This class provides an introduction to the first five books of the Old Testament. These books are known as the Pentateuch (Greek) or the Torah (Hebrew). There will be special reference to their background, history, contents, and major themes.
This class will highlight the abiding significance of these books as the foundation of God’s redemptive relationship with the world and the Law that Jesus came to fulfill, not abolish. One cannot understand the New Testament without understanding the Old Testament.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke—three of the most influential letters ever written. Within those letters are captured the very words and deeds of Jesus, the only begotten Son of the Father. This course looks to examine these three letters both corporately and individually, for the express purpose of coming to know this Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on a deeper more complete level. Who was He? Where did He come from? What was His purpose? How should we respond? These questions are answered by these three letters. The Gospel writers record the LORD Jesus' first coming in the flesh to announce the Gospel of His Kingdom to Israel, and to establish the prophesied New Covenant for Israel and all nations with His blood. The culmination of all this is His triumphant resurrection that still transforms lives around the globe.
This course helps the students to appreciate the profound importance of the book of Acts and the Letters of the Apostle Paul. As well, equipping them to know, interpret and apply Acts and Paul’s letters to the Christian life and the life of the church.
By the end of the course the student should be able to...
- Identify the historical events unfolding in Acts, and describe their significance for today;
- Appreciate the value of Acts and the Pauline Epistles for the life of the church today and for oneself as a Christian;
- Reproduce the outline and summarize the content of the 1–2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon;
- Properly interpret NT narrative, and epistles and be able to follow the process of observation to application with assistance.
This course prepares students to begin to properly understand, interpret, and apply the biblical books Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 and 2 Samuel in their immediate and canonical context.
This class provides an introduction to the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Lamentations. These books contain powerful messages originally given to the people of Judah as God’s method of calling a wayward people back to Himself. As people of God who still find ourselves “prone to wander” these books are applicable to our lives as we seek to walk ever more closely with God. Throughout these books, the seriousness of sin and its consequences will be seen. Lamentations also provides an example of an appropriate expression of grief over sin and its consequences.
Though these books contain warnings of judgment, there are also threads of hope running through each book. The hope that one day God will make all things right was the greatest hope of the original audience, and it remains our hope as we look for the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This course is a thorough-going study of the Gospel of John, which distinguishes itself from the other three Gospel accounts by taking the form of a doctrinal, theological treatise, as much as an historical account. Apostle John wrote his Gospel for Jews and Gentiles, the whole world, all who would believe that Jesus is the prophesied Christ, the Creator God in human flesh. He records the Lord Jesus' first coming in the flesh to announce the Gospel of His Kingdom to Israel, and to establish the prophesied New Covenant for Israel and all nations with His blood.
The final two weeks of the course are devoted to a similar study of Apostle John’s three letters to Jewish and Gentile proselyte believers in Jesus, living in the diaspora outside of the Land of Israel.
This course is a detailed study of Paul’s letters to the Church in Corinth, with attention given to the background, church problems, major themes, and practical application of these books. Student’s will be challenged from these letters to examine every area of life through the lens of the gospel.
This class provides an introduction to the latter historical books of the Old Testament (1 Kings – Esther). These books document the spiritual decline of Israel following the kingship of David. This decline resulted in the defeat and exile of God’s people. From exile, God’s people turned back to him and he restored them to the land he gave them.
This class intends to highlight the longsuffering of God as he patiently deals with his rebellious people. God’s measure of a successful leader will be evident in the evaluations of the kings. An example of spiritual renewal will be examined in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. And God’s abiding presence with his people, even in exile, will be seen throughout the books.
This class provides a passage-by-passage introduction to the books of Ezekiel and Daniel. These books are messages from God to his people through two different men who were called to different tasks. Both Ezekiel and Daniel were exiled to Babylon because of God’s judgment upon the nation of Judah. Ezekiel was primarily commissioned to deliver messages to the other exiles amongst whom he was living. Many of his messages were delivered in strange ways. Daniel, on the other hand, was primarily commissioned to be a display of God’s wisdom and power to the rulers of Babylon. Daniel was given many strange visions concerning the future. Both men faithfully proclaimed the messages that God gave them, and the messages they delivered reveal the character of the unchanging true God.
The strange features that sometimes accompanied the messages delivered through these two men are a means by which God proclaims to his people, then and now, “Pay attention! I have an important message for you!” His people across all time are called to listen.
