Courses A Well-Balanced Theological Education Biblical LanguagesBiblical ExpositionSystematic TheologyPastoral TrainingWorld MissionsChurch History Courses in Biblical Languages BL401 Elementary Greek 6 credit hours Offered each summer, this course is designed to provide a foundation in New Testament Greek. The course emphasizes elementary vo- cabulary, grammar, syntax, translation, and the effective use of lexical, grammatical, and syntactical tools. (6 credit hours) When offered during the school year it is divided into three 2 credit hour courses BL 401a, 401b, & 401c. When offered during the school year it is divided into three 2 credit hour courses BL 401a, 401b, & 401c. BL501 Greek Grammar & Exegesis I 4 credit hours Greek Grammar & Exegesis I is designed to make Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. It builds Greek vocabulary, increases confidence in translation, highlights the significance of important grammatical features and syntactical structures, and intro- duces the practice of exegetical procedures. Prerequisite: BL 401 or its equivalent BL502 Greek Grammar & Exegesis II 4 credit hours Greek Grammar & Exegesis II continues from BL 501 in making Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. It continues to build Greek vocabulary, increases confidence in translation, highlights the significance of important grammatical features and syntactical structures, and introduces the practice of exegetical procedures including diagramming, outlining, lexical studies, syntactical studies & problem solutions. Prerequisite: BL 501 BL503 Greek Grammar & Exegesis III 4 credit hours Greek Grammar & Exegesis III continues from BL 502 in making Greek a useful tool for interpreting the New Testament. It continues to build Greek vocabulary and increase confidence in translation and reading the GNT. It highlights the significance of important gram- matical features and syntactical structures, and introduces the practice of exegetical procedures, culminating in a presentation of the product of exegesis in an expository sermon. Prerequisite: BL 502 BL601 Hebrew I: Phonology/Morphology 4 credit hours Hebrew I is designed to provide a foundation in Old Testament Hebrew so that the man of God might be equipped to present a clear, exact, and persuasive exposition of God’s saving work in Christ. This course provides a foundation in Old Testament Hebrew. It equips the student with basic vocabulary and understanding of the essential principles of phonology & morphology. The progression of Hebrew courses will build vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and expose the student to the wide range of OT literary styles. BL602 Hebrew II: Morphology 4 credit hours Hebrew II continues to build vocabulary and understanding of the essential principles of morphology, with an introduction to Hebrew syntax. The progression of courses will build vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and expose the student to the wide range of OT literary styles. Prerequisite: BL 601 BL603 Hebrew III: Syntax 4 credit hours Hebrew III is designed to provide a further foundation in Old Testament Hebrew so that the man of God might be equipped to present a clear, exact, and persuasive exposition of God’s saving work in Christ. Hebrew III introduces the student to the Hebrew accents, masora, apparatus, but places its major focus on syntax. The progression of the three courses will build vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, and expose the student to the wide range of OT literary styles. Prerequisite: BL 602 BL604 Hebrew Readings 2 to 4 credit hours Geared for students having completed first year of Hebrew, this course emphasizes reading, translation and parsing, with attention given to exegetical observations. Prerequisites: BL 601, 602, 603 BL659 Exegesis of Galatians 3 credit hours This is an application of the principles of Greek Exegesis to the text of the Epistle to the Galatians. The course will provide a detailed examination of historical background, grammatical, lexical, and theological issues. Special attention will be given to passages dealing with justification, the Law, and life with the Spirit. Prerequisites: BL 503, BE 501 & BE 504 BL703 Hebrew IV: Exegesis 3 credit hours This course is a study designed to prepare the student for independent exegesis of the Hebrew text. It emphasizes translation of se- lected OT books, as well as grammatical, syntactical, and lexical studies, in order to develop an exegetical methodology with a goal toward exposition. Introductions to ancient near east background, textual criticism, and literary genres will be explored. Prerequisites: BL 603, BE 502, & 503 BL704 Biblical Aramaic 3 credit hours This course prepares the exegete to handle all of the Aramaic portions of the Old Testament. The Course emphasizes