Biblical Studies

Overview

The degree in Biblical Studies is aimed at preparing disciples of Jesus Christ to be servant-leaders both in church and society. The Department of Biblical Studies faculty is committed to the passionate and accurate study of God's Word, to living out our faith with a dynamic spirituality, and to thoughtful engagement with the world around us. The B.A. in Biblical Studies focuses on offering structured opportunities for the study of Christianity, the Word of God, and related subjects, and has a foreign language component. The B.S. in Biblical Studies has a math and science component.

Students will take classes focusing on the Old and New Testaments, theology, church history, intercultural studies, preaching, spiritual formation, and apologetics. One of this major's greatest strengths is the faculty who are teaching you and journeying with you over the next 3-4 years. Our faculty have served abroad, been pastors, and some still are pastors. They are passionate about seeing you dive into the divine text and become empowered to serve while studying here at Grace and after graduation.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. Biblical Studies Course Requirements for Biblical Languages Minor Course Requirements for Biblical Studies Minor

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

BBL201 Understanding the Old Testament

An introduction to the Old Testament with special reference to background, historical setting, literary composition, theology and message. After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of background issues which introduce one to the study of various concepts of the Old Testament, the historical milieu of each Old Testament book studied, the purpose and general content of each Old Testament book studied, the use of the Old Testament in modern ministry, and the foundation the Old Testament provides for the New Testament.

BBL202 Understanding the New Testament

This course introduces the New Testament with special reference to background, historical setting, literary composition, theology, and message. After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of background issues which introduce one to the study of various concepts of the New Testament, the historical milieu of each New Testament book studied, the purpose and general content of each New Testament book studied, the relationship between the New and Old Testaments, and the use of the New Testament in modern ministry.

BBL301 Defining Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Students will identify the central affirmations of Christianity that distinguish orthodoxy from heresy, heterodoxy, liberalism, and neo-orthodoxy. Students will be able to support each defining doctrine from Scripture. The role of creeds, church councils, and doctrinal statements in defining and preserving orthodoxy will be explored. Students will appreciate the diversity within Christian orthodoxy, while the central affirmations are preserved.

BBL 309 Spiritual Formation

Students will explore the various dynamics that converge to produce maturity in the life of a Christian. They will seek to construct a theory of spiritual formation based on a practical knowledge of God, a realistic awareness of self, a full- orbed understanding of pertinent scriptural insights, and a historical perspective of various approaches to spirituality. They will examine the necessity of the integration of the individual pursuit of spiritual maturity with the corporate dimension. The approach of the course will include practical application along with classroom discussion and outside research.

MIS 322 Principles & Practice of Prayer

Students will examine the teaching of the Scriptures on the subject of prayer with a view to discovering the absolute necessity of a vital prayer experience in the life of the man or woman of God and in the life of the Church. Urgency, consistency, and effectiveness of prayer will all be discussed as well as practical guidance for fostering these. Significant time will be spent in the practice of prayer.

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