Taught in the FHU Abroad Program only. A study of the rise of the Reformation Movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Attention will be given to the historical developments precipitating the Reformation, key figures of the movement, and the broad effects upon religious life in Europe and beyond. (Text course.)
This course focuses on reading and reflecting on the English translation of the entire text of Scripture. After completing this course, students will have read the whole Bible and produced a 13-week study which surveys the text of Scripture in a comprehensive fashion.
This course considers the perceived antagonism between modern science and the Bible. Philosophical and hermeneutical foundations will be discussed, along with potential solutions to well-known problems such as the age of the earth, evolutional biology, the historicity of Genesis, and other points of contention.
An introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. This course focuses on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both BIB 261 and 262, students should be prepared to read the Johannine portions of the Greek New Testament.
An introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. This course focuses on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both BIB 261 and 262, students should be prepared to read the Johannine portions of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: BIB 261 New Testament Greek I.
An introduction to the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew. The course focuses on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. Same as BIB 541.
An introduction to the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew. This course focuses on basic vocabulary, elementary grammar, and rudimentary translation. After completing both courses (BIB 263 and BIB 264) students should be prepared to read the narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Same as BIB 542.
An emphasis on translating selected Greek New Testament passages. Attention is given to intermediate Greek grammar, vocabulary building, using the textual apparatus, and application of grammatical principles for interpretation. Prerequisites: BIB 261 and 262 New Testament Greek I and II.
An emphasis on the translation and exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Attention is given to translation, advanced grammatical features, development of an exegetical method, and detailed exegesis of selected New Testament passages. Prerequisites: BIB 261 New Testament Greek I, BIB262 New Testament Greek II, and BIB361 New Testament Greek Readings.
An overview of God's plan for the church in the world. The exploration of the roots of New Testament Christianity in Judaism, with a focus on its planning, prophecy, beginning, development, and crystallization in various cultures. The Bible is used as the basis of discussion. (Text course.)
An emphasis on the English-based exegesis of the New Testament. Attention is given to the historical and grammatical features, development of an exegetical method, and detailed exegesis of selected New Testament passages. Prerequisites: BIB 121 Life of Christ and BIB 122 Acts of Apostles.
A study of introductory principles of correct thinking. Inductive and deductive methods of reasoning are studied and application is made to Biblical text and religious problems. Same as PHI 340.
A study of the principles and rules which make possible a correct interpretation of the Bible. Attention is given to examples of legitimate interpretation and opportunity is given for application of principles by students. This course includes a significant writing component.
A study of denominational doctrines in light of Biblical teaching. Emphasis is given to the identity, establishment, and organization of the Lord's church. The course is designed to help the Bible student be more equipped to discuss Biblical teachings with denominational members. This course contains a significant writing component.
Examination of the theological and practical basis for the various avenues of worship. This course is designed for those who lead in worship and those who desire to gain more from worship. Prerequisite: Two Bible text courses.
A survey of Biblical teaching concerning ethical conduct. Various systems of conduct that oppose Biblical teaching are evaluated in light of the teachings of the Bible. Same as PHI 344.
The application of Biblical teaching to the developing questions, issues, trends, and concerns of modern culture. The course will focus on religious and philosophical concerns of the church that Jesus built. This course contains a significant writing component. Prerequisite: 8 hours of earned Bible credit.
Foundational principles for the development of a personal faith. This course will challenge the student to engage the essentials of the Christian belief in God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ as they impact spiritual formation in our contemporary world.
An introduction and overview of the methods, history, and nature of Christian doctrine. Attention will be given particularly to the nature of God, revelation, humanity, Christ, the church, salvation, and last things with emphasis on the Biblical foundation for each of these theological categories. This course contains a significant writing component.
An introduction to the practical study of the classical spiritual disciplines as found in Scripture. The course will provide academic resources and practical experience in the disciplines with the goal of lifelong spiritual formation. This will be an experiential course in which significant practice of the disciplines will be expected, accompanied by thoughtful reflection on these experiences.
To enable ministerial students to think critically. The focus is on equipping students with the logical tools to help them to identify and evaluate evidence that leads to conclusions that are proposed as being true, to use these same tools to identify logical fallacies, to aid them in communicating their beliefs clearly and accurately through critical thinking, and to aid in decision making that will glorify God and promote His kingdom.
