Acts This is an expository study of the Book of Acts that deals with the formation of the early church and the dispensational transition in God's program. Emphasis is placed upon the ministries of Peter and Paul.
Apologetics This course provides an overview of the apologetical arguments for the defense of the Bible and Christianity, including philosophical arguments, biblical arguments, secular evidence, and so on. The purpose is to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).
Bible Covenants This course examines each of the major Bible covenants: Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Sinaitic, Davidic, and New to understand how God relates to His covenant people. The course also defines and explains covenant relationship, including covenant commitment and covenant breaking.
Biblical Anthropology/Theology of the Human Person This course endeavors to acquaint students with the theology of the human person, particularly fallen and redeemed. It focuses on biblical and doctrinal issues that bear upon such questions as: “What does it mean to be a human being?”, “What is meant by the ‘image of God’?”, “How is the Person of God related to the personhood of human beings?” (Usually requires pre-requisites of Systematic Theology I & II.)
Bible Research Methods This course is designed to acquaint the student with various Bible-study procedures and methods. Various aspects of Bible research will be introduced. As this course will also deal with the topics of how to study and time management, the student is advised to take this course early in the degree program.
Christian Mind (Worldviews) What do you believe about reality? What is the Christian worldview and how does it compare with other worldviews—the universe of ideas “next door”? A worldview provides the foundation on which we view reality and on which we live. Ideas have consequences, so we must understand and be able to discern the major worldviews and how they affect society today. This is a ten-week course.
Corinthian Epistles A study of the two Corinthian epistles identifying the kinds of problems faced by the first century church and Paul's solution to them. The student will recognize contemporary church life in studying these Epistles in addition to selected theological issues, discussion of structural features, historical setting, and the nature of Paul's Apostleship and philosophy of church life is forthcoming.
Creationism A study of origins from the perspective of scientific creationism and biblical theology.
Christology A study concentrating on the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Particular consideration is given to the deity and the humanity of Christ, messianic prophecy, His work in the Old Testament, His salvific work on the cross, His literal resurrection, His ascension and present work in Heaven, and His future coming again. Attention is also given to modern assaults on the biblical portrayal of Christ.
Cults and World Religions Every book in the New Testament except Philemon has something to say about false teachers, false prophets, or heresies. Believing a false gospel has terrible, eternal consequences. As Christians, we have to be prepared for the snare of cults and other religions, and be able to help others caught in their deceptions. This course provides an overview of the major cults and world religions, and a cursory examination of many others, with an emphasis on comparing them to the core beliefs of Christianity. The eight-week course will also provide several methods for witnessing to cult members and those of other religions.
Daniel & Revelation 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.
Ecclesiology An examination of the New Testament church with particular attention given to its origin, distinctive nature, mission, government, offices, ordinances, and destiny.
Eschatology A study of the prophetic revelation of the plan and purpose of God. Intensive study is given to the rapture of the Church, the tribulation, the second coming of Christ, and the millennium.
Genesis An expository study of the first book of the Bible.
Gospel of John This course provides an overview of the Gospel of John including its apologetic purpose, important themes and discourses, theology, composition and structure. Understanding the life of Christ and His teachings are essential for personal faith and for sharing the Kingdom of God with others.
Hands-On Bible Study Various methods of Bible study are introduced in this course to prepare the student for an exciting lifetime of Bible investigation for personal growth and teaching opportunities. Methods include: topical studies, word studies, character studies, geographical studies, and typological studies. Developing a personal library is also discussed.
Hebrews An analytical and expository study of Hebrews, this course stresses a discussion of Christ as the believers' high priest and a challenge to "go out to him outside the camp."
History of Christianity I The history of Christianity is replete with heroes and heretics, truth and heresy, peace and persecution. From its beginnings in a humble animal pen, to the kingly courts and quiet monasteries by the time of the Reformation, Christianity had spread to encompass much of the European world. This ten-week course will introduce you to many of the leading figures of that period, their trials and their beliefs, that together make up what we call Church history.
