WWES offers comprehensive theological study programs that lead up to a Master's degree.
We equip Christian leaders around the world with a broad knowledge of Bible and theology.

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This course is open to all registered users, and the purpose is to enable us to

  • communicate with each other in safe environment,
  • learn to use this online learning platform,
  • share our common faith and encourage each other,
  • develop our vision for ministry and mission, and
  • get to know our brothers and sisters who the Lord has brought together.

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Online

This course orients new students for the online study system in WWES.

Contents of the course:

  • My goals and expectations 
  • My vision and calling
  • How online studies may contribute my goals?
  • Studying in WWES - "do's and don'ts"
  • Reflection on Biblical Interpretation

Texts for the course:

  • Craig S. Keener. Biblical Interpretation

2 credit course

INternship

Use this course area for submitting your internship (MI-1010, 2010, and 4010) reports.

Prerequisite:

  • MI-5002 Church Leadership for MI-2010
  • MI-4002 Teaching and Preaching for MI-4010

10 credits per internship period

This course is an introductory course to the Bible and it's interpretation.

Contents of the course:

  • God's story and your story
  • General and special revelation
  • Inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Bible
  • How the Bible Came to Be?
  • Interpreting and applying the Bible

Texts for the course:

  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. ~150 pages selected.
  • Some supplementary texts (provided with the course material)

2 credit course

In this course we study or "survey" the whole Old Testament.

We learn the nature, setting, and "heart" of each of the Old Testament book. We investigate also what makes the book unique, and how we should apply its teaching.

The contents of the course

  • An overview and setting of the each of the 39 books
  • Setting and the "heart" of a book
  • What makes a book unique
  • How we can apply the message of a book
  • Two key verses of each of the books

Texts for the course:

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. ~ 225 pages selected.

3 credit course

King SolomonIn this course we study the historical books of the Old Testament selecting a few central themes of each book, form Genesis to Eshter. This way we understand God's dealings with his people, and the "storyline" that forms the backbone for the New Testament message.

Texts for the course:

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. 214 pages selected.

Prerequisite:

  • BI-1103 Old Testament Survey

3 credit course

In this course we study or "survey" the whole New Testament.

We learn the nature, setting, and "heart" of each of the New Testament book. We investigate also what makes the book unique, and how we should apply its teaching.

The contents of the course

  • Authorship and audience of each book
  • Setting and the "heart" of a book
  • What makes a book unique
  • How we can apply the message of a book
  • Two key verses of each of the books

Texts for the course:

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. Pages 465-992.  J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds.

3 credit course

Study of the life and teaching of Jesus.

Contents of the course

  • Our sources about Jesus
  • The Life of Jesus
  • The Teaching of Jesus

Texts for the course:

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. ~ 225 pages selected.

Prerequisite:

  • BI-1303 New Testament Survey

3 credit course

Study of the Book of Acts and Paul and his teaching.

Contents of the course

  • Acts
  • Paul's life and ministry
  • Paul's teaching

Texts for the course:

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. ~ 210 pages selected.

Prerequisite:

  • BI-1303 New Testament Survey

3 credit course

In this course we study wisdom literature, poetry and prophecy of the Old Testament. We study one or more central themes of each book, form Job to Malachi.

Required texts

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. Baker 2012. 210 pages selected.

3 credit course

In this course we study the following letters:

  • Hebrews
  • James
  • 1 - 2 Peter and Jude
  • 1 - 3 John
  • The Revelation

Texts for the course:

  • The Bible. A translation in your native language is preferred. An English Bible as a reference.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - J.D. Hays and J.S. Duvall, eds. ~ 100 pages selected.

Prerequisite:

  • BI-1303 New Testament Survey

2 credit course

Courses BI-3103 to 3403 guide a student to read through and study the whole Bible using an one-volume commentary. Bible reading can be done in one's native language (strongly recommended). Issues of Biblical interpretation related to texts and genres under the study are also covered.

Each course (BI-3103-3403) covers a particular section of the Bible. The sections are:

- Historical Books of the Old Testament (BI-3103, this course)
- Wisdom, Poetry and the Prophets in the Old Testament (BI-3203)
- Gospels and Acts (BI-3203)
- Letters and the Revelation (BI-3203)

This course will acquaint the student with the actual text and narrative of the Scriptures, provides socio-historical background for Biblical text, and addresses some key exegetical issues.

There will be brief reflective summary papers around specific themes. The student does journaling during the course. The main objective, however, is to read the Bible with a good non-technical commentary and get aquainted with the contents of the Bible.

