Southern Evangelical Seminary Offering Free Online Classes Through New SES Academy
Online Classes Taught by SES Co-Founder Norman Geisler and SES Faculty Enable Students to Delve Into God’s Word at Their Own Pace and Learn to Defend their Faith More Confidently and Effectively
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—For those adult learners who made a resolution to further their education in 2019, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) may have the answer.
For several months, the 25-year-old seminary has been offering new, free online apologetics and Bible classes that will allow learners to delve into the Word of God at their own pace.
Through the new SES Academy, students will be able to experience the high standard of Bible study materials offered only by Southern Evangelical Seminary and taught by SES faculty and alumni. Designed with 21st century Christians in mind, classes can be taken on computers, tablets or smartphones—on the student’s individual timeline and schedule.
“SES Academy courses equip students with the tools they need to more ably defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ and proclaim the Word of God,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land. “For those who want to study the Bible more deeply, but aren’t sure if college or seminary is right for them, the free SES Academy helps Christians commit to revisiting the foundations and pillars of our faith, especially at this crucial time in our culture. Scripture alone is the final and the highest authority to which we can appeal. Everything that Holy Scripture addresses is to be used as the final word, which is why it’s so important that all of us not only know that the Bible is the ultimate authority, but to be more intimately aware of the divine Truth the Lord revealed to the world in Holy Scripture. Our SES Academy will not only help Christians delve ever more deeply into Holy Scripture, but also to defend their faith evermore confidently and effectively.”
Currently, classes are offered in Apologetics and Biblical Studies, which help Academy students of all ages to defend the Christian faith or know more about the Bible. Courses are unaccredited, which means students can study at their own pace without the pressure of meeting deadlines. These non-credit courses offer high-level training without the cost and course requirements of more formal education and are taught by top-notch scholars. A certificate of completion is provided to students upon the close of the course.
The two classes currently available through the SES Academy include the following:
- Christian Apologetics: Sharing the Gospel of Christ with others can be a daunting task. What if they ask questions you can’t answer? Apologetics is a term that indicates giving a defense. In this course, students will learn how to give a defense for the Christian faith. It consists of a single module taught by SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler. Christian Apologetics covers the 12 steps that demonstrate that Christianity is true. Upon the completion, students will be able to rationally demonstrate the truth of Christianity.
- Biblical Studies: Do you want to know God more? Do you feel like there is something missing in your walk with the Lord? Are you a new Christian and don’t know where to start in learning about your new faith? Or are you a longtime Christian who feels like you don’t quite know the Bible the way you want? SES Academy’s Biblical Studies course teaches the entirety of the Bible—the core of the Christian faith. The course is split into two modules covering the Old and New Testaments.
Several SES online students have offered positive feedback about their experiences:
- “This study has been a turning point in my walk with God and in my path to serve Him. I am encouraging our youth leaders to all take this course!”
- “This course has given me a new passion to know more about God’s Word and how to stand up for what it says. I cannot wait to tell anyone who will listen.”
- “The courses were very informative. I enjoyed the study very much, and I love the idea of being able to return to the information whenever I desire.”
View more information on the SES Academy here.
SES is also planning a debate on the subject of “If God, Why Evil?” between SES faculty member Dr. Brian Huffling and Dr. Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine. The debate culminates after several breakout sessions on Saturday, Feb. 23, and the event is planned for 12:30 to 6 p.m. An open house and prospective student dinner from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. are also on the schedule. Learn more about tickets and the event schedule at www.ses.edu/debate.