Why study Romans and Galatians? It was not long after the watershed Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 that Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians, containing “. . . a clear statement of justification by faith . . . [and] a defense of Christian liberty against any form of legalism.” Galatians’ key role in the Reformation caused this letter to be called, “the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation,” because in it the Lord Jesus through His Apostle Paul emphasizes that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone.
Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, written amid his third missionary journey, is considered to be an expansion on the doctrine in Galatians of salvation by grace through faith alone. In concert with the message of the letter to the Galatians, Romans expands on the imputed righteousness of God to the Christian, which cannot fail, being God’s work and not man’s work.
In this course we conduct an expositional study of Galatians and Romans, throughout which students are exhorted to follow Apostle Paul’s example (e.g. 1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17), as is the will of God in Christ for us: “[Let us] not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Gal 2:21).
A chapter by chapter study of this first-century sermon. The student will consider the supremacy of Jesus and the dynamics of the persecution of believers in the first-century. The course will emphasize the applications of the truths of the completeness of our salvation in Jesus, and our responsibility to remain faithful to Him.
This course is an introductory study of the theology, as well as the major themes, in Old Testament Wisdom Literature. As human beings, we have all faced and wrestled with the complexities of living in our world. We all know, or will eventually know, what it means to grapple with the problems of suffering, morality and the meaning of life and love. Biblical Wisdom Literature invites us to consider all areas of life through the lens of “fear of the LORD.”
The time has arrived! Now is the day when we open God’s Word and study that most neglected section of the Bible, the Minor Prophets. These twelve books that are so often quoted in the New Testament need to be investigated as we strive to better learn how to worship our Lord. God repeatedly called His people back from the edge of destruction, but they chose not to listen. Destruction would be their reward, yet a remnant would survive, and out of that remnant a way to right relationship with God.
These twelve books will be studied as a unified whole throughout this semester - one central message given to God’s people for their good and God’s glory.
The Pastoral Epistles are primarily concerned with the encouragement, instruction, and equipping of Paul’s protege in the difficult experience of leading God’s people. This course is primarily concerned with understanding the message that God spoke through Paul to these two men and applying it to our lives and ministries today. God’s people still struggle with many of the same issues in the contemporary Church that Timothy and Titus struggled with. The Pastoral Epistles contain solutions to these difficult ministry and life challenges and so must be examined in depth.
This course provides the foundation for further theological thinking by introducing and delighting in God and his revelation to humanity, especially through the Bible.
By the end of the course students will be able to...
- Enter into a deeper love and worship of the one true God.
- Cherish the Bible as God’s special revelation to them.
- Identify some of the key elements of an orthodox understanding of God and the Bible and explain their significance.
- Defend the significance of the Trinity to their life and the life of the Church.
This course sets out to immerse the student in the biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation. Demonstrating the coherence of Scripture, this course will demonstrate how each book tells the story of God’s redemptive acts in history. Additionally, this course will provide an introduction to the unique sections encompassed by the biblical story, creating a greater awareness of the inspiration and trustworthiness of the Bible. The student will engage in exercises that will equip them to engage with, and interpret Scripture in a meaningful way.
The challenge with studying the Bible is to either not do the work that is required to properly interpret and in turn accurately apply it to our lives, or treat it as a text book and lose sight of the fact that it is the LIVING WORD.
The objective of this course will be to learn the necessary steps for discovering what the Scriptures meant to the original audience, interpret that information and then apply it to our time.
Biblical theology is not the opposite of un-biblical theology. Rather, it is an approach
to understanding the whole Bible that seeks to properly “put together” the themes,
patterns, and storyline of the Bible as they unfolded over the course of redemptive history.
In this class we’ll seek to understand what Biblical theology is and how it works. Then,
we’ll put what we’ve learned to work as we explore the plot structure of the Bible. Finally,
we’ll identify our own place within that plot, and review some of what this all means for
our lives today.
