Biblical Essentials Certificate

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When Jesus first called his disciples, his words were, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). He spoke of two roles—following him and calling other people to follow him—and we want our church family to be marked by these two commitments. People who follow Jesus are people who love him, who enjoy spending time with him, who know his teaching and pattern of life, and who seek to live according to his will. They also understand that this commitment must not stop with them. Like their Savior, they invest time with others and say to them, as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” 

The elders and pastors of our church are committed to doing everything we can to equip you to do these things. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Biblical Essentials Certificate Program. Participants in this program will study God’s Word from cover to cover. Experienced teachers will help you engage your mind in the study of Scripture and theology, all with the purpose of engaging your heart to know and worship God and participate in his mission for the world.

We heartily encourage you to consider taking part in this opportunity.


The Biblical Essentials Certificate is a three year program. The first year consists of 5 terms of Bible Survey. The second year consists of 5 terms of Systematic Theology. The third year consists of 5 terms of Discipleship Dynamics.

Classes are offered on Thursday evenings during the school year at Grace Church of Simi Valley from 7:00 - 8:30. Terms are six to seven weeks long with breaks in between and/or for holidays. Each term is $50. You can register for the whole year for $250 or register term by term.

**Due to COVID-19, we are meeting under the lights outdoors in makeshift classrooms to adhere to the current regulations.

Term 1 (9/3/20 - 10/15/20): Old Testament Survey 1 with Marshall Walter
Term 2 (10/29/20 - 12/17/20): Old Testament Survey 2 with Peter LeDuc
Term 3 (1/7/21 - 2/25/21): Old Testament Survey 3 TBD
Term 4 (3/4/21 - 4/15/21): New Testament Survey 1 with Danny Lee
Term 5 (4/22/21 - 5/27/21): New Testament Survey 2 with Matt Simms

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