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Dr. Bret Sullivan
2015 CTS Online
by Bret Sullivan - Monday, 27 July 2015, 11:47 AM
 

You can now begin courses at anytime - well actually on any Tuesday.  Once you sign up for courses you can begin the following Tuesday.  We've made this change specifically for you and we hope that you'll take full advantage.  If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us.

 
Dr. Bret Sullivan
2014 Fall Semester
by Bret Sullivan - Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 2:27 PM
 

Please remember that the Fall 2014 Semester begins on 10/12/14 and that you have until 10/19/14 to enroll in a class.  I'll attach the schedule here.  Call today:  (706) 866-5626

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Dr. Bret Sullivan
2014 Summer CTS Online Schedule
by Bret Sullivan - Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 2:06 PM
 

Here comes another opportunity for some prime teaching from the Word of God.  The 2014 Summer CTS Online semester is right around the corner - so register today at 706-866-5626.  You can register with Phyllis or Randy.

2014 CTS Online Summer Schedule & Booklist

 


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The emphasis of Course BI-439 (B), Hebrews 7-13 is to provide an overview of each chapter and will include doctrinal and exegetical studies on the high priestly ministry of Christ as well as the often controversial elements contained in one of the major warnings of the letter.  Hebrews has a very pastoral aspect to it and it teaches a very simple lesson.  It is the lesson that the problems believers may face in life can only be met and solved in the person of Christ.  The course will help the student to gain an understanding of the basic theological doctrines and themes relative to the exposition of Hebrews 7-13 as it applies to the continuing ministry of Christ on behalf of the believer, as well as the strong exhortations to godly living that occur in the final chapters.

James calls believers to a genuine and biblical faith by giving simple, practical, and biblical tests of that faith.  Through test after test James calls for a biblical self-examination that challenges the believer to grow and the religious unbeliever to a biblical faith.  There has never been a more timely message for the church in America.  Most pastors consider this book taboo and dangerous to their standing in the local church, but biblical leaders view this book as an absolute must for the purity and sanctification of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  James uses straight talk and even proverbial talk to draw his readers to the words of his half-brother Jesus.  Most of his words can be seen through the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7).  

This book is a challenge for the most mature believer and will be encouraging as we study verse by verse.  We will be challenged to know true blessedness by remaining steadfast under trials and persevering with the law of liberty.  Put your faith to the test and understand how to lovingly put others to the test as well.  "We all stumble in many ways" and need to work through a book of Holy Scripture that will force us to take inventory on our own spiritual lives.  James is that book!

The course on Hebrews is designed as a two-semester course geared to providing an overview of Hebrews 1-6 in the first semester and Hebrews 7-13 in the second semester.  The first semester course has a fairly large introductory phase designed to introduce the student to several issues surrounding Hebrews, mainly the warnings and how the interpretation of those passages should be approached.  Hebrews provides the single longest exaltation of Christ as the believer's high priest found anywhere in Scripture, and it is critical that the warnings do not detract from that presentation.  It is the person of Christ and the work of Christ that constitute the primary emphasis of this very doctrinal book.

The New Testament introduces an exciting new dynamic into the scripture – the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit. This course will help establish for the student seamless connection and continuity between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Equally important this class will provide the student with the historical and cultural backdrop that influenced the writing of each of the New Testament’s 27 books. By grasping the original intent of each book, the audience it was written to, and the unique challenges and events being addressed by the author, the believer can better comprehend and apply the timeless truths the text contains. The course begins with an overview of the history, political structure, sociological groups, religion, and philosophical mindset of the first century world. The course then proceeds to examine each of the 27 books that comprise the New Testament. This examination will include each book’s historical context, the circumstances surrounding their writing, their author, the date and the main messages being presented.

The emphasis of Course BI-192(B) is to provide an exposition of 1 Timothy 4-6.  It will include doctrinal and exegetical studies on the pastoral aspects of leadership within the local church and is simply a continuation of BI-192 (A) which looked specifically at 1 Timothy 1-3.

1 Timothy is a very pastoral document written by Paul to his protégé Timothy who was the pastor of the church at Ephesus.  In Acts 20 Paul expressed his concern to the elders of the Ephesian church that after his departure that what he called “savage wolves” would come in to try and destroy the flock that he had ministered to for several years.  So, his primary encouragement to Timothy is to “guard the truth”.  Throughout this very passionate letter, Paul is deeply concerned with communicating what it means for those in leadership to actively guard and protect the truth.  This aspect of ministry is vital to the spiritual health and welfare of any local church and must be embraced by all who have been called into ministry and leadership positions within their local assemblies.

