VSOM 1ST YEAR CURRICULUM

 

Using a strategic blend of theology and apologetics, relational skills, financial and business skills, in depth Biblical studies, education and career planning, and personal disciplines - this curriculum is designed to fully ready a student for either their next educational or career choice, or a second year of Victory School of Ministry.

For a disciple to benefit completely from Victory School of Ministry’s intense training and discipleship, this curriculum has been established in order to graduate the program. To graduate, the student must complete all academic requirements during the school year. Below is a list of general requirements that must be be fulfilled.

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BEREAN SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE COURSES

Students will be study four different courses by Global University. These courses are the first step towards students acquiring ministerial credentials and provide basic theological training.

Romans: Justification by faith

The book of Romans is considered to be Paul's magnum opus, his greatest work. In this course we study the major doctrines of redemption- God's wrath against sin, justification by faith alone, and sanctification. Romans is the most systematic and complete commentary on the Gospel.

CHRIST IN THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

An introductory study of our Lord’s life and times according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. It examines the historical setting, His life between the Annunciation and the Ascension, and His message and method, including His parables and miracles. Organized around three themes—(1) the world, (2) the Man, and (3) the message—this introduction helps to fuse our understanding of His life and work with our commitment to live by the values He taught and demonstrated.

PRISON EPISTLES

A practical study of the principles Paul wrote during his imprisonment (Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians). The concepts are presented in language that is easy to understand with explanations, illustrations, and applications that make the concepts helpful to students in both their personal lives and ministries.

INTRODUCTION TO HERMENEUTICS

DESCRIPTION: An introductory course on the principles for interpreting Scripture. It summarizes the need for hermeneutical principles and explores the qualifications, tools, and goals of a biblical interpreter. This is followed by a historical survey of hermeneutics from early Jewish interpreters to the present. The course includes a unit on the general and specific principles for interpreting the Bible, a unit on genres, and a unit on applying the principles. Students develop skills by practicing the principles in the provided exercises.

 

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VCC CORE CLASSES

PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS

Students will take two courses in Philosophy, uniquely taught by a Christian instructor through a Christian worldview. These courses meet the qualifications for Eastern Gateway Community College to grant college credit, which are guaranteed to transfer to any Ohio Public university and most other universities. These courses are accredited and count for six credits for the two courses. For more information on accreditation, click HERE

The courses are Introduction to Philosophy, and Ethics. They cover the history of man's pursuit of wisdom and meaning, as well as the various origins and experiences of the world's greatest thinkers. Students will be taught how to sort through various world views and ways of thinking; all the while learning how we, as Christians, can engage people with various beliefs in a educated and strategic way.

Interpersonal Relationships

This class covers romantic relationships and God's design for them. It is intended to produce inside of a student relational skills and wisdom that will help in their romantic endeavors. From sexuality to marriage, nothing is off limits as we dive into this often tough and complicated part of the adult's life. The rewards of a God-honoring relationship are worth more than can be described, and students will finish this class with the tools to help them get there.

 

  • God's Design for Relationships  
  • Maximizing Manhood and Womanhood

  • Friendship Boundaries

  • Dating & Engagement

  • Sexual Ethics

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

This will be a class that covers the 21 gifts that are listed in the New Testament. Students will learn the functions of each gift, how they are obtained, and for what purpose. By the end of the course students will have not only learned about each and utilized some of them, but also will discover what gifts they have in their own lives.

  • The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

  • The Five Fold Ministry

  • The Seven Gifts of God

  • The Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Part 1

  • The Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Part 2

LIFE CALLING

This course will explore the call of God and what that means. Students will learn how their gifts and passions often line up with what God's will is, and how to make decisions that seem permanent in nature.

  • Defining Calling

  • Gift, Message, Platform

  • Identity Capital

  • Making Decisions

IDENTITY

"Who you think you are" is foundational to every facet of Kingdom. The way we perceive ourselves is what shapes our core beliefs and pursuit of God. Everyone has a worldly identity and also a spiritual identity. Understanding who we are in Christ is a monumental starting point for every part of the Christian life. This course is designed to teach a basic level understanding of body, soul, and spirit; their roles in the make-up of everyday life and fulfillment of the greatest commandment(s).

  • Triune Being Part One

  • Triune Being Part Two

  • The Greatest Commandment

  • Responsive Love

APOLOGETICS

This class is all about knowing what you believe and why you believe it.  Students will be equipped to engage the world with thoughtful and Biblical worldview that does not seek to "argue", but rather present their faith in a way that is genuine and sensible.  

  • Defining Apologetics Biblically

  • Engaging Culture Effectively: How to Argue without Arguing.

  • Conversational Apologetics: The Art of Living with Intentionality.

  • The Absolute Necessity of Absolute Truth.

  • The Exclusive Claims of Christianity.

  • The Problem of Evil.

  • The Problem of Suffering

  • Human Sexuality and the Christian.

  • Apologetics Presentations

PERSONAL FINANCE

Using Dave Ramsey's material, student will learn to master their own finances so that they will be prepared for adult life.  Covering everything from budgeting to insurance, students will be equipped to use money in a way that honors God and reflects Biblical stewardship.

  • Super Saving Common Sense for Your Dollars and Cents

  • Relating With Money

  • Cash Flow Planning: The Nuts and Bolts of Budgeting

  • Dumping Debt Breaking the Chains of Debt

  • Buyer Beware: The Power of Marketing on Your Buying Decisions

  • The Role of Insurance Protecting Your Health, Family, and Finances

  • Retirement and College Planning: Mastering the Alphabet Soup of Investing

  • Real Estate and Mortgages: Keeping the American Dream From Becoming a

  • The Great Misunderstanding: Unleashing the Power of Generous Giving

 

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DISCIPLESHIP WORK

JOURNALS 

One journal entry a week is expected.  This should cover significant and/or defining moments in the life of a student.  Students will also be instructed to journal in some prayer times about the Scriptures being memorized for that month.

SERMON NOTES

Must have two sets of key notes from sermons and messages given due at the end of each week.

SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION

Students are encouraged to meditate and reflect on the required Scriptures verses throughout the month. The first 30 minutes of every morning prayer time are dedicated to personal prayer and study of the Word. Students are encouraged to incorporate monthly verses into their personal devotional time at VSOM and at home as well. Monthly Scriptures will also be incorporated into the teachings of VSOM leadership at times, and they will be tested on their memorization at the end of each month.

OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT REPORTS

Write 4 Old Testament Book Reports from selected passages. These passages survey the key themes of the Old Testament.

Write New Testament reports on each book of the New Testament.