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 teachings. This class intends to 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.
This course is a thorough-going study of the three so-called synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, which they wrote for Jews and Gentiles, all who would believe that Jesus is the prophesied Christ, the Creator God in human flesh. 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.
A study of the book of Acts and some of Paul’s letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,1 & 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. Strong attention will be given to personal implications of Paul’s teaching.
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 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.
A detailed study of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. The major themes will be explored and practical application will be made for the church and the individual believer.
This is the syllabus containing the requirements for 1st Corinthians section of the course. It will be updated when we have the requirements for the 2nd Corinthians section.
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.
A study of two of Paul's major epistles. The major themes will be explored and practical application will be made for the church and the individual believer.
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.
An introductory study of Hebrew poetry and the part it played in Old Testament life and literature. Emphasis also will be given to the major themes in Old Testament Wisdom literature.
The detailed study of these epistles will give students the opportunity to develop their own views on a variety of ministry-related topics. The format will allow students a choice in topics of concern, including: roles of leaders in the Church, role of women in ministry, and contextualization of the gospel.
A study of the Bible’s teaching concerning the nature, character and activity of the Godhead, and the inspiration and reliability of the Scriptures. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the attributes of the Godhead and His Word in the life of the believer today.
The Bible presents itself as the Word of God, who is incapable of lying, in which He lays out the revelation of the history of His universe, from the Creation in the book of Genesis all the way to the future Consummation in the book of Revelation. In this course, students will be introduced to: the Bible as God’s Word; God’s self-interpretation of His Word; and the seven major dispensations and ages of biblical history that He reveals there, past, present and future. Thus, they will develop a biblical worldview.
The Bible is at the same time both the most loved and best-selling book of all time. It has been used wonderfully in many settings and poorly/inappropriately in others. Much of the less than stellar use of Scripture comes from misunderstanding how to interpret it and, therefore, apply it. This course begins the process of learning to interpret the Bible correctly, so it can be applied appropriately and taught accurately.
A study of the Bible’s teaching concerning the nature, character and activity of the Church, and the teaching of the Scriptures regarding eschatology or “Last Things.” Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the Church and its involvement in preparation for the Last Days.
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.
A study of the principles and problems of ethical decision making. This will include a survey of the history and variety of approaches to ethics. Biblical principles will be sought and emphasis placed on the application of these principles to contemporary ethical issues.
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.
CM313 SERMON DESIGN & DELIVERY 3 Hours
The basic elements of the structure and development of sermons will be discussed, with attention to the importance and means of the expository method. Students will study and preach the General Epistles. The student will receive supervised preaching and evaluation.
General Education Courses
This course helps students understand, appreciate, and learn 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.
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.
Why learn biblical Hebrew? Of the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible, thirty-nine were written entirely (or mostly) in ancient biblical Hebrew. In addition, the twenty-seven New Testament books, despite being written in Hellenistic Greek, were heavily influenced in their composition by biblical Hebrew and Aramaic—grammatically, syntactically, and substantively. That is, learning to read biblical Hebrew is not only highly beneficial for understanding the Old Testament of God’s Book, but the New Testament as well. In this course, students will learn the basics of reading and translating the Hebrew Bible.
Practical Ministry Courses
A weekly student ministry program, involving the student in actual ministry and service opportunities, combined with written evaluations. It is designed to give the student experience, exposure, and the opportunity to develop skills in practical Christian ministry.
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.
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.