master of arts in theology

Course Descriptions:

CS 501: Hermeneutics – introduces the grammatical-historical method of interpretation with a focus on author-centered interpretation. Attention will be given to practical methodology as well as examinations of genre, figures of speech, historical backgrounds, word studies, grammar and syntax, and resources for Bible study.

CS 530/HI 530: Baptist History – Baptist history to the present. Development of basic doctrine and polity will be discussed, as well as historically important Baptist men and women.

CS 532: Christian Theology I – a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Revelation, God, and Man.

CS 533: Christian Theology II – a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and Last Things.

CS 534: Doctrine of Revelation – a systematic study of the doctrine of revelation, focusing on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture.

CS 535: Ecclesiology – addresses the theology of the Free Church tradition, especially its relationship to the state, congregational polity, revivalism, and public invitations.

CS 551: Ministry Administration & Leadership – surveys the principles of effective business administration in ministry, the elements of a business meeting, Roberts Rules of Order, tax and legal issues, leadership principles, and conflict resolution.

CS 626: Ethics in Ministry – gives attention to decision-making in regard to current moral issues including those regarding the family, sexuality, pornography, the consumption of alcohol, and obscenity.

CS 632: Contemporary Apologetics – addresses defending Christian doctrines, especially concerning the problem of evil and suffering and various cults.

CS 640: Sermon Preparation – explores the construction of a biblical sermon.

CS 641: Preaching Lab – explores the theory and practice of delivering biblical sermons, including a preaching experience with peer critique. Prerequisite: Sermon Preparation.

CS 699: Local Church Internship – provides students with ministry experience under the guidance of a qualified supervisor in a local church and assistance in developing their philosophy of ministry.

GK 501: Foundations of Biblical Greek – an introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. The course emphasizes vocalization, vocabulary building, recognition of grammatical forms, and morphology of Greek words, basic syntax, basic translation strategies, and use of language software.

GK 601: New Testament Exposition in Greek – a critical and expositional study of New Testament texts in Greek emphasizing the proper use of biblical language tools and software. Prerequisite: Foundations of Biblical Greek.

HB 501: Foundations of Biblical Hebrew – an introduction to the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew. The course emphasizes vocalization, vocabulary building, recognition of grammatical forms, and morphology of Hebrew words, basic syntax, basic translation strategies, and use of language software.

HB 601: Old Testament Exposition in Hebrew – a critical and expositional study of Old Testament texts in Hebrew emphasizing the proper use of biblical language tools and software. Prerequisite: Foundations of Biblical Hebrew.

MI 501: Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting – outlines the foundational Biblical patterns and models for expanding the kingdom of God through the local church. Specific attention is given to the New Testament teachings and practices related to evangelism, discipleship and church planting with a view to application in the student's current local church experience.

MI 601: Cross-Cultural Ministries Practicum – provides the student guidance with developing and/or participating in a selected ministry in a cross-cultural context either locally, nationally or internationally. Oversight will be provided in order to increase the student's skills and understandings essential for fruitful cross cultural ministry.

PH 501: Logic and Critical Thinking – introduces principles of correct reasoning and their application to research and writing. The course emphasizes theories of meaning, language, critical thinking, reading skills, common causes of confusion and error in thought and argument, methods of analyzing and evaluating arguments objectively, and methods of constructing sound arguments based on relevant evidence.

PY 601: Biblical Counseling – outlines the various types of therapies used in biblical counseling and the theoretical frameworks guiding these therapies. Additionally, students will explore current debates about the validity and the use of these therapies.

 

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