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Bible Department
4701 James 1 Hours We   will   refer   to   the   practical   book   of   James   with   its   explanation   of   the   connection   between   faith   and   works,   together   with   its   call   for holy living.
101 Bible Survey 2 Hours Each   book   of   the   Bible   supports   and   amplifies   the   overall   Christocentric   theme   of   Scripture.   This   course   explores   that   theme   while   looking   at other   elements   such   as,   the   importance   of   Genesis   1-11   as   the   foundation   of   all   that   comes   afterwards,   the   groupings   of   Bible   books   (i.e. historical,   poetical,   prophetical,   etc.)   and   includes   the   memorization   of   books   of   the   Bible   –   both   in   Biblical   and   chronological   order   –   and mastery of general Bible knowledge.
201 Genesis         3 Hours Genesis,   the   book   of   beginnings,   lays   an   important   foundation   for   the   rest   of   Scripture.   It   provides   a   dramatic   account   of   the   origins of   mankind   and   his   universe.   It   tells   of   the   intrusion   of   sin   into   the   world,   the   catastrophic   effects   of   its   curse   on   the   race,   and   the beginning   of   God’s   plan   to   bless   the   nations   through   His   seed.   In   this   course   we   will   look   at   the   literary   structure   of   Genesis   while considering these themes and others such as the beginning of the natural world, human culture, and the people of Israel.
401 Leviticus         3 Hours This   study   of   Leviticus   will   take   a   look   at   the   Mosaic   Covenant   and   the   sacrifices   and   feasts   in   ancient   Israel.   Consideration   will   be given   to   the   three   major   parts   of   this   constitution   -   the   moral,   sacrificial,   and   juridical.   We   will   see   how   these   sacrifices   and   feasts are a basis for the Christian faith and how they may impact our lives as believers.
1701 Psalms 3 Hours The    Psalms    are    rich    with    the    inspired    responses    of    human    hearts    to    God’s    revelation    of    Himself.    They    provide    instruction, inspiration,   motivation   and   consolation   for   many   areas   of   life   and   have   been   used   by   believers   through   many   ages   in   public   and private   meditations.   This   course   will   consider   the   literary   style   of   the   Psalms   as   well   as   their   content   and   how   God   speaks   through them today.
2401 Minor Prophets 3 Hours Called,   “The   Twelve”   in   Hebrew   Scriptures,   these   Old   Testament   books,   often   misunderstood   and   maligned,   are   some   of   the   most passionate   of   God’s   cry   for   His   children.   Their   message   is   judgment,   yet   hopeful   of   a   better   future.   Special   attention   will   be   focused on their message for contemporary Christianity.
3001 Life of Christ 3 Hours As   the   most   significant   man   in   human   history,   the   life   of   Jesus   the   Messiah   takes   on   great   significance   for   anyone;   particularly   for those   who   have   already   acknowledged   Him   as   Lord.   This   course   is   designed   to   provide   a   survey   of   the   Biblical   narratives   of   the   life of Christ with an emphasis on the geographical and historical context within which Jesus lived, taught and served.
3101 Matthew 3 Hours The   teachings   of   Jesus   had   a   profound   impact   on   the   world   to   which   he   was   speaking,   and   it   is   no   different   today.   As   we   do   a textual   study   through   the   book   of   Matthew,   using   the   original   text   as   well   as   commentaries   and   various   translations,   we   will   focus on these teachings. The aim is not simply to know what Jesus said, but to make personal, life-changing applications.
3201 Sermon on the Mount 1 Hours As   the   longest   discourse   of   the   Lord   Jesus,   the   Sermon   on   the   Mount   (Matthew   5-7)   is   worthy   of   our   diligent   study.   In   this   course, we will do a systematic study of the text and allow the authoritative words of Jesus to work in our hearts and lives.  
3501 Gospel of John 3 Hours This   course   will   be   a   study   in   the   book   of   John,   discovering   Biblical   truths   and   the   great   themes   of   the   book.   We   want   to   observe   the activity   of   Jesus   as   recorded   in   John’s   Gospel.   We   also   want   to   look   at   the   unfolding   plan   of   redemption   through   Christ,   and   find practical messages for the believer today.
3601 Book of Acts 3 Hours “You   will   be   baptized   with   the   Holy   Spirit   not   many   days   from   now.”   The   book   of   Acts   records   the   history   the   New   Testament   church from    its    beginning    at    Pentecost    to    its    spread    through    the    preaching    of    the    apostles.    This    course    will    explore    the    historical background,   key   characters   and   the   beginning   of   the   church.   The   challenges,   methods,   and   success   of   early   church   missions   will   be examined.
3701 Book of Romans 3 Hours     This   course   will   only   begin   to   probe   the   depths   of   this   marvelous   book.   We   will   attempt   to   cover   these   themes:   Sin,   the   atonement, justification,   union   with   Christ,   God’s   plan   for   Israel,   and   Christian   liberty.   Some   special   attention   will   be   given   to   the   human   nature of   carnality   and   the   Roman   way   of   dealing   with   the   ongoing   struggle   with   sin   (Rom.   6-8).   This   will   include   some   practical   and personal application and involvement.
