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Course Description

 

101A How to Study the Bible I

Personal Bible study can be a life-changing experience once you master the basic principles.  The course goals are to help you develop your observational skills and to teach you how to survey, synthesize, and chart a book and to begin to analyze passages, words, and historical backgrounds.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

101B How to Study the Bible II

Prerequisite: 101A

The Bible was written in times, cultures, and languages very different from our own.  The principles of interpretation and application taught in this course will help you better understand the meaning of the Bible for the original readers and for your life as well.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

102 Advanced Bible Study Methods

Prerequisites: 101A101B

The Bible is a book which is misused and misunderstood by many people.  It is imperative that Christ’s followers know how to accurately understand God’s revealed message.  Building on the methods and skills learned in 101A and B, this course will introduce more hermeneutical principles to enable the student to better interpret the Scriptures.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

111 Introduction to Old Testament Hebrew

This course will examine verb patterns in the Hebrew language.  A special emphasis will be on weak and strong verbs, perfect and imperfect tenses, Hebrew verb stems and conjugations.  This course is recommended for those who have completed OT Hebrew Foundations I and II (111A and 111B) and are wishing to take Hebrew grammar in Fall 2017.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate Bible elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

111A Old Testament Hebrew Foundations I

This course begins an introduction to the Hebrew language of the Old Testament.  The student will learn the alphabet and its sounds, including laryngeals; vowels, and vowel letters; and basic methods of transliterating the Hebrew text.  Elemental principles of grammar will be introduced including the Dagesh Lene, Dagesh Forte, definite article, and the sign of the definite article.  The rules governing quiet and vocal Shewas, Hatephs, and the assimilation of the Nun will also be discussed.

Required for OT Hebrew Grammar.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111B Old Testament Hebrew Foundations II

Prerequisite: 111A or consent of the instructor

This course introduces the perfect tense of the regular verb in the Qal stem, and includes the rules of grammar associated with the derived stems of the basic Qal stem in the Niphal, Piel, Pual, Hiphil, Hophal, and Hithpael verbal stem patterns.  The use of the infinitive and the participle to create the present tense in Hebrew will also be discussed.  Prepositions and conjunctions will be introduced.

Required for OT Hebrew Grammar.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111C Old Testament Hebrew Foundations III

Prerequisite: 111B or consent of the instructor

This course introduces the noun and pronominal suffixes associated with nouns and the use of the construct state or case of possession in the Hebrew language.  Adjectives and basic Hebrew sentence syntax will be discussed at length.

Required for OT Hebrew Grammar

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111D Old Testament Hebrew Foundations IV

Prerequisite: 111C or consent of the instructor

This course introduces the imperfect tense of the regular verb in the Qal stem, and includes the rules of grammar associated with the derived stems of the basic Qal stem in the Niphal, Piel, Pual, Hiphil, Hophal, and Hithpael verbal stem patterns.  The use of the imperative based upon an analogy with the imperfect tense will also be discussed at length.

Required for OT Hebrew Grammar

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111E Old Testament Hebrew Grammar I

Prerequisite: 111D or consent of the instructor

This course is a more in-depth study of the basic Hebrew verb stems and forms of the perfect tense.  Suffix form verbs are introduced and vocabulary is stressed.  A more in-depth study of Hebrew nouns, both feminine and masculine, including the use of function of the construct-state, will also be addressed.  You will acquire beginning ability to read the Hebrew Old Testament, to practically use Hebrew in your study of God’s Word, and to utilize the tools available.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111F Old Testament Hebrew Grammar II

Prerequisite: 111E or consent of the instructor

This course continues to develop a greater understanding of Hebrew verb stems and forms of the perfect tense, and utilizes the definite article, prepositions, conjunctions, adjectives, noun forms, and nouns in the construct-state in class and homework assignments.  You will also begin the study of the Hebrew verb stems and forms of the imperfect tense.

 

New Testament Greek

In a novel approach to learning the language of the New Testament, these courses show the value of knowing how Biblical Greek works, without overwhelming the student with memory work.  Foundations I and II introduce key differences between Greek and English grammar.  The follow-up grammar courses are for students who wish to commit to an in-depth study of the language.
NOTE:  The grammar courses will be offered in 2015-16.

 

116A New Testament Greek Foundations I

How to say and write the Greek alphabet.  Greek/English twins.  Difficulties faced by English Bible translations.  Vocabulary games.  Introduction to nouns and their declension, case, gender, and number.  Overview of Greek Bible study tools.  Homework is limited to memorizing the alphabet.

Required for NT Greek Grammar.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116B New Testament Greek Foundations II

Prerequisite: 116A or consent of the instructor

The Greek article.  Further study of nouns and case.  Introduction to verbs.  How verbal aspect, mood, etc. affect theological interpretation.  Participles and infinitives.  Introduction to textual criticism.  Homework is limited to memorizing the Greek article.

Required for NT Greek Grammar.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116C New Testament Greek Grammar I

Prerequisites: 116A116B or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  noun declensions, adjectives, pronouns, the verb “to be”.  Translation exercises are directly from the New Testament.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116D New Testament Greek Grammar II

Prerequisite: 116C or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  O-verbs,  the concepts of person and tense, adverbs and more adjectives, and more vocabulary.  Translation exercises include simple New Testament sentences.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116E New Testament Greek Grammar III

Prerequisite: 116D or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  verbs in the subjunctive and imperative moods, participles, and infinitives.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

116F New Testament Greek Grammar IV

Prerequisite: 116E or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the following:  unusual verb forms.  Student work will include NT readings.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

121A Old Testament Survey: Law

The key to understanding why God sent Jesus to be the Savior is found in the first five books of the Bible (Genesis through Deuteronomy).  Here lie the treasures lost by our culture which give value and significance to life.  Put on your sandals and get ready for a life-changing walk on the way to the Promised Land.

NOTE:  The purpose of each Old Testament and New Testament survey course is to give an overview of each book in each survey group.  Time does not premit a verse-by-verse study of each book.  The Bible Certificate program will give the student the opportunity to study a book in more detail.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

Fall I

   Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Thompson

   Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Herbert

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

121B Old Testament Survey: History

Dates and kings and maps and things are dry, dusty facts unless you are reliving the events of God’s chosen people.  No other nation has so miraculously experienced God’s hand in its history.  Triumph and tragedy are intersecting paths that direct Israel’s journey from the walls of Jericho (Joshua) to the courts of Persia (Esther).  Great blessings await God’s people today who learn these lessons from long ago!

NOTE:  The purpose of each Old Testament and New Testament survey course is to give an overview of each book in each survey group.  Time does not premit a verse-by-verse study of each book.  The Bible Certificate program will give the student the opportunity to study a book in more detail.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

Fall II

   Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Thompson

   Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Herbert

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

121C Old Testament Survey: Poetry

People are people.  No other section of Scripture illustrates this better than the wisdom literature of the Hebrews (Job through Song of Solomon).  With sublime artistry, Israel’s poets tell their stories of life and death, of love and hate, of hope and fear.  Our lives are found in their lives.  Their faith can become our faith.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

Old Testament Intensives

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

This 3-year certificate program will enable the student to study the 39 books of the Old Testament in chronological order.  The canonical order of the Old Testament is not the sequence of when each book was written.  This chronological approach will place each book in the sequence of when it was written and/or occurred.  The study of the prophetic writings particularly will be enhanced as each prophetic book will be studied in its chronological context in Kings and Chronicles.

 

400B Biblical Foundations for Missions - New Tesatment

This course is not offered at this time.

 

121D Old Testament Survey: Prophecy

 

Israel’s prophets were a fearless lot whose vision of justice and peace was inseparably bound to their message of the coming Messiah.  Mired in societies filled with corrupted politicians and carnal-minded priests, and disheartened by conquering armies and cowardly citizens, these spokesmen for God courageously called His people to repentance and revival.  Contained in these books (Isaiah through Malachi) are timely messages of judgment and hope.  The Messiah is needed again!

NOTE:  The purpose of each Old Testament and New Testament survey course is to give an overview of each book in each survey group.  Time does not premit a verse-by-verse study of each book.  The Bible Certificate program will give the student the opportunity to study a book in more detail.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

Spring II

   Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Mann

   Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Herbert

 

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

121E Old Testament Intensive: Pentateuch, Part 1

Genesis

In the beginning . . . with these words in Genesis, the student begins to study the beginnings of God’s plans and purposes.  He creates the heavens and the earth, creates Adam and Eve in His image who later mar that image by their fall into sin.  He chooses a covenant people through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the beginning of the nation Israel through which God would bless the entire world.  With Adam and Eve’s fall and the later giving of the Mosaic Law, the student begins to see God’s plan of redemption unfold, the need for a blood sacrifice to atone sin.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121F Old Testament Intensive: Pentateuch, Part 2

Exodus - Deuteronomy

After the Israelites leave Egypt, God guides His covenant people toward nationhood.  He gives them the Ten Commandments, the foundation for the Mosaic Law whereby the people are to conduct themselves individually and corporately.  Incorporated in this code for living was the provision for atonement.  For as Adam and Eve sinned, now all mankind are prone to rebel against God.  But God provided access back to Himself through the blood sacrifice for His covenant people and for the “foreigner.”
NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

605 Teaching the First Principles

The overall objective of this course is to gain insight into the nature of the “first principles of Christ” and the utility of a biblical theology approach in establishing believers in the faith, while developing practical skills in leading small groups to think biblically by means of a serious ordered learning process designed for church-based discipleship.

 

606 The First Principles: Following Jesus into His New Community

The overall objective of this course is to introduce the First Principles Series One as a tool for basic discipleship.  Series One covers the beginnings of personal faith and carefully lays a foundation for growth.  Both new and seasoned believers will benefit from its clear teaching.  Students will develop their own core convictions rooted in the first principles of the faith, community life, community purpose, and disciplined living and a strategy to apply those principles as a disciple.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

 

607 The First Principles: Building Strong Households of Faith

The overall objective of this course builds on the First Principles Series One as a tool for basic discipleship.  Series Two presents the biblical wisdom necessary for a fruitful lifework, marriage, and family.  Student will develop their own core convictions rooted in the first principles concerning marriage, family life, ministry, and true success.  Student will also develop strategies for managing these aspects of life rooted in their core convictions.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145

 

608 The First Principles: Disciplined Bible Study in the ‘Way of Christ and the Apostles’

The overall objective of this course continues to build on First Principles Series One and Two as a tool for basic discipleship.  Series Three initiates students into an ordered study of the Bible.  The series teaches the essential skills for being a lifelong student of the Word of God, while revisiting the core first principles in four New Testament books.  Student will develop their own core convictions of first principles in Acts and gain a sense of the plan of Christ centered on the local church.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

 

609 The First Principles: Establishing Churches in the ‘Way of Christ and the Apostles’

The overall objective of this course continues to build on First Principles One and Two as a tool for basic discipleship.  Series Three initiates students into an ordered study of the Bible.  The series teaches the essential skills for being a lifelong student of the Word of God, while revisiting the core first principles in four New Testament books.  Student will develop their own core convictions of first principles in one of each of Paul’s early, middle, and later letters in order to develop competency in grasping a pattern for establishing churches and evaluating how well a church is established and what to do next in that process.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

 

610 Acts: Keys to the Establishment and Expansion of the Church

The overall objective of this course is to determine the fundamental Biblical principles regarding the mission of the Church and its role in missions, and for developing guidelines and strategies for a local church's participation in the Gospel.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

Required for the Local Church Leadership and Ministry Development Certificate.

 

611 Pauline Epistles: Strategies for Establishing Churches

The overall objective of this course is to determine the fundamental Biblical principles for growing and strengthening (establishing) a church to maturity and developing a strategy for implementing the Biblical forms and functions of a church necessary for making and keeping it strong.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

Required for the Local Church Leadership and Ministry Development Certificate.

 

612 Essentials of Sound Doctrine: Strategies for Establishing Believers in the Faith

The overall objective of this course is to build a contemporary didache—an early church manual used to establish believers in the essentials of the apostles' teaching.  This contemporary didache must be founded solidly upon the faith delivered by the apostles, seasoned by the historical effort of the Church, and eminently relevant to our present cultural situations.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

Required for the Local Church Leadership and Ministry Development Certificate.

 

623 Leaders and the Early Church: Strategies for Training Local Church Leaders

The overall objective of this course is to bring leadership back to the center of the local church in a way that will empower churches to participate in the expansion of the Gospel with the same vision and effectiveness as the first church at Antioch.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145.

Required for the Local Church Leadership and Ministry Development Certificate.

 

121G Old Testament Intensive: Joshua to Saul

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 1-15

Israel becomes a nation.  God's chosen people enter Canaan and begin the conquest of the land.  But because the people's obedience is not complet, the nation will suffer greatly as God chastises Israel by the hands of her enemies.  Judges will call Israel back to God periodically.  Meanwhile Israel fails to be the blessing to the nations she was intended by God.  He reveals that His plan of redemption is for all peoples.  He mercifully illustrates this by reaching beyond the Israelite boundaries and bringing Ruth, a Moabitess, into the Messianic line.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121H Old Testament Intensive: David

1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles 9:35-29:30, Psalms

Israel's corporate rejection of God's rule brings about a regime change--God will now lead His people through kings.  Saul proved that belssing is forfeited with disobedience.  David, though not perfect, purposed to follow God and brought great blessing to Israel and to the nations.  Through David's line, God begins His plan to introduce in time the King of Kings, the Messiah.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $130.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

138 The Book of Job

The book of Job falls squarely into the genre of Biblical writing known as wisdom literature.  Job reveals the failure of naïve assumptions of retributive justice as an adequate explanation of the world.  The book of Job tells us the innocent do suffer in the real world.  So the book’s ultimate counsel is to maintain a faithful relationship with God and you will find refuge in a world where suffering is unavoidable.  In this course, we will carefully look at the book of Job and glean its pearls of wisdom for our present generation.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

141 Ecclesiates: A Treatise on Life

Ecclesiastes is the book that either you rarely touch and have never read all the way through, or have shared the writer's apparent skeptical view of life.  Is the writer a skeptic, an optimist, a grumpy old man, or a wise man who has observed that life does not always work out theway we think it ought to.  Dig deeply into his mind and his heart to see why God put this strange book in His inerrant Word.

 

142 A Love Supreme: Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon has been viewed from three different lens:  an allegory between God and the nation of Israel, Christ and the church, and a husband and wife.  A close observation of the details in Song of Solomon appear to point to the wonders and challenges of a marital relationship.  This course will look at how a joyous marital relationship is made up of a holy covenant, intimate communication, and passionate and anointed love-making.  We will take a close look at the gift of spiritual sexuality and the thought and care that precedes it as a significant part of a thriving marriage.

 

153 The Book of Jonah

Is Jonah myth?  Is there any truth to the book?  Does it even need to be true to apply Biblical principles?  Jonah is probably one of the most controversial books of the Old Testament.  It has been challenged by theologians and scholars for many years as to his authenticity.  Yet, Jesus quotes this book at one of His most pivotal times in His ministry.  Additionally, the message of salvation speaks so powerfully in this book.  This course will cover:  the historicity/authenticity of the book; God's work in the world at that time; the purpose of Jesus' use of the book; the Gospel application of the book of Jonah.

 

164 The Intertestament Period

What happened between the end of the Old Testament to Matthew?  Were there really 450 silent years, with the people of God in a holding pattern, or was God working behind the scenes to prepare for “the fullness of times” (Galatians 4:4)?  This course will cover the people and events in and around the Promised Land during this exciting time.

Fall II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

165A New Testament Survey: Gospels and Acts

The foundation for the New Testament is found in the four Gospels and Acts.  The rest of the New Testament cannot be understood apart from this historical section.  Four portraits of Jesus' life, message, and mission are examined as recorded in the Gospels.  The book of Acts will be discussed regarding the immense impact of the early Church's thrust to change the world.  The course goals are for you to understand the theme of each book and to find new ways to apply the life-changing truths to your life.

NOTE:  The purpose of each Old Testament and New Testament survey course is to give an overview of each book in each survey group.  Time does not premit a verse-by-verse study of each book.  The Bible Certificate program will give the student the opportunity to study a book in more detail.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

Fall I

   Mondays, 6 p.m. - Thompson

Spring I

   Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Thompson

   Mondays, 6 p.m. - Gardner

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

Department of Bible

Any course in the Department of Bible not marked as Required can be taken as a Bible elective in the Intermediate Certificate program or an elective-at-large in the Advanced Certificate program.

 

165B New Testament Survey: Romans - Revelation

Building on the foundation of the historical books in 165A, this study will focus on the other 22 books, the culmination of God’s holy Scriptures.  The themes and general purposes of the Pauline Epistles, General Epistles, and the book of Revelation will be emphasized.  In addition, there will be discussion on applying the truths essential to a dynamic Christian witness.

NOTE:  The purpose of each Old Testament and New Testament survey course is to give an overview of each book in each survey group.  Time does not premit a verse-by-verse study of each book.  The Bible Certificate program will give the student the opportunity to study a book in more detail.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

Fall II

   Mondays, 6 p.m. - Thompson

Spring II

   Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Thompson

   Mondays, 6 p.m. - Gardner

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

New Testament Intensives

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 165A and 165B

This 2-year certificate program will enable the student to study the 27 books of the New Testament in chronological order.  As is true of the Old Testament, the canonical order of the New Testament is not the sequence of when each book was written.  This chronological approach will place each book in the sequence it was written and/or occurred.  The study of the Pauline epistles particularly will be enlightening as each is placed in the time line of Acts.

 

165G New Testament Intensive: Acts/Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, Philippians

Paul instructs the Church to stand in and for God’s truth.  The Church cannot allow the world to infiltrate; otherwise, the Gospel message is heard less.  The Church must guard its beliefs in order for the Gospel message to reach the world.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $130.

 

165C New Testament Intensive: The Gospels

In the beginning . . . so begins John’s Gospel account.  Just as the Pentateuch are the books of beginning for the Old Testament, so the Gospels are the books of beginning for the New Testament.  God promised that Messiah would come.  For 400 years between the testaments, God worked in history to prepare the way for His plan of redemption to be finalized.  God who transcends time, stepped into time.  God the Son took on flesh to reveal the Father’s plan.  The Gospels reveal the Messiah who came to fulfill the Old Testament’s promise of redemption.  The person for blessing had come!

 

165D New Testament Intensive: Acts/Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, James

God’s redemption is for Jew and Gentile alike.  Christ commands His disciples to take that message to all.  With the birth of the Church, God now works through His people to bring the message of redemption to the world.  The Church must also keep this message pure and true.

 

165E New Testament Intensive: Acts/1 and 2 Corinthians

As the Church grows, it must learn to conduct itself properly in order to be the witness and blessing it should be.  God uses His servant Paul to instruct the Church how to live corporately and as individual believers.  The Church must live righteously if its witness of redemption is to be a blessing to the world.

 

165F New Testament Intensive: Romans

The Church has expanded far and wide as evidenced by Paul’s letter to the Romans.  God’s plan of redemption as prophesied has become the means of blessing for all who will believe the Gospel.

 

165H New Testament Intensive: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Jude

Paul instructs the Church to persevere by making sure that the younger generation is taught the truth of the Gospel, the need to proclaim it, and to pass the torch to each successive generation.  The Church needs leaders who will make sure the truth is preserved and shared.  Jude also exhorts the Church to live holy lives and guard the Gospel message from those who work to pervert it.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

 

165I New Testament Intensive: 1 and 2 Peter, Hebrews

Paul instructs the Church to persevere by making sure that the younger generation is taught the truth of the Gospel, the need to proclaim it, and to pass the torch to each successive generation.  The Church needs leaders who will make sure the truth is preserved and shared.  Jude also exhorts the Church to live holy lives and guard the Gospel message from those who work to pervert it.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

 

165J New Testament Intensive: 1, 2, 3 John, Revelation

In the end, God’s plan of redemption will come to a complete fulfillment.  The apostle John, who witnessed the beginning of the completion of God’s plan in the person and life of Jesus Christ, encourages the Church to continue the course God set her on.  Then, John is privileged to witness the future culmination of God’s redemption.  All who have put faith in the Messiah will share in that eternal victory and blessing.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $130.

 

172 Paul's Letter to the Romans

Throughout the centuries since it was written, discerning Christians have recognized that, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Paul’s epistle to the Romans is his climatic work, and even in many respects the supreme work of God’s revelation in the Bible.  The sublime value of this work means that even at the present time, believers need to understand the teachings of this remarkable book.  This course will present the systematic manner in which Paul covered the subjects of justification, sanctification, theodicy, and practical application of these doctrines that truly define Biblical Christianity.

 

174 Paul's Letter to the Galatians

When the say the best defense is a good offense, I wonder if they got it from the Apostle Paul.  Paul is under attack and he fights back through his letter to the Galatians.  In defending his apostleship and his message, Paul provides us with powerful, life-changing insights into true Christianity.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

184 The Letter by James

From the letter written by James, we will seek out God’s wisdom in order to apply basic Biblical principles in a wide range of life’s situations.

Spring I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Sutton, Jr.

 

189 A New Look at the Book of Revelation

 

Most Christians avoid the book of Revelation like the plague—the book seems confusing and scary.  With all the various competing interpretations with books and movies meant to petrify the audience, no wonder few dare to tackle it.  Yet, the Apostle John opens by saying that the reader of the book should walk away feeling blessed.  What if Revelation really is meant to be interesting and exciting for  believers?  And what if all the confusing views are confusing because they miss the point?  We will look at Revelation with fresh eyes and hopefully walk away loving this thrilling and majestic book designed to wrap up the whole of the Old and New Testaments.

Winterim, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Gardner

 

191P The Parables: Jesus' Pearls of Wisdom

Understanding Jesus’ parables unlocks a treasure chest of wisdom we desperately need in order to be rightly related to God.  This course will require a lot of class participation in order to arrive at the correct interpretations of the parables.  Through guided questions, the instructor will coax the class until the meanings come into focus.