Aramaic grammar, verb paradigms and distinctions with biblical Hebrew. The exegete will translate Daniel 2:4b-7:28; Ezra 4:1-7:28 and Genesis 31:47. Prerequisite: BL 703 BL765 Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles 3 credit hours This course is an exegetical analysis of portions of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus with emphasis on the practical application of the instruc- tion of these epistles for contemporary Christian living and pastoral responsibilities. Special attention will be given to the complementary roles of men and women and problem solutions to exegetical difficulties. Prerequisites: BL 503, BE 501 & BE 504 BL799 Research in Biblical Languages 2 credit hours The student is given the opportunity to complete a guided independent study in an area of Greek or Hebrew. This course allows the student to accomplish deeper investigation into a special problem, area of doctrine, or interpretation of a passage. The course must be designed by and pursued under the supervision of a faculty member and must be approved in writing by the Academic Dean. Information regarding requirements, procedures, and grading is available from the Academic Dean’s office. Prerequisites: Must have completed two years of seminary (at least 70 credit hours) and must have taken BL 503 & BL 603. Courses in Biblical Exposition BE501 Hermeneutics I 3 credit hours This is an introduction to the science and art of interpreting the Bible. It surveys the history of interpretation and defines the gram- matical, historical approach by establishing the general and special principles of interpretation. Care will also be given to developing a practical process of interpretation. BE502 Survey and Biblical Theology of the Old Testament I 4 credit hours This course provides a broad survey of Genesis through Esther with an emphasis on the biblical theology of each book. Overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual lessons will be examined in relation to their historical background and Christian ministry today. The Christ-centeredness of scripture will be highlighted as each book is considered in its contribution to the history of redemption. BE503 Survey and Biblical Theology of the Old Testament II 4 credit hours This course provides a broad survey of Job through Malachi with an emphasis on the biblical theology of each book. Overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual lessons will be examined in relation to their historical background and Christian ministry today. The Christ-centeredness of scripture will be highlighted as each book is considered in its contribution to the history of redemption. BE504 Survey and Biblical Theology of the New Testament 4 credit hours This is a foundational study to give the student a broad survey of the New Testament with an emphasis on the biblical theology of each book. Overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual lessons will be examined in relation to their historical background and Christian ministry today. The person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ will be highlighted along with an understanding of each book in its relation to God’s overall plan of redemption. BE505 Exposition of Genesis 3 credit hours This is an exposition of the book of Genesis. Particular stress is given to the developing themes of Christ in redemption and the covenants, which will be studied in relation to later Old Testament and New Testament revelation. It examines interpretive challenges in light of modern evolutionary theories and current higher criticism. BE624 Exposition of Proverbs 2 credit hours An expositional study of the Book of Proverbs, with attention to the nature of Hebrew wisdom literature, the genre of proverbs, and the various hermeneutical approaches to this literature. Also emphasizes personal and homiletical applications to contemporary issues and relationships. Prerequisites: BE 501-504 BE645 Exposition of Romans 3 credit hours This course is a detailed analysis of the book of Romans. It examines the great doctrines of Christ, justification, and the hope of the believer with attention to the background, theme, and logical development of thought and doctrine. Interpretive problems and relevant practical applications in teaching and preaching will be explored. Prerequisites: BE 501 & BE 504 BE653 Exposition of the Thessalonian Epistles 2 credit hours This course is an expositional approach to these early epistles with careful attention to their context in culture and history. Special em- phases focus on the personal, pastoral, and prophetic elements that combine for a unique study. Appropriate applications for the con- temporary church will be drawn. Prerequisites: BE 501 & BE 504 BE661 Exposition of the Johannine Epistles 2 credit hours Authorship, background, purpose, intended