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CA-CRT21 – Presbyterian Polity

This unit is an introduction to the polity (church government) practised within the Presbyterian Church. The unit touches upon the Biblical principles and historical basis for Presbyterian Church government. However, this unit primarily focuses on how these Biblical and historical principles are used both generally and specifically to form Presbyterian Church government as practised within the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

This unit will be a peripheral unit for students who are not candidates for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. It will enhance the core units of their course by exploring one of the denominational distinctives of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

This unit does not contribute to your ACT Academic Credit

TH028 – Doctrine of Creation and Christ

The unit Doctrine of Creation & Christ: Exploring the Relationship involves an in-depth examination of the relationship between the doctrines of Creation, Humanity, Sin, and Providence on the one hand, and the person and work of Christ on the other.

This unit will enable students to work through in some depth the sources and content of Christian understandings of how the reality which God created, and which is now fallen, is related to the saving action of God that has taken place in Christ. It will provide training in articulating this relationship and applying it to life in the contemporary world and Christian ministry.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT002 – Old Testament Prophets and Writing

Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT002) and Old Testament Foundations (OT001) form the foundation upon which all further study of the Old Testament
builds. They are thus concerned not so much with the critical issues of Old Testament studies, as with the biblical history as it is recorded in the Old Testament. The study is undertaken in the light of the various ancient contexts of the biblical narrative, illustrated by modern archaeological findings.

Old Testament Prophets and Writings  covers the Prophetic books or Latter Prophets and the wisdom literature of the Old Testament and writings such as Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

NT002 – Early New Testament Church

The first section of the unit focuses on the Acts of the Apostles and investigates the history, theology, and features of the early church as it grew, expanded, and matured.

In the second section, students will examine in outline several other New Testament Writings (various Epistles and Revelation) not covered elsewhere in their course.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

NT001 – Jesus and the Gospels

Welcome to the study of the life and teaching of Jesus in the setting of the Gospels. No matter how often we read the Gospels, we always are surprised at some new aspect that emerges from the life of our Lord. I pray that as we progress through this study you will be surprised, challenged and encouraged by what you learn. I am looking forward to being a guide on the journey with you.

This unit entails an introductory study of Jesus’ life and ministry against its background of the world of that time, as it is recorded in the Gospels. This involves a study of the cultural, political, religious and social background of the Gospels. The Gospels as pieces of literature are examined to see what we can learn about how they came into being and consequently how we can read them better. We then study the life and ministry of Jesus, particularly as this is set out by Mark’s gospel. Such topics as the Kingdom of God, the person of Jesus, the miracles, the ethics of Jesus, the parables, and the passion and resurrection of Jesus are highlighted

This unit is worth 12 credit points.

NT008 – The Synoptic Gospels

This is one of the exegetical units available in the New Testament field. Like all our advanced exegesis units it differs from the New Testament introduction units and Introduction to New Testament Greek in that it takes the knowledge and skills you have learnt and applies them at a deeper level.

You will learn to employ exegetical methods of modern critical study to read the Synoptic Gospels. For those who are studying this unit as a follow up to the study of New Testament Greek, you will find it very satisfying to put into practice what you have learned, and to see the fruit of all that study.

The unit will study a sample part of the Synoptic gospels – Luke 19-24. Within our selection of advanced exegesis units, this one focuses on the gospel accounts of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Luke’s Gospel takes us straight to the person of Jesus Christ. In these chapters Luke cleverly uses his source material to reveal Jesus in a way that highlights important theological themes and both contrasts and compliments our knowledge of Jesus from the other gospels.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

TH025 – Principles of Systematic Theology

This preparatory half unit examines the importance of systematic theology, takes a bird’s eye view of Christian doctrine and gives the learner skills on ‘how to do theology’.