 

192A The Apostle Paul in Athens and Corinth

On the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey, he visited and ministered in the cities of Athens and Corinth.  The former being the “cradle of democracy and philosophy” and the latter being the commercial center for Achaia.  This class will examine the history, archaeology, geography, and material culture of these two cities and the surrounding area in order to understand the ministry of the Apostle Paul as well as the epistles he wrote to the church at Corinth.  Lessons will be drawn from these two cities in the 1st century A.D. in order to more effectively reach New York City in the 21st century A.D.

 

195A Cultural Setting of the Old Testament

In this course we will examine some of the linguistic, social, and cultural customs and habits of the Ancient Near East during the Old Testament eras.  This will include such matters as covenants, marriages, commerce, and religious practices.  The course will include not only those customs unique to Israel, but also of the neighbors with whom she interacted.  By the end of the seven weeks, the student should have a better understanding of the Old Testament setting and practices.

Spring I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

196A Introduction to Old Testament Archaeology

Archaeology is a useful tool for illustrating the Biblical text and providing background to the life and times of the Biblical events.  It also can be used to refute the critics that claim the Bible is not historically reliable.  This class will survey different periods of the Old Testament and examine the archaeological discoveries that can illustrate the text as well as refute the critics.  The topics that will be covered are the introduction to Biblical Archaeology; the archaeology of the book of Genesis, Exodus, the Conquest, and Judges; the archaeology of the United Monarchy, the Divided Monarchy, and the Post Exilic Period.

 

197 The Geography of the Bible

In preparation for the NYSB trip to Israel, this class will discuss the different regions of the Land of Israel and how each relate to the Biblical text.  The Promised Land has been described as the testing ground of faith for the people of God.  The flora, fauna, and weather cycle will help to illustrate this as well as the uniqueness of each region of the Land.  Lectures will be on the regions of Galilee, the Jordan Rift Valley, the Hill Countries of Ephraim and Manasseh and Judah, the Shephelah, the Land of Benjamin, the Coastal Plain, and the Negev.

NOTE:  Free enrollment to those who are confirmed for the April 23–May 6, 2018 tour.  See the Israel/Greece Trip for details.

 

197D Israel: Land and Nature

The Bible was written by farmers and shepherds, to farmers and shepherds using the language of agriculture and nature.  A student may not appreciate this language living in New York City.  This class will concentrate on the phrase “the land of milk and honey,” the Feasts of the Lord, the agricultural and weather cycle, and the plants, trees, animals, and birds of the Bible.

NOTE:  Free enrollment to those who are confirmed for the April 23–May 6, 2018 tour but cannot attend course 197.  See the Israel/Greece trip for details.

 

198A Historical Setting of the Old Testament

 

No events in the Old Testament occur in a vacuum or apart from a historical and cultural context.  The Old Testament reveals God’s forming and redeeming the Hebrew people, and how He used, among other things, the history, politics, and interaction with Israel’s Gentile neighbors to accomplish His plan.  This class will examine the backgrounds of those neighbors as they to the Old Testament to better understand the sovereign will of God, Israel’s obedience and disobedience, and God’s discipline and grace in response.

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

Department of Theology

Any course in the Department of Theology not marked as Required can be taken as an elective-at-large in the Advanced Certificate program.

 

200 Introduction to Theology

Theology is an attempt to answer the significant questions of life using the data God has revealed in the Scriptures.  Once the “queen of the sciences,” theology has either been ignored in our culture or has been corrupted by theologians who have rejected the uniqueness and trustworthiness of the Bible.  This course will present an overview of various types of theology, outline principles for doing good theology, survey the historical development of evangelical theology, and assist you in identifying the importance of thinking theologically.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

201 Basic Christianity

This practical course in the principles of the Christian life addresses topics such as faith, prayer, guidance, work, temptation, witness, fellowship, and  the place of the Bible in daily living.  Only with careful attention to these basics can a believer grow in the faith.  New Christians will gain instruction in beginning their newfound spiritual life.  Older Christians will be revived in their quest to regain their first love.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

Fall I

   Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Thompson

   Mondays, 6 p.m. - Herbert

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

210 God and the Bible

Understanding Who God is and what He has said forms the basis for living a meaningful life.  Understanding the Bible’s revelation about God’s character and His work in the world is the starting point for developing a worldview based on truth rather than speculation.  Holding that the Scriptures are the actual words of God enables the student to confidently search for answers to life’s most profound questions.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

211 Father, Son, Holy Spirit and You

The doctrine of the Trinity is the core of the Christian faith.  Without it, our gospel message makes no sense.  Yet you would be hard pressed to find a more misunderstood doctrine in Christianity.  Find out what the doctrine of the Trinity is and what it reveals about both us and our God as we examine this great truth from the Scriptures and look at its historical development.

 

212K Knowing God in Christ: Our Life's Priority

As we live in an exciting and intellectually stimulating time, our most impressive world offers abundant information, unprecedented communication capabilities, rich and diverse entertainment options, advanced technological comfort, the finest luxuries, and more.  These luring imposters, albeit non-nefarious in and of themselves, subtly seduce us with a fleeting gratification, ultimately leaving us empty and unfulfilled.  The quest for personal satisfaction is both futile and misguided.  Amidst this blur, what really matters most is so easily set aside.  Sadly, our true priority in life is often not even fully realized, rarely wholeheartedly embraced, let alone actually enjoyed!

Beyond knowing “about” God, which is where we must start, growing in relationship to Him, in and through the person of Jesus Christ, is indeed what really matters.  As we allow God to reveal Himself to us, He draws us even closer, graciously quenching our deepest thirst, with the wonder, glory, and joy of knowing Him.  Join us as we seek to apprehend the immense fullness of God!

 

215E God and Evil: The Pursuit of Hope in a Corrupted World

If God is love . . . and He is all-powerful . . . why does evil even exist?  Various aspects of this great theodicypractical, personal, social, theological, philosophical, and spiritualwill be discussed.  Hope is offered to questions generated by the existence of suffering and affliction.  The very character of God and the cross of Jesus Christ are examined in our quest to address these concerns.  Alternatives to a Biblical worldview fall short.  Grappling with the problem of evil will give rise to an enhanced Biblical perspective and prove valuable as practical personal challenges arise.  This will not only prepare you to better articulate responses to difficult questions to those who are perplexed, anxious, or confused but also potentially open new opportunities to share the Gospel.

 

220 Humanity and Sin

The great issues of life ultimately hinge on one’s view of human nature.  Our world is plagued by the need to satisfactorily explain humanity’s great capacity for creativity, ingenuity, and expression in the face of gross displays of inhumanity.  This course will explore God’s answer to these problems and provide hope for our human existence.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

230 Christ and Salvation

The eternal destiny of each person is ultimately determined by one’s response to Jesus Christ.  Jesus presented Himself as God’s Son by performing works consistent with His nature and speaking words full of grace and truth.  Jesus declared His purpose in life as having come to “seek and to save that which was lost.”  Accepting His provision of salvation provides entrance into the eternal Kingdom of God. Understanding the full scope of this salvation provides motivation for serving Him acceptably while living within the kingdom of humankind.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate

 

240 The Holy Spirit and the Church

The Holy Spirit is revealed in the Bible as a member of the Godhead, worthy of equal honor and active in all phases of God’s eternal plan.  Who He is and what He does must be understood if we are to live lives pleasing to Him.  It was the Holy Spirit Who founded the Church and Who now provides its ongoing vitality.  This assembly of believers takes various organizational forms but its essential nature and purpose are clearly presented in the Bible.  Contemporary views of the Holy Spirit and of the Church need to be liberated from the muddled thinking present in today’s Christian culture.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

 

245R A Theology of the Church

What is the Bible’s theology of the Church?  Our study, from a Reformed theological position, will include such topics as:  The Church—Visible and Invisible; The Old Testament and the Church; Children and the Church;  The Church—Already and Not Yet.

 

250 Angels and the End of the Age

Two topics of particular confusion for believers relate to angels and the end of the present age.  Angels exist and are active in our lives—for better or for worse.  Christians need to know how to cooperate with the good angels and how to avoid the evil ones.  Additionally, the end of the age is frequently taught in the Bible.  Knowing what the Bible teaches and how we are to live is important for our walk of faith.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

 

260A Worldview Apologetics: Defending the Faith

There are so many challenges to our faith in the marketplace of ideas.  If not prepared to respond to the challenges, one can be intimidated into silence or just take refuge in the fortress of blind faith by saying, “I know Jesus lives in my heart.”  Although it is true that He does, just saying so does not qualify for obedience to what Jude 3 requires—contending earnestly for the faith.  This course will first establish a rationale for defending the faith, investigate the apologetic techniques used in the Bible, and offer some skills and strategies for combating challenges against the faith.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260B Worldview Apologetics: God and Creation

After God had finished creating and surveying His creation, the Bible states the end result “was very good” (Gen. 1:31).  Hardly a portrait of bloody evolution!  While the atheist contends that a belief in God reflects ignorance, there are many compelling reasons (logical, evidential, and scientific) to believe that God created this world.  We will investigate these reasons, the various proofs for the existence of God, and also the claims against them, especially from atheism, the “problem of evil and suffering”, and the theory of evolution.  Instruction will include the use of films, discussions, and role-play.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260C Worldview Apologetics: The Bible and Its Critics

The Bible is the foundation of our faith and life.  It also imparts profound riches to those who believe (Col. 2:1-4).  But it is continually under fire from various sources—The DaVinci Code, The Jesus Seminar, the Gnostic Gospels, etc.  If we fail to counter their challenges, we leave seeds of doubt within our minds that slowly will erode our confidence, joy, and enthusiasm for the Bible.  This course will examine and critique what the critics are saying and offer positive evidences for the reliability of Scripture.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260D Worldview Apologetics: Christ in the Old Testament

Beholding the harmony between the Old and New Testaments is a thing of beauty and also powerful evidence of  the authoring hand of the Holy Spirit.  While Jewish commentators insist that the Apostles misrepresented the teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures regarding forgiveness, grace, atonement, God, and many other ideas, we find that both of our Testaments agree to an incredible extent.  If we fail to understand this, we might be easily misled by assertions that “Paul and Jesus got it wrong!”  We will examine these Jewish challenges.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260E Worldview Apologetics: Proof the Bible Is God's Word

Beholding the harmony between the Old and New Testaments is a thing of beauty and also powerful evidence of  the authoring hand of the Holy Spirit.  While Jewish commentators insist that the Apostles misrepresented the teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures regarding forgiveness, grace, atonement, God, and many other ideas, we find that both of our Testaments agree to an incredible extent.  If we fail to understand this, we might be easily misled by assertions that “Paul and Jesus got it wrong!”  We will examine these Jewish challenges.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260F Worldview Apologetics: Religions and Worldviews

In order to speak effectively to people of other religions, we have to be able to enter into their thinking (1 Cor. 9:19–23).  This course will help equip you to understand other religions:  their development, variety, appeal, commonalities, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities.  Each has its own worldview which we will analyze and compare with Christianity and provide strategies of engagement.  This will also help us to better understand our own faith.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260G Worldview Apologetics: Cults

Peter instructs us that “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him” (2 Peter 1:3).  Therefore, knowing who God is is so critically important.  We find that the cults inevitably present a different Jesus and a different Gospel.  The Church needs to be able to identify distorted interpretations and to counter them for the sake of its people.  Paul writes that it is a duty of an elder to “hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9).  This is not an option but a command.  This course will examine the teachings of the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and various cult leaders in order to critique their errant interpretations of Scripture.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

260H Worldview Apologetics: Ethics and Moral Questions

Proverbs 13:14 tells us, “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”  This gives us an incredible opportunity to be the salt and light to a dying world.  However, we need to be able to speak wisely about the issues that confront humanity today.  This course will examine some of the difficult ethical issues of the day, including civil disobedience, warfare, separation of Church and State, gay marriage, and reproductive technologies, in order to equip the Church to be that “fountain of life.”  This course will involve much discussion.

Required for the Worldview Apologetics Certificate.

 

270A Church History: The Early Church

History does not have to be boring!  Step into the world of the early Christian Church as it faced its greatest period of persecution, while expanding at one of the fastest rates since its inception.  Learn about the great people of God, the doctrinal struggles, and the miraculous adventure of our Christian forefathers from the close of the New Testament to 590 A.D.

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

270B Church History: The Dark Ages

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the Islamic expansion, the Revival of the Holy Roman Empire, and much more marked the period from 590–1054 A.D., better known as The Dark Ages.  What shadows passed over the Church, crushing its spirit and threatening its extinction?  What windows of hope pointed to a brighter tomorrow?  Grab your flashlight and travel deep into The Dark Ages.

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

270C Church History: Scholasticism and the Pre-Reformation Era

This age of Church history has become known as “Scholasticism” because an age of scholarship arose from the dust heap of the Dark Ages.  Human reason and Christian theology were reconciled as the teachings of the Church were organized.  Walk with us through the corridors of learning from 1054–1500 A.D.

NOTE:  NYSB is pleased to add a bonus component to this course—The Cloisters:  Christian Art and Architecture in Church History.  This tour will take place on Saturday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon.  Gordon Franz will conduct the tour for Professor Gardner and the class.  This component is included in the cost of the course.  Anyone else can join for $30 as space allows.  Please see "Saturdays at the Museum" for more details about this tour.

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

270D Church History: Why Only 66 Books in the Bible?

Are there lost books of the Bible?  Did Constantine select the books for the canon?  Who has the right number of biblical books, the Roman Catholics or the Protestants?  Which English translations are the best?  Learn how the biblical canon was formed, how it was passed down through the centuries, what issues the Church faced in translating the Bible, and why there are so many varieties of translations today.

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

270E Church History: The Reformation to the Great Awakening

Though covering just over 200 years from 1500–1750 A.D., this era of Church history explodes with some of the fastest-paced drama and excitement of all times.  We know the names of the Reformation leaders, but do we know them?  How did denominations begin?  What started the missions movement?  Was the Great Awakening truly a revival?  All this and more in just seven short weeks!

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

270F Church History: American Revivalism

Following the Second Great Awakening in the early nineteenth century, a new school of thought developed, fueled by Charles Finney.  Revival, it stated, comes as a result of the right use of means.  The next hundred years became the birthing ground for exciting moves of God and of some crazy heresies.  But what groups fall into which category?  Criteria will be given in an attempt to help you answer this question.

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

270G Church History: Modern Christianity

With the First World War, the age of Revivalism passed and the Evangelical movement was born.  This past century has recorded phenomenal successes and horrifying defeats for the Protestant Church.  The Catholic Church also has been transformed, while the Orthodox Church, long hidden away, has stepped into the open.  Understanding the Church of the twentieth century will help us in the twenty-first century with greater confidence.

Required for the Church History Certificate.

 

400A Biblical Foundations for Missions - Old Testament

This course is not offered at this time.

 

270H Church History: The Development of Denominations

Today there are tens of thousands of branches of Christianity.  Where did they come from?  This study will trace the roots of the denominational system from the time of the New Testament to our many-faceted current structure.  Protestants are not alone in the denominational splits, so the class will also cover the divisions in the Roman, Orthodox, and Oriental sects, along with a small discussion of the roots of common cults that branched off the Christian faith.

Requried for the Church History Certificate.

 

273A A History of the African-American Church

The African-American church occupies a distinct place in American life.  It has been shaped by a people committed to Jesus Christ who have been impacted by a variety of social forces often beyond their control.  All believers need to be aware of the heritage of the African-American church.

 

291R Principles of Reformation Theology

God has given us a tremendous heritage through the Protestant Reformation!  Some of the highlights we will look at include:  The Five Onlys; The Five Points; The Sovereignty of God: Liberty of Conscience; Sphere Sovereignty.

 

292E Four Views on Eternal Security

The doctrine of eternal security is widely debated in the Church today.  Many feel that this teaching gives Christians a right to live a licentious life.  Opponents of the doctrine of eternal security accuse supporters of promoting antinomianism and making shipwreck of the Faith.  Proponents of the doctrine argue that the perseverance of the believer is a vital element of the doctrine of justification.  For them, to deny the doctrine of eternal security is to deny the Gospel.  We will examine four points of view on this topic to help broaden our understanding and appreciation for the complexities of this teaching.

 

292F What the Bible Says About Divorce and Remarriage

The Christian Church is divided over the issue of divorce and remarriage.  This polemic has it roots in ancient Judaism.  There were two schools of thought on this topic among the Pharisees.  One position articulated by the school of Shammai held that one could only obtain a divorce on the grounds of sexual immorality.  The school of Hillel believed that a man could divorce his wife for any reason.  The Pharisees ask Jesus in Mark 10 which school did He support.  This course will explore the complexities of the Markan passage and other texts as well as the tradition on this topic.

 

296 Prosperity Gospel and the Bible

The Word of Faith Ministry is one of the fastest growing movements within Chris-tendom.  Although this phenomenon originated in the Pentecostal Church, it has greatly deviated from its parental origins.  The Word of Faith movement claims to be a Word-based ministry.  High profile personalities—Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Cope-land, Kenneth Hagen, John Avanzini, Fred Price, Jerry Seville, Leroy Thompson, Jesse Duplanits, and others—have huge followings and mesmerize the uninformed by their eisegetical methods of interpreting Scripture.  This course will examine this movement in the light of Scripture.

 

121I Old Testament Intensive: Solomon

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

I Kings 1–11, 2 Chronicles 1–9, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

After David establishes Israel as a kingdom, his son Solomon expands it.  Israel for a time is a beacon of light to the nations.  But because Solomon rejects God’s rule in his life, Israel will soon be punished.  Until then, Solomon learns that true wisdom is living in obedience to God.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121J Old Testament Intensive: Divided Kingdom to Fall of Israel

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

1 Kings 12–22, 2 Kings 1–17, 2 Chronicles 10–28, Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Isaiah 1–28

Israel is now a divided kingdom.  And the divided kingdom is divided further still because of divided loyalties.  God blesses the kingdoms when its rulers follow after God, but punishes those who reject Him.  God begins to bring His prophets to the people to continue to reveal His plan for redemption.  Though Israel has failed to be the blessing it should be, God continues to reveal that His plan of redemption is for all mankind.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

 

121K Old Testament Intensive: Hezekiah to Judah's Exile, Part 1

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

m2 Kings 18–25, 2 Chronicles 29–36, Isaiah 29–66, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Micah, Nahum, Habbabbuk, Zephaniah, Ezekiel 1–31

God forewarns His people of exile if they continue to refuse to follow Him.  And they did refuse.  The northern kingdom of Israel is taken away by the Assyrians.  Judah will soon be taken by the Babylonians and suffer exile for 70 years.

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above through to Lamentations.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

 

121L Old Testament Intensive: Hezekiah to Judah's Exile, Part 2

Prerequisites: 101A101B Recommended: 121A, B, C, D

2 Kings 18–25, 2 Chronicles 29–36, Isaiah 29–66, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Micah, Nahum, Habbabbuk, Zephaniah, Ezekiel 1–31

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above from Micah to Ezekiel 31.

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost is $145.

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121M Old Testament Intensive: Judah in Exile, Part 1

Ezekiel 32–48, Job, Daniel

Judah is now in exile.  Her life of rejection of God corporately brings punishment to all, the rebellious and righteous alike.  Why must the righteous suffer as well?  In the midst of exile though, God’s plan of redemption begins to spread to all the world when His righteous people stand for God and testify of Him.  Through the righteous who suffer in exile, God takes His blessing to the world.

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above through to Ezekiel 48.

Fall I 2016

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121N Old Testament Survey: Judah in Exile, Part 2

Ezekiel 32–48, Job, Daniel

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above of Job and Daniel.

Fall II 2016

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121O Old Testament Intensive: Judah after the Exile, Part 1

Ezra, Esther, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, 1 Chronicles 1–9:34

God is merciful and brings Judah back into the land.  It remains to be seen if Israel has learned her lesson to obey God and be the blessing she is to be to the world.

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above from Ezra to Nehemiah.

Spring I 2017

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

121P Old Testament Intensive: Judah after the Exile, Part 2

Ezra, Esther, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, 1 Chronicles 1–9:34

This course will cover the Biblical record listed above from Haggai to 1 Chronicles 9:34.

Spring II 2017

Required for the OT Intensive Certificate.

 

Department of Ministry

Any course in the Department of Ministry not marked as Required can be taken as a ministry elective in the Intermediate Certificate program oran elective-at-large in the Advanced Certificate program.

 

300 Ministry of the Local Church

What is the purpose of the ministry?  What is the “Church” all about?  Why does it exist?  How are you, the church, supposed to influence change in the world?  The church, built by Jesus Christ Himself, is the most powerful force in our world today.  If this is true, then why are we are not seeing the change?  This class will discuss the theology and historicity of the church.  We will also discuss the Biblical purpose of the church in its local setting.

Effective ministry in the urban church requires an ability to view the problems, resources, and purpose of the Church through the perspectives of Scripture, history, and culture.  This course will involve students in an examination of how urban Christians can minister through leadership, education, evangelism, worship, community formation, and social involvement.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

 

302 What Should the Church Look Like?

Over the centuries, have the mission and method of the Church gotten out of focus?  An examination of the Church through the lenses of Scripture, history and culture will enable you to distinguish between form and function and formulate a philosophy of ministry that will make your church most effective in providing the kind of corporate experience necessary for producing mature believers.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

 

303 A Theology of Worship

Worship in the local church is often limited to one thing, preaching, music, etc.  In this course you will develop a Biblical understanding of what worship is, how we can worship, and critique several different models of worship in the local church.

 

305 Sharing Your Faith/Using Your Gifts

Have you ever asked the question:  Me, an evangelist?  When people think of evangelism, they usually think of preaching the Gospel.  Then, depending on how they see themselves as public speakers, they rate themselves as good or bad evangelists.  But evangelism is more than content; it also involves one's own gift(s) and personal style.  This course will help you clarify the message of the Gospel, identify your gift(s) and personal style, and challenge you to become an ambassador in the Kingdom by impacting your world.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

307B Anatomy of a Christian Worker, Part 2

Being a Christian worker called by God to serve in the local church is a great privilege with many responsibilities and usually leads to multiple blessings!  However, even the most dedicated servant can become overwhelmed and/or sidelined, if proper care is not taken to make sure the worker himself/herself does not overlook a proper and appropriate maintenance schedule!  This course will seek to answer a series of important questions—each designed to help keep a Christian worker in great shape to serve.

