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STUDENT ORIENTATION & RECEPTION Have you considered taking a class, earning a college degree, or enrolling in a certificate program? This orientation is a must for potential and currently enrolled students. It will allow you to meet faculty and staff, consider your options, answer your questions, have a one-time opportunity to obtain a student ID, and learn how to finish with success. Thursday, January 8, 6-8 pm.
2015 SPRING COURSES/SEMINARS
 
SAMUEL, KINGS, CHRONICLES
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
The books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles comprise six of the twelve books of Old Testament history. They are extremely relevant for today, largely in a setting of tumultuous times with plenty of political and spiritual ups and downs for the Israelites. Most of the Old Testament books after them fit within their framework. These books present challenges for the student of God's Holy Word. They are lengthy, complex, and contain difficult chronological issues. We will seek to unravel difficulties and bring clarity and order to the understanding of this important section of Scripture.
Course Number: BIB 373
Date / Time: Fifteen Mondays, January 12 , 26 - April 27; 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $199 for personal growth or $345 for 3 semester credits


$199 for Personal Growth
$345 for 3 semester credits


GLOBAL MISSIONS: Using Materials from Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
Instructor: Teri Christmas, M.Div.
In this course, students will be exposed to Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives on global missions. Students will see how God initiates and advances His plan, works with His people for the completion of His purpose, and draws many people from every group to glorify Christ. Students will gain practical tools for developing a mission strategy in their local congregations as they expand their view of the world and see how the Great Commission is, can, and will be completed.
Course Number: MIS 460 / 560
Date / Time: Fifteen Mondays, January 12, 26, - April 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $199 for personal growth or $345 for 3 semester credits
Required Text: “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader”, ISBN-13: 978-0878083909

$199 for Personal Growth
$345 for 3 semester credits


PETER AND JAMES
Instructor: Margaret Swinger, M.A.
The directives for Christians found in the books of Peter and James will be analyzed. In these letters, the emphasis is on suffering, holiness, and authenticity in the Christian life.
Course Number: BIB 360 / 361
Date / Time: Ten Tuesdays, January 13 - March 17, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $119 for personal growth or $215 for 2 semester credits


$119 for Personal Growth
$215 for 2 semester credits


INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH HISTORY
Instructor: John Spicer, M.Div.
This course is a brief overview of the development of the church and its expansion from Pentecost to the present. Students will master the framework of history, major ideas, and the developments and figures of each period. Students will reflect on the relationship of history and God's providence, the relationship of history and faith, and the missionary nature of the church.
Course Number: HIS 411 / 511
Date / Time: Fifteen Tuesdays, January 13 - April 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $199 for personal growth or $345 for 3 semester credits
Required Text: “A Concise History of Christian Thought” by Tony Lane, Baker Books. ISBN: 0801031591

$199 for Personal Growth
$345 for 3 semester credits


INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
The New Testament contains vital information found nowhere else on vital issues such as forgiveness, purpose, life, death, salvation, and much more. This class will be a survey of New Testament revelation and will emphasize the mastery of Bible content and structure, knowledge of the historical framework of this period, and basic concepts of Biblical interpretation. Join us in a look at basic matters about each New Testament book, the life and ministry of our Lord, the history of the first-century church, and many other issues relevant for our lives today.
Course Number: BIB 501
Date / Time: Fifteen Tuesdays, January 13 - April 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $199 for personal growth or $345 for 3 semester credits


$199 for Personal Growth
$345 for 3 semester credits


BOOK OF RUTH: A GUIDE FOR TROUBLED TIMES
Instructor: Brian Bailey, Author
he biblical character of Ruth was a person who traveled a difficult road in life. Her book tells us the path she took from the terrible darkness of tragedy to the glorious light of God's mercy and gracious provision. Come travel the road with Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi, and see God work to bring healing and blessing.
Course Number: BIB 436
Date / Time: Five Thursdays, January 15, 29 - February 19, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit
Required Text: “Ruth, A Guide for Troubled Times” by Brian Bailey. ISBN: 978-09753446-3-7

$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


NEW TESTAMENT GREEK 2-B
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
Greek is an invaluable tool for studying the Bible first-hand. This course is the second half of second-year New Testament Greek. In this semester students will complete a year-long series of readings from every New Testament author, including the entire book of Romans. They will be introduced to intermediate and advanced study resources. Students will solidify their knowledge of beginning grammar, acquire competence in intermediate grammar, and be equipped to continue developing in their knowledge and handling of Greek beyond this course, with or without formal class work.
Course Number: LANG 412B / 612B
Date / Time: Fifteen Thursdays, January 15 - April 23, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $199 for personal growth or $345 for 3 semester credits
Required Text: A Koine Greek Testament