This unit is worth 6 credit points

CA-MIP B / PC106 – Pastoral Ministry in Practice B

Pastoral Ministry in Practice is based on the twin convictions that applying the gospel to ourselves is the foundation of all gospel ministry, and that the gospel must shape and drive all that we do in ministry.

The unit is designed to enable you to clarify and crystallize what you have learned during your course and to apply it to gospel ministry in a wise and considered way. You will be encouraged to articulate your own philosophy of ministry which draws on the full gamut of theological and biblical perspectives which you have garnered in your course to date. You will be expected to demonstrate how this is shaping your preaching as well as your thinking about all aspects of ministry.

Pastoral Ministry in Practice is usually taken in the final year of a four-year degree e.g., MDiv/GDDiv or BTh/BMin. It is compulsory for all Candidates for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA).

This unit is worth 6 credit points

CH006 – The Reformation

The unit The Reformation involves an in-depth study of the political, economic and social setting of the Protestant Reformation of the Sixteenth Century with particular reference to developments in Germany, Switzerland, England & Scotland. It also devotes significant attention to the “Catholic Reformation” (also known as the “Counter-Reformation”) of the same period.

Some of the major personalities of the Reformation such as Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Cranmer are studied in detail, together with how their lives and writings impacted on history. Brief consideration is also given to the Radical Reformation and the Anabaptists, and the lessons to be learned from those movements.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

CH009 – History of Christianity in Australia

This unit looks at the history of Christianity in Australia, with particular reference to the Presbyterian and other evangelical churches. It also seeks to give students an understanding of where modern Australia has come from – and where it might be heading to.

It aims to enable students to evaluate current developments in the life of the church and to apply insights from the past to address contemporary issues. The intention is that students will gain an increased understanding of the relationship between Christianity and Australian culture and society, and of how contemporary Australian Christianity and society in their current forms have emerged over time.

Students will have the opportunity to explore these issues in relation to a local church with which they are familiar. As a result of taking this unit, students should be more aware of the real-world social context in which ministry in Australia happens, and have a better understanding of the background to and future trajectories of Australian Christianity.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

DE020 – Church-based children’s ministry

The unit Church-based Children’s Ministry examines biblical perspectives on children; critically analyses child development theories as they intersect with theological understandings of faith development in children; traces the history of children and the church; and examines dominant cultural influences on children. Key children’s ministry issues in the local church are then addressed – teaching and discipling children, the integration of children in the worshipping community; the spiritual nurture of children; evangelism of children; and the safety and care of children.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

LA004 – Biblical Hebrew B

This unit continues the introduction to Biblical Hebrew begun in LA003. The first half of the unit will be devoted to further study of morphology and syntax and the completion of a first-year Hebrew grammar. The second half of the  unit will comprise an orientation to the Hebrew Bible and translation of selected texts.

This unit is an elective unit, and worth 12 credit points.

LA006 – New Testament Greek B

This unit completes your introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the New Testament and begins your introduction to the translation and exegesis of the New Testament. It is Part 2 of the basic building block of New Testament study. Like first semester language studies, it requires application and time, but I am sure that you will find it very rewarding.

This unit is worth 12 credit points.

OT014 (English) & OT015 (Hebrew) – Exilic Prophecy (Jeremiah)

Also OT206 (English) & OT207 (Hebrew) – Specialised Studies in OT: Exilic Prophecy (Jeremiah)

This unit will introduce students to the theology and significant texts of the book of Jeremiah, and its contribution to our overall understanding of the Bible. Two thirds of the unit (24 hours) will be devoted to lectures on the theology of the book. The remaining one third (12 hours) will comprise exegesis of set texts from Jeremiah.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PC003 – Pastoral Skills and Methods

Pastoral Skills and Methods introduces students to the aims and methods of pastoral care and helps equip students to deliver pastoral care in a variety of situations which may arise in Ministry positions.

This unit is worth 12 credit points.