 

310 The Biblical Mandate for Evangelism

This course examines the theology and practice of evangelism.  We will examine the Biblical basis for evangelism, looking at both Old and New Testaments. We will seek to have a full understanding of our message, and to grow in wisdom as to how we witness and evangelize.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate required evangelism elective.

 

Spring II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Sutton, Jr.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate required evangelism elective.

 

310A Personal Evangelism

Satan wants nothing more than that people will be confused and ignorant about the true means of salvation (2 Cor. 4:4), because it is through the Gospel alone that people can escape his realm (Acts 26:18).  Only we have the message that can bring release.  It is imperative for the Christian to have the absolute assurance of his own eternal life before he can live a productive life for God and help others to come to the position and assurance of right standing before God.  The aim of the course is to explain the indispensable content of the message we need to proclaim, to determine whether or not our hearers understand the message, and to provide a method that will lead them to believe the message that “has delivered us from the domain of darkness.” (Col. 1:13)

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate required evangelism elective.

 

312A Fundamentals of Islamic Faith and Practices

This course deals with the fundamentals of Islamic faith practices.  While looking at the history of Islam, the course seeks to understand the present and future of Islam.  Answers to very basic questions will build a foundation for other more critical courses in the Understanding Missions and Islam Certificate program, courses that will instruct about the articles of Islamic faith and the pillars of Islam that Muslims believe Islam stands on.  This course will begin to lay the foundations for Islamic beliefs.  Students will learn why Muslims dress in particular ways (the women in veil and some men in long shirts worn as a gown).  Other questions to be answered—Why do Muslims believe as they do? What is Ramadan? Why do Muslims go to Mecca for pilgrimage?

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

312B Understanding Jihad, Qur'an, and Hadith

History exits to teach us about the good and evil done by people in the past so that we may avoid in the present such conflicts that cause evil.  President Ronald Reagan said,  “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not ours by inheritance, it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.  Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”  Many Americans are anticipating an ideological invasion of Islam in the United States of America.  They are afraid that Sharia is creeping into our society, and taking over inch by inch.  This class will provide a brief history of Islam to show the expansion of Islam as a political, social, cultural, militaristic, and religious movement.  It will reveal how the development of Islam in the past 1400 years has brought greater conflict in the world and will examine the behavior of Muslims toward other non-Muslim nations, while revealing hidden agendas of Arabic invasion in the past and the connection of these invasions with the present and future events.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

313 Prison Ministry, Me, and My Church

Many in NYC have relatives or know of others who have been in prison or are in prison.  Prison is a place where even a mighty man seeks to look for a supreme being, someone who can come to his aid. This course is based on the belief that crime, at its core, is both a moral and a spiritual problem.  Learn how to have a ministry with prisoners and their families that will effect authentic and lasting change that takes place from the inside out—beginning with a reconciled relationship with God through Jesus Christ and then, as people learn more about the truth and the power of Christ, learning to think in a new way, to act in a new way, and to relate to others in a new way.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

322 Discipling as Jesus and Paul Did

In the Great Commission we hear Jesus loud and clear say GO!  Yet, His command was not to “go” but to make disciples while going.  God has called us to make disciples.  Discipleship should be the purpose of any outreach whether it is local or global.  Jesus discipled twelve men.  Paul in 1 Cor. 11:1 says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”  Both Jesus and Paul left a legacy of discipleship.  This course will follow the tracks of Jesus’ and Paul’s teaching with the examples of the lives they ived.  Biblical discipleship is a model of how Christians could and should live their lives.

Required for the Christian Missions Certificate.

 

331A Leadership and Relationships in Ministry

For ministry to be effective in the local church, there must be effective leaders, enthusiastic followers and energizing relationships.  Unfortunately, you and I sometimes get in the way of what God wants to accomplish.  This course will take an in-depth look at developing good relationships with others as well as handling the responsibilities and joys of leadership.

Eligible for the 2014–15 Church Leadership Diploma.

 

350 Biblical Foundations for Children's Ministry

In this course we will take an in-depth look at the Biblical basis for evangelizing and discipling children.  We have a privilege and a responsibility.  We will dive into the principles that will help you become more effective in your ministry of teaching children.

 

Fall I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Velardo

 

353 Evangelizing and Discipling Children

What is the Gospel message?  How do you give an invitation for salvation to a child?  How do you counsel according to the need of the child?  What can I do at home? in my own neighborhood? around the corner? around the world?

What do today’s children need to know in order to become established in their new faith?  This course will examine the many basic spiritual needs of Christian children and then discover how to meet those needs from the Word of God.  Too many evangelized children lose their teen years to the world because they have not been established in the Word as children.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

353N Spiritual Formation of Children in a Postmodern World

If today’s child is going to become tomorrow’s church, then we need to help him develop a Biblical worldview and then help him to learn why he believes what he believes so that he can defend that worldview with a child-sized apologetic.  The spiritual formation of children will happen in this unbiblical world—the principles in this course will help you make sure your children remain Biblically-focused.

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

355 Teaching Children--A Privilege and a Responsiblity

This course provides a look at 24 principles that will help you become more effective in your ministry of teaching children.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

356A Making the Classroom Come Alive!

This course will look at Review Games as a teaching tool, will reveal how to teach the memory verse with renewed enthusiasm for learning God’s Word, and will demonstrate how visual aids can help to create an active and fun learning environment. The use of PowerPoint will be explored.

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

360 The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry

This course provides a Biblical and theological grounding for the many tasks a youth worker does, explaining what each of these jobs entails, and helping youth workers identify where their gifts lie and where they still need to grow.  Whether you are a first-time youth minister or a seasoned youth ministry veteran, this course gives you valuable tools for evaluating your ministry and calling.

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

360A Founations for Growing a Healthy Youth Ministry

Need help with your youth ministry?  This course will give you help to develop priorities for relational disciple-making, to plan effective meetings, and to strategize an action plan to grow your group.  The course will also assist in discovering methods for resolving conflict positively, as students will be equipped to turn daily challenges into opportunities for growth.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

363L Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers, and Parents

Leadership skills are what you need to manage a team, to stand out as an employee, to start a business, and to nail that interview.  The skills required to inspire and motivate others, to communicate effectively, to take initiative, and to make and execute plans are as important as a high grade score.  But how do you teach these skills to teenagers?  Parents, teachers, youth counselors and advisors strive to do so every day—but often have limited training on how best to accomplish that goal.  This course will assist in giving practical steps to effectively guide teens to become leaders.

 

365 Teaching Youth in the Church

Prerequisite: 360A

Young people have enthusiasm and energy that can make teaching them a delight.  But to teach them the Gospel, one must know how to help them channel their energy in the right direction.  It is important to understand them and their concerns and challenges.  This course will help teachers guide their students to discover, understand, and live the truth.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

375 Adult Education Ministries in the Local Church

Class instruction will integrate the theoretical basis of adult education into the practice of Christian education.  We will discuss the issues surrounding adult education in the church such as curriculum resources, organization, program development, and recruitment.

 

386 Biblical Principles for Homeless Ministry

The objective of this course is to equip the student to create a personal response to “the least of these,” whom we know Jesus Christ loves.  Topics addressed will include sources of evil, addiction, and the second greatest commandment.  Students will also develop key strategies for working with this people group in a state of exaggerated need, such as living in community, handling correction, and reckoning with discouragement

 

405 Recognizing Our Calling and Following the Steps of Jesus and Paul

All the followers of Jesus Christ are called to the mission of God.  Many Christians though have asked at a pivotal moment, “Am I called to be a missionary?”  One of the most important decisions in life after the decision to accept Jesus for salvation is to determine how you can please God.  How can you serve Him?  What ultimate sacrifice can you offer to Him Who offered His life as a sacrifice for you?  God calls us, regardless of our age, gender, and ethnicity to serve Him.  This course will lead you through the Scriptures to help you determine if His call includes being a missionary.  In the Great Commission we hear Jesus loud and clear say “GO!”  Yet, His command was not to “go” but to make disciples while going.  God has called us to make disciples as a part of our calling.  Discipleship should be the purpose of any outreach whether it is local or global.  Both Jesus and Paul left a legacy of discipleship.  This course will follow the tracks of Jesus’ and Paul’s teaching with the examples of the lives they lived.  Biblical discipleship is a model of how Christians could and should live their lives.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

409S Value of and Preparation for Short-term Missions

There is no doubt that short-term missions is very important to expose our congregations in North America to the needs around the world.  A cross-cultural experience for a short period of time outside one’s daily routine can bring lasting change in the life of the believer and the church.  This course will look at the structure, challenges, and benefits of short-term missions.  It is designed for both the church leaders who lead short-term mission trips (such as medical, construction, or simply helping a local church overseas) and the congregants who join the team.  The course will offer a step-by-step technique to plan for and implement  an effective short-term mission trip, including how to find a legitimate church or organization to partner with, how to recruit team members, how to inspire giving in the church for short-term missions, how to prepare in terms of medical needs, visas, fund raising, flight arrangements, and how to get feedback after each trip.

 

410 Understanding the Duties of Pastors and Church Leaders

This is a course on the practices of local church ministry, such as visioning and leadership, hospital and home visitation, administering communion and baptism, being a part of weddings and funerals, church service order and leadership, and church relationships with their secular and religious communities.  This course is not only for those in ministries or preparing for ministry, but also for those who want to learn how to better support their ministers by understanding a lot of the work that they do.

Fulfills course requirement for Church Leadership Diploma.

 

411 Biblical Preaching Foundations

Prerequisites: 101A101B or equivalent, or consent of the instructor

This course is designed for all those who desire to improve their ability to communicate God's Word accurately, clearly and relevantly.  The student will learn how to develop the “Big Idea” from Scripture, organize it according to principles of public speaking, and then illustrate, apply, and preach it. Students will be given the opportunity to present a sermon to the class and evaluate the effectiveness of their communication.

NOTE:  Limited to 15 students.

 

412 Biblical Preaching Practicum

Prerequisite: 411

Learning the “basics” in preaching is only the first step.  Principles that will add to your confidence and skill in the pulpit are the focus of this course.  Since good preaching comes only with evaluated experience, each student will preach and be evaluated in this course.

NOTE:  Limited to 15 students.

 

419C Leading Congregational Change

The church today is, in a sense, more powerful, influential, and wealthy than ever before.  Our pastors are better educated, technology and media tools abound, staff and outreach capacity surpasses any time in history.  We have been empowered with the keys of the Kingdom.  Have you ever wondered why, despite all this, Christianity does not have an unprecedented impact or even seem to make much of a difference?  Clearly, the church has yet to become a model for society, let alone reach its redemptive potential.  As individuals, we are prone to become comfortably numb and even complacent.  Church dynamics are indeed complex.  Leaders must leverage the opportunities of challenge and conflict in love, by grace, with the wisdom of Solomon, the resolve of Paul, and the patience of Job.  This course focuses on an understanding of the strategic leadership issues associated with Biblically balanced change.  It will help church or para-church leaders navigate these challenges more effectively and to improve the health of the organizations they lead.

 

431 Personal Spiritual Formation

Emphasis will be placed first on the discovery of each student’s personality style, spiritual gift, and passion.  In the context of this self–discovery, each student who demonstrates serious discipline in the course will develop substantial familiarity with several of the classic religious disciplines such as prayer, fasting, study, and meditation.

 

431A Balancing Career and Ministry

Faithfulness, fruitfulness, stewardship ... how do we fit it all together in the busyness of life?  Moving from the more general purposes evident in Scripture, we will probe more specifically our individual calling, then apply Biblical and practical principles to our personal, family, ministry, and vocational context.

 

442A Reading Music and Music Theory I

This is a basic music reading course for those who do not know the difference between a sharp and a flat, and can serve as a refresher for those who do.  The course will cover the basic elements of reading and writing music notation and will develop these skills to enhance participation in a church choir, worship team, or children’s music ministry.  Choir directors and those otherwise involved musically with children or adults will observe effective techniques for teaching the basic elements of music and for introducing groups to the keyboard, rhythms, and matching pitches.  Aspects of church music ministry will also be discussed.

 

442B Reading Music and Music Theory II

Prerequisite: 442A or consent of the instructor

This course is a continuation of 442A Reading Music and Music Theory I.

 

442C Sight Singing I

Prerequisite: 442B or consent of the instructor

This course is an introduction to sight singing, ear training, and dictation techniques for those who possess basic music reading skills.  Extensive work on major  and minor scales, intervals, and rhythms are among the fundamental aspects to be covered.  Also included will be a survey of the historical aspects and spiritual principles of effective music ministry.

 

442D Sight Singing II

Prerequisite: 442C or consent of the instructor

This course is a continuation of 442C Sight Singing I.

 

442F Which Worship Style for Church?

There are many styles of worship in the various Christian communities.  When one examines the New Testament, one is impressed with the diversity of communities, concluding that Christianity was not a monolithic faith.  Expressions of worship and practice differ from particularistic monistic styles evident in the Jerusalem and Judean congregation to the anti-hierarchical charismatic Pauline fellowships.  In this course, we will study the variety of worship styles practiced in churches and evaluate them in the light of Scripture.

 

460 Making Marriage Work

Marriage is difficult.  Our lives are messy, and when two messy lives come together, the messiness is multiplied.  However, the Gospel has all the answers.  This course is designed to help us apply the Gospel to our thinking and living.  We will also perform simple weekly exercises.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate ministry elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

481 What the Bible Says About Homosexuality

Homosexuality is one of the hottest topics in the public sphere.  From the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 to the cultural acceptance of same-sex marriage and the “Gay Christian” movement of today, the LGBT community has championed and been a catalyst for a number of fundamental changes in the culture of the United States.  How does the Christian respond to these changes?  Can someone be gay and Christian?  Are people born gay?  How do Scriptures that were written 200 or more years ago remain relevant to this discussion?  How should we engage our gay neighbor next door?  Or in the pew next to us?  This class will examine these issues from a theologically conservative perspective and equip the student to speak in private and in public settings.

 

494D Divorce Recovery/Choosing Well for Marriage

There are increasing numbers of families who have experienced the pain of divorce.  Many individuals never recover or are severely handicapped.  As a result they are unable to trust or be vulnerable in future relationships as God intended.  It does not have to be that way.  You can recover from and grow spiritually through divorce and learn how to make better Godly choices in choosing a spouse.  In this hands-on interactive class, you will have a unique opportunity to do both.

NOTE:  Class limited to 20 students in order to facilitate class discussion and group interaction.

Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

310B How to Evangelize When Nobody Wants to Listen

How can Christians be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in order to be more effective witnesses and thus make Christ more attractive to our culture?  Admittedly, there are many ways and dogmas about how to evangelize.  This hands-on course will attempt to survey and critique the various approaches while also looking at our culture, human inclinations and needs, and our own limitations and the necessity for personal growth.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate evangelism elective requirment.

 

413E Preaching the Book of Genesis

This course is an introduction on how to prepare sermons on the book of Genesis.  Students will learn about a variety of tools that will help them in their preparation for preaching this first book of the Torah.

 

340 Christian Education: Bible-based Equipping Ministry

The Christian Education ministry in a local church does not just happenit is a prayerful and careful culmination of planning, training, equipping, and encouraging your CE leaders to train, equip, and encourage those who attend your church!  A consideration of the Biblical foundations for Christian Education will result in a more effective CE administration, teaching ministry, and strategy for today’s church.

Required for the Children's Ministry Certificate.

 

341 Administration of Christian Education in the Local Church

This course’s objective is developing and implementing an effective teaching ministry and strategy for today’s church.

 

355A How to Teach a Bible Lesson to Children

This course is designed to help you take any Bible story and turn it into a Bible lesson.  It will include a study of the principles and methods of Bible lesson preparation and presentation.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

356D Discipline or Disaster?

This course will examine how to create a safe environment for the student and the teacher in today’s increasingly challenging world while maintaining control of the classroom.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

351 Developing an Effective Local Church Children's Ministry

This course will provide ideas, tools, and strategies to help the local church establish effective ministries or improve upon their existing ones.

Required for the Children’s Ministry certificate.

 

354T Training Teachers--Who Me?

Teachers need to be trained, but who will do the job?  This course will provide both tools and helps to enable the student to become the teacher trainer.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

337 Biblical Peacemaking: Reframing Challenges as Opportunities for Biblical Peacemaking

Conflict emerges as one of the most significant challenges encountered in life and ministry.  It is often dreaded and viewed as an obstacle as it seems to inevitably invade our churches, homes, and hearts.  When viewed, however, as an opportunity to honoring God through Biblical peacemaking, harmony can be restored to our relationships and real peace is made possible.  Come explore the nature of conflict and learn Biblical steps to heal disputes.  Various tools will be explored to bring lasting change to individuals, families, and congregations through the power of His Word.

Qualifies for the Church Leadership Diploma

 

360B Strategy for Growing a Healthy Youth Ministry

How can I grow an effective ministry for youth?  This course will provide answers based on a solid spiritual foundation of prayer and the call to discipleship.  The class will explore ways to develop dynamic adult leaders, evangelize youth, provide spiritual formation, and develop teen leadership.  Youth leaders of all skill levels will find inspiration and practical tools to grow their youth ministry.  Also in this class there will be a focus on leadership and administration within your ministry.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

362 Understanding Today's Youth Culture

Teens today face tough issues and tough choices.  Parents and youth leaders can make a difference by really understanding the culture in which teens live.  Without such understanding, attempts to provide directions may not be heard and may even be misquided.  This course is for parents, teahers, and youth leaders who want to make an impact on this generation.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

367M Leading Youth in Missions

Take a group of teenagers—of all shapes, sizes, and spiritual maturity.  Add the challenge of sharing Jesus Christ in both familiar and unfamiliar cultures.  Mix in ample amounts of preparation, good role models, culture shock and experience, adventure, and affirmation.  Season with Bible study and prayer.  It all adds up to a dynamic recipe for spiritual growth that can turn your youth group members into world Christians.  This course will help youth leaders develop teens to think more thoroughly about mission opportunities wherever and however they serve.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

The Mission of God in the Local and Global Church

God is the initiator of missions.  It is the very heart of God—He sent His only Son to reconcile mankind back to Himself.  The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–19 tells us to GO.  It does not say that we are to urge them to “come and see.”  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”  This authority gave Jesus power over death.  This is the context for His next word, “Therefore, go.”  It is as though Jesus is saying that the time to “come and see” is over.  Jesus triumphed over death.  If you believe it, GO and make disciples.  Is the Great Commission a part of our everyday life-style?  In this course, we will study the importance of both local and global missions and the significance of short-term and long-term missions.  This course is the story of those who took the command seriously and then faithfully made a difference.  We will study the efforts of missionaries to bring the Word of God from Jerusalem to the ends of the world.  We will also study the emergence of mission methods.  Is God calling me to ministry or missions?

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

401 A Brief History of Missions

God is the initiator of missions.  It is the very heart of God—He sent His only Son to reconcile mankind back to Himself.  The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-19 tells us to GO.  It does not say that we are to urge them to “come and see”.  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  This authority gave Jesus power over death.  This is the context for His next word, “Therefore, go.”  It is as though Jesus is saying that the time to “come and see” is over.  Jesus triumphed over death.  If you believe it, GO and make disciples.  This course is the story of those who took the command seriously and then faithfully made a difference.  We will study the efforts of missionaries to bring the Word of God from Jerusalem to the ends of the world.  We will also study the emergence of mission methods.

 

402 Local vs. Global Missions

The last words of a person who is leaving you become a memory.  And if the person happens to be the king and his last words were his final command, then his followers ought to obey that command even if it costs them their lives.  Such are the words of Matthew 28:19-20.  If we truly believe these last words of Jesus, what more motivation do we need to be involved in outreach?  His promised presence provides the confidence and boldness needed to obey.  Yet many people are afraid of missions because they feel they have to leave their families or have to relocate to another country where they have to learn a new language and culture.  But Jesus’ other last words in Acts 1 about “Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria” mean that we start from our own home town.  The study of missions challenges us to ask how we are investing our lives when we go out from times of worship and edification at church.  Is the Great Commission a part of our everyday life-style?  In this course, we will study the importance of both local and global missions and the significance of short-term and long-term missions.

 

196N Introduction to New Testament Archaeology

Archaeology is a useful tool for illustrating the Biblical text and providing background to the life and times of the Biblical events.  It also can be used to refute the critics that claim the Bible is not historically reliable.  After an introduction to Biblical Archaeology, this class will look at the archaeology connected with the Life of the Lord Jesus; the travels of the Apostle Paul; the Epistle of James; and the letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation.

 

195N Cultural Setting of the New Testament

One important aspect of Bible study is learning about the culture of the people in a particular region.  Exegesis is not merely a study of grammar but of history and culture.  The Bible has many culture references.  In this course we will study some of these cultural themes that were prevalent in New Testament times.

Spring II, Mondays, 6 p.m.  - Kraus

 

198N Historical Setting of the New Testament

Have you ever wanted to pronounce difficult names of people and places in the Bible?  Do you want to learn more about the places the Apostle Paul visited during his three missionary journeys?  How would you like to know more about the tension that existed between the first century Jewish sects, especially the Pharisees and the Sadducees?  This course will examine these and more issues peculiar to the history of the first century in Palestine.

 

475A Using Biblical Principles to Manage Your Finances

In this class, you will learn Biblical principles about finances and how to apply them to create simple yet practical giving, saving, debt-management, and spending plans.  Thereby, developing the discipline of Biblical financial management.  As a result of participating in this class, you will develop a customized yet simple financial plan that can release you from the bondage of debt, help you to have a better handle on where your money goes, create a foundation to build a successful financial future, and leave a legacy for your family and loved ones.

 

Understanding: Elisha

Elisha was an incredible character in the Old Testament.  So Many pivotal changes and amazing transformations have occurred through the ministry of Elisha.  However, let’s be honest, we know more about his predecessor Elijah than we know about Elisha.  This class is a great opportunity to understand the character of Elisha.  Who is he?  Is he significant to us today?  This is a great course in learning how to engage other people in the development of leadership.  This is also a great course that you can apply to your life as you understand who this audacious man of faith is.

