Course Descriptions


Biblical Theology

Introduction to Biblical Theology (BT300)

Description: This course will explain biblical theology and how it differs from systematic theology. Then it will move to a discussion of how to do biblical theology, tracing themes as they weave throughout the Bible and point to Jesus. It will focus on interpreting all Scripture from a Christ-centered perspective. Genre analysis and the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament will also be explored.

 

Old Testament Historical Narratives (BT301)

Description: This course will survey the historical narrative material in the Old Testament from the books of Genesis to Esther. Special emphasis will be placed upon the creation account in Genesis, Chapters 1-11, and the place of the Old Covenant in the unfolding of redemptive history. Particular attention will also be given to the necessity of the New Covenant and its partial unveiling within the Old.

 

Old Testament Wisdom Literature and Prophets (BT302)

Description:  This course surveys the wisdom books of the Old Testament (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes), the books of Lamentations and the Song of Solomon, the three major Prophets of the latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel), Daniel, and the twelve minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Naham, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). Special emphasis will be placed upon the Psalms, Proverbs, and Daniel.

 

John’s Gospel and Epistles (BT303)

Description: This course will examine the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as it is recorded in the Gospel of John and the writing of John to the church recorded in his three epistles (I, II and III John). It will especially consider the uniqueness of John’s gospel when compared to the Synoptic Gospels and will compare John’s writings to the church in regards to the Christian life, with the writings of Paul, Peter, and James. It will also seek to develop the character and passion of the Apostle John as it is revealed in the New Testament books which he authored.

 

The Synoptic Gospels (BT304)

Description: This course will examine the life of Jesus Christ as recorded in the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In doing so, it will use the book by A.T. Robertson entitled “A Harmony of the Gospels” and follow its unique view of harmonizing and chronologically presenting the life of Christ as presented in the synoptic gospels. The chief divisions of this harmony include: The pre-existence of Christ and His incarnation, the two genealogies of Christ, the birth and childhood of Christ, John the Baptist’s ministry, the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, the Galilean ministry, the training of the twelve disciples, the later Judean ministry, the later Perean ministry, Christ’s final public ministry in Jerusalem, in the shadows with Jesus, the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus and His resurrection, subsequent appearances and ascension to heaven.

 

Acts, 1 and 2 Corinthians (BT305)

Description: This course will observe the launch of the Church as the gospel penetrated the first century Mediterranean regions. It will trace the role of the Holy Spirit during this expansion and in the church of Corinth. Students will consider the major themes and doctrines taught by Dr. Luke and the apostle Paul through these important writings.

 

Romans (BT306)

Description: This course will involve an in depth study of Paul’s epistle to the church in Rome. Following the order of the book we will first consider all mankind’s need of salvation and then God’s provision of salvation through Jesus Christ. God’s provision will include the crucial doctrines of justification, sanctification and glorification as Paul sets them forth in chapters five through eight. We will also consider God’s provision of salvation in relation to the nation of Israel (the Jew) and explore His sovereign grace and justice. We will then consider the conduct of those that are saved in relation to the Lord, others, the governing authorities, one’s neighbor and the weaker brother. Finally, we will consider Paul’s closing words to the believers at Rome along with his personal remarks to them.

 

Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (BT307)

Description:  This class covers a lot of rich biblical ground: the superiority of Christ and His new covenant over all that came before Him, the fulfillment of all things in Christ, the nature of genuine saving faith, and how to live faithfully in a faithless world. While it will not stop to look at every possible tree, students will come away with a clear view of the forest in all its Christ-exalting beauty and glory.

 

Galatians Through Colossians (BT308)

Description: This course will consider these four magnificent epistles written by the apostle Paul. Although a verse-by-verse exposition would require a much longer period, students will gain a working understanding of each of these New Testaments books. Ephesians will receive the greatest attention as we explore its wonderful themes and doctrines in detail.

 


Systematic Theology

The Glory of the New Covenant I (ST400)

Description:  This course will study the biblical covenants (Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Christ). Discussion will focus upon the Old Covenant (Moses), its beginning, end, and purpose, and the greater glory of the New Covenant of Christ and His people. It will include an examination of Dispensational Theology, Covenant Theology, and New Covenant Theology, and how they each understand the relationship between the old and new covenants. Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology are concepts that many Christians don’t know by name, but their assumptions drive much of what is believed and practiced. We will introduce these theological schools and compare them to New Covenant Theology showing how the latter is the more biblically tenable and consistent. This course is required for all ministry tracks.

 

The Glory of the New Covenant II (ST401)

Description: This course will study the glory of the New Covenant as contrasted with the condemnation and death of the Old Covenant. Topics will include: circumcision and the true Israel, the yoke of the law and the yoke of Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Discussion will move to the Law of Moses and its relationship to the believer, and to the Law of Christ.

 

God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (ST402)

Description:  This course will consider both the doctrine of God the Father and God the Son. In relation to God the Father, special emphasis will be placed upon His existence, His know-ability, His attributes and His providential dealings with men and the creation. In relation to the God the Son, we will focus upon His person, including both His deity and humanity, His atoning sacrifice, His resurrection and ascension and His offices of Prophet, Priest and King. The doctrine of the trinity will also be examined and related to each of the members of the Godhead.