readers, methodology and theology will be the focus of this analysis of the Johannine letters. Special attention will be given to the relationship of the letters’ style and vocabulary to that of the Gospel, the situation presupposed in the letters, particularly 2nd and 3rd John, and the eschatology of the letters. Prerequisites: BE 501 & BE 504 BE701 The Christ-Centeredness of Scripture 3 credit hours The goal of this course is to have students recognize the Christ-centeredness of Scripture and to see preaching Christ as the heart of their ministries. The class provides an exegetical look at passages that yield the teaching that the person and work of Jesus Christ are the central focus of the entire Bible and surveys the prophecies and types of Christ and His work of redemption from the OT. It builds a theology & practice of Christ-centeredness with a view to Christ-centered preaching. Prerequisites: BE 501-504 BE702 Biblical Introduction 4 credit hours This course is an introduction to historical backgrounds, literary genres, canonical development, and major interpretive challenges of Old and New Testament books. Prerequisites: BE 501-BE 504 & ST 501 BE703 Textual & Higher Criticism 2 credit hours This course addresses the development and production of Scripture, Old and New Testament Textual Criticism, as well as an examination of modern critical approaches to Higher Criticism including the JEDP theories & criticism of the synoptic gospels. Prerequisites: BE 501, BL 503 & BL 603 BE710 Historical Geography of Israel 2 credit hours This course is a careful study of the geographical layout of ancient Israel with a view to understanding the changes that occurred through- out Israel’s history. The topographical and geological features of Israel will also receive treatment. Prerequisites: BE 501-504 BE799 Research in Bible Exposition 2 credit hours This course is a guided independent study in an area of Biblical Exposition. This course allows the student to accomplish deeper investi- gation into a special problem, area of doctrine, or interpretation of a passage. The course must be designed by and pursued under the su- pervision of a faculty member and must be approved in writing by the Academic Dean. Information regarding requirements, procedures, and grading is available from the Academic Dean’s office. Prerequisites: Must have completed two years of seminary (at least 70 credit hours) and must have taken BE 501-504. Courses in Systematic Theology ST501 Bibliology 4 credit hours This course is a study of the doctrine of the Scriptures, which highlights verbal/plenary inspiration, divine revelation, supernatural il- lumination, as well as the supreme authority of the Scripture. The sufficiency of Scripture will be underscored as Christ’s all-sufficient means, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, for the salvation and sanctification of His people. ST502 The Triune God and Theology Proper 4 credit hours This course is an examination of the doctrine of God with a special focus on His essence, attributes, and nature. The Scriptural evidence and proof of the Trinity will be considered in detail, including the economic relationship to creation. ST504 Christology: The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ 4 credit hours This course is a detailed investigation into the doctrine of Christ. Emphasis is placed upon His preexistence, incarnation, hypostatic union, earthly life, and present work. His atonement and cross work is given special consideration. This course also gives attention to the reality of Christ’s all-sufficiency as a central feature of the glory of His Person. ST601 Pneumatology: The Spirit’s Person, Power, Presence, and Provision 4 credit hours This course is a thorough study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments. Special emphasis will be given to the issues of the Spirit’s personality and deity, position in the Trinity, Spirit baptism and fullness, and His Christ exalting work in revelation, evangelism, regeneration, preaching, and sanctification. The issue of cessationism vs. continuationism will be examined in light of current trends along with an exposition of relevant Scripture passages. ST602 Hamartiology and Soteriology 4 credit hours This course is a biblical analysis of sin and salvation. It deals with the fall of man and its consequences, especially total depravity. It also deals with election, calling, regeneration, conversion, and the nature of saving faith, free justification, assurance, and adoption. ST603 The Christian Life: Sanctification and Personal Holiness 3 credit hours This course involves a careful textual study of the biblical concept of growing in the grace and knowledge of the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Students will learn to identify and evaluate the different