Academic Programs

BIBLE INSTITUTE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BIBLE
BI 010 BIBLE STUDY METHODS
An introduction to basic Bible study methods and rules of interpretation with emphasis on accurately understanding and obeying God’s Word and the development of practical skills. Students will learn to determine what Scriptures says, what it means, and how it can be applied.

BI 020 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY
A broad overview and survey of the Old Testament designed to emphasize the structure, theme, and message of the Old Testament and each of its 39 individual books in order to provide understanding of God’s self revelation and His plan of redemption.

BI 030 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY
An overview of the New Testament focusing on the theme, purpose, structure, and basic content of each individual book and relating each book to the whole Bible. Strong emphasis is also given to the applicational message of each book.

EDUCATION
ED 010 TEACHING PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
A study designed to equip pastors with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach God’s Word effectively. Much emphasis is placed on the pastor’s role as teacher and the biblical goal of teaching.

EVANGELISM
EV 010 MISSIONS-EVANGELISM-DISCIPLESHIP
This three-part course is designed to ground pastors in the basic biblical principles of missions, evangelism, and discipleship so that the church can accomplish its God-given task of bringing lost people to Christ and building them up in Christ.

HISTORY
HI 010 CHURCH HISTORY SURVEY
This course is designed to introduce pastors to the principal people; the major political, historical and cultural developments; the main religious movements; and the doctrinal issues which have influenced and shaped the Christian Church throughout its 2000 year history.

PASTORAL STUDIES
PA 010 PREACHING BIBLICAL MESSAGES
A study designed to equip and train pastors with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare and deliver effective expository messages from God’s Word which are biblically sound and responsive to the needs of people. Much emphasis is placed on practical preparation of the preacher and his message with numerous examples and practice assignments.

PA 020 PERSONAL-SPIRITUAL LIFE AND PASTORAL MINISTRY
The first part of this course is designed to teach pastors the basic concepts and principles of the spiritual life so that they can grow to spiritual maturity personally and live a life that is pleasing to God. The second part is designed to equip pastors with the knowledge and practical skills which are required for ministry in the church that is both effective and fruitful from God’s perspective.

PA 030 CHURCH MINISTRY-ADMINISTRATION-EDUCATION
This course is designed to introduce pastors to the basic principles related to the nature, structure, and function of the church and to teach them the practical knowledge and skills necessary for the local church to carry out effectively its functional roles in the areas of ministry, administration, and education.

THEOLOGY
TH 010 BIBLE DOCTRINES SURVEY
A survey and summary of the 10 major doctrines of the Bible with an emphasis on the pastor knowing God more fully while understanding and practicing sound theology.

COLLEGE LEVEL

Lebanon Baptist Seminary has designed its courses to prepare a student to serve in a local church or other form of Christian work and ministry. With a balanced emphasis between biblical and theological subjects and general education requirements (academic courses which are considered core to a college or university education), the student’s entire college education will be functional and practical.

DEGREE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

As a result of completing the Associate of Theology and the Bachelor of Theology degrees, the graduate will be able to do the following:

Demonstrate effectiveness in oral and written communication.
Demonstrate an understanding of man in society.
Present an overview of the Bible and its theology.
Formulate a Christian world view.
Present the Gospel of Christ in a clear fashion.
Develop proper exegetical and expository messages and lessons from Scripture.
Explain how to organize and administer all ministries of the local church.
Demonstrate an understanding of counseling principles and techniques required to meet the needs of the congregation.
Explain the importance of home and foreign missions and the role of the local church with respect to missions.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

ASSOCIATE OF THEOLOGY DEGREE

The A.Th. degree prepares students to enter the ministry with basic training. The degree is designed for students who only have the First Baccalaureate or its equivalent (High School Level) and therefore are not qualified to enter the Bachelor’s degree or may have not the time to finish a three– or a four-year degree program. Students are required to complete 60 credits as follows:
 