 

271A The Theology of the Apostolic Fathers

The writings of the New Testament are the foundation of the Christian faith.  A collection of 27 books represent the literary production of the followers of Jesus.  The writings after this period are called patristic literature and reveal how Christianity grew and changed over the centuries.  There are 10 authors who are traditionally called the Apostolic Fathers.  Some are well known figures of the early second century such as Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna while others are anonymous.  In this course, we will examine the theology of the Apostolic Fathers.  The writings of these early Church Fathers cover a wide genre of literary style from an apocalyptic worldview to a Christian apologetic.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Hymn Writers and Composers

For centuries, hymns have been an indispensable and frequent course of encouragement, teaching, and joy to believers, both in congregational use and in private devotions.  The premise of this course is that when a believer understands something about the writers, composers, and circumstances surrounding hymns, the hymns take on an added dimension of “inspiration” for those who use them.  Godly hymns have proven time and time again to be indispensable for Christian growth and steadfastness for believers in all walks of life, and knowing about their origins will greatly enhance our appreciation of them.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

344S Teaching with Style

People really do want to learn, whether in church, school, or in a training class at work.  But one giant obstacle often stands in their way:  BOREDOM!  That’s right.  Boredom is the #1 hindrance to learning.  Communicators do not want to bore their students—it happens when they fail to see teaching as a role to which they are called.  It happens when personality and methodology are not empowered with style.  In this course, participants will learn how to gain and maintain attention and to put excitement and creativity back in teaching—where it belongs!
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

Singleness or Marriage--What Am I Called to?

 

Presently, marriage is affirmed over singleness and often single people (whether single again or never married) feel pressured to marry in the church.  This class will explore the Biblical basis of the calling to marriage and singleness, the practical challenges and spiritual opportunities for both, and their contribution to the Kingdom of God and ministry in the local church.

 

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Ministry elective or any department elective.

 

Caring for People God's Way, Part 1

This is a Biblically-based class that features some of the best faculty in the world.  It is designed to educate and equip a community of helpers within the church to offer careful and Biblical encouragement, direction, hope, and personal growth to hurting people in a hurting world.  Our goal is to help you understand the tough issues that people wrestle with today and use the Bible with confidence with those who need clear direction and could use some strong encouragement.

NOTE:   Course quizzes are taken online.  Therefore, the students must have a computer or access to one.

Spring I - 490A, Part 1

   Mondays, 6–9 p.m. - Stubbs

Spring II - 490B, Part 2

   Mondays, 6–9 p.m. - Stubbs

 

Elements of Hebrew and Greek for Advanced Bible Study

Students of the Bible are often apprehensive about studying the biblical languages.  Acquiring proficiency to read these archaic languages takes years and is very expensive. This course, however, is a practical introduction to the basic principles of Hebrew and Greek.  The ultimate goal of this course is to help the student become skilled at using lexical aides such as concordances and exegetical commentaries.  While the student will not learn from this course how to read Hebrew or Greek with any proficiency, the student will learn how to pronounce, transliterate, and find the meaning of words in the original languages.  This skill will enhance the student’s biblical studies.
Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

A Biblical Evaluation of Calvinism

The literature on the subject of Calvinism is truly voluminous, which may make it difficult to understand the essentials of that subject.  In this course, we will look at three of the issues that are at the center of controversy:  unconditional election, limited atonement, and irresistible grace.  The aim is to present the views accurately and to consider them biblically and reasonably, enabling the students to have joyful assurance of salvation and to present the Gospel to the lost clearly.
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

Island Hopping with the Apostles

Without getting seasick, enjoy a “cruise” on the Mediterranean Sea and visit the islands where several of the apostles and their epistles went during the Early Church.  This class will discuss the historical-geographical and archaeological background, as well as the material culture, for each island the apostles visited.  The missionary strategy of the Apostle Paul will be discussed along with how he might have presented the Gospel in a cross-cultural setting.  This “cruise” will be given by a PowerPoint presentation.
Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Christians are very concerned with “finding the will of God.”  This course will seek to address what is meant by “the will of God” and how God communicates His will.  Several key texts will be examined to determine whether our current understanding of the will of God is Biblical and how to live it out.

Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Law vs. Grace in the Early Church

The early church was not a monolith.  Diverse points of view over a number of issues were common in the first century.  The most hotly contested issue was over Gentile conversion to the new faith.  The Jesus movement in the first century was divided into two camps—the nomistic camp that insisted that Gentiles become Jewish proselytes, and the anti-nomistic camp that propagated a Torah-free gospel.  This course will examine the history of the hypothesis and the two evangelistic campaign hypotheses.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Heroes of the Faith--Then and Now

God has raised up many heroes of the faith.  Their lives are rich with spiritual blessings, challenges, and practical applications for each of us.  Come to this course ready to be enriched by looking into the great spiritual heritage which is available to us but often overlooked or simply just neglected by today’s busy church.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

A Biblical Evaluation of Eastern Orthodoxy

Eastern Orthodoxy presents a growing influence among professing Evangelicals.  Besides the conversions that have led some astray, the system appeals to many others because of its mysticism, as seen especially in the Emerging Church Movement.  This course will look objectively at the basic beliefs of Eastern Orthodoxy in the light of the Bible, especially what it teaches about justification by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, its understanding of baptism, and the us of icons.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

The Covenant of Grace

God’s gracious covenant runs through the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, giving the Bible a glorious unity. Rejoice in how God progressively reveals His covenant promise in Christ, from the Fall to the Second Coming. Learn how you fit into God’s ongoing plan of redemption.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

A Christian Response to ISIS

This course deals with some of the fundamental questions that the world is raising today concerning Islam, terrorism, the rise of ISIS and the threat it poses to the West as well as the Islamic world.  It will discuss ISIS and its brutality in the context of Christian missions and persecution.  When confronted with Christians being buried alive or barbarically decapitated . . . when confronted with the burned bodies of our little ones . . . when confronted with the reality that ISIS terrorists are growing in power . . . how should the Church respond?
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

490H Biblical Lay Counseling: What To Do If . . .?

People you counsel have a great variety of life situations and responses.  This course will provide basic principles to help you handle different situations.
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

173B Paul's Letter of 2 Corinthians

What do you do when you are attacked for your faithfulness?  How do you handle it when your Christian authority is challenged?  The Apostle Paul’s character and ability to lead is under siege.  In this letter, Paul writes a defense of character and authority while at the same time dealing with the issues of the local church.  In this class, you will learn the humility of leadership and God’s authority on the church.  This will strengthen your resolve as a follower and leader under God’s headship.

Fall II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - N. Grant

 

Dispensational or Reformed Theology

Two major theological camps within the Christian evangelical community are Dispensational and Reform.  While proponents of Reform Theology trace the exposition of their doctrinal tenets back to the Reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries A.D., dispensationalists only go back as far as the late 1800s.  However, both camps use the Bible as their major theological text.  Nevertheless, the hermeneutical method employed by the dispensationalist and the reform or covenant theologians are worlds apart.  Students of the Bible and Christian theology are often perplexed because they learn one of these theological positions in their church and are presented with the other in one of the Bible classes.  This course will objectively examine both theological positions and allow the students to make up their own minds.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

352A The Life Stages of a Child: Fact and Opportunities

Phases are timeframes with unique opportunities in the lives of our preschoolers, elementary kids, middle schoolers, and high school students.  Leveraging distinctive opportunities now will have a profound impact on their future.  This course will help you walk away with practical application for what your church can do now to let your kids know that they are truly made in the image of God.

 

Spring II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Velardo

 

106 How Did We Receive God's Word?

Have you ever wondered, “Who picked the 66 books that are included in the Bible?”  Why do Roman Catholic Bibles have additional books?  Are there “lost” books of the Bible?  If not, why do people claim there are?  Did a Roman emperor influence which books we read in church today?  These questions about the canon are important for understanding what God’s Word is.  We will discover how the transmission of the Biblical texts through the centuries and the creation of modern translations can build our confidence in the Bibles we read and study today.

 

Fall I, Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Hooper

 

112A Old Testament Hebrew Reading I

Prerequisite: 111H

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Deuteronomy.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112B Old Testament Hebrew Reading II

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Joshua.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112C Old Testament Hebrew Reading III

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in 2 Samuel.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

NOTE:  The purpose of each Old Testament and New Testament survey course is to give an overview of each book in each survey group.  Time does not premit a verse-by-verse study of each book.  The Bible Certificate program will give the student the opportunity to study a book in more detail.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

Spring I

   Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Mann

   Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Herbert

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112D Old Testament Hebrew Reading IV

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C-F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in 1 and 2 Kings.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

122 The Book of Genesis

While the book of Genesis is part of the Torah, it does not consist of legal codes but is primarily narrative material.  Since it is the first book in the Bible, believers and unbelievers are intrigued by the stories recorded in this great work.  This course consists of an in-depth study of the book of Genesis.

 

128 The Book of Joshua

What is it like to leave a “safe” wilderness and enter a promised land that must be conquered?  What is it like to lose the “pastor” of the last 40 years, to have his assistant assume the leadership role?  What does conquering a foreign land mean for a new nation?  What does it mean in light or redemptive history?  This study of Joshua will seek answers for these and other such questions.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

130 The Book of Ruth

The book of Ruth records an important part of Israel’s history.  A motif in this book is redemption.  The Hebrew word for redeem, gaal, used in Ruth 4:4 and 7, has presented an exegetical problem for scholars.  Some contend that the word means deliverance, while others say it means to purchase.  Students will examine this and other exegetical challenges as they delve into this intriguing book.

 

139A Psalms, Part 1

This course is an introduction to the 150 Psalms in the Bible.  A portion of this course will be spent learning about the genre of psalms, how it differs from other portions of the Bible, how to interpret this style of Scripture, and the different types of psalms.  The balance of the course will be studying the seven psalms that connect historically with 1 Samuel.  It is advisable that the student have completed  How to Study the Bible I and II.  The book How to Read the Psalms by Tremper Longman III is a required text for this course.

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

144A Isaiah 1-12

Words of warning and words of hope combine to make the message of Isaiah the most beloved of the major prophets.  Understanding the faithfulness of God in both judging and blessing Israel will give you insights into His character and the motivation to lead a godly life.  The background and unity of the book will be developed and special emphasis will be given to the yet unfulfilled glorious prophecies of our Messiah’s future Kingdom.  Isaiah 2–35 was written in chronological order, covering the reigns of Uzziah, Ahaz, and Hezekiah and gives a theological view of history.  These two courses will expound chapters 1–39 and emphasize the historical and archaeological confirmation of them, as well as the Messianic and prophetic passages.  Fall I will cover Isaiah 1–12 (the reigns of Kings Uzziah and Ahaz) and Fall II will cover Isaiah 13–39 (the reign of Hezekiah).

NOTE:  It is desirable but not required that 144A and 144B be taken in chronological order.  However, either course may be taken independently.

 

144B Isaiah 13-39

Words of warning and words of hope combine to make the message of Isaiah the most beloved of the major prophets.  Understanding the faithfulness of God in both judging and blessing Israel will give you insights into His character and the motivation to lead a godly life.  The background and unity of the book will be developed and special emphasis will be given to the yet unfulfilled glorious prophecies of our Messiah’s future Kingdom.  Isaiah 2–35 was written in chronological order, covering the reigns of Uzziah, Ahaz, and Hezekiah and gives a theological view of history.  These two courses will expound chapters 1–39 and emphasize the historical and archaeological confirmation of them, as well as the Messianic and prophetic passages.  Fall I will cover Isaiah 1–12 (the reigns of Kings Uzziah and Ahaz) and Fall II will cover Isaiah 13–39 (the reign of Hezekiah).

NOTE:  It is desirable but not required that 144A and 144B be taken in chronological order.  However, either course may be taken independently.

 

151 The Book of Amos

Amos has been called the “Prophet against Social Injustice.”  This class will look at the historical-geographical context of the 8th century b.c. prophet to the Northern Kingdom.  The archaeology of the earthquake that Amos predicted will be examined.  The spiritual lessons for the 21st century church will be set forth.

 

159 The Prophecy of Zechariah

More than any of the other too-often-neglected twelve “Minor Prophets,” Zechariah details the important events surrounding the first and second  comings of Israel’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Writing at the time of the exiles’ return from Babylon to the Promised Land, Zechariah encouraged those who returned to continue the holy work of rebuilding the temple previously demolished by the Babylonians fifty years before.  He did this by placing their work in the context of God’s great program for Israel and the coming and rule of Messiah on earth, thereby giving us all a proper perspective and understanding of what God intends for Israel’s future.  Zechariah is indispensible for a full appreciation of these future events.

 

171 The Acts of the Apostles

 

The book of Acts gives today’s Christian basic information and insights into the early Church.  Luke portrays the tensions, persecutions, frustrations, theological problems, and hopes confronting the neophyte bride of Christ.  How great would be the Church’s lack without the material of Acts!  In addition, Acts marks the transition from the work of God provincially among the Jews to His establishment of the universal church for all peoples.  In a real sense the reader goes from Jerusalem to the uttermost part of the world in these 28 chapters.  Jome along for the ride.

 

Spring II, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Thermitus

 

176 Paul's Letter to the Philippians

This course will be a verse-by-verse study of a this letter given for you to learn how you can joyfully do your part in spreading the Gospel, with deep self-giving and oneness with your fellow-believers.

 

177 Colossians--Enjoy Your Riches in Christ

Paul's letter intends to open to you the glories of your Savior, warning you against deadly sidetracks, and to lead you out into a dynamic, transformed life!

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Bible elective or Advanced Certificate any department elective.

 

178 Paul's Letters to the Thessalonians

The Thessalonian epistles were written to a newly established church in Macedonia.  The Apostle Paul wanted to firmly establish this church in the doctrinal truths that he already had taught them, to encourage them in personal holiness, to comfort them regarding those believers who had already died, and to instruct them more fully in the doctrinal truth of the Second Coming of Christ.  This class will also examine the historical geography of Macedonia and the archaeology of the city of Thessalonia in order to see their bearing on the theology Paul conveyed to the church.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

191A Background to Jesus' Early Ministry

To fully appreciate and understand the teachings of the Lord Jesus, the Bible student must have an appreciation for the world in which Jesus lived.  This course will concentrate on the birth of the Lord Jesus as well as the early ministry of Jesus in Galilee.  Special attention will be given to the background of His early parables, sayings, and discourses, especially the Sermon on the Mount.  The cities of Galilee and the fishing industry will be targeted and illustrated with PowerPoint.

 

191B Background to Jesus' Later Ministry

To fully appreciate and understand the teachings of the Lord Jesus, the Bible student must have an appreciation for the world in which Jesus lived.  This course will concentrate on the later ministry of Jesus in Judea, Perea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.  PowerPoint will illustrate the geography of these areas in order to bring more understanding to Jesus’ later parables, sermons, and discourses.  The events of the Last Week in Jerusalem as well as the archaeology of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus will be discussed.

 

193P The Life and Letters of Peter

This course is meant to be a brief theological summary of the two epistles of Peter.  Rich in encouragement and deep in meaning, we will “taste and see” what these letters offer, and examine the joy found in them, a joy that is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.”  We will examine the life of Peter in week one, 1 Peter in weeks 2–4, and 2 Peter in weeks 5–7.

 

196 Cracked-pot Archaeology

This class will examine the wild, wacky, and weird claims by pseudo-archaeologists, adventurers, and con-men who have perpetrated their worthless ideas on an ignorant and gullible evangelical community.  This course is ideal for pastors and Sunday School teachers who have been bombarded with questions about the “real” locations of Solomon’s and Herod’s Temples, Mount Sinai, Noah’s Ark, and the Ark of the Covenant.  Also, some of the recent attacks on the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ will be examined and refuted.

 

197G Preparation for the Greece Tour

In preparation for our tour to Greece this spring, this class will discuss each site to be visited in order to maximize our time at each site.  The history, archaeology, and geography will be covered as well as the spiritual lessons to be learned from each site.  Practical tips for how to prepare for the trip will be given, i.e. what to wear, what to expect, etc.

NOTE:  Free enrollment to those who are confirmed for the March 15–25 tour.  See the page 81 for trip details. 

 

199J Jerusalem, the City of the Great King

Jerusalem has fascinated, enthralled, and moved pilgrims, tourists, and students of the Bible for years.  The prophets called the city a “cup of trembling” (Zech. 12:2) and recorded that it was the center of the earth (Ezek. 5:5).  The psalmist sang that it was the “city of the Great King” (Ps. 48.2).  The Lord said He would “place His name” in the city (Deut. 16:6, 11, 15) and He did (2 Chron. 6:20).  The Lord Jesus wept over the city (Luke 19:41) and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church there (Acts 2).  Discipleship, as manifested by the people of God, had its theological roots in the city.  Our instructor has lived and taught in Jerusalem as well as worked on archaeological excavations in and around the city for a number of years.  He will bring his firsthand knowledge and experience to this class.  The topics that will be discussed are:  The Geography of Jerusalem; The Jerusalem of David; Solomon and the Prophets; The Jerusalem of Jesus and the early Church.

 

199S Slavery, the Bible, and Practical Christian

Does the Bible condone slavery?  Is there a Biblical origin of the “races”?  What is the Biblical answer to racism?  What do the Old Testament and New Testament say about slavery?  This class will examine what the Bible says about these subjects as well as the theology of the abolitionists and the pro-slavery advocates.  The history of slavery in New York City as well as the Biblical themes in Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be discussed.  In conclusion, the Apostle Paul’s “Emancipation Proclamation”, the book of Philemon, will be expounded.

NOTE:  The Saturday tour, “A History of Slavery in New York City:  A Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan,” will be a component of this course.  Students registered for 199S will not incur an additional charge for the tour.  Students nor registered for the course are welcome to register for and join the group on the tour.  Please see pages 74–75 of the catalog, or 715 under the NYSB - Seminary Tours for tour details.

 

202P1 Learning to Pray Beyond Basic Needs

Christians know they are supposed to pray but few are taught how to pray beyond personal needs.  This course will guide students through a study of the many different kinds of prayer in Scripture.  In addition, students will develop and express these different kinds of prayer in the classroom.  This course will seek to help students create a basic definition of prayer; identify from Scripture the major categories of prayer; develop a personal prayer for each category; pray prayers from each prayer category in the class; and develop a plan to invigorate a personal prayer life.

 

225 The Biblical Doctrine of Sin

It is important to understand the concept of sin so we can understand our need for the salvation provided by Jesus Christ.  This course will seek to help students understand the universal and personal nature of sin, the magnitude of our sin, and the cure Jesus Christ provides.  This course will seek to help students develop a basic definition of sin from Scripture; explain the origins of sin and evil; understand and articulate the impact of sin on all creation, especially man; and highlight the ways Christians can resist and overcome sin.

 

251 Angels and Demons

In all of Christendom, these beings are the least discussed, yet they are all over the Bible.  Who are the angels?  Who is this Lucifer, or the Devil?  Who and what are demons?  They should not be ignored.  They are still very relevant today and hard at work.  It is imperative that you as a Christian know about them and their involvement.  Your faith depends on it!

 

274C Powerful Leaders in Church History

While many have heard of Augustine, Calvin, and Spurgeon, few know much about them.  In this class, these three men, along with Jonathan Edwards, David Livingstone, Billy Graham, and C. S. Lewis will climb off the paper into the minds and hearts of God’s people.  These are giants in church history, who helped fashion centuries-worth of changes by impacting both culture and Christianity.  They are but seven of thousands who reformed the Church.  Since we cannot study everyone, these seven will suffice in letting church history come alive.

 

292C What the Bible Says About Women in Ministry

Historically, the Evangelical Church has been opposed to women preachers and pastors.  Some fundamental churches, like charismatic congregations, have allowed women to preach and pastor.  Liberal churches have for ages promoted gender equality in the pulpit.  This course will explore the two major perspectives on this controversial issue.

 

292G Contemporary Views vs. the Biblical View on Jesus

Ever since Albert Schweitzer’s monumental work, The Quest for the Historical Jesus, New Testament scholars have viewed Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet who prophesied a world cataclysm and the inauguration of the Kingdom of God.  Evangelical scholars have challenged this perspective, insisting that Jesus is the true Son of God.  This course will examine both claims from an exegetical and theological outlook.

 

292H Who Was the Apostle Paul?

Paul was without a doubt one of the most controversial figures in human history.  He opened the door for the influx of Gentiles into the Church.  Paul’s exposition on justification by faith and freedom from Torah observance create a great deal of antipathy against him, especially among Jews.  While his letters were ad hoc, they formed the basis for Christian theology.  This course will examine the four major views on Paul and his ministry.

 

292I The Challenge of the Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society

Evangelical Christians have been categorized as religiously myopic and intolerant towards other communities of faith.  Fundamentalists have insisted that faith in Jesus Christ as Savior is the only way a person can get to heaven.  Many people are appalled at this claim.  They say that such an audacious assertion mocks the tenets of and thus invalidates other religions.  This course will survey the scholarly objections to the Biblical claim of salvation in Jesus in a pluralistic society.  We will examine the arguments that defend historical Christian soteriology.

 

303A The Sacred Actions of Sunday Worship

What is the intent of our gathering as a corporate body in the weekly rhythm of worship?  What is the content of this gathering?  How does the structure of our time together inform that content?  What role does style have in forming us as a body?  This course will focus on the design of Sunday worship.

 

303B Worshiping as a Way of Life

This course will focus on the life-style of worship.  How can we help our people worship God between Sundays, where they live, work, and play?  What are the disciplines that enable us to worship God intentionally in the everyday rhythms of life?

 

303C TrueWorship--Religion or Relationship?

Jesus, in John 4, talks about “true worshipers” who worship God in spirit and in truth.  Humanity is incorrigibly religious.  What is religion?  To what degree does religion enhance or detract from true worship?  How has the modern church’s quest for a personal relationship with Jesus impacted this search for true worship?

 

303D Leading Worship

He Must Increase.  I Must Decrease.  From the time of humanity’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, our approach to God has always involved some form of mediation.  But now in the economy of the new covenant, we read that there is “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).  How can those who lead in worship function without getting in the way?