An examination of evidences that prove the Christian faith is from God. Attention is given to systems of thought that oppose the Christian faith, and a response to each is offered. The arguments for the existence of God, the inspiration of the Bible, and the deity of Jesus are considered in detail. This course contains a significant writing component.
An introduction to the Old Testament. Attention is given to geography, peoples, customs, and culture. Background information and location is studied for all major Old Testament events.
A survey of Christianity from the New Testament period to the present. Attention is given to individuals and movements that influenced the religious development of the period, especially the various departures from the New Testament church, the attempts to reform Western Catholicism, the various attempts to unite the reformers, and the forms of Christianity in the modern age.
A study of the principal ideals, doctrines, and religious practices of the American Restoration Movement. Students will critically engage the philosophical and theological core of the movement, beginning with the writings of Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, and Walter Scott, and examine the factors that have affected the unity and diversity of the movement up to the present.
A survey of Christian theology beginning with the Apostolic Fathers (roughly 100 C.E.) and ending with the Council of Chalcedon in 451 C.E. Attention will be given to fundamental developments in Christian self-definition, church organization, scriptural exposition, and political engagement throughout the first five centuries of the Christian movement.
An exploration of leaders in the Restoration Movement, especially evangelists, educators, and writers. Analysis will distinguish between characteristics of the leaders, what they did, and the impact of their work.
Politics, society, culture, philosophies, and religions of the Greco-Roman world of the time of Christ. Attention is given to backgrounds of early Christianity, history and archeology from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D. This course contains a significant writing component.
A survey of Old Testament and New Testament texts revealing God's plan for world evangelism. Topics addressed include God, mankind, sin, Israel, the nations, Jesus, and the early church. The universal priesthood of believers and their responsibility in carrying out the Great Commission is also emphasized.
An overview of foundational teachings of missions. Attention is given to personal, spiritual, and cultural preparations, and to concerns which are related to the work of the missionary, whether at home or abroad.
A study of the dynamics of communication across cultural boundaries. Special emphasis will be given to missiological applications. Topics to be considered will include understanding culture, contextualization, preparing culturally appropriate lessons, effective use of translators, and principles for language learning. Prerequisite: COM 140 Speech Communication. Same as COM 236.
A study of the varied aspects of missions in one geographical area (continent). The area of focus will be the one in which the course teacher (usually the missionary-in-residence) has done mission work. Mission principles will be applied to this particular mission field.
A survey of mission efforts from the first-century church to the present. This survey will include the mission efforts of the early church as well as those of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. Special emphasis is given to mission efforts of churches of Christ since 1900.
A study of the urban world. The course is designed to help ministers and missionaries better understand the complex structure of the large city and provide the skills needed to plant a growing church there.
An examination of basic anthropological insights with application to the missionary enterprise. Culture change and cross-cultural adaptation will be addressed, as well as world view, urbanization, modernization, and westernization of less-developed cultures.
An overview of the methods used to plant and develop churches. This is a capstone course that builds on information presented in other missions courses. This course will help the student prepare specific plans and strategies for implementation on his/her chosen mission field. Principles of church growth, time-oriented goals, team dynamics, and planting indigenous churches will be some of the topics addressed. Prerequisites: BIB 200 Bible Basis of Missions and BIB 232 Missionary Principles and Practices.
The history of Islam, the Koran, and basic Muslim doctrines. These teachings will be compared and contrasted with Bible doctrine. This is a study of evangelism among Muslims. Same as BIB 549.
The study of world religions. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The origin, historical development, and major doctrines of each religion are studied. This course contains a significant writing component.
A survey of all of the books of the New Testament. The course introduces the student to the basic message of each book, their relation to each other, and their relations to the Bible and world history. (Text course.)
A thorough textual study of the life of Jesus the Christ. Emphasis is given to his virgin birth, his message and ministry, his crucifixion, his resurrection, and his ascension, all leading to a greater awareness of his greatness as the Son of God and Savior of the world. Moral, doctrinal, historical, and practical aspects of the life of Christ are also emphasized. (Text course.)
The story of the early church in Acts. Attention is given to cases of conversion, the outstanding personalities in Acts, and the missionary journeys of Paul. This is the missions book of the New Testament. (Text course.)
The Roman prison epistles of Paul. Study is made of the greatness of the church and the Christian life. (Text course.)
The ministry epistles of Paul. Attention is given to the second coming of Jesus in the Thessalonian letters and to the work of elders and evangelists in Paul's personal letters to Timothy and Titus. (Text course.)
