DIPLOMA IN PRACTICAL MINISTRY (THEOLOGY) YEAR 1: TERM 3
HFBC/C 105: APOLOGETICS:
The purpose of this subject is to present a series of lectures and tutorials studying the objections and excuses people make for refusing to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. There are many excuses such as non-acceptance of the authority of the bible and peoples’ beliefs about other religions. The lectures are designed to provoke thought within the students. There are many ways to answer peoples’ objections and this subject seeks to develop a foundation that will enable students to give an answer that rightly divides the word of truth.
HFBC/C 106: OTHER RELIGIONS:
Hinduism, Islam, Animism_ are all major religions of India. What are the key differences when compared with Christianity on key issues of belief? The majority of people coming to Christianity will be from these other religions therefore an analysis of their belief systems will be extremely important. How does Christianity answer the objections raised by people of these religions and also give hope?
HFBC/C:107 AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER:
This is perhaps one of the most important subjects of the course. The late Kenneth Hagin said this: “The believer that is thoroughly conscious of the Divine power behind him and his own authority can face the enemy without fear or hesitation.” It is a very short yet profoundly powerful statement. When authority is coupled with power the miraculous is never far away. Hagin also said that “Power on earth invested in the name of Jesus Christ and obtained by Him by overcoming the enemy, belongs to the church.” The effectiveness of the minister is really directly proportional to the understanding of and exercise of his authority. This subject explores the believer’s authority.
HFBC/C:108 COMPARATIVE CHRISTIANITY:
This subject seeks to highlight key differences of belief between Christian denominations and so called “Christian Cults.” The minister will frequently be asked to give an account of what he affirms to be true and the reasons why he believes things to be false. Comparisons are made between United Pentecostal Church, Seventh Day Adventism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Catholicism, Pentecostal and Mainline Churches. This subject helps give the minister an assurance about the things that he affirms to be true.