Course Descriptions

DEPARTMENT OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

BG 101 Bible Study Methods

This is an introductory course which deals with the basic principles of Bible study. Through this course various ways and systems such as topical bible study, thematic method, chapter summary method, character study etc will be introduced to the students. This course will improve the student’s spirituality and interest in reading, understanding, preaching and teaching from the Bible.

BG 102 Biblical Interpretation

This is an introductory course which deals with the foundation of biblical interpretation. Moreover the course will help students to understand the basic methods and principles of biblical interpretation.

BG 103 Biblical Hermeneutics

This course introduces methods of studying and interpreting the Bible. It deals with importance of correct interpretation and its influence on developing Christian theology, various schools of interpretation, and history of interpretations. It focuses on authorial intent, the role of presuppositions, the importance of context and the grammatical - historical method of understanding the Bible and all its genres. To accomplish the practical purpose of the study, sufficient exegetical studies of the selected passages are given to the students.

BG 104 Biblical Theology

This course consists of an in - depth study of God’s mission as it is revealed in both the Old and New Testaments. It deals with the mission of God in terms of history, culture and philosophy of the people to whom the mission was delivered, the interpretation of Scripture within the Bible, the progressive development of biblical theology as new cultures and peoples were engaged by Israel and the church, the modes of mission and ministry which are evidenced in the Bible and the application of biblical missiology to the contemporary world context.

BG 121 Apocalyptic Literature

This is a detailed study of the prophetical literature in the Bible. It is intended to give special attention to the books of Daniel and Revelation. Through this course the student acquires necessary skills to understand and interpret the symbolic and metaphorical teachings in the prophetical books of the Bible.

BG 122 General Introduction to the Bible

A general understanding of the bible is purported through this course. The students will learn how the Bible has received its present form, the context in which each book of the Bible has been written, the purpose of the written Bible, its unity, the authors and the contents of the Bible. By the end of this course every learner would acknowledge the divine authorship, authority and the uniqueness of the Bible and the relevance proclaiming the truth of the word of God.

BG 123 Manners and Customs of Jews

Manners and Customs of Jews is a course intended to provide the students a backgound information to understand and interpret the Scripture meaningfully and convey the message without error. Through this course various social, religious and geographical peculiarities, customs, ritual and other practices are introduced and the students will be able to understand various images, symbols, figures speech and literary patterns of the people.

BL 101 Basics of Greek

This course is intended to provide the student with the simple verb forms and vocabulary of New Testament Greek that will enable them to read the New Testament in its original language.

BL 102 Introduction to Greek

This course is intended to provide students with the fundamentals of the grammar, syntax and vocabulary the New Testament Greek that would enable the learner to understand the New Testament in its original language and translate simple Greek sentences into English.

BL 103 NT Greek

NT Greek is an introductory course given with the purpose of enabling the students to read and write New Testament Greek and translate it into English. It also helps students to make exegetical studies on their own, rightly dividing the word of God and fetch the divine intent as perfect as possible.

BL 104 Hebrew Language

This course is designed to equip the student with the fundamentals of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. Knowledge of the basic principles of English grammar is recommended for this study. Selected passages of the Old Testament are studied exegetically so that the student can evaluate and appreciate their syntactical, lexical, literary, historical, socio cultural, geographical and theological context.

BN 101 Survey of New Testament

This course is a survey of the New Testament and its background. This study directs to a true fact that we are the people of new covenant and it provides understanding on revelation of God which is hugely important in a person’s Christian life and relationship with God. This survey study provides basic information, application, and a general outline from each of the 27 books of the New Testament while helping the student see Go’s "big picture" in this relevant portion of God’s Word.

BN 102 Life of Jesus Christ

This course is study about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from his birth to resurrection and ascension based on the synoptic Gospels. The life and teaching of Jesus is considered as the first and foremost example for the Christian life and would encourage students to think and act as Jesus did. Consideration is also given to Jesus’ teaching on such topic as the kingdom of God, ethics, Discipleship, and eschatology as well as to the significance of His miraculous actions.

BN 103 Acts of the Apostles

This is a study of the book of Acts focusing on the origin and development of the early church. It deals especially with the first century Christian strategies for evangelism and church planting. This course also gives considerable focus on Paul’s missionary journeys and its present significance.

BN 104 Romans & Galatians

This course entails a detailed exegetical exploration into Book of Romans and Galatians. It focuses on the Major themes and theology of these books. The specific focus of these courses is on developing the student’s ability to apply exegetical and research methods in the study of Scripture.

