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Third Millennium Ministries is a publisher, not an educational institution. You're welcome to study these courses on your own for free. Just click "Create your student account" and follow the instructions to register, then select a course and click on the enrollment button. It's easy to get started, and we're sure you'll enjoy the courses! If you complete a course with a satisfactory grade, you can print out a certificate. In order to receive academic credit for our courses, students must study under the supervision and administration of a school or other institution. Estos cursos también están disponibles en español. 这些课程也可在中国.

Users wishing to receive seminary credit for these courses now have a number of options:

Birmingham Theological Seminary (BTS) - Those users who reside outside the United States may apply to the free Certificate in Christian Ministry program offered by BTS. Students enrolled in this free program will only receive credit for courses taken through the BTS free Certificate in Christian Ministry website. Este programa de certificación también está disponible en español.

Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano San Pablo (STPSP) - Users within the United States and around the world can now take advantage of the Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies offered by STPSP. Simply create a student account here and register with STPSP using this online form. Once you have completed the courses required for the certificate, there is a graduation fee of $200 USD.

Knox Theological Seminary – Those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree through an ATS accredited U.S. seminary in the future may wish to consider Knox Theological Seminary. Students who have completed course work here at elearning.thirdmill.org and who have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, will be given advanced consideration for admissions towards a future program, preference for need-based financial aid, and may receive credit towards that future degree on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact Knox at tsansbury@knoxseminary.edu.

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    This course explains the history and use of the Apostles’ Creed, as well as the details and significance of each of its articles of faith. The creed expresses a common core of beliefs that all faithful Christians have affirmed throughout history. The course is based on the Third Millennium videos with a variety of professors.

    This course briefly surveys what theologians call theology proper, or the doctrine of God. It deals with questions such as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is His eternal plan? What are His works in history? At the most fundamental level, the Scriptures were given to us to teach us about who God is and what he has done for us. In fact, knowing God is essential for us to understand ourselves and our world. It is taught by multiple instructors.

    Jesus Christ is the most important human being that has ever lived. He is God in the flesh, the center of all history, and the only hope for the salvation of humanity and creation. This course clarifies the biblical teachings about His person and His redemptive work. It is based on the videos produced by Third Millennium Ministries, with a variety of professors.

    This course is an introduction to the doctrine of man. In every culture throughout history, people have asked questions such as, "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" The Bible tells us that we are God's images, created to rule over creation on his behalf and to turn the world into his earthly kingdom. Sin has damaged us and complicated our work, but by God's grace in Christ, we can be restored and our work can be completed. The course is taught by a variety of instructors.

    Does theology sometimes seem complicated, dry and abstract to you? It shouldn't be that way, if it is done properly. This course will help you learn to build your theology on the certain foundation of the Scriptures, but also with pathos and practical application. As an introduction to theology, this course teaches the purpose and importance of doing theology, the different sources of revelation, the meaning of inspiration, the proper interpretation of Scripture, and the key distinctive emphases of reformed theology. It is based on the video lessons of Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    Many of us have read systematic theology, but we seldom consider the process behind its development. This course analyzes the steps of building systematic theology, especially the formation of technical terms, theological propositions, and doctrinal statements. It examines the legitimacy of systematic theology, the place of human logic in the process, and the dangers and benefits of this tool. It is based on the video lessons of Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    While it is often overlooked, Biblical Theology can greatly enrich our study of the Scriptures. It focuses on the historical development of theology as it progresses throughout Scripture, analyzing the acts of God as they are recorded in different periods of time. This course explains the meaning of Biblical Theology, examines the way it is developed, defends its legitimacy, and gives examples from both the Old Testament and from the New Testament of how it can be beneficial. It is based on the video lessons of Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    This course gives a brief survey of the Old Testament, examining the themes of kingdom, covenants and canon. We will see that the Old Testament is not a random amalgam of episodes, genealogies and prophetic tidbits. Instead, it is unified around the central theme of the kingdom of God, which was administered through covenants and applied to life through the Old Testament Canon. It is based on the Third Millennium video series by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    This course explores the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy, examining why they were written, what they meant to their original audience, and how we should respond to them today. The course is based on the Third Millennium videos with a variety of professors.

    NOTE: This course includes the same lessons from the course "The Primeval History" and from the course "Father Abraham," as well as new lessons on the rest of the Pentateuch. If you have already studied "The Primeval History" and/or "Father Abraham," you may wish to study only the new lessons that you have not studied. If so, you should ask for your grades from the other courses to be applied to this course. (See the Syllabus for further explanation.)

