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Department of Biblical Studies Courses and Descriptions

Achieve Adult Education Courses  

These courses (with ACV prefix) are for ACHIEVE students only.

ACV1721 Introduction to Theology – 2 hours

Introduces the student to the essential evangelical doctrines that form a coherent theological understanding and a Christian worldview.

ACV1724 Survey of Evangelism – 2 hours

Presents a definition of the Gospel’s mandate and message as well as selected principles and methods of personal and institutional delivery.

ACV1730 Introduction to Scripture – 3 hours

Provides a broad chronological framework from which to understand the events, characters and doctrines of Scripture.

ACV1731 Interpreting Scripture 1 – 3 hours

Examines the general principles of studying Scripture as accomplished through the steps of observation, interpretation, and application.

ACV2732 Interpreting Scripture 2 – 3 hours

Provides an introduction to biblical genres, literary devices, and their accompanying interpretive affect upon the understanding of biblical texts. (Prerequisite: ACV1731)

ACV2733 The Gospels – 3 hours

Examines the four Gospels with a view to survey the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.

ACV2736 Trinitarianism – 3 hours

Introduces the student to the doctrines of the Trinity and the attending attributes of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Prerequisite: ACV1721)

ACV2737 Soteriology – 3 hours

Introduces the student to the biblical presentation of humanity, sin and salvation. (Prerequisite: ACV1721)

ACV3610 Directed Study – 1 hours

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to add elective Bible hours to a program or course. This course will follow the regular academic calendar and requires pre-approval from the course instructor. The subject and requirements will be determined by the instructor.

ACV3720 Bibliology – 2 hours

Introduces the student to the doctrines of inspiration and canonization. The historical transmission of the Bible through translations will also be surveyed. (Prerequisite: ACV1721)

ACV3722 Eschatology – 2 hours

Surveys the biblical doctrines of human destiny and the specific future events that will realize God’s plans to conquer evil. (Prerequisite: ACV1721)

ACV3723 Ecclesiology – 2 hours

Surveys selected topics concerning the doctrines of the universal and local church, especially its identity and responsibilities. (Prerequisite: ACV1721)

ACV3730 Introduction to Teaching the Bible – 3 hours

Overviews principles of teaching and learning as they relate to the effective communication of Scripture. (Prerequisites: ACV1731, ACV2733)

ACV3733 Principles of Conflict Resolution – 3 hours

Presents Christ-oriented methods to resolve conflict in churches, organizations, and relationships in the spirit of God’s grace and truth.

ACV3734 Survey of the Pentateuch – 3 hours

Provides an overview of the first five books of the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the Abrahamic and Sinai covenants. (Prerequisite: ACV1730)

ACV3735 Survey of Romans – 3 hours

Introduces the student to Paul’s letter to the Romans. Attention is directed to the text’s view of the human condition and God’s remedy through Christ. (Prerequisites: ACV1730, ACV1731, ACV2732).

ACV4720 Discipleship and Ministry – 2 hours

Explores theories of discipleship and practical steps in developing a philosophy of biblical discipleship.

ACV4723 Principles of Leadership – 2 hours

Reviews basic leadership characteristics and skills needed for effective leadership including influence, integrity, vision, problem solving, and staff development.

ACV4725 Communication in Leadership – 2 hours

Introduces the concepts of effective oral and written communication, including functioning in teams and other organizational settings as well as interpersonal exchanges.

ACV4731 Small Group Leadership – 3 hours

Provides insight into group formation and processes. Presents practical methods for fostering small group environments within a church education context.

ACV4734 Christian Leadership and Ethics – 3 hours

Reviews theoretical and practical problems of moral conduct and proposes solutions with an emphasis upon the nature of ethics, values, rights, obligations, and opportunities

Biblical Language Courses

LANG2130 Elementary Greek 1 – 3 hours

The first semester of the Greek language sequence. A study of the basic principles of Biblical Greek for students who have not had Greek nor need an extensive review of the language. (Prerequisites: ENG1330, ENG1331)

LANG2230 Elementary Greek 2 – 3 hours

The second semester of the Greek language sequence. A continuation of the basic principles of Biblical Greek for students who have not had Greek nor need an extensive review of the language. The course will include translation work in the Gospel of John during the latter part of the year. (Prerequisites: ENG1330, ENG1331, LANG2130)

