One of the marks of a good ambassador for Christ is an accurately informed mind. The mind must be informed with knowledge adequate for its task. For instance, a Christian ambassador must understand the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to communicate and defend it. Therefore, Christians have the responsibility of educating themselves.
There are a number of ways to get yourself informed. Resources abound. There are books, articles, blogs, podcasts, videos, and conferences. However, this past Christmas break I discovered a resource that I think every Christian ambassador needs to know about. It’s called Credo Courses.
Most people don’t have the time or the money to go back to school to get a master's degree in apologetics or theology. Yet, these same people want to go deeper into theological topics like the reliability of the New Testament or the resurrection of Jesus. For them, a one-hour lecture isn’t enough. They want more.
There is now a way to get yourself equipped by some of the top scholars in the world on some of the most important topics without enrolling in a seminary to do it. Imagine learning textual criticism from Dr. Daniel Wallace, one of the leading New Testament textual critics in the world. Or, imagine taking a course on the resurrection from Dr. Gary Habermas, one of the leading resurrection scholars in the world. With Credo Courses, you can do just that.
Each course has about 30 lessons, and each lesson is about 30 minutes long. You are free to watch videos or listen to the audio at your own pace. The videos have a “classroom feel” to them since they were recorded in front of an audience.
At this point, I’ve gone through Dr. Wallace’s course on New Testament Textual Criticism and Dr. Habermas’s course on The Resurrection of Jesus. I would highly recommend both. Not only are these brilliant men who are teaching in their specific area of expertise, but they are also great communicators who are easy to listen to. This is a combination I have come to really appreciate after many years of post-secondary education.
I would even recommend these courses to high school students. In fact, I know high school Bible teachers who have even used these courses in their classrooms, and the students loved it.
I’m looking forward to continuing through more of these courses as time allows, and I cannot wait to see what courses they will add in the future.