Course Descriptions


First Year Course Descriptions
Second Year Course Descriptions
Third Year Course Descriptions
Internship

First Year Course Descriptions


FIRST QUARTER


Old Testament Survey I: 4 credits

This course is a survey of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Special emphasis is placed on the unfolding steps of God’s redemptive plan as seen in the Pentateuch and the typical significance of Israel’s journey and conquest of the Promised Land.


Romans: 3 credits

In the study of this Pauline Epistle, special emphasis is placed upon grace as the basis of salvation as contrasted with the tendencies of the early and modern Church to revert to legalism. The themes of justification, sanctification, and Israel’s present and future status are also covered.


Devotion: 2 credits

The purpose of this class is for each student to develop a personal devotional life and learn how to commune with God on a deeper level.


Church History: 2 credits

This course is a study of the church from the time of Acts up to and including the Reformation. Emphasis is given to the movements of revival, as well as to the formation of the Catholic Church and its impact on European history.


SECOND QUARTER

Old Testament Survey II: 4 credits

This course is a survey of Joshua through II Chronicles. Special attention is given to Israel’s falling away and restoration, with an emphasis on typical applications to the Christian life and the church.


Theology: 3 credits

The Theology course examines the doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, man and salvation, church and the Scriptures, angels, Satan and the last days. Scriptures representative of each doctrine will be examined in the context of the whole Bible. The course also includes Biblical discussions on the topics of grace, healings, stewardship, tongues and spiritual warfare.


Song of Solomon: 2 credits

This course is at the very heart of Bethany. It is a study and type of the development of a close relationship with the Lord. It shows the progressive dealings of the Lord in our lives to bring us into the maturity and ministry to which we are called.


Tabernacle of Moses: 2 credits

This course studies the Tabernacle of Moses in Exodus and relates its typology to Jesus Christ, the church and the individual Christian.


THIRD QUARTER

Old Testament Survey III: 4 credits

This course reviews the Restoration Books and covers the Poetic Books from Job through the Song of Solomon. Special emphasis is given to principles of interpreting the Poetic Books and applying them to the Christian life.


The Overcomer: 3 credits

This course looks at the process of overcoming, the rewards Jesus made available to us, and His plan for us—both now as we prepare as well as what He is preparing us for in the future. We have the privilege to be part of God’s tremendous end-time plan for His people. This class will show how to walk in these great truths now.


Evangelism: 2 credits

This course emphasizes the importance of evangelism and teaches principles of personal and mass evangelism, as well as evangelism principles for the home, church and school.


Marriage and Family: 2 credits

The family is the building block of society in God’s plan. An understanding of the purpose of marriage, Scriptural principles and roles within marriage is vitally important. Special attention is given to such areas as choosing a mate, the significance of the marriage relationship, and raising children.


FOURTH QUARTER

Old Testament Survey IV: 4 credits

This course covers the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi. Attention is given to the predominating theme of the coming of the Messiah and the kingdom, as well as principles of interpreting prophetic writings.


New Testament Survey: 3 credits

This course is an overview of the content and message of the New Testament books.


The Manifest Presence of God: 2 credits

The manifest presence of God should be sought and welcomed by the believer. In this class, we will look at what the Scriptures have to say about it and experience how to draw and keep God’s manifest presence.


Life of Christ: 2 credits

The Life of Christ as found in the New Testament is set forth as an exemplary pattern for contemporary Christian living. Emphasis is placed upon the application of life principles as exhibited in Christ’s life, death and resurrection.


Second Year Course Descriptions

FIRST QUARTER

The New Covenant: 4 credits

This course offers an in-depth look at the New Covenant as presented in the book of Hebrews. This covenant reveals a better ministry and better priesthood through Jesus as King and Priest after the order of Melchizedek.


Christian Ethics: 3 credits

This study covers spiritual answers to social and moral problems facing our society and affecting the Christian life.


James: 2 credits

The Book of James is a practical call to godly living; to exercising not only faith, but good works as well. This is a study intended to challenge us toward holiness and fruitfulness in our Christian lives.


Homiletics: 2 credits

This class teaches how to prepare and deliver sermons. Opportunity is given to practice the preparation and delivery of short sermons in class and Chapel.


SECOND QUARTER

Major Prophets I: 4 credits

This course gives an overview of the lives and ministries of the Old Testament prophets and their effect on the nation of Israel. Special attention is given to their prophecies and their fulfillment.


Tabernacle of David: 3 credits

This course is a study of the typology of the Tabernacle of David, how it was brought into existence and what it represents for the believer today.


Colossians, I & II Thessalonians: 2 credits

This course surveys the three Pauline Epistles to the churches in Colosse and Thessalonica. Special attention is given to an in-depth exposition of these Pauline Epistles and the distinctive doctrines presented in each book. An emphasis will be placed on relating Biblical principles to contemporary situations.


New Testament Gifts and Ministries: 2 credits

This course gives a comprehensive appraisal of the five-fold ministries as ordained for the development of the Church. Attention is also given to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their application in the church today.