 

BI-160 Old Testament Survey is a course designed to give the student a working knowledge of the leading facts of Hebrew history, geography and antiquities as presented in the Old Testament.

We will study each Old Testament book from three major facets: The history of the book including a simple outline; How the book is related to Christ as the Christo-Centric Principle of Hermeneutics; How the book is applicable to the life of the Christian today.

BI-383 Nehemiah is designed to take the student through the life, culture, and writings of Nehemiah. In this course we will spend a great deal of time observing the leadership skills, styles and effectiveness of Nehemiah’s ministry. Then we will look at how these can be applied to our ministry to bring about the success experienced by Nehemiah.

BI-192-A is a two semester course devoted to the exposition of 1 Timothy and could easily be entitled as “The Life of the Local Church”. Since it is considered to be a "pastoral" epistle, it becomes obviously vital to anyone involved in a position of leadership within a local church setting. It is somewhat surprising as to the number of subjects that Paul actually addresses in 1 Timothy, with topics ranging from false teaching to a radical call to holiness. However, his overriding preoccupation and obsession in this letter is with the truth and with faithfully guarding the truth. Every generation passes both truth and values to the next generation, and so in a very real sense, every generation becomes a guardian for the truth. However, once the truth is lost it is often very difficult to recover. Throughout church history people have lost their lives when they fought to both protect and recover the truth. It is important to understand that there is an unalterable link between truth and godliness. No one can be godly apart from the truth. No one can live a holy life apart from the truth. If they do not know what is right, then they will not do what is right. In this epistle, Paul clearly states that false teachers have “wandered away from the truth” and “oppose the truth”. Paul emphatically declares that false teachers are NOT interested in the truth. So, in 1 Timothy Paul is just gripped with the idea of protecting the truth. It is everything to him. It is something that has been committed to him, entrusted to him – and he dare not take it lightly.

This is a study of the Inspiration, Canonization, Transmission, and Translation of the Holy Scriptures that comprise the supernatural book of ancient literature known as the Bible. The Bible—God’s Word—the very words of God written down in the words of men and delivered to us through the ages of time by virtue of a methodical and supernatural process. The Bible—infused with supreme authority and intensely practical—given as a gift of God’s grace to govern all areas and issues pertaining to life and godliness among men of the past, present, and future generations. This study will take us through a four step process used to describe the manner in which the Word of God was given, received, written down, and translated into the languages of men. First, we will study the process of inspiration where God imbues His message with His authority. Second, we will study how men came to recognize God’s authority in the writings He inspired. Third, we will study the methods and practices used to record the original manuscripts and preserve copies of those original manuscripts through the ages of time. And finally, we will study the procedure involved in translating God’s ancient and eternal Word from copies of manuscripts in the original languages to the copies we possess in the languages of men from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation on earth today.

With the continent of the Bible before me, why have I chosen to direct your attention to that epistle of Paul's which was sent originally to the Roman church? It is because the epistle to the Romans has the most complete diagnosis of the plague of man's sin, and the most glorious setting forth of the simple remedy of justification by faith apart from the works of the law. Perhaps, however, the reason for my choice of the epistle to the Romans lies in part in a sentence that was written by the Swiss commentator, Godet, who has pointed out that every movement of revival in the history of the Christian church, has been connected with the teachings set forth in Romans. He writes: “The Reformation was certainly the work of the epistle to the Romans and that to the Galatians, and it is probable that every great spiritual renovation in the Church will always be linked, both in cause and in effect, to a deeper knowledge of this book.”

Explore the second book from Dr. Luke, the traveling companion of the Apostle Paul, as he writes on the history of the New Testament Church and the acts of the Holy Spirit.  In the book of Acts, the reader is informed about the birth of the church, the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the mandate of the Lord Jesus for witnessing, and God's plan for missions and evangelism.  A book of exciting church history that will surely challenge and grow us.  We will see the New Testament in a whole different and more broad way after this verse by verse study of the Book of Acts.

