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BC-301: JOHN & 1,2,3 JOHN

About this course

Of the four Gospels that chronicle the life, teachings, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of John is unique in content, form, and purpose. The Eternal Word became the Incarnate Word and walked as the Son of God. John unveils the special relationship between the Father and the Son. He reveals that the Son of God walked in such unison with the Father, that He spoke only what He heard and did only what He saw from the Father. Every step the Son of God took was aligned with the Father's timing. The healings and miracles were simply an expression of such a walk, abiding with the Father. The word 'abide' is a key word in all of John's writings. The believer is called to abide in Jesus, even as Jesus did with the Father. Later in his epistles, John declares that we walk as He walked. We live in Him, and our life on earth is the same as His! The Son of God unveiled to us the life that sons and daughters of God are called to live. This verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of John and his three epistles will unveil the Son of God to us like never before. It will also bring to our hearts a powerful revelation of the life we are called to live as we live in Him and He in us, by His Spirit. Get ready to fall in love with Jesus all over again and to be transformed to walk like Him!

This is an instructor-led course. Recordings of classroom lectures will be released weekly. Complete the objective type questions, quizzes and other assignments that are given as you progress through the course. It is recommended that you keep up with the lectures and assignments on a weekly basis. This course starts the week of Tuesday August 01, 2023 and will complete on or before Friday November 24, 2023 (23:59 UTC).


No prerequisites for this course.

What you will learn

This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of John and the three epistles of John. This study unveils to us the Son of God, the Eternal Word, the Incarnate Word, the great I AM, the brass serpent that Moses raised up, the Temple which when destroyed would be raised up in three days, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection and the Life, the Vine on whom we are the branches, the One who sent the Promise of the Father, and the Comforter who empowers us. He is the Son of God who authorized us with His name and sent us out even as the Father sent Him. As we abide in Him, walk in fellowship with Him, we walk as He walked and our life on this earth becomes just like His.

Get your certificate

This course is part of the third year Bible College curriculum. Completing this course is a requirement to work towards your 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

Part-time Faculty

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 3 years.


  • 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 Wednesday, each week.

You will be evaluated for this course as follows:

Students will be given two graded assessments during the course of the Semester. Each of these assessments will be in reference to all content covered till that point in the course. These will contribute towards the final grade as shown below:
Midterm Assessment 1  50%
Final Assessment 2  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 2023 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.

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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