healthy and productive union.
Men’s Ministry Courses (6 Week Course)
MM 101 - Man of His Word: Calling Men to Integrity & Leadership
This 6 week course covers topics meaningful to the lives of Christian men at home, at church, and in the workplace.
Lessons will include: Called to Believe-A Man of Christ; Called to Love-A Man and His Wife; Called to Nurture-A Man and His Children; Called to Serve-A Man and His Church; Called to Labor-A Man and His Career; Called to Manage-A Man and His Money; Called to Lead-A Man in the Marketplace; and Called to Stand-A Man and His Mission
Course Electives (6 Week Courses)
TH 104 - Eschatology
This course covers the Biblical teaching on the present and future aspects of the kingdom, the return of Christ, the resurrection, judgment, millennium, new heavens and new earth; an analysis of evangelical systems of eschatology.
TH 105 – Christology**
The objective of this class is to help students understand the nature, character, and actions of Jesus Christ. This course is a study of the earthly life and ministry of Christ as revealed in the four Gospels. The study, which will place value on the harmony of the Gospels, will emphasize understanding who Jesus Christ was and is, what He did, and why such revelation is important to men and women. At the end of this course students will see Christ revealed in every book of the Bible.
**The “Christology” course is for six (6) weeks.
DT 101 - Baptism
The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of the Doctrine of Water Baptism and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost for the New Testament Christians. At the end of the course students will understand the “command” to baptize, it’s meaning, necessity, as well as the requirements. In addition, the students will understand the purpose, promise (prophecy), and fulfillment (evidence) of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost.
DT 102 - Spiritual Governments
The objective of this course is to bring understanding to the students concerning the various levels of Spiritual Authority given to the leader(s). As well as the need for government, structure, and order in the body Christ and the local church. At the end of the course students will understand, from a Biblical prospective, the need for and the functions of leadership in the church. The Students will know the difference between Governmental Authority (divine authority to rule the body of Christ through the offices vested in them) and Congregational Authority (a scope of authority given to some by the local pastor for a specific task and/or goal to better serve the body of Christ).
BI 105 - Psalms
This course is a survey of the formation and organization of the Book of Psalms, the nature of Old Testament poetry, and application of sound principles for studying the book. Selected Psalms are used to illustrate the various kinds of Psalms and the doctrinal and devotional values of the Psalms.
Perfecting Faith Bible Institute
Intermediate Certificate Program
(33 credits required to graduate)
General Bible Courses (8 weeks) Credits
BI 200 Principles of Bible Study II** (4)
BI 201 A Old Testament Intensives (The Pentateuch) (4)
BI 201 B Old Testament Intensives (The Historical Books) (4)
**Prerequisite: Principles of Bible Study I
Theology Courses (8 weeks)
TH 202 Apologetics II (How to Help Seekers & Skeptics Find Faith (4)
TH 203 Advanced Homiletics (4)
Evangelism Courses (6 weeks)
EV 201 Becoming a Contagious Christian (3)
Effective Ministry Courses (8 weeks)
EM 202 Biblical Foundations for Missions (4)
Electives (6 weeks)*** (Choose two elective courses)
TH 205 The Gift of Prophecy (3)
BH 101 Manners & Customs of the Bible (3)
BI 202B New Testament Intensives (The Book of Romans) (4)
***Indicates 8 week Course