    This course provides an analysis of Genesis 1:1-11:9, looking at the background, the literary structure, the original meaning, the theological purpose, and modern applications. Why did Moses choose to tell the history of the creation, the Fall, the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel in the way that he did? It is based on the Third Millennium video series by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    Christians, Muslims and Jews all look to the patriarch Abraham as the father of their faiths, but these religions draw very different conclusions from his biography. This course explores the account of Abraham’s life in Genesis 11:10-25:18 from a distinctly Christian perspective in order to analyze what these stories meant for those who first received them and what they mean for us today. It is based on the Third Millennium video series by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    This course gives an introductory perspective for the study of the prophets of the Old Testament. It dispels common misunderstandings about the prophets, provides guidelines for interpreting prophecy, and gives the student confidence to begin studying prophetic literature. The course is based on the video series by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

    Have you ever wondered why the New Testament gives so much attention to the kingdom of God? Or how this central theme relates to the new covenant in Christ? This course explores these two fundamental features of the New Testament by examining where they originated and what they mean for us today.This course is based on the video series of Third Millennium Ministries, with a variety of instructors.

    The four gospels are key books of the Bible, since they narrate the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Each gospel has a unique perspective and a unique purpose. This course explains the background, the structure, the main contents, and the major themes of each gospel. It is based on the videos produced by Third Millennium Ministries.

    The Book of Acts tells us of an exciting period of the expansion of the Church. But do the amazing experiences of that time necessarily set a pattern for us today? This course will help you answer some difficult questions about the work of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the Church. It explains the background, structure, and content of the Book of Acts, including a study of the major themes and guidelines for applying the lessons of Acts today. This course is based on the video series by Dr. Hans F. Bayer.

    We often struggle with individualism and legalism, as well as confusion regarding Christ's second coming. This course will help you deal with these issues as you explore the central message of Paul and review the teachings of Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and 1 and 2 Corinthians. You will gain a better understanding of the kingdom of God, and rejoice in Jesus and the amazing plans He has for His people and His world. The course is based on the video lessons of Dr. Reggie M. Kidd produced by Third Millennium Ministries.

    This course offers an analysis of the epistles that Paul wrote from prison (Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians). As Christians we face many challenges to our faith. False teachings and worldviews assault our loyalty to Christ. Suffering tempts us to think that God is not in control, or that he does have our best interests at heart. And our relationships with other believers are often strained to the point that we doubt the value of the church. Paul responded to these types of difficulties in his letters from prison. This course is a study of these epistles, based on the video lessons of Dr. Reggie M. Kidd produced by Third Millennium Ministries.

    This course explains the background, purpose, structure and content of the book of Hebrews, one of the most challenging books in the New Testament. Many of its topics and themes are difficult to understand, but it helps when we recognize that the original audience was facing persecution and that they were tempted to turn away from Christ. That’s why the author of Hebrews placed his emphasis on standing strong in the faith, and it’s why this book is one of the most valuable and encouraging to Christians in every age. This Third Millennium course is taught by multiple instructors.

    The Epistle of James is an intensely practical book for readers in every age. James' original audience had professed faith in Christ, but many were not living lives that reflected their beliefs. To address this disparity, James dealt with real-world issues that still speak to us today. This course looks at the background, structure and content of the Epistle of James and explores the wisdom and practical instruction in James that remain relevant for modern readers. It is based on the video series of the same name of Third Millennium Ministries, with a variety of instructors.

    The Book of Revelation can be both exciting and confusing. It's exciting because it records dramatic visions about the role of Jesus and the church in the history of the world. But it's also confusing because its imagery is so foreign to modern readers. Even so, the overall message is clear: King Jesus is returning in victory. This course introduces viewers to the background and primary message of the Book of Revelation, and it summarizes the structure, content, original meaning and modern application of the Book of Revelation.

    This course gives fundamental guidelines for interpreting the Bible. Christians sometimes disagree over the meaning of particular verses or passages, and one reason for these disagreements is that there are different approaches to Bible interpretation. How do we know which approach is the most responsible? This course will help answer that question. The lessons are taught by multiple instructors.

    This course provides a biblical orientation to Christian ethics. Many believers today have lost their moral footing. Moreover, believers who want to live ethically are frequently confused by the complexities of ethical decisions. Even so, with proper study of the Bible’s system of ethics, Christians can learn how to evaluate problems in ways that lead to biblical solutions. The course is based on the Third Millennium video lessons of Dr. John Frame.

    This section offers resources for students who desire to study the Third Millennium courses offline, normally in supervised groups. The "Academic Packet" for each course includes a syllabus, study guides, guidelines for facilitators, and other instructions for optional assignments such as additional reading and written projects. It includes all you need to guide a group of students.

    Tests for facilitators and supervisors that are teaching offline Third Millennium courses to groups of students, instead of using the programmed Internet courses. You must obtain a password to open these documents. To obtain the password, write to msouthard@thirdmill.org. You must explain who you are, what your position is, who your students are, and how you will be administering these tests.

    The four gospels are key books of the Bible, since they narrate the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Each gospel has a unique perspective and a unique purpose. This course explains the background, the structure, the main contents, and the major themes of each gospel. It is based on the videos produced by Third Millennium Ministries.

    This course explains the history and use of the Apostles’ Creed, as well as the details and significance of each of its articles of faith. The creed expresses a common core of beliefs that all faithful Christians have affirmed throughout history. The course is based on the Third Millennium videos with a variety of professors.