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Note: We have listed the “Required Resources” needed to complete each course in this catalog.  Books can go out of print without warning and we are constantly updating our courses.  Do not purchase any materials until you read the “Required Resources” in the front of each course workbook.


Courses marked “Currently under revision” had the textbooks go out of print just before producing this catalog.  New textbooks will be found shortly and the courses will be updated.  This updated information will be provided in the front of each workbook.


DEPARTMENT OF BIBLICAL STUDIES


Biblical Life Studies (BBL)


BBL 100/500 Covenant Faith

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


This module provides a detailed study on living by faith. Abraham is the biblical prototype of moving from a Gentile (Pagan) to a powerful man of faith that is walking with the One True God.  This module has transformed the lives and spiritual walk of men and women around the world!


Required Resources: (1) 16 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.   (2)  Study Guide:  “Covenant Faith” by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (3) “Our Lost Legacy” by Dr. John D. Garr


BBL 101/501 God is Charismatic

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2/3

BLCS Lecturer: Karl Coke, Ph.D.


This course was developed to dispel the misunderstanding about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It will also help to bring unity to the Body of Christ about this heretofore divisive subject.  It shows the intent of God in ministering in His Grace through one believer to meet the needs of another.  Topics include: Levels of Spiritual Maturity; Submission; God’s Grace; Nature of Man; Spiritual Growth Through the Word of God; the Role of the Pastor; and Three Unmistakable Evidences of Holy Spirit Revival.


Required Resources: 12 audio lectures by Dr. Karl Coke. (Note: textbook provided with the materials).


BBL 102/502 Biblical Life Prayer Dynamics

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 4

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


Originally called “Dynamics of a Spirit-Filled Prayer Life,” this newly updated module goes deeper than ever before into the area of prayer.  Topics covered include, “Becoming His Tabernacle in the Earth,” “Patterns for Coming into His Presence,” and “Hearing the Voice of Our King.”  This is the most in-depth class offered at BLCS to date.


Required Resources: (1) Course Book: “Biblical Life Prayer Dynamics” by Dr. Michael K. Lake. (2) 21 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (3) Book: “Reordering Your Day: Understanding and Embracing the Four Prayer Watches” by Dr. Chuck Pierce.  Additional Resources required for graduate level credit.


BBL 103 Kingdom Authority & Warfare 1

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


KAW1 develops a solid biblical understanding of the authority that God gave mankind, how man lost his authority and his soul and how Jesus came to restore all that was lost.  These foundational issues are a must for anyone involved in Spiritual Warfare.


Required Resources: (1) Course Book: “Kingdom Authority & Warfare 1” by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (2)  16 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (3)  “Praying with Authority” by Dutch Sheets.  (4)  “This Day We Fight: Breaking the Bondage of a Passive Spirit” by Francis Frangipane.


BBL 204/504 Leader of One

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 4

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


The course starts with a detailed study of the Hebraic/Biblical concept that all leadership must start with self.  Until there is self mastery, there can be no dynamic leadership.  Subjects include: leadership principles in the Shema; principles of transformation; charting your course with God; building the leadership wall and building a prayer closet.


Required Resource: (1) Course Book: “The Leader of One” by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (2) 20 lectures audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  Detailed teaching outlines and a research book of the student’s choice. (3) Book: “Developing the Leader Within You by Dr. John Maxwell.  Additional requirements for graduate level.


BBL 205/505 The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a detailed study of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, how they are to be used in ministry and how a believer can move more effectively in these gifts.


Required Resource: Currently being revised.


BBL 206/506 The Fruit of the Spirit

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 4/3

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


In the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, the believer will produce spiritual fruit manifesting the inward working of the Holy Spirit.  More than ever before, the Body of Christ needs to understand and seek the fruit of the Spirit.  With them comes character and spiritual maturity.  This course provides a detailed study of the fruit of the Spirit and how to develop a more mature walk with God.


Required Resources: (1) 19 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake; (2) Book: “A Call to Character” by Greg Zoschak.


BBL 207/507 The Ministry of the Word

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

BLCS Lecturer: Karl Coke, Ph.D.


This course provides a detailed study on the importance of and the effects of the Word of God upon our lives.  Until we fully understand how the Word can change lives and allow it to change us more into the image of Christ, we cannot effectively change the world.  Dr. Coke opens great truths in this study directly from the Greek New Testament.


Required Resources: 12 audio lectures by Dr. Karl Coke.


BBL 208/508 The Christ-Centered Life

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


Based upon Rick Joyner’s Book “There Where Two Trees in the Garden”, this course concentrates on overcoming the power of sin and releasing the power of the Cross in the life of the Believer.  It is designed to promote spiritual maturity in the life of the student.


Required Resources: (1)Book:  “There Were Two Trees in the Garden” by Rick Joyner; (2) Additional graduate level Book– “The Final Quest” by Rick Joyner; (3) 19 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.


BBL 308/508 Priesthood of the Believer

Prerequisites: None

Semester Credit Hours: 4

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


This course shows that the ministry of Jesus was after the Order of Melchizedek and that the Priesthood of the Believer is a continuation of that priesthood.  Great detail is given on how the believer can develop and walk in this priesthood.


Required Resources: (1)  20 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake and (2) Course Books: “Priesthood of the Believer” by Dr. Michael K. Lake


BBL 310/510 Gems from our Judaic Heritage

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Karl Coke, Ph.D.


Dr. Coke reveals many New Testament terms which are Hebrew in origin and gives their Old Testament meanings.  Dr. Coke has been studying Hebrew “roots” and has visited Israel many times since 1972.  His exposure to the land of Israel and the cultural setting for the Bible gives him extraordinary insight into God’s Word.  This series will help you understand “untranslatable” words from the New Testament.


Required Resources: 12 audio lectures by Dr. Karl Coke.


BBL 311/511 The Well-Organized Ministry

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Wilfred Kent, Ph.D.


This module teaches the student to organize his life and ministry to use his time more effectively for Christian service.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Wilfred Kent; (2) Book: “Created for Successful Living” by Dr. Wilfred Kent.


BBL 312/512 Kingdom Authority & Warfare 2

Prerequisite: KAW 2

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


This course builds upon the foundation of KAW1.  A detailed study of all the weapons of Spiritual Warfare are reviewed with detailed instruction on their use.  The believer will understand how to stand in his authority and how to use all the weapons God has given him to attain victory.


Required Resources: (1) Course Book: “Kingdom Authority & Warfare 2” by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (2) 16 audio taped lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (3)  “Epic Battles for the Last Days” by Rick Joyner.  (4)  “God’s Unfolding Battle Plan: A Field Manual for Advancing the Kingdom of God” by Dr. Chuck Pierce.


