Classroom

Wisdom is built on knowledge. With a core curriculum and excellent teaching, students gain knowledge in the classroom, which they are then challenged to put into practice outside of the classroom. Each class trains students HOW to think critically, rather than simply teaching them what to think.  With the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, a JWI student can take charge of their faith, no longer dependent on others to interpret their faith for them.

Classes

Elements of Bible (BI-1120)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Emphasizes the inductive Bible study method, basic principles of biblical interpretation, and uses other methods and tools for Bible study. Students will learn how to get an over- view of any book of the Bible, make observations and ask interpretative questions, distinguish between figurative and literal language, outline passages, and make applications from biblical principles.

Major prophets 1 (BI-3316)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Examines the book of Isaiah, giving attention to historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book while focusing primarily on detailed analysis of the content. Emphasis is on the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments.

Pauline Epistles 1 (BI-3325)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
An expository study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, with attention given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books.

Israel Prep and Culture

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
The Israel preparation class helps students get the most out of their two week trip to Israel as well as tie into the Old Testament Survey course. This class combines biblical geography, Hebrew culture, basics of the Hebrew language, as well as customs and practices of Jesus time. This class imparts a better understanding of the land and context in which the Bible takes place.

Old Testament Survey

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Old Testament Class at the Joshua Wilderness Institute has three purposes. The first is to demonstrate to students their ability to study the Old Testament scriptures on their own. Many students today are prone to ignore the OT when it comes to life application, discipleship, or evangelism because they feel that it is either too difficult to interpret or too outdate to be relevant. The first purpose of this class is to dispel that myth. The second purpose of the class is study the character of God. Similarly, when students want to understand who God is they spend the majority of their study time investigating Jesus Christ in the New Testament. While this is certainly a good way to understand God, it is not all that has been revealed about Him and to get a complete picture one must look at the Old Testament. The third and last purpose of the class is to get a clear perspective on the overarching rise and fall of man's relationship with God as displayed in the OT. The Old Testament scriptures show such a clear pattern of man's duality and his constant fluctuation from faithfulness to faithlessness despite God's consistency. This pattern is important for students to understand because that same duality is present in our lives, despite God's consistency, and an understanding of His faithfulness regardless of our failure is a major key to ongoing growth in discipleship, and the avoidance of discouragement.

Life Skills

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The point of the Joshua program is not just to have knowledge but to be life effective. During the course of the year students will learn necessary skills for effective practical living. We will cover etiquette, car maintenance, finances/budget, taxes, time management, relationships, conflict resolution, spanish, resumes, job interviews and much more.

Theology

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Joshua Theology class is designed to give students an overview of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Our desire is that students will walk away with not only an understanding of what it means to be a Christian but that they would own their faith and practically live out what Jesus describes in the Bible as being a disciple. This is not a quest for knowledge but rather owning ones faith and striving to understand the heart of God and what he desires from his people. During the year we will cover such topics as scripture, God, man, sin, Christ, salvation, church, and the end times.

Acts (BI-2214)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Encounter the major changes in God's dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. Trace the six major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book, and study the major events in each section. You will learn the significance of the beginning of the church at Pentecost, the gift of tongues, Stephen's speech, the conversion of Cornelius, the Jerusalem Council, Paul at Mars Hill and the place and purpose of baptism. Apply the material in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church. Two exams test your knowledge of the content of Acts. Two papers give you the opportunity to do an in-depth topical study of the Holy Spirit in Acts, principles of evangelism from Philip's ministry or principles of missionary strategy.

Christian Life and Ethics (TH-110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Christian living is decision making. This course helps you form habits of decision making in all areas of life that will honor the Lord. It encourages the proper development of relationships, ethical decision making, the development of a biblical worldview, the Spirit-filled life, the body life of the church and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Survey of Bible Doctrine (TH-2225)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Theology is the systematic organization of what the Bible teaches. In this course, the student will study what the Bible teaches about God's Word itself, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes using the Bible in evangelism and teaching, as well as helping others determine for themselves what the Bible teaches.

The Church and its doctrines (TH-1110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
A foundational course, using primarily a Bible Doctrine approach that surveys basic doctrines of the church and their implications for life. Specifically, the course will survey Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Angelology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts and biblical texts. The course also will introduce the various branches of theology.

 

Books

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A Million Miles and a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Years after writing a best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another. But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they start fictionalizing Don’s life for film-changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative-the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

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Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul, and Absalom. For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.

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Make Your Mark by Brad Gray

“Wrestling with our calling in life is a fundamental struggle for just about everyone. Who are we supposed to be? How are we supposed to live? What are we supposed to do? These are all questions many of us grapple with.

