Description: 

This two semester course serves as an introduction to the Bible, its message, and its implication for successful Christian living. First semester topics focus on the Scriptures, the nature of God, biblical prophecy and God's plan for humankind. Second semester topics focus on practical Christian living and the building of living faith. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of biblical concepts regarding history, theology, prophecy and Christian life.

Overview: 

THL 110B is the second semester segment of the academic version of the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course. This course continues your introduction to the Bible, its message, and its implication for successful Christian living in today’s world.

Many people ask: Who wrote the Bible? Why was it written? How should we read the Bible? Is the Bible true? Is the Bible an instruction book for human life? What does it say about our future? Does the Bible explain the purpose of human life? Is there life after death or is our physical life all there is?

The purpose of THL110AB series is to equip you with tools and experiences to answer these questions and to allow you to explore the word of God through detailed study of the biblical text within its historic contexts and its use in modern worldwide contexts. Topics for this second semester include: the Sabbath, the annual Holy Days, tithing, health and healing, Christian marriage and family, original Christianity, prayer and other tools for spiritual growth such as Bible study, meditation and fasting, and building living faith.

The Bible, composed of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament in seven distinct parts, provides examples, admonitions and instructions that reveal a way of life for modern humankind. The writing of the Bible took place over sixteen centuries and is the work of over forty divinely inspired human authors. The Bible is the source of truth, the standard for meaningful life, the revelation of Jesus Christ, and the key to true values, freedom, and liberty.

Upon completion of this course, both parts THL 110A and THL 110B, you should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of biblical history, theology, prophecy and Christian life.

Prerequisites: 
Completion of THL 110A
Instructor: 

Ciesielka, W. Wyatt

Assistant Professor of Theology
Part Time
Degrees: 
B.A. (1994), Ambassador University; M.A. (2011), Liberty University.
Subject Matter: 
Theology

Wyatt Ciesielka received his B.A. from Ambassador College in Big Sandy, TX and his M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. At Ambassador, his main areas of academic focus were Theology and English, and he served in numerous student government positions including as president of the Outreach program. At Liberty, his areas of concentration included systematic theology, comparative religion and the Old Testament text. After graduation from Ambassador, he worked in the corporate world where he held various executive positions and had the opportunity to extensively travel. In 2008 he was hired as a full-time pastor in the Living Church of God, and has served congregations in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida. In addition to serving as a Living University lecturer, he is currently the director of the Church’s Internet Department, serves on the Church's Council of Elders, and is a regular contributor to the Living Church of God publications.

Course Credit: 
Two (2) semester hours.
Instructional Objectives: 

On successful completion of THL 110B, a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and meaning of the biblical Sabbath and its relevance in Christian life.
  • Demonstrate the purpose and meaning of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Old and New Covenants and identify the differences.
  • Identify the symbolism, purpose and meaning of Pentecost in the Old and New Covenants and its relationship to the Holy Spirit.
  • Generate an explanation of the meaning of the fall festivals of Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles and the Last Great Day and their Christian purpose.
  • Identify the concept of tithing, its origin, and its purpose.
  • State the biblical teaching detailing health, wellness and divine healing and their purpose in Christian living.
  • State the reasons for marriage and family from a Christian biblical perspective and demonstrates the biblical principles underlying successful marriage and family life;
  • Identify the biblical principles underlying the building of godly families.
  • Demonstrate the defining characteristics of the original Christianity of the New Testament and its applicability in today’s world.
  • Demonstrates understanding of prayer and its place in Christian life.
  • Identify the importance of Bible study, fasting, and spiritual renewal in successful Christian life.
Required Texts: 

In this course there are no required textbooks but students must have access to a Bible. In the lessons we have provided you with links to electronic copies of various booklets and articles that are either required or optional reading. There is no cost for the electronic copies of the booklets and articles

The theology faculty recommends a New King James edition of the Bible (NKJ). There are many editions available, but for student use we suggest the NKJV Study Bible: Second Edition in either the regular or large print editions.

