Master of Divinity

Bible Concentration

Program Objectives

By completing this program, students will be able to:

One

Know the content and backgrounds of the Bible

Two

Demonstrate an increased understanding and use of the spiritual gifts and the five-fold leadership giftings.

Three

Explain how the character of Christ is vital to one’s personal life and to one’s ministry and how he/she is growing in this area.

Four

Gain a foundational knowledge of the historical and theological elements of church history and their impact on the church today.

Five

Be able to release the power of the Holy Spirit in situations requiring physical healing, emotional healing, and deliverance.

Degree Requirements

Introductory Requirements

Covering basic research methods and writing skills along with exploring how to make choices that promote success, students are taken on a journey that covers the 'how to’s' for research and writing as well as exploring ways to take responsibility, to think about personal goals, and to achieve them. This course is designed to help students complete their masters degrees while appreciating the journey and doing some growing along the way.

Biblical Theological Elective Courses (Choose 9)

This course prepares the student to read and interpret the Gospels in their historical, cultural, literary, and theological contexts and to apply them in a modern setting.

An examination of the books of Luke and Acts as a continuous narration telling one story: from the return of the Spirit to Israel, through the miraculous conception of Jesus and his earthly prophetic, saving ministry, to the continuation of his prophetic ministry by those on whom the Holy Spirit is poured out, with special attention to the mission “beyond the house of Israel,” that is, to the nations, blazed by the unique apostleship of one Saul of Tarsus become the apostle Paul.

This course prepares the student to read and interpret Ephesians in its historical, cultural, literary, and theological contexts and to apply it in a modern setting.

This course introduces both personal eschatology (what happens to people once they die) and cosmic eschatology (the end of the present age and what follows), laying a foundational understanding of human destiny that affects the way we live in the here and now.

A biblical examination of the ministry of prophecy and the office of the prophet.

An exploration of the Book of Psalms as a catalyst for personal devotion and contemporary ministry. Giving attention to its original form and function within a worshipping and reading community will unlock its riches for life today both individually and corporately. Attention will be given to its historical setting, literary form, canonical shape, and biblical theological significance. Opportunities will be provided to hone skills for interpreting Hebrew poetry for life today as well as to create contemporary expressions based on the Psalms’ themes and forms

This course explores the Pentateuch as a catalyst for personal devotion and contemporary ministry. Giving attention to its original form and function within a worshipping and reading community will unlock its riches for life today both individually and corporately. Attention will be given to its historical setting, literary form, canonical shape, and biblical theological significance. Opportunities will be provided to hone skills for interpreting the Old Testament for life today.

This course introduces the discipline of Historical Theology - the chronology of the formation of Christian doctrines. Christian Theologies has been developed to create a better ability to recognize heterodoxy and orthodoxy. There is a special focus on doctrines that were developed as a result of revivals. Students will also be introduced to the various major theologies or doctrines of the Church: Eastern and Western including Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations.

The task of this course is to encourage a truly authentic experience (“knowledge”) of the Spirit based solidly on the biblical text.

An examination of the Pauline epistles.

An introduction to tools that can be used to interpret the Bible from its original languages and to the basics of those languages.

This course teaches the fundamentals of biblical Greek. Students will learn pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and syntax as they translate chapters 1- 3 of the 7Gospel of John with the aid of a reading guide.

The basics of Biblical Greek, part two. PRE-REQUISITE: LANG 5013

A study of the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text

A continuation of LANG 5033 with further work on translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. PRE-REQUISITE: LANG 5033

Practicum/Internship/Thesis (Choose 2)

Students will be involved in a guided ministry of their choice. The practicum experience involves supervision, journaling, goal setting, reflection, evaluation, and learning through the ministry experience. A Practicum is normally a 16-week experience. Practicum proposals must be approved by the Assistant Dean before registration.

An extension of PRAC 5003 for students who are involved in a second area of ministry or who will create a Ministry Training Manual regarding a particular area of ministry. A Practicum is normally a 16-week experience. Practicumn proposals must be approved by the Assistant Dean before registration.

The student completes a significant research project on a topic of his/her choosing. Research proposals must be approved by the Assistant Dean before registration.

Students participate in an approved missions experience, document their involvement with journals and interviews, and create a thorough review and usable reflection that will guide future endeavors in missions. A Practicum is normally a 16-week experience. Practicum proposals must be approved by the Assistant Dean before registration.

