CLASSES

The Tampa Apostolic Bible Institute offers an array of classes in the following areas:

  • Bible
  • Doctrine
  • Christian Living
  • Ministerial Preparation

Each year is divided into 3 sessions; each session lasts 4 months.

Year 1: Course Descriptions

FALL SESSION

Homiletics 101 – 5 credits

This is the study of the art and science of preparing and delivering sermons, with an initial focus on the life and character of the preacher. Various classifications of sermons are examined, and the crafting of a sermon outline is discussed based on various principles.

Biblical Hermeneutics 101 – 6 credits

These are classes that deal with the science of Bible interpretation. They will show the various methods that are employed, but our emphasis is on the Grammatical-Historical Method. This course offers practical examples and their application to various scriptures.

The Doctrine of God – 3 credits

This is a study of the Mighty God in Christ as viewed from a oneness theology perspective. The Biblical view is emphasized to show that Jesus Christ of the New Testament is Jehovah God of the Old Testament.

The Geography of the Bible – 2 credits

This course is designed to make the student aware of the geography of Palestine and surrounding areas. The student will learn about important dates, times, characters, and people that impact the Biblical background. Cities and climate are also considered as being a factor in historical narratives.

WINTER SESSION

Bible Survey of the New Testament  - 6 credits

The student will travel through all the books of the New Testament to glean the most important topics of each book.

Systematic Theology 101 – 5 credits

This is primarily a study of the great doctrines of the Bible. The scientists gather information from nature and then develop some principles and laws. The student is taught to use the Bible to gather related relevant pieces of information and then conclude right doctrine, law or principle from them. The various facts are used to build a logical system.

Outreach Principles – 3 credits

The command of The Great Commission is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Corporate Outreach has many components and this course examines the effectiveness of various methods. One of the most effective ways is teaching Home Bible Studies.

Personal Preparation for Ministry  - 2 credits

Ministry is service. Every successful person must have a positive attitude. This is designed to prepare the potential minister with that winning culture so he can succeed. John Maxwell calls it "The Winning Attitude".

SUMMER SESSION

Leadership Principles 101 – 6 credits

This comprises a total of twenty hours and addresses the most important elements of Leadership, Characteristics of Leadership, Integrity, Resolution, Vision Setting, Delegating, and overcoming failure.

Preparation and Delivery of Sermons 101 - 5 credits

The student will continue to have hands on application to interact with preparing and preaching sermons. Feedback is given on various elements learned in Homiletics.

Personal Evangelism – 3 credits

Prospective ministers must have a body of work that includes personal soul winning. The focus of this subject is how to use tools such as home bible studies, personal witnessing, and prayer to become a soul winner.

Your Call – 2 credits

The call to ministry is usually a very challenging one; an even harder task is the call to pastor. Everyone that takes up that challenge must be able to look back at the time he felt the call of God on his life. Moses, through his difficulties of pastoring over two million people, could remember his call at the burning bush and wrote about it in Genesis.

Year 2: Course Descriptions

FALL SESSION

Homiletics 201 - 5 credits

This is as continuation of the previous Homiletics class, with a greater emphasis of the preacher as the master craftsman that puts together all the pieces: Bible doctrine, illustrations, personal experience and anointing to produce a compelling sermon. Students will have a chance to present and be critiqued by class members.

Ministerial Ethics - 3 credits

This is a class on how ministers must conduct their personal lives, with regards to how they deal with other ministers, how they deal with authority, and how they deal with people in general. The emphasis is on honesty and integrity. This class has a broader application than just those with a ministerial license.

Conducting the Service - 2 credits

The importance of a regular service is outlined. The various components of a service are discussed so as to make it effective. Various outlines can be contemplated.

Biblical Hermeneutics 201 - 6 credits

This course is a continuation of the previous Hermeneutics class, with emphasis on some important Hermeneutical principles, like the principles of First Mention, the Dispensational view of the Bible, the Ethnic Division, etc.

WINTER SESSION

Bible Survey of the Old Testament  - 6 credits

This is a panoramic view of the 39 books of the Old Testament highlighting the most salient themes and events of each book.

Systematic Theology 201 - 5 credits

This course is a continuation of the study of the great doctrines of the Bible, how they are based on Scripture, and the process a student must follow to construct right doctrine based on a logical Biblical foundation.