BBL 313/513 Studies in Divine Healing

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This course provides a detailed study of divine healing from Genesis to Revelation with an emphasis in its provision through the completed work of Jesus at Calvary.


Required Resources: Student consults sources assigned by the seminary.


BBL 414/514 Ministry Leadership I

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer: Prof. Gary Crowder


This course provides a thorough examination of the Biblical principles of leadership in the New Testament church.  Emphasis is not only placed on techniques, but applications in real world ministry.


Required Resources: (1) 15 audio lectures by Apostle Gary Crowder  ; (2) Book: “The Making of a Leader” by Frank Damazio.


BBL 416/516 Spirit-Filled Worship

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This course provides a thorough study of what is true “Spirit-Filled” worship and how it can be implemented into the Church today.


Required Resources: Currently under Revision.


BBL 417/517 Protocol for the Prophetic

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Michael K. Lake, Th.D.


Never before in history has the prophetic been needed more and never before has it been so misunderstood and misused.  This course of study provides a biblical format for the prophetic ministry and gives proper safeguards that must be observed.  When this ministry is in a biblical balance, it can be a great blessing to the Body of Christ and the world.


Required Resources: (1) 16 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake; (2) Book: “The Voice of God” by Cindy Jacobs.


BBL 518 Ministry Leadership II

Prerequisite: BBL 414/514 Ministry Leadership I

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course identifies the characteristics, function and motivation of leadership and addresses the major issues facing the Church in this era of unprecedented challenge and change.


Required Resources: Book: “The Vanguard Leader: A New Breed of Leader to Encounter the Future” by Frank Demazio.


BBL 319/519 Kingdom Authority & Warfare 3

Prerequisite: KAW1 & 2 Leadership I

Semester Credit Hours: 3


In course provides an in depth study of the strategic tactics of the enemy in Spiritual Warfare and how the believer can realize their use and how to overcome them in his life.  This is an advanced course in Spiritual Warfare and is for the spiritually mature.


Required Resources: Course Book: “Kingdom Authority & Warfare 3” by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (2)  16 audio lectures by Dr. Michael K. Lake.  (.


NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES (NTS)


NTS 100/500 New Testament Survey

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course of study provides an introduction to the New Testament, the purpose and historical setting behind each book and its relevance for today.


Required Resources: Book: “Hayford’s Bible Handbook” edited by Jack W. Hayford.  Additional resources required for graduate level credit.


NTS 101 The Gospel of John

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Book of John with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources: Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 5 The Book of John.


NTS 102 The Book of Acts

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Book of Acts with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources: Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 6 The Book of Acts.


NTS 203 The Book of Romans

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Epistle to the Romans with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources:  Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 7 The Book of Romans.


NTS 304 I & II Corinthians

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course offers and extensive reading and research analysis of the epistles of I & II Corinthians.  Upon its completion, the student will have his own commentary of these epistles for future reference.


Required Resources: (1) King James Version of the Bible  (2) Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 8  1 & 2 Corinthians.  Other resources are recommended in the syllabus.


NTS 305 Galatians - Colossians

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Epistles of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources:  Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 9  Galatians- Colossians.


NTS 306 I Thessalonians - Philemon

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Epistles of I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources: Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 10  1 Thessalonians-Philemon.


NTS 407 Hebrews - James

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Epistles of Hebrews and James  with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources:  Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 11 Hebrews-James.



NTS 408 I Peter - Jude

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a verse by verse study on the Epistles of I & II Peter, I, II, & III John and Jude with emphasis on Biblical Life Applications that each believer can put to use in his life.


Required Resources: Book: The Preacher’s Sermon & Outline Bible – Volume 12 1 Peter-Jude.


NTS 409 The Book of Revelation

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a thorough, biblical and down to earth examination of the Book of Revelation.


Required Resources: Course Currently under revision.


NTS 510 The Parables of Jesus

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


Methods of interpreting Jesus’ parables are surveyed and then an eclectic model drawing on the best insights (of each) is applied to each of the major narrative parables in the Gospels.  Conclusions are drawn concerning the theology and significance of this portion of Jesus’ teaching.


Required Resources: Book: “The Parables: Jewish Tradition & Christian Interpretation” by Dr. Brad Young.


NTS 511 The Sermon on the Mount

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: John R.W. Stott, M.A., D.D., Lecturer


The course, originally presented at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, is a consecutive exposition of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  The emphasis is upon the distinctive character that is expected of the Christian and upon the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John Stott; with accompanied learning guide (2) Book: “Jesus and the Sermon and His Confrontation to the World” by D.A. Carson; (3) Book: “The Challenge of Discipleship” by Daniel Patte.


NTS 512 The Pastoral Epistles

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: John R.W. Stott, M.A., D.D., Lecturer


An expository and exegetical study of I and II Timothy and Titus with emphasis on their exegetical and interpretive problems and on their theology and practical relevance for society and the Church, especially Church leadership.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John Stott with accompanied learning guide. (2) Book: “The Pastoral Epistles” by William D. Mounce.


NTS 513 The Epistle to the Romans

Prerequisite: GRK 500 Introduction to Greek and GRK 501 Greek II

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course:  Harold W. Hoehner, Th.D., Ph.D., Lecturer


An exegetical-theological study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans in the Greek text.  It involves the treatment of selected historical, grammatical, structural, and lexical data which evaluate the meaning of this important New Testament document.  Special emphasis is given to the theological themes and overall argument of the Epistle.  This course assumes a basic skill in Greek exegesis and the ability to make grammatical and textual critical evaluations and Greek word studies.


Required Resources:  24 audio lectures by Dr. Harold W. Heohner with accompanied learning guide.


NTS 514 New Testament Survey: Life of Christ

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Terry C. Hulbert, Th.D., Lecturer


A chronological synthetic study of the four Gospel records, emphasizing the time, place, circumstances and persons involved in the events of our Lord’s ministry, with a fuller understanding of the significance of His words and works.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Terry C. Hulbert; (2) Book: “A Short Life of Christ” by Everett F. Harrison; (3) Book: “A Harmony of the Gospels” by Robert L. Thomas & Stanley Gundry.


NTS 515 The Gospel of Luke

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D., Lecturer


An examination of the Gospel of Luke with concentration on its message and preparation of narrative material for preaching and teaching.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Darrell Bock; (2) student chooses one popular commentary and one technical commentary from an expanded list.


NTS 516 The Acts of the Apostles

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D., Lecturer


An exegetical examination of the Acts of the Apostles with concentration on the Biblical theology of the Book of Acts, the historical background of events, and the theological emphasis on the speeches.  Special attention is given to the relationship between the Church and Israel in the early Church era.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Darrell Bock; (2) student chooses one popular commentary and one technical commentary from an expanded list.


OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES (OTS)


OTS 100/500 Old Testament Survey

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a historical overview of each book of the Old Testament with emphasis on the impact of it upon the New Testament believer.


