Classes And Curriculum
Currently, NEIE offers three ways to study:
1. Formal: ten consecutive classes in two years; receive a graduation certificate upon satisfactory completion of all work. *
2. Informal: student chooses a particular course of study, when completing required work for that class will receive a certificate of completion, when able to complete all ten courses will receive a graduation certificate. *
3. Audit: choose a class, come and learn.
*Formal and Informal students are required as part of their grading to be involved in local, and or out of state outreach efforts.
First Year Courses
NEIE 101 – Intro to Bible Study – The purpose of this course is to start developing the “big picture” of Scripture in the mind of the personal teacher. Course work, along with memory work will give the student a foundational overview of the Scriptures.
NEIE 102 – Intro to Evangelism and Missions – Although the method of Jesus in reaching out to others is a major focus of the school, various methods are helpful in establishing a starting point for the personal teacher. Two practical methods are taught during this quarter, one focuses on a “friendship” approach, the other an “open bible” approach. The student is introduced to world missions and what it takes to actually do an overseas work.
NEIE 103 – Old Testament and New Testament Survey – In keeping with developing the big picture of Scripture students walk through the Bible reading chapters and outlines of each book, considering various principles taught.
NEIE 104 – Church History – It is through knowledge of history that one can better understand the present. A study of the history of the church is made from the first through the eighteenth centuries. The personal teacher with this knowledge is better equipped to help others understand denominational beginnings. Restoration theology is given much attention.
NEIE 105 – The Scheme of Redemption – Previous classes introduced the concept, but this course will be more focused, the goal being to fully develop in the mind of the student the unfolding plan of God to save man, also known as the “Scheme of Redemption.”
Second Year Courses
NEIE 201 – Dealing with Arguments – When sharing the message of the cross with the lost one will consistently deal with various teachings that are un-scriptural. The student will be presented with more than several of these false doctrines and learn how to deal with them in an effective manner.
NEIE 202 – The Authority of Christ – One of the most important classes taught in the second year emphasizes the New Testament teaching that Jesus Christ has all authority in religious matters today. This course doubles as a method to reach the lost and to teach church members the crucial doctrine of Christ’s authority.
NEIE 203 – Intro to Biblical Interpretation – Written originally in the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages the Holy Scriptures have been translated into almost every known language in the world. Words have meaning in their original settings. The challenge for every student of Scripture is to not only understand those words in their original setting, but be able to carry them forward to a modern world and then apply them to life. The end result of Biblical study should be application (cf. Rom. 10:17; 12:1-2; Heb. 4:12; Eph. 3:4; James 1:21; 1 Pet. 1:20, 21).
NEIE 204 – Denominational Doctrines/Islam – An extension of church history, in brief the student considers various denominations, their beginnings and their respective central doctrines, considering them in light of Scripture. Islam, and the Quran are compared with the truth of Christianity.
NEIE 205 – The Life of the Soul Winner – The student considers the trials and difficulties of working in the Lord’s vineyard, and how to deal with living the life of winning others. The life of the Christ, Peter and Paul are considered in light of these difficulties. Winning souls for the Lord is always challenging, granting no one is perfect (Rom. 3:23), but although imperfect, the goal for every personal teacher is being transformed into His image (Rom. 8:29), his/her life is just as important as the message delivered (1 Tim. 4:16; 2 Tim. 2:2; 1 Cor. 11:1)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a cost? Each student pays for the materials: books, binders, and handouts. The course materials cost is $30.00 per course.
- What is the process for becoming a Formal or Informal student?
- Fill out a student application
- Take a Basic Bible Knowledge assessment
- Commit to the weekly class schedule
- Purchase course materials
- Where and when are classes held? Media Church of Christ, 423 South Jackson Street, Media PA—Saturday mornings- 10 AM-12Noon; Monday evenings 7-9 PM (if students prefer).
- Must I do campaign work? If you commit to being a Formal student—Yes. Formal students are challenged throughout their course work to be involved in local outreach and out of state outreach if they can take the time.