COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Bible
Courses studying books of the Bible cover all of the chapters in the books listed.  The entire Bible will have been studied upon completion of both curriculums (Basic and Advanced Bible Studies).                 

Orientation / Dispensation
Orientation sessions are focused on learning the books of the Bible and how to use Bible study tools such as the Concordance and Bible Dictionary.

Dispensation is the study of the system used for interpreting the Bible and is designed to simplify one's understanding of the scriptures.  The objective of the course is for each student to learn the names and characteristics of each dispensation.  

Spiritual Life
Spiritual life is the quality of life contained within a child of God which satisfies and glorifies the Father and is achieved through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The Spiritual Life course will emphasize the study of the Holy Spirit's ministry, the Christian's nature and daily life. It also teaches the comparison of these characteristics as they relate to the death of Christ      

New Testament Survey
This course presents an overview of the entire New Testament by placing its books, theme, events, and main characters in a historical manner.  God's purpose, plan and program throughout the ages as it relates to the New Testament will be clearly demonstrated through this course of study.      

Old Testament Survey
The Old Testament is the historical, typological and redemptive introduction to the New Testament.  The person and work of Christ is the unifying theme and inseparable subjects of all books in the Old Testament.  

Doctrine          
An introductory study of some of the most vital and practical doctrinal themes of the Bible.  Subject covered are as follows:

Doctrine I:       The Bible as the inspired revelation of God; God the Father; the person and works of God the Son.

Doctrine II:      God the Holy Spirit; Dispensations; Angels; Satan; Creation and Fall of man

Doctrine III:     Sin; Salvation; Sanctification; Divine Election; The Members, Purpose, Service and Organization of the Church

Doctrine IV:     History & Prophecy of Gentiles and Israel; Rapture; Tribulation; Second Coming of Christ; Judgment of Angels and Sinners  

Minor Prophets
A study of the last twelve books of the Old Testament.  Each of these prophetic books contain a primary application for the audience of its time and a secondary application to believers today

Bible Study: Methodology
The student will learn how to study God's Word independently through observation, interpretation, application, and correlation.  As you master these principles you will not only learn how to study the Bible for yourself, but also acknowledge how the Scriptures come to life for you. 

Prayer
Christians have direct access to God through prayer.  Learn how to communicate to God through prayer by considering the necessity, the approach, and the hindrances to prayer.  Also, types of prayers will be studied through examples in the Scriptures. 

Church History
The history of the Christian church is intensely interesting, dramatic, instructive and inspiring.  The courses covered are:

Church History I:      A study of the church from birth through the reformation

Church History II:    A study of the different denominations and sects after the Reformation; A look at the African-American church in the United States of America.

Contemporary Issues
America is a civilization in crisis.  The Word of God has answers to the problems of our nation.  A Christian response to homosexuality, feminism, euthanasia, abortion and other issues will be discussed.

Theology
Theology is 'the very Words of God' (Roman 3:2).  The study of theology is concerned with the collecting, arranging, comparing and defending of all facts from every source concerning God and His works.  Subjects to be covered are:  

Theology I:      Soteriology, the doctrine of salvation will include, but not be limited to:  What the Death of Christ has accomplish for man;  Atonement; The grace of God; Regeneration; and Eternal Security.     

Theology II:     Pneumatology, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit will consider the deity, personality and various ministries of the Spirit.        

Theology III:    Theology proper, the doctrine of God, will include the study of the existence, revelation, attributes, names, Trinity and decrees of God.

Theology IV:   Angelology (the doctrine of angels, Satan and demons) will include the study of the definition, nature, attributes, classification and ministry of angels.  Included is the focus upon the existence, personality, origin, nature, activity and judgment of Satan and demons.     

Evangelism & Cults
Evangelism will review why each Christian must tell others about salvation through Jesus "Christ.  It will focus on how to overcome the internal tension, the hesitation to speak out and say 'I've found a way to survive death; live forever with my sins forgiven, and enjoy the goodness of God ... Jesus is the Way!'        

Cults is a course designed to study the definition, concept, characteristic, and cultic roots in world religions.  The course will also survey the encyclopedia of cults.

Teaching Methods I
This course will help you to prepare to teach the Word of God by emphasizing subjects covering 'knowing yourself, your purpose, your students, and your subject matter.'  Other topics will include how to develop lesson plans, teaching by impressions and expression; evaluation of students and instructors.

Childhood Education       
A biblical basis for authentic and creative youth work is the focus of this course.  Subjects include historical survey of youth work; adolescence; organizing, evangelizing and disciplining youths; Bible study, worship, music and recreation programs.

Teaching Methods II
The student will practice the principles learned in 'Teaching Methods I.'

*Prison Epistles
A study of Paul's writing ministry during his Roman imprisonment. The prison epistles include and exegetical study through the books of  Ephesians, Colossian (Prison Epistles I) and Philippians, Philemon (Prison Epistles II).

*General Epistles
A study of the lesser known biblical writers is examined in this course. The general epistles include an exegetical study through the books of James, Peter (I & II), John ( I, II, & III) and Jude. Attention is given to the socio-historical backgrounds, critical issues, and theological themes of these books with application in how to communicate the timeless messages contained in them with relevance for Christians today.  

*denotes new courses