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Course of Study

Our seminary training is designed to be completed in three years; each year is divided into three trimesters. Enrollment is year-round with students beginning classes in whichever trimester is in session when they arrive, continuing through the seasonal cycle until all nine trimesters are completed. 

Classes include lectures, open discussions, research projects and essays, as well as hands-on experience as students participate in church and ministry activities at our Graham campus.

 Course Calendar 

    Spring Trimester    Summer Trimester   Fall Trimester    
First Year 
                      Church History I   Doctrines II   General Epistles II
  Doctrines I
  General Epistles I   Minor Prophets I
  Historical Books I   Pneumatology   Pauline Epistles I
  Practical Theology I   Romans  
Second Year 
                            Anthropology   Acts   Cults
  Harmony of the Gospels
  Church History II   Doctrines III
  Major Prophets I   Genesis   Major Prophets II
  Revelation I   Historical Books II   Practical Theology II
Third Year    
    New Testament   Pastoral Epistles I   Dispensations 
  Pauline Epistles II   Pauline Epistles III   Hebrews
  Pulpit Delivery   Revelation II   Historical Books III
  Minor Prophets II     Pastoral Epistles II

 

Course Catalog 

212, ACTS. An applied study of the book of Acts, including discussions of the formation and features of the early church along with the work of the Apostles. Included in this study are the missionary journeys of Paul and their correlation to the epistles. This class provides a fascinating glimpse into the forces at work in the 1st century church and leaves students with a superior grasp of the emergence and expectations of the Christian church. (Y2 Su.)

211, ANTHROPOLOGY. This course explores man, his customs and the various cultures found around the world. Our instructors bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom as students learn the dynamics of ministering in a foreign culture. Informative and interactive, students are challenged with in-depth studies and stimulating class discussion. Our Anthropology course is designed to impart a global outlook and provide students with the fundamentals of understanding human cultures and practices in the light of Christian truth. (Y2 Sp.)

151, CHURCH HISTORY I. A study of the history of the church from its inception to the Reformation. The record of events is examined from a chronological and categorical standpoint with special emphasis placed upon pivotal persons and events. More than a litany of facts and dates, our instructors seek to bring history alive with animated lectures and interactive classroom discussion. Students will receive a working knowledge of the Christian church from an historical perspective within the greater context of world events. (Y1 Sp.)

222, CHURCH HISTORY II. A study of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present day. The record of events is examined from a chronological and categorical standpoint with special emphasis placed upon pivotal persons and events. More than a litany of facts and dates, our instructors seek to bring history alive with animated lectures and interactive classroom discussion. Students will receive a working knowledge of the Christian church from an historical perspective within the greater context of world events. (Y2 Su.)

213, CULTS. A comprehensive overview of the characteristics and doctrines of both major and minor cults including major world religions. The course is comprised of both comparative studies and actual case histories. Cults and world religions are grouped into categories based upon characteristics and doctrinal views, then explored in both summary and detail. Special emphasis is given to doctrinal comparisons between cult dogma and the scriptures. Students will gain a familiarization and practical knowledge of cults and major world religions along with their impact upon societies. (Y2 Fa.)

353, DISPENSATIONS.Timing is everything’, so they say. Well, in the context of God’s dealings with the human race, this phrase takes on a whole new meaning —Welcome to Dispensations. This far-reaching course is a multi-millennia journey through the history of God’s relations with mankind. It encompasses a sweeping analysis of time periods in the bible, and God’s interaction with men and women throughout the ages. From the distant echoes of the ‘beginning’ recorded in Genesis to the triumphal culmination of God’s grand plan of the ages in Revelation, this remarkable course will expose students to a holistic understanding of the scriptures and detail God’s methods and protocols for his interaction with mankind with respect to the various time periods of history. (Y3 Fa.)

111, DOCTRINES I. An in-depth analysis of the major doctrinal themes of the Bible. The Doctrines series of courses furnishes seminary students with the knowledge base they will need to “...rightly divide the word of truth.” Among the principal doctrines covered in this course are the Scriptures, Godhead, trinity, angels and man. A thorough understanding of the scriptures and their central teachings is crucial to the aspiring Gospel minister. The Doctrines I course seeks to present and examine the aforementioned topics from a literal, fundamental viewpoint, utilizing the scriptures as our infallible authority and standard. (Y1 Sp.)

112, DOCTRINES II. This second in the Doctrines series examines the principal doctrines of sin, the Lord Jesus and atonement. A thorough understanding of the scriptures and their central teachings is crucial to the aspiring Gospel minister. The Doctrines II course seeks to present and examine the aforementioned topics from a literal, fundamental viewpoint, utilizing the scriptures as our infallible authority and standard. (Y1 Su.)

