The Advanced Curriculum is a progression upon the foundation laid in the Foundations Curriculum.
The Advance curriculum is designed to equip the student with a comprehensive grasp of the various expressions and understandings of the concept, message and worldviews associated with the word Kingdom, both within and outside of the church.
Time investment for completion:
Online - Self Paced
ADVANCED CURRICULUM COURSES:
COURSE ONE: Understanding Paradigms and the Church
In this unique study students will gain an understanding of the presence, impact and influence of paradigms upon both the church perception of its identity, purpose and work in the world. We will discover why the church's current paradigm actually frustrates it in its ability to fulfill its purpose in the world and realize it full potential both corporately and individually. The student will learn:
To identity the two paradigms and their proper role they play in equipping the church to fufill its purpose in the world.
Identify key paradigm shifts that have produced the church's current paradigm.
What is the original and intended paradigm given by God for those in covenant with Him.
What are the distinctive characteristics of each paradigm and its accompanying message.
Specifically, how the church's current paradigm frustrates it in its ability to fulfill its assignment and purpose in the world.
And much more!
COURSE TWO: The Two Kingdoms, Culture & The Church
In this study we will examine the differing views and perspectives concerning the "Two Kingdoms" philosophy and its impact upon the church's:
Identity and Perception of itself in the world.
Responsibility toward the salvation and betterment of the unregenerated world.
Proper sphere of influence in the world?
There are various schools of thought concerning the proper sphere of authority and jurisdictions between the church and state. Both historical and contemporary perspectives will be examined to raise awareness and equip the student to make informed decisions concerning the church's role in the world as a body and individually.
COURSE THREE: Kingdom - What Do You Mean?
Historically, both within and outside of the church, the word "kingdom" has meant quite a few things. In this study we will examine the Biblical, cultural, eschatological, ethical, historical and social-political considerations surrounding the word Kingdom when spoken. The concept and word "Kingdom" carries with it a long and diverse history in both the church and secular society. As ambassadors of the gospel of the Kingdom and its message, we cannot assume that what we mean when using the word Kingdom is what is actually being understood by the hearer; especially when speaking to the world. Over the years there have arisen various attempts at expressing and understanding the Kingdom that have been very different in their philosophy and administration. Specifically, Reconstructionalism, Theonomy, Theocracy, Dominionism, Kingdom Now, Emerging Church, Vineyard etc... Today, religious or conservative view expressed in the public arena are grouped under the label of Christian Nationalism, which the world had defined as being contrary to democracy and progress.
To be responsible in our promotion and proclamation of the Kingdom, we must understand the motivations and implications of such labels and how they impact the church's and the world's perspectives and relationship with one another.
This study critical in equippin student to clearly and effectively communicate the kingdom message, while avoiding both the historical baggage and contemporary categorizations that can breakdown communicaiton and frustrate understanding of what it means to advance God's Kingdom in word and deed.