History of Christianity II This ten-week course will introduce the student to many of the leading figures, events and turning points of the history of Christianity from the dawn of the Protestant Reformation to present day. Three weeks are dedicated to the history of revivals and the key personas, including the Great Awakenings in North America, the Welsh, Azusa and Charismatic revivals. Revival principles and results will also be discussed.
Introduction to Hermeneutics Hermeneutics is a course designed to equip the student with basic principles for the science and art of Bible interpretation. Emphasis is placed upon the understanding of how the rules of interpretation affect the actual exegesis of Scripture. Numerous practical examples will be examined in each lesson.
Introduction to Biblical Greek & New Testament Manuscripts This 8-10 week course provides the learner with an introduction to Biblical Greek, examines New Testament manuscripts, and covers principles of textual criticism.
Introduction to the Bible Is the Bible dull and blunted when you read it? Does it seem hard to understand, archaic and irrelevant? It doesn’t have to be! It certainly wasn’t that way on the road to Emmaus when the hearts of the disciples burned within them as Christ expounded to them in all the Scriptures about Himself. By discovering the background and inspiration of the Bible, its history, books, and overarching themes, we believe the pages of God’s Word will open to you, just as it did for those disciples, and place a deeper yearning in your heart for more of Him.
The Kingdom of Heaven What is the Kingdom of Heaven? How is it breaking into this world? What is the Divine Court? What is the current ministry of Christ in heaven and how do we participate in it? Learn these truths and much more in this course on one of the most important subjects for a Christian to understand.
The Last Things This course examines basic eschatology in the New Testament, the Person of Christ in the book of Revelation, and presents an overview and outline of Revelation. Revelation is presented as heavenly courtroom drama. Each of the major end time events view is explained, with an emphasis on the “Historic Pre-millennial” view. Copious charts are used.
Life of Christ A chronological and thematic study of the life, times, and teachings of Christ as presented in a harmony of the four Gospels with a view to application in the life and ministry of the student.
Minor Prophets The background and analysis of the twelve Minor Prophets.
New Testament Survey An introductory survey of the contents of the New Testament, including its background, the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. The development of the central theme, general contents, purpose, historical setting, and spiritual value of each book will be examined.
Old Testament Survey 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.
Pastoral Epistles Covering I and II Timothy and Titus, this is an expository study that examines doctrinal issues concerning church leadership, administration and ministry. As the only part of the New Testament which deals with church problems from an administrative viewpoint, this section of Scripture is studied with a view of practical application.
Romans This introduction to Paul’s epistle to the Romans explains how Paul dealt with present and potential division between Jewish and Gentile Christians at Rome. It will show how Paul wanted to bring them together in fellowship, to overcome suspicion and racial differences, and worship together. Paul did this by addressing each group in turn, leveling the playing field, and giving them practical admonitions for unity.
Ruth and Esther This course is an expository study of the Ruth and Esther and the theological themes related to women in ministry.
Systematic Bible Doctrines Basic Bible doctrines, including the inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the Trinity, baptisms, healing, the Church, and many more will be thoroughly discussed.
Theology Survey I A general survey of Bible doctrine dealing with five of the ten major areas of systematic theology including Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angelology. Also covered is an introduction to and the value of the study of systematic theology.
Theology Survey II A general survey of Bible doctrine dealing with five of the ten major areas of systematic theology including Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
Women in the Bible A study of the women in the Bible and their roles in ministry.
Remedial English The course will emphasize a basic review of grammar necessary to successful college level work.
English Composition I This course involves the use of English for written communication, including exposition, analysis, and argumentation. Topics include grammar, proper sentence structure, paragraph development, word usage, and essay preparation.
English Composition II This course emphasizes effective writing in a variety of contexts with attention to critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and research. Literature such as novels, short stories, and poetry will be used.
Communications Introduction to Communications This course explores theories and models of communication. It will include the opportunity to practice communication in a variety of contexts and various forms.