An analysis of Paul's two letters to the Corinthians. Particular attention is given to the application of Christian principles to problems and conditions in the church at Corinth and to current challenges to Christian living. (Text course.)
An examination of two of Paul's theological treatises. Attention is given to the major themes of the gospel message, salvation, and man's responsibility to God. (Text course.)
A survey of the life of faith. Attention is given in this book to the greatness of the Christ, the superiority of the gospel over the law, and the need to serve God faithfully. (Text course.)
A study of the covenants chronicled in the Bible with emphasis on God's scheme of redemption through Christ. Attention is given to God's covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Christ.
The origin, background, authorship, and design of New Testament books. Attention is given to the synoptic problem and to general introduction of the New Testament. This course includes a significant writing component.
A study of the books of James, I and II Peter, I, II, and III John, and Jude. Special attention is given to the purpose and content of each book. Moral and religious values of the books are stressed. (Text course.)
An in-depth study of the closing book of the New Testament. Attention is given to its background, various approaches to its interpretation, and a careful reading of the contents. (Text course.)
A survey of all the books of the Old Testament. The course introduces the student to the basic message of each book, their relation to each other, and their relation to Bible and world history. (Text course)
A thorough textual study of "in the beginning." The course provides the early history of men and nations, including the establishment of the nation of Israel. Emphasis is given to God's creative power and providence in the life of his people. (Text course.)
The study of the books Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The course begins with the birth and call of Moses as God's lawgiver, including Israel's exodus from Egypt, the Ten Commandments, and the wilderness wanderings, concluding with the death of Moses on Mount Nebo. (Text course.)
The history of Israel from its entrance into Canaan until the time of Samuel. The books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth emphasize God's faithfulness despite Israel's repeated failures to maintain their covenant relationship with him. (Text course.)
Exploring the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. This course focuses on the kingship of David and its continuing significance. The reign of Saul provides introduction, Solomon's conclusion. The greater stress is on David's remarkable career as Israel's most beloved king. (Text course.)
A study of the books of Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Beginning with the rebellion under Jeroboam, this course addresses the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the exilic and post-exilic periods. Outstanding characters include the prophets, Elijah and Elisha, prominent righteous kings of Judah, and the leaders in post-exilic restoration, Ezra and Nehemiah. (Text course.)
Selections from the writings of the pre-exilic prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Jonah, and Nahum. Major prophetic themes are emphasized along with the study of the nature and work of the prophets. (Text course.)
Studies from the writings of the exilic and post-exilic prophets: Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Major prophetic themes are emphasized along with the study of the life and the times of the prophets. (Text course.)
The origin, authorship, outline, and religious values of Old Testament books. Thorough study is made of critical problems concerning the Pentateuch, Isaiah, and Daniel. Some attention is given to general introduction to the Old Testament. This course includes a significant writing component.
Selected portions of the poetical literature of the Old Testament. Attention is given to the moral and religious values to be gained from the study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. (Text course.)
Techniques of personal evangelism. Attention is given to preparation for campaigns as well as to personal evangelism in the local church.
An introduction to the basic principles that are needed in creating a happy and successful marriage and family life. A Biblical perspective is used to consider such topics as sex roles, dating, marriageability, mixed marriages, engagement, sex adjustment, in-law adjustment, financial adjustment, life insurance, divorce, reproduction, family planning, and child rearing. Same as FAM 230.
Introduction to principles and techniques of preparing and delivering sermons. Logical outlining and effective presentation of various types of sermons are emphasized. Prerequisite: COM 140 Speech Communication. Same as COM 231.
A study of Old and New Testament women. It includes as well a study of the woman's role in the home, church, and society. (This course is for women only.)
A course on the fundamental principles of Biblical lesson design and delivery for women within the context of Biblical authority. Prerequisite: COM 140 Speech Communication. (This course is for women only.)
An introduction to the role of the youth minister in the church, organization of the youth program, and activities designed for a youth group.
An introduction to computer and internet resources. This course will allow the student to use scholarly tools with confidence. The class is primarily directed toward the Bible or Youth Ministry major who does not plan to take Greek or Hebrew and the application of these tools to ministry.
A study of the design and delivery of inductive sermons. Attention will be given to the structure and orientation of biblical lessons with an emphasis on narrative or discovery-based thought development.
This course will explore positions and practices of leadership (both positive and negative) from Genesis to Revelation, as well as, recent research on leadership with the goal to identify principles that can be applied to leadership in general and leadership in the church in particular.