BN 105 New Testament Survey

This course directs students to survey each book of N T that which lead them in to a comprehensive use of the 27 books. This course also provides main details of each books such as, Background, Date, Occasion of Writing, Purpose, Recipient, Main Themes and Application. The foremost aim of this survey is to guide the student in to seeing how the message of each NT book is organized structurally. This study discusses about the backgrounds of each book and much information, which is not supplied by the text of the Bible book itself.

BN 106 Life & Ministry of Jesus Christ

This is a study about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from His birth to resurrection and ascension based on the synoptic gospels. The life and teachings of Jesus is considered as the first and foremost example for Christian life and would encourage students to think and act as Jesus did. Consideration is also given to Jesus’ teaching on such topics such as the Kingdom of God, ethics, discipleship, and eschatology as well as to the significance of his miraculous actions.

BN 107 Pauline Theology

Through this course the major theological themes found in the writings of apostle Paul will be taught. By this course the students will understand how Pauline theology shaped the doctrinal structure of the church and Christian life. The students will also come to realize that the major teachings on God, Christ, Holy Spirit, man, sin, Justification, salvation, sanctification etc are based on the epistles written by apostle Paul. This course will give the students a growing interest in the key emphases of Paul’s theology and also in taking up the contemporary theological issues.

BN 108 Pauline Writings

This course is designed as a basic study of the background, occasion and message of the Pauline epistles with a view to understand the implication of the Gospel in different contexts. Special focus is given to the presentation of major themes in Pauline theology in each letter.

BN 109 Johannine Writings

This is the study of the books written by John in the New Testament (Fourth Gospel, Johannine Epistles and Revelation). The different interpretation methods and the major themes of Johannine theology are given priority.

BN 110 Introduction to New Testament

This is an introductory course of the New Testament, beginning with a discussion of topics related to the study of the New Testament (language, canon, text) and a review of its historical and social contexts. The course then examines in overview, the style of the major literary works that form the New Testament: the Gospels and Acts; the Pauline and General Epistles; and the Revelation. All the New Testament books are studied with attention to matters of authorship, date, place, and context for writing, structure and theological content.

BN 121 Book of Acts

This course focuses on the origin and development of the early Church as recorded in the Book of Acts. This course is also intended to understand the first century Christian strategies for evangelism and church planting.

BN 122 Johannine Literature

This is a study of the Gospel and Epistles of John and their special contribution to an understanding of the life and ministry of Christ and of the Christian message. It also focuses on developing an attitude of devotion and adoration to Christ.

BN 123 Life of the Apostles

This is a course that aims at giving a pre-theological understanding with regard to the background, life, call and mission of twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. This course will give an opportunity to the students to engage with Scripture as well as history to understand the life ministry of the apostles. Through this course it is intended that the students to be motivated to commit their lives to play their role in accomplishing the great commission as they encounter with the biography of the apostles.

BO 101 Survey of Old Testament

This study provides an introductory survey that examines the basic composition and biblical content of the Old Testament as well as the core history of Israel with their relationships to other contemporaneous Near Eastern peoples. This course will also help students in developing a foundational understanding of hermeneutical and exegetical method and fundamental theological themes as they interface with the Old Testament canonical literature.

BO 102 Introduction to History of Israel

This course is a study of the socio-political and religious history of Israel. Special attention to the historical books of the Old Testament is given to focus on God’s mission to the world through the nation Israel and the role of Israel in the redemptive history.

BO 103 Prophetical Books

This course provides understanding on divine purpose in history and most clearly explains its prophetic character. And it is the theological emphasize of the prophets- that God, as the Lord of history and providence, was controlling the issues and movements of history for a purpose. This course also encourages students to read of Prophetical books and get to know how God used prophets as His spokesmen to warn and comfort His people. This course is to help students individually in determining true and false prophecies of today’s world.

BO 104 Old Testament Survey

This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel. In order to better understand the material in the Old Testament. The historical background, context, authorship, and issues of each book is considered.

BO 105 Old Testament Prophets

This course will define Etymological study, definition of prophecy and developments of Old Testament Prophecy as well Prophecy in different time period. This course also helps the students to know content message and Theology of Prophetical books. Major theological themes of prophetic books.

BO 106 Introduction to Old Testament

This study provides an introductory survey that examines the basic composition and biblical content of the Old Testament as well as the core history of Israel with their relationships to other contemporaneous Near Eastern peoples. This course will also help students in developing a foundational understanding of hermeneutical and exegetical method and fundamental theological themes as they interface with the Old Testament canonical literature.

