Equip-MBS Certificate in Theology

Introduction

The Certificate in Theology is designed to be flexible, allowing students to study individually or in a group and at their own pace, sitting for an exam 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 course. The materials used for the Certificate in Theology are part of a well-established distance learning course from Moore Theological College in Sydney that is used throughout the world.

Course Delivery

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

  • Taught classes
    These are available for one module from Preliminary level and Intermediate level during terms 1, 2 and 3 of the year. Please note that students are not permitted to audit classes.
  • Self-study
    Students undertaking independent study for an offered module will be assigned a mentor they can contact if they have any queries.

We recommend that full-time students and employed individuals should only take one module per term. Please contact the course administrators if you would like to register for more than one module per term.

Academic Requirements

There are no prior academic requirements however students should be aware that the course 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 module (including two hours class time).

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

Term Dates

Term 1 March to May
Term 2 June to August
Term 3 September to November
Term 4 December to February

Cost Per Module (On-site and Self-study)

 

Language Normal Concession* Re-enrolment**
English RM 160 RM 110 RM 110
Bahasa Malaysia RM 50 RM 30 RM 30


* Concession rates are only offered to students, ministry workers, pensioners, or unemployed. If you are a working adult, you should pay the normal rate.

** Applicable if you’ve previously registered for the module. Please note that you will not receive a textbook.

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

 

Other Fees

Type

Amount

Library Fee

RM 10 (Normal), RM 5 (Concession)
+
RM 50 Deposit

Course Structure

Main Awards Points required
Equip-MBS Certificate of Theology 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 modules each in the Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced Levels respectively. After 6 modules 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.

Modules

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

Every term Equip offers one module from each level. Students wishing to take a module that is not offered by Equip in any particular term may register directly with Moore Theological College at a higher rate registration fee. Please note that not all modules are on offer each term.

Preliminary Level (Select 6 subjects from the list below)

BT111 Foundation: Bible Overview *Compulsory module

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

One of the following:

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​

Intermediate Level (Select 6 subjects from the list below)

* Same module completed previously under Preliminary Level will only be counted once.

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 (Select 6 subjects from the list below)

* Same module 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

* The Church (Doctrine 3) is available as a paper-based unit only, not available online.

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

* Apologetics is available as a paper-based unit only, not available online.

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 John

The gospel and the letters of John, showing to us the importance of his witness to the life and work of Jesus Christ.

Syllabus
1. Introduction to John’s Gospel (1)
2. Introduction to John’s Gospel (2)
3. Jesus in the World (1) (John 1-4)
4. Jesus in the World (2) (John 5-12)
5. Jesus with His Disciples (John 13-16)
6. Jesus Bears the Sins of Men (John 17-19)
7. Jesus Returns to the Father (John 20-21)
8. Introduction to the First Epistle of John (1)
9. Introduction to the First Epistle of John (2)
10. Introduction to the Second & Third Epistles of John

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