Bible/Theology Requirements: 27 Semester hours
 
Old Testament Survey: (3) Credits
New Testament Survey: (3) Credits
Theology Survey I: (3) Credits
Theology Survey II: (3) Credits
Hermeneutics:: (3) Credits
Church History I: (3) Credits
Church History II: (3) Credits
Baptist History & Doctrines: (3) Credits
Christian Ethics: (3) Credits

Ministry Requirements: 27 Semester hours
 
Pastoral Ministry & Leadership: (3) Credits
Evangelism: (3) Credits
Missions: (3) Credits
Preaching: (3) Credits
Marriage and Family Counseling: (3) Credits
Church Administration: (3) Credits
Christian Education: (3) Credits
Spiritual Life: (3) Credits
Intern Practicum I: (3) Credits
Electives 06

TOTAL: 60
 
 
BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY DEGREE
 
The B.Th. degree prepares students to enter the ministry with sufficient training. It opens before the students the various phases of pastoral ministry with methods, principles, and procedures of biblical interpretation. It aims at developing skills required for effective proclamation of biblical faith through preaching, teaching, and leadership in corporate worship and all phases of church life.

The degree is designed for students who already have the Second Baccalaureate (Freshmen Level) or its equivalent, and therefore are qualified to enter the Bachelor’s degree. Students are required to complete 90 credits as follows:
 
Bachelor Research and Writing Workshop: --
Bible/Theology Requirements: 36 Semester hours
Old Testament Survey: (3) Credits
New Testament Survey: (3) Credits
Genesis: (3) Credits
Daniel & Revelation: (3) Credits
Christology: (3) Credits
Life of Christ: (3) Credits
Acts: (3) Credits
Theology Survey I: (3) Credits
Theology Survey II: (3) Credits
Hermeneutics: (3) Credits
Church History I: (3) Credits
Church History II: (3) Credits
 
Ministry Requirements: 27 Semester hours
 
Pastoral Ministry & Leadership: (3) Credits
Evangelism and Missions: (3) Credits
Preaching I: (3) Credits
Preaching II: (3) Credits
Marriage and Family Counseling: (3) Credits
Church Administration: (3) Credits
Christian Education: (3) Credits
Intern Practicum I: (3) Credits
Intern Practicum II: (3) Credits
Electives:  27 Credits
 
TOTAL: 90

COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
BACHELOR RESEARCH AND WRITING WORKSHOP
BW 100 BACHELOR RESEARCH AND WRITING WORKSHOP 0 c/h
The Workshop is designed to introduce he student to research and writing skills.

BIBLE AREA
BI 101 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY 3 c/h
An examination of the contents of the Old Testament with attention given to background, general analysis, and brief exposition of each book. Each book will be examined in its relation to the other canonical writings.

BI 102 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY 3 c/h
An examination of the contents of the New Testament with attention given to background, general analysis, and brief exposition of each book. Each book will be examined in its relation to the other canonical writings.

BI 303 GENESIS 3 c/h
An expository study of the first book of the Bible.

BI 302 MAJOR PROPHETS (ISAIAH-EZEKIEL) 3 c/h
A study of the background and general analysis of the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.

BI 320 HISTORICAL BOOKS (JOSHUA-RUTH) 3 c/h
A study of the geography, chronology, and harmony of events as evidenced by the Books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

BI 322 POETICAL BOOKS 3 c/h
A study of Job along with the principles of interpreting Hebrew poetry as analyzed and applied to the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and Lamentations.

BI 330 EZRA, NEHEMIAH, AND ESTHER 3 c/h
A survey of the background and exegetical analysis of each of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

BI 332 MINOR PROPHETS (HOSEA-MALACHI) 3 c/h
A study of the background and a general analysis of each of the Minor Prophets.

BI 401 LIFE OF CHRIST 3 c/h
A study of Christ’s teaching as presented in the four Gospels with emphasis on the material in Luke and John.

BI 402 ACTS 3 c/h
An exposition of the Book of Acts in which special emphasis will be given to the formation of the early church, dispensational transition, and the harmonization with the Pauline epistles.