Public Speech A study of the requirements for effective oral communication. Topics will include selecting a speech topic, researching the topic, outlining, and organizing the speech, use of visual aids, persuasion, analyzing the audience, and critiquing the speech.
Science General Physical Science A study of the concepts, laws and theories of physics and astronomy. Topics include motion, gravity, temperature, electricity, the solar system, nuclear physics and their application to the modern world.
American History and Government A study of the political, social, and economic development of the U.S., with emphasis on the growth of the democratic tradition. Topics will include the founding fathers, voting behaviors, the judicial branch, civil rights, civil liberties, the legislative branch, the presidency, and the role of religion.
Church History I An overview of the history of the Church from the first century AD to the present.
Introduction to World Civilizations This course explores a variety of civilizations, both ancient and modern, with the goal of better understanding our own. Special attention is given to societies who have the greatest influence on the world today. In general, this course provides an overview of the following areas: Key characteristics of historical civilizations, Influence and legacy of historical civilizations on today’s North American culture, and Religion and spiritual beliefs and practices of historical civilizations.
World Civilizations I A study of the development of civilization from the beginning of recorded history to the Reformation. Emphasis will be placed on the historical contributions from Egypt, Babylonia, China, India, Persia, Palestine, Greece, and Rome.
World Civilizations II A study of the development of civilization from the Reformation to present day. Emphasis will include the development of Europe, the U.S., the World Wars, and the fall of Communism.
Conflict Resolution Change is considered inevitable in leadership; however it remains a major source of conflict. This course equips students to apply principles to personal and group conflict, and considers effective models for leading change with preventive measures to minimize conflict. Attention is given to understanding personality distinctives, implementing change, and decision-making in leadership.
Leadership Development The purpose of this course is to help students understand the internal, external, and divine influences impacting leaders' development. Leadership training is only one component of leadership development. This course gives attention to the leaders' role in developing themselves and those around them through transformational processes and mentoring.
Leadership Values and Ethics This course focuses on how values and ethics are established and managed in ministry and how they are influenced by the personal beliefs, values and ethical standards of the individual leader. This study examines how an organization with leaders can induce changes in the values and ethical behaviors of the communities and cultures within which they reside and operate.
Principles of Strategic Planning This course examines the critical elements involved in strategic thinking and planning. Students will learn to apply the principles of systemic thinking and action to move organizations, ministries, departments, and other groups toward the fulfillment of the vision. Attention is given to the development of mission statements, values, vision and strategy.
Servant Leadership This course involves a study of servant leadership as the essence of effective leadership. In light of contemporary interest in the subject, students will examine models of this transformational approach to leadership and develop a philosophy for practicing "the paradox of servant leadership."
Theological Foundations of Leadership This course involves a study of foundational theological principles related to the development and exercise of Christian leadership. Combining the use of proper biblical exposition and an understanding of leadership in the first century church, students will learn fundamental concepts that distinguish biblical leadership from secular models. Special attention is given to Christians as ministers and leaders in society.
Contemporary Ethics A study of the complex moral issues faced by contemporary society with emphasis on relevant theories and their application to ethical dilemmas. Topics include war, euthanasia, divorce, capital punishment, ethical decision making by leaders, and civil disobedience.
Introduction to Psychology The fundamental concepts of psychology that will be covered in this course include biological processes, development, behavior, learning and memory, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychologyPrinciples of Psychology and Counseling
Principles of Psychology and Counseling A study of the major elements of psychology, including theories and applications. Topics will include human development, learning, perception, memory, personality, and behavior.
Principles of Sociology A study of theories, methods, and concepts of sociology, focusing on the critical issues of society. Topics will include poverty, inequality, aging, violence, sexuality, work, technology, and drug abuse.
Principles of Philosophy A study of the contributions, from antiquity to the 21st Century, from writers in philosophy. Topics include reality, knowledge, science, ethics, politics, art, and the mind.