views of sanctification prominent in various com- munities. The emphasis presented in this course for the Christian life and growth is how God motivates and enables us to pursue holiness by His grace. Specific lectures articulate how the Gospel of Christ applies to all areas of life and ministry. ST604 Ecclesiology 4 credit hours This course is a study in the origin, nature, organization, and function of the church. Special prominence is given to its government, its officers, its discipline, and its ordinances. ST605 Seminar in Applied Ecclesiology 2 credit hours This course is a study of key issues related to the doctrine of the church with special attention given to developing a biblical philosophy of ministry and critiquing the American Church Growth movement. Prerequisite: ST604 Ecclesiology ST606 Theology of Work and Vocation 2 Credit Hours Most Christians will spend the majority of their waking hours engaged in work. Helping their people understand the meaning and significance of work from a biblical and theological perspective, therefore, will be one of the pastor’s chief tasks. This course will provide a biblical and theological survey of the doctrine of work while also tracing the doctrine’s development, decline, and recent renewal. The class will also consider how a biblical doctrine of work and vocation will shape our understanding of poverty care, economics, retirement, and good works. ST701 Anthropology & Angelology 4 credit hours This course is a careful look at the doctrines of man, angels, demons, and Satan. It also looks at satanic activity in light of biblical spiritual warfare. ST702 Eschatology 4 credit hours This course is a careful presentation of future events as they are unveiled in the Bible. The relationship of Israel, the Gentiles, and the Church as their roles in these future events are examined. Specific issues such as the Rapture of the church and the Millennium are examined in depth. ST703 Theology of Worship 3 credit hours This course is a study of the Bible’s teaching concerning worship. Beginning with an overview of how the current Christian worship community sees itself, a theological survey is conducted leading the student to a biblical view and definition of this subject, resulting in a proper application of it in the pastor’s personal life and ministry. ST704 Apologetics 2 credit hours This course is a biblical and theological presentation of apologetics from a systematic exegetical approach to develop a practical apologetic methodology. Various dominant apologetic viewpoints will be evaluated with emphasis given to the presuppositional approach. Prerequisite: ST 604 ST705 Ethics 2 credit hours This course is a treatment of the theory and practice of biblical ethics with a view to moral decision-making methodologies. Key ethical passages of the Bible will be examined and primary ethical issues in society will be evaluated. Prerequisite: ST 604 ST706 Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 2 credit hours This course is an examination of the biblical roles of men and women. It will have specific instruction in the areas of relationships, authority, purity, discernment, provision for family, and leadership in the home and church. Prerequisite: ST 501 ST707 The New Perspective and Pauline Justification 2 credit hours This course is a fresh look at the biblical doctrine of justification in order to provide a defense against recent attacks prevalent in modern evangelical writings. The history of such departures from truth will be surveyed and present-day “new perspective” theologians will be evaluated. A strengthened restatement of the doctrine of justification will be provided. Prerequisite: ST 604 ST708 The Law and the Gospel 2 credit hours This course is a study of the Old Testament Law, its New Testament modification, fulfillment in Christ, relationship to the gospel, and proper use in the life and ministry of the New Testament believer. Key texts bearing on the issue will be examined. Prerequisite: ST 604 ST709 The Theology and Practice of Prayer 2 credit hours This course is an analysis of the biblical teaching concerning prayer designed to impact the student regarding the pastoral responsibility to stay devoted to and dependent upon God, as well as to intercede on behalf of the flock. Issues related to the sovereignty of God, human responsibility, and the role of the Holy Spirit in prayer will be examined. ST710 The Miraculous Sign Gifts 2 credit hours This course is a study of the biblical teaching of the purpose and function of the miraculous sign gifts. The cessation of the sign gifts in relation to the uniqueness of Apostolic ministry is studied, as well as the gifts of prophesy and tongues. The need to seek a biblical balance that recognizes both the centrality of the Word of God and the role of the Spirit in