Required Resources: Book: Hayford’s Bible Handbook edited by Dr. Jack Hayford.   Additional resources are required for graduate level credit.


OTS 503 The Christian and Old Testament Theology

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. , Ph.D. , Lecturer


A Biblical and theological study of the foundational theology applied by the Old Testament for the New Testament and Christian Church.  This study identifies and inductively derives the center or focal point for the theology of both the Old and New Testaments.  It also deals with the amount of continuity and discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Walter Kaiser (2) Book: “Themes in Old Testament Theology by William Dyrness (3) Book: “Old Testament Theology” by Ralph L. Smith.


OTS 504 The Pentateuch

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: R. Laird Harris, Ph.D., Lecturer


A study of the contents of the Pentateuch against its archeological background together with consideration of the particular Pentateuchal problems of evolution and higher criticism.  The laws which form the basis of Israel’s theocracy will be examined with regard to their content, meaning, and applicability today.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Laird Harris; (2) student will choose one biblical textbook, one historical textbook and two topical textbooks from list provided.


OTS 505 Conquest and Settlement

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: John J. Davis, Th.D., Lecturer


A study of the conquest and settlement period in Israel’s history from the standpoint of archaeology, theological truths, and history.  The books included in the study are Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.  Special consideration is given to the Late Bronze Age materials from Palestine which provide the cultural background of this era.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John J. Davis; (2) Book: “Conquest & Crisis” by John J. Davis; (3) Book: “Judges & Ruth” by A.E. Cundall & L. Morris; (4) Book: The MacMillian Bible Atlas.



OTS 506 The United Monarchy

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: John J. Davis, Th.D., Lecturer


An historical, archaeological and theological analysis of the period of the United Monarchy in Israel.  Archaeological discoveries from the Iron Age I period are used to illustrate the important cultural characteristics of this era.  The books of I and II Samuel, the first ten chapters of I Kings, and the parallel passages in Chronicles and Psalms are studied.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John Daivs; (2)  Book: “The Birth of a Kingdom” by John J. Davis; (3) collateral reading from listed provided.


OTS 507 The Divided Monarchy

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: John C. Whitcomb, Th.D., Lecturer


The history of Israel is traced from the beginning of Solomon’s apostacy (I Kings 11) about 950 B.C. to the Babylonian Captivity (II Kings 25) in 586 B.C.  Special emphasis is given to the miracle ministries of Elijah and Elisha.  Parallel passages from Chronicles and the prophetic books are carefully interwoven into the study, as well as evidence from contemporary secular history.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John Whitcomb; (2) Book: “Solomon to Exile” by John C. Whitcomb; (3) collateral reading from list provided.


OTS 509 Understanding the Old Testament

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Bruce K. Waltke, Th.D., Ph.D., Lecturer


A survey of the history of salvation in the Old Testament especially as it relates to the universal of Old Testament theology, i.e., the rule of God or the establishment of God’s kingdom upon the earth.  A working knowledge of Hebrew is helpful but not required for the course.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Bruce K. Waltke; (2) student reads collaterally from an expanded bibliography provided in workbook.


OTS 510 The Book of Proverbs

Prerequisite: HEB 500 Introduction to Hebrew and HEB 501 Hebrew II

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Bruce K. Waltke, Th.D., Ph.D., Lecturer


An exegetical study of the Book of Proverbs in both its cultural, historical, and literary setting with attention to its critical and hermeneutical problems.  To get the full benefits of the course, a knowledge of Hebrew is required for seminary credit.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Bruce Waltke; (2) “One Hundred Years of Old Testament Interpretation” by Ronald Clements; (3) “Old Testament Wisdom” by James L. Crenshaw; (4) Proverbs: An Introduction & Commentary” by Derek Kidner; (5) Wisdom in Israel” by Gerhard Van Rad.; (6) “Proverbs” by R.N. Whybray.


OTS 511 The Post-Exilic Prophets

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Richard O. Rigsby, Ph.D., Lecturer


A survey of the historical and biblical context of the prophets Haggai, Zachariah and Malachi with an exposition of each of these books.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Rigsby; (2) Book: “Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi” by Joyce Baldwin; (3) Book: “A History of Israel” by John Bright; (4) Book: “The Minor Prophets” by Charles Feinberg; (5) Book:  “An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets” by Hobart Freeman.


LANGUAGES (GRK & HEB)


GRK 100/500 Introduction to Biblical Greek

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


In this course you will learn to read Greek, become familiar with the Greek Lexicon, the Interlinear and other Greek helps.  It will help you unlock the beauty and mystery of the Greek language.


Required Resources (1) Book: “Greek to Me: Learning New Testament Greek through Memory Visualization” by Dr. J. Lyle Story. (2) The Greek Memory System Flash Cards.


GRK 501 Greek II

Prerequisite: GRK 100/500 Introduction to Greek

Semester Credit Hours: 4


This course takes up where Introduction to Greek leaves off.  Further studies in Greek grammar are provided.


Required Resources: (1) Book: “Building Your New Testament Greek Vocabulary” by Robert E. Van Voorst. (2) Book: “Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament” by Joseph Thayer (3) KJV-NIV Parallel Interlinear New Testament.


HEB 100/500 Introduction to Hebrew

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Karl Coke, Ph.D.


This course provides an introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and the beauty and meaning of the Hebrew language.


Required Resources: “Beginner’s Hebrew Notebook” with accompanying CD and DVD by Dr. Karl Coke.


HEB 501 Hebrew II

Prerequisite: HEB 100/500 Introduction to Hebrew

Semester Credit Hours: 4

BLCS Lecturer: Karl Coke, Ph.D.


This course takes up where Introduction to Hebrew leaves off.  The student will learn grammar and use of various Hebrew lexicons and other study aids for theological research.


Required Resources: To be assigned by Dr. Coke.


HEBRAIC HERITAGE STUDIES – HHS


HHS 100/500 Basic Primer in Hebraic Heritage

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a foundational study in the Hebraic heritage of the Church, how it was stripped from the Church and developing a balanced approach to this topic.


Required Resources: (1) Book: “Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church” by Dr. Ron Moseley.  (2) Tape Set: “Jewish Roots 101” by Dwight Pryor.  Additional resources required for graduate level.


HHS 101/501 Discovering Jesus in the Covenants & Feasts

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer: Dr. Richard Booker


Learn how the Bible tells one complete story of God’s provision of a blood covenant including the covenant ritual, the covenant with Abraham, in the tabernacle, the High Priest, and the sacrifices, and how they all point to Jesus and apply to our lives.


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Booker; (2) Book: “The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread” by Dr. Richard Booker.   Additional resources required for graduate level.


