Here is a sample of the classes currently being taught for the February 2017 Semester:
Below is a list of some of the classes offered at CCBI. Not all classes are offered each semester. If you are not interested, or committed, to a full two-year Associates program we welcome you to come for just one or more semesters to suit your needs. Students who want to graduate must have a total of 72 credits. This averages out to be 18 credits per semester.
CH301 Church History — (2 credits) This is an introductory course to familiarize ourselves with how the church has developed beginning with the early church in Acts to the present day. We will seek to highlight major events and important people in church history rather than doing a detailed chronology of 2000 years. Students will be expected to understand such things as: how the church began at Pentecost; the early church fathers; the waves of persecution that rocked the church; the rise of the papacy; the church in middle ages; church reformers and the Protestant church; the rise of modern missions; the rise of liberalism; fundamentalism and evangelicalism; major church issues of today.
CH301 History of Missions — (2 credits) The purpose of this class is to broaden our scope of understanding into the nature of missions from an historical perspective. Since the Great Commission it has been God’s desire to use men and women to spread the Good News. In these days we are a part of that commission and thus a part of what God has done throughout history in reaching the lost.
CL101: Devotions/Chapel — (1 credit) Students will meet each school morning, and once in the evening, during the week for a time of worship and prayer and a short Bible message. The goal is to worship God and to hear from His word to prepare the student of the day and week ahead. Students are required to keep a devotional journal and to prepare a devotional short message. Some students will be chosen to give their messages to the student body.
CL112: Women’s Discipleship (Women Only) — (2 credits) The purpose of this class is to teach women the Biblical view of what a woman’s purpose and role is, as a woman of God as well as a woman of ministry. During the course of this class, we will alternate between Biblical teaching and hands on practical service. We will look at God’s design from the book of Genesis and examine how key women of the Bible were used to serve God.
CL201: Christian Communication — (2 Credits) In this class students will learn about the art of communication from a Biblical perspective. The student will study how to become better communicators as Christians in areas like counseling, prayer, preaching and teaching, discipleship and so on. We will look at famous sermons from the Bible and throughout history. A major emphasis will be studying how Jesus shared truth and discipled the people around Him.
CL301: Christian Living — (2 credits) The purpose of this course is to look at some of the practical areas of living for Christ in this world with an emphasis upon relationships with others. We will look at God’s purpose for men and women, singleness, dating, marriage and parenting; as well as building communication skills based upon the Word of God. We will discuss the purpose and methodology of Biblical counseling and the basics of communication. This will be a practical class designed for personal growth.
CM199: Servanthood-Practical Christian Ministry — (2 credits) Students will provide practical support to many areas of the Bible College and Conference Center. Opportunities include serving in the kitchen, office, housekeeping, maintenance, dish room, and landscaping. Students will be assigned an area of service at registration. Students are required to serve 8 hours per week, usually about 1 ½ hour per day for five days.
CM301: Principles of Ministry — (2 Credits) The purpose of this class is to lay down basic principles of ministry that can be applied in any cultural setting. The goal will be to equip the student with basic tools to serve the Lord and His church. These are some of the subjects that will be presented: servanthood, knowing your giftings, teaching and preaching, discipleship, administration and Biblical counseling.
EV301: Evangelism & Outreach — (2 credits) Each week students will hear and take notes from different guest missionaries and pastors sharing about their lives and ministries. Testimonies about their successes and failures will be given along with key lessons they have learned from their experience and application of God’s word. Students will be required to write short response papers from these lectures. In addition, each student is to participate on a 10 day outreach trip in the semester and write a paper about the mission when it’s completed.
NT105: New Testament Synopsis — (2 Credits) In this class we will overview the entire New Testament book by book and chapter by chapter. We will seek to gain an overall view of the New Testament and the historical context in which it was written. Students will learn the basic background of each book and its main themes and theology.
NT301: New Testament Survey I — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse survey of the New Testament from Matthew 1 through Acts 28. This is a self-paced, self-directed independent study course taken by listening to the audio messages of Pastor Chuck Smith’s teaching through the 5000 series. Students will be required to write short response papers for each message given. These will be graded on a weekly basis.