BO 107 Theology of Prophetical Books with Special Reference to Messianic Passages in Isaiah

This course offers a survey of various theological aspects of the OT prophetical writings. Messianic elements are given particular attention in all these books especially in the book of Isaiah. This course also explains how the prophetic institution and the prophetic books lay a foundation for the prophetic work of Jesus Christ and how this lays the foundation for the church’s mission.

BO 108 Introduction to Pentateuch

This course is a study of the basics of Christian life and discipleship and concentrates on Christian spirituality and its dynamic relationship to effective evangelism.

BO 121 Psalms

This course looks at the origin, content, context, literary forms, structure and theology of the biblical book of Psalms. A method for praying the psalms is provided. This course examines how the Psalms have been read, interpreted and proclaimed from the time of their composition until today. Attention is given to the questions relating to the formation of the book of Psalms, its use through history by Jews and Christians, current theological issues arising out of the Psalms and the exegesis of representative Psalms.

BO 122 Hebrew Poetical & Wisdom Literature

This course surveys the historical, literary, cultural and theological heritage in ancient Israel from its earliest beginnings to the start of the Christian era. Special attention is paid to the geographical and historical contexts in which the Jewish scriptures arose, their social settings, political bases, and theological message. It focus on the literary, cultural and theological analysis of these books.

BO 123 History of Israel

This course sketches out the history of Israel from the conquest and settlement of the Promised Land to the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the Jews based on the Biblical witness of the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 - 2 Samuel and 1 - 2 Kings. The course looks at the key features of the conquest of Canaan and its spiritual significances.



DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

HH 501 History of Christianity

This course is designed to introduce the students to selected events from the establishment of the church at Jerusalem till the present time. The focus is upon the challenges that the church faced through the centuries as it had to go through both internal and external threats. Emphasis is also given to the people who contributed towards the church as well as society.

HH 502 History of Christianity from Early Church to Pre-Reformation

This course covers a period from the establishment of the church at Jerusalem till 590 A.D. The students will be introduced to the origin, development and impact of the church during this period. The course deals with struggles both internal and external and how the church has been sustained in this formative period.

HH 503 History of Christianity from Reformation to Present Day

This course is a study on the characteristics of Christianity from Reformation to the contemporary period. Since the Reformation is connected with medieval period, the students are introduced to the characteristics of medieval history of the Church and secular history as well. The emergence of Post Reformation denominations and modern movements will be highlighted.

HH 504 General History of Christianity

This course is a Survey of History of Christianity from the establishment of the Church at Jerusalem till the present time to comprehend how Church became revelation of past mystery and how it has been impacting the human race which will have its expected bearings in the future. Emphasis is given to the issues both internal and external, that the church had to pass through. The course also makes a query on the reasons and historical facts behind the origin and growth of the major divisions (schisms) of the church.

HH 521 History of Ecumenical Movements

This course examines the historical development of the ecumenical movement in global Christianity. The study traces its origin, growth, development, the key themes and ideologies. The contributions of persons and institutions in the ecumenical movement are also considered for their contribution towards the cooperation of the churches in the areas of world evangelism and social involvement.

HH 522 An Introduction to Church Fathers

This course is offered with the object of giving acquaintance to the students about the early church fathers and their contribution in stabilizing the church and its doctrines when the church faced severe persecution and criticism against its practices, belief and doctrines. The students will also understand the church fathers as apologists who functioned, to a great deal, for defending, expounding and developing cathooic doctrines.

HI 501 History of Christianity in India

This course covers History of Christianity in India, its advent in the first century, its advancement in the midst of adversities and its unique impact in the Indian society in the areas of educational and philanthropic activities. This course helps students to understand the contribution made by Christianity towards the societal transformation and nation building of India.

HI 502 History of Christianity in Asia with Special Reference to India

This course is meant to acquaint the students with the history of Christianity in Asia. The focus is on enriching the students by helping them identify the different traditions, impulses, forms, and issues contributing directly to a greater understanding of the history of Christian churches in the Asian continent. Special emphasis is given to the advent of Christianity to India, the threats faced, its miraculous survival and its impact on India and especially its contribution to the nation building of India.

HI 503 Introduction to History of Christianity in India

This course gives an introduction to the advent and growth of Christianity in India. It also focuses on the various contributions of Christian church towards socio political, cultural and educational development in India.



DEPARTMENT OF MINISTRY AND MISSION STUDIES

MD 401 Christian Education

This course is a basic introduction to Christian education. It explains the theological root and principles of Christian education. It is designed to explain the healthy triangular relationship between parents, the church and the school. It helps the students to have a clearer understanding of how education nurtures people and communities.

