Biblical Studies

The Diploma in Biblical Studies will give the student a solid biblical foundation. These studies are an excellent launching pad for those who want to go deeper in God's Word. The Diploma in Biblical Studies will enable the student to articulate and defend the biblical views of the major doctrines of God's Word, as well as providing a strong emphasis on the New Testament.

UNIT 1 - Gearing Up for Christian Studies

GEN 080 Introduction to Online Study
This course will serve as preparation for students to make a successful journey into the school's online learning environment. It will also provide an overview of strategies for student success including time and stress management, and effective study skills.
CF 103 Creative Bible Study Methods
This course equips students for personal study of the Word of God. Students learn how to study the Bible by book, chapter, paragraph, verse, and word. Other methods taught include biographical, devotional, theological, typological, and topical. Special guidelines for studying Bible poetry and prophecy are presented, and methods of charting and outlining are taught.
BTH 103 Major Concepts of Christian Doctrine
This course is a study of the major concepts of Christian theology and their interrelationships. We will explore how best to form theological beliefs and consider the doctrines of Scripture, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, sanctification, the church, and the last things.
BTH 100 History of the Bible
This course traces the history of the Bible and includes discussions of inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions.
NTS 100 New Testament Survey
An introduction to the New Testament that examines major themes, broad divisions, key scriptures, major personalities, and the structure and context of each book. Literary and historical backgrounds are also examined.
OTS 101 Old Testament Survey
This course helps students become aware of the major issues raised in the careful study of the Old Testament in the modern world. In order to better understand the material in the Old Testament, it is important to know the historical background, context, time period being addressed, authorship, and issues that are considered. For many of these questions, there are different points of view suggested by different scholars. It is important to know why scholars differ and to be able to explain this for our lessons or Bible studies.
NTS 203 Life of Christ
A historical, biographical, and exegetical study of the life and teaching of Jesus (during the last six months of his earthly ministry) as set forth in the four gospels.

UNIT 2 - Gearing Up for Ministry

BTH 109 Preparing for Ministry
This course will help students discover their calling and inspire them to place their God given gifts at the Lord's disposal. Principles of biblical vision and spiritual leadership are covered so as to help students become powerful servants of the Almighty.
CF 102 Intercessory Prayer
An introduction to the ministry of intercessory prayer. James 5:16 "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."
CF 104 Living in the Kingdom
This course introduces the student to patterns and principles of Kingdom living applicable to life and ministry.
CES 105 Personal Evangelism
This course is a study of evangelism ministry with special attention paid to the context of a local church setting.
MIS 309 How to Fight in the Spirit
This course moves participants beyond the natural world into the realm of the Spirit. Tactics of the enemy are analyzed and strategies of spiritual warfare assuring victory over the principalities and powers of the spirit world are explained. Guidelines for receiving and ministering healing will also be covered.
BTH 208 Basic Skills of Bible Interpretation
The aim of this course is to develop a working knowledge of the basic skills of biblical interpretation. Students will be introduced to the various skills needed to work with the different types of literature, or genre,found in the Bible as well as matters of context and content. The goal of this course is to help students to become skilled, life-long exegetes of God's Word.

UNIT 3 - Gearing Up for the Harvest

NTS 300 Acts
The book of Acts, also referred to as the "Acts of the Apostles" or the "Acts of the Holy Spirit", presents the exciting story of the beginning of the church. Through a rigorous exposition of the book of Acts, students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the early disciples' commitment to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
OTS 205 Historical Books
Christ in the Historical Books: The background information and the major themes of the 12 historical books of the Old Testament are reviewed in greater detail.
NTS 302 Epistles of Paul l
Paul's Letters to Churches and Individuals: This course is a study of the ministry and teachings of the Apostle Paul as recorded in the Pauline Epistles. The life setting of each letter is related to Paul's journeys described in the book of Acts. Special attention is given to the major theological themes of the epistles. Part I covers the Book of Galatians through II Thessalonians.
NTS 304 Epistles of Paul II - Romans
The Magna Carta of the Church: This course will provide an in-depth and exegetical study of the Epistle to the Romans emphasizing its contribution to Christian theology and life.
CHS 300 Biblical History of Israel
The Bible tells the story of God's redemptive work in the life and death of Jesus Christ through the human history of the nation of Israel and the early church. This course helps the student pinpoint the place and time of major events in salvation history.
OTS 406 Old Testament – Major Prophets
This course is a study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.

UNIT 4 - Gearing Up for the Victory

OTS 301 Old Testament Books of Poetry
The poetic books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are covered in detail. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.
OTS 204 Pentateuch
Five Books That Moses Wrote: This course features a survey of the Old Testament in the English Bible. Emphasis is placed on the major themes, key scriptures, and major personalities of each book. Special attention is given to the revelation and promise of Christ in each book.
NTS 408 Hebrews
New Testament Explained: This course is a detailed study of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
OTS 407 Old Testament - Minor Prophets
This course is a study of the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.
NTS 402 General Epistles
Letters of Faith, Hope and Love: The course provides a close reading of James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III, and Jude with special attention given to literary, socio-historical and theological understandings of the epistles.