$199 for Personal Growth
$345 for 3 semester credits


TIMOTHY AND TITUS IN A NUTSHELL (Seminar)
Instructor: Kay Campbell-Williams, M.A.
Paul wrote Timothy and Titus powerful letters that served as combatting leadership and conduct manuals to solidify the churches in Ephesus and Crete by combating false teachings with sound doctrine, developing qualified leaders by teaching God's Word, and describing Christian conduct in the context of both talking and walking the Christian life. These letters are as meaningful and useful to Christians today as they were in Paul's time.
Course Number: BIB 404
Date / Time: Saturday, January 17, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 for personal growth or $49 for .5 semester credit


$25 for Personal Growth
$49 for .5 semester credits


PRAYER AND THE TABERNACLE: RULING FROM MT. ZION'S PERSPECTIVE (Seminar)
Instructor: Kim Johnson, Executive Director (Watchman Arise International)
This course is an exploration of King David's establishment of Mt. Zion, the capital city of Israel, and the tabernacle of David (1 Chron. 15-29). David set up everything from prayer to worship teams to the appointment of Israel's kingdom administrators from the posture of worship and prayer. Learn how to enter into the modern-day call to restore the Tabernacle of David (Amos 9:11, Acts 15:16).
Course Number: MIN 315 / 515
Date / Time: Saturday, January 24, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $35 for personal growth or $59 for .5 semester credit


$35 for Personal Growth
$59 for .5 semester credits


GRECO-ROMAN HOUSES AND NEW TESTAMENT INTERPRETATION (Seminar)
Instructor: Armando Rodriquez, Ph.D.
The early church used houses as their sanctuaries. This is a pictorial journey through archeological digs at Pompeii and Herculaneum, cities destroyed in 79 AD by the Vesuvius Volcano, and the architecture of their residences which brings understanding to the New Testament.
Course Number: HIS 415
Date / Time: Saturday, January 31, 9 am - 1 pm
Cost: $12.50 for personal growth or $25 for .25 semester credit


$12.50 for Personal Growth
$25 for .25 semester credits


WORLDVIEW FOUNDATIONS FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (Seminar)
Instructor: Freddy Davis, D.Min.
In modern culture, an understanding of worldview is essential for every Christian who is serious about faithfully living out his or her faith in the world. This course is designed to provide a broad philosophical and practical understanding of worldview as it relates to the Christian's interaction with modern culture. In the course you will study: (1) What is worldview and what are the worldview possibilities? (2) What does the Christian worldview really look like? (3) How does the Christian worldview relate to one's personal relationship with God? and (4) How does the Christian worldview relate to one's witness?
Course Number: THE 412 / 612 or MIS 412 / 612
Date / Time: Saturday, February 7, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 for personal growth or $49 for .5 semester credit
Required Text: "Christian Radical Basic Training Manual" ($15; available at seminar)

$25 for Personal Growth
$49 for .5 semester credits


INTRODUCING THE CHURCH FATHERS
Instructor: Gil Crosby, D.Min.
This class will provide a short introduction to the Church Fathers, who they are, the world they lived in, some important theological themes they embraced, and some short readings from a selection of these ancient Christian authors. Each of the five classes will be a combination of a presentation giving background to the Fathers and a class discussion of the assigned readings.
Course Number: HIS 435
Date / Time: Five Thursdays, February 26 - March 26, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit.
Required Text: “Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction” by Bryan M. Liftin, Brazos Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-58743-196-8

$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


BE HEALED (Seminar)
Instructor: Robert A. Schuchts, Ph.D.
Whether we realize it or not we are each wounded and in need of healing. Our physical illnesses, spiritual afflictions, and psychological infirmities are profoundly intertwined. Healing any one part necessitates influence on our entire being. This seminar will guide you into your own healing encounter with Jesus.
Course Number: CNS 467 / 667
Date / Time: Saturday, February 28, 9 am - 1 pm
Cost: $12.50 for personal growth or $25 for .25 semester credit
Required Text: "Be Healed" by Dr. Robert Schuchts. ISBN: 1594714762, Ave Maria Press.