 

303E Worship and Spiritual Formation

Lex orandi.  Lex credendi.  (The way of worship is the way of belief.)  This phrase from the ancient Church highlights the role that worship has held in the formation of the Church’s faith.  What implications does this concept contain for us as we seek to see Christ formed in the hearts of our people (Gal. 4:19)?

 

304A Seven Practices of Effective Ministry

Like having your own personal trainer, this course gives insight for any leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry.  Here are seven strategic principles that when put into play will bring focus and clarity to everything you do and turn your ministry into a winning team.

 

307A Not Normal: Seven Quirks of Incredible Volunteers

When it comes to that certain something in volunteers, we are looking for something a little more extraordinary, something a step above, something not normal.  This course will address ways you can make the most of your volunteering:  1) Why Not Normal Volunteers are more like owners than renters.  2) Why Not Normal Volunteers are always looking for a way out.  3) Why Not Normal Volunteers are constantly imagining things.  Are you tired of working so hard to be just like everyone else?  Whether you are leading a team of volunteers to find their own volunteering voice, or you are searching for your own, this course will help volunteers find not normal in their own unique way.

 

325 Leading a Small Group Bible Study

One of the most effective means of both evangelism and growth in the spiritual life is through a small group Bible study.  This course will examine how to start, host, and lead a study at home, work, or church.  You will explore the elements of a successful study group by examining discussion and study techniques, how to develop a sense of community, how to set the climate for maximum growth of group members, and how to make a small group Bible study one of the most rewarding Christian experiences.

 

320 Spiritual Formation: Growing in Character, Obedience, and Service

In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus said the Church is to “make disciples of all the nations” but few concepts are more ignored or misunderstood in many local churches.  In this course, students will seek to understand what discipleship (also called spiritual formation) is, what God uses to accomplish this, and prayerfully evaluate their own discipleship journey.  This course will seek to help students develop a thoughtful definition of discipleship/spiritual formation; identify the different ingredients of spiritual formation; evaluate their own spiritual formation progress in character, obedience, and service; and develop a basic framework for discipling others.

 

342L Seven Laws of the Learner

If you could learn how to be a master teacher, would you be interested?  The design of this course is to examine, define, explain, and apply the seven laws of the learner.  These seven irrefutable laws are essential tools for any serious communicator of the Bible.

 

363 Theology 101 for Youth Ministry

The word theology tends to lead people to think that it is only meant for seminarian scholars.  However, the word speaks for itself by the sole definition meaning “the study of God’s Word.”  This course takes a fresh look at what it means to be justified, reconciled, forgiven, and Who God is.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

363P Helping Teenagers to Pray

How far do you think your teenagers’ prayers scope extends?  Are they mostly praying about their own personal stuff?  Help me pass this test.  Help me make the team.  Help me get that guy/girl to like me.  Now do not get me wrong.  Those are important requests to bring to God.  Jesus taught us to bring our personal needs to the Father in the Lord’s Prayer.  But He also taught us to do more than that.

In this course, we will equip Christian leaders to assist teens in encountering God in quiet, contemplative ways.  This course will help you introduce students to a life-style of prayers.  Not only are there explorations of classical methods of prayer that involve silence, solitude, and Scripture, but you will also discover more recent forms of prayer that use creative media, music, writing, movement, and acts of compassion.  As you help teens bring prayer into their everyday lives, your students will find that they long for those times when they can step away from it all and find rest and comfort in God

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366A Youth Defending the Faith in the Religion Marketplace

Recent surveys have suggested that Christianity is on the decline as other faiths and those considering themselves nonreligious have increased.  What are the major differences between Christianity and the other major religions in the spiritual marketplace?  Why are Christ and Christianity preeminent amongst other religious claims?  This course will take an interactive-approach in examining the differences so youth can effectively defend the faith.

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366B Needed in Today's Youth Culture: Apologetics

With the rise in acceptance of the homosexual life-style, youth leaders are faced with dealing with the cultural issue of that day.  Many people of faith feel they do not have a voice and will be ostracized for not conforming to society’s new normal.  This course will look at understanding and responding to the homosexual life-style from a cultural, biological, psychological, and Biblical perspective, so that youth can 

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

381 Leading Productive, Effective, and Attractive Men's and Women's Ministries

Deuteronomy 31:12 clearly states that we are to “gather . . . the men and women”.  However, what happens after they have been “gathered” is often far from productive, effective, or attractive.  This course will establish the Biblical foundations for men’s and women’s ministries—will provide strategies for establishing new ministries and/or enhancing existing ones—will provide helpful solutions to those age-old questions:  What should be done? Why should it be done? Where should it be done? When should it be done? How does it get done?  Men and women are the backbone of the church and the church has a responsibility to keep that “backbone” healthy, growing, and energized!

 

403 Changing the City with the Gospel

In the year 2007, the number of people living in the cities of the world—finally and irreversibly—exceeded the number of people living in rural areas.  The earth’s population is now more urban than rural and Christian leaders are trying to figure out what this means for the Church.  Pastors and kingdom-minded leaders know they need to engage the surrounding community with the Gospel but are unsure about how to do so.  Ministering in diverse and populous areas brings a unique set of challenges and promises.  Transformation in cities is vital.  In this course, we will help students explore the reality of cities, the potential of their own communities, and the broad strategies churches and Christian leaders need for kingdom impact.

 

411A Expository Teaching and Preaching--Theory, Part 1

Prerequisites: 101A101B

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.

 

411B Expository Teaching and Preaching--Theory, Part 2

Prerequisite: 411A

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository and Teaching Diploma.

 

412A Expository Teaching and Preaching--Practicum, Part 1

Prerequisite: 411B

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository Teaching and Preaching Certificate.

 

412B Expository Teaching and Preaching--Practicum, Part 2

Prerequisite: 412A

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository and Preaching Diploma.

 

415A Overcoming the Perils of Leadership

This course is a survey of the major challenges ministry leaders face and how to overcome them.  Students will study Biblical examples of how individuals dealt with power, criticism, sexual infidelity, depression, marital stress, etc.  In addition, they will identify their personality traits which can hinder their ability to overcome the major challenges they will face as discussed above.

 

415M The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

This course will be a help and an encouragement to those who are in leadership roles, being considered for leadership roles, or wanting to build a skill set which will be ready to use when that call comes!  This course will take advantage of that age-old truth—great lessons can be learned from the mistakes of others!  We will explore both bad habits often developed by leaders as well as helpful hints which can lead to productive changes in leadership style and ministry outcome.

 

421 Effective Church Governance

Local churches grow or diminish in size, maturity, and effectiveness based in large part on the way they are governed.  It is one of the major challenges a church faces.  This class will help students to consider and identify different models of church governance and their practical application in a local church setting.  This course will seek to help students understand the purpose and qualification for church leaders; explain the different kinds of church governance; identify the challenges of local church governance; and evaluate and provide suggestions to improve church governance in their local church.

 

426 Managing Church Finances

The management of money in the Church is often seen as something separate from worship and ministry.  However, a close examination of the Scriptures reveals that giving and managing money is dear to the heart of God.  Some churches believe when it comes to money that they can ignore what the State requires in terms of the collection and disbursements.  This course will examine what the Bible says about giving and the management of money in the Church.

Fulfills course requirement for Church Leadership Diploma.

 

482 The Role of the Church in Government

Historically the Church has found herself under every type of government.  Some governments have been friendly to the Church while others have been hostile.  In the book of Acts, Luke depicts the Roman government as ambivalent and sometimes the rescuer of Christians.  By the second and third centuries, the Roman government intermittently persecuted Christians.  This course will examine what the New Testament says the role of the Church and Christians is in government.

 

830A Film as Missions, Part 1

What are the unique challenges and opportunities of using film as missions?  What kind of films can and should Christians make?  Who is our audience?  How do we communicate our message effectively?  This course goes behind the scenes, dealing not only with the “how” of film production but also the “why.”  The intention is to connect like-minded individuals as you forge ahead with your mission-minded videos.

NOTE:  This course will be taught in two parts.

 

830B Film as Missions, Part 2

What are the unique challenges and opportunities of using film as missions?  What kind of films can and should Christians make?  Who is our audience?  How do we communicate our message effectively?  This course goes behind the scenes, dealing not only with the “how” of film production but also the “why.”  The intention is to connect like-minded individuals as you forge ahead with your mission-minded videos.

NOTE:  This course will be taught in two parts.

 

312C Jesus in the Qur'an and Hadith

Muslims claim to believe in Jesus yet they deny His divinity, death, and resurrection.  What type of Jesus is mentioned in the Qur'an and Hadith?  Muslims believe that whatever the Qur'an says becomes the final authority to determine decisions which may cause death or life.  One of the ways Christians can communicate to a Muslim is through bringing Jesus up-front from the pages of the Qur'an.  Did you know that in the Qur'an Jesus is called Messiah, the Spirit of God, and the healer and provider?  That the Qur'an describes some of the miracles performed by Jesus in a way that proves Jesus Christ is God?  That the Qu'ran states no Mulim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus?  One of the best ways to reach out to a Muslim friend or a Muslim neighbor is through their own beliefs and knowledge.  The books of Islam shape both the culture and philosophy of the Muslim world.  The Qur'an means "reading" the holy book of Islam.  The Hadith means "tradition."  After the death of Muhammad, his followers collected his sayings and actions in books to guide and direct their beliefs.  This collection gives additional meaning behind the Surahs (chapters) of the Qur'an and help interpret their meanings.  In recent years it has become imperative for Americans to understand the Qur'an and Hadith.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate

 

312D Comparison of Jesus and Muhammad

The Islamic prophet Muhammad became a legend and one of the most influential persons in the world within 23 years of his ministry.  His life and instruction continues to influence the world.  No one can understand Islam without understanding the life of Muhammad.  The Qur'an teaches that Muhammad was the best person to follow because he was the best in all of creation.  This claim is in direct conflict with the Bible's claim about Jesus.  This course will present the ministry of Muhammad, his life and life-style, in comparison to Jesus' ministry, His life and life-style, and will examine their lives before, during, and after their ministries and the proclamation of their message.  The comparison will be made in what the Qur'an and the Bible teach about Jesus and Muhammad.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate

 

312E Missions and the Muslim Next Door

Muslims make up 40% of the total unreached people groups.  Therefore, Islamic countries and communities are the largest missions fiield.  The Islamic holy book, Qur'an, claims to be the last and complete revelation of God that was given to the most favorite prophet of Allah, Muhammad at the age of 40.  Muslims throughout the world claim that the Qur'an is pure and infallible, promised by Allah to protect it until the very end of the world from any corruption or change.  Meanwhite, Muslims claim that the Bible has been changed and thus no longer a valid revelation of God.  This course is an intense comparison of the Qur'anic cliams and the Biblical claims regarding the text and the historical preservation of each.  The teaching of both books and the fulfillment of some of the claims both books have made will be examined.  This is a course for those who wish to understand Islamic apologetics.  The course will focus on Muslim communities in New York City as local mission fields

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate

 

129S Judges and the Sin Cycle

This course will examine three centuries of Israel’s history from the transition by Judges to the rule by Kings.  Transition leads to oppression which leads to deliverance.  The causes, conditions, and consequences of disobedience will be studied.  The cycle goes from sin to servitude to supplication to salvation to silence.  Israel’s captivity because of disobedience led God to raise up a Judge to bring peace.  Then complacency and disobedience set in, then the cycle would begin again which leads to a downward spiral.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

154 The Old Testament Prophet Micah Says: Listen!

This in-depth study of the minor prophet Micah will show that what he wrote in 735-725 B.C. is as relevant for us today as it was for the people of Israel and Judah back then.  As this study progresses, information will lead to application which should result in motivation!

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

163W Extra-Ordinary Women of the Bible

Who is an ezer?  Are you?  Would you want to be?  How can women who lived thousands of years ago possibly have anything to say to us in the 21st century?  Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Hannah, Rahab, Ruth, Mary, Dorcas, and Priscilla may be familiar names, but doe we truly know who they were—as women?  The objective of this study is multifaceted, but also simple:  to hear the voice of the Lord in His Word through these women chosen to be revealed for us in His Word and to see Him change our own lives to better reflect His grace, love, and purpose.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

180A Titus: The Man, the Message, and the Mission

This class will examine the life of Titus, a fellow-worker with the Apostle Paul, and immerse ourselves into the culture of the First-Century AD society on the Island of Crete.  In so doing, a deeper appreciation of the words of the Apostle Paul as he instructs his associate, Titus, and by extension, the churches on Crete, on how to live godly lives in an ungodly society.

This immersion into the culture will be done by looking at the history, archaeology, geography, and ancient sources that relate to First-Century AD Crete.  It is only when one grasps the culture of the island that the words of the epistle of Titus take on a sharper meaning and can be properly applied to the 21st century culture that the church is in.

Fulfills Bible elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

244E Today's Emerging Church—Doctrinal Dangers

In recent years, some who claimed to be Evangelicals or who came from evangelical backgrounds have brought a new direction to the church.  Desiring a more intimate experience, they put doctrine aside and seek a more personal introspective type of Christianity.  Methods of procedure include “meditation,” centering-prayer, and other forms of mysticism found in non-biblical religions.  This course will delineate the methods used and demonstrate how this thinking has penetrated Evangelicalism and why it is a serious danger to the truth.

Fulfills  elective for Advanced Certificate..

 

339D Embracing God's Passion of Diversity in Your Church and Ministry

NYC is packed with diversity!  Our churches and ministries must embrace God’s heart and be intentional about reaching people from cultures and ethnicities other than our own.  What does God’s Word say?  How do I effectively navigate the unique circumstances, challenges and situations that arise?  What are practical ways I can effectively serve EVERY child, student, or adult?  How do I walk alongside those whose story, cultural background, and life situations are different than my own?  May the church, on earth, be as it is in Heaven.

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Fulfills new required elective for Children’s Ministry Certificate in 2016-17.

 

482A Can I Be Both Christian and Political

When a disciple of Christ walks to a polling site to cast a ballot, the question should be, “How should I vote?”, instead of “Whom should I vote for?”  This course will look at the political influence in the lives of Joseph, David, Daniel, Jesus, and Paul to frame principles to look for when voting.

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

274D Unknowns from Church History

Church history is usually centered on the famous personalities, major movements, and ecumenical councils of Christendom.  Unfortunately, many of the most famous of these events and personalities did not uphold Biblical truth consistently.  This course will seek to demonstrate that throughout church history, there was always a testimony to the Word of God by faithful believers, even though they were largely ignored, suppressed, and marginalized, or even considered to be heretics and thus persecuted severely.  Groups such as the Montanists, Paulicians, Albigenses, and Waldensians will be evaluated and described from the information that is available about them.

Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

277F Understanding Faith Perspectives through Music's Historical Culture

This class will utilize music from several faith traditions, with the ultimate goal of comparing and contrasting how these musical selections exhibit the culture that grew out of their historic setting.  We will consider how the geographical location, the era in which the music was written, and the religious wetting impacted each of the musical selections.

The faith traditions look at how Jewish music was impacted by the Semitic-Oriental cultures around Israel, then how the music of the Synagogue impacted the early Church, how music transitioned from the Roman Catholic Mass into music of the Protestant Reformation (particularly Bach’s Lutheran Cantatas) and finally examples of how Christian worship music is being written today in a non-Western (Hindu) culture.

Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

344G Lead Small: Five Big Ideas every Small Group Leader Needs to Know

This course clarifies the responsibilities of the small group leader who works with children, teenagers, and even adults.  It establishes five common threads so all small group leaders can work off the same blueprint.  When you lead small, you realize that what you do for a few has more potential than what you do for the many.  When you lead small, you choose to invest in the lives of a few to encourage authentic faith.

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Or, fulfills new required elective for Children’s Ministry Certificate in 2016-17.

 

353T Children—Tomorrow's Church but Today's Challenge

The better we understand today’s children, the mor effective we will be in preparing ourselves and others to teach those children so that the church of today will be ready and equipped to make sure that there is a church for tomorrow!

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Or, fulfills new required elective for Children’s Ministry Certificate in 2016-17.

 

280B Roman Catholicism vs. the Bible

Until the middle of the previous century, it was easy to point out differences between Roman Catholic teachings and Bible basics.  Now, however, the spirit of the age is that of tolerance.   And besides, the two sides have reached agreement on doctrines that used to divide Roman Catholics from fundamentalists.  Or have these differences really been patched up?  This course seeks to demonstrate that there are important contradictions, today as before, between Roman Catholic doctrines and what the Bible says.  Ignoring or failing to understand these differences on subjects such as justification, the mass, Mary, and the source of authority leads only to confusion and a loss of effectiveness in evangelizing those whom we ought to love as God loves them.

 

Spring I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Thompson

 

108 Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

Using Mike Emlet’s book of the same title, this course will challenge the student to understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly as he or she is increasingly shaped and transformed by the sweeping story of Scripture through applied interpretation.

 

112E Old Testament Hebrew Reading 5

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Deuteronomy.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112F Old Testament Hebrew Reading 6

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Joshua.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112G Old Testament Hebrew Reading 7

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in Joshua.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112H Old Testament Hebrew Reading 8

Prerequisite: 111F

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111C–F.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the historical narratives found in 1 and 2 Kings.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

122A The Wonders of Genesis 1-11

Few books ever written contain such literary artistry as the opening chapters of Genesis, which teach every Biblical doctrine in seed form.  And yes, we will address the age of the earth questions.

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Bible elective or Advanced Certificate any department elective.

 

122B Genesis 12-50: Israel's Foundational History

In this second course in Genesis, we will be concerned with the Patriarchal narratives, going for content, especially to see some of the details of the text that are frequently missed in first and second readings of the Bible—in other words, to read more deeply, so as to apply lessons from the latter “half” of Genesis to our daily lives.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

123A Exodus 1-19/Numbers: Israel's Exodus Journey

Follow your Israelite forefathers on their 40-year journey from Egypt to the east bank of the Jordan River in a mere seven weeks!

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

123B Exodus 20-40/Leviticus: Israel's Worship

Can worship be done any way that suits us, or is there a particular way that God wants Israel (and us) to worship Him?  What are the elements and purpose of Biblical worship for the people of the Old Covenant?

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

131 The Books of Samuel

The two books of Samuel, actually one book in the earliest Hebrew Bible, provide an indispensable link in the history of God’s people and salvation history.  In these books we learn of the transformation of the idolatrous and disorganized nation to a consolidated and unified monarchy.  The history covers the period from the close of the period of Judges to the end of David’s reign.  But more than a narrative of historical facts, these books contain a carefully edited and organized presentation of the nation’s spiritual fortunes in their relationship to the God of hosts, the real key to what was happening.  In keeping with the inspiration of Samuel, we also receive a foretaste of the future reign of the Lord over all the nations of the world through Israel, when ruled by David’s greater Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

134 The Book of Ezra

Written originally as one book, Ezra and Nehemiah describe the return of the Jewish exiles after more than a half-century of bondage in Babylon.  This returning remnant was responsible for the subsequent restoration of Jerusalem, its temple, and its walls.  This course will focus primarily on the book of Ezra and the rebuilding of the temple, and will include a look into the prophets who spoke into the lives of those who returned.  It is a study in history, but also of hearts that needed to see a big God in challenging circumstances.

 

157 The Prophecy of Zephaniah

This book of prophecy opens with this message from the Lord—I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth—but ends on this encouraging note—I will bring you home.  This course will endeavor to discover the real heart of Zephaniah’s prophecy and why such a dramatic change from the first words to the last words.  We will also take a look at the historical setting which led to Zephaniah’s prophetic ministry.

 

158 The Prophecy of Haggai

The purpose of this course is to study in depth the book of Haggai and identify the major themes of this two chapter prophetic book which takes place within three months in a single year.  Haggai alone dates all four of his prophecies and focuses on the rebuilding of the Temple and this gives the book immense significance well beyond its short length.

 

160 The Prophecy of Malachi

The purpose of this course is to study in depth the book of Malachi which signaled the end of Old Testament prophecy as far as we know and to identify the major themes around restoration and return of the people of Israel to their land.  Since Malachi was the last prophetic voice in the Old Testament, what he has to say to a people who have become complacent is of great importance to us in our time.

 

164M The History of Israel During the Maccabean Revolt

The Maccabean Revolt is one of the earliest nationalist movements in Israel.  This spontaneous movement began as an unorganized response to the spread of Hellenism and the desecration of the Temple during the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes.  The refusal to capitulate to the dominant powers has become an example to all liberation movement.  The study of the Maccabean Revolt proves the tenacity of Israel to fight for survival under the most inauspicious circumstances.  We will examine both volumes of the Maccabees to learn about the revolt and why this story is  very important in Israel’s history.

 

166 The Book of Matthew

Matthew, the former tax-collector and later an apostle of the Lord Jesus, wrote the first gospel in the New Testament to a believing Jewish audience in Judea in the first half of the first century a.d.  His purpose was to demonstrate that the Lord Jesus was the King of Israel and also the fulfillment of all that was written and spoken by the Hebrew prophets.  This class will emphasize the Jewishness of the Lord Jesus and set the gospel of Matthew in its Jewish context.  We will survey the gospel and look at important themes that Matthew wrote about.  An examination will be given of the birth narratives (1–2), the Sermon on the Mount (5–7), the miracles of the Lord Jesus (8–9), the parables of the Kingdom (13), the Denunciation of the Pharisees (23), the Olivet discourse (24–25), and the final week and after (26–28).

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

167 The Book of Mark

Monday:

The gospel of Mark is a beautiful and brief description of our Lord’s life and death.  Join us we study this earliest of the gospel records and revel in its witness of Jesus as one who declares His Kingdom and defeats evil.