BI 420 PRISON EPISTLES 3 c/h
A study of the background and general analysis of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.

BI 421 PASTORAL EPISTLES 3 c/h
A study of the background and expositional analysis of the Books of 1-2 Timothy and Titus.

BI 431 GOSPEL OF JOHN 3 c/h
A study of the Gospel of John with emphasis on the two themes: 1) Proofs that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, and 2) God’s plan of salvation through the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

BI 435 ROMANS 3 c/h
A study of the background, theological themes, and an expositional analysis of the Book of Romans.

BI 437 CORINTHIAN EPISTLES 3 c/h
A study of the two Corinthian epistles identifying the kinds of problems faced by the first century church and Paul’s solution to them.

BI460 HEBREWS 3 c/h
A study of the background and an exegetical analysis demonstrating the superiority of Christ.

BI 470 DANIEL & REVELATION 3 c/h
A study of the two major apocalyptic books of the Bible. The general analysis will be supplemented with historical, doctrinal, and eschatological materials emphasizing the relationship of the two prophetic books.

BI 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
Not available externally

EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES AREA
ED 102 BIBLICAL RESEARCH METHODS 3 c/h
This course is deigned to acquaint the student with various Bible-study procedures and methods. The student will be introduced to research procedures.

ED 201 SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 3 c/h
A study of what Christian education is and its philosophical and historical backgrounds with an overview of the local church’s total educational program.

ED 311 THE EDUCATION PROGRAM OF THE CHURCH 3 c/h
An in depth study of the various educational ministries in the local church. This course is designed to equip the student with the tools necessary to design and implement programs for all age groups—with attention to aims, principles, and their resources.

ED 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES
Not available externally.

EVANGELISM AREA
EV 101 PERSONAL EVANGELISM 3 c/h
A study designed to prepare students for involvement in witnessing for the Lord. Importance is attached to the memorization of Scripture and actually engaging in personal work.

EV 210 INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH GROWTH 3 c/h
An introduction study beginning with the biblical teaching concerning church growth considering the history and characteristics of the church growth movement with an application to the local church.

EV 301 LOCAL CHURCH EVANGELISM 3 c/h
An examination of the basic task of evangelism in the local church.

EV 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
Not available externally.

THEOLOGY AREA
TH 201 THEOLOGY SURVEY I 3 c/h
A general survey of Bible doctrine dealing with five of the ten major areas of systematic theology including Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angeliology.

TH 202 THEOLOGY SURVEY II 3 c/h
A general survey of Bible doctrine dealing with five of the ten major areas of systematic theology including Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.

TH 301 MODERN CULTS 3 c/h
A study of major cults in comparison to Christianity.

TH 310 CREATIONISM 3 c/h
The development of a general philosophy of origins, along with a look at models of origins and the application of these models to current studies in scientific disciplines of today.

TH 330 BIBLICAL PRAYER 3 c/h
A study of the biblical basis of prayer.

TH 441 HERMENEUTICS 3 c/h
A study of the basic principles of biblical interpretation and systems of interpretation.

TH 442 CHRISTIAN ETHICS 3 c/h
A study of Christian values from a biblical perspective. This course surveys the complex moral issues faced by modern men and women and provides Bible-based solutions to the ethical dilemmas of contemporary life.

TH 443 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY & APOLOGETICS 3 c/h
An overview of the history of philosophy, Christian philosophers, with a study of the defenses of the Christian faith against counter-claimants to truth.

TH 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
Not available externally

HISTORY AREA
HI 101 HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST 3 c/h
A survey of the history of the Middle East from ancient times to the twentieth century. Emphases will be given to the ancient civilizations and religions of this part of the world.

HI 102 CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST 3 c/h
A survey of the raise, expansion, and identity of different Christian denominations of the Middle East.

HI 103 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM 3 c/h
An overview of the history, doctrines, and practices of Islam in comparison to Christianity.

HI 202 CHURCH HISTORY I 3 c/h
A study of church history from the Apostolic period to the Post-Nicene period, noting particularly the doctrinal development during this time.