HHS 102/502 Discovering Jesus in the Sabbaths & Feasts

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Dr. Richard Booker


Discover why God gave the Sabbaths and Feasts as pictures of Messiah, including Jesus in the Sabbath, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets. Atonement, Tabernacles, Purim and Hanukkah and their application to our lives.


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Booker; (2) Book:  “Jesus in the Feast of Israel” by Dr. Richard Booker; (3) Book: “Shabbat Shalom” by Dr. Richard Booker.  Additional resources required for graduate level.


HHS 103/503 Introduction to Torah

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


This course provides a solid introduction to the study of the Torah.  Great emphasis is given to see Messiah in each teaching from the Torah.


Required Resources:  Course currently under revision.


HHS 104/504 Torah 1 – Genesis

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Dr. Bruce R. Booker


This course is based on the weekly Torah readings through the Book of Genesis.  Great emphasis is given to see Messiah in each teaching from the Torah.


Required Resources:  (1) 13 audio lectures by Dr. Bruce R. Booker. (2) Book: “A Call to Holiness” by Dr. Bruce Booker. (3) Book: “Walk Genesis” by Dr. Jeffrey Feinberg


HHS 205/505 Israel and the Nations in History & Prophecy

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer: Dr. Richard Booker


Learn God’s plan for Israel and the nations in history and prophecy.  You will gain an overview of the history of Israel and the Jewish people, the Christian debt to the Jews and the prophecies of the Messiah in light of their fulfillment in Jesus.


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Booker; (2) Book: ”Blow the Trumpet in Zion” by Dr. Richard Booker.


HHS 206/506 Jesus & the First Century Church

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer: Dr. Richard Booker


Discover the “Jewishness” of Jesus and the early church.  Learn the Hebraic background of the teachings of Jesus and Paul, misconceptions concerning Law and grace, the relationship Jesus has to the Pharisees, who killed Jesus and more.


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Booker; (2) Book: “Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus & the Original Church” by Dr. Ron Moseley; (3) Book: “Jesus, the Jewish Theologian” by Dr. Brad Young.


HHS 207/507 The Irony of Galatians

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


A thorough study of the book of Galatians in the light of Hebraic roots.  Includes the historic, social and linguistic details that are overlooked by many in the study of this epistle.


Required Resources:   Book: “The Irony of Galatians: Paul’s Letter in First-Century Context” by Mark D. Nanos.


HHS 208/508 Torah 2 – Exodus

Prerequisite: Torah I

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Dr. Bruce R. Booker


This course is based on the weekly Torah readings through the Book of Exodus.  Great emphasis is given to see Messiah in each teaching from the Torah.


Required Resources:  (1) 10 audio lectures by Dr. Bruce R. Booker (2) Book: “Walk Exodus!” by Dr. Jeffrey Feinberg.


HHS 209/509 Torah 3 – Leviticus

Prerequisite: Torah 2

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Dr. Bruce R. Booker


This course is based on the weekly Torah readings through the Book of Genesis.  Great emphasis is given to see Messiah in each teaching from the Torah.


Required Resources:  (1) 7 Audio Lectures by Dr. Bruce Booker (2) Book: “Walk Leviticus!” by Dr. Jeffrey Feinberg.


HHS 210/510 Patterns & Principles in Jewish Prayer

Prerequisite:  BBL 102/502 Biblical Life Prayer Dynamics

Semester Credit Hours:  3/2

Lecturer: Dwight Pryor


Ancient Jewish prayers known to Jesus and his disciples can beautifully enhance your devotional and prayer life.  Learn the blessings, Psalms and prayers central to the Jewish Prayer Book (siddur), and understand the relationship between Jewish Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer.


Required Resources:  Audio taped lectures by Dwight Prior.


HHS 310/510 God’s Chosen People: From Abraham to the Holocaust

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer:  Dr. Richard Booker


Understanding God’s redemptive history from the call of Abraham, through the First Testament, between the Testaments, the New Testament, the Roman era and Christian-Jewish history from Constantine through the Holocaust.  


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Booker; (2) Book: “No Longer Strangers” by Dr. Richard Booker.


HHS 312/512 Torah 4 – Numbers

Prerequisite: Torah 3

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Dr. Bruce R. Booker


This course is based on the weekly Torah readings through the Book of Numbers.  Great emphasis is given to see Messiah in each teaching from the Torah.


Required Resources: (1) 9 lectures by Dr. Bruce Booker (2) Book: “Walk Numbers!’ by Dr. Jeffrey Feinberg.


HHS 313 Directed Research in Hebraic Heritage Studies

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 4


This course allows the student to branch out into other areas of Hebraic Heritage that are not normally covered in the curriculum.  The student is to choose 6 books dealing with new areas that interest him and develop reports on each.


Required Resources:  Student’s choice of books.


HHS 314/514 God’s Chosen People: Faith Customs & Traditions

Prerequisite:  HHS 311

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLDCS Lecturer:  Dr. Richard Booker


Understanding basic Jewish beliefs and practices and how they relate to Christianity and the Messiah.  Discover how biblical Judaism and biblical Christianity are the same while learning how they differ based on ancient traditions and practices that are important to both faiths today.


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio lectures by Dr. Richard Booker; (2) Book: “No Longer Strangers” by Dr. Richard Booker.


HHS 417/517 Torah 5 - Deuteronomy

Prerequisite: Torah 4

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Dr. Bruce R. Booker


This course is based on the weekly Torah readings through the Book of Deuteronomy.  Great emphasis is given to see Messiah in each teaching from the Torah.


Required Resources: (1) 10 lectures by Dr. Bruce R. Booker (2) Book: “Walk Deuteronomy!” by Dr. Jeffrey Feinberg.


HHS 418/518 Biblical Manners & Customs

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


This course provides a detailed study of the manners and customs of Bible times.  The wealth of information in this course causes the Bible to come alive with greater meaning.


Required Resources:  Book: “The New Manners and Customs of the Bible” by James M. Freement.


HHS 419/519 Romans: From the Mind of Paul

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 4/3


Only with a thorough understanding of Torah and the Hebraic foundations of the Gospel can the Book of Romans be truly understood.  This course provides a detailed understanding of the Torah concepts that Paul details within this epistle and provides the background for proper interpretation.


Required Resources:  Book: “From the Mind of Paul: Romans”  by Jamie L. Perez, M.Ed.


HHS 420/520 The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


This course provides a great understanding of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.  Great emphasis is placed on the fact that each piece of the Tabernacle and all of its service are shadow pictures of the Messiah.


Required Resources:  Book: “The Tabernacle: Shadows of the Messiah” by David M. Levy.


HHS 421/521 The Perpetual Flame: Offering Acceptable Worship Unto God.

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 4/3


This course examines the worship and lifestyle of the believer from a Hebraic perspective.  This course will be eye-opening to every believer and he will walk away with a great foundation for service to Almighty God.