effecting the affections and emotions is emphasized. Prerequisite: ST 604 ST755 Goodness Everywhere: The Doctrine of Common Grace 2 Credit Hours This class will examine biblical and theological foundations for the doctrine of common grace while giving special attention to the pastoral implications that proceed from a clear understanding of how God views and works within unbelieving individuals and cultures. Students will gain a greater appreciation for God’s goodness in the world and how Christians can maintain the exclusivity of the gospel while participating fruitfully in contemporary society and enjoying God’s earthly blessings. ST799 Research in Theology 2 credit hours Each student is required to complete a guided independent study in an area of theology. This course allows the student to accomplish deeper investigation into a special problem or area of doctrine. The course must be designed by and pursued under the supervision of a faculty member and must be approved in writing by the Academic Dean. Information regarding requirements, procedures, and grading is available from the Academic Dean’s office. Prerequisites: Must have completed two years of seminary (at least 70 credit hours) and must have taken the theology course that would serve as the foundation to the area he desires to study. Courses in Pastoral Training PT501 Leadership 3 credit hours This course is an examination of the calling, character, spiritual disciplines, purposes, goals, and priorities of the pastor in the local church. The personal life of the pastor, his relationship to God, and his relationships with the flock and other leaders are investigated in light of Scripture. PT502 Marriage and Family 3 credit hours This course is a study of the Bible’s teaching regarding the marriage and family relationships. This course provides the student with teaching on the purpose, plan, and permanence of marriage, the roles of husbands and wives; and the biblical principles governing communication, sexuality, intimacy, stewardship, parenting, and the relationship between the church and the home. PT601 The Theology and Practice of Counseling 4 credit hours each The goal of this course is to prepare students to equip the saints for their ministries by laying a foundation for counseling from the scrip- tures. The term counsel will be defined from the scriptures. Second, a theological counseling foundation will be built squarely on the sufficiency of Scripture and the person and work of Christ. Third, students are alerted to the dangers of secular and humanistic psychology and its inability to solve the problems of the soul. Fourth, the counseling methods of Jesus and Paul are studied. Last, the student is provided with an environment to discuss biblical counseling and the presuppositions that are distinct to biblical counseling. Prerequisite: ST 501 PT602 Problems and Procedures in Biblical Counseling 3 credit hours The goal of this course is to prepare the student for real life counseling situations. The following topics will be covered from a biblical ref- erence: Idols of the heart, ADHD, Marriage, Re-Marriage and Divorce, Anger, Rebellion, Fear, Worry, Spiritual Depression, Suffering, and Crisis Counseling. A portion of this course will be used to expose the student to the misuse and abuse of drugs to treat the following problems in children and adults: spiritual depression, anger, fear, and ADHD. Prerequisite PT 601 PT602 PT708 Weddings and Funerals 2 credit hours In this class students will participate in the planning, preparation, and administration (when able) of weddings and funerals. PT701 The Theology of Christ-Centered Expository Preaching in the Power of the Spirit 3 credit hours This class will investigate the biblical case for Christ-centered Spirit-empowered expository preaching. Prerequisite: BL 503, BL 603, & ST 602 PT702 Preparation for Preaching: Preparing and Delivering an Expository Sermon 3 credit hours This is a practical study of the issues involved in the preparation for the delivery of an expository sermon. This class applies information acquired in PT 701 to the development of sermon outlines and manuscripts from which the student begins to develop a personal preaching style. PT703 The Practice of Preaching 2 credit hours In this course, faculty members work interactively with students in the development of their preaching competency. Special attention is given to sermon form, transitions, and application as well as the student’s presentation and articulation of the Biblical message. Prerequisite: PT 702 PT705 Discipleship 2 credit hours This course examines the Lord’s method of building His church through “making disciples.” Studies the biblical basis for ministries of discipleship, leadership training, and home fellowship groups. Each student will develop a biblical philosophy of