Each unit listed below will include one or more of these symbols.
Study by correspondence
We offer a wide range of biblical and theological units for you to study from where you are in the world. We have various modes of study to suit your needs, lifestyle and schedule.
Each unit listed below will include one or more of these symbols.
Study by correspondence
Introduction to the Bible shows how the great themes of the Bible fit together into one story that spans both the Old and New Testaments. With Jesus at the centre of the story, this subject shows how God planned to redeem his people. The story begins with promises to Abraham, continues through the fortunes of the nation of Israel, and reaches its climax at the cross.
Promise to Fulfilment focuses on training students in a method for reading the Bible well, paying particular attention to interpreting each passage of the Bible in light of its place in the single overarching story that binds the Bible together as a whole. The passages chosen for particular attention represent a range of different genres and each come at a key stage in God’s unfolding plan of redemption.
Pentateuch (Old Testament 1) covers the first five books of the Old Testament, examining some of the foundational events in the Bible such as creation, the fall, the promises to Abraham, the exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Law. The great themes of sin, covenant, redemption, sacrifice and blessing all emerge from this examination and show how these point forward to the work of Christ.
This study of Mark (New Testament 1) takes a systematic approach to reading through the Gospel of Mark and in the process answers the two central questions that Mark poses to his readers: ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘What did Jesus come to do?’. Attention is paid to locating the identity and work of Jesus in the context of the Old Testament expectations of the Messiah and showing how Jesus fulfils those expectations.
Knowledge of God (Doctrine 1) focuses on what we can know about God based on what he has revealed of himself to us in Scripture. An important part of this subject is examining the nature and authority of Scripture itself, in which the concept of covenant is central. In addition to examining God’s sovereignty, power and Trinitarian nature, the subject also looks at the ideas of repentance, salvation and judgement.
This study of Ephesians systematically works through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, showing that God’s intention is to unify all things in Christ. While we wait for this intention to be completely fulfilled, God has already provided a living demonstration of this unity in the church, in which the fundamental distinction between Jew and Gentile has now been overcome. The subject unpacks the implications of this unity for individuals, the church and the whole creation.
In the Former Prophets (Old Testament 2) we examine the experience of Israel from original conquest of the Land to her eventual exile, as recounted in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. This period provides us with a glimpse of what it means for God’s people to live securely in God’s place, guided by his king and prophets and so informs how we understand the Kingdom of God and the New Testament promise of an eternal inheritance.
This study of Acts (New Testament 2) illustrates how the spread of the gospel in the early decades of the church was directed by the risen Christ. In particular, this subject shows how the spread of the gospel fulfilled the Old Testament expectation that God would bless the whole world through his people, the Jews. Particular attention is paid to the ministries of Peter and Paul and how they took God’s plan of blessing all people to a new stage.
Christ and His work (Doctrine 2) focuses on what we know about the identity of Christ and what he accomplished, especially on the cross. This includes introducing students to theological approaches to understanding how Christ’s humanity relates to his divinity, showing how understanding this is important for understanding what Christ did in his death and resurrection. Included in the investigation of the cross is an examination of the nature and effects of sin.
Early Church History covers the history of the church through its first five centuries, introducing students to the theological debates that ultimately led to the formal statements of Christian faith contained in the great creeds. This period also displays the many practical challenges the church faced as a minority population in a context that often presented Christians with a choice between holding to their faith and death.
The Latter Prophets (Old Testament 3) introduces the ‘writing’ prophets God sent to Israel leading up to, during and after the exiles that Israel experienced. In the prophets students encounter a wide range of topics and literary styles. Prominent in this material are warnings about coming judgement and promises of future redemption and blessing, although a special emphasis is placed on the promise of a new covenant that finds its fulfilment in the gospel.
The Pauline Letters (New Testament 3) collects together Paul’s letters (other than Romans, which is covered separately) and introduces students to the distinctive language, theology and style of the Apostle to the Gentiles. It covers the wide range of theological issues found in Paul’s work such ethical guidance about proper Christian conduct, teaching on church leadership and governance, theological reflections on the nature of Christ and the expositions of the relationship of Law and grace.
The Church (Doctrine 3) focuses on the doctrine of the Church along with some aspects of worship directly connected to it. The overarching theme is the place of the Church in the purposes of God, which leads to discussions of the fundamental nature of the Church, along with fellowship within it, and continuity of it. The aspects of worship of particular relevance to these discussions are the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
Reformation Church History covers the history of the church during the period of the Reformation. It introduces students to the late medieval religious context from which the reformation grew and draws attention to the theological importance of the reformation led by Martin Luther. It also covers the Catholic response to the reformation along with the connection between political and theological reform, especially in Switzerland and Tudor England.
Wisdom and Exile (Old Testament 4) focuses on those sections of the Old Testament devoted to the perennial questions and concerns of God’s people at any time. This includes books devoted to living well in God’s world (the Hebrew concept of ‘wisdom’) as well as liturgical literature that helps us see how to bring our whole lives, both joyous and painful, before God and finally the Old Testament works that explicitly look forward to the ‘end times’.
Apostolic Writings (New Testament 4) provides an overview of the non-Pauline letters of the New Testament. As a result it introduces students to the wide range of literary styles and theological concerns found in these letters, such as the Christian attitude to suffering, the relationship of Christ’s sacrificial work to the Old Testament Law and the Christian expectation of the ‘end times’. Special attention is given to the unique features of the Letter to the Hebrews, Revelation and 1 Peter.
This study of John focuses solely on John’s Gospel, drawing out what is distinctive about this Gospel both in terms of content and style. Among the distinctive features of John that are drawn out through the close reading of the text that warrant special attention are the concepts of ‘life’ and ‘discipleship’. Specifically, what does it mean to ‘live’ or ‘abide’ in Jesus, and what does being a disciple of Jesus actually require?
Romans examines Paul’s most important theological work, his Letter to the Romans. Students will be introduced to Paul’s thinking on the concepts such as sin, grace, Law, judgement, predestination, salvation and blessing. As a central concern of Paul’s in this work is the ongoing place of the Jews in God’s plans students are also introduced to Paul’s thought on this important issue.
Christian Worship explores how we can best worship God with a particular emphasis on how we should think about what happens when we gather together in worship. We begin by tracing the origins of worship through the Old Testament sacrificial system, moving on to consider the changes brought to worship by the gospel. With this groundwork laid the subject considers topics such as the use of music and liturgy in public worship gatherings.
Prayer Book explores the liturgy of the Anglican churches, and especially the role of the Prayer Book in providing a structure for that liturgy. The subject has an historical aspect, tracing the development of the Prayer Book from the pre-Reformation form to its contemporary form and noting the political and cultural forces that informed this development. It also has a theological aspect, using theological concepts to explain why the Prayer Book has the precise form it does.
Apologetics is written with the conviction that it is more than just intellectual and philosophical debate. Apologetics involves people’s whole beings. Modern apologists need to be concerned with how people feel toward Christ and the gospel as well as how they think about Christ and the gospel. As a result the subject provides outlines of standard apologetic arguments along with practical help guidance on the correct attitude and behaviour that must accompany those arguments.
Ethics explores the foundations of Christian ethics. Firstly through examining the grace found in the gospel and then considering the status of moral rules in general. The importance of motivation and the role of the conscience in ethical decision-making is also explored. The course addresses both the positive and negative aspects of Christian ethics and once a solid theoretical foundation has been laid, it proceeds to examine contemporary ethical issues from a Christian standpoint.