LANG3130 Intermediate Greek 1 – 3 hours

The third semester of the Greek Language sequence. Focuses on translation, building of a Greek vocabulary, consideration of syntactical principles, and the use of these in developing a comprehensive exegetical method. (Prerequisites: LANG2130, LANG2230)

LANG3230 Intermediate Greek 2 – 3 hours

The fourth semester of the Greek Language sequence. An introduction to exegetical procedures and practice of exegesis in selected epistles. Attention will be given to content, authors’ styles and the epistles’ characteristics. The student will be assisted in the development of a systematic exegetical method. (Prerequisites: LANG2130, LANG2230, LANG3130)

LANG4130 Hebrew 1 – 3 hours

The first semester of the Hebrew language sequence. An introduction to basic Hebrew grammar. This course will review the basic principles that govern noun and verb forms while also building a basic vocabulary.

LANG4230 Hebrew 2 – 3 hours

The second semester of the Hebrew language sequence. A continuation of basic Hebrew grammar. This course will review the basic principles that govern noun and verb forms while also building a basic vocabulary. The student will also be exposed to the basic language tools that will aid further study. (Prerequisite: LANG4130)

Biblical Studies Courses

BIB, ICM, THEO 3610 Directed Study

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to add elective Bible hours to a program or course. This course will follow the regular academic calendar and requires pre-approval from the course instructor. The subject and requirements will be determined by the instructor.

BIB1330 Bible Overview – 3 hours

Providing a basic chronological summary of the biblical narrative, this course emphasizes the central characters, events, and doctrines that shape the Christian faith.

BIB1332 Hermeneutics – 3 hours

A foundational course designed to introduce the student to biblical prose literature and its subgenres. Attention will be given to the recognition of literary devices, narrative agenda and personal application.

BIB2131 Narrative Art in the Gospels – 3 hours

An exposition of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that takes into account literary techniques employed by each author to communicate the theological message of each book and that also addresses selected synoptic issues. (Prerequisites: BIB1332 Hermeneutics; BIB1330 Bible Overview)

BIB2530 Galatians – 3 hours

An expository, analytical and practical examination of this Epistle with attention given to Paul’s defense of his apostleship, the message of justification by faith, and Christian liberty. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB2531 1 Corinthians – 3 hours

An expository, analytical, and practical examination of the Epistle with attention given to church discipline, Christian liberty, spiritual gifts. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB2730 The Bible as Literature – 3 hours

Examines the various literary forms within the Christian canon. The special qualities of each literary genre will be discussed with the critical, interpretive and applicational issues that accompany these literary categories.

BIB2731 Disciplines of the Christian Life – 3 hours

This class explores the Christian life in light of its key developmental elements such as prayer, worship, Scripture-reading and lifestyle choices. In view of these matters, this course seeks to identify and discern between specific biblical instruction and practical wisdom so that the student can reflectively consider his/her life as it relates to these topics.

BIB2732 Intertestamental Period – 3 hours

A detailed study of the historical biographical and cultural background of the 400 silent years between the closing of the Old Testament and the opening of the New Testament. Emphasis will be given to the significant events in the development of the nation of Israel as it relates to the temple, the land, and the people. (Prerequisite: BIB1330)

BIB3130 Genesis – 3 hours

Introduces the student to the first book in the canon of Scripture in which all that follows has its beginning. The course consists of an exegetical and expositional explanation of the book. Attention is given to the issues of young earth creation and a global flood. (Prerequisite: BIB1330)

BIB3131 Old Testament Synthesis – 3 hours

Provides a synthesis of the entire Old Testament. Each book is examined in light of its historical setting. The student is given an overall picture of the Old Testament politically, socially, and religiously.

