HOMILETICS

This course will equip the students to develop a lesson or message from a passage of Scripture, as well as equipping them to develop a series of lessons, either topical or exegetical.  It will help them to discern which style of presenting a passage is most suitable for their intended audience.  The student will receive insight on how and when to use outside material, stories, humor, etc. 

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REVELATION

The Revelation of Jesus Christ will present the three major movements in the last book of the Bible that correspond to the instructions that the glorified Christ gave to the apostle John. Revelation 1:19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that shall take place after this.

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MAJOR DOCTRINES

The Apostle Paul gives this charge to Titus, “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).  To Timothy, Paul advises, “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13).

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GENERAL EPISTLES

This course will survey some of the General Epistles of the New Testament. This survey will include message, purpose, and major themes in each of these letters and be able to distinguish the different characteristics of each of these epistles. This course will be an overview into the theology of each of these epistles and help students interact with the text.

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PERSONAL EVANGELISM

The Personal Evangelism course will address biblical and other practical issues related to being an effective witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Students will be encouraged to consider their own unique giftedness and life situations in discovering their own evangelistic impact. 

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BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION

The Bible addresses the purposes for and pathways to conflict resolution as a critical essential for unity and peace within the body of Christ.  In this course, students will discover the personal and collective damage conflict can cause, as well as the benefits of healthy conflict and conflict that is processed through a Biblical principles of negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

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PAULINE EPISTLES

Pauline Epistles will survey the key theological and pastoral themes that arise in Paul’s letters to the various churches.  Using Romans to provide the structure for the theological themes and 2 Corinthians for the pastoral themes this class will draw on the whole of the Pauline corpus to develop an understanding of the key issues that are vital in understanding Paul and his letters and properly applying them today.

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MORALS AND ETHICS

 This course focuses on a study of biblical ethics and the role the local church plays in the community. Special attention will be given to major social problems such as sanctity of life and other issues. This course will also explore the relevant and current sociopolitical issues and ethical problems so that students can dialogue with those who are outside of a biblically centered faith with confidence and effectiveness.

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DOCTRINES UNDER ATTACK

To give a brief history of how the truth is always under attack by various ideological and theological forces.  This course will survey the current orthodox biblical doctrines under attack citing their origin, their proponents and the damage done to the church.  To provide a strong biblical response to these false teachings with practical ways for Bible-believing Christians to counteract heresy.

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CHURCH AS A FAMILY

Spiritual growth occurs primarily in the context of community. People who remain connected with their brothers and sisters in the local church almost invariably grow in self-understanding, and they mature in their ability to relate in healthy ways to God and to their fellow human beings. This course is going to take a look at recapturing Jesus’ vision for authentic Christian community in the church.

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BASIC HERMENEUTICS

Basic Hermeneutics covers the essential elements of a historical-grammatical approach to interpreting Scripture.  It introduces the student to some of the necessary ingredients for faithfully investigating the meaning of the biblical text without improperly importing meaning from outside the text or arriving at a meaning that does not fit the context of the passage.

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BAPTISM

Students will explore Old and New Testament references to baptism, the historical origins of infant baptism, the relationship between salvation and baptism, as well as purpose and relevance of baptism for the 21st century believer.

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SANCTITY OF LIFE

The public debate over the sanctity of life has dominated the social and political agenda of America since the Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortion.  Since then it is estimated that over 50 million unborn suffered abortion.  That’s ten times the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust under Nazi Germany.

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