223, DOCTRINES III. The last in the Doctrines series of courses consists of an in-depth analysis of the major doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit and the church. A thorough understanding of the scriptures and their central teachings is crucial to the aspiring Gospel minister. The Doctrines III course seeks to present and examine the aforementioned topics from a literal, fundamental viewpoint, utilizing the scriptures as our infallible authority and standard. (Y3 Fa.)

122, GENERAL EPISTLES I. A survey of the books of James, and I Peter. While the origins of the term ‘General’ might be subject to question, what is not in doubt is the general application of these letters to believers everywhere. These books are truly general in the sense of their broad-ranging application. While the Pauline Epistles are plainly the work of one individual, the General Epistles are the product of several different writers. Their scope encompasses every major theme of the Christian experience, even touching on a multitude of practical and temporal matters. (Y1 Su.)

123, GENERAL EPISTLES II. A survey of the books of II Peter, I, II and III John and Jude. While the origins of the term ‘General’ might be subject to question, what is not in doubt is the general application of these letters to believers everywhere. Continuing the great themes contained in General Epistles I, this second installment delves into the topics of eternal life and the realities of our station as children of God. These books are truly general in the sense of their broad-ranging application. While the Pauline Epistles are plainly the work of one individual, the General Epistles are the product of several different writers. Their scope encompasses every major theme of the Christian experience, even touching on a multitude of practical, temporal matters. (Y1 Fa.)

232, GENESIS. The English word “Genesis” springs from the Greek translation of the Pentateuch and means “origin,” a befitting title because the book of Genesis is all about origins—of the world, of the human race, of sin, and of the Jewish people. The Hebrew title is translated from the word bereshith (“in [the] beginning”) using the first phrase in the book. Contained in this study of the book of Genesis are glimpses of the beginning with answers to some of the most perplexing questions of ancient history along with fascinating character studies of the great men and women of the Old Testament. (Y2 Su.)

261, HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS. A comparison and overview of the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Though written by four different authors, they coalesce into one grand vista of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ on earth. Each gospel narrative answers a different question about Jesus Christ and displays his majesty in multiple facets. Taken together as a whole, they provide a stunningly clear portrait of Christ. Students in this course will gain a fresh understanding of the life and work of Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry along with character studies of the central figures among the disciples. (Y1 Sp.)

363, HEBREWS. An examination of the New Testament book of Hebrews. The aim of this course is to explore its concepts and doctrines with special regard to the superiority of Christ. Weighty in subject matter, our study will guide students as they navigate the great precepts put forth in this book, drawing from both Old and New Testaments. (Y3 Fa.)

131, HISTORICAL BOOKS I. Part one of a study of the history of Israel and their Law, from the calling of Abraham to the occupation of Canaan, including the Pentateuch & Joshua. Replete with character studies and powerful object lessons, this course seeks to establish a base of understanding and insight into the Hebrew people and their rich history. (Y1 Sp.) 

242, HISTORICAL BOOKS II. Part two of a study of the history of Israel. Included are the books of Judges, Ruth and I & II Samuel. This course examines the lives of Saul & David, and includes an overview of the Psalms and Job. Replete with character studies and powerful object lessons, this course seeks to establish a base of understanding and insight into the Hebrew people and their rich history. (Y2 Su.)  

313, HISTORICAL BOOKS III. The final installment of the history of Israel, examining I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther; including the captivities and restoration of Israel. Also in review is the life of Solomon along with his writings in Proverbs, Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes. Replete with character studies and powerful object lessons, this course seeks to establish a base of understanding and insight into the Hebrew people and their rich history. (Y3 Fa.)

231, MAJOR PROPHETS I. A general overview of the prophetical book of Isaiah and the first six chapters of Daniel; examining Messianic prophecies, their placement in time and character analysis. (Y2 Sp.)

 

233, MAJOR PROPHETS II. A general overview of the prophetical books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel; examining their Messianic prophecies, placement in time and character analysis. (Y2 Fa.)

153, MINOR PROPHETS I. An analysis of the first six minor prophetical books and their placement in time and relevance to the Old Testament history of Israel. Relevant themes and principles are brought out and discussed in-depth. (Y1 Su.)

341, MINOR PROPHETS II. An analysis of the final six minor prophetical books and their placement in time and relevance to the Old Testament history of Israel. Relevant themes and principles are brought out and discussed in-depth. (Y3 Fa.)

