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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.

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There are many denominations, divisions and theological disputes in the modern church, but despite these types of disunity, there is a common core of belief that all faithful Christians have affirmed throughout history. For almost two millennia, this core of belief has been summarized in the Apostles' Creed. 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. It is based on the lecture series, The Apostles' Creed, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Van Gayton with contributions from a variety of professors.

For many, theology seems complicated, dry and abstract. It shouldn't be that way if it is done properly. As an introduction to theology, this course will help you learn to build your theology on the certain foundation of the Scriptures but also with pathos and practical application. It 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. This course is based on the lecture series, Building Your Theology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

Throughout the history of the church, faithful Christians have used systematic theology to communicate the teachings of our faith. For many, it has proven to be a helpful tool for expressing ideas clearly, and for organizing them in ways that increase our understanding of Scripture. 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. This course is based on the lecture series, Building Systematic Theology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

Faithful Christians have always recognized the importance of progress in biblical history, especially as it relates to humanity's fall into sin and to God's redemptive work. Biblical theology is a specialized discipline that studies this progress by tracing the development of theological ideas between historical epochs. Used rightly, it is a helpful tool for interpreting and applying the Bible. This course explains the meaning of biblical theology, examines the way it is developed, defends its legitimacy, and gives examples from both the Old and New Testaments of its use. It is based on the lecture series, Building Biblical Theology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

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 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. This course is based on the lecture series, We Believe in God, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Rev. Dr. Thurman Williams with contributions from a variety of professors.

This course investigates the doctrine of Christology, focusing on the person and work of Jesus Christ, 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 lecture series, We Believe in Jesus, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Dan Doriani with contributions from a variety of professors.

Practically speaking, the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who is most involved in our daily lives, but many Christians know far more about the Father and the Son than they do about the Spirit. In this series we'll discover how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit developed historically, and we'll explore the Spirit's dynamic work in the world, in the church, and in believers. This course is based on the lecture series, We Believe in the Holy Spirit, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Ramesh Richard with contributions from 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. This course is based on the lecture series, What is Man?, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Greg Perry with contributions from a variety of professors.

The topic of eschatology, or the end times, has fascinated people for centuries, but what does the Bible say about this extraordinary subject? What future has God planned for his creation and his people? In this series, we examine what the Scriptures teach about the last days, including a variety of challenging topics, such as the afterlife, the general resurrection, and the consummation of Christ's messianic kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. This course is based on the lecture series, Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Matt Friedeman with contributions from a variety of professors.

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 as a "canon," or guideline. This course is based on the lecture series, Kingdom, Covenant, & Canon of the Old Testament, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

The first five books of the Old Testament are commonly called the Pentateuch. They tell the story of the nation of Israel from creation to preparation for the conquest of the Promised Land. But is the Pentateuch simply the historical account of God’s chosen people, or is it something more? 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. This course is based on the lecture series, The Pentateuch, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Scott Redd with contributions from a variety of professors.

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

Genesis 1–11 contains some of the most familiar stories in the Bible. In its ancient context, this collection was not a simple historical record. Rather, it was a forceful argument condemning Egypt and encouraging Israel to follow Moses to the Promised Land. 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. This course is based on the lecture series, The Primeval History, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented 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 lecture series, Father Abraham, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

The book of Joshua covers the period of Israel's history from the conquest of Canaan to just after Joshua's death. Although certain events in the book can leave modern audiences feeling more than a little uncomfortable, it helps to remember that God promised to be with Joshua in all that he did, especially in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, establishing Israel's tribal inheritances, and calling God's people to remain faithful to the terms of God's covenant. This course teaches about the background, purpose, contents, and application of the book of Joshua. It is based on the lecture series, The Book of Joshua, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Seth Tarrer with contributions from a variety of professors.

Many Christians are intrigued by biblical predictions but at a loss when it comes to understanding them. Feeling overwhelmed by their complicated history and literature, we often disregard them altogether, but when we understand the prophets' motivations and methods, we are better equipped to discover the significance of their words for today. To that end, this course dispels common misunderstandings about the prophets, provides guidelines for interpreting prophecy, and gives the student confidence to begin studying prophetic literature. This course is based on the lecture series, He Gave Us Prophets, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented 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 lecture series, Kingdom & Covenant in the New Testament, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Simon Vibert with contributions from a variety of professors.

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 lecture series, The Gospels, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Pete Alwinson with contributions from a variety of professors.

Christians today often turn to the book of Acts to explore questions related to the charismatic gifts or to investigate issues related to church government. While these concepts are certainly talked about in the Book of Acts, what was Luke's main point as he wrote this book? What big picture did he try to give readers as a context for understanding these secondary matters? This course answers those questions by explaining the background, structure, and content of the book, including a study of the major themes and guidelines for applying the lessons of Acts today. This course is based on the lecture series, The Book of Acts, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Hans F. Bayer.

Paul passionately proclaimed the good news of individual salvation in Jesus Christ, but this wasn't the heart of his gospel. According to Paul, salvation is not primarily about individuals being saved from the wrath of God. Rather, the gospel is about the triumph of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. This course will unpack these issues as the central message of Paul in 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’ amazing plans for his people and his world. This course is based on the lecture series, The Heart of Paul's Theology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Reggie M. Kidd.

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 not have our best interests at heart. Our relationships with other believers are often strained to the point that we doubt the value of the church. This course will help you deal with these issues as you explore the teachings of Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians. It is based on the lecture series, Paul's Prison Epistles, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Reggie M. Kidd.

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 course is based on the lecture series, The Book of Hebrews, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Stephen Um with contributions from Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh and a variety of professors.

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 lecture series, The Epistle of James, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Paul Gardner with contributions from a variety of professors.

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 book’s structure, content, original meaning and modern application. This course is based on the lecture series, The Book of Revelation, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Steve Brown with contributions from a variety of professors.

Evangelical Christians affirm the Scriptures as God's inerrant word, but we still disagree sometimes over the meaning of particular verses or passages, and these differences can influence our Christian doctrine and practice. One reason for these disagreements is that there are many different approaches to interpreting the Bible. But how do we know which approach to interpretation is the most responsible? This course will help answer that question. It is based on the lecture series, He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. with contributions from a variety of professors.

Christian morality has always been challenged and rejected by unbelievers, but today even many believers 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. This course is based on the lecture series, Making Biblical Decisions, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. John M. Frame.

This section offers resources for facilitators and 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 that is needed to guide a group of students.

These tests are 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.

Resources for practical studies for ministry

This is where we have stored backups of the copy-friendly version of our courses. You will need a password to have access to these backups. If you have your own version of the Moodle program installed, and are interested in using these courses, please write to: msouthard@thirdmill.org

This a demo of the copy-friendly version of the course on "The Gospels."

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 lecture series, The Gospels, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Pete Alwinson with contributions from a variety of professors.

This is a demo of the copy-friendly version of the course "The Apostles' Creed."

There are many denominations, divisions and theological disputes in the modern church, but despite these types of disunity, there is a common core of belief that all faithful Christians have affirmed throughout history. For almost two millennia, this core of belief has been summarized in the Apostles' Creed. 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. It is based on the lecture series, The Apostles' Creed, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and hosted by Dr. Van Gayton with contributions from a variety of professors.