Catalogue: Traditional Program: Biblical Studies and Ministries

Biblical Studies and Ministries (BIB)

Assistant Professor Brannon, Chair
Professor Martin

The department of biblical studies and ministries seeks to establish the faith and understanding of all students in the University through study of the Bible as the inspired, infallible Word of God. It also seeks to provide departmental majors with the necessary background and skills to interpret the Bible adequately as the objectively authoritative rule of faith and practice. In accordance with the best standards of Reformed scholarship, the biblical data are presented along with a consideration of light that has been shed upon the subject matter by recent study or discovery. Thus students are encouraged to investigate the biblical text for themselves as the source of their doctrine and the guide for their conduct. Biblical studies and ministries students will have real-world experience through a required internship, BIB 441.

Since truth received with faith results in obedient service to God, all students in this department are expected to be in some kind of ministry. In addition, students in each submajor will do course work relevant to that area of study.

Biblical Studies and Ministries Major:It is necessary to have: (1) nine hours from BIB 220, 308, 315, 316; (2) nine hours from BIB 221, 310, 311, 317; (3) BIB 350, 441 (minimum of 3 hours, maximum of 6 hours); and the prescribed courses in one of the submajors listed below.

Theology: BIB 302, 331, 332, 408, and 412.

Missions and Cultural Relations: BIB 302, 360, 408, 411 and 412.

Youth and Children Studies: BIB 302, 370, 380,408 and 412.

The chair of the department will maintain the ability to make substitutions if appropriate and necessary, and this will provide some flexibility for the degree.

Biblical Studies and Ministries Minors: BIB 220, 221 and 18 hours of Biblical Studies and Ministries courses.

Honors Program: The Biblical Studies Department offers opportunities to enroll in honors courses from its department. Any departmental course with the exception of BIB 441 may be taken as an honors course. For students majoring in this department, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see "Honors Program" found in the "Administration of the Curriculum" section of this catalogue.

Biblical Studies may be chosen as one of the three required areas of concentration for the Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities.

210 The Teaching of Major World Religions (3).
Credit given in either philosophy of worldview or biblical studies. A study of the worldviews and practices of religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. These are compared to and contrasted with the Christian faith. (Fall, odd years)
220 Survey of the Old Testament (3).
A survey of the Old Testament and some of its basic themes, with an emphasis on the character of the God who reveals Himself through the Bible. Since God has created humankind in His image for fellowship with Him, there is consistent reference to the terms of that relationship. God is presented as holy, loving, and sovereign, while people are presented as responsible for loving God, loving their neighbor, and caring for all that God has created. Attention is given to the promises and demands God makes which are relevant in our relationship with Him and others today. (Fall, spring and summer)
221 Survey of the New Testament (3).
This course is a survey of the New Testament and some of its basic themes, with an emphasis on Jesus Christ as God who became a human being. Since Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, attention is focused on the salvation He came to bring and how it is received. Since Jesus continues to be God, attention is given to His Lordship over history and human life. The implications of His Lordship for our lives today are examined. (Fall, spring and summer)
302 Biblical Interpretation (3).
The Bible was written long ago, but it is also God's word for today. A study of the principles necessary to understand what the Bible meant when it was written and how it is to be understood and applied now. (Spring, even years)
308 Old Testament Prophetic Books (3).
A study of God's message to His people in the specific circumstances of the Old Testament. Special effort is given to understanding the message of the major and minor prophets and to seeing what they mean for present times. (Fall, odd years)
310 The Life and Teaching of Jesus (3).
A survey of Christ's life and teaching based on all four Gospels. Special attention is given to understanding the historical setting, showing how these books relate to the rest of Scripture and applying their principles today. (Fall, even years)
311 Acts and Paul (3).
A study of Paul's life and teachings as seen in Acts and his letters. This is designed to give the student an understanding of the early church and the ability to apply biblical principles to contemporary issues. (Spring, odd years)
315 Old Testament Historical Books (3).
These books give an account of God's establishing a covenant relationship with His people. The study includes the historical development of this relationship, emphasizing its relevance for Christians today. (Fall, even years)
316 Old Testament Poetic Books (3).
A study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, giving attention to style and content. Emphasis is given to understanding and living by the wisdom expressed in these books. (Spring, even years)
317 Hebrews to Revelation (3).
A study of the final books of the Bible to see the fulfillment of the Old Testament, the wisdom necessary for life, and the hope that these writings give for the future. (Fall, odd years)
331, 332 Christian Doctrine (3, 3).
A historical and systematic survey of Christian doctrine as set forth in Scripture.
BIB 331: A critical investigation of the doctrines of Scripture, God, the Trinity, creation, covenant, and human beings. (Fall, even years)
BIB 332: A study of the doctrines of the person and work of Christ, the sacraments, the church, and the second coming. (Spring, odd years)
350 The Church and Its Purpose (3).
Study of basic biblical images and models of the church in order to use these as the pattern for how the church should reach out to the world in Christ ??s name. (Fall, odd years)
360 Global Social Responsibility (3).
Specific biblical teachings from both the Old and New Testaments are presented as the foundation for serving God in a world filled with social needs. (Spring only)
365 Media Messages in Biblical Perspective (1-3).
This course will develop skills of analysis and evaluation of contemporary media philosophy and values, and the ability to respond critically from a Christian worldview perspective. The means used will be primarily movies that reflect contemporary culture. Must be sophomore or above.
370 Teaching Ministry (3).
Both Bible content and methodology are studied to prepare students for teaching the Bible in a variety of ministry settings, including sports and recreation outreach. (Fall, even years)
380 Youth Ministry (3).
The study of the way Jesus related to people and also of contemporary youth culture. This study forms the basis upon which to build and evaluate models of ministry with youth in both church and parachurch settings. (Spring, odd years)
408 Global Perspectives (3).
Global service is examined from four complementary perspectives: theological, historical, cultural and strategic, to give both a firm foundation and deep motivation for such service. (Spring, odd years)
411 Transcultural Ministry (3).
A study of how God reveals His truth to people within their culture. By examining cultural differences, students become acquainted with and sensitive to the issues involved in working with people of other ethnic groups or cultures. (Fall, even years)
412 Evangelism and Disciple Building (3).
Study of methods of evangelism and discipleship, giving special attention to the importance of relationships and prayer in winning others to Christ. (Fall, odd years)
415 Urban Ministry (3).
A biblical theology of the city will be outlined as the background for considering urban issues and ministries.
431 Contemporary Theology (3).
A study of Christ and modern culture. Students will investigate how many modern thinkers have tried to integrate Christ and modern Western culture. (Spring, even years)
432 Theology of the Major Sects (1-3).
Study of the beliefs and history of various sects and some cults. Students are asked to critique biblically the beliefs of these groups.
441 Internship (1-6).
Supervised practical experience of ministry. May be taken for up to six hours of credit. This course is open to students in any major. Approval of the department chairman is required. (Fall, spring and summer)
442 Field Site Visitation (1).
A tour of significant models of ministry. Combines personal interviews with leadership personnel and complementary reading assignments. May be taken for a maximum of three credits. (Fall, spring and summer)
444 Guided Study (1-3).
Supervised research and writing in an approved area of biblical inquiry. Offered by special arrangement with the chairman of the department. May be taken more than once. (Fall, spring, and summer)
445 Global Practicum (1-3).
A travel seminar with significant hands-on ministry, usually in a cross-cultural setting. There will be an emphasis on understanding and relating appropriately to those of other backgrounds while carrying out a ministry project. May be taken for a maximum of three credits. Approval of the department chairman is required.