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The Book of Amos (Online Distance Version, not live)


An exegetically sound exposition of the Old Testament book of Amos. Amos is the first of the great writing prophets. From his early days as a humble shepherd in the southern Judah, Amos is called by God to be a prophet to the neighboring northern (and enemy) nation of Israel. Writing during the years immediately preceding the fall of the Israel (722 BC), Amos prophesied impending judgment upon both Israel and Judah-- as well as on the surrounding nations-- for their egregious sins against human rights and oppression of the poor and helpless.

Join Tom Jones, Joey Harris, and Douglas Jacoby for an in-depth look at the meaning of Amos. Learning the lessons of Amos will strengthen our faith in God, provide encouragement in the face of injustice, and equip believers with a solid knowledge of Old Testament prophecy. Amos gives us a glimpse of the heart of God towards all who are oppressed.

Apologetics and Christian Evidences

This course introduces the student to Apologetics and Christian Evidences, from the Creation/Evolution debate to Archaeology to Theodicy (the problem of suffering)--and much more! You will learn how to put together convincing presentations for unbelievers, and make apologetics a part of your own personal ministry. (Also valuable in campus ministry, teen ministry.)

Church History

As one wise person said, "Those who ignore the lessons of history are bound to repeat them." There is so much to learn from two millennia of church history--a valuable course indeed. Includes sections on the early church, Patristics, Restoration Movement, Crossroads/Campus Ministry, ICOC, and more. 20 church history dates will be learned.

Counseling & Psychology

Christian Counseling is a much neglected discipline. And yet everyone looks to church leaders for guidance and counsel. This means that the leader must be well equipped and prudent--especially in this day and age. Study the classical personality types (choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine, melancholic). Also learn the ABCs of pastoral counseling--when to advise and when to refer, working with professionals when necessary. Learn about Family Systems and other invaluable approaches. This short course aims to equip us to equip the body of Christ to be "competent to counsel." When is a condition a medical matter, and when is the issue "unrepented sin"? Should we ever advise church members to come off their medication? What should we do when the thin line between responsibility and victimization seems tenuous at best? Learn from Drs. Mike and Mary Shapiro, clinical psychologists with extensive experience in counseling and forensic psychology. Counseling is not an option; it is a crucial area of ministerial training.

Family Life

According to 1 Timothy 3, how we build our own family is how we tend to build the church family. This course covers everything the Bible teaches about parenting, marriage, and family. How to keep our priorities straight despite the heavy pressures of ministry. A vital subject--and one we ignore at our peril.

Holy Spirit/Doctrine

A major component of this course is pneumatology, the study of doctrines related to the Holy Spirit. [Note: this course may be taken as an equivalent to the classic AIM Holy Spirit course]. In addition overviews of the basic beliefs and worldview of pentecostalism, Calvinism and Arminianism, Mormonism, Catholicism and Protestantism, Sabbatarianism, Messianic and Judaic Christianity, New Age Movements, postmodernism, liberal theology, fundamentalism, prosperity theology, the megachurch movement, and several influential doctrinal systems developed in America will all be covered in this course.


Preaching is far, far more than constructing a three-point message, and a sermon is so much more than anecdotes, stories, and personal sharing. Expository sermons have punch and the full authority of the word of God. Without careful exposition, sermons are easily forgotten by the congregation; the preacher does not cause the word of Christ to dwell richly in the congregation (Colossians 3:16). Robinson, Stott, Goldsworthy, and Edwards (through their books) will be some of our instructors. Indeed, biblical preaching has a powerful impact (Matthew 7:28-29)!

NT Interpretation

What many of us were never taught… Exegesis and hermeneutics--interpreting what a N.T. passage meant to those to whom it was written, and making a proper application to our situation today--are vital areas of theological training.There are units on exegesis of the Synoptic Gospels, Parables, Acts, Epistles, Revelation, and more. 20 useful passages and several books will be studied, including Gordon Fee's How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth.

NT Survey

Bible study--with an emphasis on careful teaching (2 Timothy 2:15)--constitutes nearly 40% of the AIM course. This survey course introduces the student to the world of the New Testament, from the historical and geographical background to the culture of the first century to the formation of the New Testament itself. Units: Synoptic Gospels, John, Acts, the Letters of Paul, the General Epistles, Revelation, and N.T. chronology. In addition to studying a conservative N.T. textbook, the student will read the entire N.T. He will also learn how to deploy 100 useful N.T. passages.

OT Interpretation

Exegesis and hermeneutics of the Old Testament. Units on interpretation of: Narratives, Law, Psalms, Prophets, Wisdom Literature, and more. Text: Douglas Stuart's How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth. Learn to preach or teach confidently from the Old Testament. This course has the potential to radically change how you read and interact with God's word.

OT Survey

Fewer than 10% of Christians have read the entire Old Testament. This is due largely to unfamiliarity with the O.T. world and lack of much-needed training. This survey course introduces the student to the world of the Old Testament, from the historical and geographical background to the formation of the Old Testament itself. Units: Law, Prophets, Wisdom Literature, Psalms, Historical Books, Chronology, the Apocrypha, and more. We will study ancient Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts in a special workshop, diving into the complex world of manuscript copying. A powerpoint presentation will colorfully illustrate the amazing history of the transmission of the O.T. through the ages. Learn the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Learn also about an upcoming opportunity to visit Israel with your congregation. In addition to studying a conservative O.T. textbook, the student will have read the entire O.T. by the time he or she graduates from AIM--as well as the location of 100 useful passages. Field trip: synagogue visit / lecture by Rabbi.

Spiritual Life

The Bible places far more emphasis on who we are inside than on how we behave or appear to others. We have all seen too many comrades-in-arms fall, not rebounding but remaining fallen, due to a weak walk with the Lord--while others continue to go forward to do great things despite formidable obstacles. The course covers character, sexual issues, financial responsibility (guest speaker), and so much more. The secret of God's preacher: the inner spiritual life.

Worldviews and Evangelism

Introduction to the major world religions: Islam (900 million adherents), Hinduism (800 million adherents), Buddhism (300 million adherents) [Note: Christianity and Judaism are covered respectively in AIM Doctrine/Holy Spirit and AIM Old Testament Survey. A serious look at the major religions of the world, including their scriptures. 40 useful passages will be learned. Field trip: visit to a Mosque or Hindu/Buddhist Temple. Goal: To learn the importance of worldview apologetics in “pre-evangelism,” and begin to implement new strategies for connecting with outsiders.

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