$12.50 for Personal Growth
$25 for .25 semester credits


THE ATTACK LAMBS: PRAYER THAT CHANGES THE WORLD (Seminar)
Instructor: Rev. Mark Geppert, President/Founder, S.E. Asia Prayer Center
The Attack Lambs will teach you the bold strategies needed to combat the four forces of spiritual darkness. It will give you the three essential disciplines so you can do effective spiritual warfare. It will show you how to identify the five pressure points that can change a city or a nation. We can't always control personal circumstances, but we can change our environment through prayer.
Course Number: MIN 317 / 517
Date / Time: Friday, April 17 (7 - 8 pm) and Saturday, April 18 (9 am - 1 pm)
Cost: $25 for personal growth or $49 for .5 semester credit
Required Text: "The Attack Lambs" by Mark Geppert (available at seminar)

$25 for Personal Growth
$49 for .5 semester credits


INTRO TO CHRIST-CENTERED BIBLE STUDY (Seminar)
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
The Old Testament is not primarily about ancient Middle Eastern history, obscure events, or long, hard-to-pronounce foreign names. These provide background information for a much more important focus: Jesus Christ Himself! Learn about prophecies, foreshadowings, Christophanies, and much more. We will also look at how the New Testament views Christ. These few hours of introduction to genuine Christ-centered Bible study can revolutionize your whole view, understanding, and experience with Scripture.
Course Number: MIN 481 or CED 481
Date / Time: Saturday, April 25, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $35 for personal growth or $59 f or .5 semester credit


$35 for Personal Growth
$59 for .5 semester credits


EFFECTIVE BIBLE TEACHING
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
The term "Effective Bible Teaching" can refer to effective teaching of the Bible, effective teaching as it was done in the Bible, or even that done by the Bible itself. The expression also raises important questions. What does it mean to be effective? How do we know when teaching is effective? What are components of effective Bible teaching? What makes an effective teacher? How does one become a more effective Bible teacher? In this course, we will seek to gain practical and useful insights about this vital form of ministry.
Course Number: BIB 400 / CED 452
Date / Time: Five Mondays, May 18, June 1 - 22, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $59 for personal growth or $105 for 1 semester credit


$59 for Personal Growth
$105 for 1 semester credits


LIFE COACHING FUNDAMENTALS
Instructor: Joseph "Joe" Amanfu, Ph.D.
Coaching is a process that helps individuals produce extraordinary results in life, career, business, or organization. Specifically, a coach works with clients to: (1) discover, clarify, and align with goals; (2) encourage self-discovery - (Psalm 139:14) and God's potential for success and a purposeful life; (3) generate solutions and strategies based on the Word of God; (4) provide accountability. Life Coaching enables people or organizations to reach new levels of success.
Course Number: MIN 459
Date / Time: Five Mondays, May 18, June 1 - 22, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit
Required Text: "The Coach's Journey" ($20, available at the Center)

$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


CHRIST AND THE COVENANTS
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
A solid understanding of covenants is vital for a sound and foundational understanding of the entire Bible and of the Christian faith. The Bible is divided into the Old and New Covenants (or Testaments). The word "covenant" occurs some 300 times in Scripture. The institution of the New Covenant in Christ's blood shortly before the crucifixion was a pivotal event in history. The Church is, by its nature, a covenant community. This course will present important covenant concepts and how they are fulfilled in Christ.
Course Number: BIB 406 / 606
Date / Time: Five Tuesdays, May 19 - June 16; 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $59 for personal growth or $105 for 1 semester credit


$59 for Personal Growth
$105 for 1 semester credits


PASTORAL MINISTRY: HOW TO SHEPHERD BIBLICALLY
Instructor: Joseph W. Henderson, D.D.
An essential role of a pastor is to feed and lead his or her congregation. To fulfill this aspect of your calling effectively, you must acquire the basic training and skills that will enable you to function as a shepherd after God's heart (Psalm 78:70-72). Therefore, Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically is the course for you.
Course Number: MIN 411 / 611
Date / Time: Five Tuesdays, May 19 - June 16, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit
Required Text: "Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically" by John MacArthur and The Master's Seminary Faculty. Thomas Nelson, Publishers. ISBN: 1-4185-006-2

$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


THE BOOK OF JAMES (IN GREEK)
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
This course is for those who have had at least one year of New Testament Greek. We will read and translate the entire book of James from the Greek to better understand the text and the language in which it was originally written. Students will be challenged, helped, and encouraged in the honing of their skills in handling New Testament Greek properly and effectively.
Course Number: LANG 548
Date / Time: Five Thursdays, May 21 - June 18, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit
Required Text: A Koine Greek Testament

