|The Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition is really a collection of four courses: First Principles (8 lessons), Preaching and Literary Genre (30 lessons), Preaching and Biblical Theology (15 lessons), and Preaching and Systematic Theology (15 lessons - coming soon...). You probably have a lot of questions. What happens when I register? Can I see a sample video? How much does it cost? What about seminary credit? How do I enroll? We'll get to all of those questions. But let's start with how the Simeon Course is structured.
|First Principles (8 lessons)
How do we get started in studying God's Word? What kinds of things should we look for in the text? This course tackles the foundational principles of studying God's Word, and is accessible for new students or for those trying to feel out the longer courses we offer.
|Preaching and Literary Genre (30 lessons)
The Bible is one book, yet it is also a collection of writings in different literary genres. Each of these genres require unique reading strategies for both understanding and teaching from that genre. But this is not always easy to do. In this course, we focus on the Biblical genres of Old Testament Narrative, Epistles, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, and Gospels and Acts. By the end, you should be able to read and teach better from each of these genres.
|Preaching and Biblical Theology (15 lessons)
Rather than looking at the Bible’s individual parts, this course looks at the Bible from a theological point of view. We see the Bible as a unified book that presents a unified story, culminating in Jesus Christ. Being able to see and understand the Bible is vital for preaching from any part of the Bible, as we seek to find each passage’s legitimate connection to Christ. This curriculum equips the student to properly use Biblical Theology in reading and teaching the Bible.
|There are a few different elements of each course that a student will experience:
In each of course, we provide instructional videos that can be either streamed online or downloaded onto your media devices. These instructions help students apprehend ways to study and teach from the Bible. Along with each instructional video is a study question sheet, study guides, and supplemental video and audio content to help students better comprehend the material. Samples of our instruction videos can be seen in the free sample videos section.
The courses also feature demonstration videos, which build on the instructional videos by showing an example of someone putting these tools to use in a sermon. There are study question sheets for each of the demonstration videos as well. Please note that these are not meant to be a model of precisely how to preach a sermon, but a demonstration of someone who we think is handling the text well, for your encouragement and interaction.
Interaction and Application
Hearing someone explain how to study the Bible and seeing someone put it into practice is one thing, but putting these tools into practice is another. We think the best way for people to grow in their ability to handle God’s Word is to actually do their own work. We encourage students to take the courses in a small group of (ideally) 6-8 students, and that you complete practice outlines of texts and even a practice sermon. We suggest texts for these assignments that are always related to topics being addressed in the courses, and the courses will be most beneficial when students choose to complete these assignments.
|Through our partnerships with different seminaries, the Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition is available for graduate credit. Our complete Preaching and Literary Genre curriculum is available for a total of 6 hours of credit, while our Preaching and Biblical Theology is available for 3 hours of seminary credit. Students who choose this option will submit their work to the Charles Simeon Trust for grading and interaction and are required to fulfill extra reading and writing assignments.
1. In order to take a course for credit, a student must be participating in the group format of the Preaching and Literary Genre course or the Preaching and Biblical Theology course. This requirement is due to the interactive elements of the weekly schedule and the critique requirements. However, not all members of a group need to be taking the course for credit.
2. In addition to the basic registration rate (see below), we charge $210/credit hour for each course -- most of which goes to the seminary for their tuition fees. While the price of the courses increases when taking adding the credit option, we are able to offer a significantly reduced rate compared with normal seminary tuition prices. For more information or quote about the total cost, please contact us.
3. Students taking a course for credit are required to complete the assignments for the course within the time limits of a normal seminary class. As such, the Preaching and Literary Genre course is divided into two terms of 15 lessons each and each term is worth 3 hours of credit. Each term must be completed within the confines of a normal school semester. The other courses are single terms and must also be completed within the confines of a normal school semester.
We are able to offer the courses for credit through partnerships with these ATS accredited seminaries:
|Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Students enrolled at TEDS or who are thinking about pursuing graduate education at TEDS are encouraged to take the Simeon Course. The three courses currently available for credit are for those in the MDiv or ThM programs. If you would like to apply any of them toward a DMIn, please contact us and we pursue this option on your behalf. The process for signing up is quite simple: just fill out the Student Agreement and send it to us after enrolling in the Simeon Course. Again, before we will submit your documents to TEDS, you must fill out the Student Agreement.
For more information about the seminary credit option through TEDS, including information about enrollment process, add and drop dates for TEDS, and the logistics of the course, please contact us.
|The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Students enrolled at SBTS or who are thinking about pursuing graduate education at SBTS are encouraged to take the Simeon Course. The three courses currently available for credit serve as elective credit in the MDiv program. The process for signing up is quite simple: just fill out the Student Agreement and send it to us after enrolling in the Simeon Course. Before we will submit your documents to SBTS, you must fill out the Student Agreement. If you are not currently an SBTS student, then you will also need to fill out the online student application.
For more information about the seminary credit option through SBTS, including information about enrollment process, add and drop dates for SBTS, and the logistics of the course, please contact us.
|The tuition for the courses varies according to your track and whether you have decided to take the courses for credit (see above for information about additional costs). We have done everything we can to keep it affordable for everyone. Here is a simple overview:
|First Principles||8 lessons||$19|
|Literary Genre||30 Lessons||$129|
|Biblical Theology||15 Lessons||$99|
If you do not want the seminary credit option, you will usually pay your entire tuition when you enroll. If you choose a seminary credit option, then the Charles Simeon Trust usually offers a payment plan. You can arrange a payment plan by contacting the Charles Simeon Trust. You can also mail a check to the Charles Simeon Trust at:
Charles Simeon Trust
P.O. Box 15212
Chicago, IL 60615
We offer a variety of ways to get the discounted price on the various courses.
Course Completion Discount
If a student has already completed one of our courses, the student automatically qualifies for the discounted price on additional courses.
Workshop on Biblical Exposition Discount
If a student has already attended a Workshop on Biblical Exposition, they qualify for the discounted price on any Simeon Course curriculum. They should receive a discount code at the Workshop. If you attended a Workshop and didn't get a discount code, please contact our office. We can verify your Workshop registration and give you the discount code.
We have partnership with various organizations (e.g., TGC, T4G ). Anyone who enrolls through one of our partners qualifies for the discounted price on the course. Typically, a discount code will be provided by the partner organization.
Commitment to Affordability
Workshops on Biblical Exposition
A Note for Previous Students
Students who enrolled in the Course between 2009 and 2013 likely paid a higher base rate. Like early adopters of any technology, you paid a higher rate because you took the courses early in their existence. Now that we have recovered some of our initial investment in developing the platform, we are lowering the price to make it more accessible. At the same time, we want you to remain satisfied with your experience in the Course. You qualify for the Curriculum Completion Discount on additional courses. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you want to discuss this at all.