Certificate in Biblical Overview


Course Description

In order to encourage Christians to be systematically equipped for Christian life and ministries, MBI offers the Certificate in Biblical Overview with the intention of strengthening the students’ ability to understand the Bible, so that they may walk with God in their daily lives and service in the church. It is a one-year program consisting of thirty times of classroom teaching and activities. Basically, the program is an introduction of hermeneutics, of how to read and interpret the Bible, followed by a survey of the Old Testament and the New Testament, covering all the sixty-six books of the Bible. It is suitable for those who want to have a basic and yet wholesome understanding of the Bible or who prefer to study the Bible in an English seminary curriculum.

Theological education is not only for knowledge and information, but also for life development of the students. In addition to the classroom hours, this program also has group activities to be led by the instructors, so that students and teachers may build up relationships of spiritual growth.


Calendar for the CBO Program:

Tuesday evening 9:00pm – 11:30pm

30 weekly 2.5 hour classroom meetings and group activities

Fall Term:10 meetings, 3 October 2023 – 12 December 2023 (No class –  7 November 2023)

Winter Term:10 meetings, 9 January 2024 – 19 March 2024 (No class: 13 February 2024)

Spring Term:10 meetings, 9 April 2024 – 18 June 2024 (No class: 14 May 2024)


Fall Term:Interpretation and Application of the Bible

How to read and understand the Bible
Context: Past and Present
Meaning and Application
Interpretation of the Old Testament
Interpretation of the New Testament


Winter Term:Old Testament Survey

The Pentateuch
The History Books
Psalms and Wisdom Books
The Prophets


Spring Term:New Testament Survey

Matthew, Mark, Luke
Pauline Epistles
Catholic Epistles


Admission Requirements


Graduation Requirements




Application Procedure

        (a).Application fee of MOP200 (non-refundable)
        (b).Two photographs of the applicant (1½ inch size)
        (c).One copy each of applicant’s identification card and education transcripts
        (d).Essay – Applicant’s personal testimony of Christian conversion (500 words)
        (e).Essay – Applicant’s reason of application (250 words)


Instructors: Rev. Dr. Patrick Lau & Rev. Dr. Larry Ballew

Application Deadline: 25 September 2023