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FALL 2020 (Semester Begins Aug. 24)

BS101: OT Survey | Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm

3 Units | Taught by Dr. Mike Fabarez

An overview of Genesis through Malachi, focusing on the literary contents, historical contexts, and theological contributions of the Old Testament books. Highlights the major historical people, places, and events of the Old Testament while mapping them onto the overarching redemptive storyline.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the significance of key people, places, and events in the Old Testament.
    Identify the book and chapter references for important Old Testament concepts and events.
    Describe the historical setting of the Old Testament books.
    Summarize the messages and theological contributions of the Old Testament books, and their contemporary Christian relevance.

Book List:

  • An ESV Bible.
  • Hindson, Ed and Gary Yates. The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey. B & H
    Academic, 2012. (482 pp.)
  • Walton, John H. Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament. Grand
    Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, 1994. (124 pp.)

BS302: Romans | Saturdays 8-10:30 am

3 Units | Taught by Dr. John Goodrich

Video Preview: The Most Important Theological Work Ever Written?

An expository study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, stressing its contribution to the doctrines of salvation and sanctification, and to understanding the place of Israel and the church in the divine plan. Assesses important perspectives on how to interpret Romans and explores how the theological and ethical principles of this epistle contribute to spiritual formation and relevant issues in contemporary society.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the message of Romans within its historical-cultural context and its location within salvation history.
  • Identify the major theological themes of Romans and where they emerge in the epistle.
  • Evaluate prominent views on the theology of Romans.
  • Develop practical principles for Christian living in light of the message of Romans.

Book List:

  • An ESV Bible.
  • Moo, Douglas J. Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey. 2nd ed. Encountering Biblical Studies. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014. ISBN 9780801049668.
  • Blackwell, Ben C., John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston, eds. Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015. ISBN 9780310517955.
  • Schreiner, Thomas R. 40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010. ISBN 9780825438912.
  • Macaskill, Grant. Living in Union with Christ: Paul’s Gospel and Christian Moral Identity. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019. ISBN 9781540961242.

BS401: Reliability of the Bible | Oct. 16-18

3 Units (Weekend Intensive) | Taught by Dr. Bill Mounce
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PCM401: Counseling Certification Part 1 | Sundays 7:45-9:45 am

3 Units | Taught by Dr. Lucas Pace

Book List:

  • Adams, Jay Edward. Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling. Ministry Resources Library. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986.
  • Lloyd, Martyn Jones. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965.
  • MacArthur, John, and Richard Mayhue. Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth. Wheaton: Crossway, 2017.
  • Ware, Bruce. God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith. Wheaton: Crossway, 2004.

PCM501: Expository Preaching | Thursdays 4-6 pm

3 Units | Taught by Dr. Mike Fabarez

A study of the organization, style, and delivery of expository sermons. Topics will include studying like a scholar, planning like a pastor, preparing like a preacher, prayer and sermon preparation, and crafting an effective sermon series.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Find good sources and conduct effective study for sermon preparation.
  • Discern the pastoral intentions of the text in light of the select audience.
  • Develop an effective Praying for Sunday
  • Create a sermon series that is faithful to the text and relevant to the audience.

Book List:

  • An ESV Bible.
  • Logos Bible Software.
  • Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Baker Academic, 2014.  (256 pp.)
  • Fabarez, Mike. Preaching That Changes Lives. Reprint edition. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2005.  (240 pp.)
  • Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971.  (353 pp.)
  •   MacArthur, John, ed. Rediscovering Expository Preaching. Dallas: Word, 1992.

TH302: Theology 2 | Saturdays 4:45-6:45 pm

3 Units | Taught by PJ Berner

Video Preview: How Well Do You Know Key Biblical Doctrines?

A survey of the essential categories of systematic theology, including Christology (the person and work of Christ), pneumatology (the person and work of the Holy Spirit), soteriology (salvation), ecclesiology (the church), and eschatology (last things). Emphasis is given to how the theological topics covered impact personal discipleship and church ministry.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain how the work of Christ and the Spirit impacts the believer’s salvation and sanctification.
  • Describe the mission of the church and its relationship to national Israel within the history of redemption.
  • Defend important evangelical doctrinal commitments with Scripture.
  • Apply theological truths in contemporary church settings.

Book List:

  • An ESV Bible.
  • Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.
  • MacArthur, John and Richard Mayhue. Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.
  • Ware, Bruce A. The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013.
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SPRING 2021

PCM101: Personal Spiritual Disciplines

2 Units

A study of the history, theology, and practice of the spiritual disciplines, including Bible study, scriptural meditation, prayer, fasting, giving, worship, fellowship, and service. Prepares students to approach spiritual growth and sanctification with thoughtfulness and intention, while providing strategies for assisting others to pursue the same.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify key signs of spiritual vitality.
  • Explain how the spiritual disciplines contribute to spiritual growth.
  • Study the Bible in a manner that is both simple and spiritually enriching.
  • Design a long-term plan for growing in Christian maturity and spiritual intimacy.

PCM302: Teaching the Bible

3 Units

An introduction to Bible teaching, including principles on lesson preparation, exposition, verbal communication, illustration, and application. Provides insights relevant for biblical preaching and small-group leading.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the telic point of a biblical passage.
  • Design a lesson plan or outline suitable for an intended Christian audience.
  • Illustrate biblical truths effectively.
  • Exposit Scripture with clarity, accuracy, and relevance.

PCM402: Counseling Certification Part 2

TH201: Church History

3 Units

An historical survey of the development of the church and its doctrines, from the foundational period to the end of the contemporary. Highlights key persons and influences, as well as significant theological disputes and ecclesiological outcomes.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify key persons and dates in church history.
  • Explain the primary causes and consequences of the early ecumenical councils.
  • Summarize the content and contributions of important creeds of the early church.
  • Explain the causes and consequences of the Protestant Reformation.
  • Summarize the origin and development of the church in America.
  • Correlate ancient heresies with modern developments in theology.

TH303: Apologetics

3 Units

  • A study of the principles and practices of defending the Christian faith, covering worldview, origins, science and faith, truth, God, miracles, the resurrection, the problem of evil, and more. Introduces students to different approaches to apologetics, including their respective aims and limits, and equips students with the requisite knowledge to dialogue about important contemporary issues with confidence.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between faith and reason and the significance of apologetics for evangelism, discipleship, and the church’s witness.
  • Assess contemporary approaches to Christian apologetics.
  • Defend crucial tenets of orthodox Christian doctrine from recent critics.
  • Evaluate important events, movements, and ideas in contemporary society with sound reason and biblical support.
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