MM 401 Introduction to Christian Ministry

This is an introductory course that provides Biblical and Theological perspective of Christian ministry. It introduces origin, development, Biblical models and significance of Christian ministry. It guides the students in the application of both Biblical and practical principles. Christian ministry and social involvements are also discussed as authentic expressions of the love, which longs to serve people in their need.

MM 402 Basics of Preaching

This is a practical theology course that focuses on effective communication of God’s Word by preaching. The course explains the need for a well-rounded program of preaching. The student will be guided in the understanding and mastery of practical ways to prepare and present lessons and sermons from Scripture.

MM 403 Worship in the church

This course is an introduction to the biblical and theological foundation of Christian worship and liturgy. It provides basic information on the principles and history of Christian worship and liturgy. This course helps to develop an understanding of the rituals, liturgical ecclesiology and a critical appreciation of the liturgical tradition of the different sects in the Christian tradition.

MM 404 Evangelism Part I

This course is designed to teach the basics of evangelism and missionary outreach. The definition of evangelism, the content of the Gospel message, witnessing in the power of the Holy spirit, making gospel communication effective, cross-cultural communication, cross cultural church planting, church growth principles, witnessing in pluralistic situations, and the training of new adherents to minister among their own people are included in the course.

MM 405 Evangelism Part II

This course explains how to communicate to the members of a people-conscious society with special emphasis on making them aware of the need for the gospel, the issue of decision making in such a society, in cooperating the seekers into the existing group of believers or planting churches for them and helping the seekers become Bible-believing-Bible-obeying-Christ honoring disciples in their own culture.

MM 406 Principles of Preaching

Homiletics is a practical theological course that focuses on the effective communication of God’s word by preaching. The course will explain the need for a well-rounded programme of preaching. The student will be guided in the understanding and mastery of practical ways to prepare and present lessons and sermons from the scripture.

MM 407 Pastoral Care and Counselling

This course is an introduction to the theology and practice of pastoral care, psychology and counseling. The study facilitates the student to have basic skills, right attitude, knowledge, and spiritual character to provide meaningful and faithful pastoral care and counseling. Emphasis is on the practical matters for the local pastor.

MM 408 Leadership and Church Management

This course deals with the fundamental Biblical traits of a leader and identifies the various characteristics and responsibilities in the areas of church leadership and management for the smooth and undisturbed functions of the church.

MM 409 Foundation For Christian Ministry

This course provides the students necessary knowledge about origin, development and biblical models of Christian Ministries. It throws light on different types of ministries, its need and significance. It guides the students towards the need of holistic ministry and its importance in Christian Mission.

MM 410 Homiletics

This course trains the students for effective communication of God’s word. The aim of this course is to help students in the preparation and preaching of sermons. This course is intended to teach students to keep up with the laws of Homiletics while preaching inorder to enable them to attain mastery over the art of preaching.

MM 411 Pastoral Psychology, Care & Counselling

This course is designed to develop effective pastoral caregivers. It introduces the students to theology and practices of pastoral care, psychology and counseling. The study facilitates students to have basic skills, right attitude, knowledge, and spiritual character to provide meaningful and faithful pastoral care and counseling. Emphasis is given to the practical aspects. At the core of the programme is its theological, psychological, sociological and cultural foundation.

MM 412 Communication: Theory and Practice

This course offers critical analysis of the various theories of communication. Special focus goes to major communication areas such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and team work, organizational, intercultural and mass media. The second part of this course facilitates the students to discover their skills and most effective methods of communication for Christian ministry.

MM 421 Life And Work Of A Missionary

This course deals with the meaning of mission and missionary work, desirable qualifications of a missionary and the various challenges involved in being a missionary. The student is also introduced to challenging biographies of missionaries across the world.

MM 422 Field Internship

Through field internship students gets an opportunity to do practical ministry, before graduation, for one month in the field under the supervision of either a faculty or church leader. This would turn to be an opportunity to get field experience before the students start their ministry on their own and will come to know various challenges, struggles, risks and possibilities in their prospective work field. Since it is one of the graduation requirements the students would consider field internship more positively and seriously.

MM 423 Personal Evangelism and Church Planting

Personal evangelism is a practical approach to evangelism. It is designed to deal with ‘what to say’ and ‘how to say’ in personal evangelism. This course facilitates students to renew their motivation and inspiration for evangelism and become more effective in engaging in one-to-one evangelism.

MM 424 Character Development

This course offers a study on personality and character development. Emphasis is given on establishing a community-based model that integrates with Christian ethics. It offers principles of ethics and value for their life and ministry. This course explores different theories of character development and assists the students to identify their skills to become effective models in the society.

