In Matthew 28:19, Jesus Christ proclaims his final command to ‘Go into the world and make disciples of all nations.’ In obedience to this Great commission, the Bible department exists to provide an educational and relational experience and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, will help lead students to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, and who are prepared as leaders to transform the world for Jesus Christ. This goal will be accomplished through a combination of excellent instruction, modeling Christ likeness, and an authentic relational connection with the students.

Bible Department Courses

BIB 110: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever sailed, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this “one solitary life.” (Dr. James Allan Francis) This course is a study of the birth, ministry, suffering, death, resurrection and exaltation of our Lord as revealed in the Gospels. Special attention is given to a detailed study of Jesus’ teaching, parables, miracles, and passion history, together with an evaluation of the historical view of Jesus, his life, ministry and the world in which he lived.

Grade: Freshman

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

BIB 215: In the Steps of Paul

This course is anchored in the following truth: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:1-5).

This course will continue the story of Jesus from his ascension to the spread of Christianity throughout the time of the Apostle Paul. The focus of this course is to give a chronological account of the spread of the Gospel as told in the book of Acts. The purpose of the course is to present the basic theological tenets of the Christian faith as explained by the Apostle Paul in the Pauline Epistles. The hope of this course is that students will own for themselves the gracious gift of God’s grace and love, which he has “poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”

Grade: Sophomore

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 305: Heroes of the Faith

Heroes of the Faith is a dynamic course of biblical exploration, biographical information gathering, introspection, reflection, and ultimately, action. Students will be challenged with defining the shared qualification of “heroes”, and explore what it really means to “have faith”. Throughout the course of the semester, students will investigate the lives of these “Heroes” from the Old Testament, understand the convergence of these historical situations and the individuals’ giftedness, research a theme connecting two or more individuals’ life works, and articulate and develop an action plan to that demonstrates an understanding of what lessons they can apply from these men and women to their own lives in order to fully know what it takes to become a “hero of the faith” themselves.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

Notes: This class is only offered in the Fall Semester

BIB 315: Missions and Outreach

Missions and Outreach is a course designed to introduce students to God’s Mission in this broken world. Students will gain a biblical understanding of how God calls all people into a relationship with him. This course will challenge students to look at real-world issues such as poverty, spiritual oppression and social injustice through the eyes of Jesus as understood in Luke 4:18-21. Students will gain a better understanding of how they contribute to the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20. God’s very plan for humanity is innately mission-oriented; thereby requiring believers to understand and live out God’s redemptive purposes on a daily basis

To gain a personal understanding of this commission this course will explore the concept of mission in God’s word, paying special attention to the relationship between evangelism and social action. Students will examine the history of Christian outreach and service and contemporary local and global mission movements. Students will also encounter local missionaries and mission/non-profit organizations firsthand through guest lecturers and organized exploration labs. Through the exploration of contemporary social action causes and movements, students will learn how to become active in their communities and world- even now.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 325: Introduction to Christian Ethics

How does a person navigate difficult challenges in a world where moral thought is so often confused? What does it mean to say something is right or wrong? How does God’s word address today’s ethical challenges? This course will tackle these questions and foster critical ethical thought by: a) discussing whether morality is relative or real, b) investigating varied approaches to ethics and their confluence with a Christian worldview, and c) evaluating contemporary ethical dilemmas – such as questions about personhood and life (for both the unborn and the elderly), genetic enhancement, cloning, war, capital punishment, the environment, and personal or community rights issues – aiming at defendable, biblically sound, Christian resolutions.

Gen. Omar Bradley noted that our world “has achieved brilliance without conscience;” that “ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” This course aims to mature students’ ethical intelligence by growing their understanding of God’s word, developing their Christian worldviews, and equipping them to think ‘rightly’ about difficult moral questions. Throughout this course, students will be challenged to learn and grow to love what is good, and to devote themselves more wholly to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, for it is God’s grace that frees us to love the good and live the flourishing life.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 355: Game Changers: Creative Impact for Christ & Entrepreneurship

This course will involve an examination of what it means to be a Christian artist in the modern world. It will include a study of what a Biblical view of artisanship entails, and will seek to arrive at an understanding of what artistic gifting is from a Christian perspective. It will be sourced in seeing our wonderfully creative God, and connecting His creativity with ours as we pursue and emulate Him in this world. This course also will show the importance of a personal relationship with the Creator, and of having a spiritually active and growing relationship with Him in achieving a life that is fulfilling as an artist.

It will also examine the importance of challenging cultural norms that do not align with the rich life that Christ would have us experience, and reaffirm the value of growing in skill and knowledge of our artistic craft, so we can have the Kingdom impact we desire. The course will culminate in a final project that is service-based and a possible business model for future development.

All of these will be examined through the lens of scripture, and through classroom lectures, discussions, guest speakers, relevant field trips and pertinent source articles and texts.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: .05

Prerequisites: Acceptance into Arts Conservatory

BIB 410: Senior Seminar and Leadership

A raw definition of leadership is that “leaders make things happen.” For either good or bad we believe this statement to be true. A primary goal of the Leadership and Mentoring class is to train students in the leadership styles, methods and character development that would allow them the opportunity to be effective, sound and ethical leaders. In this course we will examine the characteristics that make an effective leader and examine various leaders, culminating in the greatest leader of all time: the Lord Jesus Christ.

Senior Seminar also exists to build and nurture what we hope to be a positive and loving long-term relationship between school, family and student. Senior Seminar is an entity with many moving parts, all designed to produce a more than capable leader and graduate, who loves and appreciates the LORD and the Word of God, and who is prepared to begin the life-long pursuit of transforming the world for Jesus Christ. The Senior Seminar program is much bigger than just the classroom instruction portion. It also encompasses all the major events of the Senior year, including the August “Peek to Peak Senior Sleep In”, the Prayer Partners program, community-building Senior meals, the Senior Retreat, the college application process, the Commencement Week activities, and much more.

Grade: Senior

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Senior