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.