Required texts for the course are the following:

  • The Bible. Student's preferred translation into one's native language. (NIV or TNIV is seminary's standard English Bible.)
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - Gordon D.  Fee & Douglas Stuart 1981/2002.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary  - Gary M. Burge & Andrew E. Hill, eds. 2012.

3 credit course

Courses BI-3103 to 3403 guide a student to read through and study the whole Bible using an one-volume commentary. Bible reading can be done in one's native language (strongly recommended). Issues of Biblical interpretation related to texts and genres under the study are also covered.

Each course (BI-3103-3403) covers a particular section of the Bible. The sections are:

- Historical Books of the Old Testament (BI-3103)
- Wisdom, Poetry and the Prophets in the Old Testament (BI-3203, this course)
- Gospels and Acts (BI-3203)
- Letters and the Revelation (BI-3203)

This course will acquaint the student with the actual text and narrative of the Scriptures, provides socio-historical background for Biblical text, and addresses some key exegetical issues.

There will be brief reflective summary papers around specific themes. The student does journaling during the course. The main objective, however, is to read the Bible with a good non-technical commentary and get aquainted with the contents of the Bible.

Required texts for the course are the following:

  • The Bible. Student's preferred translation into one's native language. (NIV or TNIV is seminary's standard English Bible.)
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - Gordon D.  Fee & Douglas Stuart 1981/2002.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary  - Gary M. Burge & Andrew E. Hill, eds. 2012.

Prerequisite:

  • BI-3103 Historical Books of the Old Testament 

3 credit course

Courses BI-3103 to 3403 guide a student to read through and study the whole Bible using an one-volume commentary. Bible reading can be done in one's native language (strongly recommended). Issues of Biblical interpretation related to texts and genres under the study are also covered.

Each course (BI-3103-3403) covers a particular section of the Bible. The sections are:

- Historical Books of the Old Testament (BI-3103, this course)
- Wisdom, Poetry and the Prophets in the Old Testament (BI-3203, this course)
- Gospels and Acts (BI-3203)
- Letters and the Revelation (BI-3203)

This course will acquaint the student with the actual text and narrative of the Scriptures, provides socio-historical background for Biblical text, and addresses some key exegetical issues.

There will be brief reflective summary papers around specific themes. The student does journaling during the course. The main objective, however, is to read the Bible with a good non-technical commentary and get aquainted with the contents of the Bible.

Required texts for the course are the following:

  • The Bible. Student's preferred translation into one's native language. (NIV or TNIV is seminary's standard English Bible.)
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - Gordon D.  Fee & Douglas Stuart 1981/2002.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary  - Gary M. Burge & Andrew E. Hill, eds. 2012.

3 credit course

Courses BI-3103 to 3403 guide a student to read through and study the whole Bible using an one-volume commentary. Bible reading can be done in one's native language (strongly recommended). Issues of Biblical interpretation related to texts and genres under the study are also covered.

Each course (BI-3103-3403) covers a particular section of the Bible. The sections are:

- Historical Books of the Old Testament (BI-3103, this course)
- Wisdom, Poetry and the Prophets in the Old Testament (BI-3203, this course)
- Gospels and Acts (BI-3203)
- Letters and the Revelation (BI-3203)

This course will acquaint the student with the actual text and narrative of the Scriptures, provides socio-historical background for Biblical text, and addresses some key exegetical issues.

There will be brief reflective summary papers around specific themes. The student does journaling during the course. The main objective, however, is to read the Bible with a good non-technical commentary and get aquainted with the contents of the Bible.

Required texts for the course are the following:

  • The Bible. Student's preferred translation into one's native language. (NIV or TNIV is seminary's standard English Bible.)
  • How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - Gordon D.  Fee & Douglas Stuart 1981/2002.
  • The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary  - Gary M. Burge & Andrew E. Hill, eds. 2012.

3 credit course

In this course we connect the dots of the Old and New Testament books to reveal the big picture of salvation history. We will survey through the Scriptures in chronological order, starting from creation and ending with the first century church.

Text for the course:

  • The Promise and  the Blessing: A Historical Survey of the Old and New Testaments, Michael A Harbin 2005.

Prerequisites:

  • BI-1103 Old Testament Survey
  • BI-1303 New Testament Survey

3 credit course

This course explores God's promise and plan throughout the Bible, the central and unifying theme of the Scriptures.

Text for the course:

  • The Promise-Plan of God, Walter C. Kaiser 2008.