HI 203 CHURCH HISTORY II 3 c/h
A study of the history of the church from the Medieval Period till the present.

HI 301 BAPTIST HISTORY 3 c/h
A study of the origin and growth of Baptists.

MISSIONS AREA
MI 202 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS 3 c/h
An introductory course dealing with the philosophy of world evangelization. Attention is given to what missions is, the qualifications of the missionary, his call, and methodology.

MI 430 MISSIONS PRACTICUM 3 c/h
An exposure in selected world areas for the purpose of acquainting students firsthand with some problems, needs, duties, conflicts, and cultural barriers of the missionary as he works with the national church.

MI 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES 3 c/h
Not available externally

MUSIC AREA
MU 101 INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH MUSIC 3 c/h
A study of the historical influences on evangelical church music. The course surveys music in church as worship, ministry, and outreach. Stress is given to the practical aspect and leadership through development of a church music program.

MU 102 CONDUCTING AND MUSIC IN THE CHURCH 3 c/h
A study on the basics of a successful Church Music Ministry and a “Hands-On” the techniques of conducting.

MU 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES
Not available externally

PASTORAL AREA
PA 301 PASTORAL MINISTRY & LEADERSHIP 3 c/h
A study of the life and service of the minister with emphasis on the personal, family, and professional life of the pastor.

PA 310 PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL EXPOSITION 3 c/h
A study of the nature of biblical exposition and principles of message construction. Attention is given to the basic materials of the message, methods or preparation, and delivery, and problems of exposition.

PA 313 PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL COMMUNICATION 3 c/h
Prerequisite: PA 310
Basic principles of voice, articulation, oral interpretation of Scripture, and expositional delivery are considered. Opportunity for practice is given in each of these areas and constitutes the basis for additional study in sermon content, structure, and delivery.

PA 315 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY & COUNSELING 3 c/h
This course aims to help the student understand and counsel couples and families from a Biblical perspective. The course includes a study of the complementary roles of husband and wife and the principles of biblical parenting.

PA 401 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH ADMINISTRATION 3 c/h
A study of the responsibility and roles of pastors, deacons and lay leaders in the administration of the local church. Attention is given to the importance of church by-laws, concepts of team ministries, principles of church management as they relate to Baptist policy.

PA 405-406 INTERN PRACTICUM I & II 3 c/h each
Practical application of ministry goals and skills through Ministry Action Assignments under field supervision.

PA 495-499 TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
Not available externally.

GRADUATE DIVISION
MASTER OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

The Master of Theology and Ministry is a graduate-level program designed for students who desire a thorough knowledge of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of their Christian faith. Persons serving in support ministries of a church, parachurch, or missionary organization will benefit from this program, as will the committed layperson seeking excellence in service.

Those who have already had several years of vocational ministry and are adept in the practical skills of Christian service may also benefit from the exegetical and theological disciplines afforded them in this program. Vocational pastors should not, however, consider this as a terminal degree. The recommended pastoral degree is the Master of Divinity.

Objectives

This program provides the student with the ability to do the following:
Demonstrate an accurate biblical/theological understanding and world-view.
Explain the religious base for life and work.
Communicate clearly biblical/theological truths.
Offer a credible apology for the Christian faith.
The degree is designed for students who already have a Bachelor degree or its equivalent, and therefore are qualified to enter the Master’s degree. Students are required to complete 39 credits as follows:
 
 
Research and Writing Workshop: --
 
Hermeneutics: (3) Credits
 
Old Testament Introduction (3) Credits
New Testament Introduction (3) Credits
Theology I (3) Credits
Theology II (3) Credits
Church History I (3) Credits
Church History II (3) Credits
Introduction to Philosophy and Apologetics (3) Credits
Homiletics I (3) Credits
Homiletics II (3) Credits
Evangelism and Missions (3) Credits
Pastoral Ministry and Leadership (3) Credits
Church Administration (3) Credits
TOTAL: 39
 

MASTER OF DIVINITY (THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY EMPHASIS)

The Master of Divinity degree is the general theological program most often expected of those in roles of Christian leadership. It provides a broad foundation of both theoretical and practical Christian knowledge for pastors, missionaries, evangelists, denominational workers, parachurch leaders, chaplains, and ministers of education.

