Introduction

The Certificate in Theology is designed to be flexible, allowing students to study individually or in a group and at their own pace, completing an assessment at the end of the term which is credited towards their certificate. Equip Gospel Ministries (Equip) recommends study in groups and provides groups and teachers to help students get the most out of the programme. The materials used for the programme are part of a well-established distance learning course from Moore Theological College in Sydney that is used throughout the world.

Start with Bible Overview!

Bible Overview is the first subject in the Certificate in Theology programme. It provides an overview of the entire Bible, plus helpful hints on how to understand its main themes. Check out the intro clip below.

Subject Delivery

(Disclaimer: Equip-MBS Certificate in Theology is only able to accept those who are currently residing in Malaysia (regardless of nationality). A Malaysian citizen currently living in another country will not be able to register for this programme either.)

Anyone (age 15 and above) who wishes to study and understand God’s word better is welcome to enrol in the programme.

Every student has their own learning style, and Equip seeks to support students through the following methods:

  • Taught classes (Online/Online)
    Most students learn best by attending a class physically. Classes are run in different host churches throughout Malaysia.
  • Intensive classes
    Occasionally, Equip offers intensive classes over two weekends, e.g. Friday 8pm-10pm, and Saturday 9am-4pm. These intensive classes can also be credited as one unit (if exams are sat). An additional RM 20 will be charged for lunch fee.
      There are three terms each year:
      Term 115th January to 30th March
      Term 215th May to 31st July
      Term 315th September to 30th November

      Host a class

      If you are interested in hosting a class in your church, we require a minimum of 15 people to commit to attending the class. If you can fulfill that number, please fill out the form here to express your interest.

      Academic Requirements

      There are no prior academic requirements. However, students should be aware that the programme is roughly of ‘A’ level standard and proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

      Students should be prepared to spend about five hours each week studying the subject.

      It is recommended that students spend approximately five hours a week per subject (including two hours of class time).

      If you have any concerns over your ability to undertake a subject, please contact us for more information on additional study support.

      Cost Per Subject

      Each subject costs RM 380. However, Equip offers a subsidised fee (inclusive of exam fees):
      Normal – RM 160 per subject
      Concession – RM 110 per subject

      Concession rates are meant for students, ministry workers, pensioners, or unemployed folks. If you are a working adult, please pay the normal rate.

      Re-enrolment rate is applicable if you have done the subject previously. Please note that you will not receive a new textbook.

      Full-time Christian workers and those undergoing financial difficulty should contact us for information on further concessions or financial aid. For financial please download and fill in the scholarship form before contacting us.

       

      Graduation

      Information about graduation procedures may be found here.

      Read Testimonials from some of our graduates here.

      Programme Structure

      Main AwardsPoints required
      Equip-MBS Certificate of TheologyTotal 18 points
      Equip-MBS Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC)6 points
      Equip-MBS Intermediate Theological Certificate (ITC)6 points
      Equip-MBS Certificate in Theology (Th.C)6 points

      To fulfill the requirements for the certificate, students need to complete 6 subjects each in the Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced Levels respectively. After 6 subjects at the Preliminary Level, the student will receive a Preliminary Certificate in Theology. After completing any other 6 the student will receive an Intermediate Certificate in Theology and after completing another 6 the student will be awarded the Certificate in Theology from Equip.

      Subjects

      Please find below a list of subjects required for each level of the Equip Certificate in Theology. Students must register for ‘Bible Overview’ before proceeding to other subjects.

      Please note that not all subjects are on offer each term.

      * Same subject completed previously will only be counted once towards a credit.

      Preliminary Theological CertificateIntermediate Theological CertificateAdvanced Theological Certificate
      Bible OverviewPromise to FulfilmentEarly Church history
      Doctrine 1Christian WorshipReformation Church History
      New Testament 1Prayer BookDoctrine 3
      EphesiansNew Testament 2Apologetics
      Old Testament 1RomansChristian Ethics
      One of the following:Old Testament 2New Testament 3
      Promise to FulfilmentDoctrine 2New Testament 4
      Christian WorshipOne of the following:The Gospel According to John
      Early Church historyOld Testament 3
      Reformation Church HistoryOld Testament 4
      Historical Theology

       

      Preliminary Level (6 subjects to complete)

      * Compulsory to complete for Certificate

      *BT111 Foundation: Bible Overview (Pre-requisite)

      An overview of the entire Bible, plus helpful hints on how to understand its main themes.

      Syllabus
      1. The Book of Books
      2. Interpreting the Bible
      3. From creation to new creation
      4. Israel and God’s purposes
      5. The promised land and God’s good purposes writings
      6. The Kingdom of David & God’s purpose
      7. God’s purpose renewed
      8. Jesus the fulfiller of God’s purpose
      9. The Gospel for the nations
      10. Awaiting the fulfilment – The Apostles’

      *CT101 Doctrine 1

      We explore the Bible’s teaching about God – how we get to know him, what he is like, what he has done for us.

