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ECLEA Courses

1 Timothy | Biblical Counseling | Biblical Eschatology | Biblical Interpretation | Biblical Marriage & Parenting | Biblical Stewardship | Biblical TheologyChristianity and Islam | The Church | Expository Preaching | Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Good Christian & Bible-related websites. ECLEA has put together (and regularly updates) a list of good internet Christian and Bible-related websites, including Bible-study sites and websites featuring commentaries, sermons, and articles, apologetics, historical writings, scholarly theology journals, articles and sermons in non-English languages, and websites dedicated to informing about and answering Islam. This list may be accessed HERE.

ECLEA's Courses & Teaching Books. Because most East African pastors lack good theological materials, one key to having a long-term impact is to provide good written theological materials and to have them translated into the major East African languages. ECLEA Director Jonathan Menn typically is back in the US for approximately 6-8 weeks between trips to East Africa. He spends most of that time developing new courses, revising existing courses, and working with African translators. These courses are designed to be practical and go to the heart of what church leaders need to shepherd their people and do their jobs well. The following is a list of ECLEA’s current courses and brief descriptions of the course books:

You may read or download current free course books as PDF files below course descriptions. Many are available in several languages. More translations are under construction.


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1 Timothy

First Timothy is one of the most important books in the New Testament, both doctrinally and practically. It deals with the most important aspects of our faith: salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; the importance of prayer; the qualifications to be a leader in the church; and the centrality of Jesus. The book also deals with important practical issues: true versus false teaching; spiritually disciplining one’s life; rebuking and counseling people; the church’s responsibility to the poor and needy; issues involving church elders; and the gospel and money. This volume contains a detailed outline of, and commentary on, the book of 1 Timothy. The “Inductive Training Manual” is a series of questions on each section of 1 Timothy, designed for small group discussion, to help Christians in general and church leaders in particular evaluate their own spiritual lives and the condition of their churches.

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Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling is an important part of a pastor’s responsibilities. This manual presents the basics of Biblical Counseling. It covers the most important aspects of Biblical Counseling in a practical way: the goal and nature of Biblical Counseling; the nature of God and people; the characteristics and activities of biblical counselors; and a strategy for a short-term counseling relationship. The focus of this manual is on the skills of a biblical counselor: attending skills and communication skills: understanding; listening; and empathy. Specific problems that are frequently encountered in counseling are discussed, as are problems that often arise, and suggestions for personal soul care. Case studies and counseling forms are attached to assist the biblical counselor.

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Biblical Eschatology

Biblical Eschatology is the study of the “last things.” This study includes sections on how to interpret prophecy and apocalyptic and the importance of eschatology. It discusses the Bible’s overall eschatological structure, how the OT fits together with the NT, provides an historical overview of eschatological thought, with particular emphasis on the apostolic and post-apostolic fathers, and deals with such major themes as the Antichrist, the millennium, the “rapture,” and the Second Coming of Christ. The major systems of eschatological thought are discussed, and the most important portions of Scripture that deal with eschatology are surveyed, including Ezekiel 40-48, Daniel 9:24-27, Zechariah 14, the Olivet Discourse, Romans 11:25-26, and the book of Revelation. Helpful tables and appendices are attached.

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An expanded version of this book has been published by Wipf & Stock Publishers. Print and Kindle editions are available and may be ordered from multiple online booksellers, or directly from the publisher by phone (541-344-1528) or email (orders@wipfandstock.com).
                                                                  
 
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Biblical Interpretation

This course provides a description and explanation of the principles of how to understand and interpret the Bible truly and accurately. Included are the nature of the Bible, theories of biblical translation, descriptions of the major biblical genres, principles of hermeneutics and exegesis, and a focus on applying the biblical text today. Examples of the principles of interpretation and application are liberally provided.

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Biblical Marriage & Parenting

This course and  Christ-centered biblical exposition and application of God’s revelation concerning marriage and parenting, covering its institution, purposes, our roles and responsibilities with particular attention to relationships, communication, sex, parenting, family planning, and divorce.

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Biblical Stewardship

This course is an exposition and application of God’s Word concerning biblical stewardship, which covers the meaning, creation, and nature of biblical stewardship, and our roles and responsibilities as stewards in major areas of our lives. Particular attention is given to stewardship of the environment, our minds, time, bodies, relationships, money and possessions, and the church: its basic mission and purpose; the church and finances; and the church’s responsibility to the poor and needy.

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Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology is the basic story-line of the Bible, from the creation of the world and humanity in Genesis, through the fall of humanity into sin and its aftermath, and the history of God’s progressive redemption of humanity, culminating in the new heavens and new earth in Revelation. The Bible tells a coherent story, with Jesus Christ at its heart. Biblical Theology looks at major themes that run throughout the entire Bible, focusing on God’s relationship with humanity. It also shows how Christ and the church are the fulfillment of the covenants, promises, prophecies, and institutions begun in the Old Testament. Maps, timelines, and summaries are attached as helpful aids.

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Christianity and Islam

Christianity and Islam: Theological Essentials is an examination of Islam from a Christian perspective and a comparison of major Christian and Islamic doctrines. It includes examinations of Islam’s basic authorities, beliefs, sects, and history and comparisons of Jesus and Muhammad, sin and salvation according to Christianity and Islam, Yahweh and Allah, and the Bible and the Qur’an. This analysis reveals Islam’s commonalities with and differences from Christianity. Many Muslim sources are cited and quoted from. The bibliography indicates which sources are written by Muslims, ex-Muslims, and non-Muslims. Appendices include the chronological order in which the Qur’an’s surahs were given, examples from the Hadith of what Muhammad requires and prohibits Muslims to do and believe, and the 99 names of Allah.

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The Church

The Church: Its Nature, Mission, and Purpose concerns the only organization Jesus Christ founded. The church is more than simply an organization: it is “the body of Christ”—the visible manifestation of Christ on the earth. As such, the church is of supreme importance. This book discusses the nature of the church, its characteristics, organization, leadership, and administration (church discipline, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper). It also explains the four primary missions and purposes of the church: worship; discipleship; mission; and unity (wholeness). Appendices include an historical survey of the doctrine of the church and a list and description of discipleship resources and courses available for free online.

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Expository Preaching

Expository preaching—i.e., how to expound, preach, and apply the Bible well—is described and demonstrated. The importance of the preacher’s own life is explained. Each aspect of a good sermon, from the introduction, through the proposition and exposition, to the applications and conclusion, is analyzed and made clear. How to prepare and organize a good sermon is examined, different organizational models are presented, and detailed sermon outlines are included. What makes communication persuasive, and the preacher’s style, are discussed.


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Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Forgiveness and reconciliation are at the heart of Christ’s ministry to us, and are to be at the heart of our approach to others. This course deals with the important Scriptural bases of forgiveness and reconciliation. It discusses what forgiveness and reconciliation are and what they are not as well as how reconciliation differs from forgiveness. Practical reasons why forgiveness and reconciliation are discussed and practical models for how to forgive and how to reconcile are included. Also covered are the relationship of forgiveness and repentance and the issue of forgiving oneself.

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Dr. Everett L. Worthington, Jr. of Virginia Commonwealth University has spent his professional life studying the issue of forgiveness. He has developed a 6-hour small-group course to promote forgiveness (which can be expanded to 12 or 18 hours) entitled Experiencing Forgiveness: Six Practical Sessions for Becoming a More Forgiving Christian. Dr. Worthington has graciously permitted ECLEA to include both the Leader’s Manual and the Participant Manual on the ECLEA website.

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