MM 425 Christian Discipleship

This is an introductory course that seeks to impart relevant knowledge on the subject of Christian discipleship. It provides the biblical and theological perspectives of discipleship. It enables students to have a deep desire to grow spiritually and become Christ-like.

MM 426 Introduction to Worship and Liturgy

This is an introductory course that offers Biblical and theological foundation of Christian worship and liturgy. It provides basic information on the history of Christian worship and liturgy. Special attention goes to the theology of sacraments, the sacred actions of worship, music and arts in worship, worship and culture and liturgical traditions.

MM 427 Counselling Practice

This course introduces the important principles in counseling, the methods and techniques for their application, and construction of counseling plans from biblical principles. Moreover it helps students to realize the important role of counseling today.

MM 428 Christian Ministry and Information Technology

This course is designed to introduce various types of information technology and their practical use in Christian ministry. It helps students to summarize the main ways, mass media have been used for evangelism throughout the centuries. This course enables students to acquire skills to handle contemporary information technologies compatible with Christian ministry.

MM429 Leadership Development for Church and Mission

This course introduces the fundamental biblical traits of a leader, giving awareness to students about the need for leadership especially for church and mission. It identifies the need for developing various characteristics and responsibilities in the areas of church leadership and management for the smooth and undisturbed functioning of the church and the mission.

MM 430 Character Formation and Personality Development

This course offers a study of personality and character development. Specific emphasis is given on establishing a community-based model that integrates with Christian ethics. It offers principles of ethics and value for their life and ministry. This course explores different theories of character development and assists the students to identify their skills to become effective models in the society. This course would also impart the students the truth that God has created human persons unique with divergent personality traits yet they are intended to mould their character and conduct the way God desires of them.

MM 431 Basic Spirituality

This course is a study of the basics of Christian spirituality according to the principles and practices of the Bible. This course concentrates on Christian ways of improving ones spirituality through prayer, sanctification, spiritual warfare, corporate fellowship and disciplined personal and family life. The learners will also get an opportunity to integrate the principles of spirituality with the God given talents and ministry that they would accomplish them fruitfully.

MM 432 Biblical Spirituality

This course is a study of the basics of Christian life and discipleship and concentrates on Biblical spirituality and its dynamic relationship to effective evangelism. The students would realize the necessity and importance of being grounded on the Scripture as they set out their spiritual journey and God’s work. This course will also help the learners not to be diverted to any misconceptions of so called spirituality gushing out from different sources having no authentic biblical basis.

MM 433 Theory and Practice of Bible Translation

The course introduces the ministry of Bible Translation in India. Various approaches used in Bible translation, the process involved in the translation and the basic principles of translation are dealt in the course.

MM 434 Bible Translation: Theory and Practice

The course deals with the role of Bible Translation in mission and the present language scenario in the world with a special focus to India. Various approaches used in Bible translation, the process involved in the translation and the basic principles of translation are dealt in the course. An attempt is made to help the student understand the meanings and methods of engaging people with the Word of God because the effort of translation yields its fruit only when "it accomplishes what God desires" (Is.55:11), the transformation of the people. The course gives space for each of the participants to reflect on God on how he or she needs to involve in Bible translation ministry as this area of mission needs much focus of the church in various capacities.

MM 435 Understanding and Application of Scriptures

This course focuses to implant in the students an affirmation that Christian faith rests in the Scripture. Through this course the students will come to know the need of having a special revelation in the form of Scripture centered on Christ by which God revealed himself in a personal way. This course also enables the students to understand the Bible and to see themselves in the light of the instructions in the Scripture on what is right and wrong and how to appropriate the principles of God’s word in applying them in their daily life.

MM 436 Christian Life and Character

In this course the learners are instructed and counselled to live their life worthy of Christ grounded on the Scripture. The students will be motivated to develop a character lived out in the reverence for and respect for God, as opposed to simply honouring man. This course introduces character as the sum of one’s disposition, thoughts, intentions, desires, and actions and a lack of character is moral deficiency, and persons lacking character tend to behave dishonestly, unethically, and uncharitably. By this course the learners are encouraged to keep up their divine character so as to set good example before others as they engage in their mission activities.

MM 437 Biblical Basis of Christian Ministry

This is a foundational course that gives a detailed study of the Biblical Basis of Christian Ministry. It paves the way for the students to learn the biblical principles of Christian ministry. This course will assist the students to be affirmative to involve in ministry purely based on the guidance of the Word of God. They will also learn how to maintain their character and conduct as they engage in mission grounded on the biblical principles of ethics.