      Syllabus
      1. The Gospel of God
      2. Knowing God
      3. Sources for the knowledge of God
      4. The Bible as the Word of God
      5. The God we know (1)
      6. The God we know (2): the Trinity
      7. The God who creates
      8. The God who saves
      9. The God who rules history
      10. The God who renews

      *NT111 New Testament 1

      Exploring God’s purposes in sending Christ. Getting to know Jesus through the Gospel of Mark.

      Syllabus
      1. The gospel and the Gospels
      2. Prepare the way for the Lord
      3. The Kingdom of God is near
      4. Jesus spoke to them in parables
      5. Jesus cares for the perishing
      6. Responding to Jesus
      7. Following Jesus on the ‘way’
      8. Jesus comes to Jerusalem
      9. The Coming of the Son of Man
      10. The King and his Kingdom

      *NT112 Ephesians

      This letter teaches us that we can only understand the present by relating it to what God has done in the past, and therefore to his intentions for the future. Ephesians presents a big picture, with cosmic dimensions, of God and his world for us to take in.

      Syllabus
      1. Why write to the Ephesians
      2. The big picture of God’s salvation
      3. The Christian and the Church
      4. The mystery in focus
      5. The new humanity: in church
      6. The new humanity: the old self and the new self
      7. The new humanity: out of darkness into light
      8. The new humanity: living by God’s wisdom
      9. The new humanity: living in the overlap of the ages
      10. To sum up all things in Christ

      *OT111 Old Testament 1

      Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy together. What do they teach? What holds them together.

      Syllabus
      1. Creation and God’s purposes
      2. Rebellion and judgement
      3. The patriarchs
      4. The book of Exodus
      5. The redemption of Israel
      6. Israel at Sinai
      7. The sacrificial system
      8. The book of Numbers
      9. The book of Deuteronomy
      10. Major ideas in Deuteronomy

      BT121 Promise to Fulfilment (optional)

      This module is designed to help students interpret the Bible and so is particularly useful for those who are involved in any teaching ministry.

      Syllabus
      1. Biblical Theology
      2. Jesus and the Old Testament
      3. Abraham and the Children of Promise 1
      4. Abraham and the Children of Promise 2
      5. Exodus and God’s Redemption 1
      6. Exodus and God’s Redemption 2
      7. The King of God’s Kingdom
      8. The Covenant of Grace
      9. The Gospel for the Nations
      10. The Eternal Inheritance

      CW111 Christian Worship (optional)

      What is the biblical meaning of ‘worship’? How will that meaning be expressed?

      Syllabus
      1. Worship in the Old Testament
      2. Worship under the New Covenant
      3. Why the early Christians met together
      4. The Lord’s Supper
      5. The Development of Liturgies
      6. Continental Reformation Liturgies
      7. British Reformation Liturgies
      8. Modern Liturgies
      9. Hearing God’s Word
      10. Singing Together​

      Intermediate Level (6 subjects to complete)

      * Same subject completed previously will only be counted once towards a credit.

      BT121 Promise to Fulfilment

      This module is designed to help students interpret the Bible and so is particularly useful for those who are involved in any teaching ministry.

      Syllabus
      1. Biblical Theology
      2. Jesus and the Old Testament
      3. Abraham and the Children of Promise 1
      4. Abraham and the Children of Promise 2
      5. Exodus and God’s Redemption 1
      6. Exodus and God’s Redemption 2
      7. The King of God’s Kingdom
      8. The Covenant of Grace
      9. The Gospel for the Nations
      10. The Eternal Inheritance

      CW111 Christian Worship

      What is the biblical meaning of ‘worship’? How will that meaning be expressed?

      Syllabus
      1. Worship in the Old Testament
      2. Worship under the New Covenant
      3. Why the early Christians met together
      4. The Lord’s Supper
      5. The Development of Liturgies
      6. Continental Reformation Liturgies
      7. British Reformation Liturgies
      8. Modern Liturgies
      9. Hearing God’s Word
      10. Singing Together​

      CH121 Early Church History

      Early Church History takes a look at the life of the church (its struggles, persecution, and consolidation) through the first five centuries AD.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to Early Church History
      2. Apostles and ‘Apostolic Fathers’
      3. Challengers and Champions: Heresies in the first centuries
      4. Christian Life: 2nd and 3rd centuries
      5. The Hour of Trial: Persecutions of the Early Church
      6. A New Era: Accepted and Respected
      7. Trinitarian Controversies
      8. Men and Women of East and West
      9. The Road to Chalcedon: Christological Controversies
      10. Popes, Monks and Missionaries

      CH122 Reformation Church History

       

      The Reformation was the time when the gospel was rediscovered. Learn how Christians found the freedom that Christ brings.

