"Any Christian who sees themselves as a cultural 'insider' will find that 1 Peter is a difficult read. It's a letter for the outsider, the resident-alien, the sojourner & exile; it's for the uncool and those 'on the wrong side of history'". Just a before class reflection on 1Peter. - Dr. David Shaw, Biblical Studies Lecturer #thoughtson1Peter #lifeatpbc #perthbiblecollege #1peter #theologians #theologymatters
"I had a wonderful time studying with PBC. The lecturer Anton was excellent, he deeply knew scripture, and also his field of expertise. Not only that he was a great story teller! I met some wonderful people in my classes too. I honestly found the missions perspective class itself to be challenging to my viewpoint, and very much helped me reform new ideals and values that I didn’t expect". - Corey Sutton 98.5 Sonshine FM #lifeatpbc #perthbiblecollege #seminary #biblecollege #liveschanged #missions #christianity #faith #trysomethingnew
Coming in semester 2, 2019: New Testament Studies: First Peter First Peter is arguably one of the most important letters for the present-day church. 1 Peter contributes something unique and valuable to the church as it wrestles with what it means to be God’s people in an increasingly antagonistic culture. The letter itself discusses various aspects of Christian identity and how the church is to relate the world. Peter draws frequently on Old Testament literature in order to ground his arguments and to direct the conduct of the church at large. It is for these reasons that 1 Peter remains so relevant today. The believers of Anatolia had many of the same problems and held the same questions we continue to ask today. Peter’s responses remain equally applicable for the modern church. This course will dive headlong into the background and culture of the Petrine churches as we wrestle with the whole text over thirteen weeks. #newtestament #studentlife #studylife #lifeatpbc #seminary #biblecollege #1peter #moderdaychurch #churchlife #whatsnext ?
Coming in semester 2, 2019: Chaplaincy Processes Chaplaincy is a unique profession, ministering to the deep spiritual needs of others. This unit offers prospective and current practitioners the opportunity to develop an informed praxis for chaplaincy in a variety of settings. There is a dynamic interrelation between theology and praxis that links biblical truths with spiritual care. A rich theological understanding of God’s salvific intervention in the world informs the process of chaplaincy and the unique role of the chaplain. This unit will be a journey of discovery in understanding how chaplains minister in this current place in the history of God’s salvation and redemption, and how to assist others to know spiritual wholeness in the midst of distress, disease and the end of life phase. An integrated model with a foundational understanding of people as spiritual and emotional beings, and bearers of the image of God, will inform and empower the processes of chaplaincy. The unit will therefore reflect on the unique role of the chaplain, pastoral care as an active ministry, and how one may deliver the hope, love and vision of Christ to others. #lifeatpbc #seminary #chaplaincy #counselling #socialscience #studylife #getready #getequipped #practicepresence #getinvolved #bringchange #beanear
Coming up for semester 2, 2019: Church: Engaging with the World This is NOT another 'How to reach your neighbours with the gospel course. There are many good courses out there that can help Christians build bridges to speak to non-Christians about their faith. This course wants to go further. It wants to equip students to think through the deeper dimensions of what it means to become and be a Christian in the light of the whole message of the Bible. We need to understand the world, the church and the message of the gospel in their dynamic interaction with each other. When it comes to the world, we will be focusing on analysing people’s expected disposition towards the world. This unit will cover topics predestination and God's election; the definition, role and place of faith; who we are as humans – free to choose for God or doomed in our sinfulness. Then there are also further aspects such as the role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation etc. #lifeatpbc #perthbiblecollehe #evangelism #sharingthegospel #jesuswins #studylife #studentlife #academics #godisgood #whoareyou #whoarewe
Coming up for semester 2, 2019: Cross Cultural Training This unit is an integration of two fields of study – Cross-cultural Communication and Teaching and Learning Studies. It will therefore look at the concepts of culture, worldview and communication, and the understanding of how to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural setting. Then students will learn about the basic theories of teaching and learning, development of training material and the planning, preparing, delivery and evaluation of lessons (all within a cross-cultural context ) and put it to the practice. #perthbiblecollege #practicalministry #churchlife #mission #train #missionary #worldviews #acrosscultures #godisgood #betransformed #studentlife #studylife
Coming up for semester 2, 2019: Ministry Practicum At Perth Bible College, we believe that academic training that is not thoroughly grounded in the real world of ministry, often leads to the disillusionment and failure of those sent out to serve. Likewise practical skills training without a broad understanding by which the existing status quo may be challenged in the light of the Word of God, in turn, often leads to stagnation and death. Perth Bible College endeavours to combine the highest academic standards with practical training in ministry. For this reason, the field education component is designed to help the student gain clear insights into the practical operations of the church in the world. At the same time, it wishes to instil the necessary skills in the students to not only work for the church, but also on the church. In order for the field work experience to be the most fruitful, students are required to build an ongoing relationship with the pastor and leaders of the church in which they worship. The insights of those who are already doing the work are invaluable. PBC’s Ministry Practicum programme together with the supervision of the leaders in the field will provide you with a rich and lasting experience, formative for your future ministry for God. #reallife #theologymatters #practicalexperience #internships #studentlife #applyyourselftoday #newexperiences #practicaltheology #biblecollege #perthbiblecollege