BB008 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

‘Introduction to Biblical Interpretation’ is the foundation of everything we seek to do at QTC. This unit aims to go ‘back to basics’ to ensure that everyone is handling the Bible in a helpful and responsible way before we throw ourselves into the detail of studying the text in earnest. In this unit, you will be introduced to a way of reading and studying the Bible which is coherent, flexible and will shape the way in which you interpret the Bible in every context – whether reading it for personal study or studying the text in order to teach it to others.

We will examine in turn the importance of History, Literature and (Biblical) Theology in reading the Bible, before giving some attention to the way in which this will affect how we seek to communicate the message of any text in the context of the flow of the whole Bible. After completing this unit, every student should be equipped to understand how the Bible fits together, how Jesus Christ is the key to all the Scriptures and how to approach the task of interpreting any part of the Bible.

CH011 – History of Evangelical Christianity

Also CH206 – Specialised Studies in Church History: History of Evangelical Christianity

The unit History of Evangelical Christianity gives an overview of modern Church History, with a particular focus on evangelicalism within Britain and the USA. Movements in continental Europe are also given some attention where they have had a major impact on the English speaking world. Related developments in Australia are also considered to help students connect wider happenings with their own context, although only briefly, as an entire unit is devoted to the history of Christianity in Australia elsewhere in the QTC curriculum (CH009).

This unity is worth 12 credit points

CA-CRT22 – Westminster Confession of Faith

The unit Westminster Confession of Faith is designed to introduce students to the background and content of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the doctrinal standard of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (as subordinate to the Bible, the written Word of God). This unit will consider this statement of classic Reformed theology by first looking at the historical and theological background to the Confession and then examining the chapters of the WCF in turn.

This unit is not available for Academic credit

EM008 – Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context

Modern Australia’s diverse society means that those in ministry are guaranteed to encounter other cultures. Whether we are fathers, mothers, sons or daughters, students from overseas, refugees or asylum seekers, Australian, Iranian, Chinese, Korean or from other parts of the globe, Revelation chapter 5 says that Christ lived, died, and rose again to “ransom people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”.

This unit addresses questions of ethnicity and identity, cultural sensitivity and the challenges and opportunities associated with Ministry in a Diverse Context. This unit will be of great benefit to students planning to serve in a variety of ministry roles, whether in Australia or overseas, with a particular emphasis on how multi-ethnicity shapes the exercise of local church.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

LA003 – Biblical Hebrew A

This unit comprises an introduction to Biblical Hebrew which will be continued in LA004612/812 in Semester 2. The unit will be devoted to study of morphology and syntax and completion of approximately half of a first-year Hebrew grammar.

Note: Before Semester 1 starts, there is a Language Intensive Week that is compulsory for all LA003 students.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

LA005 – New Testament Greek A

The books of the New Testament were originally written in the lingua franca (Trade Language) of the time, Koine Greek (Common Greek). This is one of the “ancestors” of the Greek language spoken today. Students will study a basic introductory grammar of New Testament Greek, and early on will commence reading the Greek New Testament, which as the unit progresses, they will be able to increasingly understand.

Biblical languages are critical for responsible and insightful exegesis and exegesis is the foundation of all good Biblical and Systematic theology. This unit opens up the world of the New Testament in a way that is both interesting and vital for students of the Bible. It is the basic building block of New Testament study. Like all language studies it requires application and time, but I am sure that you will find it very rewarding.

Note: Before Semester 1 starts, there is a Language Intensive Week that is compulsory for all LA005 students.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

NT055 (English) and NT056 (Greek) – The Person and Work of Christ in John’s Gospel

This is one of the exegetical units available in the New Testament field. Like all our advanced exegesis units it differs from the New Testament introduction units and Introduction to New Testament Greek in that it takes the knowledge and skills you have learnt and applies them at a deeper level. You will learn to employ exegetical methods to read John’s Gospel; methods such as literary criticism and biblical theological interpretation, alongside traditional approaches of grammatical, historical critical theory and systematic theological integration. For those who are studying this unit as a follow up to the study of New Testament Greek, you will find it very satisfying to put into practice what you have learned, and to see the fruit of all that study.