      Syllabus
      1. The medieval Background
      2. Martin Luther
      3. Lay Reformation in the cities
      4. The radical Reformation
      5. John Calvin & international Calvinism
      6. The papal Reformation
      7. The monarchical Reformation in England
      8. Liturgical Reformation & Marion Counter Reformation
      9. Elizabethan England & international
      10. Scotland and Presbyterianism

      CW121 Prayer Book

      A historical and theological exploration of why and how Anglicans meet together.

      Syllabus 1. What really is worship?
      2. Why gather together?
      3. The Lord’s Supper
      4. The first English Prayer Book
      5. The second English Prayer Book
      6. The Prayer Book from 1552 to 1662
      7. Modern Anglican Prayer Books
      8. Morning and Evening Prayer
      9. Baptism and Confirmation
      10. Occasional services

      NT121 New Testament 2

      We trace how the risen and ascended Christ continues to achieve his gospel purposes through the events of the book of Acts.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles
      2. The beginning of the church
      3. The Church and the Jewish authorities
      4. The Church begins to expand
      5. The beginnings of the Gentile mission
      6. The mission to Asia Minor and its repercussions
      7. Paul’s missionary campaign in Macedonia & Achaia
      8. Paul’s missionary campaign in Asia Minor
      9. Paul’s arrest and imprisonment Part 1
      10. Paul’s arrest and imprisonment Part 2

      NT122 Romans

      Romans opens up the central truths of the gospel. This book has changed many lives. Some of these lives have changed history. A detailed walk through the book of Romans in this module.

      Syllabus
      1. The background of the letter
      2. Why we need the gospel
      3. How God meets our need
      4. The fruit of justification
      5. The Christian and sin
      6. The Christian and God’s law
      7. Life in the Spirit
      8. The problem of Israel’s unbelief
      9. Jews and Gentiles in the plan of God
      10. Love in action

      OT121 Old Testament 2

      This unit considers the Former Prophets from Joshua to 2 Kings.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to the former prophets
      2. The book of Joshua
      3. The book of Judges
      4. 1 Samuel 1–12 Samuel and the beginnings of the monarchy
      5. 1 Samuel 13-31
      6. 2 Samuel
      7. 1 Kings 1-11
      8. 1 Kings 12—2 Kings 17 Israel and Judah
      9. 1 Kings 17—2 Kings 13
      10. 2 Kings 18-25

      CT121 Doctrine 2

      Who is Jesus Christ? What is the nature of sin? How did Christ’s death deal with sin?

      Syllabus

      1. Adam: Man of Dust
      2. Adam: Man in Sin
      3. Christ: The Man from Heaven
      4. Christ Crucified
      5. Christ Exalted
      6. The Spirit of God
      7. The Call of God
      8. Turning to God
      9. The Justice of God
      10. God’s Choice

      Advanced Level (6 subjects to complete)

      * Same subject completed previously under Intermediate Level will only be counted once.

      CH121 Early Church History

      Early Church History takes a look at the life of the church (its struggles, persecution, and consolidation) through the first five centuries AD.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to Early Church History
      2. Apostles and ‘Apostolic Fathers’
      3. Challengers and Champions: Heresies in the first centuries
      4. Christian Life: 2nd and 3rd centuries
      5. The Hour of Trial: Persecutions of the Early Church
      6. A New Era: Accepted and Respected
      7. Trinitarian Controversies
      8. Men and Women of East and West
      9. The Road to Chalcedon: Christological Controversies
      10. Popes, Monks and Missionaries

      CH122 Reformation Church History

       

      The Reformation was the time when the gospel was rediscovered. Learn how Christians found the freedom that Christ brings.

      Syllabus
      1. The medieval Background
      2. Martin Luther
      3. Lay Reformation in the cities
      4. The radical Reformation
      5. John Calvin & international Calvinism
      6. The papal Reformation
      7. The monarchical Reformation in England
      8. Liturgical Reformation & Marion Counter Reformation
      9. Elizabethan England & international
      10. Scotland and Presbyterianism

      CT131 Doctrine 3

      The Church. What it is and what does it do in the purposes of God? Attention is paid to Christian worship, baptism and the Lord’s supper.

      Syllabus
      1. The Church (1): The Nature of the Church
      2. The Church (2): God’s Calling of the Church
      3. The Church (3): The Fellowship of the Church
      4. The Church (4): The Continuity of the Church
      5. The Church (5): The Church & Denominations
      6. Christian Worship
      7. The Lord’s Supper
      8. Baptism
      9. The Ministry
      10. False Ministries

      ET131 Apologetics

      How do we answer people’s questions about Christianity? This unit presents guidelines on how to develop a reasoned biblical approach.