MS 401 Introduction to Mission and Evangelism

This is an introductory course that provides the Biblical and theological perspective of mission and evangelism. It also introduces the theory and practice of evangelism, and it guides the students in the application of both Biblical and practical principles. Evangelism and social involvements are also discussed as authentic expressions of love which longs to serve people in their need.

MS 402 Strategies for Church Planting and Growth

This course introduces the theological foundation and basic strategies for church planting and growth. The course familiarizes the students with resources to understand the dynamics of the most effective methods and strategies of church growth. It also introduces the basic principles of Church planting including issues such as getting started support base and structures, demographics, the person of the church planter and holistic ministry issues.

MS 403 Introduction to Mission with Biographical Sketches of Missionaries

It is an introductory course that introduces the theory and practice of mission, and it guides the students in the application of both biblical and practical principles. The students are exposed to missionary biographies and are motivated and encouraged to grow in commitment, sacrificially making themselves available to the Lord.

MS 404 Social Perspectives in Mission

This course is designed to prepare students to use their biblical knowledge, skills and values to demonstrate practices of evangelism to diverse communities/societies across all social systems with a high degree of social responsibility. Emphasis is placed on promoting biblical values of social responsibility to all persons, particularly underserved populations, including rural and un-reached areas in India.

MS 405 Strategies in Urban and Rural Missions

This course examines the changes taking place in urban and rural India, the role of the church within the urban and rural community, and the factors contributing to the growth or decline of urban and rural churches. Particular attention is given to the question of ecumenical relationships, the role of folk religion, and the opportunities for youth and children’s work within communities. It introduces various models and strategies for urban and rural mission and examines the resources needed.

MS 406 Mission And Evangelism

‘Mission and Evangelism’ is an introductory course that provides the biblical and theological perspective of mission and evangelism. This course also focuses on the need and importance of cross cultural mission and includes the cross cultural mission strategies emphasized in India.

MS 421 Mission to the Marginalized

This course aims to make the students aware about the precarious situation of the categories of the society. The students are oriented with the Biblical basis of mission among such groups to bring them to the main stream. Various probable methods and approach to reach the marginalized are introduced and the students are challenged to take up the task with an ultimate end of advancing the kingdom of God.

MS 422 Anthropological Insights in Mission

Anthropological insights in mission relates Christian mission to Cultural anthropology. This course includes the theory and practice of ethnographic science studies. It helps the students to advance their ability to take care of all members of human society for the future.

MS 423 Missionary Biographies

This course introduces missionaries, who have remarkably made known the mystery of Gospel in unreached areas through their life and valued ministry throughout the history of Christianity. This course aims at boosting the commitment of the learners in setting apart their lives for the extension of the Kingdom of God as they study the real life stories of the missionaries. This course also helps the students to extend their vision to recognize their role in the society as a missionary.

MS 424 Evangelism and Social Responsibility

This course is designed to prepare students to use their biblical knowledge, skills and values to demonstrate practices of evangelism to diverse communities/societies across all social systems with high degree of social responsibility. Emphasis is placed on promoting biblical values of social responsibility to all persons, particularly undeserved population, including rural and un-reached areas in India. A specific goal is to develop the skills and credentials necessary to plan, administer and/or provide social services within a local church or church-related agency.

MS 425 Women in Mission

This is introductory course, putting women in the center of Christian mission, analyzes the biblical principles of women’s ministry, status of women in the history of Christianity and women's participation in the history of Christian mission. This course challenges students to develop a right attitude towards women at large.

MS 426 Bible Characters and God’s Mission

This is an introductory course, which helps students to know about different Bible characters and the ways God used them to carry out his purpose through them. By this course the students will be able to recognize divergent divine plans to fulfill his mission through individuals with different social, educational and geographical backgrounds, with diverse personalities and aptitudes at different points chronology.

MS 427 Historical Development of Mission

Historical Development of Mission is a foundational course. It helps the students learn how the mission has been developed ever since the church has begun its mission through various struggles and challenges. The students will get an overview of chronological development of Christian mission and of the contribution of great missionaries for the advancement of God’s kingdom. This course will help the students understand God’s involvement in the history for accomplishing his purpose.

MS 428 Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication

Through this course it aimed to impart an awareness to students how and what are the ways by which it is possible to communicate Christian truths to different culture. It also discusses the challenges that stand in the way of cross cultural communication and what are various strategies adoptable to make cross cultural communication possible that make the communication gospel easy, effective and fruitful.



DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY & APOLOGETICS

PA 301 Christian Apologetics

This course is a survey of the history and fundamentals of Christian Apologetics. It shows how reason and scientific inquiry can be allied in defending the existence of God, authority of the Bible and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ. The different methodologies used in Apologetics are introduced in this course. This study also focuses on the philosophical, logical, and biblical defense of Christian beliefs using the writings of the church fathers and philosophers through the ages.

PA 301 Christian Apologetics

This course is a survey of the history and fundamentals of Christian Apologetics. It shows how reason and scientific inquiry can be allied in defending the existence of God, authority of the Bible and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ. The different methodologies used in Apologetics are introduced in this course. This study also focuses on the philosophical, logical, and biblical defense of Christian beliefs using the writings of the church fathers and philosophers through the ages.

PA 302 Evangelistic Apologetics

This course is a survey of the history and fundamentals of Christian Apologetics. It shows how reason and scientific inquiry can be allied in defending the Existence of God and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ. Different kinds of methods used in the subject shall be introduced in this course. This study also focuses on philosophical, logical, and biblical defense of Christian belief using the writings of the church fathers and philosophers through the ages.

PA 321 Introduction to Major Cults

This introductory study on major cults provides the students an awareness regarding various spurious teachings and trends existing in the Christian realm. Knowing such kind of teachings in the light of the word of God would facilitate the learners to respond to them as part of explicating and defending the truth of the Bible. This course also imparts various mission strategies to deal with various cultic groups and their teachings.

PP 321 Introduction to Philosophy with Special Reference to Indian Philosophy

This is a brief survey of philosophy with special attention given to Indian philosophy. The course also gives importance to the contemporary developments and approaches in philosophy. The students are made aware of the need for philosophical foundation to defend the Christian world view.



DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY & RELIGION

TE 201 Ministerial Ethics

This course examines the nature and principles of biblical ethics and the application of these principles to current social issues. Biblical morality is emphasized in this course so as to make the student identify and resolve the issues related to Christian life, church, mission and ministry.

TE 202 Biblical Ethics

This course is given with a purpose of moulding the students to develop their ethical understanding purely based on the biblical resources that have been revealed by God. This course will help the students to face the challenges of the contemporary life situations like standard of authority, professional ethics, socio-ethical issues, ecology and responsible and planned parenthood.

TE 203 Christian Ethics

This module deals with the precepts on how Christians should live, what they can and cannot do, and the kind of persons they must be. This course also deals with the development of Christian ethics and considers similarities and differences in the ethical approaches within Christendom. Contemporary moral issues and concerns such as war and peace, terrorism, economics, the environment, globalization, capital punishment, euthanasia, abortion, cloning etc will be addressed so as to enable the students to respond to them on the basis biblical ethical teaching.

TE 221 Pastoral Ethics

Through this course the learners will be oriented to the need of being obligated to live by a specific code of pastoral ethics. The students will be provided with an opportunity to understand, analyze, evaluate and distinguish between right and wrong in the avenues of their prospective field of engagement. This course will also motivate the students to adhere to the basic standards of conduct which determine what is appropriate, acceptable, and expected of a pastor both in his personal and professional lives.

TR 201 Major Religions in India

This is a survey of religions with special emphasis on the predominant religions of the Indian subcontinent. The significant teachings and practices of each religion will be taught in detail and will be evaluated in biblical perspective. This course will also deal with the missionary approach towards other faiths.

TR 202 Introduction to Indian Society and Culture

This is an introductory course that studies about Indian societies and their diverse culture. This course focuses on the belief and practices of the different people groups of India. This course also considers the significance of understanding and analyzing the social structure as part of evangelism.

TR 203 Introduction to Major Religions

This is an introductory study of the major religions in the world. The students will get the basic tenets of each religion taught in this course which would enable them to approach the adherents other faiths confidently as they engage in their mission efforts.

TR 204 Modern Religious & Secular Movements

This is a survey of contemporary religious movements, social movements, and modern trends of the world, and its relevance to evangelization at large.

TR 205 Survey of World Religions

This is a study of the major religions of the world. The course also includes a detailed study of Islam. Emphasis is also given to developing a missionary approach towards other faiths.

TR 206 Contemporary Trends in Religion and Society in India

This course traces the history and ideology of religious renaissance movements and secular movements that emerged during the 19th and 20th centuries. Through the course the students get well equipped to face probable challenges and effectively share the message of the Gospel.

TR 221 General Introduction to Indian Society

This is a course intended to impart preliminary awareness of formation, structure and divisions of Indian Society. Through this course the students will be able to understand the ethnic, linguistic, religious, cultural, political, educational and economic diversity of the country. By the this course would be able analyze and evaluate the Indian societies as a whole and the particular locality where the learner is placed to carry out God's ministry and thereby to envisage a strategy to reach the people based on their station, need and necessity.