THIRD QUARTER

Minor Prophets: 4 credits

The study of these books parallels that of the Major Prophets. Each prophet is studied in relation to both the spiritual and political background of his time, as well as the impact of his ministry on the nation of Israel.


The Gospel of John: 3 credits

This Gospel is studied with reference to the particular emphasis of the Holy Spirit upon the deity of Christ, from the glory of the pre-incarnate Logos, through His ministry of love and power, to the triumphant resurrection.


Kingdom Principles: 2 credits

In this course, students will be instructed in the preparation of a people to rule and reign with Christ here on the earth, the building of character, integrity and stability in a people, dealing with right attitudes, right motives and right actions in our daily lives.


Isaiah: 2 credits

The student is given an understanding of the historical background of the book of Isaiah and practical applications of the truths and prophecies of Isaiah are made as pertaining to the Church and our Christian walk. There is also a special look at the work of Christ and prophetic events as related to these last days.


FOURTH QUARTER

Wisdom Books: 4 credits

A closer look will be taken at Job as a lesson in hope, at Proverbs as lessons for living, and at Ecclesiastes as a lesson for our time. The timeless wisdom of these books will be applied to the individual believer’s walk with God.


History of Israel: 3 credits

In this study of the formation and development of Israel from Genesis to the present time, special attention is given to applications for the Church and prophecies fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled.


I & II Corinthians: 2 credits

This book deals with problems found in local churches. It also has many wonderful spiritual principles revealed within it. These problems and principles are studied to help the student better understand God’s pattern for His Church.


Christian Current Events: 2 credits

This class takes a look at current events, primarily in the Christian Church. We will examine how these events affect us, how we should respond to them, and how they line up with the Word of God.


Third Year Course Descriptions

FIRST QUARTER

Luke: 4 credits

This course is a study of the teaching of Jesus as set forth in the book of Luke, emphasizing Jesus as the perfect Son of Man, the anointed Preacher, and the Savior to a lost world.


Galatians, Ephesians & Philippians: 2 credits

This course includes the studies of the defense of the Gospel as brought forth in Galatians, the Church as the body of Christ as brought forth in Ephesians, and the benefits and responsibilities of the Gospel as brought forth in Philippians.


Small Group Leadership: 2 credits

This course focuses on the dynamic of leadership as it relates to the day-to-day care and nurturing of God’s flock with emphasis on encouragement, edification and evangelism. It also emphasizes developing and strengthening godly attributes in the leader. Students will gain practical experience in leading small groups.


Pastoral Ministries I: 3 credits

This course covers the needed qualities, the life, the duties, ethics, and restrictions of being in full-time ministry.


SECOND QUARTER

Jeremiah: 4 credits

This course looks at the prophecies of Judah’s final prophet on the eve of captivity and examines the life of the man himself as an example of faithfulness, hope, tenderness, and courage. Jeremiah’s ministry at Judah’s midnight hour contains many lessons for us in our own desperate age.


Mark: 3 credits

This course deals with the call of the Christian as a servant, looking at the life of Jesus lived in lowliness and dedication to the Father.


Ministerial Etiquette: 2 credits

This course covers varying aspects of ministry, including how ministers should conduct themselves in the church and ministerial conduct in general.


Pastoral Ministries II: 2 credits

This course is considered a continuation of Pastoral Ministries I and is designed to give the student further perspective on ministry and pasturing from those in the ministry.


THIRD QUARTER

Deuteronomy: 4 credits

The book of Deuteronomy is a book of transition and preparation. It is a new generation preparing for new leadership and conquests into their inheritance. In it are many truths and principles applicable to the Church in this present day.


The Covenants: 3 credits

This class introduces covenant theology through a systematic study of the divine covenants found in Scripture. Perhaps better than any other subject, the covenants give us a biblical framework for our understanding of the administration of God’s dealings with mankind throughout human history.


Principles of Spiritual Growth: 2 credits

Each Christian is called to grow into spiritual maturity. The processes and requirements that produce this growth are set forth throughout Scripture. These principles will be carefully considered along with an understanding of the ways of enhancing spiritual growth.


Pastoral Counseling: 2 credits

This course is designed to give practical instruction regarding specific counseling needs within the church, the family and the community, with consideration given to techniques, dynamics, and safeguards required in pastoral counseling.


FOURTH QUARTER

Psalms: 4 credits

This course studies the spiritual and poetic legacy of the book of Psalms. It also examines the devotional content, historical nature, literary structure, prophetic nature, and the place and value of the Psalms in our Christian experience.


Parables, Bible Manners & Customs: 3 credits

This course is a study of the parables, manners and customs of Bible times and how they interrelate.


Principles of Leadership: 2 credits

This course examines both Christian leadership styles and principles for inspiring, motivating, and influencing others, as well as how to apply these principles in organizational and church settings.


Church Structure and Ministries: 2 credits

This course presents a practical Biblical study of church government and ministry in the new millennium Church. Students will be encouraged to find their place in the various aspects of church ministry.


OPTIONAL INTERNSHIP
15 credits


The internship program offers students an opportunity for observation and feedback in a ministry setting, integrating classroom learning with day-to-day ministry, hands-on experience and development of a mentoring relationship with a seasoned minister.