      Syllabus
      1. The Christian Apologist
      2. Varieties of approach
      3. Faith and reason
      4. Concepts of truth
      5. Arguing for the existence of God
      6. Intellectual barriers to faith: traditional questions
      7. Intellectual barriers to faith: alternative world views
      8. Intellectual barriers to faith: Christian doctrines
      9. Personal barriers to faith
      10. Apologetics in action

      ET132 Christian Ethics

      The course as a whole concentrates on the foundations of the Bible, Doctrine and Church History. Our primary aim is to equip people for ministry by exploring the great story of God’s faithfulness written for us in the Bible and grasping its meaning for all of life. In our experience, this course can help make an impact on your Church that will continue to shape its ministry and witness well into the future.

      Syllabus

      Study 1 An Introduction to Ethics
      Study 2 Using the Bible in Ethics
      Study 3 Doing Normative Christian Ethics
      Study 4 The Unity of Christian Ethics – The Mutual Love Ethic
      Study 5 The Unity of Christian Ethics – Five Things that Matter
      Study 6 Ethical Passages – The Sermon on the Plain (Lk 6:17-49)
      Study 7 Ethical Issues – Relationships and Sexuality
      Study 8 Ethical Issues – Relationships and Society
      Study 9 Ethical Issues – Ethics at the Extremes of Life
      Study 10 Ethical Issues – Making Disciples of all Nations

      NT131 New Testament 3

      Paul and his ministry. Investigating the problems he faced, the gospel he preached and the letters he wrote.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to Paul’s Letters
      2. Paul and the Gospel
      3. The Defence of the Gospel of grace
      4. The Nature of Christian Freedom
      5. Paul the Pastor
      6. Problems at Corinth
      7. The Apostolic Ministry
      8. Philippians and Ephesians
      9. Fullness of Life in Christ
      10. The Pastoral Epistles

      NT141 New Testament 4

      An overview of the non-Pauline letters, with an in-depth look at Hebrews and how to understand Revelation.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to Hebrews
      2. Hebrews 1-4
      3. Hebrews 5-10
      4. Hebrews 10:19-13:25
      5. The Epistle of James
      6. 1 Peter 1-2
      7. 1 Peter 3-5
      8. Jude and 2 Peter
      9. Revelation 1-3
      10. Revelation 4-22

       

      * New Testament 4 is available as a paper-based unit only, not available online.

      NT142 The Gospel According to John

      This study of John focuses solely on John’s Gospel, drawing out what is distinctive about the Gospel both in terms of content and style.

      Syllabus
      1. The Word of God becomes flesh (John 1)
      2. From Cana to Cana
      3. Deciding about Jesus (John 5-6)
      4. The light of the world (John 7-9)
      5. My sheep hear my voice (John 10-12)
      6. Abide in me (John 13:1-15:17)
      7. In that day (John 15:18-17:26)
      8. In my place condemned he stood (John 18:1-19:42)
      9. Resurrection (John 20:1-21:23)
      10. A fourth Gospel

      OT131 Old Testament 3

      This unit focuses on the Latter prophets from Isaiah through to the Minor prophets.

      Syllabus 1. The prophets in historical and canonical context
      2. The prophets in theological context
      3. Overview of Isaiah
      4. Isaiah 1-39
      5. Isaiah 40-66
      6. Jeremiah
      7. Ezekiel
      8. The Twelve (1): Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah
      9. The Twelve (2): Nahum, Micah, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
      10. The Twelve (3): Haggai, Malachi, Zechariah

      OT141 Old Testament 4

      The focus of this unit is in the ‘Writings’ with a particular look at the nature of wisdom literature in the Old Testament.

      Syllabus
      1. Introduction to the Writings
      2. The Psalms: an overview
      3. Selected Psalms
      4. Wisdom in Israel
      5. The book of Proverbs
      6. The Song of Songs and Ruth
      7. The book of Job
      8. Ecclesiastes and Lamentations
      9. Apocalyptic in Israel
      10. Daniel, Esther and the Apocrypha

      HT101 Historical Theology

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      A comprehensive study of the historical development of some of the central doctrines of the Christian faith.

      Syllabus
      Study 1 Ignatius, and Grace and Liberty
      Study 2 Justin Martyr, and the Doctrine of God
      Study 3 Irenaeus, and Salvation
      Study 4 Athanasius, and the Incarnation
      Study 5 Augustine, and the Doctrine of Man
      Study 6 Anselm, and the Atonement
      Study 7 Luther, and Grace and Faith
      Study 8 Calvin, and the Christian World View
      Study 9 The Nineteenth Century Liberals
      Study 10 Twentieth Century Theology