Pauline Theology (2 units)
Pauline Theology is the study of the life and doctrine of the apostle Paul, the writer of 13 books of the New Testament and the one who said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” As we look at the life and doctrine of the apostle Paul, we will spend time properly interpreting his teachings and understanding how they fit into theology as a whole and the timing of the growth of the church. We will then ask some serious questions about how these things apply to our lives. Theology is not just something we learn, it is something we live! Here is what we will study this quarter:
Paul’s Early Life and Conversion – What do the Bible, the Church Fathers, and historians tell us?
Pauline Theology Proper – What was Paul’s view of God?
Pauline Christology – What was Paul’s view of Jesus Christ?
Pauline Soteriology – How did Paul understand the saving work of Jesus Christ?
Pauline Ecclesiology – How did Paul understand the church and its relation to Israel?
Pauline Eschatology – What was Paul’s view of end times?
Paul on life – What was Paul’s teaching about priorities in life and how to be successful?
Paul on suffering – How did Paul view suffering – its purpose and how to understand it?
Paul on leadership – What was Paul’s view of how to be a great leader?
Paul on relationships – What was Paul’s view of love and how we are to treat one another?
Character Development – II (2 units)
God loves you unconditionally, no matter what you do, but He does not want you to remain immature like a little child, but to grow up. He has put a burning desire in your heart to become the unique person you were destined to become, and Character Development teaches you how.
Character Development is a series of courses on the most important quality of a Christian – Christlike character. It’s the very opposite of the hypocrisy Jesus condemned in the religious leaders of His day. God wants us to walk in victory and become like His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Learning all about the Lord and the Bible is great. Learning to minister in power is wonderful. But if we do not develop His character we will eventually get shot down by the world, the flesh, or the devil. God has definite steps to achieve victory in each area of our lives and the twelve Character Development courses are where you’ll learn them.
Ezra and Nehemiah – The Power of Restoration (2 units)
Ezra and Nehemiah were heroes of their day. Their courageous leadership was aimed at restoring Jerusalem, the temple, and the security of the people. Their hearts for the things of God, His land, and His people give us a great model of leadership and zeal in the kingdom of God. Ezra was a priest who brought spiritual revival and Nehemiah was a governor who brought physical and political reconstruction and led the people in moral reform. Doesn’t this sound like something that is much needed today? These books hit home and speak to us not just of a time thousands of years ago, but of the very hour we are living in. We need to know God’s way of bringing our generation to Christ and helping them rebuild their lives according to His will and way. Who will stand up and be an Ezra or a Nehemiah in the midst of apostasy and godlessness?
Prayer and Spiritual Warfare in the Pauline Epistles (2 units)
As he faced profound spiritual opposition, Paul appealed to the church, “Join me in my struggle by praying to God for me,” (Rom. 15:30) and this appeal is as relevant today as it was then. If the church is going to evangelize the nations and see justice established on the earth, then she must return to the prevailing prayer that Paul exemplified in his epistles. She must recover the fierce faith of Paul’s frontal attacks against the forces of darkness that kept souls bound in the most desperate spiritual and physical captivity. She must return to a wrestling and throwing down of spiritual adversaries in the hardest, darkest places of the planet. In the Pauline epistles we find a blueprint for the house of prayer that Jesus is building, a house that will contend against every other house that seeks to exalt itself above the lordship and supremacy of Christ. In this class we will study the teachings, theological foundations and practical applications of prayer and spiritual warfare found in Paul’s letters.
2 Timothy – Paul’s Final Letter (2 units)
This course examines Paul’s final letter of his ministry shortly before he was executed in a Roman prison, which occurred under Nero’s reign (c. A.D. 66-68). Within the content of this epistle, as in 1 Timothy, we find so many important commands and points of encouragement for Timothy related to ministry. Thus, for anyone going into ministry, Paul’s so-called “Pastoral Letters” are a vital study.
Further, within this epistle, there are many very interesting doctrinal points such as anti-gnostic arguments, affirmations of the deity of Christ, Trinitarian implications, apologetics, and issues pertaining to the sufficiency of Scripture (sola scriptura), among others. Moreover, Paul mentions various people by name, such as co-laborers like Mark, Luke, Priscilla and Aquila, the household of Onesiphorus, and others. He mentions three heretics by name, Hymenaeus, Philetus, and Alexander the coppersmith.
In the last chapter, Paul expresses his knowledge of his impending death (departure) shortly after writing this letter. However, he is fully aware that he faithfully completed the work to which God had called him in this earthy life: He has “fought the good fight”; “finished the course”; and has “kept the faith.” We will be going through selected passages, and I am confident that this study of Paul’s last epistle will inspire you and greatly aid you in generating a better and more accurate perspective of Christian ministry.
How to Interpret Dreams and Visions (2 units)
Throughout Bible history, God spoke through His servants “many times and in various ways” (Heb. 1:1-2). One way God spoke was through dreams and visions (Gen. 28:12-15; Num. 12:6; Job 33:14-18). The Prophet Joel declared that in the Last Days God will pour out His Spirit on all of humanity, and the result will be an increase of dreams, visions, and prophecy (Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28). According to the Jewish Talmud, a dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read. Dreams and visions are an important way God has chosen to communicate with us. Spiritual discernment must be exercised to interpret them. The ability to recognize and interpret dream imagery is an acquired skill, requiring discipline, spiritual sensitivity, and practice. In this course students will become more fluent in the language of dreams and visions. We will learn from the Bible how and why God uses this form of communication. We will learn principles which will equip us to record, decode, and put into action the instructions and warnings God gives through our dreams.
Evangelism (2 units)
The word “evangelism” means taking the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to other people. Jesus came to preach the gospel to the poor, and He is still doing that today through us, because we are His body (1 Corinthians 12:27). How do we learn to evangelize? Mainly by doing it. This is a “field experience” course, which involves witnessing for at least one and a half hours a week, turning in weekly lists of the people witnessed to, reading a missionary book (supplied) and writing five pages of notes on it.
Saturday Seminar – To Be Announced (2 units)
A one-day seminar on a Saturday,