Required Resources:  Book: “The Perpetual Flame: Offering Acceptable Worship unto God” by Jamie L. Perez. M.Ed.


HHS 422/522 The Temple: Its Ministry and Services

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


This course examines the Temple and its services in the time of Jesus.  It will add greater depth to the student’s understanding of the Gospels and the setting in which Jesus did His ministry.


Required Resources:  Book: “The Temple: Its Ministry and Services” – Updated Edition by Alfred Edersheim.


HHS 425 Essay in Hebraic Heritage

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This is the final project for the completion of the Bachelor of Biblical Studies in Hebraic Heritage Program.  The student is to develop a 15,000 word essay on an approved subject dealing with ministry, the Bible or some theological subject within the Hebraic Heritage context.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.  


Required Resources:  Book: “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian.  


CHURCH HISTORY (HCH)


HCH 300 A Study of the Gifts of the Spirit Throughout Church History

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a survey of Christian writings throughout the centuries that prove that the Gifts of the Spirit have been in the Church since the Day of Pentecost and will remain until the return of Christ.


Required Resources:  Course currently under revision.


HCH 501 The Ancient Church

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Richard C. Gamble, Th.D., Lecturer


A study of the church from the close of the New Testament in 95 A.D. to approximately 600 A.D.: The church and the Roman Empire; ecclesiastical organization; development of theology and dogma; Christian life and worship.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Richard C. Gamble; (2) Book: “Early Christian Doctrines” by J.N.D. Kelley; (3) Book: “Documents in Early Christian Thought” by Wiles Santer.



HCH 502 Reformation Church History

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: W. Robert Godfrey, Ph.D., Lecturer


A study of the development of the theology, the piety and the churches of the Reformation against a backdrop of the social, political, and intellectual character of the sixteenth century.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Robert Godfrey; (2)  Book: “Institutes of Religion” by John Calvin; (3) Book: “The Bondage of the Will” by Martin Luther; (4) Book: “History of the Christian Church – Vol 6” by Philip Schaff.


HCH 503 A History of Christianity in America

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: John D. Hannah, Th.D., Ph.D., Lecturer


The course examines the history of the Protestant churches in America from colonial beginnings to the present with emphasis on the numerous influences that have forged the current religious scene.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John Hannah (2) student will choose from a selected biography.


HCH 504 The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: John H. Gerstner, Ph.D., Lecturer


An examination of the theology of Jonathan Edwards is presented in detail.  Taking a topical approach, the course covers Edward’s teachings regarding all the major points of Systematic Theology with particular emphasis on Edward’s unique theological contributions.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. John Gerstner; (2) Book: “The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 Vols)” by Edward Hickman; (3) Book: “Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography” by Ian Murray; (4) Various articles obtained from a theological journal.


HCH 505 Survey of Church History

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D., Lecturer


The course is designed to provide the student with a basic introduction to the development of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the present day.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 lectures by Dr. Garth Rosell; (2) Book: “Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity” by Mark Noll; (3) Book: “Church History in Plain Language” by Bruce Shelley.


HCH 506 The History of the Church to the Reformation

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D., Lecturer


The course provides the student with a basic introduction of the Christian church’s doctrine, faith and practice from its founding at Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.


Required Resources: (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Garth Rosell; (2) Book: “A History of Christianity: Beginnings to 1500” by Kenneth Scott Latourette; (3) Book: “Early Christian Fathers” by Cyril Richardson.


HCH 507 The History of the Church Since the Reformation

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D., Lecturer


The course is designed to provide the student with a basic introduction to the development of the Christian church since the time of the Protestant Reformation to the present day.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Garth Rosell; (2) Book: “A History of Christianity, Volume 2” by Kenneth Scott Latourette.


HCH 508 The Radical Reformation

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Abraham Friesen, Ph.D., Lecturer


An historical study of the Radical Reformation.  It follows a topical, chronological and historical progression, covering the genesis of the movement, its relation to the Renaissance and the Reformation, its various manifestations and the eventual development of the movement.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Abraham Friesen; (2) Book: “The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptistism” by William Roscoe Estep; (3) Book: “Anabaptistism in Outline” by Walter Klaassen; (4) Book: “The Age of Reform 1250-1550: An Intellectual & Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe”.


HCH 509 The Theology of Martin Luther

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Robert Kolb, Ph.D., Lecturer


The Theology of Martin Luther reviews the presentation of biblical doctrine according to topics in historical context.  The presuppositions of his theology are set forth in his distinction of the two kinds of righteousness and the theology of the cross.  Against this background, Luther’s treatment of central Christian doctrines, particularly justification in the faith and the means of grace, are explored.  Significant treatment is given to his understanding of life in human culture and society.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Robert Kolb; (2)  Book: “Martin Luther as Prophet, Teacher, Hero; Images of the Reformer, 1520-1620” by Robert Kolb; (3) Book: “Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings” by Timothy Lull.


DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY


SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (SYS)


SYS 100 Systematic Theology I

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a detailed study on the following areas of systematic theology from a Full-Gospel perspective:1. The Doctrine of Scripture; 2. The Doctrine of God; 3. The Doctrine of Man; 4. The Doctrine of Sin; and 5. The Doctrine of Salvation.


Required Resources:  Book: “Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective” by J. Rodman Williams.

 

SYS 201 Systematic Theology II

Prerequisite: SYS 100 Systematic Theology I

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a detailed study on the following areas of systematic theology from a Full-Gospel perspective: 1. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit; 2. The Doctrine of Divine Healing; 3. The Doctrine of The Church; 4. The Doctrine of Angels; 5. The Doctrine of Last Things.


Required Resources:  Book: “Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective” by J. Rodman Williams.


SYS 500 Systematic Theology

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 4


This course provides a detailed study on the following areas of systematic theology from a Full-Gospel perspective: 1.  The Doctrine of Scriptures; 2.  The Doctrine of God; 3. The Doctrine of Man; 4. The Doctrine of Sin; 5. The Doctrine of Salvation; 6. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit; 7. The Doctrine of Divine Healing; 8. The Doctrine of the Church; 9. The Doctrine of Angels; 10. The Doctrine of Last Things.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective” by J. Rodman Williams.


THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (THE)


THE 100/500 Basic Hermeneutics

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course of study will thoroughly train the student in proper Biblical interpretation.  Proper methodology and a brief history of hermeneutics are covered as well as exploring seventeen basic principles for interpreting any passage of Scripture.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation” by Henry A. Virkler.


THE 402/702 The Well-Defined Philosophy

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Wilfred Kent, Ph.D.


