BMA Seminary is offering a free online course in Fall 2022. The course will be eight weeks long and will include assignments and opportunities to interact with fellow students. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. Free courses are not for credit and do not apply to any degrees. These courses are offered strictly for the educational benefit of the general public. If you wish to take courses for credit or pursue a degree should apply for regular semester courses
The course being offered is Old Testament Survey. During this course, the student is expected to gain skills and competencies in the course subject matter in order to improve knowledge and understanding of important biblical and theological truths, improve the ability to communicate biblical truths in the context of a local church and improve leadership skills as required in the ministry of a local church.
The instructor for the course is Dr. Tony Cleaver. The instructor’s philosophy for this course is that it will enable the student to make and develop a personal commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord; expand life commitment in servant leadership to Christ and His Church; make behavioral changes in Christian applications to 21st century personal, family, community and global issues; endorse lifelong Christian learning for her/his vocation and broaden personal ministry literacy. (for additions info visit FREE COURSE)
This course is a general survey of the entire Old Testament, including history, geography and literature. The origin and growth of the Hebrew nation are emphasized. There are two textbooks required — The Holy Bible (Student selected English translation) and Encountering the Old Testament (any edition new or used) by Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer, Baker Academic, ISBN 978-0-8010-4953-8. Other materials for the course include:
• The Associational Baptist Church Manual (Cobb Manual revised) (Download for free from baptistpublishinghouse.com/other-resources)
• Our Doctrine — A study of the doctrinal statement of the BMA of America (Download for free from baptistpublishinghouse.com/other-resources)
• Supplemental atlas suggested (not required), Holman Bible Atlas, Broadman and Holman Publishers, ISBN 155819.
The class begins on/about Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 26. The instructor suggests that several from a church enroll together for group encouragement. This is not a self-paced course. There will be assigned deadlines for specific assignments, as shown in the assignment schedule.
You may enroll by visiting bmats.edu/free or by calling the seminary at (800) 259-5673.