Prerequisites:

  • BI-1103 Old Testament Survey
  • BI-1303 New Testament Survey
  • BI-4103 The Bible as History

3 credit course

A thorough overview of Christian doctrine from the creation to the last events.

Texts for the course:

  • Introducing Christian Doctrine - M.I.Erickson 1992 or 2001

Prerequisites:

  • ST-1002 Bible and Its Interpretation
  • BI-1103 Old Testament Survey
  • BI-1303 New Testament Survey

4 credit course

This course is a concise primer to Apologetics and Christian Ethics.

Texts for the course:

  • Know Why You Believe - Paul E. Little
  • Christian Ethics in Plan Language - Kerby Anderson

Prerequisite:

  • ST-1002 Bible and Its Interpretation

2 credit course

This course presents fourteen key events that provide a framework for understanding the history of Christianity.

Text for the course:

  • Turning Points - Mark Noll 1997/2000/2012

2 credit course

In this course we will study how to develop local church's ministry from the missional perspective. This course is a combination of New Testament missiology, church planting, and church ministry development from indigenous church perspective.

Texts for the course:

  • The Indigenous Church - Melvin L. Hodges 1953/2009.
  • Understanding Church Growth (Ch. 2) - Donald A. McGavran 1970/1990
  • Global Church Planting (Chs. 3 and 4) - Graig Ott & Gene Wilson 2011 

2 credit course

 

In this course, we will study how to teach and preach. The teaching part focuses on the nature of effective Bible teaching, and how to lead a Bible study that makes a difference. Preaching part focuses on actual preaching practice.

Texts for the course:

  • Effective Bible teaching - James Wilhoit & Leland Ryken 1988/2012
  • How to Prepare Bible Messages - James Barga 1969/2005
2 credit course


Church Leadership

  • Spiritual leadership
  • How to lead your church

Texts for the course:

  • Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer - J. Oswald Sanders (any edition)
  • Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples - Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger 2011 (ISBN: 0805447997/978-0805447996)

2 credit course

Expository Preaching is a practical course in the methodology of preaching.

Text for the course:

  • Expository Preaching - George Batson, Global University 1988 (Chapters 1 - 8)

Prerequisite:

  • MI-4102 Teaching and Preaching in the Church

2 credit course

The course covers various alternative preaching patterns such as narratives, life situations, Biblical principles, key verses, and parables. The student learns also skills for proper exposition and developing a preaching plan.

Text for the course:

  • Expository Preaching - George Batson, Global University 1988 (Chapters 9 - 13)

Prerequisites:

  • MI-4102 Teaching and Preaching in the Church
  • MI-5102 Expository Preaching

2 credit course

This course is an introduction to great world religions. In this course we survey and study the following:  Baha'i, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism (or Taoism), Hinduism,  Islam, Judaism,  Shinto and  Sikhism

Required texts for the course:

  • A Passion for Truth - Alister McGrath, IVP 1996
  • Pocket Guide to World Religions - Winfried Corduan, IVP 2006
  • The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions - Gerald R. MacDermott, Baker 2008

Prerequisites:

  • ST-1002 Bible and Its Interpretation
  • ST-2004 Christian Doctrine

2 credit course

Theological English (PS-4003) is an introductory course for theological studies, as the full name of the course puts it: "Theological English: Introduction to Theological Studies in English."

However, this is also an ESL/EFL* course designed for high-intermediate to advanced learners of English. It means you must be able to read and use general English already, and with this course you will learn to read and use theological literature in English.

You can study this course as a stand-alone course, or as preparation for your further studies in this area.

The theological content of the course is as follows:

- Starting with the Bible
- Introducing Theology
- God
- Revelation
- Humanity: Anthropology
- Jesus Christ: Christology
- Holy Spirit: Pneumatology
- Salvation and the Christian Life: Soteriology
- Church: Ecclesiology
- Last Things: Eschatology
- Determining God's Will in Day-to-Day Situations

Textbook for the course is Exploring Theological English. It follows the classic structure of systematic theology. Each chapter is based on a theological subject (see the contents here), and has five or six major sections presenting new information and/or exercises (the book is as much a workbook as a textbook). The student acquires key reading skills, a broad general vocabulary, and familiarity with the important concepts and terminology used in theological texts. (Buy the textbook here.)

This course (3 credits) equals approximately 150 hours of academic work.

3 credit course

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* ESL/EFL = English as a Second or Foreign Language

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This course is an orientation course for the whole M.A. program. We are going to study

  • the role of theology and a theologian in the church,
  • the nature of theological study,
  • the role of theology in the context of world Christianity,
  • the need and method of exegetical theology,
  • the practice of expository preaching in delivery of theological messages, and
  • principles of writing scholarly essays, papers, and dissertations.

