I. BASIC BIBLE STUDY
A non-denominational presentation of the main doctrines of Christianity such as:
The Divine Godhead
The Gospel of Christ
The Plan of Salvation
The Christian Life
The Plan of the End
Recognizing false doctrine
This 98% pure systematic Scripture presentation is offered without human comment or personal explanation, because the Bible is it own best interpreter, expounder, and commentator. No need to spend hours looking up verses. They are all printed right in the study ebooklet for you. We have selected the best passages to give you a broad overview and working knowledge of the whole Bible.
II. FULL GOSPEL FUNDAMENTALS
A review of much of the same themes as Course I, except that it contains the missing dimensions omitted by the old mainline denominations and presents the Full Gospel light and Charismatic Theology of the early Apostolic church, neglected by many fundamental evangelicals today.
III. THE MARRIAGE MANUAL
More appropriate Scriptures and facts gleaned over years from many sources are crammed into these four books than in any similar college courses I have seen. Ideal for marriage counselors. Following is less than half of what is in each book:
God ordained marriage
The unisex lifestyle
Choosing a mate
What a man seeks in a woman
What a woman seeks in a man
How do you know if you’re in love?
What’s wrong with “Shacking up”?
A Christ-centered home
Comparing male and female
The perfect husband
The Ideal wife
An older woman’s pep talk to
a younger woman
Real love is Spiritual
Twain shall be One
The Christian Home
From frustration and futility to
fulfillment and fruitfulness
Getting along together
To love is to listen
The Husband’s duties
The Wife’s duties
Recipe for Happiness
Ten steps to a working Marriage
What do you do when you get hurt?
Strife in the home
The dignity of womanhood
Keeping romance alive
Making Marriage intimate
What about oral sex?
The miracle of reproduction
The atrocity of abortion
Children: A Gift of God
Raise your own Children
Honor thy Parents
Obey thy parents
Put the fear of God in them
Statistics about children
Nine reasons why marriages fail
The true reason for divorce
Breaking the marriage covenant
Infidelity destroys marriage
Advice to those who become a victim
Bitterness or forgiveness?
Six reasons for reconciliation
Does God forgive?
Is remarriage ever permissible?
The law of marriage in the Bible
Legalism or mercy?
Those who have failed
Book 1 covers things up through the marriage ceremony. Book 2 covers general marriage management. Book 3 covers child rearing. Book 4 covers divorce and remarriage. The whole Course III contains 639 questions.
The next two courses really go together and are highly recommended for all beginning Evangelists and Pastors, to learn as much as possible before they launch any kind of ministry, to help them cope with typical problems. Well-experienced ministers can also get a lot out of the variety of subjects, which can fill in any holes in your knowledge and increase your understanding of up-to-date practical ministry involvement. The array of information, revelation, impartation, and activation can propel you out of the ordinary into the realm of the extraordinary. The following is just a fraction of the contents of these courses.
IV. PRELIMINARY MINISTERIAL TRAINING COURSE
How do you know if you’re called?
Three phases of entering the ministry
Evidence of your Divine calling
God’s perfect plan and divine
design for your life and ministry
Obtaining credentials: licensed and ordained
Twenty questions for ministers
How to be a good minister of Jesus Christ?
Mixing Christianity with other things
Pastor or Evangelist?
Seven important points for ministers
Quality or quantity?
Examples and methods of teaching
The concept and art teaching
Presenting the message
Preparation and delivery
Cooperation not competition
How to start a prison ministry
Breaking into jail
Some dos and don’ts
How to perform a water baptism
Stating the goals of your ministry
God’s kind of ministry
What people want
How to perform a wedding ceremony
Your Christian writing ministry
Your radio ministry
How to get on T.V.
How to promote your ministry
V. ADVANCED MINISTERIAL TRAINING COURSE
Civil authority and religious freedom
The rights of street preachers
Do’s and don’ts of political activity for pastors
Can you use your home for a Church?
A balanced N.T. Church
Receiving the offering
Business, friendship, or charity?
God’s ministers and God’s money
Questions about tithes and offerings
How to start a Church?
Pastor: Minister or administrator?
What people want in a pastor
Typical pastoral problems
The pastor: Boss or leader?
Pastoral responsibility and where it ends
Guidelines for Church business and plans
Discord or harmony?
Law and love
Leadership and followers
Common complaints against pastors
Two ways of pastoring
Appointment and engagements
Overwork can ruin your health
Bigger is not always better
Dealing with criticism, accusations
Rejoicing: the secret of victory
How to avoid a fall
Marks of a backslidden pastor
When a pastor commits adultery
The kind of religion Jesus condemned
Growth and progress
Formally organizing your ministry
VI. MESSIANIC PROPHECIES AND THEIR FULFILLMENT
The Thompson Chain Referenced Bible has a similar chart, but it contains only 37 verses. We have compiled over twice as many categories—80! This 48 page, 8 ½” x 11” book arranged in parallel columns of the Old and New Testaments immediately prove that:
There’s a God, Who is omniscient.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel.
