PL251: Homiletics

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This course attempts to produce the best beginning preachers possible outside of a conventional classroom and within a short course period. The student will learn the fundamentals of the theology (purpose) of preaching as well as the practical aspects of expository preparation and preaching, storytelling, use of illustrations, and culturally sensitive preaching.

PL221: Systematic Theology 2

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With an historico-systematic approach this course explores the theological study of the doctrines of the work of the Holy Spirit, the gifts and fruit of the Spirit, the church and its order and ordinances, and the end times. Systematic Theology 2 attempts to give a coherent explanation of the doctrines of sanctification, ecclesiology, and eschatology, based primarily upon the Bible, from the context of culture, using current idiom, and related to issues in life.

PL211: Systematic Theology I

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This course exposes students to theology through a systematic approach, particularly in a Weslayan/Arminian context, with a focus on the doctrines of God, Christology, pneumatology, creation and man.

PL271: Fundamentals of Christian Leadership

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This course explores the principles of Christian leadership that create the underpinnings of every successful local church. The student will examine principles of leadership from a biblical basis and will learn to apply those principles to their specific local church situations so that they become adept at exercising active leadership.

PL531: Biblical Theology

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This course gives the student a foundational introduction to the content, discipline and practical application of biblical theology to serve as the foundation for practical ministry, systematic theology and the construction of a biblical way of understanding things, a biblical world view.

PL141: New Testament Survey

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A study of the literature, historical background, geography and significance of the books of the New Testament, this course emphasizes learning the structure, main themes, and interpretation of key verses and passages in each NT book as well as basic terms and facts.

PL121: Old Testament Survey

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How is the Bible like an onion? To find out, join us in studying the literature, historical background, geography and significance of the books of the Old Testament. When you learn to bridge the gap from original meaning to the contemporary significance of God’s revelation of Himself, you’ll discover that the Bible is not primarily about history, but about God. In lively class discussion, pat answers are challenged as students and eProf learn to live out Proverbs 27:17.

PL111: Biblical Interpretation

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Credits: 3 Hrs

Curriculum Author: Dr. Fred Long, revised by Steve Ganger Version: 1.0


Course Description:

This course is an introduction to methods of Bible study and to the principles of biblical interpretation. An inductive approach to biblical interpretation is emphasized.

[Prerequisite Courses: Study Prep and Writing Skills Development]

Course Objectives:

General: This course will introduce and train students in basic hermeneutical principles and methodology for interpreting Scripture in order to handle God’s Word properly—with its theological content and various historical settings and genres—for the purpose of preaching and teaching.

Specific: Through selected readings and by completing specified individual and group assignments, this course will train students to:

1) become sensitive to the historical and cultural gap between the modern reader and the ancient text and to learn the tools and strategies for bridging that gap

2) become proficient in interpreting the various literary figures, forms, and genres in the Bible (historical narrative, prophecy, parable, epistle, etc.)

3) recognize literary structures of various sorts used by the biblical authors to help convey meaning and truth

4) learn specific, complementary tasks involved with interpretation (word studies, grammatical and structural analyses, etc.)

5) learn an inductive approach to the interpretation of Scripture which involves careful observation, interpretation, application, and correlation into a biblical theology

6) prepare to teach other persons how to study the Bible inductively and with integrity

7) grow in one’s love for God and His wonderful Word and apply it in all of one’s life

Required Course Materials:

Duvall, J. Scott and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word: A Hand’s On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Duvall, J. Scott and J. Daniel Hays. Grasping God’s Word: A Hand’s On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible Workbook. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001.

Logos Bible Software Series X: Logos Digital Library System (Logos Research Systems, Bellingham, Washington).