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Department of Theology

 

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 Preliminary 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 Preliminary 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.

 

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.

  • Summer Sessions - 2017 Saturdays, 9:00 am - Daniel Mann
 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Preliminary 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 Evil and the Sovereignty of God

This course is designed to be a summary of evil in relation to God as found in the Bible.  We will tackle Theodicy proper, and look at how God remains sovereign over all circumstances to work all things together for His glory and our good.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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..

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

Fall II 2017

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.

Spring I 2018

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.

Spring II 2018

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.

Fall I 2017

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.

Fall II 2017

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.

Spring I 2018

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.

Spring II 2018

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

280D Witnesses at Your Door--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.”

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

292E What the Bible Says About Eternal Security

Can a Christian lose his/her salvation or is he/she secure for all eternity?  Both camps on this controversial issue are armed with a plethora of Scriptures to support their position.  How safe is the believer has been debated for ages.  In this course, we will objectively examine both sides of the issue from a Biblical and theological perspective.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.