Thursdays:

A great deal is said about faith today in the Christian community.  Some of these doctrines are opposed to what the Bible really teaches about faith.  One of the dominant themes in the Gospel of Mark is faith.  Along with other motifs, we will explore what Jesus said about faith in Mark.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

168 The Book of Luke

Who is Luke?  Why did he write?  What was his perspective on the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Understanding the book of Luke gives you an opportunity to understand Jesus Christ in a way that is not communicated in any of the other Gospels.  Luke gives us a more detailed approach about the life and surroundings of Jesus Christ.  Not only will you learn about Christ but you will also learn about the communities and the people He had a powerful impact upon.  You will also learn how to apply this to your daily living.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

169 The Book of John

This is a course that is vital to our Christian development—a must study for every believer.  This will be a concentrated look on a very pivotal gospel of Jesus Christ.  The book of John looks at Jesus Christ from a very unique perspective that is unlike the other gospels according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  This class will give you a deep and intriguing understanding about Jesus and His disciples.  You will walk away knowing Jesus Christ in a way you have never known before.

Year 1 Bible course for a Bible Certificate.

 

173A Paul's Letter of 1 Corinthians

 

Scandals, immorality, lawsuits, factions, issues of marriage, idolatry, the mishandling of the Lord’s Supper, proper worship—all these and more are happening as the culture of Corinth reaches into the church.  Paul discusses all this in his letter to the church that meets in Corinth.  In this class, you will learn how the people of God should handle these matters.  You will also learn to deal with difficulty of when God’s kingdom and the culture clashes.  This class promises to have wonderful discussions.

Fall I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - N. Grant

 

175 Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

This course will be a verse-by-verse study of this letter which is foundational for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, both as to the doctrine of the Church and practical living in His Church.  We will be asking, What does He want to do in my life through this wonderful book?

 

182M Mysteries of the New Testament

The idea of a “mystery” sounds strange, at first, as a description of New Testament doctrine.  Found mostly in the epistles of Paul, the concept does not mean something obscure or hard to understand, but something that was hidden and now revealed for believers in the church.  This course will examine 14 such truths that are particularly relevant in these last days.  The word “mystery” is mentioned 27 times in the New Testament, and it is the great privilege of believers of this age to understand these great doctrinal truths in order to have a balanced outlook on the program of God.  We should not be ignorant of them (1 Cor. 15:51; 1 Thes. 4:13).

 

183 Unveiling the Mystery of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews can seem like a mysterious and enigmatic book.  Who wrote it?  What is its purpose?  How should we understand it?  Together let us mine the depths of this amazing book.  Let us unveil its truths and learn to recognize its importance to our spiritual development.

Fall I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - G. Grant

 

189D Letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3

The Lord Jesus sent seven letters, written by the Apostle John, to seven churches in Asia Minor.  This class will examine the historical, geographical, archaeological, and cultural context of these churches at the end of the first century A.D. and see what application can be made for the Church in the twenty-first century.

 

190G 2 Peter and Jude: Contending for the One True Faith

Clearly, the redemptive potential of the church seems compromised during our present age.  Tolerance and pluralism seems more and more regarded as ultimate virtue.  These epistles serves as a modern-day survival manual, teaching us how to deal effectively with false teachers and their followers who have influenced and infiltrated the ranks of our church.  Godly wisdom and discernment are essential for every church leader.  No other portion of Scripture depicts with such clarity how we are to live in the midst of widespread apostasy.

 

191M The Miracles of Jesus

At least 35 different miracles of Jesus of Nazareth are recorded in the Gospels.  These miracles demonstrate both the might power of Jesus, as well as His deep compassion for people.  Most importantly, the supernatural acts of the Savior prove that He is God’s Son.  This course will enable you not only to see Jesus in a new way during His earthly ministry, but will help you gain confidence in His continuing work of love in the twenty-first century.

 

192 The Life, Letters, and Travels of the Apostle Paul

History and geography play a very important role in the life, travels, and writings of the Apostle Paul.  This class will follow the footsteps of Paul from his hometown of Tarsus through his four missionary journeys until he is beheaded in Rome.  Special attention will be given to the geography, archaeology, and chronology of his travels as recorded in the Book of Acts.

 

194A The Old Testament in the New Testament: Transformed Texts

There are about 345 direct Old Testament quotations in the New Testament.  Additionally, there are over 2,000 allusions and verbal parallels of the Old Testament found in the New Testament.  This class will examine the Old Testament context of a selection of passages that find “fulfillment” or use in the New Testament, and how the Old Testament passages are transformed by the New Testament speakers and writers in marvelous and intriguing ways.

 

194B Talking Texts: The Old Testament Use of Old Testament Motifs

Examine the major events in the Old Testament as they become motifs (themes) for later use by the prophets and psalmists as they are directed by God to communicate the drama of redemption in the Old Testament.

 

202R Repentance and Forgiveness: Essentials of the Christian Faith

Although recognize the importance of repentance and forgiveness we often will fall short in applying them to our own lives.  It is essential therefore to understand exactly what they are and how to embrace them personally.  How else might we expect to lead others towards fruitful spiritual lives?!  Offering forgiveness must follow the Biblical model.  Ongoing repentance is essential in the life of the believer for genuine transformation and freedom.  Come, let’s grow together!

 

203 Living the Abundant Life in Christ

Christ said, “I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  To have abundant life is not simply about existing day to day but thriving night by night.  As disciples of Christ, we can experience fuller, richer lives by seeking to live lives marked by joy, praise, wisdom, stewardship, rest, and prayer.  This course will examine each of these aspects of Christian living and their impact on our lives when implemented with enthusiasm.

 

259B The Believer and Rewards

God gives everlasting life, including the new birth, justification, the forgiveness of sins, and many other blessings, as a gift freely to all who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as He promised.  The New Testament does not end with this gracious blessing, however, as glorious as it is.  God also desires to supply an abundant life for believers in this world and in the coming one as well.  But there are conditions for the attainment of these additional privileges and rewards.  This course seeks to present what the rewards are and the conditions involved in their attainment.

 

259R The Rapture

Not all Christians agree on the doctrine of the rapture of the Church.  People of the Reformed tradition reject the rapture, while Dispensationalists disagree on where the rapture fits in God’s redemptive plan.  This course will examine the major views on the rapture, tracing their historical origins.

 

280D Answering Jehovah's Witnesses in Love

Jehovah’s Witnesses are everywhere in New York City.  Their headquarters have been in Brooklyn for over 100 years.  Pairs of witnesses knock on doors every weekend seeking to convert you and your neighbors to their version of Christianity.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses present Christians with an amazing opportunity to do evangelism, yet many would rather close the door (quite literally!) to that opportunity than have a conversation!  This course will familiarize you with who the Witnesses are, what they believe, and how to answer their questions so that your next encounter with them may be fruitful and God-honoring!

 

280E A Biblical Evaluation of Seventh-Day Adventism

Seventh-Day Adventism has gained a worldwide influence that many view as very similar to Evangelical Christianity.  The only difference, they say, is that Adventists prefer to worship on Saturday instead of Sunday.  Is this difference really significant, and is it the only one?  Do they hold other doctrines that may affect their status as Biblical Christians?  This course seeks to investigate the teachings of Seventh-Day Adventists—topics such as their doctrine of soul-sleep, annihilation of the wicked, and the influence of Ellen G. White.  Only as we examine its teachings, especially on the doctrine of justification by faith, can we decide whether it can claim the label of “evangelical.”

 

292B Four Views of Hell

Is there really life after death?  Is purgatory real?  Is it true that there are no second chances for redemption once one has died?  Are the descriptions of hell found in the Bible real or metaphorical?  Are Gehenna, the Pit, Hades, the Lake of Fire, and Hell the same location?  Why does the Old Testament not give a complete picture of the afterlife?  These and many other questions will be discussed and evaluated from a close interaction with the various Biblical and theological arguments and evidence.  As a result of this class, one’s ability to respond to those who have these and similar questions will be strengthened and one’s evangelistic zeal will be encouraged.

 

292J Walking with God: Four Views of God and Time

God exists inside and outside of what we know as time.  How does He relate to us finite beings, bound by the realities of time and space?  Does the Holy Spirit know all things?  Did young Jesus know that He was destined for the cross?  Join us as we examine the powerful connection between the Celestial God and His beloved creation.

 

292K Predestination and Free Will: Four Views of Divine Sovereignty

The Bible contains God’s sovereign plan to redeem mankind for His own possession.  It also shows that God made man a sentient being with a mind, emotions, and a will of his own.  Join us as we examine this critical issue.  Together we will try to find the balance between these two clearly Biblical, yet seemingly contradictory, truths.

 

292L Five Views of Biblical Hermeneutics

We know that the Bible is the Word of the Living God, but how do we unlock it?  How do we decipher it?  From under-standing its basic meaning to plumbing its depths for rich hidden treasures of wisdom, we must study the Bible with our heads, hearts, and hermeneutics.  Join us as we discuss five ways to examine, interpret, and apply Biblical truth.

 

292M Five Views on Apologetics

In an ever-changing culture and ever-challenging world, there is still a need to defend our Christian faith.  As difficulties and challenges arise people are asking more and more questions about Christianity, Christ, and God.  We as believers need to know how to defend the faith all the more today than ever before.  In this course we will look at different methodologies of how to defend our faith.  You will learn different approaches of how to initiate apologetics in a loving and safe way so that the unsaved may come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 

292N Three Views on Creation and Evoluation

Which one is it?  Creation or evolution?  Is it both?  How do we deal with the perspectives in a Biblical worldview?  This argument is debated worldwide.  A dominant view of evolution has taken over our schools, from elementary to college.  Our young men and women are coming home with a skewed view of creationism and evolution.  Though this may seem like a lost battle to the Christian, it is in fact a great opportunity of evangelism.  In this course we will look at the views and get a deeper perspective and understanding of what is being taught out there in the world.  We will also discuss how we can present the Christian worldview in order to win souls for Christ.

 

306 The Dynamics of Spiritual Gifts

This course will examine both revelatory and non-revelatory spiritual gifts.  One major factor that has divided the Evangelical community from the Pentecostal and Charismatic communities is the duration of certain spiritual gifts.  Most Evangelicals argue that the revelatory gifts, such as prophecy and tongues, ceased after the Apostolic Age.  Modern-day Pentecostals and Charismatics argue for the continuation of the revelatory gifts.  Both sides present compelling exegetical arguments to support their positions.  This course will examine all sides of this most controversial issue.  Students will read and discuss papers presented by both Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic scholars.  This is a complex issue that requires careful consideration.  We will also explore the ways in which one can discover his or her spiritual gift.

 

331B The Most Excellent Way to Lead

This leadership course is simple, practical, and profound as it develops the leadership traits as outlined for us by Paul in I Corinthians 13.  It all starts with those famous two words—Love is . . .  Remember, “the best leaders don’t have titles, but they do have a voice people want to listen to!”

Fulfills course requirement for Church Leadership Diploma.

 

335A The Church Today in Social and Cultural Context

Recent years have brought significant change to society and culture in an age of globalization seemingly at an ever-increasing pace.  This course studies the social factors and cultural considerations that influence the life of the church as an institution.  Relevant issues including globalization, postmodernism, social differentiation, renewal, and institutionalization will be discussed.  Students will become aware of and evaluate factors that shape the social life of the local church.  Various strategies for addressing the challenges within our social context and current cultural implications of the church with the Gospel will also be considered.

 

335B Avoiding Worldly Wisdom within the Church

What exactly is worldly wisdom? . . . and how do we guard against it as church leaders today?  The challenges seems to mount more intensely as time unfolds.  Often we find ourselves on guard resisting what the business world might bring in to contaminate the life of the church.  But what exactly are we to resist?  Godly wisdom and discernment are essential.  This course takes you on a Scriptural journey developing a clear and practical theology in this regard.

 

344L Seven Laws of the Teacher

Whether you’re a pastor, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study leader,  School teacher or parent, let this course show you how to teach with life-changing impact.  Discover the Seven Laws of the Teacher and unleash your effectiveness as a communicator for Biblical truth.  Teaching to change lives requires a commitment to timeless principles that have proven to be effective.  In this video-based course, Dr. Howard Hendricks introduces these principles and shares insights that will revitalize your teaching ministry.  Each session will include a discussion designed to enhance the application process.

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

363A Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry

There is an increased interest in spirituality in our culture lately—young people have a deep hunger and thirst towards something that transcends them.  This course focuses on how youth can grow in Christlikeness by participating in the reading of Scripture, the means of grace, and the spiritual disciplines.  The course also provides guidance in spiritual direction, and mentoring while displaying practical methods for adolescents, families, and college-bound student to cultivate growth.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

363G Youth Growing into Christ-likeness

Parents and youth leaders clearly understand the importance of youth being trained in Christian doctrine so that they ever mature into disciples of Christ.  Spirituality is one aspect of being a mentally and emotionally balanced Christian.  The other components are:  physical health, intellect, and relationships.  This course will concentrate on growing into Christ-likeness from a holistic perspective.

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366C Let God's Bold Truths Speak for You

With the integration of the homosexual and transgender worldview and life-style into the mainstream of culture, followers of Christ are seeking a response that is thoughtful, sensitive, and Biblical.  This course is geared to give youth leaders, youth, and parents a voice in the public debate that is objective, balanced, and geared to win souls for Christ.

Fulfills the Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366D Urban Apologetics for Today's Youth

Much of the New Testament was written in urban settings, in which the Christian communities had to deal head-on with issues such as race, equality, justice, sexuality, money, and economics.  But much of today’s apologetics (engagement with the questions that people are asking about Christianity) come from suburban churches and academic studies.  Urban believers—those who live and minister in America’s inner cities—often face unique issues, not often addressed by the larger Christian community.  In this course, we seek to connect the riches of the Gospel with the issues facing cities to bring about healing.

Fulfills the Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

368 A Key to Youth Discipleship: Getting the Family Involved

Scripture calls parents to train their children in the faith and to nurture their children’s souls.  Yet few parents actively engage in their children’s spiritual development.  How can churches best equip parents to engage in their divine calling to disciple their children?  This course guides church leaders to develop a ministry system that equips parents to be the primary faith-trainers in their children’s lives, moving beyond mere programming into a deeper spiritual life at home, within the church, and beyond.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

382A A Titus 2 Model for Mentoring: Women to Women

Mentoring is transforming the lives of women while developing faith and spiritual maturity as we enter into nurturing relationships with younger women in order to encourage and equip them to live for God’s glory.  Titus 2:3 reminds us, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderous or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  They can train the younger women . . .” (NIV)  This course will help to develop an effective mentoring program in the local church.  We will search the Scriptures to find answers to questions concerning mentorships.  What is an effective mentor?  What exactly is a mentor supposed to do?  What does the Bible have to say about mentors?

 

382B The Disciplines of Balancing Life and Ministry for Women

As we equip saints for the work of ministry, we must create balance in our active lives.  This class will help women to recognize the tensions that exist in balancing responsibilities of ministry and personal life.  It will help to develop ways in which she can live life on purpose by setting priorities in better time management, spiritual disciplines, and marriage.  Mark 6:30–31 states, “The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” (NIV)    Are you a Sunday School teacher?  Do you lead a women’s prayer group? Are you a leader in the women’s ministry in your local church?  Let us explore how to balance our active lives and ministry.

 

413I Preaching from Isaiah

While Isaiah contains more clearly messianic passages than any other Old Testament book other than the Psalms, it was still written to the people of Isaiah’s day.  How can a preacher or teacher be faithful to a grammatical-historical approach to Bible study and still bring out clearly the Christo-centric aspects of Isaiah’s expressive texts?  In this course, we will look at passages from Isaiah that provide rich sermon material that exalt Christ while remaining faithful to the history of the text.

 

437 Soul Care: Leading from a Healthy Soul

Every leader functions on two stages—the front stage or public world, and the back stage or private world.  One cannot lead successfully front stage when one is completely depleted back stage.  This course will show leaders how to prioritize matters of the soul, to develop healthy spiritual practices, to address problems that lead to burnout, to create a healthy rhythm in their lives, to improve their people skills, and to discover how to lead an unhurried life.  For the many ministry leaders who feel alone, in over their heads, or simply worn out, this course will offer welcomed relief and a healthy way forward.

 

462 Spiritual Sexuality: God's Design for Sexual Intimacy

While society has perverted sex into a twisted tale of lust without love, God is the author of sex and we should seek to understand His design for sexual intimacy.  This course will uncover God’s handiwork in creating the joy of sex by surveying the Song of Solomon.  We will explore the framework for joyous sex—holy covenant (marriage), internal work (emotional intimacy), and external work (anointed love making).

 

476 Biblical Financial Planning

This course will take a look at the Biblical models which are available to God’s people to help them with their employment, personal giving, saving plans, and investment programs considering both the risks and rewards involved!  The student will have the opportunity to learn principles which will aid in developing a personal portfolio from an instructor who loves the Lord and has spent time working on Wall Street.  You will learn why it is important to Start Early!  and to Invest Wisely!

 

190B Be Doers of the Word: A Study of the Sermon on the Mount and the Epistle of James

The Epistle of James, written by James the son of Zebedee, is based on a number of sayings from the teachings of the Lord Jesus, mostly from the Sermon on the Mount.  This course will examine both the Sermon on the Mount and the Epistle of James.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate Bible elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

308A Creating Courageous Men in the Church

Churches on any given Sunday have nearly twice as many women as men sitting in the pews.  This course will discuss why churches do not attract men, and how to create an atmosphere that is male friendly.  The course is open to men and women who wish to discover Biblical guidance for strenghtening the men currently in the church and for reaching men for Christ.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate ministry elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

482B Can Politics Trump Christianity?

Reports have shown Christians can be united in Christ, yet diametrically opposed to one another in their political worldviews.  Over the last generation, and certainly within the recent presidential campaign, this stark difference is growing ever more apparent.  This course will examine today's political trends in light of what the Bible reveals in terms of government's role in society and our response to it.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate ministry elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

290S The Sabbath: The Christian @ Rest

Americans often emphasize how important work is and how much we desire to work.  Sometimes our over emphasis on work and our proud attachment to the "Protestant work ethic" has led to too much work, and not enough rest.  It comes at the expense of our health and the devaluing of our personal relationships.  This course will look at the restorative value of rest as we examine the practice of the Sabbath.

Fulfills Advanced Certificate elective.

 

482H Alexander Hamilton in NYC: Saint, Sinner, and Statesman

One of the lesser known Founding Fathers has seen a revival in his status due to a popular show on Broadway.  This class will examine the life of Alexander Hamilton, his spiritual journey (warts and all), political views, and New York City connections.

This class will meet at NYSB on the 10th and 17th.  On the 24th, the class will conclude with the class joining the instructor on a walking tour of New York City to view the places where Hamilton lived, studied, worked, worshipped, and his final resting place at Trinity Church Wall Street.

The walking tour is included for those registered for S482H.  The tour is open to everyone else (group size is limited to 25) at the cost of $30 per person (registration due by June 16).

Regretfully, the course AND tour has been cancelled for June.  Hopefully the tour will be an option in 2017-18.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate ministry elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

163A Abraham: The Man Behind the Covenant

Abraham is one of the great forefathers of the faith, but his life was filled with controversy and turmoil.  In his time, Abraham fought a military campaign, received the promise of God, doubled God's promise, challenged God's decisions, bargained on behalf of an evil city, lost his wife to another man twice, sent away one son, and considered killing another.  All this from the man who "believed the LORD, and it was credited it to him as righeousness."  Let us travel through the wilderness together, seeing through the eyes of the Bible character, as a Bedouin named Abram becomes a great leader named Abraham.

 

202P A Theology of Prayer

This course will look at the confusing issues that arise regarding the Bible's teaching on prayer, including:

How do I get my prayers answered?

Do I have enough faith to get them answered?

What if I doubt?  Will this block my prayers?

Should I pray for everyone?

Can I receive whatever I pray for as long as I have enough faith?

How must I pray? For how long? How precise?

Fulfills Advanced Certificate elective.

 

163M Moses: The Man Behind the Myth

 

From murderer to field marshal, see Moses as you have never seen him before.  Learn the truth about the man who led God’s people out of Egypt.  Journey through Exodus chapters 1–14 with Moses, view the powerful women in his life and experience his struggles, fears, and failures as God makes an unlikely man into a field marshal.

Spring I, Mondays, 6 p.m.  - G. Grant

 

387 For Our Neighbors: See What Love Can Do

So often the world knows what Christians are against rather than what we are FOR.  Do your neighbors know you are FOR them?  What would happen if we started acting life everyone is invited to the party?  This course will look at the life of Jesus--how He treated others.  We are called to love each other like Jesus has loved and does love us.  We will look at practical application in extending this party invitation to children, students, and adults.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate ministry elective or Advanced Certificate elective.

 

T400 Kairos Missions Intensive

The New York School of the Bible is pleased to host the Kairos Missions Intensive. This course runs from Thursday, September 7 - Thursday, October 19, with a one-day Saturday gathering on October 14, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

NOTE:  This is a 3-hour course and thus, the cost of the course is $145, an additional $60 for course materials is payable in class. 

Under the leadership of Brandon Doyle, direct questions to bdoyle@globalgates.info or (978)998-5670. 

  • Fall I - 2017 Thursdays, 6:00 pm
 

400K Kairos: God, the Church and the World

This Kairos course is a nine-session, interactive course on world Christian mission, designed to educate, inspire, and challenge Christians to active and meaningful participation.  The course utilizes a variety of adult learning styles including group discussions, short lecture introduction, devotions, video teaching, and student participation in specially designed activities.  Kairos looks at the four essential areas of mission concern which are--the Biblical, Historical, Strategic, and Cultural dimensions of mission.  This course is designed to lay a solid foundation in the life of the believer and of the local church for world Christian mission.  From this foundation, exciting and meaningful mission endeavors can result.

 

111G Old Testament Hebrew Grammar III

Prerequisite: 111F or consent of the instructor

This course continues an in-depth study of the basic Hebrew verb stems and forms of the imperfect tense.  Prefix form verbs are introduced as well as more words to build your vocabulary.  You will also learn the function and use of the key verb forms for the Hebrew imperative, participle, infinitive, infinitive absolute, and infinitive construct.  Extemporaneous reading in class will be practiced.

Required for OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

111H Old Testament Hebrew Grammar IV

Prerequisite: 111G or consent of the instructor

This course will introduce the student to the Lamedh Pe, Pe Nun, and Pe Waw verb forms.  The stative verb will be addressed as well as irregular nouns and pronominal suffixes.  In-class reading assignments will include Biblical texts taken from historical narratives found in Genesis, Joshua, and 1 and 2 Samuel.

