The Jacob Institute

The Jacob Institute

Courses

Year ONE

Fall

JA101 – Introduction to Spiritual Transformation (5 weeks)

Invitation to a Journey – Mulholland
John Coe lectures

Course Description: God is in the process of growing us up. Mulholland says that our journey as a Christian is "an intentional and continual commitment to a lifelong process of growth toward wholeness in Christ." This class will explore how God seeks to conform us to the image of His Son and our cooperation in that process.

[1 week break]

JA102 – Disciplines of the Spirit (5 weeks)

The Celebration of Discipline – Foster
The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook – Calhoun

Course Description: The spiritual disciplines are not tools in our hands to impress God, shape our morals, or earn God’s love and favor. They are conduits to form Christ in us (Galatians 4:19) and develop intimacy with Him. In Matthew 6:1-18 Jesus instructs His disciples about how to practice their righteousness. He assumes, as His followers, that we are going to engage in practices that are fitting, appropriate, and right for a disciple, specifically from Matthew 6 the prACTices of giving to the needy, prayer, and fasting. We will explore and experiment with the classic, historical spiritual disciplines as engaged in by the church for the past 2 millennia.

Spring

JA201 - Spiritual Healing and Restoration (5 weeks)

The Healing Path – Allender
Restoration of the Heart DVD series – Allender and Eldredge
Renovation of the Heart – Willard

Course Description: There are broken, shattered, and crushed places within us; wounds and trauma that have gone untreated and unhealed. During this class we will engage with our personal stories and learn how Jesus wants to heal, bring freedom, and release us from our inner captivity.

[1 week break]

JA202 - Spiritual Warfare and Prayer (5 weeks)

The Handbook for Spiritual Warfare – Murphy
Moving Mountains – Eldredge

Course Description: This class is a follow-up to JA201. We will explore how the enemy wants to devour, steal, kill, and destroy, and our responsibility to resist and fight. We will seek a balanced, biblical approach to understand how evil plays a role in our everyday lives, as well as recognize that "greater is He who is in us."

Summer

JA301 – Intimacy with God (5 weeks)

Hearing God – Willard
Pursuit of God - Tozer

Course Description: Can we really "hear" God? This class will focus on how to ready ourselves to see and hear God in all the ways He wishes to come to us and speak to us; to see and hear what truly needs to be seen and heard in this world, in ourselves, and about God, not merely what our natural eyes and ears choose to see and hear.

Year TWO

Fall

JA302 – Biblical Justice: Part 1 (5 weeks)

Generous Justice – Keller                                                                                                                                                                                          
The Good News of Injustice – Haugen                                                                                                                                                                  
Chasing Francis - Cron

Course Description: We will explore and experience the connection between Christ being formed in us and working for biblical justice in our community and world. We will learn how God defines justice in the Bible and connect that to present day realities as to how we can be champions for justice.

[1 week break]

JA401 – Biblical Justice: Part 2 (5 weeks)

Generous Justice – Keller                                                                                                                                                                                          
The Good News of Injustice – Haugen
Chasing Francis - Cron

Winter

JA402 – The Kingdom of God (5 weeks)

The Kingdom Agenda: Life Under God–Evans
The Gospel of Luke 

Course Description: The Good News of Jesus is centered on the kingdom of God. Jesus said, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent" (Luke 4:43). We are told to seek the kingdom of God first. What does that mean though? This class will explore exactly what the kingdom of God is and is not and how we should live as fully functioning citizens in the kingdom of God.

Spring

JA501 - Christian History and the Christian Classics: Part 1 (5 weeks)

The Story of Christian Spirituality – Mursell (editor)
Devotional Classics – Foster and Smith (editors)
Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality – Holt

Course Description: We are a part of a 2000 year old organism called the Church. Jesus's promise to be with us through the end of the age has proven true. However, we've persevered though many historical periods, cultures, schisms, and voices. During this class we will seek to piece it together and learn from some of those select voices.

[1 week break]

JA502 - Christian History and the Christian Classics: Part 2 (5 weeks)

The Story of Christian Spirituality – Mursell (editor)
Devotional Classics – Foster and Smith (editors)
Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality – Holt

Course Description: We are a part of a 2000 year old organism called the Church. Jesus's promise to be with us through the end of the age has proven true. However, we've persevered though many historical periods, cultures, schisms, and voices. During this class we will seek to piece it together and learn from some of those select voices.

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