Free Courses

Free Online Class

BMA is offering a free online course in the Fall of 2022. The course will be eight weeks long and includes various assignments and opportunities to interact with fellow students. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Free courses are not for credit and do not apply to any degrees. These courses are offered strictly for the educational benefit of the general public. Students will only receive a certificate of completion. Individuals who wish to take courses for credit or pursue a degree should apply for regular semester courses.

Old Testament Survey

  • This course is specifically designed for church workers who are Sunday School Teachers, youth workers, deacons, and all church members who want to improve their ability to study the Scriptures to better understand and put into practice the calling of God’s people.
  • There is ample opportunity for student interaction on the course topics through the weekly forums.  Students in one area of the world will be able to interact in class conversation with other students in another part of the world.
  • Students do not have to be “computer experts” to enroll in a FREE course.  The process is quite intuitive for the Moodle course platform. There is a little technology required. Read about it here.
  • Students may discover through this course they want to pursue a seminary degree. Several former FREE students have enrolled in BMA Seminary for degrees after completing the courses.

DESCRIPTION: Old Testament Survey

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This course is a general survey of the entire Old Testament, including history, geography, and literature.  The origin and growth of the Hebrew nation are emphasized.

By the end of the course you should:

  1. improve knowledge and understanding of important biblical and theological truths
  2. improve the ability to communicate biblical truths in the context of a local church
  3. improve leadership skills as required in the ministry of a local church

TEXTBOOKS: (Two textbooks required)

  1. The Holy Bible-Student selected English translation
  2. Encountering the Old Testament, ANY EDITION, Bill T Arnold and Bryan E Beyer, Baker Academic ISBN 978-0-8010-4953-8 (Text outline of first edition used by permission of Contracts and Permissions, Baker Publishing Group.)

Free Download Materials for the Course:

  • The Associational Baptist Church Manual (Cobb Manual revised)

Free Resources — Baptist Publishing House

  • Our Doctrine-A study of the doctrinal statement of the BMA of America

Free Resources — Baptist Publishing House

Supplemental books suggested (not required):

  • Holman Bible Atlas, Broadman and Holman Publishers, ISBN 1558197095)

Class Schedule

The class begins on/about September 1, 2022 and ending October 26, 2022.

The instructor suggests several from a church enroll together for group encouragement.

DELIVERY AND TERMS: This is NOT a self-paced course.  The instructor has assigned deadlines for specific assignments as shown in the assignment schedule.

Professor: Dr. Tony Cleaver

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