  • The regular edition is available in Bonded Black leather (ISBN 9780718020804) at Amazon through the University Bookstore for about $42 plus sales tax and shipping charges.
  • The large print edition NKJV Study Bible: Large Print Edition, in Bonded Black leather (ISBN 9781418542108) sells for about $88 plus sales tax at Amazon through the University Bookstore.
Lectures: 

This course includes linked lectures in the lessons which you can view online or download. Some of the lectures are unique to this course, recorded by a variety of lectureres, and others are Living Church of God sermons and Tomorrow’s World television programs. We selected these sermons and programs as they are not only on point to the content of the lessons but also conserve precious time and resources (we are, as they say, leveraging assets).

While you will encounter a number of lecturers in this course, the instructor of record is W. Wyatt Ciesielka assisted by Michelle R. Broussard (LU’s Assistant Registrar) who serves as an instructional associate. To contact them on course details and issues please use the email feature in the E-Learning system (Populi).

Course Calendar: 
Lesson Readings and viewing assignments are integrated in the lessons
Lesson 13 - Remember the Sabbath Day Topic 1 Sabbath is a Sign
Topic 2 Teaching of Jesus and the Apostolic Church
Topic 3 How To Keep the Sabbath
Topic 4 Sabbath Lessons
Lesson 14 - Passover Season: God’s People Made Innocent! Topic 1 Passover Symbols
Topic 2 Days of Unleavened Bread
Topic 3 Christ’s Final Passover
Topic 4 Understanding Justification
Lesson 15 - Pentecost Season: God’s People Made Holy Topic 1 Understanding Firstfruits
Topic 2 Old and New Covenants
Topic 3 Power of God’s Spirit
Topic 4 Being a Holy People
Lesson 16 The Fall Festivals: God’s People Enter Into Glory! Topic 1 Feast of Trumpets
Topic 2 Day of Atonement
Topic 3 Feast of Tabernacles
Topic 4 The Last Great Day
EXAM 1 Covering Lessons 13-16 (100 points) Time for completion: 1.0 hours (60 minutes). Proctor Required.
Lesson 17 - Tithing: God’s Financial Plan For You Topic 1 How Important Is Tithing Today?
Topic 2 How Did Ancient Israel Pay Tithes?
Topic 3 To Whom Should Tithes Be Paid?
Topic 4 Learning to Give
Lesson 18 - Health and Healing Topic 1 Biblical Approach to Health and Healing
Topic 2 God’s Laws of Health
Topic 3 Healing in the New Testament
Topic 4 Healing in the Church Today
Lesson 19 - Building a Godly Marriage Topic 1 Purposes of Marriage
Topic 2 Gender Roles in Today's World
Topic 3 Foundation for Marriage
Topic 4 Growing Together
Lesson 20 - Building a Godly Family  Topic 1 Parenting and Children
Topic 2 Love and Discipline
Topic 3 Teaching Right Values
Topic 4 Leading Children to God
EXAM 2 Covering Lessons 17-20 (100 points) Time for completion: 1.0 hours (60 minutes).
Lesson 21 - Understanding Apostolic Christianity  Topic 1 Apostolic Christianity
Topic 2 The Great Commission
Topic 3 Christianity Had Power
Topic 4 A Way of Life
Lesson 22 - Understanding the Power of Prayer Topic 1 Christ’s Instructions on Prayer
Topic 2 Examples of Answered Prayer
Topic 3 Keys to Answered Prayer
Topic 4 Build a Relationship with God
Lesson 23 - Tools for Spiritual Growth Topic 1 The Importance of Spiritual Growth
Topic 2 Bible Study
Topic 3 Meditation
Topic 4 Fasting
Lesson 24 - Build Living Faith Topic 1 What Is Faith?
Topic 2 Heroes of Faith
Topic 3 Christ's Teaching on Faith
Topic 4 Knowing God
EXAM 3 Covering Lessons 21-24 (100 points) Time for completion: 1.0 hours (60 minutes). 
Course Requirements: 

Due dates and extensions
Submit assignments on or before the due date. Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.

Icebreaker assignment
To officially begin this course you must complete an Icebreaker assignment by which you introduce yourself to your classmates through posting a short autobiography on the course discussion thread titled Icebreaker. As student can earn 30 points by posting the Icebreaker assignment on time. These points could make the difference between and A or a B, or passing or not passing this course.