Surprisingly, the Samson narrative is one of the most instructive stories for helping us answer these questions. Often touted as a story about muscles, testosterone, and seduction, there is so much more to this ancient account. Employing all the best tools for interpreting the Bible today, Brad Gray unpacks the Samson story anew, giving us fresh insights into the universal callings of those desiring to live out God’s fullest design for life.

With passion, humor, and skill, Brad shows us how we can get right what Samson got wrong in order to flourish in our humanity, to make the most of the lives we’ve been given, and to leave a positive mark on our world.”

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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity is a discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Lewis uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

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The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

The world assigns value to people using measurable standards. Someone is a successful student if she receives A’s. Someone is a strong athlete if he runs five miles a day. The Lord, however, knows nothing of standards. The Ragamuffin Gospel was inspired by Brennan Manning after he discovered firsthand what it means to live by grace instead of performance. His words bring new life and sweet refreshment to Christians who are tired of never measuring up.

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Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

To know God is to love God. The more we know Him the more we are able to love Him. Brother Lawrence, a monk in the 1600s, spent many years practicing the presence of God in his life. His key to this practice was that he strove to be consciously aware of God’s presence at all times. A renowned Christian classic, Brother Lawrence’s message has survived several centuries and still inspires many individuals to purposefully enjoy God’s presence in their lives.

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Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Foster shows us that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis’s revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis’s own words, “If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.”

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The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

Evangelism is not only misunderstood, it is often unpracticed. Many Christians want to share the gospel with others, but because those Christians don’t grasp the fundamentals of witnessing, they feel intimidated and incapable of sharing the truth of the Gospel. In The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Dr. Mark Dever seeks to answer the four basic questions about evangelism that many Christians ask: Who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? In his answers, Dever draws on New Testament truths and helps believers apply those truths in practical ways.

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The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do–and what we should take responsibility for ourselves.

Teachers

 
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Rich Ferreira

Theology, Israel Prep Class

After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich’s passions are discipleship and teaching God’s word in a way that brings it alive in today’s world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys international travel (especially Israel), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen.

 
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Bill Carroll

Pauline Epistles

Bill Carroll graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Religion and a Certificate in Youth Ministry. He has also completed a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from George Fox University where he later went on to teach Business Ethics and Religion courses as an Adjunct Professor. Bill has 20 years of full-time experience working in church / Para-church ministries and has been serving as the Guest Relations Manager at Hume Lake Christian Camps since 2012. Bill and his wife Hollie have been married for over 20 years and they have three children, Mackenzie, Samantha and Cooper.

 
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Rich Baker

Isaiah

Rich Baker Graduated from Sacramento State University in 2003 with a communications degree. He went on to graduate from Liberty University with a Master of Art in Religion in Biblical studies. He has worked as the High School director at Hume Lake Christians Camps for over nine years and he loves that he gets to tell people about Jesus. He is marred to the love of his life Allyson Baker and have two lovely children August and Eisley.

 
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Life Skills

Life Skills Class

Life Skills class is taught by many different teachers who throughout the year will be sharing their various expertise with the students. The point of the Joshua program is not just to have knowledge but to be life effective. During the course of the year students will learn necessary skills for effective practical living. We cover a variety of topics from etiquette to car maintenance, finances/budget, taxes, time management, relationships, conflict resolution, Spanish, resumes, job interviews and much more.

 
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Cory Fenn

Old Testament Survey

Coming from a broken home changed by the gospel, Cory has always had a front row seat to God moving. With this being a precedent in his life Cory pursued what he believed to be God’s calling in full time ministry, and served as a Youth Minister for seven years. Cory is a graduate of Summit Bible College and is finishing his Masters at Luther Rice University. Currently he is an adjunct professor at the Joshua Wilderness Institute while serving as a Director at Hume Lake Christian Camps.

 
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Aubri Foster

Elements of Bible Study

Aubri and her husband John moved to Hume Lake in 2010 with their two daughters Danielle and Madilyn. They have both committed their lives to serving Jesus wherever he calls them. She has a BA in Liberal Studies and a Master’s from Fresno Pacific University where she is an Adjunct Professor currently teaching Written Communications, Children’s Literature, English for Academic Purposes, Critical Thinking and Composition, and Biblical Literature. Her desire is to love on college age students as they learn to fuse their faith and academic lives.

 
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Philip Hamilton

Isaiah

Philip grew up in Lake Arrowhead, CA. He attended Biola University where he earned a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and studied Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology. Philip has worked for Hume Lake Ministries since 2007. He is married to Melissa and they have two boys, Micah and Levi.