BIB3132 Pentateuch – 3 hours

A theological and literary introduction to the first five books of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the Sinai Covenant and its implications for the rest of Scripture. (Prerequisite: BIB1330)

BIB3133 Acts – 3 hours

Designed to acquaint the student with apostolic, Christianity in its origin, progress, methods, and goals. The book of Acts, together with supplementary reading, student projects, class discussion, and lectures, provides the basis of this study. (Prerequisite: BIB1330)

BIB3230 Romans – 3 hours

Consists of an exegetical and expositional study of Romans. Through examining Paul’s doctrinal treatise on the doctrine of salvation, relevant issues such as condemnation, justification, sanctification, and practical Christian living are discussed. (Prerequisites: BIB1330; BIB1332)

BIB3231 New Testament Synthesis – 3 hours

Provides a synthesis of the entire New Testament. Each book is considered in relation to its immediate historical setting, the other books of the New Testament, and the entire Bible as it unfolds God’s plan of salvation.

BIB3232 Bible Introduction – 3 hours

Examines the authority of the Christian Scriptures along with the issues of ancient text forms and canonization. The course will also address translational philosophies, modern translations and the “gender accuracy” issue. (Prerequisite: THEO1331)

BIB3430 Matthew – 3 hours

An exposition of the gospel of Matthew, covering its background, theme, and lines of thought through verses, chapters, and sections. Doctrinal significance, solutions to areas of difficulty, and relevant practical application will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332, BIB2331)

BIB3431 Wisdom and Poetry – 3 hours

Introduces Old Testament wisdom literature and examines the books of Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Attention is placed on understanding the purpose and message of each book; utilizing the rules of hermeneutics associated with interpreting wisdom literature; understanding wisdom literature as the authoritative Word of God; and applying wisdom literature to life today. (Prerequisite: BIB1330)

BIB3432 Minor Prophets – 3 hours

Offers a literary, biographical, and historical survey of Hosea through Malachi with attention given to exposition and application. (Prerequisite: BIB1330)

BIB3530 Kings and Chronicles – 3 hours

Examines the biblical presentation of Israel’s divided monarchy, with a special minor upon King Solomon’s reign. This course also highlights the historiographic, thematic, and theological characteristics unique to each book. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB3730 Hebrews – 3 hours

An expositional study of the book of Hebrews giving attention to the historical background, themes, and theological issues of the book. Special consideration will be given to the relevant and appropriate applications. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB3731 The Land and the Bible – 3 hours

A regionally based geographic study of the land of Israel with an emphasis on the biblical period. Attention is given to the inter-relationship of geography and geology to history and the subsequent development of civilization in the various regions. Regions studied include Judea, Samaria, Dead Sea, Jordan Rift, Galilee, Golan, Jezreel, Negev, and the Coastal District.

BIB4130 Daniel – 3 hours

A detailed study of the historic, biographical, and prophetic material in Daniel. Correlation is made between Daniel and the prophetic material of Matthew 24 and Revelation. God’s program for the Gentiles and Israel is discussed. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB4230 Isaiah – 3 hours

Reviews the historical background of Isaiah’s time and his prophetic response to the major issues, trends, and nations of the age. Proceeding with a verse-by-verse exegesis of selected chapters, it also pursues an in-depth review of the book’s eschatology and major doctrines. (Prerequisite: THEO3130)

BIB4430 Pastoral Epistles – 3 hours

An exegetical and expositional study of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Attention is given to the organization, development, and protection of the local church. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB4530 Revelation – 3 hours

Consists of a detailed exegetical and expositional study of the book of Revelation. Various alternative approaches of study and problem passages are discussed. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332)

BIB4730 New Testament Seminar – 3 hours

Provides an advanced interaction with New Testament studies. This senior-level course emphasizes higher levels of comprehension and research resulting in an overall integration and demonstration of Christian thought. (Prerequisites: BIB2130, BIB3230, BIB3230, THEO1331, THEO2130, THEO2230, THEO3130, THEO3230)

BIB4731 Old Testament Seminar – 3 hours

Provides an advanced interaction with Old Testament studies. This senior-level course emphasizes higher levels of comprehension and research resulting in an overall integration and demonstration of Christian thought. (Prerequisites: BIB3130, BIB3230, THEO1331, THEO2130, THEO2230, THEO3130, THEO3230)

Christian Ministries Courses

CM3630 Christian Ministries Practicum – 3 hours

Exposure and observation of local church or Parachurch ministry in an appropriate service area. Students will be supervised by the program supervisor and a field instructor.