The content of this unit will explore John’s gospel through two key theological concepts Christology and Faith. In his prologue (1:1-18) and purpose statement (20:31), John himself tells us that these concepts drive this gospel. A number of other themes will be examined under these topics. The intention is to give appropriate attention to the way in which John presents Christ as the fulfilment of multiple Old Testament images, develops Christological teaching, and to how he communicates regarding these specific themes through multiple evocative metaphors. The focus on the theological topic of Faith will encourage students to apply their exegesis to life and ministry.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT020 (English) & OT021 (Hebrew) – The Psalter

Also OT206 (English) and OT207 (Hebrew) – Specialised studies in Theology: The Psalter

This unit will introduce students to the genres, poetry, themes theology and significant texts of the Psalter. Two thirds of the course (26 hours) will be devoted to lectures on the theology of the book. The remaining one third (13 hours) will comprise exegesis of set texts from specific psalms.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PC127 – Expository Preaching in Practice

This unit offers a practical, hands-on introduction to Biblical Preaching. The unit looks at the skills that are essential in clearly proclaiming Christ from all the Scriptures to a contemporary audience. Students will be required to think theologically about preaching, to clarify their own philosophy of ministry in this area, before moving on to work on preparing and delivering an engaging Bible talk.

This unit is worth 6 credit points

PE002 – Theological Ethics

This unit will begin by considering biblical and theological ethics, including various hermeneutical issues which commonly arise as Christians and churches seek to frame their approaches to ethical matters. The major non-Christian approaches to ethics will then be briefly surveyed, in the form of philosophical ethics, to increase critical understanding of how the non-Christian world we live in and interact with thinks about ethics.

The final six  weeks of the Semester will be devoted to the consideration of a number of important ethical issues. Regrettably, in one Semester we cannot even cover all of the really critical issues, let alone others that are relatively common in some contexts, however the issues we will study can be taken as examples of how to handle other ethical questions that may arise in your life and ministry.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

TH101 – The Knowledge and Doctrine of God

Also TH206-912 – Specialised Studies in Theology: The Knowledge and Doctrine of God

The unit The Knowledge and Doctrine of God is designed to introduce students to those doctrines which deal with how the Christian God acts to reveal himself and the knowledge of God that results from these acts.

This involves examination of the issues involving the nature of theology as a discipline, as well as the nature and purpose of human knowledge of God, the distinction between general revelation and special revelation, and the role and nature of the word of God as gospel and as Scripture, including such categories as authority, inspiration, trustworthiness, clarity, interpretation and canon.

It is also involves examination into the knowledge of God that revelation actually gives us— what can we say about the God that we know? This entails forays into the nature and identity of the Christian God including the doctrine of the Trinity and God’s attributes. This unit will consider these fundamental Christian teachings as they are presented in the Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments, and in light of debates and insights past and present.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

TH027 – The Corporate Dimension of the Gospel-Driven Life

The unit The Corporate Dimension of the Gospel-Driven Life is intended to equip students to articulate the relationship that exists between the nature of the church and the nature of the gospel and to apply this understanding to the practice of life in God’s household.

This involves examination into the different ways in which the church has been conceived and how that entails varying concepts of the gospel and of the relationship between them both. It will also entail exploring the way other theological topics shape one’s view of the body of Christ, and critically reflecting on the ecclesiological thought of one or two significant figures in the formation of a theological vision of the people of God as an articulation of the teaching of Scripture.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PE007 – Christian Apologetics

This unit is designed to help students explore and develop proficiency in the discipline of Christian apologetics, the task of defending the Christian faith from attacks and commending it against rival claimants.

