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Dying to Overcome-Every day

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And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 NKJV While reading through Galatians again, the part of this passage about even our desires being crucified jumped out at me. I have studied with people who tell me that even though they stopped smoking, the desire to smoke [Click to read more ]

HopeSS: The Two Covenants

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You can view an in-depth discussion of The Two Covenants in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School [Click to read more ]

Are Adventists Old-Covenant Christians? (part 4)

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In the previous two posts,1 we reviewed the major systems of covenant thought in the Protestant tradition. We split the systems into categories A and B A being those that affirm the perpetuity of the law and B representing those that reject the perpetuity of the law. We also saw how Adventism s understanding of [Click to read more ]

Sabbath: Freedom in Christ

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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 5:1-15; 1 Cor. 6:20; Rom. 8:1; Heb. 2:14-15; Rom. 8:4; Rom. 13:8. Memory Text: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13, ESV). In Galatians 2:4, Paul briefly referred to the importance of protecting the “freedom” that we have [Click to read more ]

Friday: Further Study The Two Covenants

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Read Ellen G. White, “The Law and the Covenants,” pp. 363-373, in Patriarchs and Prophets. “But if the Abrahamic covenant contained the promise of redemption, why was another covenant formed at Sinai? In their bondage the people had to a great extent lost the knowledge of God and of the principles of the Abrahamic covenant. . [Click to read more ]

10: The Two Covenants Discussion starters

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The common view of law and grace. Many Christians accept only the New Testament as the basis for their belief in the gospel of Jesus. How do these Christians view the giving of the law on Mt. Sanai? What is wrong about this approach to salvation? The two covenants, your lesson declares, are not linked [Click to read more ]

Singing with Inspiration Lesson 10: The Two Covenants

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Hymn 109, “Marvelous Grace of our Loving Lord” comes directly from the introduction to the weeks’ lesson study and threads its way through the lesson study for the whole week. Sunday’s lesson states that “God dealt with humanity by means of a series of covenant promises that centered on a coming Redeemer” with these hymns [Click to read more ]

Thursday: Ishmael and Isaac Today

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Paul’s brief sketch of Israel’s history was designed to counter the arguments made by his opponents who claimed that they were the true descendants of Abraham and that Jerusalem — the center of Jewish Christianity and the law — was their mother. The Gentiles, they charged, were illegitimate; if they wanted to become true followers [Click to read more ]

Wednesday: Hagar and Mt. Sinai (Gal. 4:21-31)

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What type of covenant relationship did God want to establish with His people at Sinai? What similarities does it share with God’s promise to Abraham? Exod. 6:2-8, Exod. 19:3-6, Deut. 32:10-12. God desired to share the same covenant relationship with the children of Israel at Sinai that He shared with Abraham. In fact, similarities exist between God’s words to [Click to read more ]

Tuesday: Abraham, Sarah and Hagar

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Why does Paul have such a disparaging view of the incident with Hagar? Gal. 4:21-31, Gen. 16. What crucial point about salvation is Paul making through his use of this Old Testament story? Hagar was an Egyptian slave in Abram’s household. Hagar’s place in the Genesis story is directly related to Abram’s failure to believe God’s promise. [Click to read more ]

Monday: The Abrahamic Covenant

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What covenant promises did God make to Abram in Genesis 12:1-5? What was Abram’s response? God’s initial promises to Abram make up one of the more powerful passages in the Old Testament. These verses all are about God’s grace. It is God, not Abram, who makes the promises. Abram had done nothing to earn or merit [Click to read more ]

Sunday: Covenant Basics

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Many regard Paul’s interpretation of the history of Israel in Galatians 4:21-31 as the most difficult passage in his letter. That’s because it is a highly complex argument that requires a broad knowledge of Old Testament persons and events. The first step in making sense of this passage is to have a basic understanding of an Old [Click to read more ]

Sabbath: The Two Covenants

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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 4:21-31; Gen. 1:28; Gen. 2:2-3; Gen. 3:15; Gen. 15:1-6; Exod. 6:2-8; Exod. 19:3-6. Memory Text: “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother” (Galatians 4:26, NIV). Christians who reject the authority of the Old Testament often see the giving of the law on Sinai as inconsistent with the gospel. They conclude that the [Click to read more ]

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Certificate in Ministry #certificate #in #ministry, #cim, #austin


Certificate In Ministry (CIM)

The Certificate in Ministry is a primarily online program for church leaders and others seeking substantive theological education but who are not planning to pursue study in a degree program. Seven courses are required to complete the certificate program.

Anyone who seeks theological preparation for church leadership or wishes to enrich his/her personal theological understanding will be well-served by the CIM program. In particular, the CIM may meet requirements for Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and for leadership in other Christian traditions.


  • Church History (online)
  • Reading the Bible Theologically (online)
  • Worship and Preaching (online with some on campus instruction)
  • Christian Education (online with some on campus instruction)
  • Pastoral Care and Leadership (online)
  • Ministry Foundations in Bible and Theology (online)


  • PC(USA) Polity (online)
  • Comparative Religion (online)
  • Introducing Christian Ethics (online)
  • Effective Church Leadership
  • Evangelism
  • Additional courses are in development


Spring 2017: March 27 June 2
Application Deadline is February 10

CIM.03R Worship and Preaching, taught by Professor Carolyn Helsel
CIM.06R Ministry Foundations in Bible and Theology, taught by Professor John Alsup

Fall 2017. Sept 5 Nov 10
Application Deadline is July 14

CIM.04R Christian Education, taught by Professor David White
CIM.09E Introducing Christian Ethics, taught by Professor Asante Todd


If you are interested in this program, please click on the “Application” link below. You may register for courses as soon as you have been admitted to the program; please allow up to two weeks to process your application.