Required for OT Hebrew Certificate.

 

112I Old Testament Hebrew Reading 9

Prerequisite: 111H or consent of the instructor

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111E–H.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the prophetic passages found in Amos.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112J Old Testament Hebrew Reading 10

Prerequisite: 111H or consent of the instructor

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111E–H.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the prophetic passages found in Zechariah.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112K Old Testament Hebrew Reading 11

Prerequisite: 111H or consent of the instructor

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111E–H.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the prophetic passages found in Zephaniah.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

112L Old Testament Hebrew Reading 12

Prerequisite: 111H or consent of the instructor

This course will be treated as an in-depth Bible reading seminar utilizing Hebrew grammar learned in courses 111E–H.  The emphasis will be on Biblical passages taken from the prophetic passages found in Obadiah.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

 

117A New Testament Greek Reading 1

Prerequisite: 116F or consent of the instructor

This course is in-depth Bible reading utilizing Greek grammar learned in courses 116A-116F.  Selections in Koine Greek are from the First Epistle of John.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

117B New Testament Greek Reading 2

Prerequisite: 116F or consent of the instructor

This course is in-depth Bible reading utilizing Greek grammar learned in courses 116A-116F.  Selections in Koine Greek are from the Gospel of John.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

117C New Testament Greek Reading 3

Prerequisite: 116F or consent of the instructor

This course is in-depth Bible reading utilizing Greek grammar learned in courses 116A-116F.  Selections in Koine Greek are from the Gospel of John.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

117D New Testament Greek Reading 4

Prerequisite: 116F or consent of the instructor

Prerequisites:  116A–F or consent of the instructor.

This course is in-depth Bible reading utilizing Greek grammar learned in courses 116A-116F.  Selections in Koine Greek are from the Gospels of Matthew/Luke.  Students will be expected to read aloud and translate homework assignments in class.

Required for the NT Greek Certificate.

 

126 The Book of Deuteronomy

This book is known as the “Book of the Covenant”.  These are Moses’ parting words of summary, instruction, admonition, and warning to Israel.  In order to have a well-rounded understanding of the New Testament and even the Prophets and the Writings, we need to have an understanding of God’s workings with Israel upon which everything else is based.  Deuteronomy is a good place to start.  This course will give an overview of the book and relate it to Christ and His Cross, as well as to the nation of redemptive history.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

129 Judges and Ruth: Light in the Darkness

Few periods in Israel’s history are so much like our own or as important for us to study.  During these centuries, Israel continued to take the wrong turns that led to her downfall and near destruction.  But through it all, we will find the hand of God working in, through, and despite, His people.  Yet, within the darkness, the light of God shines through, both in his working through the individual judges, and through the narrative of Ruth.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program

 

131A First Book of Samuel

1 Samuel records the transition of Israel from a confederation governed by judges to a monarchy.  This course is designed to take the student through the lives of the last judge and the first king, and the beginning of the second dynasty of Israel.  As with other Biblical studies, our interest will be not only with the historical events and people in the course of redemptive history, but with how those people and events relate to the believer now.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

143A Finding God's Wisdom in Unexpected Places

We often think that wisdom is found in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.  But it is found in other parts of the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament.  This course will provide a definition of wisdom, as well as find some surprising places that present wisdom for us in the rest of the Bible.

 

161L The Life of an Old Testament Prophet

When we look at the prophets in the Old Testament, we spend most of our time looking at their messages, and gleaning lessons from them.  This course is designed to go a little deeper into the background.  We will focus on the person and calling of the prophet, and their place in God’s prophetic movement.  In our time together, we will ask—what manner of servant are these odd, outspoken men; how was the culture of the their day similar or dissimilar to ours; and in what way is God calling us to be prophets in our culture today?

 

163N Understanding: Noah, the Ark, and the Flood

So much as been said about the flood and its relevance to our world today.  There is also been tremendous study on the Ark.  However, not much has been discussed on Noah.  Who is Noah?  What makes him so significant and pivotal to the flood?  In this class you will learn about the culture at the time of Noah.  You will also learn the deepness (pun intended) of the person of Noah, his family, and the building of the Ark.  Best of all, you will learn how this is relatable to end times and our culture today.

 

170A The Lord Jesus' Olivet Discourse

The Lord’s Olivet Discourse, found in Matthew 24–25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, is unquestionably one of the most important prophecies contained in God’s Word.  The Lord gave this teaching in response to the disciples’ desire to understand the future about the Jewish temple, and the events associated with its destruction.  The Lord aimed to save the disciples from confusion and deception that might occur before His return to earth.  If only for this reason, we too need to understand the future program of God concerning these events, including the tribulation, advent of the Lord, and the millennial kingdom to follow.  This course aims to provide a consistently literal, clear, and chronologically understandable exposition of this indispensible prophecy.

 

171A Acts 1-12

This course will cover the early ministry of the church in Judea, Samaria, and into Antioch.  The primary focus will be on Peter’s ministry.  We will examine the phenomenon of “speaking in tongues” and also consider the work of the Holy Spirit in church growth and missions.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

171B Acts 13-28

This course will focus on Paul’s missionary journeys.  It will examine the routes and cultures that Paul encountered and how he presented the Gospel in various settings.  We will also discuss the writing of Paul’s letters to churches and individuals in the timeline of the book of Acts.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

189A The Book of Revelation: Back to the Future

The book of Revelation remains mysterious to many Christians for a number of reasons.  It takes a considerable amount of time to examine the history, symbols, visions, and occurrences that precede the upcoming new heaven and new earth.  This course will allow the participant to take a journey in the book from chapters 1–11 to absorb the awesomeness of the Lord Jesus Christ’s future reign.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

189B The Book of Revelation: The Ending with a New Beginning

We live in the now, reflect on yesterday, and wonder about tomorrow.  The Bible starts in the creation account and ends with the account of a transformational new beginning.  This course will look at chapters 12–22 and examine what is to take place as the stage is set for the new heaven, new earth, and the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

190C Paul's Letters to Colossae and Philemon

Written at the same time and to the same congregation, the letters to the Colossians and to Philemon provide a wonderful challenge to 21st century Christians.  Who is Jesus?  What benefit do rules provide for us?  What is the place of prayer in the Christian life?  What did Paul think of slavery?  Join us as we answer these questions and more.

NOTE:  NYSB is pleased to add a bonus component to this course—A History of Slavery in New York City:  A Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan.  This tour will take place on Saturday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Gordon Franz will conduct the tour for Professor Casteline and the class.  This component is included in the cost of the course.  Anyone else can join for $30 as space allows.  Please see "Saturday at the Museum" for more details about this tour.

Qualifies for the Bible Certificate Program.

 

192M Paul in Macedonia

The Apostle Paul ministered in the Roman Province of Macedonia on three of his missionary journeys and wrote three epistles to churches in this province.  This in-depth class will examine how the history, archaeology, and geography of the cities visited by the Apostle Paul shine light on the ministry of the apostle and his strategy to reach these cities with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.  The three epistles, 1 and 2 Thess-alonians and Philippi, will also be examined to see how they fit into the First-Century AD culture of Macedonia.  Also, the lives of the Macedonians who ministered to, or with, the Apostle will be viewed.

 

199A Discovering People of Color in the Bible

The LORD God in omnipotence included all hues in the Bible experience.  A good portion of the redemptive story in Scripture can be traced back to the land of Africa.  This course will look at the land, the people, genealogy, and history that mark the Africana experience in the Bible as well as unpack the myth of the alleged “curse of Ham” and its impact on history.

 

199E The Nation of Edom: Pride Goes before Destruction

The Edomites were descendents of Esau, the twin brother of Jacob/Israel, and were constantly at war with Israel and Judah.  Their territory, south and southeast of Judah, is rich in archaeological remains.  This class will examine the history, geography, and archaeology of the Edomites and their territory.  Special attention will be given to the Biblical text, starting in Genesis, for the conflict between Israel/Judah and Edom.  This conflict will be traced through Biblical history up until the time of the Lord Jesus and the destruction of Herod’s Temple when the Edomites/Idumeans are removed from the stage of history.

 

215C Created in the Image of God

Everyone on earth is created in the image of God.  But what does that mean for our lives?  In this course, we will examine what it means to be made in the image of God through the categories of the problem of sin, of the promise of the Gospel, of the example of Christ, and of the ethics of our daily lives.

 

241 Understanding: The Holy Spirit

He is the Godhead who works behind the scenes.  Yet He is powerful, dangerous, and necessary.  He is indeed the source Christians need to live a godly life and fulfill their purpose.  From beginning to end, He is throughout the Scripture.  He is so vital to the work of God that Jesus said these words:  “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth:  it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.  But if I go, I will send him to you.”  (John 16:7; ESV)  Who is He?  Is He still at work today?  Is He only connected to certain denominations?  What is His purpose in our lives?  We need the Holy Spirit if we are to live godly lives.

 

248C Four Views on the Lord's Supper

We do this every month in our church.  For many of us, it is the first Sunday of the month, and for others, it is every Sunday.  For the most part, we take communion just because we are told we are supposed to, but many times we have no idea what it means or why it is done today.  What is the significance of communion?  Why is it done in every church several times a year?  It is essential for us to understand the truth, the deepness, and the beauty of the communion.  In this course you will understand the historical background of Passover and communion.  You will also learn about the involvement of the Godhead in communion.  Lastly, you will understand the four different views of communion taken by many churches all over the world.  This course promises to have a deep impact on your life.

 

245 The Church: To the Ends of the Earth

 

How did Jesus respond when the disciples asked Him:  “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  (Acts 1:6b)  The disciples sought the reestablishment of their nation, the kingdom of Israel.  However, Jesus had a larger and more profound plan.  His plan was the establishment of His Church among the people of the whole world.  In this course, we want to examine this plan in order to understand its purpose, content, power, Head, and realization.

 

Spring I, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Thermitus

 

272B The Conflict Between Jerusalem and Antioch

First-century Christianity should not be viewed as a monolithic institution.  The Church was diverse from its very inception.  Paul’s congregations differed in doctrine and practice from congregations in Judea.  The Antiochene Church differed from both Jerusalem and the Pauline congregations.  One of the most glaring encounters between Antioch and Jerusalem was the Antinomian conflict.  New Testament scholar F. C. Baur was the first to propose that there were two evangelistic campaigns in the early Christian community.  The Jerusalem Church organized the first campaign.  Paul organized the second campaign.  Observance of the Torah was at the center of the antinomian controversy.  Should new Gentile converts to Christianity be compelled to convert to Judaism and observe the Torah?  Both the Book of Acts and the Epistle to the Galatians help us understand this early theological controversy.

 

273D History of the Contemporary African-American Church

This is a detailed study of the African-American Church from the 1940s to the present.  We will explore the rise of Gospel music, Civil Rights, Black Nationalism, ordination of women, urbanization, seminary education, youth violence, police violence, the election of Barack Obama, and a host of other issues.  Since there is a dearth of research, students will depend primarily on classroom lectures.  We will also examine the works of W. E. B. Dubois, Eric Lincoln, Lawrence H. Mamiya, John Hope Franklin, Albert Raboteau, and James Cone, who are pioneers in the study of the Black Church.

 

292O Five Views on Sanctification

The doctrine of sanctification is controversial.  There is no unanimity of opinion on this doctrine in the Church.  The primary dispute has been between Catholic and Protestants on the efficacy of sanctification.  Like the doctrine of justification, the issue of human merit is at the core of the controversy.  We will also examine different Protestant views on this doctrine.

 

321A Fulfilling the Disciple-making Mandate

When people are asked what their church is doing about discipleship, most people’s default answer is “we have Sunday School” or “we do Christian Education.”  This class will ask questions like—is this what Jesus had in mind when He gave us the Great Commission? or might there be a better way to do this in today’s world?  Churches that are growing today are churches that are growing disciples.  They take disciple-making seriously.  In this class, we will look at models of discipleship the Church has used historically, ask whether current practices work, consider today’s cultural challenges, and learn how you can personally be involved in discipling someone.

 

321B Maintenance for Healthy Churches

Without proper maintenance, any machine will not function well.  After a prolonged period, the same machine will not function at all.  The machine ceases to be able to accomplish the purpose for which it was designed.  In the same way, our churches need maintenance or they will not accomplish their designed purpose—disciple-making.  Revelation 2–3 is in many ways a case study of churches that had missed some maintenance appointments.  Church leaders would do well to learn the lessons of these seven churches for the sake of their own ministries.  Emphasis will be given to understanding the historical context with practical application to today’s complex cultural contexts.

 

321C Discipleship and Essential Doctrines

This word—doctrine—has been tossed around in every church and very seldom do we know what it means.  In fact, there are essential doctrines that we must believe in order to consider ourselves Christians.  What are those doctrines?  How do we understand these doctrines as they relate to our lives?  In this course, you will learn several essential doctrines of the Christian faith.  You will learn how to apply them to your life, and to teach them to others in order to create disciples.

 

330 Biblical Leadership: Church and Leadership Development

Today the number one topic in relationship to church is leadership.  In the old days, all a pastor and ministry team leaders had to do was teach the Word of God.  In the last 50 years, there has been this great paradigm shift from not just teaching the Word of God, but also leading people.  This will be a great class for pastors, ministry team leaders, and people who are interested in learning more about leadership.  We will look at a Biblical view of leadership, how to lead in our current culture, and how to engage millennials as we move forward in discipleship-making.

 

332C The Life of the Leader--Calling, Clarity, and Character

Do you realize that God has a plan for your life?  In this class, we will explore exactly what is this thing called calling, discuss ways to clarify your calling, and look at the issues of heart and hand required to fulfill your calling.  The world thinks life is like a never-ending circle that gets nowhere.  God had a plan for us, and our life has purpose.  Let us discover God’s blueprint for our lives together.

 

338J The Journey of Leadership--Joseph

They say that leaders are not born.  They are developed.  Joseph is a wonderful example of just such a leader.  Looking at the account of his life as found in Genesis 37–50, we will see the experiences God used to make this young man into one of the most influential leaders in the Old Testament.  In our time, we will uncover truths to help you uncover, navigate, and live out God’s purpose for your life.

 

338M Moses: Leading for Leaving

Moses is quite well-known for the 10 Commandments which continue to impact the world today.  However, what is not so well known about Moses is that he is also responsible for leaving us with 10 Leadership Commandments.  This course will explore this second set of very helpful, practical, and often overlooked, leadership-sharpening skills and principles.

 

339F Leadership Structures that Fit

Sometimes it is easy to grab the “one size fits all” option from the store to save time.  The problem is that is often means “one size fits most,” and may not fit well at all.  Leadership in your church is a lot of work, and a great responsibility that God has entrusted to you.  It is easy to opt for the “one size fits all” option when it comes to doing ministry, and not think about whether this will work best.  This is not a church polity class.  Rather, it is a look at how churches function at certain sizes, and the practical side of how we do ministry.

 

339T The Life of the Leader--Time Management and Organization

Everyone has the same amount of time to get things done each week.  However, at the end of the week some of us have gotten it all done and some of us have not.  If you have ever experienced this frustration, this course is for you.  We will begin by looking at the Scriptures and developing a Biblical perspective on work.  Then we will learn principles to help leaders more wisely use their time, and organize their responsibilities.  You will sharpen your ability to stay on task and accomplish more for Christ.  Stop wasting time and join us.

 

355B How to Use Your Children's Ministry Resource Bible

Come learn what a valuable tool is available for encouraging and equipping children ministry workers in your church.  In the words of Warren Wiersbe, “The CMRB focuses on the most important segment of the church . . . helps you to know better how to teach spiritual truths to the younger generation . . . shows you how to do it . . . is the best book I know for concerned Christians who want to make a difference!”

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate elective.

 

363B The Big Story of Scripture

When we open the pages of Scripture, we discover there is One God, One Book, and One Story.  In this course, we will teach the big picture as well as important facts of the Bible, presenting Scripture as a cohesive narrative of God’s work in the world.  In this class, we will examine and develop how youth can step into the stories of Scripture and find real life answers to real life problems as they interact with the living word.

     Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate elective.

 

 

369S When Sports and Religion Mix

We live in a sports-obsessed world.  From fans wearing their favorite team’s colors to high school and to soccer players practicing after school, we encounter sports every day.  Nothing else in our culture produces so much passion and intrigue.  Such obsession, for the Christian, must produce critical reflection.  How should the Christian think about sports?  What does Christ have to do with athletic competition?  Can sports be redeemed?  In this class, we look what happens when sports and religion mix.

    Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate elective.

 

413C Preaching the Book of Romans

Preaching the book of Romans is a continuation of the expository teaching and preaching class.  This is just one of four classes that is required for a second diploma in expository teaching and preaching.  This course introduces students on how to prepare expository sermons on the book of Romans.  Students will be introduced to commentaries and other tools that will facilitate their study and sermon preparation.

 

413D Preaching the Psalms

Preaching the Psalms is one of the most exciting things a preacher can do.  The Psalms are rich in exhortative material and depict the daily struggles of life.  Because of their practicality, the Psalms can be easily contextualized to address our modern situations.  This course will give students the tools they need to preach meaningful sermons from this hymnbook of the Hebrew Bible.

 

413F Preaching the Book of Hebrews

This book is one of the most challenging books in the entire Bible to understand.  Like Romans, it is highly doctrinal and many of the concepts are esoteric.  One must labor hard to unravel the deep truths in the book.  This course will help students prepare sermons that are comprehensible and simplistic.  Students will be introduced to a variety of tools to facilitate their sermon preparation and help them understand this cryptic text.

 

415B Multicultural Ministry and the Church

In this class, participants will learn how to embrace God’s passion for diversity by examining a range of Biblical passages on diversity.  Students will also learn how to minister on multicultural ministry teams by examining the benefit of selected cultures and becoming aware of the strengths and flaws of their own culture.

 

420A Minding the Business of the Church--Simply and Biblically

Although we cannot “manufacture” quantitative church growth, we are entrusted to the responsibility to be diligent in planting and watering in anticipation of the harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6).  Beginning with an overview of the theology of the church, we will consider her relationship to society and institutionalization.  Various models and resources will be presented as we probe the challenging Biblical and practical questions relating to growth and change within the church.  A balanced view incorporating organization and structure to accommodate the life of the church will be offered along with Biblically-based practical tools.

 

424 Church Constitution and Bylaws

Besides doctrinal declarations, each church should have clearly stated guidelines for the operation and management of its organization.  Bylaws not only outline the daily operation of the church, but also circumscribe the power of individuals to prevent usurpation and financial corruption.  Bylaws should always be ascertained in accordance with IRS laws and established church polity.  Churches that operate without bylaws or a constitution are subject to abuse that will inevitably result in the demoralization and skepticism of its congregants.  This course will examine the Biblical and theological imperatives for bylaws.  We will also study a number of church constitutions and bylaws and compare them with our (student) church practices.

 

431C Life Transformation and Spiritual Power

God wants His children to live spiritually transformed lives.  Take a power-packed adventure through the book of Ephesians.  Let the disciplines of spiritual formation and the power of the Spirit of Christ transform you into a Kingdom-building disciple.

 

437B Soul Detox

As standards of conduct continue to erode in our shockproof world, we must fight the soul pollution threatening our health, our faith, and our witness to others.  Without even knowing it, we inhale secondhand toxins poisoning our relationship with God and stunting our spiritual growth.  In this course, we examine the toxins that assault us daily, including toxic influences, toxic emotions, and toxic behaviors.  By examining the toxins that assault us daily, we can develop healthy patterns that focus us on the standard of God’s holiness to walk in His ways.

 

477L The Challenge of Leadership for Christian Professionals

A prominent elected U.S. official is leading a Bible study in the White House.  He is doing what Daniel, Hezekiah, and Josiah did as political leaders.  Christian professionals of today—doctors, lawyers, politicians, pastors, principles, teachers, nurses, builders, business leaders—are invited to come together to explore and share their leadership experiences and their answers to the challenge of leadership for Christians in the professions.

 

483 The Bible, My Faith, and Social Justice

The old saying is that we are spiritual beings living a human experience.  As Christians, we seek to live out divine values in a world that is juxtaposed to such and is mired in conflict and chaos.  Abortion, climate change, the prison industrial complex, racial injustice, income inequality, questions about policing—these are just some of the issues we face as we attempt to live between Genesis and Revelation.  We are charged to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.  This course will observe “thus sayeth the Lord” in a world that cries out for social justice.

 

490B Caring for People God's Way, Part 2

This is a Biblically-based class that features some of the best faculty in the world.  It is designed to educate and equip a community of helpers within the church to offer careful and Biblical encouragement, direction, hope, and personal growth to hurting people in a hurting world.  Our goal is to help you understand the tough issues that people wrestle with today and use the Bible with confidence with those who need clear direction and could use some strong encouragement.

NOTE:   Course quizzes are taken online.  Therefore, the students must have a computer or access to one.  Having taken Part 1 is REQUIRED for Part 2; no exceptions.

 

Spring I - 490A, Part 1

   Mondays, 6–9 p.m. - Stubbs

Spring II - 490B, Part 2

   Mondays, 6–9 p.m. - Stubbs

 

498 Preparations--A Brief Course in Death, Dying, and Living

Death is a most unpopular subject for 21st century Americans, yet it is a reality that all of us have to face, both for ourselves and our loved ones.  As with any journey, the right preparation makes the journey easier.  Topics such as What is Death?, What Happens When We Die?, Living with the End in Mind, Wills & Living Wills, and Dealing with Grief will be covered.

 

499G Dealing with Grief and Loss

Are you grieving over a death, divorce, or some other significant loss in your life?  Does it seem impossible to recover from heartaches, inner pain, and what seems to be incompleteness?  This class will introduce you to specific actions that you can take to move beyond the unresolved grief in your life.

NOTE:  Students must take this course for credit; no auditing allowed.  Students need to be fully invested in the class by doing the work assigned to get the full benefit of the course.

 

239L Is "Lordship" Salvation Biblical?

