Becoming What God Intended: Integrations
How to have an instinctive Christianity
From: BWGI Ministries, authored By David Eckman, Ph.D., M.Th., M.Div.
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The first course in this sequence is "Becoming What God Intended: Foundations." That is a detailed study of Romans 1-8 and it isolated three core vales that define a friendship with God. These core values are: a guilt free environment because of the gift of God's righteousness, a worthwhile relationship with God the Father because we are WORTH A SON  to Him, and a new Identity in Christ. These created the basis for a vibrant and transparent relationship with God (Romans 6:11).

Becoming What God Intended: Integrations

Lesson 1. This second course first addresses the critical issue of human identity. Identity is the instinctive picture we have of ourselves painted across our hearts. This very creative lecture shows that identity controls human relationships, the affairs of nations, activity, and ethics.

Lesson 2. This is an exploration of how Christ has entirely satisfied the Father concerning the issue of our sin. Isaiah 52-53 is a fifteen line Hebrew poem that presents Christ as a substitute for His own fourteen times. This poem illustrates that propitiation or satisfaction comes from the Father's profound satisfaction with the Servant's (His Son) substitutionary work. We have to enter the Father's satisfaction by faith.

 Lesson 3. This examines what it means to live in a worthwhile relationship with people and God. Notice how Lesson 1 dealt with the third core value, Identity, Lesson 2 with the first core value, a guilt free environment, and Lesson 3 deals with worth. This explores how God has treated us in a worthwhile way and how Christian spirituality is an exploration of how well the Father is treating us.

Lesson 4. Hebrews up to chapter 6 is closely examined to show that Christ is superior to the Old Testament system and that He has brought us an acceptance that should set us free, and help us to walk by faith. This study shows that Christ is superior to seven institutions and realities from the Old Testament.

Lesson 5. This study takes us to the end of Hebrews. It attacks the "Christ plus" mentality that feels to be truly accepted with the Father we must add our works to the work of Christ. It examines the five types of consciences that are in the New Testament and shows how to get rid of an "evil conscience" and how to obtain a good conscience. Finally, it emphasizes that instead of relying on our own efforts we should walk by faith with our New Father, and also accept the shame of our crucified Savior who was rejected by the Jerusalem leaders.

Putting these five lessons together, we have a powerful affirmation of the first course "Foundations", and a development of those core values in such a way that our instincts will be molded by these truths.

Included in Course

The student should order the book Knowing the Heart of the Father by David Eckman as supplemental reading for this course. This can be obtained from Together with these lectures it will take approximately twenty hours to finish.

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About The Author...

David Eckman has had a rich and varied career. He has pastored for sixteen years in two different churches in California. He has been a seminary vice president and is presently an Associate Professor for Western Seminary where he teaches Hebrew and Spiritual Formation. He has lectured in North America, SE Asia, and Europe on the sspiritual life particularly for Campus Crusade.

Of particular interest he leads what is called the "Beijing Project" that is training psychology professors and mental health workers in the 26 universities in Beijing plus another twenty schools. This project is being extended to other major cities through out China.

His education is extensive. He has a Ph.D. in Old Testament and Hebrew from Golden Gate Seminary, and a Master of Theology in Bible from the same institution. Further, his Master of Divinity is from San Francisco Baptist Seminary, and he has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Houghton College in Western New York. In addition, he worked for seven years at Oxford University in England on his dissertation with Professor James Barr and other Oxford scholars. His education has a unique scope to it.

He has authored more than a dozen books. Also he has prepared training programs for a number of institutions. Some of his books have been translated into other languages particualrly Chinese.

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Available Credit

You can takes this course as 1 unit of continuing education course along with "Foundations" for the Association of Christian Schools International.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses, if any, are listed below.  If a Course ID is specified, that course must be purchased (and completed) prior to purchasing this course.  If no Course ID is specified, it is the student's responsibility to take the required course before purchasing this course.

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