An introduction to Acts, covering its historical, literary, and theological foundations. Students will also study how Acts impacts the Christian faith, and mission.
This course presents a logical argument for God, giving counter-rebuttals to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics.
Bible Doctrine covers the essentials of the faith, giving you a firm grasp of several key doctrines. It is marked by its clarity, its strong spiritual emphasis, its thoroughness in scope and detail, and a treatment of such timely topics as spiritual warfare and the gifts of the spirit.
Archeology is a friend of biblical scripture. It imparts how archeology informs and confirms biblical truths. This is a study of hard science confirming certain claims of the Bible.
Just as the biblical record of the people of God is a story of a mixed people, with great acts of faith and great failures in sin and unfaithfulness, so is the history of the people who make up the Church of God since the time of Christ.
This course will cover the development of the Church from the time of Christ to Pre-Reformation (1st through 13th centuries).
Church History II covers from Pre-Reformation to present day. This course offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed during the Reformation. It looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the Church, covering the Church's triumphs and struggles during this time.
This course examines the role of culture in human experience. It helps students as they explore and understand this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. The course covers standard cultural anthropology topics, with special attention given to issues of concern to Christians, such as cultural relativism, evolution, and missions.
Students will reflect on biblical themes, in the light of anthropological realities, and are encouraged to apply what they learn to a wide variety of work and ministry settings around the world.
The course provides an overview of the world’s religious traditions. We will begin by discussing the nature and study of religion. Then we will launch into an introduction to the various world religions. Given the breadth of the subject matter, we will want to strike a balance among the texts, traditions, and practices of each religion. Throughout the course we will discuss questions that highlight the similarities and differences between Christianity and the other religions. We will seek to understand these traditions sympathetically, with a goal of appreciating the world’s diverse religious communities. The course exposes students to the beliefs, cultures, and histories of a variety of non-Western peoples and encourages students to think about the presence and significance of religious traditions worldwide.
This course outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. It also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant. It tackles ethical dilemmas, and uses case studies to address some of today's most pressing social issues.
This course will examine introductory issues, overarching themes and the overall argument of the book of Genesis. It will also cover interpretive, theological and critical issues.
This course covers everything from translation concerns, to different genres of biblical writing. While exploring context, history, and genre, this course will uncover their meaning for ancient audiences, and their implications for Christians today.
A topical-chronological study of the development of evangelical doctrine for the purpose of answering the question, how did evangelicals come to believe what they believe today? Each of the key theological loci covered in systematic theology (the doctrines of Scripture, God, humanity and sin, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, redemption, the church, and the last things) will be considered, with the development of these loci being traced chronologically beginning with the early church, continuing through the medieval period, extending into the Reformation and post-Reformation era, and concluding with the modern scene.
This course traces the history of the Bible and includes discussions of inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions.
The purpose of this course is to move from the process of interpreting Scripture to the proclamation of a biblical sermon.
This course focuses on the Scriptural premise that, " . . . we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers." - Ephesians 6:12.
It identifies different levels of spiritual warfare, but mainly deals with strategic-level warfare. Additionally, it covers the why and how of confronting the principalities and powers, which under the command of Satan, do their best to make human life miserable and unrighteous.
The couse emphasizes that the demonic world is a reality. It tackles, and attempts to rectify, the problem that there are too few believers who understand the realm of darkness, and lack the skills to effectively use the weapons of warfare that God has given us.
This course is an introduction to the ministry of intercessory prayer as given in James 5:16, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." As an intercessory prayer guide, this course includes guidelines on how to pray, what to pray, when not to pray, resources for prayer, international intercession, and factors that hinder prayer.
This course addresses the following questions, and others, in this "prelude" to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this course is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning.
This course contains introductory material on Paul and the Pauline corpus, and discussion of Paul's "theological discourse". Many up-to-date and judicious discussions of debated issues in Pauline studies are included. Primary and secondary source quotations are also examined. Paul's "apocalyptic narrative" is stressed as providing coherence to the letters, as well as reconstructing other metanarratives---about the covenant people Israel and the Roman imperial order---that help contextualize Paul within Jewish and Roman milieux.