Good Communication Skills - 2 credits

This class designed to help students evaluate and improve their style of communication using various media.

Ministering in Special Services - 2 credits

The student is instructed in conducting services such as funerals, weddings, and baby dedications.

Role of Education - 1 credit

Education is an important component of service and ministry preparation. Christians should be motivated to be lifelong learners using all the resources available today.

SUMMER SESSION

Leadership Principles 201 - 6 credits

This is a continuation of the pervious Leadership courses, covering important elements of Leadership, Characteristics of Leadership, Integrity, Resolution, Vision Setting, Delegating, and overcoming failure.

Preparation and Delivery of Sermons 201 - 5 credits

The student will continue to have hands on application to interact with preparing and preaching sermons. Feedback is given on various elements learned in Homiletics 101 and 201.

The Life of Christ 1 - 5 credits

This is a study of the three years of Jesus' ministry. It is broken down into time and geography. This includes a review of His Galilean, Judean, and Perean ministry phases.

Year 3: Course Descriptions

FALL SESSION

Eschatology - 5 credits

This is the study of last things. The Scriptures have much to say about future events such as the reign of Christ, the resurrection, the judgment, and the destiny of mankind. This study examines these very interesting subjects.

Christian Counseling - 5 credits

Since counseling has become part of the ministry, the principles and the art of counseling is examined from a Christian perspective. A Biblical model of man is contrasted with secular psychological theories. Guidelines and helpful hints are suggested for effective counseling.

The Multicultural Church - 3 credits

God has called the Apostolic church to preach the Gospel to every demographic. This course is designed to highlight the need for intentional multiculturalism in our approach to ministry.

Church Business Administration – 3 credits

In order to do an effective work in building a church, there must be an effective administration. Principles of how to set up a functioning office are taught as well as legal and financial considerations.

WINTER SESSION

Leadership Principles 301 - 4 credits

This course concludes de Leadership series of classes as described earlier, covering philosophical and practical aspects of leadership in the church.

Systematic Theology 301 - 4 credits

This is primarily a study of the great doctrines of the Bible. The scientists gather information from na­ture and then develop some principles and laws. The student is taught to use the Bible to gather related bits and pieces of information and then draw the relevant doctrine, law or principle from them. The various facts are used to build a logical system.

Man's Religions – 3 credits

This is an overview of various religions across the world.

Gifts of the Spirit – 3 credits

This course is an examination of the various gifts as seen in the scriptures and how they relate to the overall health of the local church. In addition, it offers a more specific study of the nine gifts of the Holy Ghost. Each gift is examined, defined and examples are given of its outworking.

The Life of Christ 2 - 2 credits

A continuation of the study of the three years of Jesus' ministry. It is broken down into time and geography. This includes a review of His Galilean, Judean, and Perean ministry phases.

SUMMER SESSION

Christian service track

Assimilation and Retention – 4 credits

A study of factors that help new converts fit into the life of the church, and how to close the back door to members leaving to achieve steady growth in the church. Issues and practical applications will be discussed.

Altar Worker’s Class - 4 credits

A practical preparation for those that will be working in the Apostolic altar to help seekers realize their need and lead them through repentance and baptisms.

Church Service – Volunteerism - 4 credits

All church members are called to serve even if they are not part of the paid staff. This course will cover principles of Christian service and how to work with volunteers for maximum effectiveness.

Church Service Practicum – 2 credits

A hands-on experience over four months serving in some capacity in the local church while applying principles learned in previous classes.

Teaching a Home Bible Study - 2 credits

Knowing how to share the gospel with someone is an important ability for every Christian. General principles will be discussed, and various Apostolic Bible Studies will be surveyed.

Ministry track

The Christian Pastorate - 5 credits

This course describes the life of the typical pastor, including the work of a minister, manager, and leader. This is a down to earth look into a pastor's life and some pitfalls of pastoring an Apostolic church.

Church Growth Principles - 5 credits

This is a course that examines some of the more cogent principles involved in church growth. A review of church health, church systems and characteristics that promote steady growth.

Planting  Churches - 4 credits

This course examines important factors to consider when starting a church. An examination of factors for success such as the planter’s character and vision, support and mentoring, and the process for successful church startups.

Doctrinal Preaching - 2 credits

An emphasis is made on the essentials of preaching the Apostolic Doctrine. This class is distinctively apostolic.