This class will be lecture-based, with ample opportunity for student interaction and
engagement. Much of class will be spent directly engaging with Scripture itself with
the prayer that God, through Scripture, will directly engage with us, transforming us into
His image as we behold His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Loftiness, hellfire and brimstone, spittle and screaming, fear and trepidation – these are some of the common slogans, motifs, and emotions associated with our topic of angels, demons, and spiritual warfare. Yet the Bible has much to inform the God-fearing believer in Jesus Christ as to the nature of this spiritual realm. We must turn to God’s wisdom, His ways, and rest in His authority when looking at this mostly unseen but eternally invested aspect of life. Who will we be? Uninformed, uninterested, and undefended bystanders in this cosmic battle or will we choose to be Christ informed and equipped, victorious warriors fighting in this eternity defining battle? Freedom is our goal and souls are the prize as we strive to see many come to faith in the living Lord Jesus Christ. Not in our power but through the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling and equipping His followers. All for His glory.
In many North American churches, “worship” has become synonymous with singing. This is a
departure both from the early Christian understanding of worship as well as the historic Protestant understanding of worship. This course will help equip students to regain a more comprehensive understanding of worship by examining the biblical and theological underpinnings of worship from a historically Protestant point of view, inviting us into a deeper worship of the Triune God.
Everyone prays. It is one of the most essential and fundamental activities of our spiritual lives and is at the center of everything we do as Christians. Since God has commanded us to pray, and accomplishes His will through our prayers, its importance cannot be overstated.
Faithful, biblical prayer can be the most challenging spiritual work that a believer engages in. Our ability to persevere in prayer will be greatly enhanced by knowing the Word of God regarding prayer, by practicing the disciplines of prayer, and by learning from the example of those who have gone before us.
This course equips the students to think theologically about God’s plan through the church to the consummation of creation so that they are able to apply these doctrines to their lives and ministries.
Christian Ministry Courses
This course helps students appreciate the majesty of the gospel and equip them to live in a confident faith which expresses itself in evangelism.
Decision-making in a post-Christian era is becoming more and more complex. This course teaches a Christian approach and perspective to making ethical decisions with confidence. An answer can be found to the most challenging of circumstances—using Biblical principles and precedents as well as the guiding of the Holy Spirit.
This course will introduce freshmen to the spiritual requirements and practical aspects of ministry in their local church.
Focusing on the Bible passage of Titus 2 which teaches God’s design and purposes for women’s ministry, this interactive course encourages the student to learn, internalize, and practice His ways as it relates to being a godly woman who is engaged in a lifestyle of ministry. This course will encourage and equip women with the strategy God has given the church for one generation of women to “tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” (Psalm 78:4).
This course will introduce and help ground students in a Biblical worldview of missions, preparing them for further training for career missions and effective service in their local churches while helping them develop a heart for missions (the Lord, the Lost, the Task) so that they will be motivated for missional involvement.
This course will examine the relationship between the Great Commandment and Commission within the arena of church youth ministry, covering planning, spiritual disciplines, and living life with youth in the community of believers.
Establish is a foundational disciple-making series that begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation. It seeks to provide a relational structure to disciple-making so that ALL people are established in Christ and empowered to disciple. This brings to Canada what Ethnos Canada and their Global Partners have been doing for the past 40+ years as they’ve planted indigenous New Testament churches around the world.
The course utilizes multiple resources to tie the whole of God’s Word together revealing the grand picture of God’s Story.
This course explores the various issues that the pastor of a small church may face. A number of topics will be addressed as they relate to effectively dealing with the daily functions and problems confronting pastors of small churches.
Leadership is at once a privilege and a daunting task not to undertake lightly. If one is to lead well, one must know his/her God, the Scriptures, the times, and the people one is to lead. One also must have attitudes that Jesus preached and modeled. Through an interactive classroom setting, the student will come away with practical ways of leading with character. As conflict is a regular part of church dynamics, a significant amount of time will be spent on this topic.
Ministry Synthesis is a course specifically designed with the challenges of ministry in mind. The student will be presented with various ministry challenges which they will have to evaluate, process, and develop a solution. This solution must glorify God and build up His church. These case studies and scenarios will be evaluated using two main tools. The first and most important source will be God’s Word. The second main resource will be all the textbooks that the student has previously used in their undergrad courses.
Having the ability to communicate the message of the Bible is of vital importance in the life of every believer. This is the good news that God has given to His people and it must be shared as commanded by the Lord in His Word.
