“The Christian movement at its inception was not just a way of life in the modern sense, but a way of life founded upon a message. It was based, not upon mere feeling, not upon a mere program of work, but upon an account of facts. In other words it was based upon doctrine…“Christ died for our sins,” said the primitive disciples, “according to the Scriptures; he was buried; he has been raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” From the beginning, the Christian gospel, as indeed the name “gospel” or “good news” implies, consisted in an account of something that had happened. And from the beginning, the meaning of the happening was set forth; and when the meaning of the happening was set forth then there was Christian doctrine. “Christ died”—that is history; “Christ died for our sins”—that is doctrine. Without these two elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity… In countless cases, Christianity is rejected simply because men have not the slightest notion of what Christianity is. An outstanding fact of recent Church history is the appalling growth of ignorance in the Church.”
— John Gresham Machen
“Christianity and Liberalism”
As Machen so rightly reminds us, Christianity is a religion of content. The fundamental conviction of any faithful Christian church is that the truths of the Bible matter, and are therefore worth preaching, teaching and defending. Paul told Timothy that by watching his life and doctrine closely he would save both himself and those who heard him (1 Tim 4:16). In a world in which many shy away from using the words ‘doctrine’ and ‘orthodoxy’, Church-on-Main Bible College is committed to producing a generation of Christians who are both “mighty in the Scriptures” and “full of the Holy Spirit and faith”. We aim to offer believers a world-class theological education, all within the life of the local church.
The curriculum encompasses four main areas:
1. Biblical Theology – how God’s revelation of Himself and His plan has unfolded through history as recorded in the Bible.
2. Systematic Theology – helping students understand what the whole Bible teaches about certain key doctrines (e.g. God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, man, salvation, etc.).
3. Historical Theology – including courses on the history of the Church, and what Christians have traditionally believed about the key doctrines of the Bible.
4. Practical Theology – addressing the needs and activities of local church ministry.
If you are unable to attend courses in person, please download all the lectures and accompanying resources free of charge from the relevant COURSES page.
If you/your leaders would like to attend a Cape Town-based intensive teaching series, or if your local church would like to run these courses, or if you would like to seek the support of Church-on-Main in establishing a similar Bible college, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.