This course is an in-depth study of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Here are the course goals which we want to achieve:

  1. To study the life of Christ as revealed in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and be able to tell the basic story of the life of Jesus in chronological order.
  2. To understand the relationship we have, or could have, with Jesus and the Word of God.
  3. To understand the basic history of the land of Palestine in the time of Christ, including historical, geographical and cultural aspects.
  4. To see how the original languages can help us better understand the text.
  5. To pay particular attention to key areas of Jesus’ ministry and teaching, such as the Sermon on the Mount, parables, and miracles.
  6. To imitate Jesus in how he related to the many different kinds of people with whom he interacted, with the attending challenges.
  7. To learn about the many tools available for studying the life of Christ, whether books, maps, pictures, videos, websites, or other resources.
  8. To be able to apply all of this knowledge to our lives on a personal level, as well in the local church setting.


The professor for this course is Steve Austin.  He received his BA, MA, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry from Abilene Christian University.  He has 35 years experience in ministry and teaching, much of which are in Latin America.  He is currently the director of the Texas International Bible Institute, a school which trains men and women in Spanish to make disciples of Christ, and to plant churches.

If you would like to contact Dr. Austin, his email is


Sea of Galilee from Mount of Beatitudes


Documents and resources for the course


Harmony of the gospels–Robinson, Cox, Easley

Harmony of the gospels–Palmer

Messianic prophecies of the OT fulfilled

Pixner timeline of Jesus’ ministry

Timeline of Jerusalem

Resource list


Temple Mount in Jerusalem today


Course videos

Class 1A:  Introduction and resources

Class 1B:  Resources

Class 2:  Time Machine

Class 3A:  Core beliefs

Class 3B:  Bible interpretation

Class 3C:  Claims of Jesus

Class 4:  Judea and Samaria–Geographical context

Class 5:  Jerusalem context

Class 6A:  Galilee, pt. 1

Class 6B:  Galilee, pt. 2

Class 7A:  Important groups–Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes

Class 7B:  Important groups–Zealots, Samaritans, Herodians, Pagans

Class 8:  The synagogue

Class 9A:  Intro to the gospels (sources)

Class 9B:  Intro to the gospels (canon, perspectives)

Class 9C:  Intro to the gospels (details of each gospel)

Class 10A:  The birth of Jesus–angels and genealogies

Class 10B:  The birth of Jesus–in Bethlehem

Class 10C:  The birth of Jesus–the wise men

Class 11A:  The childhood of Jesus–Nazareth

Class 11B:  The childhood of Jesus–raising Jesus, education

Class 12A;  Jesus the Jewish Rabbi–the eastern mindset

Class 12B:  Jesus the Jewish Rabbi–rabbis and talmidim

Class 12C:  Jesus the Jewish Rabbi–rabbinic methods

Class 13A:  John the Baptist, ministry

Class 13B:  John the Baptist, death

Class 14A:  The temptations, part 1

Class 14B:  The temptations, part 2

Class 15: Sermon on the Mount, intro

Class 16a:  Anger and forgiveness, part 1

Class 16B: Anger and forgiveness, part 2–tools to solve conflict

Class 17A:  Sexual Purity–the problem

Class 17B:  Sexual Purity–a solution

Class 18:  Divorce and remarriage

Class 19A:  Prayer–Jewish customs

Class 19B:  How do we pray?