Its balance of biblical, theological, historical, and practical studies makes the Master of Divinity degree ideal for those whose calling may require a wide variety of knowledge and skills.

Objectives:

This program provides the student with the ability to do the following:
Discuss the meaning of basic documents (Scripture, creeds, systems of order, liturgy) and heritage of the religious community in which ministry is intended.
Explain and evaluate a theory of ministry which is relevant to the vocation of the student.
Communicate biblical/theological truths through preaching, teaching, writing, or in such other ways as may be appropriate.
Design and implement various forms of ministry to particular circumstances.
Evaluate various forms of ministry.
Evaluate people and situations accurately and sympathetically.
Teach, train teachers, and direct the teaching program of the congregation.
Lead in both the planning and conduct of corporate worship.
Give guidance where needed, counsel people experiencing personal crisis, or make appropriate referrals to other sources of professional help.
Lead a congregation in the definition and accomplishment of its purposes.
Use profitably those resources needed in an effective ministry.
The program will consist of the following majors and general course outlines:

Old Testament: 09
 
Old Testament: Introduction (3) Credits
Old Testament: Theology (3) Credits
Old Testament: (3) Credits
Genesis: (3) Credits

New Testament: 09
 
New Testament Introduction: (3) Credits
New Testament Theology: (3) Credits
Romans: (3) Credits
 
Theology: 18
 
Survey of Theology I: (3) Credits
Survey of Theology II: (3) Credits
Hermeneutics: (3) Credits
Christian Ethics: (3) Credits
Int. to Philosophy & Apologetics: (3) Credits
Theology of Prayer: (3) Credits
 
History: 09
 
Church History I: (3) Credits
Church History II: (3) Credits
Baptist History: (3) Credits
 
Church Ministry: 15
 
Pastoral Ministry / Leadership: (3) Credits
Marital and Family Counseling: (3) Credits
Evangelism / Missions: (3) Credits
Essentials of Bible Exposition: (3) Credits
Church Administration: (3) Credits
 
Survey of Christian Education: 03
 
Evangelism and Missions: 12
 
Theology and Practice of Evangelism: (3) Credits
Theology and Practice of Missions: (3) Credits
Evangelism Practicum: (3) Credits
Mission Practicum: (3) Credits
 
Electives: 15
 
TOTAL: 90

MASTER LEVEL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
CO 527 COUNSELING LITERATURE AND TOPICS 3 c/h
The student is required to read and review literature related to victorious Christian living and counseling. The structure of this course provides for study of a required core of literature and counseling topics as well as provision for study of literature and topics chosen by the student.

CO 620 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING 3 c/h
This course introduces the student to counseling couples and families from a biblical perspective. The course includes a study of the complementary roles of husband and wife and the principles of biblical parenting. Living life as a counselor, spouse, and parent—by experiencing God’s empowering grace—is emphasized.

CO 795-799 COUNSELING TOPICAL STUDIES 3 c/h
Not available externally

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
ED 501 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 3 c/h
An overview of historical and philosophical developments in Christian education. It also includes people, places, and circumstances giving birth to the development, growth, and expansion of Christian education. It is a survey of the biblical, historical, and philosophical developments of education, studying men and movements in various countries and in different times in their quest of Christian freedom and service.

ED 520 METHODS OF TEACHING 3 c/h
A survey course covering general methodology of instruction within the classroom. The methods considered will be appropriate for both church education and Christian day school classes. Attention will be given to aims and objectives, unit organization and preparation, study habits, and measuring the results of instruction. The course is designed to improve the ability of the Christian worker in the preparation and presentation of lesson materials. Emphasis will be given to creative and practical work, and age/grade differences will be considered. The use of the Bible in teaching all subjects will be strongly emphasized.