This module is designed to train the student in principles for research, testing and finding truth.  Topics include Trojan Horses for Modern Deception; What is - Philosophy; Popular Winds of Philosophy; Dynamics of Understanding; Determinants of Truth; Systems for Investigation; Values and That Which Matters Most; God’s Communication with Man; Life in the Spirit; Spiritual Amalgamation; and the Christian’s Declaration of Independence.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Wilfred Kent; (2) “Frankly Speaking” by Dr. Wilfred Kent.


THE 403 Essay on Biblical Studies

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This is the final project for the completion of the Bachelor of Biblical Studies Program.  The student is to develop a 15,000 word essay on an approved subject dealing with ministry, the Bible or some theological subject.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.  


Required Resources:  Book: “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian.  


THE 800 Thesis

Prerequisite:  None

Semester Credit Hours: 5


This is the final project for the completion of the Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Divinity Program.  The student is to develop a 25,000 word thesis on an approved subject dealing with ministry, the Bible or some theological subject.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.  


Required Resources:  Book: “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian.  


APOLOGETICS (APL)


APL 500 Exploring Approaches to Apologetics

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Gordon R. Lewis, Ph.D., Lecturer


The course compares biblical, historical and recent approaches to defending faith in God, Christ and Scripture.  It emphasizes the contrast between Peter’s method of reasoning among the Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 2) and Paul’s among the Gentiles in Athens (Acts 17).  It compares the still influential approaches of Augustine and Aquinas.  However, the bulk of the course examines six approaches to apologists who lead in the resurgence of evangelicalism during the last half of the twentieth century.  Each approach uses different starting points and forms of argument: empirical/inductive, rational/deductive, self-authenticating presuppositions, self-authenticating mystical experiences and hypothesis/verification.  Students are encouraged to integrate the strengths of the varied approaches.  The last three lectures, exhibiting the lecturer’s synthesis, are entitled: Why I believe in God, Why I believe in Jesus Christ, and Why I believe in the Bible.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Gordon R. Lewis; (2) Book: “Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims: Approaches to Christian Apologetics” by Gordon Lewis; (3) Book: “Intellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Myths: Building Bridges to Faith through Apologetics” by Alister E. McGrath; (4) Book:  “The Universe Next Door” by James W. Sire.


APL 501 Christian Ethics: A Biblical Theology of Morality

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: James M. Grier, Th.D., Lecturer


An examination of the theories of oblication and the theories of value from a philosophical perspective.  A Biblical theology of oblication and a Biblical theology of value are presented along with their implications for decision-making in personal life and church life.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. James Grier; (2) Book: “An Introduction to Biblical Ethics” by Robertson McQuilkin.


DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGY


PASTORAL/BIBLICAL COUNSELING (CSN)


CSN 100/500 The Psychology of Biblical Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2


This module covers the basic philosophies behind modern pastoral counseling, basic ethics and techniques as well as guidelines for knowing when to refer.


Required Resources:  Book: “Psychology Counseling” by Dr. Clyde Narramore.


CSN 101/501 The Well-Adjusted Personality

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Wilfred Kent, Ph.D.


This module provides a detailed study of personality growth and development from a Biblical perspective.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Wilfred Kent; (2) Book: “I Can Change the Shape of My World” by Dr. Wilfred Kent.


CSN 202 Foundations of Biblical Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BCF Lecturer:  G. Borger, Ph.D.


This module trains the counselor in the basics of biblical living and counseling and establishes the essential biblical principles necessary for victorious living.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. G. Borger; (2) Book: “Self-Confrontation” by Dr. G. Borger with accompanying workbook.


CSN 203 Frankly Speaking

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturer: Wilfred Kent, Ph.D.


This module provides a detailed study on effective communications in the home, church, workplace and in counseling.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Wilfred Kent; (2) Book: “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” by Dr. Wilfred Kent.


CSN 204 Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3/2

BLCS Lecturer: Raymond Fabing, Ph.D., LPC


A complete study of the basis for Pastoral Counseling, various modalities used and how to prepare oneself and the layministers in your ministry to provide quality Pastoral Counseling.


Required Resources:  (1) 12 audio taped lectures by Dr. Raymond Fabing. (Note: Textbook provided by BLCS).


CSN 305 Pastoral Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This module provides a detailed study of the pastor as a care giver and counselor and provides a detailed model for providing true pastoral care.


Required Resources:  Book: “Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing & Growth” by Howard Clinebell.


CSN 306 Misbelief Therapy

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module looks at how the way we think can affect the way we act and provides a thorough module of counseling to help counselees renew their minds to the Word of God.


Required Resource:  (1) Book: “Telling Yourself the Truth” by William Backus & Marie Chapian and (2) Book: “Telling the Truth to Troubled People” by William Backus.


CSN 307/507 The Exciting Christian Marriage

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

BLCS Lecturers:  Wilfred Kent, Ph.D.  & Donna Kent, Ph.D.


This module provides a detailed examination of domestic and family relationships from a Biblical perspective.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Wilfred & Dr. Donna Kent; (2) Book: “God Said Let There Be Sex” by Dr. Wilfred Kent.


CSN 408 Understanding Temperaments

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides a complete study on theories behind temperament, it’s use in Pastoral Counseling and Christian discipleship.  It also provides an introduction to the use of the Biblical Personality Profile (developed by Performax) and certification for its use.


Required Resources:  Book: “Transforming Your Temperament” by Tim LaHaye.


CSN 409 Competent to Counsel

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides of study of how the Body of Christ can be used of God to minister to each others needs.  Based on the work of Dr. Jay Adams.


Required Resources:  “Competent to Counsel” by Jay Adams.


CSN 410 Essay on Biblical Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This is the final project for the Bachelor of Biblical Counseling Program.  The student is to write a 15,000 word essay on an approved subject within Biblical Counseling.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.


Required Resources: Book: “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian.  


CSN 511 Pastoral Counseling Ethics

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module explores the ethics needed in Pastoral counseling in today’s complex world.


Required Resources:  “Christian Counseling Ethics: A Handbook for Therapists, Pastors and Counselors” by Randolph K. Sanders.


CSN 512 The Church and Pastoral Care

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course studies in detail the Church regaining its identity as a care giver and ways of implementing this in the local church.


Required Resources:  Course currently under revision.


CSN 513 Premarital Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course studies in detail the need of premarital counseling and a step-by-step program for conducting premarital counseling in the context of Pastoral ministry.


Required Resources:  “Premarital Counseling Handbook” by H. Norman Wright.


CSN 514 Marital Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a study of integrating a Biblically based theory of marriage and marriage therapy with analysis at three levels: The individual, the couple and the family.


Required Resources:  “Solving Marriage Problems” by Jay Adams.


CSN 515 Crisis Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides a detailed model and various methods used in crisis counseling from a Pastoral perspective.


Required Resources:  Book: “The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling” by H. Norman Wright.


