This class explores the special nature and unique character of the Bible. Emphasis will be placed on helping the student to understand the process God used to reveal Scriptures and pass His revelation in 66 books through 40 different authors.
The books of the Bible is given to us in its present form. Topics such as Bible, culture, inspiration, canonization, transmission, translation, paleography, perspectives, archaeology, and the historical reliability of the Bible will be addressed.
Required for all — this class is an introduction to Christian theology with the intent to address the essentials of Christianity, and not merely tradtion, such as the supremacy of love in both vertical and horizontal relationships, the theology of the Apostle’s Creed, the nature and character of the Bible (bibliology), the doctrine of God (theology proper), the person and work of Christ including His incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection (Christology); the person and work of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology).
Added to this is the study of the doctrine of man, sin and salvation (angelology, anthropology, hamartiology, and soteriology), the nature, mission and role of the Church (ecclesiology), and a description of end times scenarios (eschatology).
History of Redemption
In this class, we will see the unity of the Bible as it presents God’s plan of salvation for mankind from Genesis to Revelation and review the general content of the books of the Bible for the purpose of integration and seeing thematic relationships.
We will approach this survey of the Bible from two points of view: what God has done and is accomplishing in history; and what God has spoken or revealed in terms of Scripture.
The class shall consist of an examination and evaluation of the argument for the truthfulness of Christianity (1Peter 3:15). Emphasis will be given to the nature of truth, existence of God, evil, hell, the reliability of the Bible, deity of Christ, resurrection of Christ, and other elements that comprise the core doctrines of Christianity.
In addition, attention will be directed to understanding the formation of the Christian canon of Scripture through the centuries. Subjects will include a study of biblical inspiration, canonization, transmission, translation and the role of archaeology as it supports the reliability of the Scriptures.
Cults and World Religions
The course consists of an introduction to the origin, history, philosophy, theology, and practices of the major non-Christian religions such as Vedism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Secular Humanism, Islam, New Age Movement, and pseudo-Christian cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism.
Each belief system will be described and evaluated with a view to equip the student for effective evangelism.
This course is designed to introduce the student to basic principles for Bible study and Bible interpretation, focusing on a literal, historical-cultural, grammatical approach to the Scriptures.
The student will be exposed to the various genres of the Bible while practicing principles for proper exegesis of the Scriptures.
Note: Inductive Bible Study and Hermeneutics are not generally taught in the same semester as Bible Study Methods, which incorporates the major content of both courses, and blends them into one.
Bible Study Methods *
Every Christian has heard of the wonderful benefits from studying Scriptures, but many have never learned an effective approach for doing it.
Bible study is more than simply reading the text; studying involves a systematic approach that leads to a much deeper understanding of the text. In this course, the inductive skills needed to arrive at a proper understanding of Scripture will be discussed. In addition, students will be introduced to a variety of study methods that will make time spent in God’s Word an exciting adventure.
Inductive Bible Study *
The purpose for this class is to teach and encourage students to study the Word of God by observing, interpreting, cross-referencing, and relevantly applying the message of Bible passages to their lives.
Note—Inductive Bible Study and Hermeneutics are not generally taught in the same semester as Bible Study Methods, which incorporates the major content of both courses, and blends them into one.
* Required for Degree or Certificate Completion