Texts for the course:

  • Who Needs Theology? An Invitation To The Study Of God - Grenz & Olson 2006.
  • The New Global Mission: The Gospel From Everywhere To Everyone - Samuel Escobar 2006.*
  • Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching - Walter C. Kaiser Jr. 1998.*
  • Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon - Bryan Chapell 2005.*
  • Quality Research Papers: For Students Of Religion And Theology - Nancy Vyhmeister 2008.*
  • How to Read Bible for all of Its Worth- Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart 1992/2002

* selected chapters

3 credit course

This course provides an analysis of the Old Testament within the literary and theological context of the whole Bible.

Each of the book in the OT are dealt from the following perspectives:

  • Historical background
  • Literary analysis
  • Theological message
  • How the book relates to the New Testament

Texts for the course:

  • An Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd ed.  - Tremper Longman III and Raymond B. Dillard 2006.

3 credit course

An Introduction to the New Testament focuses on "special introduction" that is historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and so forth. The course ensures that the New Testament books will be accurately understood within historical settings. For each New Testament document, the course provides a substantial summary of that book’s content, discuss the book’s theological contribution to the overall canon, and give an account of current studies on that book, including recent literary and social-science approaches to interpretation.

Texts for the course:

  • An Introduction to the New Testament, 2nd ed.  - Carson & Moo 2005.

3 credit course

Old Testament Biblical theology consists of the following themes studied from the Old Testament perspective:

  • What is Old Testament biblical theology?
  • God: His person and work
  • Mankind: The image of God
  • The Kingdom of God
  • The prophets and the Kingdom
  • Human reflection on the ways of God

Texts for the course:

  • Everlasting Dominion - Eugene H. Merrill 2006

Prerequisite:

  • BI-5003 Introduction to the Old Testament

3 credit course

In the New Testament theology we study theologies of the New Testament:

  • The synoptic gospels
  • The fourth gospel
  • The primitive church
  • Paul
  • Hebrews and the general epistles
  • The Apocalypse

Text for the course:

  • A Theology of the New Testament, rev. ed. - George E. Ladd 1993.

Prerequisite:

  • BI-5103 Introduction to the New Testament

3 credit course

This course studies Jesus from perspective in which a proper historical context is used to understand the historical Jesus and the gospels. The course includes:

  • Disperate views about Jesus
  • The character of the Gospels
  • What we learn about Jesus from the Best Sources
  • The whole gospel in historical scrutiny

Text for the course:

  • Historical Jesus of the Gospels, rev. ed. - Craig S. Keener 2012.

Prerequisites:

  • BI-5103 Introduction to the New Testament
  • BI-6103 New Testament Theology

3 credit course

This course goes in depth into Paul's theology, as studied in the Bible:

  • God and Humankind
  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Salvation
  • The Church
  • Christian Ethics

Text for the course:

  • The Theology of Paul the Apostle - Dunn, James D. G., 1998/2012.

Prerequisites:

  • BI-5103 Introduction to the New Testament
  • BI-6103 New Testament Theology

3 credit course

Fathers

Historical Theology explores and integrates Christian thought throughout the centuries since the times of the Bible. The course covers the following:

  • The nature and purpose of Historical Theology 
  • The Patristic Period (c. 100-450)
  • The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (c. 500-1500)
  • The Reformation and Post-Reformation Periods (c. 1500-1750)
  • The Modern Period (c. 1750-Present Day)
  • Three basic models of Christian theology throughout the history

Required texts for the course:

  • Historical Theology, 2nd Ed - Alister E. McGrath, Wiley-Blackwell 2012
  • Christian Thought Revisited, Revised Edition - Justo L. Gonzalez, Orbis 1999

Prerequisite:

  • CH-4002 Church History (or equivalent)

3 credit course

Creation

The center, unity, and boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel (=gospel). Christian doctrine begins with the gospel, and approaches other great themes of faith through the lens of the gospel.