NT302: New Testament Survey II — (3 credits) Prerequisite: NT101 This is a verse-by-verse survey of the New Testament from Romans 1 through Revelation 22. This is a self-paced, self-directed independent study course taken by listening to the audio messages of Pastor Chuck Smith’s teaching through the 5000 series. Students will be required to write short response papers for each message given. These will be graded on a weekly basis.
NT331: The Life of Paul — (2 credits) The Apostle Paul has been one of the most influential leaders of western civilization. Students will learn about Paul’s life before he became a Christian, how he became a Christian and how God used him to start churches all over the world once he came to know Jesus as Messiah. We will look at Paul in Acts to see his actions and journeys as well as his letters which show his heart and theology and understanding of Biblical ministry.
NT310: Gospel of Matthew — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew presents Jesus as the king of the Israel. Jesus is seen as the true Messiah and the fulfillment of dozens of prophecies. Matthew also presents the teaching of Jesus called the Sermon on the Mount, which teaches about true righteousness. In addition Matthew gives unique insights about the end of the age in the Olivet Discourse message of Jesus. Our goal will be to see Jesus as king and Messiah, the Savior of Israel and all mankind.
NT352: Gospel of Mark — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Mark. Mark, being the shortest of the Gospels, tells the story of Jesus on the move. There is a greater emphasis upon His actions and service than upon His messages compared with the other Gospels. We see Jesus as the greatest of servants, moving with a true sense of purpose and direction in the will of His Father. The goal will be to study His servant’s heart, His actions, and sense of purpose in order that we make disciples today like the disciples He made then.
NT354: Gospel of John —- (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of John. John’s Gospel is the most theological of the Gospels. Jesus is the Son of God, the Word become flesh. Its stated goal is to make believers of all who read the epistle. This Gospel begins with the Logos having existed from the beginning. John doesn’t give a detailed chronology of the events of Jesus’ life, but rather he selects certain miracles of Jesus to make his case for belief. Each of these signs is followed by a unique teaching of Jesus that relates back to the sign just presented. In addition, John presents the famous I AM statements of Jesus that describe what God is like. The goal of this class is to know Jesus as the Son of God and to have strong belief in all that He is.
NT355: Acts — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Acts. Acts provides for us the history of the birth of the church and the activities of the early church. It primarily highlights the ministry of the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul. Yet even more than focusing on these two men, Acts presents the power and leading of the Holy Spirit in the early church. The Holy Spirit filled believers take the Gospel from Jerusalem to Rome reaching Jews and Gentiles and people of all classes. It also gives us the model for how the church should function in today’s ever shifting ecclesiastical landscape. Acts shows the heart of Jesus to reach the whole world.
NT356: Romans — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans. Romans is a critical book to understanding the core and theology of the Gospel message. The Apostle Paul explains that all mankind has sinned and is in need of a righteousness that exceeds anything that man may try and produce. Understanding God’s grace and righteousness are foundational truths that every believer needs to know to live rightly with God. In addition to understanding God’s grace, the Apostle Paul lays out a practical expression of righteous living in this world.
NT357: 1 Corinthians — (3 credits) In the first letter to the Corinthians, we get a unique look at the relationship of the apostle Paul as a pastor to this church that he founded. The heart of a shepherd is manifested in Paul’s concern for a number of important issues that the Corinthians are struggling with or failing in. God’s word provides clear instruction for how a church should live in the midst of a carnal world. Issues such as spiritual unity, sexual purity, church discipline, marriage and divorce, the use of spiritual gifts, and the resurrection are dealt with. A key goal is that we might know that we can have victory over our flesh in a carnal world as we walk in the Spirit.
NT358: II Corinthians — (2 credits) This course will be a verse-by-verse study of 2 Corinthians. We will some Paul’s heart, attitude, and approach to ministry. We will see a man with a surrendered heart As with any study of any book of the Bible, we will seek to find application so as to not only emulate Paul’s example, but to be changed by the Spirit of God working through His Word.