3801 I & II Corinthians 3 Hours This   first   letter   written   to   a   young   church   at   Corinth,   dealt   with   problems   facing   believers   as   they   sought   to   live   out   their   faith   in   an evil   environment.   Are   their   problems   relevant   to   us   today,   and   are   the   answers   applicable   as   well?   God’s   word   is   timeless,   which   we will   see   as   we   explore   this   important   New   Testament   book.   In   Paul’s   second   epistle   to   the   Corinthians,   Paul   defends   his   apostolic authority   and   ministry   against   some   who   opposed   him.   He   also   speaks   of   church   discipline,   giving,   repentance,   and   separation.   The emphasis of this class will be on the expository study of this most passionate of Paul’s epistles.
4401 I & I Timothy and Titus      2 Hours These   books,   referred   to   as   the   Pastoral   Epistles,   deal   with   how   church   should   be   done.   The   course   will   wrestle   with   the   text   of these   epistles   and   make   present   day   applications   from   an   Anabaptist   perspective.   Local   church   organization   and   ministry   will   be discussed at length.
4601 Hebrews 3 Hours This   course   will   focus   on   the   superior   life   and   ministry   of   Christ   and   His   priesthood,   as   we   study   how   Christ   fulfills   redemptive history. We will be looking at the five parenthetical warnings and issues of faith in this book.
Old Testament New Testament
2001 Isaiah                3 Hours The   prophet   Isaiah   has   been   referred   to   as   "the   Prince   of   the   Prophets."      This   course   will   explore   this   majestic   Old   Testament   book.     Significant   themes   in   Isaiah   include   the   character   of   God,   the   nature   of   sin,   and   God's   plan   to   provide   salvation   through   the   coming of the Messiah. 
2301 Daniel and Revelation 3 Hours “The   book   of   Daniel   has   been   called   the   Old   Testaments   counterpart   to   the   New   Testament’s   book   of   Revelation.   It   provides   many of   the   core   truths   by   which   one   may   understand   large   portions   of   predictive   prophecy   found   elsewhere   in   the   Scriptures.”   (Wood) “The   shadowy   figures   of   Old   Testament   prophecy   reappear   in   Revelation   with   more   substantial   form   and   more   clearly   defined lineament.   Yet   the   apocalypse   is   no   mere   amplification   of   earlier   prophecies;   it   is   the   final   unveiling   of   God   prophetic   program” (Tatford). The combining of these books, will provide a telescopic view of prophecy’s last word.
1801 Proverbs and Ecclesiastes 3 Hours We    live    in    an    age    when    access    to    information    is    exploding,    but    does    that    mean    we    are    wiser?    Knowledge    involves    the accumulation   of   facts   but   wisdom   is   the   ability   to   see   people,   events,   and   situations   as   God   sees   them.   The   book   of   Proverbs contains   answers   to   life’s   complex   problems.   In   Ecclesiastes   we   learn   that   meaning   in   life   comes   when   we   focus   on   the   eternal   God, not temporary pleasure, and that without God there is no logical or rational basis for morality.
3901 Galatians              1 Hours T he   churches   of   Galatia   included   Jewish   background   believers   who   struggled   to   understand   the   true   nature   of   the   Gospel. Galatians   gives   a   solid   defense   for   justification   by   faith   alone   in   Jesus   Christ.   Christ   has   freed   the   believer   from   bondage   to   the   Law (legalism) and bondage to sin (license). Those who are saved by faith are also called to live by faith (3:11).
4001 Ephesians      1 Hours Believers   have   a   responsibility   to   walk   according   to   their   heavenly   calling   in   Jesus   (4:1).   The   Apostle   Paul   emphasizes   the connection   between   sound   doctrine   and   right   practice   in   this   book   that   is   not   written   to   correct   error   but   to   prevent   error!   This book shows us that we cannot ignore “theology” and only discuss things that are “practical.” Our practice flows out of our belief.
4101 Philippians      1 Hours Written   from   prison   in   Rome,   the   Apostle   Paul   conveys   his   love   and   gratitude   for   the   believers   at   Philippi   and   exhorts   them   to   live   in unity,   holiness,   and   joy.   Christ   is   the   model   of   servanthood   and   humility,   and   He   is   the   one   who   transforms   our   lives.   Living   with   joy, peace, and hope in the midst of trial is conveyed in this epistle.  
4201 Colossians      1 Hours The   sufficiency   of   Christ   is   a   major   theme   in   the   book   of   Colossians.   He   is   sufficient   in   the   believer’s   life   for   both   salvation   and sanctification.   Christ   is   revealed   as   the   Creator,   Sustainer,   and   Redeemer.   Colossians   teaches   us   that   Christianity   is   a   way   of   life,   a relationship, and a family – it is not merely a religion.
4801 I & II Peter   2 Hours In I & II Peter, we will notice Scriptures dealing with our great salvation, as well as our hope for the new heavens and new earth!