Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Theology is an undergraduate Theology course. Theology is the systematic study of the existence and nature of the divine and its relationship to and influence upon other beings. This course is interdisciplinary, combining biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and Christian ethics with an optional stream comprising professional ministry studies such as pastoral care, Christian education, and preaching. And it is ecumenical, dealing with the Christian tradition in all its diversity. The duration of the course is three years and it is career opening in nature after its successful completion.
Program: Bachelor of Theology
1. Old Testament Survey: This course is a study of the history, literature, geography, and Theo-philosophical concepts presented in the Old Testament. The course reveals God’s unfolding plan of redemption and His involvement in the lives of His people. It will explore some of the major themes and emphases in the OT, seeking to apply the teachings found there to our lives.
2. New Testament Survey: This course offers a brief introduction to the 27 books of the New Testament. The specifics of each book will be observed, and it will also consider how they all fit together as part of God’s story. Attention will be given to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament. It will explore some of the major themes and emphases in the NT, seeking to apply the teachings found there to our lives.
3. The Pentateuch: A study of the first five books of the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the problems of the Israelites and the laws that God established among the people.
4. Old Testament Prophets: A brief study of the Old Testament prophets (Major Prophets & Minor Prophets) with emphasis on their spiritual messages, historical background, and theological content. Attention will be given to their messages from God to the people, the people’s response, God’s reaction and contemporary homiletical significance.
5. Life & Teaching of Christ: A brief study of the personal life of Christ as depicted in the Gospels. Attention is given to background study, the interpretation of the teachings and acts of Jesus, and the application of these truths in modern society.
6. Pauline Writings: A study on the life, ministry and teachings of the Apostle Paul with an introduction to the content and background of the letters as recorded in the New Testament letters attributed to him. Emphasis will be placed on Paul’s biography, the literary structure and rhetorical strategy of his letters, and the specific issues addressed in each of the letters. Special attention will be given to the major theological themes of the epistles such as salvation, justification, grace, sanctification, and eschatology and missionary journeys found in each of Paul’s letters.
7. Biblical Interpretation: This course provides an introduction to the methods and interpretative principles involved in discerning the meaning of biblical text. Attention will be placed on essential steps in interpreting the Bible, the variety of methods and approaches available to the contemporary student of Scripture, historical and theological issues arising out of the interpretive task, the relationship between the testaments, word studies and literary genre.
8. History of Israel: This course studies the history of Israel, God’s people from a Biblical perspective. Their religion, their journeys, their downfall, and their trust in God will be stressed in relation to the Christian faith. Their restoration prior to the coming of Jesus Christ as well as their recent restoration in 1948 will be covered from a Biblical perspective.
9. Isaiah: This course presents an exegetical study of the prophet Isaiah with special emphasis on the Messianic texts, devotional material, and preaching and teaching values. Such critical issues as dates and authorship will also be stressed.
10. Romans: A study of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Paul’s understanding of human sin and condemnation, the role of the law in a believer’s life, justification, sanctification, the place of the nation Israel in the plan of God, and how God accepts us by virtue of our faith in Jesus Christ will be central to the course.
11. I Corinthians: A study of Paul’s letters to the Church at Corinth. Instructions concerning church problems and practical issues in the life of the church will be viewed in terms of contemporary church problems.
12. Hebrews: An exposition of the book of Hebrews emphasizes the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ in His deity and high priestly ministry as a fulfillment of Old Testament theology. This course applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service.
13. General Epistles: This course will analyze the epistles of James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude, 1 John, 2 John and 3 John. It will take a brief study of their historical background to discover the unique contributions these books bring to the life of the church and to the practice of the individual believer. Particular attention is given to problems related to the incursion of false teaching.
14. Revelation: An analytical study of this apocalyptic book of the New Testament as to its eschatological content concerning Israel, the Gentiles, and the Church. Emphasis will also be placed on the text, audience, date, the occasion of writing, and nature of apocalyptic literature.
15. Christian Theology I: The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a basic study of prolegomena (theology proper)- the existence of God; antitheistic systems; the nature, attributes and names of God; the doctrine of the Trinity; the decree and works of God, and bibliology- the supernatural origin of the Scriptures, claims of the Bible and their substantiation, revelation, inspiration and the canon of Scripture as to their general structure.
16. Christian Theology II: The purpose of this course is to direct the student into an elementary survey of Angelology, which includes a study of Satan and demonology; Anthropology, research into the doctrine of man, the origin and nature of man, the Fall and its consequences, duty, and destiny; Hamartiology, a study of sin and its consequence.
17. Christian Theology III: The purpose of this course is a basic study of Pneumatology, the general doctrines related to the Holy Spirit- the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, His work in creation and inspiration, His place in the life and work of Christ, His ministry in the age of grace. Christology- the preexistence of Christ, the Incarnation, the hypostatic union, His earthly ministry, His exaltation and High Priesthood; and to set forth the teachings of the Bible in regards to Soteriology, which is salvation, as it relates to the person and work of Jesus Christ; the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation; and the believers’ position in Christ.
18. Christian Theology IV: This course introduces Ecclesiology and Eschatology. The first is a study of the church with a view to providing the student with a clear understanding of the church as to its origin, its function, its ordinances, and its mission; and the second a study of things to come as they relate to Christ’s Second Coming. The present age and its consummation, the second coming of Christ, the millennial kingdom and eternity.