$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


CHALLENGES IN SERVANT-LEADERSHIP
Instructor: Alloydice Gaines
Servant-leaders submit themselves to Biblical principles and precepts in an effort to minister as Jesus demonstrated. However, serving and leading can bring challenges that are commonly shared. We will examine individual challenges and the importance of modeling excellence in Christian leadership that will make a difference with those we serve and lead. This will be an overview of exemplary Christian service and leadership and its effect.
Course Number: MIN 585
Date / Time: Ten Thursdays, May 21 - July 23, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $99 for personal growth or $195 for 2 semester credits


$99 for Personal Growth
$195 for 2 semester credits


INTRO TO NEW TESTAMENT GREEK (Seminar)
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
This seminar is intended for those who do not expect to take a full-length course in New Testament Greek, or are not sure whether they should take one. The Greek of the first century was a beautiful, precise, and well-organized language, uniquely suited for God's revelation to us in the New Testament. An understanding of New Testament Greek enables one to gain many exciting insights into the meaning of God's Holy Word. Learn fundamentals that will help you gain immediate benefit in your personal Bible study and in lesson and sermon preparation. You will also learn how to use study tools that do not require the ability to translate from Greek to English.
Course Number: LANG 401
Date / Time: Saturday, May 23, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 for personal growth or $49 for .5 semester credit


$25 for Personal Growth
$49 for .5 semester credits


CHRIST AND THE HOLY TIMES
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
This course will help the student to understand Bible calendars and the special observances commanded by God. Specifically, this includes the annual Levitical holy times of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles as well as the Sabbath, the New Moon, the Sabbatical Year, and the Year of Jubilee. They will be studied with a view to their historical basis, manner of observance, significance, practical application, and, especially, their fulfillment in Christ.
Course Number: BIB 405 / 605
Date / Time: Five Tuesdays, June 23 - July 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit


$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


EXPOSITORY PREACHING
Instructor: Joseph W. Henderson, D.D.
Biblical exposition: unleashing the power of God's Word. Acquire the skills and tools needed to preach sound Biblical truths from God's Word that will connect and transform the lives of your hearers. This course will address the ABCs of sermon preparation and delivery that will give any pulpiteer the confidence to proclaim God's Word through expository preaching. "Expository preaching is therefore that approach in which the explanation of Scripture forms the dominant feature and the organizing principle of the message...it sees as its fundamental task the explanation of the text in its context, the unfolding of its principles, and only then their application to the world of hearers." Sinclair Ferguson
Course Number: MIN 510
Date / Time: Five Tuesdays, June 23 - July 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or $95 for 1 semester credit
Required Text: “For Pastor” by Kent Philpott, IBSN No. 0920329601 and “Getting the gospel Right” by R. C. Sproul, ISBN #: 0801064473.

$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


EZRA TO ESTHER
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther are extremely relevant for today as they focus on outstanding leaders of God's people in times of crisis. In fact, valuable lessons from these books are frequently taught to and by leaders in business, government, the military, and the church. This short section of Scripture provides unique insights into the prized qualities and exemplary deeds of famous Bible heroes. Only these chapters present a detailed and focused history of the last portion of the Old Testament. They tell of rebuilding and restoration after a time of severe hardship.
Course Number: BIB 315-17 / 515-17
Date / Time: Five Thursdays, June 25 - July 23, 6 -8:30 pm
Cost: $49 for personal growth or 495 for 1 semester credit


$49 for Personal Growth
$95 for 1 semester credits


THE CHURCH, MINISTRY, AND THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS (Seminar)
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
Some of the toughest issues facing us today involve these three related topics. Both the Old and New Testaments provide abundant guidance and answers for all Christians, and for church leaders in particular. For the church to carry out its mission effectively, we dare not ignore the Scriptural concepts and principles examined in this class.
Course Number: MIN 451
Date / Time: Saturday, June 27, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $59 for personal growth or $105 for .5 semester credit


$59 for Personal Growth
$105 for .5 semester credits


EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN TRAINING
Instructor: David Hull, M.Div.
Training and teaching are closely related but are actually quite different processes, with different purposes, goals, and participants. Because actual training seldom takes place in churches, Christian colleges, or even seminaries, church members are often unqualified and unprepared to carry out the work of the church. Both testaments, and our Lord in particular, provide abundant guidance for all of God's people. Learn Biblical concepts and practical principles for all Christians to function and minister more effectively.
Course Number: MIN 482 or CED 482
Date / Time: Five Mondays, June 29 - July 27, 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $59 for personal growth or $105 for 1 semester credit


$59 for Personal Growth
$105 for 1 semester credits



 

 
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