311, NEW TESTAMENT. A comparison of the Old and New Testaments, including the Law of Moses, sacrificial typology, the trial and crucifixion of Christ; its prophecy and fulfillment. Among the topics covered are comparative studies examining the relationship between the old and new covenants. (Y3 Sp.)

312, PASTORAL EPISTLES I. An applied study of I & II Thessalonians and I Timothy. The Pastoral Epistles courses are divided into two classes and cover many topics relevant to pastors and ministry workers today. An examination of these books provides timeless instruction regarding the qualifications and responsibilities of those who serve as spiritual leaders. (Y3 Su.)

333, PASTORAL EPISTLES II. An applied study of II Timothy, Titus & Philemon. The Pastoral Epistles courses are divided into two classes and cover many topics relevant to pastors and ministry workers today. An examination of these books provides timeless instruction regarding the qualifications and responsibilities of those who serve as spiritual leaders. (Y3 Fa.)

143, PAULINE EPISTLES I. The Pauline Epistles series of courses is broken up into three segments beginning with Pauline Epistles I, a study of I Corinthians. In this class a broad range of subjects are surveyed within the context of Paul’s epistle to the believers at Corinth. Special emphasis is placed upon the practical application of these letters with regard to church bodies and ministry workers today. (Y1 Fa.)

321, PAULINE EPISTLES II. The second in the Pauline Epistles series of courses, Pauline Epistles II, a study of II Corinthians. In this class, as in the first, a broad range of subjects are surveyed within the context of Paul’s epistles to the believers at Corinth. Special emphasis is placed upon the practical application of these letters with regard to church bodies and ministry workers today. (Y3 Sp.)

322, PAULINE EPISTLES III. The final installment in the Pauline Epistles course, Pauline Epistles III, a study of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. Many topics are touched on within the context of Paul’s epistles to these believers. As in the previous two classes, special emphasis is placed upon the practical application of these letters with regard to church bodies and ministry workers today. (Y3 Su.)

 

132, PNEUMATOLOGY. An expository study of the multiple dimensions and characteristics of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit is viewed through the prism of Scripture utilizing both Old and New Testaments to reveal the third person of the Godhead in unabridged clarity. Spiritual gifts are examined and brought to light with regard to their nature, use and continuing relevance. (Y1 Su.)

141, PRACTICAL THEOLOGY I. A course of study in the dynamics, motives, mechanics and methods of the successful ministry worker and pastor. Spiritual in focus and thought provoking, several compelling topics are covered in this course. Among these are the vision, life and dedication of the ministry worker. Also reviewed are many practical issues e.g. prayer, bible reading, faith and other ministerial essentials. (Y1 Sp.)

243, PRACTICAL THEOLOGY II. Part two of the course of study in the dynamics, motives, mechanics and methods of the successful ministry worker and pastor. In this class subjects explored include a study and focus on some of the more utilitarian issues facing ministers of the Gospel today such as etiquette, conduct, proper dress and other social essentials. (Y2 Fa.) 

331, PULPIT DELIVERY. A lively and informative class, Pulpit Delivery provides ministry students with hands-on practice in conducting church services, including song service, altar calls and preaching. Though the subject matter is serious, students typically have a lot of fun as they are given the opportunity to work with one another as a team while mastering the practical techniques so crucial to success in the ministry. (Y1, 2, & 3 Sp.)

241, REVELATION I. A study of the book of Revelation encompassing chapters 1-13 along with the last six chapters of the book of Daniel. Eschatological in emphasis and expository in nature, this first installment of a two-part course navigates the prophecies and events that will precede the consummation of God’s Divine Plan. Included in this study are the vision of Christ, the letters to the 7 churches and the 7 seals. (Y2 Sp.)

332, REVELATION II. The second and final installment of our Revelation course. Revelation II covers chapters 13-22 and builds upon the themes explored in Revelation I. Students will be exposed to the literal and figurative truths established in these chapters with special emphasis on the final events and eternal future as detailed in the prophecy. Included are detailed analyses of numerous prophetical subjects such as the antichrist and the false prophet, the 7 trumpets, 7 vials, the 2nd coming of the Lord, the millennium and the eternal future. (Y3 Su.) 

142, ROMANS. Martin Luther once wrote concerning Paul’s epistle to the Romans, “this letter is the principal part of the New Testament and the purest gospel...” In the Romans' course students embark on a journey through the foundational pillars of the Christian faith; examining each one in the light of God’s word as delivered through his 'Apostle to the Gentiles'. Multiple doctrinal issues are explored including condemnation, justification, sanctification and glorification. (Y1 Su.)