This course will equip the student with a trustworthy framework that will effectively communicate God’s original message to a modern audience. NBC believes in and promotes a complementarian understanding of the roles of men and women. Since everyone should be able to communicate the Bible, both men and women will be equipped with the same skills, but NBC desires that the student use these skills in the appropriate setting.
General Education Courses
This course will frame the idea of Spiritual Formation within the context of Romans 8:29, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Within this context, this class will strive to understand the unique calling of spiritual formation – what challenges present themselves, how our personalities come to bear on our walk with Christ, and how we might include practices in our lives that coordinate with the Holy Spirit’s transforming presence.
The Psalms have been central to the spiritual formation of Christians throughout history. The Psalms contain honest, appropriate expressions of emotion to God. As such, they are valuable passages for study and reflection as we seek to grow in intimate relationship with God. Special emphasis will be placed on the way in which we, as Christians, in light of Christ, ought to read and appropriate the Psalms.
When Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money,” He was saying this just as much to us today, as He was to the audience who first heard those words. Through a search of the Biblical texts on the topic of money/wealth (and there are many!), we will learn what God’s perspective on earthly wealth is. The goal is to internalize the Biblical principles so as to be able to make decisions about money/wealth for eternal purposes.
A firm foundation - that is the first requirement for every substantial dwelling that the world has ever known! As Christians we have a firm foundation. This foundation is built upon Christ Jesus who is the cornerstone. Jesus laid that first and most important stone in our foundation, and His Church has continued building upon that foundation ever since. It is this continued foundation that this course helps students understand, appreciate, and learn about. This learning comes from their fellow members of the body of Christ who lived from Pentecost to 1500.
This course will equip students to better understand both the original (human) author and the original audience of the biblical text by introducing the geographical, political, and cultural background of the Bible and by assisting them in applying that knowledge to their study of the Bible.
This class is an introduction to Koine Greek as a basis for reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament as a foundation for Bible study and exegesis. God’s Word remains the same. The problem is that the languages into which the Bible is translated are living languages where word meanings are not static.
The return to Hebrew and Greek study was one of the primary fuels for the Reformation. There will always remain a need for the study of Greek as we continually seek to go “Ad Fontes (to the sources)” to avoid misinterpreting God’s Word and to correct those who twist it for their own purposes.
Focusing on the many Biblical texts which teach God’s purposes and imperatives for the family, this interactive course encourages the student to learn, internalize, and practice His ways as it relates to building a family. It will be necessary to compare God’s ways to the ways of the world and see how and why the latter fall woefully short—with inherent consequences. We will also look at how the family is a symbol of our relationship with God.
The apostle Paul warned the recipients of his letters many times about false
teachers. There were apostates in his day, and he advised that there would be many more
to come—even calling them “doctrines of demons.” Here we are, 2000 years later, and
was he ever right! All around us there are teachings which masquerade as “Christian” but
are pointing to another savior, other holy books, and false prophets. The modern Christian
needs to know his or her Bible and its essential doctrines well so as to resist the evergrowing
number of religious systems which like the ethics of Christianity but not the Triune
God of the Bible.
We need to know the core teachings of Scripture and be able to use them to refute
the attacks of the evil one—and win the lost to a Savior who died for all sinners—
including those trapped in wrong religious beliefs.
C.S. Lewis was one of the most prolific Christian writers of the 20th Century. He is known for both his theological and fictional works, and has shaped modern Christian thought extensively. This course will focus on three of Lewis’ theological books and will challenge the student to think critically about their understanding of God and the Christian life, and their walk of faith.
This course will ground students in a biblical worldview of religion. Students will become acquainted with basic beliefs and practices of major world religions, preparing them for understanding and effective evangelism.
By the end of this course the student will:
- Be able to explain the roots of the Christian faith from the Protestant Reformation to the present.
- Comprehend some of the complexities of the Christian faith and doctrine as found in this period of study.
- Be able to use Christian history with the express purpose of engaging the world as an ambassador of Jesus Christ. Missions, evangelism, theology, preaching, and teaching are all developed in and through Christian history and the student will be able to apply the lessons learned as they move forward in their ministry.
This class is an introduction to Biblical Hebrew, in order to read and interpret the Old Testament as a foundation for Bible study and exegesis. God’s Word remains the same. The problem is that the languages into which the Bible is translated are living languages where word meanings are not static. Knowledge of Hebrew will enable the student to proclaim God’s Word with confidence.