  • Purpose of theology
  • Prolegomena
  • God and Trinity

Main text for the course:

  • Evangelical Theology - 
  • A Biblical And Systematic Introduction - 
  • Michael F. Bird 
  • 2013.
  • Selection of other contemporary systematic theologies

Prerequisites:

  • PS-5003 Orientation to Theological Studies
  • BI-6003 Old Testament Theology
  • BI-6103 New Testament Theology
  • BI-7003 Paul's Theology

3 credit course

Salvation

This course builds on the doctrines of God and Revelation, as studied in the previous course. The main doctrines and themes studied in this course are:

  • Humanity
  • Sin
  • Jesus Christ
  • Salvation

Main text for the course:

  • Evangelical Theology - 
  • A Biblical And Systematic Introduction - 
  • Michael F. Bird 
  • 2013.
  • Selection of other contemporary systematic theologies

Prerequisites:

  • PS-5003 Orientation to Theological Studies
  • BI-6003 Old Testament Theology
  • BI-6103 New Testament Theology
  • BI-7003 Paul's Theology
  • ST-5103 Systematic Theology I

3 credit course

The Spirit and Church

This course builds on the doctrines studied in previous courses. Themes studied in this course are:

  • The Church
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Last Things

Main text for the course:

  • Evangelical Theology - 
  • A Biblical And Systematic Introduction - 
  • Michael F. Bird 
  • 2013.
  • Selection of other contemporary systematic theologies

Prerequisites:

  • PS-5003 Orientation to Theological Studies
  • BI-6003 Old Testament Theology
  • BI-6103 New Testament Theology
  • BI-7003 Paul's Theology
  • ST-5103 Systematic Theology I
  • ST-5203 Systematic Theology II

3 credit course

Conference200

This course studies intellectual coherence of and current debates in evangelical theology.

Required texts for the course:

  • A Passion for Truth - Alister McGrath, 1996
  • Across the Spectrum, 2nd Ed - Boyd & Eddy, 2009
Prerequisites:
  • ST-5003 Historical Theology
  • ST-5103 Systematic Theology I
  • ST-5203 Systematic Theology II
  • ST-5303 Systematic Theology III

3 credit course

Thinker200

Christian apologetics presents reasoned bases for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections. Christian ethics is a branch of Christian theology that studies right and wrong behavior from a Christian perspective.

Main texts for the course:

  • Christian Apologetics, 2nd EdNorman L. Geisler, Baker Academic 2013
  • Christian Ethics, 2nd Ed - Norman L. Geisler, Baker Academic 2010

Prerequisites:

  • ST-5103 Systematic Theology I
  • ST-5203 Systematic Theology II
  • ST-5303 Systematic Theology III

3 credit course

The Mission of God

The entire Bible is generated by and is all about God's mission. Themes studied in this course are:

  • Missional Hermeneutic
  • The God of Mission
  • The People of Mission
  • The Arena of Mission

Main text for the course:

  • The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative - Christopher J.H. Wright, IVP Academic 2006.

Prerequisites:

  • PS-5003 Orientation to Theological Studies
  • BI-6003 Old Testament Theology
  • BI-6103 New Testament Theology
  • BI-7003 Paul's Theology
  • ST-5103 Systematic Theology I
  • ST-5203 Systematic Theology II
  • ST-5303 Systematic Theology III

3 credit course

Organic

What are our options to rethink or reimagine church? This course presents some leading proposals to rethink an authentic version of the Church as a community of believers in mission.

Text for the course:

  • Pagan Christianity  - Viola & Barna 2008
  • Reimagining Church -  Viola 2008
  • The Starfish and the Spider - Brafman & Beckstrom 2006
  • Organic Church - Cole 2005
  • Church 3.0 - Cole 2010
  • The Last Reformation - Søndergaard 2013

Prerequisites:

  • MI-4002 Mission and Ministry 
  • ST-5303 Systematic Theology III

3 credit course

A course on world religions. Thorough and up-to-date review of major world religions. Also, students will become familiar with the study of religions.

There are three main parts in the course:

  • Understanding study of world religions
  • Overview of contemporary study of world religions from evangelical perspective
  • Concentration on one religion or topic related to the study of religions

Main text for the course:

  • Understanding World Religions. Irving Hexham, 2011.

3 credit course

A course on the persecution and discipleship. Topics:

  • nature and causes of persecution
  • contemporary persecution and global issues
  • Biblical theology of persecution for righteousness' sake
  • tactics and responses to persecution
  • forgiveness, trauma, healing and couseling

The course is based on material produced by Open Doors, Canada.

Main texts for the course:

  • Taylor, Van der Meer & Reimer: Sorrow & Blood (2012)
  • Penner: In the Shadow of the Cross (2004)
  • Boyd-MacMillan: Faith That Endures (2006)
  • Estabrooks & Cunningham: Standing Strong Through the Storm (2013)
  • Sauer & Howell: Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom (2010)

3 credit course


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