19. Introduction to Christian Ethics: The first half of this course contrasts Christian ethics with speculative ethical systems and seeks to construct a Christian theology of moral life. In the second half, the application to this Christian moral theology is made to social existence and issues.
20. Issues Facing Christian Today: A study of the selected issues and problems of the Christian community in relation to civil society and of socio-ethical problems in light of Christian tradition. It will make an assessment of current ethical thought on crucial issues facing the church today.
21. Modern Heretical Teachings in NEI: A critical inquiry into the complexities and challenges of various forms of Christian heretical teachings that flourished in the churches in NEI.
22. Ancient Church History (AD 5-590 AD): Preparation of the ancient world for the coming of Christianity; founding and development of the Christian church by giving attention to the study of significant men and movements in the history of Christian thought from Apostolic era to the early medieval period.
23. Medieval Church History (590-1517): A brief survey of Christianity from the medieval time to the Reformation. Particular attention will be given to the important events and contributions of key figures (e.g., Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, etc.) and to the theology that shaped the times.
24. Modern Church History (1517-2000): A brief study on Christian churches from Post Reformation to modern times. The lives, doctrines, and practices of the major Protestant Reformers in their political, social, economic and intellectual context will be the main consideration.
25. Indian Church History: The course will take a brief look at the early church period of India (from the later part of the 14th century to approximately the 19th century). It will look at the traditions concerning its origin, the establishment of foreign missions, and the spread of the churches. Special attention will be devoted to key figures, events, and to movements in the South and north.
26. History of Christianity in NEI: This course briefly traces the founding and development of Churches in North East India. A brief historical outline of various denominations, events, and movements will be considered with special emphasis on the ICI.
27. Major Religions in India: An introduction to the major and minor religious traditions originating in India, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, and folkloric traditions. It will trace the founding history, and teachings of each, and an attempt will also be made to throw some basic awareness and understanding of the diversity of the phenomenon of religion.
28. Contemporary Religious Movement: A study of the contemporary religious movements in India focusing on their origins, objectives, and achievements.
29. Introduction to Mission & Evangelism: The first part of this course provides an overview of the various ministries in the local church with regard to organization, functions, programs, and congregational involvement. Special attention will be given to the relationships between the various ministries and the mission of the church. The second half is a study of methods and techniques of leading lost persons to Christ. It is designed to equip the Christian worker for personal evangelism and for training others in evangelism. Some field training may also be included in the course.
30. Principles of Church Growth: This course discusses biblical and contemporary principles and methods of church growth and church planting and spiritual development. The importance of mission statements, goals, objectives and long-range planning will be emphasized. Included in the course also are discussion topics on church administration and organization relative to church growth and planting.
31. Preaching & Worship: A study of the fundamental elements of biblical sermons based on the Holy Scriptures. Preparation, Delivery techniques, Sermon types, Pulpit mannerisms, and preaching styles will also be emphasized. Using the appropriate steps, the student will prepare and deliver a typical sermon. In the second half, this course teaches the purpose, forms, meaning, and historical orientation of Christian worship in a corporate setting. Special attention will be given to the theological concepts of the various forms of worship practiced by different denominations.
32. Christian Leadership: This course teaches a biblical view of church leadership by looking into the qualifications, functions, and power of elder-bishops and deacons as given in the New Testament books. It will then trace the study of the many skills needed by church leaders and the challenges that they face.
33. Pastoral Care & Counseling: This course teaches the biblical fundamentals of shepherding the flock. It deals with love, caring, building relationships, trust, counseling, and helping to serve the needs of those who are hurt. Caring skills and leadership will also be emphasized.
34. Christian Education: This course deals with the principles and methods of teaching Christian education in the local church. Emphasis will be placed on learning styles and student outcomes.
35. Church Administration: A study of the organizational management, ministries, and programs of the local church, the duties of officers and staff managers; program goals and promotion methods; the pastor’s administrative functions; and problems relating to communication, motivation, and interpersonal relationships.
36. Basic Spirituality: This course explores the processes and goals of spiritual formation in the lives of believers from different viewpoints including personal, biblical, theological, and historical perspectives. The student is introduced to certain disciplines and practices of the Christian faith that promote intimacy with God and Christ-likeness in character and to offer the ability to facilitate spiritual renewal in others.
37. Study Methods: This course teaches the methods and techniques of studying, researching, and the fundamentals of report writing. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, the student selects a subject in his/her area of concentration and writes a research paper.
39. English: An introductory course presenting principles and methods in standard grammar and usage of spoken and written English. It introduces the writing process and requires the writing of paragraphs and essays. The course also emphasizes various styles of writing to enhance the student’s ability to communicate more effectively through written communication.
38. Christian Home: This course teaches the biblical foundations of marriage. It discusses male and female roles and problems that arise in marriage, suggesting methods for dealing with these problems, and suggesting guidelines for building a successful home.
40. Greek: This course is an introductory study of the Greek alphabet, vowels, and essential Greek grammar in order to improve learners’ ability to read and understand Greek. Emphasis will be given on grammar and vocabulary leading to simple translation of selected texts from the Greek New Testament.