So here we are with PART 2 of How to Get a Seminary Education for FREE!!!!! Part 1 was actually one of my most popular posts so I thought part 2 was in order. I hope you enjoy all the new resources I’ve found for studying God’s Word.
In an age where knowledge is increasingly accessible, it is heartwarming to see many Christian ministries and organizations embracing this trend to empower believers worldwide. For those of us who are thirsty for deeper spiritual knowledge, several platforms offer free seminary-level classes. Here are a few outstanding resources that provide quality theological education at no cost:
1. Hillsdale College is renowned for its dedication to academic excellence and the propagation of liberty, has taken strides to democratize education by offering free online courses. These courses, found on their platform, cover a vast array of subjects, from the Constitution to the principles of free market economics, and from the Great Books of the Western tradition to American heritage. Each course, designed meticulously, reflects Hillsdale's commitment to a classical liberal arts education. What's truly commendable is that these courses aren't just lectures but engaging, immersive experiences that invite students from around the world to partake in the college's mission: to pursue truth and defend liberty.
2. The Gospel Coalition (TGC) is a renowned Christian organization, offers an extensive array of eCourses designed to equip church leaders and believers with sound theological understanding. What makes TGC stand out is the depth and breadth of its courses. These are not mere introductory lessons but dive deep into critical topics such as Biblical Theology, Christian Ethics, and Church History. Besides their academic rigor, TGC eCourses are crafted by some of the most respected theologians and Christian leaders today. Their commitment to the orthodox Christian faith and their engagement with contemporary issues make these courses relevant to our modern context.
3. Desiring God Resource Library is John Piper's hub of enriching sermons and articles; it's a treasure trove of theological resources. Their Resource Library is vast, encompassing a range of topics from soteriology (the study of salvation) to Christian living. While it might not follow the structured approach typical of seminary courses, the library provides in-depth resources that challenge and nurture one's faith. With countless articles, sermons, and even entire books available for free, Desiring God is a precious tool for any serious Bible student.
4. Precept Austin is a rich collection of commentaries and devotionals. Every seminary student knows the importance of reliable commentaries. This site is particularly useful for those who are studying specific books of the Bible and seeking insightful, scholarly observations. What's truly exceptional about Precept Austin is its commitment to sound exegesis. Many of the commentaries available are trusted works by respected scholars and theologians. Their devotionals, on the other hand, provide not just knowledge but heart-felt reflections that lead one closer to God.
5. The Bible Project Ministry offers beautifully animated videos that provide an overview of each book of the Bible. They elucidate the primary themes, structure, and key teachings in a captivating manner. Beyond book overviews, they have thematic videos that delve into essential biblical concepts, offering viewers a comprehensive understanding of scriptural truths.
6. Spoken Gospel is another fantastic resource. Through their videos, they focus on showcasing Jesus in every book of the Bible. Their approach is unique in that they emphasize how each part of Scripture points to Christ. This Christocentric method resonates deeply with those who seek to understand the overarching narrative of the Bible.
In an era where knowledge is at our fingertips, these resources are a testament to the Christian community's commitment to spreading the Gospel and equipping believers. They ensure that theological education is not limited to the walls of seminaries but is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a hunger for God's Word.
While these free resources are incredibly valuable, it's essential to approach them with discernment, always checking what we learn against the Scriptures and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. After all, as the Bereans in the book of Acts, we're called to "examine the Scriptures every day to see if what [we're being taught] was true" (Acts 17:11).
May these resources enrich your walk with Christ, deepen your understanding of His Word, and equip you for every good work.
Take some time to reflect and journal about the questions below. Look up the verses and let God speak to you!
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GROWTH THROUGH SELF-REFLECTION
Self-reflection is a personal journey. These questions are meant to guide and provoke deeper thought, not to induce guilt or pressure. The goal is always growth in understanding and relationship with God.
After reviewing the resources, which particular resource is aligning with your spiritual goals, and is going to help you grow in understanding and faith?
Are there any new insights you've gained or misconceptions you've discovered about yourself?
How are you applying the teachings and insights from this resource in your day-to-day life?
How are you sharing or discussing what you've learned from these resources with others?
The Bible emphasizes the significance of God's Word in various passages. Here are some verses that highlight the importance of studying and meditating on the Scriptures:
Psalm 119:11 (NIV), "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Acts 17:11 (NIV), "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."
Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV), "Blessed is the one ... whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.