Do you have a desire to learn?
Why not try one of our 5-week evening classes?
Manchester Bible School aims to provide accessible courses equipping people with a deeper knowledge and practical applications of the Bible and theology in a context of fellowship. No previous academic qualifications are required – just a desire to learn. This is a great and affordable way to experience an introduction to further theological education.
The courses are suitable for Christians with a basic grounding in the faith, but who want to increase their knowledge of God’s Word to help them in their Christian lives and service. Some courses aim to introduce topics, while others will build on previous courses to deepen engagement with the topic.
Courses are offered on Monday evenings over two 5-week periods; one in the autumn, the other in the spring, from 7:30pm-9:30pm including a mid-session coffee break. They are held in the Emmanuel Centre here at NTC.
Autumn Courses Start September 24th, 2018, 7.30pm
(September 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd)
Option 1: A Walk through the Bible (Old Testament)
This is a great introductory course for anyone wanting to explore the big picture of the story of God presented through the Old Testament of the Bible. Using a range of resources, and in a fun and interactive way, this course will provide space for people to ask questions and learn together in a friendly environment. It seeks to help people grow deeper in their encounter with Scripture and understanding the Bible through the characters and events of the Old Testament.
Mark Tomlinson has been a Christian since he was 12 and has been in Children’s & Youth ministry for over 40 years. Since 1989 he has been in full-time ministry, firstly through Covenanters, which was a church-based charity supporting churches in their children’s and youth work and for the last 18 years as a self-employed children’s specialist, throughout the UK but particularly in the Northwest. He has been based at St. Mary’s Cheadle for the last 30 years, particularly heading up the children’s work. He is a ‘Bible Explorer’ presenter and has a particular passion for Bible Overview.
Option 2: The Theology of the Book of Leviticus
The Book of Leviticus is often overlooked in our reading of the Bible. However, Leviticus contains many crucial theological concepts for Christian life and theology, such as Tabernacle and sacrifice, atonement, purification, and the Laws of the Holiness and the Holy Kingdom. All of these are important for our understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry as well as enabling a deeper understanding of scripture. This course seeks to enable people to put to one side any hesitations they may have about studying this book and to delve into the book in a supportive learning environment.
Dr Byungha Kim is an experienced teacher and pastor with a passion for Biblical studies. He has lectured and pastored churches in the UK and South Korea over the last 25 years and has a desire to serve in helping equip people to explore and deepen their understanding of the living Word of God.
Option 3: ‘Love your Enemies’? A History of the Church’s Engagement with Violent Conflict
When asked a question about revenge, justice, and retribution, Jesus responded, ‘love your enemies, and do good to those who persecute you.’ In the course of 2,000 years of history, the Church has had mixed responses to this call of Jesus. At times the Church has engaged in violent conflict and at other times the Church has disengaged. From Bishop Augustine’s use of the Roman army as an instrument of insuring orthodoxy, to the Mennonites who removed themselves from society and ‘conscientiously object’ to military service, the history of the Church is filled with mixed responses to violent conflict. This course will explore a number of violent conflicts in world history where the Church played a major role. In this centenary year, a highlight of the course will be a focused look at The Great War.
Revd Dr Joseph Wood is an ordained Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene in Ashton. His goal as a teacher of church history is to enable students to see the rich heritage the Christian faith is called both to embody and lament. Learning about who we were is integral to developing who we are.
Each course costs £30, or £20 for the unwaged.
Register online HERE
Spring Courses Start on March 4th, 2019
(March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and April 1st)
Option 1: God’s Masterpiece. How your everyday work finds ultimate purpose and joy in Jesus Christ.
Tracing the Bible’s big themes of creation, fall, redemption and recreation we’ll explore how our faith in Jesus impacts work. Whether you’re just starting work or nearing retirement; paid or unpaid; permanent, part-time, freelance or shift based; successful or struggling… God’s good plan for work is for all of us.
Revd Peter Horlock is the Co-Director at Ministry 2 Business & Business Missioner in Manchester Diocese and Chaplain for Manchester City FC. www.ministry2business.co.uk
Option 2: Introduction to the Historical Books of the Old Testament
Through this course, you will have the opportunity to focus on the 12 books of the Bible known as the Historical Books. This course will look at over 600 years of Israel’s history and the lessons that helped to prepare God’s people for the coming of Jesus the Messiah. You will meet some fascinating characters such as Joshua, Esther, Jeremiah, Ruth, and Ezra who will illuminate the story of God’s people from the occupation of Canaan through the rise and fall of the northern and southern kingdoms, and the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem in the Persian period.
Jonathan Dawson is the pastor at Ford’s Lane Evangelical Church in Bramhall. With many years of experience working, teaching and preaching in church and community, Jonathan is passionate about the Word of God and helping to make this relevant and accessible for everyone.
Option 3: Atonement Studies: Unpacking the Many Victories Jesus Achieved on the Cross.
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross, why couldn’t he just preach and ascend into heaven and avoid this horrible death? Do we only need to focus on Jesus taking away our guilt, or is reconciliation, defeating Satan, and so on, just as important? Jesus’ sacrifice is so important and the foundation of the Christian faith, and by exploring such questions, it can allow
us to connect more with God and the many victories he won for us. This will also enable us to worship the Lord Jesus with more appreciation, and discuss it with others with increased confidence.
André Adefope grew up in London and is currently living in Manchester. He has over 15 years experience preaching and teaching, and has been part of many charities involved in evangelism, discipleship, and community transformation. He’s the author of Same Cross New Questions and The Dating Dilemma. He currently works for the Naked Truth Project.
Each course costs £30, or £20 for the unwaged.
Register online HERE
For enquiries, please contact:
MBS Secretary, Fiona Montague firstname.lastname@example.org
Nazarene Theological College email@example.com