This is the message Jesus preached in Luke 24:24-30. Peter preached it in Acts 3:18-19. Paul preached it in Acts 17:2-3. There is overwhelming evidence for the claims of Christ and His two comings. It also contains the Seven Scriptural witnesses to the true Divine Identity of Jesus.
VII. END-TIME EVANGELISM & THE BOOK OF REVELATION
This Scripturally heavy and very timely motivational course embodies a mature approach to the vital role of the ministry of the Church in the world today.
Book 1. Serving God and Sharing Christ. Witnessing: Why, How, What, Ways, Where, Who. Results. Fruit-Gift-Ministry. Public Evangelism.
Book 2. The Book of Revelation. The end of the World. The order of end-time events.
Book 3. The Book of Revelation—Chapter by chapter. The little Apocalypse of Jesus.
Book 4. How to prepare for and deal with the coming world-wide wave of persecution of the Church. Our defense: Taking the Gospel to the streets.
The first book contains a Plan of the Ages chart. The last book contains a Dispensation chart demonstrating the difference between O.T. & N.T. standards of conduct.
The grading system of The Spirit of Truth is as follows:
W – Withdraw
I – Incomplete
1 unit of Credit = 1 semester Hour
90 Credits=Associates Degree
120 Credits = Bachelor Degree
150 Credits = Master’s Degree
210 Credits = Doctorial Degree
It seems that most of the students that the Lord sends us make good grades.
WHICH COURSES EARN WHICH DEGREES
COURSE I ——————————– Diploma
COURSE II —————————– Associates
COURES III – Diploma or Associates or Bachelor or Master
COURES IV ——————————Masters
COURSE V ——————————- Doctors
COURSE VI – Bachelor or Master or Doctor
COURSE VII –Bachelor or Master or Doctor
REQUIRED PAPERS FOR EARNED DEGREES
The Japan Bible Institute does not require as much work of our students as Oxford and Cambridge, and as most other schools, we do not require a written paper for the Baccalaureate degree. But in addition to taking the prescribed courses, we do require a Thesis for the Master’s degree and a Dissertation for the Doctorial degree. This can simply be you Christian life of service and educational training as well as future plans.
PROGRESSIVE LEVELS OF DEGREES
A degree is an academic title conferred by an institution of higher learning showing that a person has satisfactorily completed a particular program of study. The certificate is the actual document itself.
Degrees are progressive. One level is built on the preceding one, each level representing a higher work effort, and the equivalent of another year of study. The Japan Bible Institute offers all five levels: Diploma, Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctor:
DIPLOMA— (40 credits) this is the first level, and like a Christian Worker’s Certificate. Some schools have just a “Certificate” where we have a Diploma.
ASSOCIATE— (usually 60-64 credits, but we require 90) the Associate Bachelor degree represents the equivalency of two years of academic study. Typically, awarded by a junior or community college.
BACHELOR— (120-128 credits) conferred for the equivalency of four years of full-time study. But you can earn a Bachelor’s degree in two or three months from some schools. “Bachelor” means that you have accumulated a “batch” of knowledge. If you receive a Bachelor’s degree through credit for life work experience from The Japan Bible Institute, you are guaranteed admission into our Master’s degree program, and we also encourage you to go on to the Doctor’s degree program.
MASTER— (150 credits) this represents at least one year of study beyond the Bachelor, but lower than the Doctorate, indicating that you have “mastered a subject.”
DOCTOR— (210 credits) this academic title is awarded for the completion of advanced study and is the highest degree there is. It is the ultimate in the educational world, and has been a title of respect for learned persons since Biblical times, Luke 6:46. It is traditionally held that it takes a doctor to confer a Doctor’s degree upon someone else.
DEFINITIONS OF DEGREES
All of these degrees are religious in nature and not only overlap, but are sometimes thought of inter-exchangeable.
BIBLICAL SUBJECTS—the study of major Scriptural themes and the main topics of the Sacred Scriptures. Courses dealing with various doctrines of the Word of God; that which is devoted to the fundamental beliefs of the Holy Bible.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION—general instructions in Christianity, and the study of the doctrines of Christ. Training in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the development of Christian Character.
DIVINITY—the study of the one and only Deity. Having to do with the supreme, infinite and eternal qualities of the Almighty; pertaining to the Divine Godhead or Holy Trinity. That which is inspired by God.