Coming up for semester 2, 2019: Leading Christian Ministry Many students who enter ministry, having done a lot of study, are soon asking themselves –“How do I now do church?” “How should we lead and manage this ministry?” In this subject we put it all together, theology, Bible knowledge, and practical skills – and ask the question, “How are we going to lead a church or ministry?” Leading a church or a ministry is more than understanding the Bible and having a good theology. It requires vision, planning, an understanding of organisational dynamics, and the ability in any given context to provide a relevant expression of church while maintaining the core values of what a church or particular ministry should be. This unit covers areas such as developing values, visions and strategies, organisational approaches and leadership styles, dealing with change and reviewing progress. However, the goal of this unit is for each student to have developed their own philosophy and strategy for church and ministry so that at the completion of the unit they have a framework for approaching, developing and leading ministry with confidence. #churchlife #leadership #biblecollege #christianministry #faith #shepherd #academic #studylife #studentlife #hope #godsgotit
Coming up for Semester 2, 2019: Marriage & Family This unit deals with human sexuality, marriage and family life. Human sexuality, marriage and family sets us apart from the animals. It is exactly in the domain of sexuality and relationships that the dignity of humanity is the most clearly expressed. Our sexuality calls us beyond ourselves to a whole, secure, healthy and intimate relationship with another human being who is ‘other’ than us. Marriage and family issues present an ideal opportunity for us to show how the gospel can affect lives for the good. Our marriages and family relationships can become showcases of the grace of God. It does not mean that we have to present ourselves as getting it right in our marriages and families. But we can meet the world as people who have tasted something very good and thus cannot settle for anything less. The hope that we can offer people in the light of our understanding of God's vision for our marriages and families can transform lives and relationships. #godisgood #seminary #lifeatpbc #mymarriagematters #transformedbygrace #relationships #studentlife #studylife #theologymatters
Coming up in Semester 2, 2019: Introduction to Theology Introduction to Theology provides the student with the big picture of God’s involvement with mankind and the world and an opportunity to consider carefully the foundation of their faith. We consider important questions such as: What is truth and how can we understand and know God? Who is God and how are we designed in his image? What is the effect of sin on God’s design for creation? Who was Jesus and how do his life and work affect us today? Who is the Holy Spirit and how is he involved with us now? What is the charter of the church in the world today and what is our unique role within it? How will this world end and what lies beyond? This subject takes a person’s Biblical knowledge which is often compartmentalised and places it in a broad theological framework. This allows students to think more clearly and wider on all sorts of issues that present in ministry and everyday life. The subject doesn’t only detail and describe the foundations of the Christian faith but places the major theological themes of the Bible into the living drama of a gracious covenantal God. This provides the student with a more precise perspective of God’s involvement with them in everyday life. #lifeatpbc #perthbiblecollege #theologymatters #transformation #digdeep #worship #radicalchange #studentlife #studylife #academicstudies
Coming up for semester 2, 2019: Personal and Ministry Formation Growth, maturity and discipleship are all vital parts of Christian life, and all denominations have spiritual traditions designed to encourage believers down this path. What these traditions (at their best ) have in common is a desire to participate joyfully and fully in the work of the Holy Spirit in and through us, both individually and corporately. Most of us, though, have only a limited exposure to the different ways in which men and women delight in, pursue, share, worship and are shaped by God. This unit is designed to explore a wide range of these pathways with the goal of expanding our understandings of spirituality and discipleship. We all often ask questions like these: how can I grow in my spiritual life? Is there any way I can appreciate God’s work in the world more profoundly? How can I engage in a deeper way with Christians whose traditions are different from my own? How can I live an authentic and coherent Christian life? This unit shows the differing ways in which Christians approach these issues. #studentlife #biblecollege #seminary #godsword #faith #traditions #hope #christianity #lifeatpbc #faithwalk
Coming up for semester 2, 2019: Old Testament B In this unit, we will be looking at life in God’s presence. What does it mean to live as God’s people in every aspect of our lives? Ancient Israel expressed her life before God predominantly in the form of poetry. In the prophetic literature, we hear God’s admonishing and comforting voice. In the Psalms, we hear the voice of God’s people in their heartache, suffering, pain, hope, joy, worship and celebration. In the wisdom literature, the sages of old give direction as to how God’s people should live wisely in this world. Studying these books of the Bible gives us, as God’s people, the opportunity to hear his voice anew. It also gives us a voice to express ourselves in all our needs and joys. #perthbiblecollege #lifeatpbc #godsword #oldtestament #worship #discoverhim #betransformed #hope
What's on offer for Semester 2, 2019? For any person involved in Christian ministry, it is important to know the New Testament well because it is based on the authority of the Scriptures. Which is why 'Introduction to New Testament B (Letters )' is such an exciting unit as it provides an opportunity for students to seriously engage with the biblical text. Students will gain insight into the background, purpose, structure and themes of the New Testament letters, and understand various methodologies of studying these books. This unit will have a life-changing impact on the students. They will be exposed to the teaching of Paul and other Apostles within the story of the Gospel reaching various parts of the world in the context of internal church problems and external persecutions. An overview of the New Testament letters also opens the door for further in-depth study. Students will grow in their faith and understanding as they are exposed to topics that stir their interest for additional research. #lifeatpbc #newtestament #scripture #godsword #academic #seminary #perthbiblecollege #pbc #worship