ED 530 SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 3 c/h
A general overview of Church Christian Education. The primary focus will be on the church and its organizations; however, related fields of biblical education and church ministry will also be examined.

ED 740 YOUTH EDUCATION MINISTRIES 3 c/h
A concentrated study of the local church in its ministry to young people. It encompasses the manifold ministry of the local church and in some cases church-related ministries to youth. An attempt is made to describe each phase of the youth ministry and how the principles of youth education are applied in a real sense.

ED 795-799 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
Not available externally

EVANGELISM
EV 524 LOCAL CHURCH EVANGELISM 3 c/h
An examination of the basic task of evangelism for the local church.

EV 622 PERSONAL EVANGELISM 3 c/h
The philosophy, methods, message, and objective of personal evangelism.

EV 623 DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING 3 c/h
A consideration of the principles of Christian growth and maturity.

EV 623 DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING 3 c/h
A study of various means which promote church growth.

EV 720 CHURCH PLANTING 3 c/h
A study of various principles and methods used in church planting.

EV 750 THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF EVANGELISM 3 c/h
A biblical and theological explanation of the work of evangelism with a study of the different methods of evangelism applied today.

EV 760 EVANGELISM PRACTICUM 3 c/h
The student is asked to organize and participate in an evangelistic campaign.

MISSIONS
MI 522 MISSIONARY LIFE AND WORK 3 c/h
An investigation of the responsibilities, opportunities, problems, procedures, and benefits of life on the mission field.

MI 622 HISTORY OF WORLD MISSIONS 3 c/h
A study of the expansion of missions from the ministry of William Carrey to the present with a concentration on evangelical missions.

MI 625 MODERN CULTS 3 c/h
A study of the history and theology of the major cultic groups in comparison with biblical Christianity.

MI 630 MISSIONS PRACTICUM 3 c/I
A mission trip to a foreign country to acquaint the student with missionary life and work.

MI 721-723 MISSIONS TOPICAL STUDIES 3 c/h
A study of a topic of major missiological importance.

HISTORY
HI 520 CHURCH HISTORY I 3 c/h
A study of church history during the Apostolic Age, the Anti-Nicene period, and the Post-Nicene Period, noting particularly the doctrinal development during this time.

HI 521 CHURCH HISTORY II 3 c/h
A study of church history from the Medieval Period and the Protestant Reformation, including the study of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and others to the present.

HI 623 BAPTIST HISTORY 3 c/h
A study of the origin and growth of Baptists in England, America, and the Middle East.

HI 720 HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST 3 c/h
A survey of the history of the Middle East from ancient times to the twentieth century. Emphases will be given to the ancient civilizations and religions of this part of the world.

HI 721 CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST 3 c/h
A survey of the raise, expansion, and identity of different Christian denominations of the Middle East.

HI 723 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM 3 c/h
An overview of the history, doctrines, and practices of Islam in comparison to Christianity.

NEW TESTAMENT
NT 520 NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION 3 c/h
An examination of the content, canon, text, and interpretation of the New Testament, including an introduction to various critical approaches to biblical studies.

NT 523 LIFE OF CHRIST 3 c/h
A thematic study of the life of Christ including His birth, baptism, transfiguration, death, and resurrection.

NT 525 LIFE OF PAUL 3 c/h
An analytical study of the background, conversion, personal experiences, writings, and missionary journeys of Paul.

NT 530 NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY 3 c/h
An examination of the dominant themes and the development of theological concepts of the New Testament.

NT 601 MATTHEW 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study emphasizing the thematic development of the Gospel noting Jewish characteristics.

NT 605 JOHN 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study emphasizing the miracles and discourses of Christ and John’s portrayal of the deity of Christ.

NT 606 ACTS 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study of Acts emphasizing the transitional nature of the book.

NT 610 ROMANS 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study of Romans emphasizing the theological development, structure, and doctrines.

NT 611 CORINTHIANS 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study of 1 Corinthians examining the historical background and the doctrinal and ethical teachings.