MINISTRY—pertaining to the work of the Lord and service for God. Training in the performance of office of clergy. Rendering help to people and caring for the saints.
THEOLOGY—the study of God and the expounding of Christology; Courses dealing with the relationship between God and the universe and man. The cultivation of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Since our courses are rather general, we don’t mind accommodating our students by granting their preference to receive their diploma, associate, bachelor, masters, or doctor’s degree in Biblical subjects, Christian Education, Divinity, Ministry, or Theology, etc. because as stated above, these terms blend and overlapped in most creeds, books, and schools.
EXPLANATION OF DEGREE PROGRAMS
In the secular field there is a lot of difference between a lawyer, a butcher, a banker, and a dentist.
But in the religious field what is the difference between Divinity, Theology, Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, etc.? Actually, they overlap, for the Bible is the main textbook for them all. We have.
6 Hon. Dr. Degrees
A total of 55 different certificates which is more than most schools larger than us. But we only have seven different courses at this time. (More on the way)
So when you take one of our courses, you may choose any degree on an appropriate level recommended for that course.
Some have asked, “What is the difference between a degree in Pastoral Counseling and one in Christian Counseling?” Well, one is for a Pastor and the other is someone who is not a Pastor.
Counseling is meeting together with a person and spending a season with them in detailed discussion to personally consult, advise, guide, and admonish them with the Word of God. We need to do a lot of listening, but not just listen.
A degree in counseling AND COMMUNICATION would include more teaching by way of pulpit, audiotapes, videotapes, radio, television, writing, etc.
DEGREES THAT WE OFFER
Diploma of Basic Bible Study Course
Diploma of Marriage Therapy
Diploma of Biblical Studies
Diploma of Messianic Prophecies
A. Min. =Associate Bachelor of Ministry
A.P.T. =Associate of Practical Theology
A.F.G. =Associate Bachelor of the Full Gospel
A.F.G. =Associate Bachelor of Bible Subjects A.B.S. =Associate of Bible Subjects.
B.B.S. =Bachelor of Bible Subjects B.M.T. =Bachelor of Marriage Therapy
B.C.C. =Bachelor of Christian Counseling B. Min. =Bachelor of Ministry
B.B.C. =Bachelor of Biblical Counseling B.P.C. =Bachelor of Pastoral Counseling
B.C. =Bachelor or Christology B. Evan. =Bachelor of Evangelism
B.M.P. =Bachelor of Messianic Prophecy Th. B. =Bachelor of Theology
B.Y. Min=Bachelor of Youth Ministries B.D. =Bachelor of Divinity
M.B.S. =Master of Biblical Studies
M. Th. =Master of Theology
M.C. =Master of Christology
M.S.T. =Master of Systematic Theology
M.M.P. =Master of Messianic Prophecies
M.M. =Master of Ministries
M.Y Min. =Master of Youth Ministries
M.C.A. =Master of Christian Apologetics
M.C.E. =Master of Christian Education
M.C.J. =Master of Christian Journalism
M.C.C. =Master of Christian Counseling
M.C.A. =Master of Church Administration
M.P.C. =Master of Pastoral Counseling
M. Div. =Master of Divinity
D.B.S. =Doctor of Biblical Studies
D.P.C. =Doctor of Pastoral Counseling
D.C.E. =Doctor of Christian Education
D. Th. =Doctor of Theology
D.M.P. =Doctor of Messianic Prophecy
D.M. =Doctor of Ministry
D. Ch. =Doctor of Christology
D.C.A. =Doctor of Christian Apologetics
D.C. =Doctor of Christianity
D.M. =Doctor of Missionology
D.S.S. =Doctor of Sacred Scripture
D.C.J. =Doctor of Christian Journalism
D.C.C. =Doctor of Christian Counseling
D.C. Ad. =Doctor of Church Administration
D.C.Com. =Doctor of Counseling & Communication
HONORARY DOCTORIAL DEGREES
D.Evan. =Doctor of Evangelism
H.D. =Doctor of Humanity
C.M.D. =Doctor of Christian Missions
S.L.D. =Doctor of Sacred Literature
D.D. =Doctor of Divinity
S.M.D. =Doctor of Sacred Music
The Japan Bible Institute Ministries offers the widest variety of religious degrees of any school its size in the U.S.A. However, we do not offer any secular “Arts” (which represents a wide scope of studies including such subjects as education, human relations, literature, etc.), or PhD degrees. A Ph.D. doesn’t have to do with the study of philosophy. It is awarded for study in many fields such as Communications, Management, Education, Human Relations, etc. and is not necessarily considered a religious degree, so THE JAPAN BIBLE INSTITUTE MINISTRIES does not offer it.
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