Doctrine of Free Seminary Classes online

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  1. Phillip

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    Jun 29, 2001
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    I am posting this under theology instead of Seminaries because I am going to discuss the theology.

    There is a free seminary site giving classes which sound just like a typical college level lecture by PHd individuals.

    It is found at:

    They make their money from donations.

    You can even take Greek classes . They have lay classes and leadership classes including Survey of the OT and NT plus.

    Their statement of faith looks pretty good, unless I missed something.

    Does anybody know how good the theology of this is and how liberal or conservative it is? Anybody take any of the courses?

    All you have to do is enroll, you can download the lesson, Powerpoint show and stream the lecture in RealAudio.
  2. CubeX

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    Jul 12, 2003
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    Are you sure that's the correct address? It won't work for me.

  3. CubeX

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    0 worked for me. If this is what you were talking about, here's their Statement of Faith:

    1. The Scriptures
    We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men of God “were moved by
    the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. The Bible is therefore without error (inerrant) in
    its original manuscripts. God has supernaturally preserved the Bible and it is the sole and final authority
    for faith and life providing encouragement, guidance, comfort and instruction for training in righteousness
    (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
    2. The Godhead (Trinity)
    We believe in one true God eternally existing in three distinct persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
    each of Whom is fully and equally God; possesses all of the divine nature and attributes, and is totally
    worthy of our worship and service (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:14, 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14).
    3. God the Father
    We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity and is the eternal, unchanging, allpowerful,
    all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, completely just and perfectly holy, sovereign Ruler and
    Sustainer of the universe. He is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Father of all true
    believers (Gen. 1:1; Eph. 4:6; John 1:12-13, 5:19-21, 17:1-5; Is. 40:21-28, 43:10-13, 46:8-11; Rom. 8:14-
    4. God the Son
    We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity and is the only begotten eternal
    Son of God Who became flesh to reveal God to man, to fulfill prophecy, and to become the Savior of
    the lost world. In becoming man Jesus did not cease in any way to be God so that He is fully God and
    fully man inseparably united in one person forever.
    Jesus was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; lived a sinless life;
    died on the cross as the substitutionary, all-sufficient atoning sacrifice for all of the sins of all men of all
    time; was buried; bodily rose from the dead; physically ascended into heaven in His glorified, resurrected
    body; is seated at the right hand of the Father performing His ministry of intercession; will return in the
    air to claim His bride the church; and will come again to earth in bodily form, personally and visibly, to
    conclude human history and consummate God’s eternal plan by executing judgment and ushering in His
    Millennial Kingdom reign to be followed by the eternal state John 1:1,14,18, 3:16; Luke 1:30-35; Phil
    2:5-8; Col. 2:3,9; Mark 10:45; Acts 2:22-24; John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 10:5-14; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18;
    John 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21; Heb. 1:3; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1; Acts 1:11; Heb. 9:28; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2
    Thess 2:7; Matt. 24:44; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 21-22).
    5. God the Holy Spirit
    We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity Who specially came into the world
    on the day of Pentecost to glorify Christ and to enable men to appropriate the salvation wrought by Christ.
    He is the primary agent for the conviction of sin and for regeneration. Simultaneously with salvation, the
    Holy Spirit imparts new life, baptizes the believer into the body of Christ (His church), permanently
    indwells the believer, and securely seals the believer unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit fills
    (directs and controls) those believers who are yielded to Him, enables believers to bear fruit, and
    empowers believers to live a life free from sin’s dominion. We also believe that the Holy Spirit gives
    spiritual gifts to believers for the purpose of edifying the church in accordance with the teachings of
    scripture. (1 Cor. 13:8, 14:22; John 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30; Gal. 5:16-17, 22-
    23; Rom. 8:5-13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Rom. 12:3-8).
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    6. Man
    We believe that man was created in the image of God by direct act of God and did not come into being
    as the result of evolution. Man was created to glorify God, worship and serve Him, and have fellowship
    with Him. Man fell through sin by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death,
    which alienated him from God. Man’s nature was thus corrupted and he is utterly lost, “dead in trespasses
    and sins,” and totally incapable of saving himself and coming back into right relationship with God by
    his own merit or effort (Gen. 1:26, 2:6,17, 3:17-24; Is. 59:1-2; Rom. 3:9-19,23, 5:6-8; Luke 18:26-27;
    Eph. 2:1-3).
    7. Satan
    We believe that Satan is the instigator of evil and a real spirit being, not simply the personification
    of evil. He is a fallen angel who, under the sovereign permission of God, has been given temporary
    rulership of the earth. He was utterly defeated at the cross, but the execution of his judgment has been
    postponed by God until after the Millennial Kingdom when he will be cast into the eternal lake of fire.
    In the meantime, he deceives the world and seeks to establish his counterfeit kingdom on earth to discredit
    and blaspheme God and to tempt, accuse, attack and destroy believers. He can be resisted by the believer
