Undergraduate Program Course Study Guide Understanding the Importance of Repentance in the Biblical Process of Deliverance

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Undergraduate Program Course Study Guide
Understanding the Importance of Repentance
in the Biblical Process of Deliverance

Professor: Steve Gallagher, B.Min. & Jeff Colon, M.Min

Three (3) Credits


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Course Purpose:
To teach the student about the importance of progressive sanctification; to teach the student about the goal of holiness; to teach the student about the part repentance plays in progressive sanctification; to teach the student about the part repentance plays in the process of overcoming habitual sexual sin.

Course Objectives:

  1. The student will gain a theological understanding of repentance.

  2. The student will gain a theological understanding of holiness.

  3. The student will gain a theological understanding of progressive sanctification.

  4. The student will gain an understanding of deliverance through the proper means of Scripture and the pursuit of personal holiness.

REQUIRED AUDIO (Provided by Master’s):
Four audio lectures: God’s Call to Repentance, by Jeff.

REQUIRED PRINTED MATERIALS: (Purchased from Master's by the student)


The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges...
Additional Reading:

The Walk of Repentance, by Steve Gallagher, Pure Life Ministries, ISBN: 0-9702202-8-6. 1993
At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry, by Steve Gallagher, Pure Life Ministries, ISBN: 0-9702202-0-0. 2000

This Study Guide contains questions and written assignments that are related to the materials. These are referred to as Course Projects.
Listen to each audio lecture. 1) Outline each lecture so that you would be able to teach that lecture to a group of students if called upon to do so. 2) At the end of each lecture outline state in not less than 250 words how the subject matter of the lecture has affected or should affect you personally.

Part One: (1). Read The Pursuit of Holiness. (2). Read the Introduction instruction to The Walk of Repentance. (3). Read the stories at the end of each week’s homework for weeks three through nine in The Walk of Repentance. Write a one-paragraph affirmation that you have read all of the assigned reading. Put your signature on this document.
Part Two: Assume that you are asked to write a Book Review of the required textbook for a magazine (include your thoughts concerning how the Workbook relates to the primary textbook). Write your review, as both a synopsis and a critique of the content. Use not less than 800 words.
Part Three: On separate sheets of paper, complete the homework assignments for weeks three through nine of The Walk of Repentance.
Part Four: Using chapter 13 of At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry as your guide, write a 1,000-word essay on the process of repentance and how it looks from beginning to end. Be thorough. Describe the fruit of repentance and how true repentance transforms a person’s life.
Part Five: Write a 300 word defense of the use of the book The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges for this course. In other words, why would the instructor find this book important to the subject of repentance and sexual purity.
Drawing from resources such as a Bible Dictionary, a Systematic Theology, Lexicons and texts for this course define the following, giving proper references for your findings, and explain their practical meaning to your life and to the life of those you seek to help:

  1. Holiness

  2. Repentance

  3. Sanctification

  4. Redemption

Part One: Create a case study (set forth in not less than 500 words). Describe the life of a sexual addict; i.e. other associated problems in his life (pride, anger, resentment, blameshifting, etc.).
Part Two: Now develop a proposed counseling process for this individual. That is, if this person were to come to you for counseling, how would you (ideally), proceed with counseling. Your proposed process must involve not less than seven individual sessions with a clear outline for what you hope will be accomplished in each. Be sure that repentance and progressive sanctification play a large part in your counsel. Bring the case to closure.

This is the final project, and must be completed only after you have finished the projects. Write a summary of the entire course. Include in this summary 1) how this course has impacted your understanding of the subject; 2) has helped you in your ministry to others; and 3) how this understanding has changed the way you think and react in matters related to the subject of the course. Use not less than 500 words.

This completes the Projects for this course.

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