NT361: Philippians — (2 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of Philippians. The Apostle Paul is in prison and writes a “thank you” letter and much encouragement to the church in Philipi for their loving support and prayers for Paul. Paul the prisoner exhorts the young church to rejoice in the Lord. The theme of joy runs through this warm and personal letter of the Apostles. In addition to being joyful, Paul teaches on the importance of humility and uses in incarnation, service and suffering of Jesus as a prime example. Students will learn much about joy and humility when they have a heavenly focus.
NT369: Hebrews — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of Hebrews. Students will learn how Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament law. The law was the “shadow” but Christ is the “substance.” This is an important book because it provides the theological bridge between the Old and New Testaments. The writer demonstrates the superior work of Christ over the ministry of angels, Moses, the Aaronic priesthood, animal sacrifices, earthly temple and Old Covenant. The readers are encouraged not to go back to what is passing away, but to learn from the great faith of past saints and to persevere to the end in the superior work of Jesus.
NT370: James — (2 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of James. One of the reasons the book of James is important is because it teaches the importace of genuine faith — faith that is real by showing its works. “Faith without works is dead” is a clear message of James. In addition many strong exhortations to practical holiness are presented.
NT377: Revelation — (3 credits) This is a verse by verse study of the book of Revelation. The Greek word “Apocalypse” means “unveiling” or “revelation”. The title comes from the opening verse — “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”. This is what Revelation is about: truth about coming events and truth about Jesus that could not be known unless it had been unveiled. It is a message designed to comfort the church because Jesus Christ is coming back and will be totally victorious over all sin and evil.
NT397: I & II Thessalonians — (2 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. On Paul’s second missionary journey, he established the church in Thessalonica. A short time later while in Corinth, Paul obtained news on how the young church was doing. He writes these letters to encourage the church that is already experiencing persecution and to encourage them with his pastor’s love and concern. He also clarifies important information regarding the second coming of Christ. A special emphasis will be placed on the heart o f a minister and pastor, as Paul explains his love and ministry to the Thessalonians. Also, a study of eschatology will be presented as these letters deal with truths about the Rapture, 2nd Coming, Antichrist and the Day of the Lord.
NT407: Galatians/ Ephesians — (3 credits) A verse by verse study of the book of Galatians and Ephesians. Galatians focuses on the power of God’s grace and the danger of a legalistic righteousness. Paul writes with a sense of urgency to correct this young church that is embracing the law and forgetting what God has done through their simple faith in His grace. In addition, a clear picture of a life in the flesh and a life in the Holy Spirit is presented. Ephesians emphasizes all the benefits of God’s grace and what He has done for the believer in the first half of the book. In the second half of the book, Paul teaches what it means to walk in this grace of God. The believer is to walk in unity, walk in love, walk in the light and to walk wisely. The book is important because it puts out eyes first on what God has done for His people, and then tells them what they are to do once they have that perspective.
NT409: Pastoral Epistles — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the Pastoral Epistles – the epistles of 1&2 Timothy and Titus. We will take an in-depth look at the council and exhortation the elder Apostle Paul gives to two of his disciples (Timothy and Titus) concerning pasturing and ministry and the strengthening of new churches. Qualification for the roles of bishops and deacons are presented helping us to understand today the kind of men and women God is looking for today to lead His church. In addition we are given powerful insights into Paul’s personal life regarding service and faithfulness.
OT301: Old Testament Survey I — (3 credits) This is a verse-by- verse survey of the Old Testament from Genesis 1 through Job 42. This is a self-paced, self-directed independent study course taken by listening to the audio messages of Pastor Chuck Smith’s teaching through the 5000 series. Students will be required to write short response papers for each message given. These will be graded on a weekly basis.
OT302: Old Testament Survey II —- (3 credits) Prerequisite: OT101 This is a verse-by-verse survey of the Old Testament from Psalms through Malachi 4. This is a self-paced, self-directed independent study course taken by listening to the audio messages of Pastor Chuck Smith’s teaching through the 5000 series. Students will be required to write short response papers for each message given. These will be graded on a weekly basis.