CSN 516 Selective Readings in Biblical Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course allows the student to broaden his education in areas of counseling not covered in the normal curriculum by allowing him to choose six (6) books in various areas of interest and develop a report on each.


Required Resources: Chosen by student.


CSN 800 Thesis

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 5


This is the final project for the completion of the Master Biblical Counseling and the Master of Divinity in Biblical Counseling.  The student is to develop a 25,000 word thesis on an approved subject in the area of Biblical Counseling.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.  


Required Resources: Book: “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations”


PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)


PSY 100/500 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This module examines the foundational principles of counseling and psychology from a secular perspective with a Christian slant.


Required Resources:  “Introduction to Psychology and Counseling: Christian Perspectives and Applications” by Meier, Minirth, Wichern, and Ratcliff.


COUNSELING SUPERVISION (SPV)


SPV 200 Counseling Supervision I

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This module requires a minimum of 100 hours of counseling supervision under an approved supervisor.  The first 60 hours are to be student observation and the remaining 40 to be co-counseling.


SPV 301 Counseling Supervision II

Prerequisite: SPV 200 Counseling Supervision I

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module requires a minimum of 100 hours of counseling supervision under an approved supervisor.  Supervision can be a combination of co-counseling and then observation by the supervisor.


SPV 402 Counseling Supervision III

Prerequisite:  SPV 301 Counseling Supervision II

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module requires a minimum of 100 hours of counseling supervision under an approved supervisor.  A final 15 page reflection paper is also required on the experiences of the student.


SPV 800 Counseling Supervision

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 9


The student is to complete a minimum of 800 hours of supervision from an experienced Pastoral Counselor who possesses a Doctorate in some field of counseling and is approved by the Seminary.  A minimum of 25% of all supervision must be completed via face-to-face.


DEPARTMENT OF CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY

DEVELOPMENT


PREACHING (PRE)


PRE 200 Homiletics

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer: Apostle Gary Crowder


This course of study provides the student with ten steps required in the development of a sermon.  Any student completing this course will know how to write and deliver a sermon under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.


Required Resources:  (1) 10 Audio lectures by Apostle Gary Crowder; (2) Book: “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson; (3) Book: “The Language of Love” by Gary Smalley.


GENERAL MINISTRY (GMN)


GMN 501 Church Leadership and Administration

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D., Lecturer


A course designed to develop leadership potential in students and to give them a familiarity with the various elements of the administrative process, including: goal setting and achieving, organization, delegation, human relations, group dynamics, supervision, and the training of other leaders.  Though the principles are universal, the focus on the course is the Christian organization, particularly the local church.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 taped lectures by Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel; (2) Book: “Transforming Leadership: Jesus’ Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values & Empowering Change” by Leighton Ford; (3) Book: “Feeding & Leading” by Kenneth Gangel.


GMN 502 Interpersonal Communications and Conflict Management in Churches and Christian Organizations

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D. and Samuel D. Canine, Ph.D., Lecturers


An examination of the process of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships within Christian organizations, with attention given to communication models, self-concept, non-verbal messages, stress and other strategies that will assist the Christian leader in developing interpersonal communication skills and the productive use of conflict.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Kenneth Gangel; (2) Book: “Making Friends and Making Them Count” by Emory M. Griffin; (3) Book: “The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflicts” by Ken Sande.


EVANGELISM, CHURCH PLANTING & MISSIONS (ECM)


ECM 500 Introduction to World Christian Missions

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: William D. Taylor, Ph.D., Lecturer


An introductory survey of the theology, history, culture, politics, and methods of the Christian mission, with special emphasis on recent developments, crucial issues and future trends, ending with a study of missions in the local church.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. William Taylor; (2) Book: “The New Context of World Missions” by Bryant L. Myers; (3) Book: “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” by Ralph D. Winter.


ECM 501 The History of Missions

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course:  J. Herbert Kane, L.H.D., Lecturer


The course traces the historic development of the Christian mission in chronological sequence from Pentecost to William Carey (1793).  The modern period is developed along geographical lines: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe.  The course closes with an attempt to evaluate the achievements of the past and the prospects of the future.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Herbert Kane; (2) Book: “A Global View of Christian Missions” by J. Herbert Kane; (3) Book: “A History of Christian Missions” by Stephen Neill.


ECM 502 Urban Mission and Ministry

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Roger S. Greenway, Th.D., Lecturer


A course that focuses on Christian missions and ministry in the world’s growing cities.  The Biblical basis for urban ministry is presented and case studies of effective urban strategies worldwide are examined.  Attention is given to urban issues such as ministry to the poor and homeless, pastoring and raising a family in the city, and planting urban churches.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Roger Greenway; (2) Student will perform required reading from various journal articles included with course materials.  Collateral reading will be from an expanded bibliography.


ECM 503 Missionary Encounters with World Religions

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Harvie M. Conn, Th.M., Litt.D., Lecturer


An introduction to the theology of religions.  A biblical theology of religions is developed against the background of extensive study of current models of approach.  Using major religious systems as examples, five characteristics of all religions are sketched.  Some practical suggestions for evangelistic approach are proposed.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Harvie Conn; (2) Student will read from a variety of journal articles included with course materials.  Other required readings are available at a local library.


ECM 504 Theologies of Liberation

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course: Kenneth B. Mulholland, D.Th.P., Lecturer


A survey of liberation theologies with particular attention to their historical development and thematic elaboration in the social and religious context of Latin America.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio taped lectures by Dr. Jonathan Chao; (2) “Introduction to Liberation Theology” by Leonardo Boff; (3) “A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics & Salvation” by Gustavo; (4) “Liberation Theology” by Emilio C. Nunez.


ECM 505 A History of the Church in China Since 1949

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

ITS Course:  Jonathan Chao, Ph.D., Lecturer


This course reviews the history of Protestant Christianity in Socialist China since 1949 and outlines this period in twelve sections dealing with the changing political movements and their impact on religious policy; the rise of the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM); Christian suffering during the cultural revolution; and the emergence and growth of the thriving house churches.  Detailed development of the house church evangelistic and leadership training methods is verified with illustrations from field experience.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Jonathan Chao; (2) Student will read from the two-volume expanded study guide from ITS.


ECM 506 African Theology and Religions

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2

ITS Course: Tite Tienou, Ph.D., Lecturer


An introduction to Christian theologizing in Africa against the background of African cultures and religions.  Since Africa has witnessed a rapid expansion of the Christian faith, it is imperative that people interested in Christian ministry in the continent should familiarize themselves with the major issues involved in developing an authentic Christian theology within the contemporary context of the continent.  After a brief examination of how to study and understand Africa, the course will focus on factors which led to the debate on Christian theologizing in Africa.  Descriptions and analyses of African religions will be provided.  African theology will be studied in depth.