This involves examination of the biblical and theological foundations for apologetics, philosophical issues regarding the nature of truth and when there is epistemological warrant for beliefs, and some awareness of the history of apologetics throughout the centuries. From there the unit will consider the arguments for and against the major ‘schools’ or approaches to apologetics in the current era so that students may make an informed decision as to which approach best commends the gospel on its own terms.

With this framework in place, the unit will then turn to the various classical arguments for the existence of God from natural theology, arguments for the Christian faith arising from Scripture’s claims, understanding the nature of various critiques on Christian claims and responses that have been made to these, as well as critical interaction with some of the main alternatives to Christianity.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PC004 – Christian Worship

There are few subjects which provoke such strong reactions among Christians in Australia today as ‘worship’ – arguments rage over what it is, whether we can use the category to describe what goes on when we meet together and, of course, what is appropriate for God’s people to sing and do when we get together.

This unit aims to set today’s vital discussions in the context of a biblical theology of worship and a rich understanding of the debates and choices which have shaped the thinking of the church of Christ through history, with a special focus on the Reformation tradition and more recent developments here in Australia. As well as biblical and theological input from the QTC Faculty, students will have the opportunity to hear from an experienced and diverse selection of key pastors within our constituency, and to visit and reflect on practice in a church outside their own tradition.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT010 (English) and OT011 (Hebrew) – Former Prophets (1&2 Samuel)

Also OT206 (English) and OT207 (Hebrew) – Specialised Studies in Old Testament: Former Prophets

This unit will introduce students to the theology and significant texts of 1 and 2 Samuel. Two-thirds of this unit (26 hours) will be devoted to studying the unfolding story and theology of these two books. The remaining third (13 hours) will comprise exegesis of set texts from 1 and 2 Samuel.

1 and 2 Samuel play an important role in the unfolding history of redemption. Central biblical theological topics like Kingship, the Ark of the Covenant, and Temple are introduced and/or developed in these books. Moreover, it can be argued that unless students grasp the message of 1 and 2 Samuel, this will result in a truncated understanding of the Gospel.

This unit, then, is a fundamental part of your course. It is designed to enable you to grapple with both the details of the text and the grand themes which dominate 1 and 2 Samuel as a literary work. The unit will endeavour to enable you to read these two books sensitively, and to think through the implications of the theological issues which they raise.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

NT024 (English) and NT025 (Greek) – Other Writings (Philippians and 1 Peter)

Also NT206 (English) and NT207 (Greek) – Specialised Studies in New Testament: Other Writings (Philippians and 1 Peter)

This unit is intended to give students a firm grasp on two key letters of the New Testament: Philippians and 1 Peter. These are central texts of the New Testament and Christianity. The unit provides detailed study of selected passages from these texts, along with an examination of the teaching and purpose of the letters as a whole. For those studying the Greek text, your skills in Greek exegesis will be extended. For those studying the English text, a wider breadth of the letters will be covered.

This unit contributes to the course by examining two letters which address topics that are not covered so directly in other parts of the New Testament, namely Philippians and 1 Peter. Joy, Suffering, Salvation, Exile, and the fulfillment and culmination of God’s promises in Jesus are all themes that these two epistles share though they are developed in their own unique ways as we will see. These issues and others deal with biblical-theological themes which stretch all the way back to Genesis and are at the heart of the gospel message that both Peter and Paul expound in their own way. It has therefore been chosen by QTC as an important unit of study and one suitable for introducing the student to the work of one of the New Testament’s major writers.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT001 – Old Testament Foundations

Old Testament Foundations (OT001) amd Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT002) form the foundation upon which all further study of the Old Testament builds. They are thus concerned not so much with the critical issues of Old Testament studies, as with the biblical history as it is recorded in the Old Testament. The study is undertaken in the light of the various ancient contexts of the biblical narrative, illustrated by modern archaeological findings.

This unit will introduce students to key features of the contents and background of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1–2 Samuel, and 1–2 Kings).

This unit is worth 12 Credit Points.