Biblical Principles of Government Course (In-Person at Calvary Chapel San Jose)
Biblical Principles of Government is a comprehensive worldview course taught by IPS President, Mike Winther. As hinted in the title, the course explores the biblical basis for the proper functions and limitations of government. Contrary to popular opinion, government is not free to do whatever it wishes. As an institution ordained by God, Scripture sets forth the boundaries by which government is authorized to act and for what purposes. Our job as Christians and citizens is to know these biblically-defined boundaries and then, even more importantly, to hold government officials accountable to these standards. This is the only way to restrain tyranny and unleash liberty — a defining hallmark of Christianity.
This is an adult course, but it is still well suited for high school and junior high students. This is also a popular family course that creates many positive family discussions, so we encourage whole families to take it together. Homework is very light, but by special arrangement, a more thorough and rigorous homework load can be assigned for those seeking school credit.
Details & Cost
The course begins February 23rd and concludes April 27th. Gatherings are once a week on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. Calvary Chapel San Jose is located at 1175 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, CA 95118. The course itself is free, but there is a $25 charge (plus tax) for the study guide. Only one study guide per family is required. However, each person may want their own study guide for practical use. For the cost conscious, an entire family can take the course for only $25. If you already own a copy of the course study guide, you are not required to purchase an additional workbook. To see if you own the most up-to-date version, visit the study guide product page to see if the cover image matches your edition.
Michael R. Winther is the President and Founder of the Institute for Principle Studies (IPS). He sits on the Board of Scholars at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho.
As a lifelong student of history and government, Mr. Winther feels a burden to teach the important principles of government and economics — principles that were known by many of our founding fathers, but unfortunately were forgotten a generation later.