NT 615 PASTORAL EPISTLES 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study of 1-2 Timothy and Titus examining their teaching concerning leadership, organization of the church, and the ministry.

NT 620 HEBREWS 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study of Hebrews examining the audience and theme of the book, emphasizing the Person and work of Christ.

NT 625 JOHANNINE EPISTLES 3 c/h
An analytical, expository, and thematic study of the Johannine Epistles.

NT 701 REVELATION 3 c/h
An analytical and expository study of Revelation examining the historical, symbolic, doctrinal, and prophetic elements.

NT 721-723 NEW TESTAMENT TOPICAL STUDIES 3 c/h
An intensive study in either a book or a selected topic of the New Testament.

OLD TESTAMENT
OT 520 OLD TESTAMENT 3 c/h
An examination of the canon, text, and interpretation of the Old Testament, including an introduction to various critical approaches to biblical studies.

OT 521 BIBLICAL BACKGROUNDS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT 3 c/h
An investigation of the history, customs, archaeology, and geography of the biblical world from the creation through the post-exilic period.

OT 530 OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY 3 c/h
An examination of the dominant themes and he development of theological concepts of the Old Testament.

OT 615 MINOR PROPHETS 3 c/h
A general survey of the Old Testament minor prophets focusing on the historical background, authorship, analysis, and expositional value of each book.

OT 620 GENESIS 3 c/h
A study of the historical background, authorship, and analysis of the first book of the Bible with a special emphasis being given to the expository treatment of the text. This course also will deal with many of the critical issues pertaining to this historical book.

OT 621 JOSHUA-JUDGES-RUTH 3 c/h
A study of Israelite history from the entrance into Canaan until the time of Samuel’s ministry with special emphasis on the historical setting of the biblical books pertaining to this period.

OT 622 ISAIAH 3 c/h
An analytical and expository survey emphasizing the historical setting, authorship, and prophetic nature of the book of Isaiah.

OT 623 JEREMIAH-EZEKIEL 3 c/h
An analytical and expository survey of Jeremiah-Ezekiel giving particular attention to the date, historical setting, and prophetic theme of the book.

OT 624 DANIEL 3 c/h
An analytical study of Daniel from the premillenial standpoint, noting the historical and cultural context of the book and its relationship to the Book of Revelation. Emphasis will be given to the prophetic sections of the book.

OT 630 POETICAL BOOKS (JOB-SONG OF SOLOMON) 3 c/h
A general survey of the five poetical books of the Old Testament giving special attention to Hebrew poetry in general and to the teaching of these books specifically.

OT 721-723 OLD TESTAMENT TOPICAL STUDIES 3 c/h
Not available externally.
An intensive study in either a book or a selected topic of the Old Testament.

CHURCH MINISTRIES
PM 521 PASTORAL MINISTRY 3 c/h
A study of the pastoral and administrative roles of the average minister in his daily work. The methodology of pastoral work and conduct will be viewed through the medium of experience and practicality.

PM 523 LEADERSHIP 3 c/h
A study of the biblical concepts of Christian leadership, giving attention to its biblical basis, principles, meaning, and successful implementation.

PM 525 THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN MINISTRY 3 c/h
A biblical, theological, and practical look at the ministry to women in the church.

PM 527 LITURGY AND CHURCH MUSIC 3 c/h
Consideration of areas related to the role of the pastor in leading different services, and to the musical ministries of the church such as song leading and music in worship, evangelism and Christian education.

PM 621 PERSONAL FINANCES 3 c/h
A study of biblical guidelines for personal and family finances with emphasis on development of financial concepts and planning in today’s society.

PM 623 CHURCH FINANCES 3 c/h
The study of accounting concepts, the accounting cycle, books of original entry, working papers, statement construction, internal control system, and cash control and accountability.

PM 625 PASTORAL FINANCES 3 c/h
A continuation of Church Finances to include the study of asset accounting, payroll and taxes as they apply to churches, budgeting and responsibility accounting, statement analysis, clergy taxation, and an introduction to property liability, casualty, and medical insurance.