    through faith and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit (Gen. 3:1-5; Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Job
    1-2; 1 John 5:19; 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Tim. 3:6; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; James 4:7; Rev. 12:9, 20:1-3, 7-10).
    8. Salvation
    We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for forgiveness
    of sins and salvation, which is the free gift of God’s grace. Salvation is effected by the regenerating work
    of the Holy Spirit and cannot be secured by man’s works or personal merit. Salvation is only appropriated
    by a person placing his faith in the finished work of Christ. Repentance is a turning toward God and away
    from sin and is a part of but not separate from believing faith. “The Gospel is the power of God for
    salvation to everyone who believes” and those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born again, have their
    sins forgiven, become children of God, are a new creation in Christ, and “are sealed by the Holy spirit
    unto the day of redemption”, being kept by the power of God (Eph. 1:7;13-14; John 1:12-13, 3:1-7, 14-
    16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 1:16, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 8:14-17, 31-39; John 10:27-29, 14:6; Acts 26:20;
    1 Pet. 1:3-5).
    9. The Christian Life
    We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself and should, by the
    power of the indwelling Spirit, allow Christ to manifest His life through him to God’s glory. By ever
    increasing obedience to the Word of God, each believer should mature and progressively become more
    like Jesus. In the power of the Spirit, each believer should live a holy life; not fulfill the lusts of the flesh;
    exercise his spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ; witness for Christ; be personally involved in
    making disciples to fulfill the great commission; perform good works and bear fruit to the glory of God
    (Gal. 2:20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 2:11; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Rom. 6:11-13; Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12, 4:22-24; 1 Pet. 4:10-
    11; Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 1:10; John 15:8, 16).
    10. The Church
    We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head and whose members are
    those who have truly received Christ by faith. The local church is a tangible expression of the body of
    Christ in a particular location. Since all members of the body of Christ are united in Christ by the same
    Spirit, they should live in love, harmony and unity, being intent on the same purpose and accepting those
    sectarian or denominational practices which are based on a sincere interpretation of the Bible, which do
    not relate to substantive doctrinal matters, and which do not in practice cause disunity or hinder the
    ministry. The purpose of the church is to make Christ known to lost men, to make disciples, and glorify
    God on earth (Acts 1:8;1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23, 4:1-6, 4:12-16; Matt. 28:18-20; John 17; Col.
    11. The Ordinances
    We believe that the only two ordinances of the church recognized by Scripture are water baptism and
    the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism by immersion is an act of obedience following salvation which
    symbolically pictures the believer’s death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to new life. The
    Lord’s Supper celebrates fellowship and communion with Christ, symbolically commemorates His
    death, and anticipates His second coming (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-28;
    Rom. 6:3-4).
    12. Eternal Destiny of Men
    We believe that at death every believer consciously and immediately enters into the presence and
    fellowship of the Lord to wait for the physical resurrection and glorification of his body at Christ’s return.
    The believer will thus enjoy life eternal with God—fellowshipping, serving and worshipping Him
    forever (2 Cor. 5:6; 1 Cor. 15:12-58; Luke 23:39-43; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; John 3:16; Rev. 21–22).
    We believe that at death every unbeliever consciously and immediately enters into separation from
    the Lord to wait for the physical resurrection of his body to everlasting condemnation, judgment and
    punishment (Luke 16:19-31; John 3:18,36; Rev. 20:5,11-15; 2 Thess. 1:5-10).
    13. Future Things
    We believe the next prophetic event will be the rapture of the Church when the Lord Jesus Christ will
    return in the air to receive unto Himself all Church Age believers (John 14:1-3; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Cor.
    15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20-21). The rapture of the Church will be followed by the seven-year
    Great Tribulation period in fulfillment of Dan. 9:24-27 and as described in Rev. 6:1–19:21 during which
    Israel will be purified, the whole world tested, and the wrath of God poured out against sin (Jer. 30:7;
    Matt. 24; Rev. 3:10; 1 Thess. 5:9-11).
    We believe that at the end of the Great Tribulation the Lord Jesus Christ in His second coming will
    personally and physically return to the earth just as He ascended with great power and glory to execute
    judgment and usher in the Millennial Kingdom, during which He will reign on earth for 1000 years with
    righteousness, justice and peace to fulfill God’s covenant promise to Israel (Acts 1:8-11; Rev. 19:11-21;
    Ezek. 37:21-28; Is. 11:9; Rev. 20:1-6).
    We believe that the 1000-year reign of Christ on earth will be followed by the final judgment of Satan
    when he is cast into the lake of fire forever; the Great White Throne Judgment and bodily resurrection
    for unbelievers; the creation of a new heaven and new earth; and the eternal state (Rev. 20–22; 2 Pet.

    Hope this will clear some stuff up for you!
  4. Craigbythesea

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    The statement of faith itself answers all of your questions. Their theology may be summarized as follows:

    Ultra-conservative mid-nineteenth century dispensational fundamentalism. They believe in creationism, O.S.A.S., the pre-trib rapture, and they are pre-millennial.

    The education level appears to me to be at the 9th and 10th grade level. However, their Bible study material is based on the NIV which (according to the publisher), was translated at the 7th grade reading level.


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