Our midyear intake is here - keep your eyes peeled for the units on offer this coming semester! For instance, Theological Thinking & Writing is a study ready unit designed to help prepare students to achieve the required academic standard by focusing on essential study processes and communication skills. Studying theology and thinking about how to use this knowledge in the church requires analysis, research, reading, writing, note-taking and speaking skills. Therefore this unit is partnered with another core unit to ensure the student can confidently apply their newly learn't skills. This unit is a core unit for those who enter PBC under a provisional entry pathway, but students who wish to pursue this unit can do so as an elective. #studentlife #academicstudy #perthbiblecollege #lifeatpbc #university #studentlife #godsword #worship #transformation #hope #wwjd #allforjesus #gofurther
We are wishing the students at PBC all the very best for their upcoming exams. We pray that your study week will provide you with the time to prepare well and confidently take all of what you have learned throughout the semester into your exams. We are so privileged to walk this journey with you and praise God for the marvelous work He is is doing in the lives of our students. As students across all universities and fields of study tend to agree exam prep can be a stressful time. Therefore we hope our light hearted posts over the next week bring a smile to your dial. Happy study week! #examweek #swatvac #perthbiblecollege #highereducation #postgraduate #undergraduate #studentlife #studylife #itsthefinalcountdown
THE DANGERS OF HAVING A CHRISTIAN PRIME MINISTER CONCLUSION: As we have noted, Christian political leaders and their Christian supporters face some significant spiritual dangers. The church is always on dangerous grounds when it interweaves earthly power with the power which the Holy Spirit has given her. We may easily lose sight of the deep spiritual transformation that needs to take place within people and settle for a nominally Christian culture instead. The church is easily corrupted, substituting its call to sacrificial love, for a comfortable existence which is to her benefit. The only thing for which Christians can pray legitimately is for political leaders to leave the church alone and let it carry out its vocation in peace. Christians have to acknowledge that the world is hard and resistant to the Kingdom of God, and that true transformation requires a miracle rather than political action and organisation. Christians should also embrace humility, knowing that Christian leaders are as prone to get things wrong as unbelievers. Christians and Christian leaders need to be aware of these dangers. Considering them, ensures that we abandon false hope and arrogance and leads us to pray more sincerely for those in power.
THE DANGERS OF HAVING A CHRISTIAN PRIME MINISTER PART FIVE: Christian leaders are as likely to get it wrong as unbelievers. I am a Christian, but that does not mean that I am better at building houses than Joe Blog, who may be an atheist. Our Christian faith does not ensure that we necessarily have the clearest insight into an issue or the best professional skills to deal with it. I know many Christians whose rational thinking and organisational skills leave much to be desired. The Lord nowhere guarantees that Christian leaders will always get it right. One only has to look at the church and see some of the strange and wrong decisions that her leaders have made, to know that Christian leaders are just as prone to be driven by selfish agendas and getting things wrong as non-believers. It should not surprise us if a Christian political leader sometimes gets it wrong - even very wrong. By acting as if the country is necessarily better off because it now has a Christian leader, Christians seem to imply that Christians are necessarily better political leaders than non-believers. If we claim that the Lord is somehow leading Christian political leaders in their decision making, we should not be surprised if non-believers legitimately hold these wrong decisions against the Lord. Politics require particular insights and skills, and being a Christian does not necessarily make one a better politician. The church needs to acknowledge that Christians often get it wrong and that the country can benefit from the insights of non-believers.
THE DANGERS OF HAVING A CHRISTIAN PRIME MINISTER PART FOUR: Those who oppose Christianity will challenge and question every practical political decision the leader makes in the light of an ideal view of what they think Christianity is all about and what they believe Christian should do to realise this ideal. Unbelievers often espouse lofty ideals, which they think can be realised by good people doing good things in the world. They do not acknowledge the depth of sin and evil in the world, or that these negative forces inhabit all people. They do not accept that the power of sin and evil can only be overcome by the powerful working of God’s Spirit in and through the lives of his people. Unbelievers do not realise that the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom in this world is always a miracle, that God’s will is only done when people trust and love him enough to choose his will against their personal agendas and that this does not happen naturally but is part of the miracle of the Christian life. It is no wonder that the world will judge any Christian leader, and through him, the church, if he or she does not fulfil their ideal views of what is “good and right and Christian”. They will ascribe any failure to commit to these ideals as a failure of Christians to follow the example of Jesus. When dealing with an issue such as “asylum seekers,” they will only stress the need for love and compassion, and not take into account the harsh reality of a broken world where actions may have other negative consequences. The world will only be fully changed when Jesus returns. Our limited efforts to make the world better can always be judged as falling short of God’s will. Having a Christian leader does not necessarily mean that more of God’s will can be done than under a non-believer.