CM4630 Christian Ministries Internship – 3 hours

Supervised field-based training in local church or parachurch ministry that allows the student to experience ministries related to his/her professional minor. This ministry experience, although varied, would involve planning, implementation, and supervision.

Intercultural Studies Courses

ICS1131 Cultural Anthropology – 3 hours

An overview of the origins and nature of cultures and the processes of cultural invention, contact, diffusion and acculturation. The course includes a study of material culture, social life, government and law, art and religion.

ICS1330 Introduction to Missiology – 3 hours

Presents the basis for World Missions as given in the Old and New Testaments. The course gives consideration to the missionary call and places stress upon the biblical response to universalism and syncretism. It surveys basic needs and opportunities, selected ministries, and key trends of World Missions.

ICS1331 Evangelism – 3 hours

This course entails a biblical approach to the meaning of the Christian witness through a believer’s faithfulness to the evangelistic mandate. It proceeds with an in-depth review of evangelism’s meaning, message, principles, and practices. Emphasis is placed on how one may evangelize through personal witness, team activity, and the local church.

ICS1530 Intercultural Communication – 3 hours

Entails a study of the essence of Biblical evangelism and the effective communication of the evangelistic message. It proceeds with analyses of selected patterns of present-day evangelism and communication strategies. Emphasis is placed upon designing and implementing evangelistic and communication strategy through local churches and parachurch organizations.

ICS1531 Practical Skills for Missionaries – 3 hours

A hands-on course designed to prepare students for the practical components of overseas living.  Examples of topics covered include food preparation and cooking from scratch, driving manual transmission vehicles, finding and furnishing housing, using public transportation, developing an appropriate budget and standard of living, and many other day to day skills necessary for effective cross-cultural living.  Class will often be conducted in a lab-like setting.

ICS2330 Theology of Missions – 3 hours

A missiological study of the Old and New Testament, with special attention focused on socio-human issues of justice, mercy, widow and orphan care, and salvific themes of redemption and spiritual renewal, as these relate to the mission of God, the mission of human societies, and the mission of the Church. Essentially, the course seeks to answer the question, “What is a healthy relationship between evangelism, church planting, and social/mercy ministries?”

ICS2331 Ethnographic Research – 3 hours

Ethnographic research focuses on understanding and describing human cultures and intercultural interaction using qualitative research methods such as participant observation, interviewing, life histories, case studies, and other field based research methodology.  The central purpose of the course is to equip pastors, church planters, and cross-cultural workers with the tools necessary to understand the relational dynamics of their communities and formulate effective strategies for fulfilling the Great Commission.

ICS2431 Race, Culture and the Church – 3 hours

This course will focus upon the opportunities and challenges of living and ministering in a multicultural/ethnic society. The histories of major American minority groups will be surveyed with an aim to enhance understanding and contributions in light of diversity. Students will develop a biblical perspective on the issues of race and unity.

ICS2530 Contemporary Issues in Missions – 3 hours

A study of the major issues, events, trends, and problems related to modern missions. Selected contemporary books and articles on missions will be critically evaluated. Also includes an analysis of communism, nationalism, and apostate ecumenism insofar as each calls for the creative response of evangelical missionary outreach.

ICS2531 Missionary Life – 3 hours

A practical study of missionary life and ministry. Surveys the procedures involved in becoming a missionary candidate and reaching the selected field of service. Emphasis is placed upon the missionary’s personal and family life, the education of his/her children, the relationships to one’s home church, Parachurch organization, fellow missionaries, nationals, and the adjustments related to cross-cultural living.

ICS2735 Culture and Economy – 3 hours

This course explores the diverse structures of wealth, poverty, exchange, and community identity as related to formal and informal economic systems. Time will also be given to questions of engagement and ministry in light of cultural symbols of value.

ICS3130 Missions Area Study – 3 hours

Designed to engender in-depth knowledge of a selected type of ministry. It proceeds with the intensive study of an area of learner interest. Course research relates to the history, geography, culture, economy, political structure, religious problems, and trends that affect mission work.

ICS3532 Urban Societies

Examines relational, religious and economic issues facing metropolitan communities. This course identifies the trends, shifts and future outlooks for development and ministry opportunities.

