Theology and Bible Courses
PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
This course provides a framework for interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture, and specifically focuses on how the gospel-centered implications of every text are a prerequisite for meaningful personal application.
This course covers the themes and overall redemptive structure to the entirety of Scripture, paying special attention to the history of redemption as it is foreshadowed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament in the person and work of Christ.
OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY FOR APPLICATION
This course teaches how Old Testament historical, prophetic and wisdom books are to be interpreted and applied in light of the gospel. You'll gain an overview of redemptive historical bible interpretation, investigate various popular methods of biblical application, and learn how to use the Old Testament in ministry.
NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY FOR APPLICATION
This course covers the content and theology of the New Testament, with particular focus on how the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation are helpful sources in various ministry contexts. You will gain skill in moving from interpretation to application of New Testament texts while focusing on major themes of the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation.
INTRODUCTION TO APOLOGETICS
This course introduces students to Christian apologetics and focuses on the biblical basis for apologetics, developing a world and life view, and engaging contemporary culture. We will give special attention to the problem of meaning, the problem of evil, world religions, science and faith, reason and revelation, and aesthetics.
SURVEY OF REFORMED THEOLOGY 1
This course introduces you to two doctrines that serve as the foundation of theological inquiry: the doctrine of Scripture and the doctrine of God. The first portion of the course will focus on the doctrine of Scripture and revelation, particularly the nature of Scripture as God’s divine and authoritative word. The second half of the course will examine the doctrine of God, the nature and character of God as Triune, and the acts of God in and apart from creation.
SURVEY OF REFORMED THEOLOGY 2
This course builds on the content of Survey of Reformed Theology I. In it, you'll press deeper into the foundational doctrines of mainstream Reformed theology, and grow in an understanding of the biblical basis for Reformed doctrine. The course will cover covenant theology, creation of man in the image of God, the person and work of Christ, and the application of redemption.
SURVEY OF CHURCH HISTORY
In this course you'll be introduced to the major movements and personalities of church history while gaining first-hand exposure to primary source material to help you articulate the historical development of theology.
This course will introduce students to the major ideas, personalities, and events that shook Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. It will focus on the development of Protestantism in its social, political, and cultural contexts, starting in the late medieval background and ending in the seventeenth century.
DYNAMICS OF BIBLICAL CHANGE
The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. How does Christ speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? Self-counseling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.
This course will focus especially on the questions Who am I? and Who are we? Since we are made in the image of God, we will also have the pleasure of asking "Who is God?" The goal is practical theology. We want answers that will inspire, instruct, guide and provide direction for our face-to-face ministry.
In this introductory course on marriage counseling, you will walk away with a working model for how to make sense of marriage problems. You’ll understand biblical categories of marriage counseling and learn methods to manage and constructively direct the conflict and volatility that are often part of the process.
COUNSELING IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
This course will broaden your understanding of counseling to include all relationships, help you build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part, and help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church.
THEOLOGY & SECULAR PSYCHOLOGY
In this course you'll learn how to understand psychologists’ observations, theories, and practices, and how to engage them critically, humbly, and lovingly. You'll also discover how to reinterpret through a redemptive gaze the things that psychologists see most clearly and care about most deeply while coming to understand where biblical counseling fits in our cultural context, both within the evangelical church and within the surrounding mental health system
COUNSELING & PHYSIOLOGY
This course will equip you with a nuanced and practical biblical anthropology that will help distinguish between spiritual and physical issues in the lives of counselees. You'll gain a deepened understanding of a select group of acute and chronic problems having physiological manifestations, particularly those that affect intellect and mood, and you'll develop biblical strategies for pursuing counselees with such problems.
COUNSELING OBSERVATION (A & B)
In these classes you'll get to see the application of a biblical model of counseling by reviewing recorded counseling sessions with your faculty instructor. You'll learn how to manage a counseling hour, come to better understand how ministry is done in the context of a relationship, and learn how to provide direction in counseling.
COUNSELING PROBLEMS & PROCEDURES
This class will teach you to identify the essential features of biblical counseling as well as current counseling issues that are apparent in the church. You'll learn to appreciate Scripture’s depth as it addresses common problems such as suffering, anger, and anxiety while you also grow in moving toward people with any type of struggle in a way that is helpful and Christ-centered.
COUNSELING CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
In this course you'll develop counseling methods for understanding and communicating with children and adolescents while growing in an understanding of the dynamics of family functioning that underscore behavioral problems of children and adolescents. You'll be taught the present legal issues in counseling children and adolescents as well as tools for navigating those challenges.
ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF A BIBLICAL COUNSELOR
This course will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a counselor with regard to both heart issues and skills as you develop strategies for growth in these areas. You'll have practical opportunities by which to make these evaluations and to develop skills that contribute to effective counseling.
In this class you'll develop a functional biblical counseling worldview as you learn the importance of heart change as a methodological goal. You'll also develop an understanding of the role of Scripture in biblical counseling as you practice the critical skills for effectiveness in biblical counseling.