 

Salvation (ST404)

Description: This course will consider the Doctrine of Man (Anthropology) and the Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology) as they are presented in both the Old and New Testaments. It will especially focus on the nature and need of man as he comes into this world, including his relationship to sin and the consequences of it in his life. It will also present the biblical truth regarding the salvation of men including its source, its basis, its means, its evidence and its certainty. Related doctrines such as election, predestination, effectual call, atonement, redemption, reconciliation, conversion, regeneration, adoption, justification, sanctification, perseverance and glorification will be defined and explained.

 

Future Things (ST405)

Description:  This course will consider the subject of Eschatology or a word about those things which are yet future for believers, the church, and the world as we now know it. We will explore what happens to both believers and unbelievers in the intermediate state, that period following death but prior to the Lord’s return to earth. We will also focus on the second coming of Christ in relation to the great tribulation and when and how it shall occur. We will consider the various evangelical views regarding the millennium and seek to determine which one best fits the biblical revelation. We will consider the final judgment and punishment of the wicked along with the future glorification and resurrection of the righteous. We will also focus on the new heaven and earth and spend time learning to properly interpret the Book of the Revelation.

 


Practical Theology

Pastoral Epistles, Church Leadership (PT600)

Description: This course serves three purposes. First, to explore the teaching of the so-called “Pastoral Epistles” of the NT (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon). Second, to understand the biblical pattern for church authority and leadership. Third, to learn what the responsibilities of pastors and elders are within the church. The class considers both the formal duties and the “personal life” of the minister. The benefit to the non-elder/pastor student will be a better understanding of the Lord’s design for shepherding His flock as well as principles that apply to any ministry in the church.

 

Homiletics (PT601)

Description: This course will consider the role of the Pastor/Teacher in a local assembly of believers with regards to the preparation and delivery of biblically based expository messages. It is designed for men only.

 

Study and Teaching (PT602)

Description: This course is designed to prepare a student to teach in a classroom setting, a small group meeting, or the like. It will study how to study in preparation for teaching. It will examine things like diagramming sentences, grammatical structures, the importance of context, and other necessary components of studying. This course will also examine how to communicate, how to lecture, and how to lead a discussion group. It will include a teaching practicum.

 

Christ-Centered Counseling (PT603)

Description: Our goal in this class will be to prepare students to help others find joy in the Lord, freedom from the enslavement to particular sins, strength for obedience to Jesus Christ, and perseverance in loving others. Obviously, this is the goal of any Christian discipleship. But we will focus upon those unique, difficult, and enslaving sins, along with the profound effects of being sinned against, which require dedicated and repeated assistance from others.

 

Church Life and Worship (PT604)

Description: This course examines the biblical foundations for and practical details of worship (corporate and individual), fellowship and edification, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, church discipline, Spiritual gifts, evangelism, missions, local church administration, and ministry programs. It will discuss what things must be held tenaciously and what things should be held loosely, non-negotiables and cultural trends.

 

Godliness and Spiritual Disciplines (PT605)

Course Description:  This course will discuss Christ as the mystery of godliness (1 Tim. 3:13-16). It will consider the topic of godliness and contentment. The spiritual disciplines and their roles in the life of a believer will be studied, along with the importance of life planning and redeeming the time. Sins, especially sins of the tongue, will be examined. Discussion will include wisdom from the Old Testament books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and how they should help shape our lives.

 

Marriage and Family (PT607)

Course Description: Marriage, sexuality, and parenting lie at the core of God’s purposes for humanity. Thus, it is an obvious and perennial target for the world, the flesh, and the devil. This course explores the biblical teaching for each so that students will be prepared to live and minister according to His design. It will address the roles of husbands and wives, parents, and single people. It will consider the Scriptural teaching on divorce and remarriage. And it will delve into the wonder of Christ-honoring sexuality in contrast to its pervasive perversions in today’s culture. This course is required for all tracks except ministry leadership.

 

Missions and Evangelism (PT609)

TBD

 


Church History

Church History I (CH500)

Description: This course will focus on the history of the Church from its inception to the period of the Reformation; thus, the first 1500 years of its existence will be considered. It will highlight the development of Christian Theology during this time especially as it touches on the Trinitarian and Christological debates as unfolded by the various church councils and creeds which pertained to them. It will also look at the theology of salvation (the doctrines of sin, grace, and faith) which came into view in the writings of Augustine and Pelagius. Then the writings of the early Church Fathers and the Apologists, the development of the doctrine regarding the Monarchial Bishop and the Church of Rome, the split between the Eastern and Western churches and the constant attacks from numerous heresies and heretics will also be explored.

 

Church History II (CH501)

Description: This course will present an overview of Church history from the Protestant Reformation to the present day. Students will survey the major events, characters, and beliefs important to that period.

 


Original Language and Ministry Practicums

Greek Grammar and Exegesis

Description: This course pursues basic knowledge of New Testament Greek and how to use it for effective interpretation.

 

4 Practicums

Description: Practical “real world” ministry assignments customized for each student.