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BC-104: DOCTRINAL FOUNDATIONS (SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY)


About this course

In this Course we will study in a systematic manner the doctrines that are foundational to our faith. Hence, this course is also called Systematic Theology.

Systematic Theology attempts to identify what the Bible as a whole says about each given topic. For instance, a person who studies the Scriptures regularly may make the observation, “According to the Bible everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will be saved.” In attempting to concisely summarise what the Bible as a whole says regarding salvation, this person is in fact doing “systematic theology” at a layman’s level. At the academic level, Systematic Theology simply takes this process one step higher by looking more deeply into the meaning and implications of each phrase, including popular terms like “believing in Jesus” and “being saved.”

In other words, Systematic Theology collects all relevant passages in the Bible on a given subject, and then conducts an in-depth study, covering all aspects of the given subject. In this way important doctrines are given shape, clarified and affirmed. By studying these foundational doctrines, we gain knowledge of the truth, and this truth sets us free! We will then be able to guide others into the truths contained in God's Word.

This is an instructor-led course. Recordings of classroom lectures will be released weekly. Kindly complete the Reading, Reflection and Self-Check assignments that are posted at the end of each session. It is recommended that you keep up with the video lectures on a weekly basis. This Course will commence on Monday January 09 2023 and will finish on or before Friday April 28, 2023 (23:59 UTC).

Requirements

No prerequisites for this course.

What you will learn

Some of the main themes we cover in this course include:

  • The Doctrine of the Word of God
  • The Doctrine of God
  • The Doctrine of the Trinity
  • The Doctrine of Man
  • The Doctrine of Salvation
  • The Doctrine of Redemption, Justification and Sanctification
  • The Doctrine of Christ and the Holy Spirit
  • The Doctrine of the Church
  • The Doctrine of Angels
  • The Doctrine of End Times

Get your certificate

This course is part of the first year Bible College curriculum. Completing this course is a requirement to work towards your one-year, two-year or three-year degree. Once you complete this course successfully you will immediately receive a digital copy of a Certificate of Completion. Churches and Christian Ministries may use this Certificate of Completion to ensure that their staff and volunteers have the required training for specific roles in ministry.

Meet your instructor

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Deepika Samuel

Associate Minister – Teaching & Content Development

Deepika Samuel has a Master of Divinity and Master’s in Theology from SAIACS, Bangalore. Her initial roles at APC included writing the Children's Church Curriculum, teaching at APC Bible College, and pastoring APC-Mangalore for the last 3 years of her ministry. She re-joined APC in July 2022.

Credentials

  • 2021 – Master of Theology
  • SAIACS, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • 1995 – Batchelor of Arts
  • St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Course evaluation

This is an instructor-led course. Course lecture videos will be released on Monday and Friday, each week, by 5pm Indian Time.

Students will be given two graded assessments during the course of the Semester. Each of these assessments will include content covered upto that point of time in the course. These assessments will contribute towards the final grade as shown below:

First Assessment       50%
Second Assessment      50%

Course will be graded as follows:
91% - 100%   Grade A+
76% - 90%     Grade A
51% - 75%     Grade B
35% - 50%     Grade C
Below 35%    Grade F (Fail)

Course cost/tuition waiver

All Bible Courses are being offered FREE during Fall 2022 semester. The regular cost per course is Indian Rupees 500. Tuition waiver will be available for all students in financial need for all upcoming semesters.

Free learning resources

In addition to course materials provided by instructors, students are encouraged to make use of APC’s free learning resources: free APC books, free teaching sermons series, and other material available in the Resources section of our church website. Video recordings of course lectures are also available at APC Bible College YouTube channel.

Frequently asked questions

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

Can I view the course offline?

No. To view the course content, you need an active internet connection.

Can I pause in between a lesson, log out, and continue at a later time?

Yes. You can pause in between a lesson and log out. When you log back in the next time Open edX will take you right back to where you left and you can continue your lesson.

What is the difference between "Self-paced" and "Instructor-led" courses?

In self-paced courses, all the course content is available as soon as a course is released. They do not have a fixed schedule for assignments, so you can complete the course at your own pace. In instructor-led courses, the course content is released at specific intervals as the course progresses. They have a fixed schedule. The course team sets specific due dates for assignments and exams, and you complete the course within a defined time frame.

Will I be able to ask my questions and clear any doubts I have, while doing this course?

Yes. There is a discussion board where you can post questions. You can also view questions asked by other students and engage in discussions. APC Staff will respond to your questions.

Can I do some courses ON-CAMPUS, some ONLINE and some via E-LEARNING?

Regardless of the learning option you choose (ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE or E-LEARNING) once you enroll, you are considered a student at APC Bible College and receive the same certificate/degree on completion of the program requirements. We also offer you the flexibility of completing some courses ON-CAMPUS, some courses ONLINE and others via the E-LEARNING platform. Your student Id remains the same. Please enroll in a course only in one learning option at a time (Example: Please do BC-101 either in Online classes or in E-learning during a particular semester. If you fail to complete BC-101 while doing it in Online Classes, in a future semester you can repeat BC-101 in E-learning).

Can I take courses in any order or should I follow the order specified by the college?

We strongly recommend that you follow the sequence of courses outlined by the college, semester by semester, year by year. However, at your discretion you are welcome to take courses in any order and sequence. Kindly ensure you successfully complete all courses required for a particular program (C.Th., Dip.Th., or B.Th.) in order to receive that certificate.

Are the requirements to pass a course exactly the same in all three learning options?

Not exactly. The course content remains the same in all three learning options (ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE or E-LEARNING). To successfully complete a course for ON-CAMPUS and ONLINE classes you must have both (A)minimum 85% attendance and (B)obtain a passing grade 35% marks or higher (grade C or better). For the E-LEARNING option, you must (A)watch all the lecture videos and (B)obtain a passing grade 35% marks or higher (grade C or better). The course assignments for ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE and E-LEARNING students may differ, and is left to the discretion of the Course Instructor.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

We offer a certificate, diploma or bachelors degree from APC Bible College. We do not offer transfer credit for completing a course(s) or certificate program. Recognition of APC Bible College can vary based on the church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency that is reviewing your credentials and the country/region of their location and is the sole determination of the receiving church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency. Governmental agencies can also vary in their recognition of APC Bible College. At their discretion, the receiving organization may choose to give you transfer credit for the course(s) and certificate you have received from APC Bible College.

Will Christian organizations offer employment based on course(s) or certificate programs from APC Bible College?

This is the sole determination of the receiving church/ Christian ministry/ institution/ organization/ agency. Many APC Bible College graduates are successfully and fruitfully engaged in Christian ministry, some working independently and some working with Christian and other organizations.

Which version of the Bible should I use?

While you are welcome to use the version you are most comfortable reading, we recommend using the New King James Version of the Bible.

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