The life and work of the preacher. Particular attention is given to the preacher's individual improvement as a servant of Christ and improved service through preaching, teaching, visitation, and guidance.
The principles and techniques used in organizing and administering the educational program of the local church. The relationship which should exist between the elders, preacher, educational director, and membership is considered along with some attention to curriculum building.
An exploration of teaching skills that conform to Scriptural educational principles. Instructional methods appropriate for teaching Bible stories and concepts to children, lesson planning, preparation, and evaluation will be studied. The student will be responsible for buying some supplies for this course. (This course is for women only.)
A study of the outstanding preachers in the history of Christianity. The course will consist of an examination of their lives, sermons, methods of preparation, and delivery.
A study of adolescent development (intellect, personality, morality, spirituality), curriculum development for youth group, how to teach teenagers, and basic "counseling triage."
This course will explore the growing scholarly connection between religion, faith, and family life. Special attention will be given to the impact of religious involvement and faith on marital stability and satisfaction, parenting styles, coping patterns, and transformational processes such as prayer and forgiveness. This course will examine the factors and processes impacting the intergenerational transmission of faith. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of family life ministry. Same as FAM349.
An exploration of various topics that lie at the intersection of men, faith, and families. Attention will be given to issues such as: men and marriage, sexual wholeness, fathering, gender roles, balancing work and family, men and money, male spirituality, mentoring relationships, and spiritual leadership in the family. Same as FAM 360. (This course is for men only.)
The principles, techniques, and procedures for personal counseling. Relevant scriptural principles are utilized extensively.
Study, in seminar form, of significant issues and problems of relevance to the Bible major. Content will vary with the group in the seminar. This course includes a significant writing component.
An examination of the expository method. Emphasis is placed on preaching from the Bible text; opportunity is given for practice, evaluation, and correction. Prerequisites: BIB/COM 231 Preparation and Delivery of Sermons and BIB 330 Preacher and His Work or permission from the department chairman. Same as BIB 529.
A study of the roles of the family, the church, and the youth minister in the lives of adolescents. The class builds the case for a family-based youth ministry model and gives practical tips on how to support families in a congregational setting. This course discusses the inner-workings of a congregation from the young and family minister's perspective. The class is also designed to prepare the student for graduation (including interview skills, resume preparation, leadership principles, etc.).
An exploration of value issues and opportunities for further learning in the liberal arts and sciences. This course will focus on Christian perspectives in value questions which the graduate will confront in art, music, literature, economics, science, politics, and other related areas. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Same as HUM 495
A study of Biblical and historical sites, select archaeological digs, Middle East cultures and customs, geographic influences on ancient and present Middle East civilizations, and related scripture references.
A background study of the New Testament. This course seeks to present the religious, social, economic, and political situation of the Biblical world during the period 400 B.C. to A.D. 100.
A study of the question, "Why?" Specifically, "Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering to occur?" Special attention is directed to (1) the atheist's attempt to disprove the existence of God on the basis of evil and pain, (2) Bible insights for believers, and (3) suggestions for coping with suffering. Same as PHI 299A.
A textual study of "the gospel of belief." The fourth gospel provides an additional portrait of the Christ as the Son of God. (Text course.)
An overview of short-term evangelism efforts. This is a missions course designed for those interested in less than two-year commitments to a field. Philosophy, methods, and strategies of short-term missions and gospel campaigns is evaluated. Attention is given to the cross-cultural teaching experience, integration of work with the local church, and basic church growth principles.
A survey of the Biblical texts relating to the Christian's hope. Millennial theories are considered with emphasis maintained upon the Bible's teaching concerning the second coming, judgment, and eternity. (Text course.)
The role of women in mission work. This course emphasizes their activities as teacher, personal worker, wife, and mother in the context of cross-cultural living and serving. Attention is also given to single women in the mission field. (This course is for women only.)
A study of the Biblical teachings of the Godhead. This course is also a critical examination of contemporary religious views.
A study of Biblical and historical sites, select archeological digs, Middle East cultures and customs, geographic influences on ancient and present Middle East civilizations, and related scripture references.
A study of the question, "Why?" Specifically, "Why does God allow evil, pain, and suffering to occur?" Special attention is directed to (1) the atheist's attempt to disprove the existence of God on the basis of evil and pain, (2) Bible insights for believers, and (3) suggestions for coping with suffering. Same as PHI 399A.
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