Required Resources:  (1) 24 audio lectures by Dr. Tite Tienou; (2) Book: “African Theology in Its Social Context” by Benezet Bujo; (3) Book: “Theology in Africa” by Kwesi Dickson; (4) Book: “Reinventing Christianity: African Theology Today” by John Parratt; (5) Book: “African Religions” by Benjamin C. Ray.


SPECIAL STUDIES (SPT)


SPT 200 Directed Readings

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


Student is to consult a specified number of resources for further study of a particular subject.  Reports on each of these resources are submitted.


Required Resources:  Books of the student’s choice.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (CED)


CED 501 Introduction to Christian Education

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This module provides a complete overview of Christian Education in the local Church.


Required Resources:  Book: “Teaching for Spiritual Growth: An Introduction to Christian Education” by Perry G. Downs.


CED 502 Christian Educational Psychology

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides a comprehensive study of the psychology of Christian education.


Required Resources:  Book: “Created to Learn: A Christian Teacher’s Introduction to Educational Psychology” by William R. Yount.


CED 503 Spiritual Formation

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides a variety of concepts in using Christian education and discipleship to promote spiritual maturity within the local church.


Required Resources:  Book:  “The Christian Educators Handbook for Spiritual Formation” Edited by Kenneth Gangel & James Wilhort.


CED 504 History & Philosophy of Christian Education

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides both the history and development of a variety of educational philosophies within Christian Education.


Required Resources:  Book: “Christian Education: It’s Philosophy and History” by Kenneth Gangel & Warren Benson.


CED 505 Creative Bible Teaching

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This module covers many methods within Christian teaching that are both creative and effective.


Required Resources: (1) Book: “Creative Bible Teaching” by Lawrence Richards (2) “The Christian Educators Handbook on Teaching” by Gangel & Hendricks.


CED 506 Advances in Christian Education

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


In this module, the student will examine the foundation of Christian teaching, patterns and processes of Christian teaching, crucial roles in and varieties within Christian teaching.


Required Resources:  Book:  “The Christian Educators Handbook on Teaching” by Gangel & Hendricks.


CED 507  Foundations for the Future

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides a detailed study in the challenges facing Christian education for future generations.


Required Resources:   Book:  “Christian Education: Foundations for the Future” by Robert E. Clark.


CED  508  Christian Education Administration

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This module provides a detailed study on administration for church departments of education and Christian schools.


Required Resources:  “Christian Schools: How to Get a School Going and Keep it Growing” by Dennis Demuth & Carol Demuth.


CE 815 Christian Education Field Project

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 7


The student is to develop two courses.  One will be designed for use in nontraditional Christian education.  The second course will be designed to teach in a campus setting.  The student is to design workbooks, class lectures and final exams.  He is then to teach the course locally and audio tape the lectures.  Administrative records, lectures, notes and all other materials will be turned in for grading.


CED 817  Thesis – Christian Education

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 5


This is the final project for the completion of the Master of Christian Education degree.  The student is to develop a 25,000 word thesis on a topic approved by the Seminary dealing with some aspect of Christian education.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.  


Required Resources:  Book: “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian.  


DEPARTMENT OF BIBLICAL LIFE EDUCATION


BLE 500 Introduction to Biblical Life Education

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This program provides a detailed overview of how discipleship can bring healing and restoration to the Body of Christ.


Required Resources:  Course currently under revision.


BLE 501 Teleios Therapy

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Lecturer: Gary A. Jung, Ph.D.


Teleios Therapy provides a study of temperament, personality, character and spirituality and shows the student how to bridge the gap from where he is to where God wants him to be.  The course provides testing instruments that can be used to find where a person is in each of these areas.


Required Resources:  (1) Audio lectures by Dr. Jung on CD; (2) Book: “Bridgegap Therapy: Bridging the Design Gap” by Dr. Gary Jung.


BLE 502  Comparative Studies in Counseling

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This study compares Teleios Therapy to many of the various counseling theories that are available today and shows how Teleios  Therapy can be more effective for Christian ministry.


Required Resources:  Book: “Comparative Studies in Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Gary Jung.


BLE 503 Transforming the Inner Man

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 4


This study provides a detailed study of bringing inner healing and wholeness through the Word of God to those that have been hurt by life.


Required Resources:  Book:  “The Transformation of the Inner Man” by John & Paula Sanford.



BLE 504 Healing the Wounded Hearted

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This study provides a detailed program of bringing healing and restoration to the wounded hearted in our generation.


Required Resources:  Book: “Healing the Wounded Spirit” by John & Paula Sanford.


BLE 505 Freedom through Discipleship

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course is based upon the works of Dr. Neil Anderson for bringing healing, deliverance and freedom to those held captive by Satan and their past through true Biblical discipleship.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Helping Others Find Freedom in Christ” by Neil T. Anderson.


BLE 506 Healing Women’s Emotions

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course deals with inner healing and restoration for emotional challenges that women face today.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Healing Women’s Emotions” by Paula Sanford.


BLE 507 Healing Victims of Sexual Abuse

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 2


This course is designed to provide Biblical means of restoring those that have been sexually abused.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Healing Victims of Sexual Abuse” by Paula Sanford.


BLE 508 Restoring the Christian Family

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This study provides a detailed understanding of what God intended for the family and how through Biblical discipleship, the true design of the family can be restored.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Restoring the Christian Family” by John & Paula Sanford.


BLE 509 Christians and Adultery

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This study provides solid reasons why many commit adultery and Biblical cures that will last a lifetime.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Why Some Christians Commit Adultery – Causes and Cures” by John L. Sanford.


BLE 510 Healing and Deliverance I

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


The course provides a theological foundation for a ministry of deliverance and deals with many hard hitting theological issues concerning deliverance and demonology.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Healing through Deliverance 1 – The Biblical Basis” by Peter Horrobin.


BLE 511 Healing and Deliverance II

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 3


This course provides many practical issues of deliverance in ministry.  How demons enter, how to prepare someone for deliverance and how to cast out demons are covered in this course.


Required Resources:  Book:  “Healing through Deliverance 2 – The Practical Ministry” by Peter Horrobin.


BLE 600 Biblical Life Education Practicum

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 9


This student is to complete 600 hours of practicum in Biblical Life Education with an approved supervisor.


BLE 610 Thesis

Prerequisite: None

Semester Credit Hours: 5


This is the final project for the completion of the Master of Ministry in Biblical Life Education.  The student is to develop a 25,000 word thesis on an approved subject dealing with Biblical Life Education.  The Seminary uses the Turabian format for all essays and theses.  (A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian.  Published by the University of Chicago Press.)



Note:  At BLCS, we strive to provide cutting-edge studies for our student body.  We are constantly updating, modifying, and developing new modules.  When a student enrolls or is provided the next volume of materials, our staff will ensure the most up-to-date studies are provided.