OT310: Genesis — (3 credits) This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Genesis. The goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the foundational truths and firsts of the Bible. Genesis is about “beginnings”, so we will see the beginning of many issues that run throughout the Bible — issues such as: the origin of life, mankind, marriage, original sin, death, the nation of Israel, and God’s plan of redemption. We will look at the grace of God as He reaches out to the main characters of Genesis, and examine their faith response and relationship to Him.
OT315: Joshua — (2 credits) This is a verse-by-verse survey of the book of Joshua. This important book describes how the descendants of Abraham move from living as defeated wonderers in the desert to conquerors in the Promised Land of God. Under the leadership of the newly appointed Joshua, the young nation learns valuable lessons of victory when they move in faith upon God’s direction, and valuable lessons of failure when they do not. Students will learn key principles on living victoriously when they walk in the similar faith of Joshua. God has good things for those who will walk in His ways and promises.
OT325: Nehemiah — (3 credits) This is a verse by verse study through the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah describes the wonderful work of God rebuilding the ruins of Jerusalem and more importantly His people due to past sins and hardness of heart that led to judgment. This work of God is accomplished through the life of a man that has his heart given to the things of God – Nehemiah. Students will learn valuable lessons in leadership and discipleship skills by applying what we learn from this old testament book.
OT359: The Minor Prophets — (3 credits) We will be undertaking a verse by verse study through the 12 books of the Minor Prophets We will be focussing upon their historical context and their message for the age in which they were written and then looking at the areas of practical application for the believer today. Our studies will endeavour to understand the contribution of the Minor Prophets to the areas of eschatology, biblical prophecy and Christology. There is no prerequisite for this class.
OT372: The Life of David – I & II Samuel — (3 credits) King David is well known for being called, “a man after God’s own heart” and for being chosen by God to be king. This class will examine the life of David using primarily 1 & 2 Samuel and some of the Psalms in order to learn about that heart and to see the qualities formed in him that made him a great leader and king. Also, borrowing from Allan Redpath’s book “The Making Of A Man Of God—studies in the life of David”, we want to see David’s successes and failures and see how God shaped his character and deepened David’s relationship with Himself. This class will fulfill one of the required Bible core classes needed to graduate.
TH101: Lectures in Ministry and Theology — (1 credit) This class will take place during our ‘Speakers week’ which is one full week devoted to lectures from out of town guest speakers. You will be required to write a two-page paper about these lectures which will be worth 33% of the grade. Your two required book reports will also be worth 33% each to give you the total grade for this class.
TH301 Biblical Theology — (2 credits) What does the Bible have to say about God and His character? What does ‘propitiation’ mean? What does ‘inerrancy’ refer to? How is Jesus 100% man and 100% God? This class will topically cover the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith as seen through the lenses of Scripture.
TH339: World Views — (2 credits) World Views is a class that seeks to understand some of the major views, philosophies, and religious ideas that shape western society. We will look at such subjects as Roman Catholicism, the Protestant Reformation, the Enlightenment, Modernism, Post Modernism, Humanism, the New Age, etc. These belief systems shape society around us and constantly challenge Christian beliefs. The Apostle Paul, in 2 Cor. 2:11, tells us not to be ignorant of Satan’s ways. “…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Yet often young Christians fall to these belief systems because they are presented as “fact” by those who control our education systems, media, and government. Our goal is that Christians understand the times in which they live.
TH363: Apologetics — (2 credits) The objective of this class is to understand the role of apologetics in evangelism. We will look at some of the various worldviews and religious systems we might encounter, and the unique opportunities and challenges of presenting Christ in the light of their claims and beliefs. In addition, students will learn to defend key doctrines such as creation and the resurrection and the authenticity of the Bible.
TH417: Inductive Bible Study — (2 credits) Students will learn the Inductive Bible Study technique— a methodical way to properly interpret, understand and apply the Bible. Observation, Interpretation, Illustration and Application are key ideas that will be explained. This is a very useful skill for personal study time of the Bible or for teaching others. Students will apply the method by practicing it on key assigned passages of the Bible.