Full course description

Before learning about the historical and cultural contexts of the Bible in CMP02 - Survey of the Old Testament and CMP03 - Survey of the New Testament, students will spend time learning how to interpret and apply scripture properly. This is an introduction to the different literary forms of the Bible, so that scripture may be more faithfully read and understood.
This course places a great importance on observing scripture, and interpreting it within its appropriate textual contexts (cultural and historical contexts of scripture are largely set aside for the time being). It is not intended to indoctrinate students with a particular viewpoint, but rather to help them approach the Bible with open minds and honest desires to seek and receive its truth.

The authors of the textbook, call students to “undertake serious observation and to be honest about their background and their location. [Students] must be prepared to have their values and beliefs called into question by [the Bible]."
Certain areas in the course may be challenging for some, depending on student's personal faith and background, but overall this course should not be perceived as being intimidating.
Students will be asked to earnestly study scripture, and while the assessments for the course will be straightforward and simple, the greatest value will be received by those students who earnestly spend time in the directed studies of scripture.
This is an introductory course, and the first part of the Certificate of Ministry Program’s 6 core courses.

It is appropriate for anyone, regardless of academic background, and there are no pre-requisite courses.

Textbooks Used
For this course students will utilize one textbook which is provided.

    Duvall, J. Scott, and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. Zondervan, 2012
Time frame
This course is structured to be completed in 12 weeks, though a self-paced student's speed may vary based on individual learning pace and priorities.
What is included
The registration fee for this course is $200 plus a $10 technology fee which covers all technology fees, administration costs, course registration fees, and book fees. It is an all inclusive price that includes everything a student needs to pursue a Certificate of Ministry through Truett Seminary at Baylor University.
There are no additional fees, taxes, or additional paid resources that will be required.
About the Certificate of Ministry Program
The Certificate of Ministry Program (CMP) is meant to be a self-paced, distance learning program. Course work involves reading and using a variety of online and/or video resources, and then there are accessible assignments based on those materials. As a non-accredited program, academic grades and credit are not received, but quality feedback is provided for all assignments to foster effective learning and to offer encouraging motivation. Students are encouraged to participate in the online community for each course, and to pursue developing their own personal community of learning with the input of a mentor or peers.
Goals and Benefits
This program is here to shepherd you through a journey of growth in understanding and knowledge and you will have access to the a variety of resources and wisdom through the seminary community. Our goal is to help ministers and lay people of all kinds pursue knowledge, personal faith, and ministry effectiveness. In addition students become a part of the Truett Seminary community and the legacy of Truett and Baylor University.
We want our students to be equipped and confident in faith, understanding, and ministry effectiveness.