This course is a study of evangelism ministry with special attention paid to the context of a local church setting.
An introduction to the four New Testament Gospels and the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The course will examine methodologies for the study of the Gospels (historical-critical and literary approaches), historical and cultural setting of the Gospels, the unique portrait of Jesus provided by each of the Gospel writers, and an introduction to the study of the historical Jesus.
A survey of the Old Testament prophetic books.
This course covers introductory material on Paul and the Pauline corpus, and includes discussions of Paul's “theological discourse”. Many up-to-date and judicious discussions, of debated issues in Pauline studies, are reviewed and studded with illuminating primary and secondary source quotations. The course stresses Paul's “apocalyptic narrative” as providing coherence to the letters, as well as reconstructing other meta-narratives - regarding the covenant people Israel, and the Roman imperial order - that help contextualize Paul within Jewish and Roman milieux.
This course is designed to give the student twelve different and distinct bible study methods. The course will show the student how to get the most out of there bible study time. At the end of this course the student will recognize the need for a personal bible study program and have the confidence to share these methods with others.
This course introduces the New Testament and examines major themes, broad divisions, key scriptures, major personalities, and the structure and context of each book. Literary and historical backgrounds are also examined.
A survey of the Old Testament that examines the Pentateuch, Historical and Poetical books, and Major and Minor Prophets. This survey will highlight key scriptures, major personalities, and examine their literary and historical backgrounds.
This course provides an analysis of the Old Testament within the literary and theological context of the whole Bible. It focuses on the theological, literary, and historical dimensions of the Old Testament text and story; draws theological connections to major themes and figures of the Old Testament and its biblical theological emphases; and makes application to modern Christianity, both corporate (church) and personal (spiritual growth).
An in-depth study of Genesis through Deuteronomy.
This course is designed to give the student insights into the literary and theological types in the Book of Psalms. It also deals with hermeneutical, historical and worship reflections. The course will show the student how to get the most out of these wonderful and precious and much read Psalms. At the end of this course the student will recognize the need to incorporate these truths and be able to share them with others.
An exploration of what it means to be human from the perspective of both Christianity and the discipline of Psychology. Both of these differ in how they explain the nature of humans, and in the goals they have for those explanations.
This course is designed to help the followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to have a deeper relationship and a pleasing intimacy with God. In this course the student will discover how to walk with the Lord hand in hand. It will give the student suggestions about how the church can become all that the Lord has called her to be: The very loving presence of Jesus in a lost and dying world.
The course addresses introductory matters that lay the groundwork for Romans, and also high-lights key themes, clarifying difficult passages, and explores the continuing relevance of Romans.
This course is designed to give the student common sense answers on how to lead small groups. The information and resources will give the student the ability to lead a transformational small group in which life-change is the norm. This manual will be invaluable for the small church pastor.
This course introduces the content of the New Testament books of Hebrews and the General Epistles (James–Jude).
Systematic Theology I has two topical parts, as follows:
Systematic Theology II has three topical parts, as follows:
Systematic Theology III has two topical parts, as follows:
An exegetical study of John designed to enable the student to understand and interpret the biblical message. Primary attention will be given to the form and content of the text itself: its background and history, distinctive literary traits, the flow of the argument, and the application of its truths in the contemporary setting.
This course covers religion as a complex and intriguing matrix of history, philosophy, culture, beliefs, and practices. It encompasses African religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course focuses fairly on the history and theology of these religions.
The course provides an overview of the world’s religious traditions. We will begin by discussing the nature and study of religion. Then we will launch into an introduction to the various world religions. Given the breadth of the subject matter, we will want to strike a balance among the texts, traditions, and practices of each religion. Throughout the course we will discuss questions that highlight the similarities and differences between Christianity and the other religions. We will seek to understand these traditions sympathetically, with a goal of appreciating the world's diverse religious communities. The course exposes students to the beliefs, cultures, and histories of a variety of non-Western peoples and encourages students to think about the presence and significance of religious traditions worldwide.