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101 Christian Foundations
Welcome to Christian Foundations, the first module of the Certificate in Ministry. This module covers the basics of Christianity. The foundational doctrines that we feel are necessary to be able to function as a Christian leader. This is an exciting and interesting course and is primarily focused on theology, without all the technical jargon. These teachings are practical and can be applied in your life and ministry from the start.
We all need wisdom and wisdom starts with knowledge. You can have knowledge without wisdom, but you can’t have wisdom without knowledge.
Christian foundations are a collection of teachings about what Jesus taught. Jesus must always be our role model, as we take our direction from Him. His whole earthly ministry was about discipleship. Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey of being transformed into His image.
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102 The Bible
The second module in Certificate in Ministry. Also known as Hermeneutics. This is the study of biblical interpretation, a vital and often neglected area of study. You will learn how to correctly interpret the bible and with this comes a greater understanding of biblical truths. Students will learn how to determine what is error and what is truth.
Studying the Bible can be one of the most fulfilling activities of your life. It can also be a drag if approached in the wrong way. Learning to study the Bible correctly is vitally important. This course teaches skills which help you to be a good Bible student by learning what the Bible is about and how to interpret it correctly. A major part of being a Christian is sharing our faith with others. By increasing your knowledge and understanding of the Bible you will become a more effective witness.
You will also learn to study the Bible in a way that will allow God to be able to effectively communicate to you through it. In other words, you will be able to better understand what God’s will for your life is. The main way He speaks to us is through His word, therefore, when we better understand His word, we can better understand what he wants us to do. This is the
reason that the Bible was inspired to be written in the first place. God wants to guide your life in order that you have life and have it more abundantly (Jn. 10:10). When you have the abundant
life, you see life as service to others. Only by being a servant to others can we enjoy our lives here on earth.
This module consists of an introduction and 14 chapters which cover: Old and New Testament divisions, the history of the bible, Christian worldview, Christocentric, blood covenants, covenant terms, bible covenants, principle of biblical interpretation, New Testament interpretation, we must study the bible, understanding the bible, what the bible is and developing effective bible studies.
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103 Spiritual Beings
Welcome to Spiritual Beings
The third module of the Certificate in Ministry.
Who is God? Where does He come from? Why am I here? Where do I come from? Where am I going? What happens to me when I die?
These are the great questions of life. Most people ask these questions at some point in their lives. We want to make sense of it all, to understand what life is about. Every tribe and nation on the earth has some concept of God. Someone once said that there is a God sized void inside all of us that needs to be filled. There are many concepts of God. From birth, every one of us has an innate sense that “there is something more than just me” and a drive to discover what that might be. In the same way, all people, whether they are believers or not, seek the deeper meaning, purpose, and significance that exists in life, relationships and the things that happen to us.
Sometimes spiritual beings are misunderstood. Often in a search for a god people start worshiping angels and other beings. In this module we look at different kinds of spiritual being to bring a greater understanding of the spirit realm.
This module consists of 15 chapters: God, the Glory of God, three attribute of God, The Trinity, The Father, The Fathers love, as Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, the origin of angels, characteristics of angels, different kinds of angels, functions of angels, demons and authority.
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Welcome to this exciting course about prayer. Prayer is communication with God, which is two-way communication. Wrong prayer does not always produce the required results. Do you want to have an effective prayer life? Do you understand Biblical prayer? Do you know how to deal with demonic attacks and possession? This course contains the answers to these questions and more.
Students learn how to pray effectively and therefore get positive results. There are different types of prayers for different situations. We need to know how to pray and what to say when praying. All believers have spiritual authority and we need to understand how to operate in this authority.
This module teaches students how to pray effectively and consists of chapters; Introduction, Hearing God, Faith, The Name, Praise and Worship, Bible Prayers, The Greatest Prayer ever Prayed, The Lord’s Prayer, The Promises, Preparation for War, Binding and Loosing, Intercession, Praying in the Spirit, The Prayer of Faith.
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105 Inner Victory
Before we attempt to minister to others, we should first ensure that we are a vessel fit for the Holy Spirit to use.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Hence we should first look to the condition of our own souls before we think of attempting to minister to others.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Matthew 7:3-5 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
From the time of belief in Jesus as both the Son of the living God, and our acceptance of and commitment to obey Jesus as the Lord (owner and ruler) of our lives, (Romans 10:9-10; John 14:21) comes the assurance of salvation, and with the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the gift of speaking in tongues (Acts 1:5 & 2:4).
From the instant of salvation, or any time thereafter, may come instant relief or deliverance from ungodly thought patterns and addictions that may have plagued us before, but generally, though we are saved and our spirits have been renewed, we are in other respects just the same, and the life-long journey of renewing our souls (heart, and minds) has just begun – we are to “grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2). Maturity is gained as we “.. grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 peter 3:18). Our aim must be to become more like Jesus – to be transformed into His image with ever increasing glory (2 Cor 3:18) through the “renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). This process is achieved by reading, studying and meditating (thinking and pondering on) the word of God and by spending time with the Lord in Prayer, and (as we have seen in an earlier course) this will be aided by deliverance from genealogical bondages, un-godly soul tiles, and from demonization.
Philippians 3:12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
Maturity as a Christian is a process, and growing in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus is a process, with each person growing at his or her own rate. Growth typically involves different seasons, with peaks and valleys, times of victory and times in which we appear to be in a wilderness and not moving at all, but all of these are steps in the process. The key is to always stay in faith – the conviction that God is always in control, to stay determined like Paul to press on, and to stay humble and teachable.
God loves us so much that that He does not want to leave us in the same spiritual condition we were in when we first believed, but to draw us and to lead us to a closer relationship with him, to be a clearer reflection of the character of His Son Jesus.
1 Corinthians 6:11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
This process will involve a shift in our beliefs, thoughts and habits, in our values and in the things we have valued or trusted in that may have become idols in our lives. It will involve a greater dependence on the Lord and His leading and a decrease in our reliance on and trust in our own abilities, gifts, talents and resources.
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106 Spiritual Gifts
Welcome to Spiritual Gifts
The bible mentions more than 30 different spiritual gifts. They are not for the people that are gifted, but to be used for the benefit of the body of Christ. In order to fulfil our God given destinies we need to understand and know what ministries we are called to. Knowing what our spiritual gifts are helps us tremendously to understand our callings. This module helps you to discover what your spiritual gifting’s are and how to step into your calling. You will also learn about the other gifts and how to relate to them.
There are two major problems related to the subject of spiritual gifts. The first is that far too few Christians are involved in any kind of ministry. They are spectators rather than participants. None of these ‘spectators’ have the joy of being actively involved in ministry, and of seeing God work through them in the exercise of their spiritual gifts. Often the leadership encourages them to be spectators by wanting to do all ministry themselves.
A second problem is with those who are actively involved in the ministry of the local church, but who are not functioning in a ministry which corresponds to their spiritual gifts. An example of this is that less than 10% of people called as evangelists ever step into their true calling. They either become pastors or do other church related ministry.
This module consists of 17 chapters: Spiritual gifts by chapter, misconceptions, discover your spiritual gifts, elders and deacons, different gifts, miraculous gifts, serving gifts, motivational gifts, grace gifts, apostles, apostolic missions statement, the first apostles, prophets, discerning true and false, personal prophesy, evangelists, plus a Pneuma Gifts and Personality Analysis.
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107 Prophets Manual
This teaching is designed to train budding prophets to move into the prophetic ministry. To operate in what God has called them to do. The manual also helps the rest of us to better understand this important ministry. You learn what it means to be a prophet and to discern the true and false prophets.