discipleship with special application to his own local church context. PT706 Home Fellowship Group Internship 2 credit hours This course provides hands on experience in discipleship, teaching & pastoral care in the local church. The student will minister under the supervision of a leader in his home church if possible. PT707 Counseling Practicum 2 credit hours In this course the student will participate in counseling sessions under the direction of faculty. Students will apply biblical counseling principles and specific texts to specific counseling situations. Prerequisite: PT 601, PT 602 PT709 Ordination Practicum 2 credit hours This class is designed to facilitate proper evaluation and preparation of a candidate for ordination into the pastoral ministry of a local church. Focus will be placed upon spiritual disciplines, moral qualifications, Bible knowledge, wisdom, theological understanding, and practical ministry. PT710 Christian Education 2 credit hours This course is an introduction to various ways to carry out the task of teaching the flock. A biblical basis for Christian education will be presented. Various ministries, such as Sunday School, small groups, Bible studies, children’s programs, discipleship, leadership development, Bible Institutes, family ministries, etc., will be discussed. PT711 Church Planting 2 credit hours Evaluates church planting methodologies of various organizations and individuals. It provides a biblical model for proceeding and years of wisdom drawn from guest church planters. PT712 The Church, the Law, and Government 2 credit hours A course designed to lay the foundation for making moral and legal decisions regarding the relationship of the church to the state. The responsibilities of the local church and individual Christians to government will be biblically defined. Various legal issues facing church leadership will be addressed. Prerequisite: ST 501 Courses in World Missions WM 501 Missions and the Glory of God 3 credit hours This course demonstrates the God-centered basis for missions and the advancement of the gospel to all peoples. Missions is essentially the spread of the glory of God to all peoples. It seeks to focus upon God’s passion for His own glory and how it is the basis of missions. In addition, it defends the biblical case for the reality of hell and that Christ is the sole Savior of all people. WM502 Missions and the Spread of God’s Glory to All Peoples 3 credit hours This study presents the biblical basis for the spread of God’s glory to all peoples as prophesied in Genesis 12:13 and Isaiah 49:8, man- dated in Matthew 28:18- 20, and consummated in Revelation 5:8-14. It will also examine the role of preaching and prayer in missions. In addition, missions as envisioned by Christ and the apostles will also be given special emphasis. Finally, the biblical priority and the principles for church planting will be considered. Prerequisite: WM 501 WM701 Missions: International Teaching Opportunities 4 credit hours Students will participate in overseas missions trips to teach, preach, and train local pastors and leaders. Stress is placed on supporting local church pastors in training and equipping leaders. Prerequisite: WM 501 Courses in Church History CH601 602, 603 Church History: Men and Movements I, II, III 3 credit hours each These courses are designed to study godly men and great movements. The importance of understanding God’s hand in the history of the church is a central focus and concern. The study of revival will be an area of focus as well. The historical context as well as the content of the great confessions of faith will be stressed in order to show the need for, and cost of, standing for the truth (the Nicene, Chalcedon, Heidelberg, Canons of Dort, the Westminster Confession, and the Baptist Confession of 1689). CH604 The Life & Ministry of Jonathan Edwards 2 credit hours This Course centers on the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards. The main areas of study include a biographical survey of Edwards, the theological and philosophical background of Edwards, his contribution to the Great Awakening, an analysis of his sermonic material, and his theological, philosophical, and ethical writing. CH702 Study of Revival 2 credit hours In this course students will evaluate the theology of revival. The explosion of the first century church across Africa, Europe, and Asia; revivals under Edwards, Whitefield, and Spurgeon; and true modern revivals are examined in light of modern “methods.” Prerequisite: CH 603. CH799 Research in Church History 2 credit hours In this course students will study key men in church history (Athanasius, Augustine, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Owen, Edwards, Whitefield, Spurgeon, the Puritans, the Anabaptists, and others) under the direction of the faculty.