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2021 Term 1 CCEF - Dynamics of Biblical Change (Pre-requisite)

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Term 1 Date: 13th January - 14th April 2021
Anticipated Course Access: 6th January 2021
Registration Deadline: 12th November 2020

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a prerequisite to all other courses. If you wish to continue enrolling in classes for credit, you must complete Dynamics as a credit student. If you intend to only take courses for non-credit, then you may complete Dynamics either as a credit or non-credit student.

Course Description

The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. This course addresses the depth, breadth, and balance of your understanding. How does Christ’s past grace, present grace, and future grace speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? This course is about people. It is about how we face the troubles of life. It is about how we deal with our inner struggles. It is about how we change into Jesus’ image. Through case studies, class lectures, assigned readings, and Scripture, you’ll explore these practical questions. Self-counseling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.

Course Outline:

  • Week 1: Course Introduction & Overview
  • Week 2: Understanding the Person
  • Week 3: Understanding the Heat
  • Week 4: The Wisdom Found in Christ
  • Week 5: Understanding the Situation (Part 1)
  • Week 6: Understanding the Situation (Part 2)
  • Week 7: Practical Application: James
  • Week 8: Influences of the Heart
  • Week 9: Sin & the Heart
  • Week 10: Sin & Transformation
  • Week 11: Living with Personal Integrity
  • Week 12: Final Lecture

Meet the Professors

Alasdair Groves serves as CCEF's executive director, as a faculty member, and as a counselor. He received an MDiv with a counseling emphasis from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was the co-founder of a biblical counseling center in Northern New England where he served as executive director for ten years. Alasdair also served as the director of CCEF's School of Biblical Counseling for 3 years. He is the co-author of Untangling Emotions (Crossway), has published a number of articles in the Journal of Biblical Counseling, hosts CCEF's podcast, and has produced many blogs, videos, and audio resources. Alasdair and his wife, Lauren, live in New England with their three children. Alasdair is a fiction enthusiast, plays ultimate frisbee, and loves to produce and enjoy both good food and good music.

David Powlison served as CCEF’s executive director (2014-2019), as a faculty member, and as senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He held a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. David has written extensively on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books Seeing with New Eyes and Speaking Truth in Love probe the implications of Scripture for how to understand people and how to counsel. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context explores the background and development of CCEF’s mission. David’s new book titled: God's Grace in Your Suffering (Crossway), launched in February 2018. David and Nan dearly love their three children, and the three spouses and five grandchildren who have joined the family.

Required Books

Students must have a copy of the required text, either by purchase or borrow. Book list is subject to change by CCEF, please follow the syllabus as final. Other required article readings will be provided with course access. 

Choose one of the following:

  • Why Does it Have to Hurt? by Dan McCartney (P&R, 1998)
  • How Long, O Lord? by D.A. Carson
  • God’s Grace in Your Sufferings by David Powlison 

Optional (portions of this book are available individually throughout the course, but you may wish to purchase the entire book): Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture (Resources for Changing Lives)

Additional Details

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a 3-credit course. Dynamics of Biblical Change is offered every term. Those who sign up via Equip will be able to enjoy the discounted rate of RM500 per course. The discounted rate is eligible only for those living in Malaysia and Brunei only.

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January 13th, 2021 12:00 AM through April 14th, 2021 11:59 PM
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