Zondervan Reformation Certificate
This certificate track provides foundational understanding of the history and theology of the Reformation and its relevance for today through five courses on the doctrines associated with the “Five Solas”: “God’s Word alone,” “Faith alone,” “Grace alone,” “Christ alone,”
“To the glory of God alone.”
This track consists of the following college or seminary level courses:
- God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture
- Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification
- Grace Alone: Salvation as Gift of God
- Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior
- God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life
Zondervan Reformation Certificate
The Zondervan Academic certificate is designed for lay church leaders, seminarians and pastors-in-training, who want to receive academic credit for coursework and are looking to transfer credits to a college or seminary to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. This credit-bearing track is administered through the BibleMesh Institute. Students must apply to the Institute and be accepted before starting the program.
Courses in this Track
God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture
Within this course, Matthew Barrett explores the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. Units explain the development of this theme in the Reformation and trace the crisis that followed, resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Each lesson shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.
Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification
In the Faith Alone course, renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. Units will take you through examination of key texts in the Old and New Testaments and introduce you to some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide.
Grace Alone: Salvation as Gift of God
In this course, scholar Carl Trueman looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that salvation is by grace alone, a free gift unmerited by human effort or works. Lessons examine the development of this theme in the early church through the Reformation to the Protestant confessions that still shape the church in the present day. Trueman also explores the biblical means of receiving God’s grace through the fellowship of believers, the sacraments, and through the Word of God, and considers how we need to recover this doctrine in the face of today’s challenges.
Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior
In this course, Stephen Wellum considers Christ’s singular uniqueness and significance biblically, historically, and today, in our pluralistic and postmodern age. Each lesson examines the historical roots of the doctrine, especially in the Reformation era, and shows how the uniqueness of Christ has come under specific attack today. Students will walk through the storyline of Scripture, from Christ’s unique identity and work as prophet, priest, and king, to the application of his work to believers and our covenantal union with him to show that apart from Christ there is no salvation.
God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life
In the God’s Glory Alone course, scholar David VanDrunen teaches through the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. Units examine the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. VanDrunen illustrates the biblical story of God’s glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ’s Second Coming and the glorification of his people.
Frequently Asked Questions
First, you need to apply to the BibleMesh Institute by going here. Be sure to select a “Zondervan Certificate” as the program you are interested in. Upon your enrollment in the Institute, we will assign you a qualified academic tutor who will guide you through each course of study.
Students enroll in the BibleMesh Institute on a subscription basis. The monthly cost for each BibleMesh Institute course is $250 per month. The length of time to complete a course varies depending on each student’s situation, but averages 3 months for dedicated students.
To provide the highest quality online learning experience and to meet academic standards, the BibleMesh Institute assigns each student an academic tutor for each course. All of our proctors (academic tutors) are highly qualified in their subject field.
Yes. Each course is provided with month-to-month access to better fit your situation. You may work through and complete a course as your schedule allows, while your academic tutor guides you to ensure competency and mastery of the content. You may take as much time as you wish to complete an individual course or a certificate program.
In order to complete a certificate program, students must complete every course within that program. Some certificates, like the Biblical Languages certificate, do require courses to be completed in a specific sequence. If you need to pause your studies, you can; your progress and grades will not be lost. You can simply renew your monthly course subscription and resume from where you left off.
Yes. Anyone who enrolls as a BibleMesh Institute student and successfully completes required, proctored coursework can earn a certificate.
Upon finishing all the courses in a certificate program, you may apply for and receive a certificate.
When scholarships are available they are initially available to students already studying in the BibleMesh Institute.
Yes. Several partnering colleges and seminaries provide academic pathways using courses and programs offered through the Institute. To see a list of these schools go here.
Credit-bearing courses provided through the BibleMesh Institute are built to accreditation standards. If you would like us to talk with your school about the possibility of accepting transfer credits for BibleMesh Institute courses or programs, please contact us.
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