The writing of a graduate-level thesis. The student takes an advanced research project to the thesis level. Pre-requisite: PRAC 5023 and approval by the Assistant Dean.

Biblical Theological Foundations

This course lays the foundation for Old Testament study by providing a window into the historical, cultural, and geographical background, the literary and theological content and the practical relevance of the Old Testament. Students will be equipped with the necessary information, perspectives, and skills for using the Old Testament in effective Christian ministry so they embrace the Old Testament as relevant material for today and be moved by its themes to love God and people.

This course provides a book survey and historical, cultural, literary, and theological overview of the New Testament for study and ministry. Special emphasis will be given to the supernatural and miraculous life of Jesus, the disciples, and the New Testament Church, through the breaking in of the Kingdom of God. The course will provide practical insights for ministry and personal spiritual life. Ultimately, the desire of this course is to stir the student in knowing and experiencing more of the kingdom of God.

Hermeneutics is the discipline of interpreting the Bible with the purpose of first, discovering, as far as possible, the intent of the original author and second, applying the lessons learned from the original author to one’s ministry context. Interpreting the Bible is meant to be an encounter with God through which we come to a deeper knowledge of who God is and His purposes revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. To do this well requires the involvement of both the head and the heart.

A survey of the overarching doctrines of the Bible in which the class examines the nature of authority and how it applies to scripture as well as looking at the major doctrines of God, Creation, Man, and Sin with an intentional focus upon the Trinitarian nature of God and the oft-neglected understanding of the Holy Spirit.

A continuation of Systematic Theology 1 focusing on the areas of Christology, pneumatology, eschatology, ecclesiology, and soteriology.

Practical Ministry Foundations

Spiritual Formation is growing in our relationship with God, learning to hear His voice clearly, and continually renewing minds to His. Discipleship is following Him, adhering to His teachings and spreading the Gospel He preached: a Gospel accompanied with power. Students will be challenged to grow in both.

An intense study and practical expression of the working of the five-fold ministry within the church today.

The purpose of this course is to study and practice the skills of sermon development especially as they apply to expository preaching. Sermon development will include the study of hermeneutics, biblical studies, and reliance on the Holy Spirit in 1) determining the meaning of a passage and 2) in creating a sermon that speaks the Word of God and applies that Word to one's ministry context. Pre-requisite: BTHE 5023 Hermeneutics.

This course will provide an introduction to practical and effective Christian prayer for physical healing. It will encourage students to establish a discipleship lifestyle providing healing prayer ministry in their communities. It will help students to understand the training necessary for effective healing ministry, and it will also outline for students the biblical foundation for healing prayer. Finally, this course will guide students in how to teach others about healing prayer.

This course is designed to be an introduction into some of the concepts necessary for inner healing (sanctification). It addresses the topics of hearing God’s voice as well as the fundamentals of an inner healing session, forgiveness, inner vows and judgments, and an introduction into the orphan spirit.

Revival History Courses

This course enables the student to gain an overview of God’s activity within history beginning with the biblical era and concluding with the Late Medieval period just prior to the advent of the Protestant Reformation. Readings will reveal the challenges the early church faced as they dealt with persecution, heresies and controversies to defend and formulate Christian doctrines such as the character and nature of Christ and the relationship of the Godhead within the Trinity. The student will also study the great teachers of the church, the development of the church including the division of the Eastern and Western church, the corruption which gave rise to the need for reform. This class will also devote special attention to how the Holy Spirit actively moved through individuals and groups with spiritual gifts and experiences during this period.

A study of God’s activity within history beginning with the Reformation era and concluding with the Azusa Street Revival. Special attention will be given to the development and distinctive characteristics of the Reformation, and key revival movement that helped to shape the distinctiveness of Christianity in the American and British contexts.

Since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the turn of the 20th Century, the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement has become a major renewal movement experienced by more than 550 million people worldwide. This course will study the history and development of this major move of the Holy Spirit. The class is not a traditional course on church history, but instead will look at church history through a pneumatological lens. In other words, it is a study of how the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, moved powerfully and supernaturally throughout the past 100 years to bring new life and vitality (renewal) to the church.
Degree Summary
Academic Success
3 hours
Bible/Theol. Foundations
15 Hours
Bible Electives
27 Hours
Revival History
9 Hours
Ministry Foundations
15 Hours
Practicum/Thesis
6 Hours
Total
75 Hours Total