The return to Hebrew and Greek study was one of the primary fuels for the Reformation. There will always remain a need for the study of Hebrew as we continually seek to go “Ad Fontes (to the sources)” to avoid misinterpreting God’s Word and to correct those who twist it for their own purposes.
This class is an introduction to Koine Greek in order to read and interpret the Greek New Testament as a foundation for Bible study and exegesis.
God’s Word remains the same. The problem is that the languages into which the Bible is translated are living languages where word meanings are not static. The return to Hebrew and Greek study was one of the primary fuels for the Reformation. There remains a need for the study of Greek as we seek to go “Ad Fontes (to the sources)” to avoid misinterpreting God’s Word and correct those who twist it for their own purposes.
This class is the second half of the introduction to Biblical Hebrew, in order to read and interpret the Old Testament as a foundation for Bible study and exegesis. God’s Word remains the same. The problem is that the languages into which the Bible is translated are living languages where word meanings are not static. Knowledge of Hebrew will enable the student to proclaim God’s Word with confidence.
The return to Hebrew and Greek study was one of the primary fuels for the Reformation. There will always remain a need for the study of Hebrew as we continually seek to go “Ad Fontes (to the sources)” to avoid misinterpreting God’s Word and to correct those who twist it for their own purposes.
Students may opt to complete an independent guided reading study under the direction of the academic dean. Each academic year will have its own course designation as reflected above.
Practical Ministry Courses
Discovering and developing spiritual gifts and sharpening ministry skills are accomplished through the combination of instruction and experience. Although you may not currently envision yourself in full-time ministry, we trust that your goal is to be active and productive in the life of a local congregation as you reach out to others with the love of Christ. Student Ministry is your opportunity to begin discovering those gifts and skills. In light of that we urge you to “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed…” (2 Tim. 2:15). NBC works with local churches to provide a weekly opportunity designed to help each student put classroom instruction into practical use in real ministry settings. It is designed to give each student exposure, experience, and opportunity to develop skills in practical Christian ministry, and incorporates a written synthesis for evaluation and analysis at the conclusion of each semester.
Living Proof will creatively communicate biblical truths reflecting excellence in God-honouring dramatic presentations to a variety of audiences utilizing and developing the gifts and talents of each team member. Team members should expect to grow in skills relating to drama, communication, leadership, and evangelism while cultivating faith and character.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed…" (2 Tim. 2:15).
These elective credits are for freshmen students who serve on FaceDown or LivingProof, in recognition of the additional time, training, and commitment involved to serve on these teams.
The Leadership Practicum is an opportunity for third year students to get more hands on ministry with greater responsibility in the area of leadership and discipleship, then their student ministry experience. Every effort is made to provide a ministry experience that connects to the student’s sense of direction in ministry in the future. An expectation for each practicum is that the student will serve in some leadership capacity and ‘taste’ first hand what it means to do that ministry as a team member and occasionally functioning as a team leader.
These elective credits are for second year students who serve as an RA or on FaceDown/LivingProof. These courses will substitute the required Student Ministry credit in each each semester. Instead, their student ministry will be to serve in one of these areas. In recognition of the additional time, training, and commitment involved to serve in these ministries, students will receive two credits per semester rather than one.
Senior Students are required to serve in two credit practicums each semester. In recognition of the additional time, training, and commitment involved to serve as an RA or on FaceDown/Living Proof, senior students with a practicum in this area will receive one additional elective credit over the course of the year. This credit will be applied to their second semester. PR3123 Senior Ministry Elective will substitute PR3022 Leadership Practicum II.
In this course students will learn the basics of music conducting through a deeper understanding of musical theory as well as through practical experience in a choral setting.
Prerequisites: Students must have prior musical experience/knowledge. As well, they must be able to demonstrate competent musical ability and have a general knowledge of music theory which includes the ability to read the notes on sheet music. Piano ability would be a significant asset, though not required.
There is a limit of 5 people for the course. And it is only offered for credit.
Individual music courses are offered at the student’s request, usually consisting of 1 hour per semester. Intermediate and Advanced music studies are available for advanced music students, including courses not listed below. These studies are tailored to the student’s skill level and personal goals in music studies. Contact the Academic Dean for information.
** MUSIC HISTORY & HARMONY will be offered if at least three students are at the same level of study.