The book of Acts convinces us that the New Testament ministry is a ministry of the Word of God and of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Be encouraged and challenged as men and women give their lives to Christ in the face of death, beatings, and great persecutions.  The "gates of hell" do not prevail against the church and the Word of God increases and strengthens the church daily as they give themselves to it.  Christians are murdered for their faith, freed from prisons, and beaten with sticks for preaching the truth of God as the sovereignty of God overrules and succeeds in every way throughout this book.  Luke is meticulous in recording just what the Holy Spirit would have him to record in order that we might be enlightened, challenged, and strengthened in our faith.  So study with us and be diligent to do so for the glory of God in the 21st century.

Dr. Eddie Ildefonso continues the 2nd of this two-part course on The 10 Commandments. (BI 270B) looks at the 6th through 10th Commandments, found in the book of Exodus 20:12-17.

This course is a foundational study for Christian leaders and should be a foundational study for Christian discipleship.  Ephesians is a more formal writing from the Apostle Paul, which in all likelihood was meant to be a “circuit letter” to be passed among the churches of the region.  To understand the divine perspective, the apostle lays out both positional and practical truth for the church, the Body of Christ.  He provides the doctrinal truth which must under gird all Christian practice.  Imperative to our spiritual maturation is an understanding of who we are in Christ and how we are to live because of who we are. 

The motivation for keeping the Ten Commandments should not to be fear of the God's judgment. The reason for keeping the commandments is to be the love of God, the glorious salvation and deliverance He has provided.

Note what God says: 

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  Exodus 20:2 (NASB)

The Israelites were to keep the Ten Commandments because God had delivered them out of Egypt, out of slavery and bondage. Remember, Egypt is a picture of the world, and Israel’s slavery to Egypt is a picture of man’s enslavement to the world, to its bondages of sin and death.

But God loves us; therefore, He has provided salvation for us in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is this—the love of God—that is to compel us to keep His commandments.

But having said this, there are other reasons for obeying the commandments. And, as mentioned, these are covered in other Scriptures. Our purpose in discussing the Ten Commandments is to give an overall discussion. For this reason, we are including the consequences for breaking the commandments in a Deeper Study for each of the commandments.

Is leadership automatically bestowed by a box on the organizational chart? Where do position and power figure into the formula for leadership? And what is the ideal model for leaders? Is it the corporate CEO? The military commander? The head of state?

Jesus answered all those questions in a few words. His views on leadership are conspicuously out of step with the conventional wisdom of our age. 

    Matthew 20:25-28 (NASB)
    “But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the
      Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over
      them.”
    “It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among
      you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall
      be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to
      serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”


Dr. Eddie Ildefonso explores the Biblical view of Church Leadership.

The emphasis of this course is God's design for His Church.  This course will lead the student to a deeper appreciation for God's design for the Church beginning with the head and heart of the Church and moving toward an understanding of its spiritual structure and nature.  

At the end of this course, the student should be able to discern the purpose and goals for which the Church was created.  This study will also look at the biblical teachings regarding Church polity and leadership.  In addition, the student will study the biblical pattern of the early Church and learn how to apply this pattern to the contemporary Church.

The emphasis of the course is to provide the student who is preparing for a pastoral role or a teaching role within a biblical setting to gain an understanding of some of the basic priorities, principles, insights, methodologies, and working tools that should be integrated into the student’s study process.

The course will provide and demonstrate a very practical understanding of the primary elements that are essential for an individual to be able to rightly divide and handle the Scriptures in a way that is accurate, clear, and meaningful.  The course is designed to provide the student with both practical skills and two meaningful methodologies that will help ensure accuracy and content when developing messages.  If the attributes that are taught in the course are followed, it will create a wealth of content for both message development and course essay content.  The ultimate goal is to create an environment for excellence in the student’s study methodologies that will be transferred into their actual teaching venues.

The course does not address the normal topics discussed in most discussions of Bible study to include topical studies, book studies, surveys, character studies, etc., but focuses on two major areas.  The first area is the chapter called "The Major Elements of a Passage" which deals exclusively with an approach that carefully analyzes the content of any passage and provides the framework for content development.  The second major area that is addressed is the chapter on "Word Studies" which teaches the student how to practically engage in meaningful research of biblical words.  The combination of these two research elements will generate an enormous amount of meaningful content for message and essay development.  

The study of the art of interpretation focused on interpreting the Bible.