  • The icebreaker assignment must be submitted not later than the eighth day of class.
  • Post your biography as a reply to the "Icebreaker" topic on the lesson “Welcome and Overview” discussion thread.
  • Please read and comment on at least two other bios by the due date in order to get credit.
  • Full credit for this assignment will only be given if all three of the above requirements are met.

Do NOT create a NEW discussion. Simply tell the class about yourself and your goals. This is not the place for a profession of faith, or the details your conversion experience, or problems you have had with previous fellowships, as that information is more of a private nature. Here you inform your classmates what you would like them to know about you. As we have people from all over the world enrolled in this course each autobiography will help us know, understand and appreciate each other.

Reading assignments
Reading assignments are integrated into the twelve lessons. For lessons and topics see Course Calendar.

Topic study and practice exercises
There are four Topic Study and Practice Exercises for each lesson. These are simple homework-type assignments which will help you prepare for the lesson quiz. Each contains typically between 10-12 multiple choice, multiple answer, true and false, or matching questions. You can repeat an exercise as often as you like, until you feel comfortable with the material; hoewever we simply request that you complete each exercise once. Your highest grade will be recorded. These exercises are located on the Tests webpage. Remember to do all FOUR exercises in each lesson BEFORE you take the lesson quiz.

Writing assignments
There is only one writing assignment in this course: the “What I Learned Essay.” This writing assignment should follow the MLA style as set forth in Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide by Lester and Lester. Please cite your sources and use quotation marks where needed. To submit your essay, select the appropriate assignment from the Assignments tab to go to the Assignment Submission page. Use the Attach a File feature below the textbox to upload your WORD document.  Please do not use the textbox to “post” your assignment: the textbox is used for student/instructor communication only.

Discussion Forum
For each lesson there is a discussion question posed by the instructor which requires your response. Each student’s original post should utilize at least ONE citation from course material (required or supplemental) to support their response. These initial posts should be a minimum of 250 words, not to exceed 500 words. In addition, students are required to submit a minimum of one reply post to a fellow student’s original post on each discussion thread. This is your opportunity to participate in interactive dialog. While there is no minimum word requirement for reply posts, reply content should be substantive. Please do limit the number of your reply posts to two per forum. These assignments will be graded according to a grading rubric. Be sure to download the rubric when the course begins, as this will help you to understand the standards expected and measured in grading these assignments.

    Quizzes and examinations
    Each of the twelve lessons has an associated online quiz of not more than 20 questions. They are open book quizzes, but under no circumstances are students to print the quiz. An open book quiz is not a workbook exercise. It is a test where the student can consult his or her notes and books. Students have sixty minutes to complete each quiz. Quizzes are multiple-choice questions covering lectures, readings, vocabulary words, and geographical terms and places.

    There are three closed book exams in this course of not more than 40 questions to be taken online, and you will need a proctor for one of them. A proctored exam is one that is overseen by an impartial individual (called a proctor) who monitors or supervises a student while he or she is taking the exam. The proctor ensured the security and integrity of the exam process of all involve. More information on your proctoring options is available below.

      Grading
      A course grade will be determined based on the number of points a student has earned over the semester as follows:

      • Icebreaker (30 points)
      • Exams (three, each worth 100 points, for a total of 300 points; online, closed book and closed-notes, a proctor is required for the first exam only)
      • Quizzes (twelve, each worth 25 points, for a total of 300 points; online, open book)
      • Discussions (twelve, each worth 25 points, for a total of 300 points)
      • “What I Learned” Essay (40 points)
      • Course Evaluation (30 points)
      • TOTAL 1,000 points

      Grades are in the traditional American style of an A, B, C, D, or F. In distance learning, we believe that the measure of mastery of course subject matter is completion of 80% of the objectives for a course. That means that we want students to earn at least 800 points in this course. If they do not do so then they have not achieved the level of the mastery we would like them to have. We want this course to be competency-based and so it is possible for the entire class to receive an A or a B. There is no artificial curving of scores in the assignment of grades (if you do not know what that means, do not worry about it). Mastery of the material is what one’s goal should be.

      Grades, assigned by points, are as follows:

      A - 900 and over
      B - 800-899 points
      C - 700-799 points
      D - 600-699 points
      F - Below 600 points

      Students With Disabilities
      The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

      Technology Access
      This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

      Course Evaluation
      Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

      Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
      It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.