TT 201 Basics of Theology I

This course is for diploma level students meant for giving a preliminary understanding of the need and purpose of systematic theology, the divine origin and authority of the Scripture, the biblical understanding of God, creation, fall of man. This course deals with angelology. This course is used to give students a proper guidance to approach the other faiths in their missionary pursuits being thoroughly grounded on the biblical doctrines Scripture, God, Creation, angels etc.

TT 202 Basics of Theology II

In this second module of theology given at diploma level the students will learn basic doctrines of Christ, salvation, church and ecclesiology. Through this course the students will be prepared to communicate biblical doctrines devoid of errors.

TT 203 Introduction to Christian Theology

This course introduces Christian theology to the students that will give them an understanding of the beginning and development of Christian belief and practices. This course also gives an outline of the historical development of traditional Christian doctrines. The students will also come across various historical figures who contributed towards safeguarding the Christian church from opposition and criticism during the course of spreading of Christianity worldwide.

TT 204 Theology I

This course provides students with the fundamentals of systematic theology, bibliology and theology proper. The students are trained to recognize the need for systematic theology and its relationship with other theological streams like Biblical theology, Historical theology, Philosophical theology etc. Bibliology and Theology proper are included in this level of study for the student to be sufficiently oriented to the authority, inspiration and sufficiency of the Word of God, the being of God, His attributes and His works.

TT 205 Theology II

This course incorporates Christology and Soteriology and intends to enroot the student in systematic and biblical understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ including issues such as incarnation, atonement work, resurrection, ascension, and application of salvation available through Christ.

TT 206 Systematic Theology

This is a course that deals with Christian theology that formulates a systematic, rational, and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs. In this course an overview all major topics such as bibliology, revelation, God, creation and divine providence, Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology. This course endeavors to enable learners to think theologically and construct a biblical worldview that makes the Christian’s witness relevant to all people in need.

TT 207 Christian Theology

Christian theology is an introductory course aiming to provide a foundational understanding of the origin and chronological progression of Christian faith and doctrines beginning from ancient time to the present. This course would make the students capable of acquiring a coherent and comprehensive understanding of the rationality, context and necessity and involvement of great figures of Christian church in the formulation of the doctrines. This course is also aiming at motivating the students for safeguarding the biblical truth and defending the erroneous teachings.

TT 208 Theology in the Asian Context with Special Emphasis on India

This course is an introductory module for the student to be acquainted with the overall socio, political, religious, cultural and economical contexts of the Asian region that would considerably influence the articulation of theology and interpretation of the Scripture. Various Asian milieus and pertinent theologies of Asian countries as will be introduced to the students. The context of India and her theology are given emphasis in this module that would help the student come to understand that the church of India has persistently been contributing towards the Indian contextual theological articulation apart from traditional Western contribution. The student would also come across such Indian contextual theologies and be oriented to the need for a biblical and evangelical theology even while the contexts are being considered seriously as part of theologizing process.

TT 221 Indian Christian Theology

This course introduces the students to the Indian Christian theological traditions and contributions beginning from Saint Thomas Christians to the present day theological trends of contextualization, addressing fresh and challenging issues of Dalits, Adivasis, women etc. The theological contributions of Nehemiah Goreh, Upadhyaya, Sadhu Sundar Singh, P. Chenchiah, V. Chakkarai, P.D. Devanandan, Swami Abhishiktananda, M.M. Thomas, S. J. Samartha, Raimond Panikkar, K. P. Aliaz etc are introduced to students.

TT 222 Person and Work of Christ

This course deal with the doctrines pertaining the Person of Christ refers to the study of the human and divine natures of Jesus Christ as they co-exist within one person. This course also gives attention the doctrine of the atonement work of Christ by which Christ has reconciled the humanity with God. By the end of this course the learners will have a coherent and comprehensive understanding why Jesus’ incarnation, suffering and death were necessary for the salvation of humanity. The students will also be oriented how to resolve controversial historical deputes on Christ’s humanity, divinity and atoning work.

TT 223 Historical Theology

This course investigates the socio-historical and cultural components that influenced the constant changes and developments in the dogmatic formulations. Analysis in the relationship between theology and the context and the theological influences on the figures and topics are also studied.

TT 224 A General Introduction to Theology

Through this pre-theology course the students will have an overall understanding about the origin and development of Christian theology, its development, divisions of theology and theology’s relation with the other fields such as science, philosophy, etc. By this course the students will be prepared to take up advanced courses in their theological pursuits.

 
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