ICS4530 Church Planting and Development – 3 hours

Reviews the Divine will, provisions and procedures for extending the church worldwide. Surveys are made of selected churches, home and foreign, to determine why they succeeded or failed. Principles and tools for evaluating the various types of church growth are introduced. The course will include projects devised to aid the learner in the discovery, analysis, and institution of church growth dynamics.

ICS4531 Intercultural Studies Seminar – 3 hours

Senior capstone seminar in which students are guided in the research process culminating in the writing and presentation of a major paper on a current intercultural issue. The seminar showcases the integration of intercultural theory and practice developed throughout the program. The final paper will be critiqued by seminar members and the professor. (Prerequisite: Must be taken during the student’s final semester.)

ICS4630 Missions Practicum – 3 hours

Concerns practical missions service under the direction of host supervisors and the program advisor. Ministries in and through the local church and/or missions agency will provide entry-level experience for the missions trainee.

ICS4631 Missions Internship – 3 hours

Designed to sharpen missions-related ministry skills under the guidance and requirements of mission agency personnel and the program advisor. The internship involves the student in securing church partnership, prayer backing, funding, and ministry experience.

Pastoral Ministries Courses

PASM2230 Homiletics 1: Ministry Communication – 3 hours

Designed to further develop the public speaking skills for those preparing for lay ministry. Recognition is given to the variety of speaking and teaching opportunities available to Christian men and women today. (Prerequisites: BIB1330, BIB1332, SPCH1331)

PASM2731 Pastoral Care – 3 hours

This course addresses special tasks associated with pastoral ministries, namely: funerals, grief-ministry, visitation, weddings, church-discipline, dedications, baptisms, and communion. Attention will be given to practical theology and best practices.

PASM3130 Homiletics 2 – 3 hours

Designed to develop the fundamentals of sermon construction and preparation. Further attention is given to personal attitude and readiness. (Prerequisites: SPCH1331, BIB1332, PASM2230).

PASM3230 Homiletics 3 – 3 hours

Designed to provide further proficiency in vocational preaching. Attention will be given to the development of sermon types. (Prerequisites: BIB1332, SPCH1331, PASM2230, PASM3130).

PASM3530 Biblical Theology of Ministry – 3 hours

This course challenges the student to develop a personal philosophy of ministry and a grasp of key ministry factors such as integrity, excellence, prioritization and perseverance, based on a careful examination of the biblical theology of ministry.

PASM3630 Pastoral Practicum – 3 hours

Offers ministry experience in an appropriate service area. Students will be supervised by the program supervisor and a field instructor.

PASM4630 Pastoral Internship – 3 hours

Supervised field-based training in a local church pastoral ministry that exposes the student to ministries related to his professional minor.

Theology Courses

THEO1331 Foundations of Biblical Doctrine – 3 hours

This course provides an introduction to the major areas of Bible doctrine. It is designed to present the essential truths of Christianity in a clear and concise format that can be easily learned and understood.

THEO2130 Theology 1 – 3 hours

Introduces the student to theology proper as organized by systematic and philosophical theology. Careful consideration is given to divine attributes, Trinitarianism and perspectives on the nature of divine sovereignty. (Prerequisite: THEO1331)

THEO2230 Theology 2 – 3 hours

Introduces the biblical doctrines of Angelology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology. Special attention is given to the nature of divine sovereignty as it pertains to salvation and perseverance. (Prerequisites: THEO1331)

THEO3130 Theology 3 – 3 hours

Designed to survey eschatology, including an examination of God’s prophetic plan involving the Rapture, Judgment Seat of Christ, Tribulation, Second Coming to the earth, Millennium, Eternal state, etc. Attention is given to the diversity of interpretive methods and the pretribulational, premillennial approach. (Prerequisite: THEO1331)

THEO3230 Theology 4 – 3 hours

Surveys selected topics in Ecclesiology. Attention will be given to the identity and character of the New Testament Church, the ordinances, forms of local church government, and biblical leadership roles. (Prerequisite: THEO1331)

THEO4730 Theology Seminar – 3 hours

Provides an advanced interaction with theological studies. This senior-level course emphasizes higher level of comprehension and research resulting in an overall demonstration and integration of Christian thought. (Prerequisites: THEO1331, THEO2130, THEO2230, THEO3130, THEO3230, BIB3230)