PM 701 CHURCH MINISTRY AND MANAGEMENT 3 c/h
A study of the officers of the church—both staff and lay personnel. Specific duties of church officers and staff will be closely examined. The concept of team ministries will be studied along with a view of the role of individual responsibilities within the team. The role of the pastor will be examined in relationship to other within the team. The role of the pastor will be examined in relationship to other members of the staff as well as to lay workers in the church. The place of church doctrine within the church administration and ministry will also be emphasized.

PM 711-712 INTERN PRACTICUM I & II 3 c/h
A practical application of ministry skills, vocational goals, and ministerial relationships. This takes place under field supervision.

PM 721-723 CHURCH MINISTRIES TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
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A study of a topic of interest in church ministries as scheduled in accordance with student interest.

PREACHING/TEACHING
PR 521 ESSENTIALS OF BIBLICAL EXPOSITION 3 c/h
A study of the nature of biblical exposition and principles of message construction. Attention is given to the basic materials of the message, methods of preparation, and delivery, and problems of exposition.

PR 522 PRACTICAL BIBLICAL COMMUNICATION 3 c/h
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Basic principles of voice, articulation, oral interpretation of Scripture, and expositional delivery are considered. Opportunity for practice is given in each of these areas and constitutes the basis for additional study in content, structure, and delivery.

PR 610 ADVANCED BIBLICAL EXPOSITION 3 c/h
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An advanced course in which key issues in sermon preparation are addressed including the interpretation of different types of biblical literature.

PR 721-723 PREACHING TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
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A study of a topic of interest in preaching as scheduled in accordance with student interest.

THEOLOGY
TH 525 SURVEY OF THEOLOGY I 3 c/h
A study of the following doctrines: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology.

TH 526 SURVEY OF THEOLOGY II 3 c/h
A study of the following doctrines: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.

TH 530 HERMENEUTICS 3 c/h
An examination of the foundational principles of biblical interpretation, including the historic systems and schools of interpretation along with application of the methodology.

TH 535 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY AND APOLOGETICS 3 c/h
An overview of the history of philosophy, Christian philosophers, with a study of the defenses of the Christian faith against counter-claimants to truth. A critical analysis will be made of the methodology in apologetics.

TH 545 SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION 3 c/h
A practical study of the theology of life in image of Christ and the principles involved in the development and maintenance of that Christ-like life. The study will include consideration of the biblical directions for appropriating the victory that Jesus Christ gives for faithful Christian living.

TH 560 CHRISTIAN ETHICS 3 c/h
A study of Christian values from a biblical perspective. This course survey the complex moral issues faced by modern men and women and provides Bible-based solutions to the ethical dilemmas of contemporary life.

TH 610 THEOLOGY PROPER AND BIBLIOLOGY 3 c/h
A discussion of the nature and attributes of God and the doctrines of revelation, inspiration, and inerrancy of Scripture.

TH 620 CHRISTOLOGY 3 c/h
A detailed study of the Person and work of Christ, emphasizing His full deity, His sinless humanity, and His substitutionary atonement.

TH 621 PNEUMATOLOGY 3 c/h
A detailed study of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, emphasizing His personality and His work in both Testaments.

TH 622 SOTERIOLOGY 3 c/h
A detailed study of the major terms related to salvation, including election, atonement, redemption, propitiation, justification, the believer’s security, and the consummation of God’s redemptive purpose.

TH 710 ECCLESIOLOGY 3 c/h
An examination of the distinctive nature of the church—its origin, mission, and destiny.

TH 720 ESCHATOLOGY 3 c/h
An examination of the end of times prophecies concerning the future of the church; the rapture; the tribulation; the judgments; and the eternal state.

TH 730 CREATIONISM 3 c/h
A study of the theory of evolution and biblical creationism.

TH 751-755 THEOLOGY TOPICAL STUDIES 1-3 c/h
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An intensive study in a selected topic of theology.