The central tenet of Evangelical theology has always been justification by faith alone in Christ alone.  Does that mean that a sincere profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient for salvation?  Or does faith include works that the believer must do once (hopefully) saved in order to be sure he really has the right kind of faith that saves?  And must our witnessing to the unsaved include warnings of eternal judgment for those who fail to demonstrate by their lives that they are regenerate?  For centuries down to the present day, these questions have been debated.  This course will demonstrate the importance of these issues as they played out in church history even apart from Roman Catholicism, and how they affect the believer's assurance of salvation.

Fulfills Advanced Certificate any department elective.

 

305A Ladies, Is Your Armor Showing?

A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you:  your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny.  But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed.  The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion.  The armor of God, more than merely a Biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.  This class includes video teaching from Priscilla Shirer and class conversation as we walk through our study guides.

NOTE:  This course is for women only.

 

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Ministry elective or any department elective.

 

483C The Political Christian: Flag or Cross? Constitution or Bible?

In today’s highly charged political environment, Christians have to choose between more than the political labels of “liberal” or “conservative.”  Ultimately, the Christian has to choose between allegiance to the flag and the cross and between the Constitution and the Bible.  This course will look beyond the “given” course of action, and to what should be expected of a disciple of Christ.

 

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Ministry elective or any department elective.

 

490I Biblical Lay Counseling for Yourself and Others

God’ Word is designed to open to you the riches of Christ’s salvation, so that you can understand and respond to the deep problems of your heart, and to be a great help to others!

 

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Ministry elective or any department elective.

 

206 Creation as the Foundation of Biblical Doctrine

Does it really matter if we believe the idea that there is a Creator?  Failure to acknowledge God as Creator as affirmed throughout the entire Bible has had a devastating impact on many areas of Christian doctrine.  When the Church departs from a strict understanding of this doctrine, we cannot expect that the world will uphold it either.  One of the most obvious examples is in the undermining of morality that is caused by rejection of Biblical creation doctrine.  This course will demonstrate what effect denial of Biblical creation has had and where it has brought us in such areas as racism, abortion, homosexuality, and others where people have lost sight of or have refused the God of creation.

 

Fulfills Advanced Certificate any department elective.

 

431D Spiritual Transformation Immersion

Imagine a two-week long encounter with the living God:  that is the culmination of this four-week course.  Together we will study the methods and techniques of in-depth Bible study, meditation, and prayer.  We will seek a holistic, Scripture-based, experiential encounter with the Holy Spirit, culminating in a two-week spiritual immersion experience.  Former participants have experienced transformation change in their ministry, prayer, and spiritual lives.  Perhaps you will too.

 

Fulfills Advanced Certificate Ministry elective or any department elective.

 

104A Becoming a Bible Master Mechanic

If you want to make your spiritual engine roar, you need to become a master mechanic of the Bible.  Learn the effective use of the methods of Bible study learned in How to Study the Bible for exegesis and personal development.  You have been gathering the tools—now learn how to put them to use.  It is highly recommended that you have already taken courses 101A and B, How to Study the Bible.

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - G. Grant

 

163D Crucible Moments in the Life of David

 

Moments of decision.  Your life is full of them and how you respond can have lifelong impact.  The decision process can be as intense as a crucible—a vessel where precious substances are tested and purified.  That is the process God uses in our lives.  When the heat is on, what decisions will we make?  What kind of character rises to the surface?  David, Israel’s shepherd-king, faced critical choices throughout his life.  In this course, we wilness how faith, trust, fear, truth, despari, and humility refined David and drew him close to God.  We learn that God will use the choices we make to transform us into people after His own heart—and shape our lives forever.

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Hewitt

 

185A The Epistle of First Peter

As God’s elect, strangers in the world, plan on suffering!  Learn from Peter not only how to get through it, but how to please and glorify your Savior as you suffer.  And let I Peter equip you to be a blessing to your suffering fellow believers.

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Sutton, Jr.

 

144S The Servant Passages of Isaiah 42-53

Most Christians are aware of the prophetic implications of Isaiah 53.  Isaiah’s book has, however, several other “Servant Songs” besides the one of which Isaiah 53 is a part.  These passages are among the clearest and most direct prophecies in all the Bible that have “testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow” (1 Peter 1:11b).  This course will explain the difficult terms and concepts, relate the passages to their Biblical contexts, and demonstrate that they do in fact clearly predict the sufferings and Messianic glory of the Lord’s Servant, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Fall I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Thompson

 

131B The Book of 2 Samuel

This course will cover both the historical setting and content of 2 Samuel and also how it fits into redemptive history—from the Pentateuch throught the New Testament.  We will be examining the life of David following the death of Saul, the transition and development of the monarchy, and its incorporation into later Old Testament history as well as redemptive history.

Fall II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

166S The Sermon on the Mount

 

The Sermon on the Mount speaks to some of our most basic questions:  How can I recognize a real Christian?  What place does God’s Law have in my Christian life?  How can I grow in my prayer life?  How can I avoid being on the Wrong Road?

Fall II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Sutton, Jr.

 

147 The Book of Ezekiel

Ezekiel, the third-longest book of the Bible, contains one example after the other of some of the most graphic visions and imagery found anywhere in God’s Word.  Unfortunately, the book is too often neglected and misunderstood in spite of its indispensable contribution to God’s complete revelation.  Consider the challenges faced by this prophet as he sought to reach the captives in Babylon entrusted to his care, as he sought to arouse them from their lethargy with the warnings and detailed prophecies of the future, and as he encouraged them to keep their faith in their restoration of the land and their glory yet to be realized under their future King David.

Fall II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Thompson

 

103D How to Be a Biblical Detective

Sherlock Holmes, Columbo, Ellery Queen:  They were detectives who solved mysteries.  The Bible is a mystery for many, but it is a mystery waiting to be solved.  That is where you come in.  Learn skills and techniques that will allow you to investigate the Word of God like a Bible detective.

Winterim, Mondays, 6 p.m. - G. Grant

 

139B Psalms, Part 2

This course continues the study of the Psalms, specifically the six Psalms that connect to 2 Samuel, the balance of the Psalms of David, and the Psalms of Asaph and Korah (50 total).  It is highly recommended, but not required, that the student have taken Psalms, Part 1 and have read How to Read the Psalms prior to taking this course.

Spring I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

103 Hermeneutics--The Science of Biblical Interpretation

Hermeneutics, the science of Biblical interpretation, provides the foundation for Bible understanding.  This course will explain the various forms of hermeneutics, including the literal, historical-grammatical, and postmodern systems.  We will discuss each system’s value and liabilities.  Learn the essential methods and techniques for successful, accurate, and powerful Biblical interpretation.

Spring I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - G. Grant

 

172A Romans 1-8

The Apostle Paul’s greatest work in communicating the Gospel from beginning to end.  The knowledge and theology of justification and grace will be taught.  The theology of God’s plans, Christ’s work, and His purposes will also be discussed in this class.  We will go deep into understanding God’s grand plans in bringing salvation to the world.

Spring I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - N. Grant

 

140A Walking in Wisdom: The Foundation

Knowledge abounds on the internet.  We repeat the common refrain, “Knowledge is power.”  But where does “wisdom” life?  It lies within the book of Proverbs and it lies with God, who gives it away liberally.  Wisdom is the ability to skillfully live by applying knowledge at the appropriate time.  This course will cover chapters 1–15 to give the student a foundation for living life in a skillful manner.

Spring I, Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Stubbs

 

148 The Book of Daniel

The book of Daniel has been studied and analyzed from a number of different perspectives, including genre, culture, and historical value, as is true of other masterpieces of art and literature as well.  The Lord Jesus, however, certified Daniel as a prophet (Mt. 25:15), and it is the prophetic significance of the book that this course will demonstrate.  Daniel’s prophecies, like all true prophecy, center in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:10).  Daniel’s prophecies relate not only to the first coming of the Lord Jesus to earth, but to the second coming and the events both before and after, with the establishment of the messianic kingdom and the fulfillment of the Biblical covenants.  The prophecies of this book are indispensible for an understanding of the complete prophetic scenario of the Bible.  It is our privilege to obtain from this book the true prophetic perspective as God has revealed it through Daniel.

Spring I, Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Thompson

 

139C Psalms, Part 3

This course continues the study of the Psalms, sepcifically the Psalms whose authors are not David, Asaph, or Korah (including the Psalms that have no designated author).  It is highly recommended, but not required, that the student have taken Psalms, Part 1 and have read How to Read the Psalms prior to taking this course.

Spring II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Kraus

 

161I Israel in Prophecy

 

What is God’s plan for Israel?  Prophecy actually centers on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:10).  Even so, the Lord’s future kingdom of heaven on earth centers on the nation of Israel.  God gave unconditional promises to that nation throught its ancestors, which have not yet been fulfilled.  The fulfillment of these promises is the concern of Biblical prophecy.  God has not abandoned Israel or replaced that nation with the Church.  The promises He made to Israel of a glorious kingdom under their Messiah will be fulfilled.  This course will set these events in their chronological order, and in relation to the Church as well.

Spring II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Thompson

 

172B Romans 9-16

This class will handle the application of the theology of God’s plans and purpose.  What do we do now with all the knowledge Paul has given to us?  How do we apply it?  We will discuss the application og God’s grace and mercy on us, and the next steps in Christ amazing plans for our lives.

Spring II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - N. Grant

 

140B Walking in Wisdom: The Practice

Even though it is stated that knowledge is power, it actually is not.  Organized knowledge aptly applied is power.  It really equates to wisdom.  As disciples of Christ, let us challenge ourselves to growing wiser by studying Proberbs.  This course will cover chapters 16–31 to give the student insight for living in the various areas of life.

 

Spring II, Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Stubbs

 

211A The Gospel According to the Trinity

It has taken the incredible work of the combined power of the God-head to bring our souls to salvation.  Imagine a love so deep that has the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit working to save us and sealing our salvation.  From creation, revelation, salvation, and baptism, the God-head is working to make all of God’s good and perfect will come to fruition.  This class will discuss the theology and work of the Trinity in connection to salvation.  Additionally discusses is the work the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in each aspect of the Gospel and consequently to the birth and formation of the church.

 

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - N. Grant

 

215A When God Asks the Questions

Why would God ask anyone a question?  We ask questions when we do not understand.  Yet, the Creator of the universe Who spoke all that we see into being asks questions.  Unimaginable power and wisdom are already His.  As strange as it may seem to us, the Bible is filled with questions God asks.  he is not the one who needs answer—These questions help us to understand both God and ourselves.

 

Fall I, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Hewitt

 

273 Why So Many Denominations?

There are thousands upon thousands of branches of Christianity, some large and many small.  Many distinguish themselves with unique theology or practice while others are separated by language, geography, or history.  With the Bible’s emphasis on the unity of God’s people, can we all just get along?  This study will trace the roots of the denominational landscape from the time of the New Testament to our current many-faceted family tree.  The class will cover the divisions in the Roman, Orthodox, Oriental, and Protestant streams, along with a small discussion of the roots of common cults that have separated from the Christian faith.  We will see many ways the Holy Spirit has moved in, around, and through these groups and churches.

 

Fall II, Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Hooper

 

273E A History of the Charismatic Movement

The phenomenon of the Charismatic-Pentecostal Movement has had and continues to have a profound impact on the course of Christianity in the world.  A consideration of the history of the movement provides an important means of evaluating the Biblical soundness of its teachings and practices, whether to be emulated or shunned.  The course will present the lives and beliefs of some of the leaders of the movement during the last century up to the present, its important affect on the ecumenical movement, and how it relates to the Bible and prophecy.

 

Spring I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Thompson

 

292P Five Views on Church Government

 

The Bible says little about how alocal assembly should organize its government.  1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, the Corinthian correspondences, and the book of Acts give us some insight into Church polity and government.  Nevertheless, these letters countenance for a great deal of diversity in the Church when it comes to how people organize their ecclesiastical administration.  This course will examine five kinds of Church government.  Each ecclesiastical administration is presented by a Biblical scholar who will corroborate his position with Scripture.  The student will broaden his/her perspective on Church government and be able to evaluate his/her own local Church administration in the light of Scripture.

 

Spring I, Mondays - 6 p.m. - Taylor

 

493A The Pathway to Personal Growth: Spiritual Growth--The Foundation

Over the last quarter century, a cottage industry blossomed in our society:  self-help books, seminars, and experts.  The concentration on personal growth has at its center—self.  With “self” being at the center, the triangle points it forms, chiefly concerns “me, myself, and I.”  Yet the Bible offers a different perspective on personal growth—personal growth is essentially spiritual growth.  This course will explore the foundational aspects of spiritual growth through our interaction with the Trinity and with our feeling accepted and forgiven.

 

Fall I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Stubbs

 

388 What God Says about the Poor and the Immigrant

One of the most vigorous debates in contemporary American culture is how to address the needs of the poor and the immigrant in our society.  Often, political rhetoric and affiliation takes precedence over Biblical truths.  What does God say about the poor?  What responsibilities do they have to society?  How does the larger culture address the needs of those who are foreigners to the Christian’s native land?  This course will look at the many texts which express God’s ideas and concerns regarding the poor and the immigrant to create the proper lens through which Christians can understand and apply God’s truth in their church, in their community, and in their government.

 

Fall I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Casteline

 

332A Generational Leadership: God's Vision for His Church

 

What is happening all across America today is the aging out of leadership and the transference of church leaders to the “Next Generation”.  There is also the planting of new churches and the remodeling of the old.  Is it working?  In this class, you will have the opportunity to understand the different generations.  Additionally, you will see from the Bible what God wants for His church and how important it is to learn how to reach this next generation.

 

Fall II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - N. Grant

 

493B The Pathway to Personal Growth: Spiritual Growth--The Practical

Spiritual growth does not happen by osmosis; it is a result of suffering, discipline, obedience, and forever allowing the truth of God to transform us.  This course will explore the path of spiritual growth by observing what suffering and grief yields, the benefits of discipline, the fruit of obedience, and how the truth of God continuously transform our lives.

 

Fall II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Stubbs

 

355C Learn to Talk WITH, not TO, Kids and Teens

Maybe you know how to talk TO your kids and teens about God’s Word, but do you know how to talk WITH your kids and teens?  If you want to understand how to have meaningful conversations about their family, life, hobbies, and faith, this course is for you.  Your small group and classroom conversations matter.  We will focus on key principles to make those conversations matter more.

 

Fall II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Velardo

 

475 The ABCs of Money Management: A Better Choice

Almost on a daily basis, we have to make some type of decision with our money.  Whether it is to buy a cup of coffee, put gas in our vehicle, or pay the electric or water bill, we make some type of financial decision.  Some decisions may be a regular part of daily living, while others can impact us over the long haul (our choice of insurance or investments, etc.).  We are all lmaking choices of some type for a variety of reasons.  The objective of this course is to help us make better choices with the money God has entrusted to us so we can be increasingly wiser stewards.

 

Fall II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Stubbs

 

439A Just Breathe: From Busyness to Sabbath Rest

One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe.  We are in bondage to busyness.  We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us.  By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God’s greatest gifts.  In the Old Testament, sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it still a gift to us today.  If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of sabbath will change your life.  This class includes video teaching from Priscilla Shirer and class conversation as we walk through our study guides.

NOTE:  This course is for women only.

 

Winterim, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Velardo

 

461A Improving Your Dating or Marriage Relationship

Every romantic relationship whether it is dating or marriage has different seasons.  This course seeks to help students identify the different stages of dating and marriage relationships and discover some Biblical and practical ways for navigating and growing through every season.

 

Spring I, Mondays, 6 p.m. - Herbert

 

354 Help! I'm a Children's Ministry Leader

You are in a unique and powerful position of influence and impact!  We often think we have to do something big to have the most powerful impact.  But what if we realized that what we do for our “few” will have a powerful impact?  What is the Gospel message and how can a child understand the truth?  What do today’s children need to know in order to become established in their new faith?  We will look at seven powerful principles to develop you, a children’s ministry leader, as you evangelize and disciple boys and girls.

 

Spring I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Velardo

 

412C Expository Teaching and Preaching--Character Studies

 

Prerequisites:  101A and B

Biblical characters are the most fascinating to study and to teach about.  Each Biblical character differs and can be used as a paradigm for how we conduct our own lives.  Scores of books have been written about the major personalities in the Bible—Jesus, Moses, Elijah, Peter, Samson, and Paul, just to name a few.  Movies have been made about Jesus, Moses, Noah, Joseph, and the list goes on.  The teacher or preacher has an inexhaustible amount of material to present to one’s audience when choosing to teach or preach a Biblically biographical exposition on one of the personalities in Scripture.  This course is a study on expository teaching or preaching.  Exegetical soundness and accuracy is required of the teacher or preacher.  The course is both a study and practicum in teaching or preaching about Biblical characters.

NOTE:  Students who missed any two of the four courses, 413A–D, offered in 2017–18 can complete 412C and 412D and substitute these two courses to complete and earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching the Bible Diploma.

 

Spring I, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Taylor

 

101A and B

 

400C A Biblical Look at Missions and Missionaries

This is a great class for anyone who is thinking about going into missions or putting together a missions trip.  As so many churches go on missions trips each year, it is important to understand the Biblical theology and importance of missions and missionaries.  This class will take us into an in-depth study of the theology of missions and God’s purpose for the world.  This will go far deeper than the great commission, and thus take us on a journey to understand the great need that exists around the world for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Spring II, Mondays, 6 p.m. - N. Grant

 

319C Creation and Its Impact on Evangelism

God’s Word is true from the beginning (Ps. 119:160), and the beginning of it tells us how God created the universe.  We live in a world that rejects the biblical teaching of creation both in our educational institutions and in the media.  The Christian needs to know how to evaluate the competing points of view about origins.  The aim of this course is to demonstrate that the evolutionary position, despite its claims, is deficient in logic as well as in its failure to expalin the scientific evidence.  The creationist position is the exclusively reasonable one because it alone meets the standard of the basic principles of logic.  Also, without a correct understanding of “Who am I?” and Where did I come from?”, there can be no real evangelism.

 

Spring II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Thompson

 

412D Expository Teaching and Preaching--Topical Studies

 

Prerequisites:  101A and B

One common misnomer is that topical teaching or preaching is not expository.  The stereotype that many have is that the teacher or preacher must expound on a single chapter or passage from the Bible for the message to be expository.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The first component of expository preaching is that the sermon must be based on the Bible.  While such a statement is self-evident, it is necessary to state.  Teaching or preaching is moving further and further from the Bible.  The second component of exposition is that the message must be exegetically sound.  A major objective of the teacher or preacher is to convey to the hearers what the Word of God has to say about a particular topic with accuracy.  The third component of exposition is that there has to be a controlling idea or theme.

Topical presentation must comprise all these elements in order for the message to be expository.  The advantage of topical teaching or preaching is that it allows the messenger to conflate in a systematic fashion a number of passages that relate to the topic being presented.  This approach enables the speaker to address issues that may be peculiarly urgent to the congregation.  This course is both a study and a practicum in topical exposition.

NOTE:  Students who missed any two of the four courses, 413A–D, offered in 2017–18 can complete 412C and 412D and substitute these two courses to complete and earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching the Bible Diploma.

Spring II, Mondays, 7:35 p.m. - Taylor

 

101A and B

 

331 Foundations of Effective Leadership

This is a course based on ten great leaders from Moses to Paul, and is for all who are in leadership positions, whether at church or at work.  Pastors, elders, deacons, Sunday School directors, and other leaders will benefit from this course.  Learn the difference between management and leadership.  Learn the secrets of excellence, effectiveness, and efficiency.

 

Fall II, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Wint

 

259S The Second Coming of Christ

We will explore this exciting event by the examination of major Bible texts and the teaching of Jesus Himself.  This study will be based first on the prophecies regarding the first coming, then on the prophecies about the second coming, and then also on an examination of current events.

 

Fall II, Saturdays, 10:35 a.m. - Wint

 

TFall 1 Answering Muslim Objections to the Gospel

October 11 - Taught by Chris Clayman (Global Gates) and Jason Casper (International Students, Inc.)

 

Muslims have common questions and objections concerning Christianity, learn what they are and be prepared to give an answer.  Specifically, this session will address ways to respond to common questions from Muslims that include:  “Doesn’t Jesus say in the Bible that Mohammed is coming after Him?” “Isn’t the Bible corrupted?” and “Why do you believe in multiple gods and that God could have a son?”  Also, the speakers will address the Quran’s role in evangelism.

 

COST is $25 per seminar.  No credit earned.

  • Fall I - 2018 Thursdays, 6:00 pm
 

TFall 2 Leading Congregational Change: A Matter of Life and Death

November 29 - Taught by Mark Grawehr

 

Clearly the church has yet to become a model for society, let alone reach its redemptive potential.  Rather than proactively reframing and engaging conflict and challenge as opportunity for Gospel-centered ministry, we are prone towards comfort and complacency.  Leading through complex church dynamics takes the wisdom of Solomon, the resolve of Paul, and the patience of Job.  This seminar focuses on instituting planned change in churches and Christian organizations.

 

Cost is $25 per seminar.  No credit earned.

  • Fall II - 2018 Thursdays, 6:00 pm
 

TSpring 1 Managing Money Matters: Stretching Your Money in Tight Financial Times

March 14 - Taught by Randel Stubbs

 

There are always ebbs and flows in the economy, and for that matter in our lives.  We must not only prepare for the proverbial “rainy day”, we must make wise use of our money now.  When we spend money wisely, it not only displays our financial maturity but our gratitude for what the Master has entrusted us with for our benefit and for the benefit of the Kingdom.

 

Cost is $25 per seminar.  No credit earned.

  • Spring I - 2019 Thursdays, 6:00 pm
 

TSpring 2 Joab: A Study in Leadership Development

April 18 - Taught by Gershwin Grant

 

This seminar will explore the “ministry” relationship between Joab and David.  We will look at their actions, practices, and errors, and then compare them to modern day Christian leadership situations.  We will draw applications to today’s ministry relationships.

 

Cost is $25 per seminar.  No credit earned.

  • Spring II - 2019 Thursdays, 6:00 pm