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BIB 110/116 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 Level: Freshman
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite:

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 Level: Sophomore
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: 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.

This class is only offered in the Fall Semester

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

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 Level: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 325 Introduction to Christian Ethics

This course will tackle key questions and foster critical ethical thought on morality, the nature of right and wrong, and how God’s word informs our decision making 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 aiming at defendable, biblically sound, Christian resolutions. Key social issues will be addressed 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. 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. 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 Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 335 Apologetics: Defending the Faith

The course title “Defending Your Faith” is taken from Peter’s exhortation:
“Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15). It has been the task of Christ followers in every generation to be not only a witness to but also a defender of the Biblical worldview. This defense must be done with gentleness and reverence, reflecting true godliness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Defending the Faith will help equip one to respond to the honest questions and doubts which believers and unbelievers have about the Christian faith. The course will introduce students to logic and reasoning skills, key topics in apologetics and provide the foundation for a confident defense of the Christian faith that will help encourage thinkers to believe and believers to think.

 

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 345 Spiritual Formation

Jesus approaches our spiritual growth in a “come follow me” manner inviting us to open ourselves up to his transforming work. Paul reminds us in Galatians that though our natural tendency is to translate spiritual growth into a set of rules to live by, this is not God’s way. Instead, he suggests the way fruit grows on a tree – that when the tree is well rooted in good soil, with sufficient water, sun, and shade, fruit naturally grows. But what is this good soil, water, sun and shade? To use Jesus’ words in John 10, how do we “abide in the vine”? As followers of Christ we ought to “crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it we may grow up in our salvation” (1 Peter 2:1), but the writer of Hebrews tells us that a time comes when we must eat solid food – understanding righteousness experientially, through practice (5:11-6:12).

This class is only offered in the Spring Semester.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ

BIB 355 Game Changers: Creative Impact for Christ and Entrepreneurship

This course will examine what it means to be a Christian artist in the modern world. Using the lens of scripture, students will consider what a biblical view of artisanship entails, and developing an understanding of artistic gifting from a Christian perspective. Through lectures, discussions, guest speakers, relevant field trips and pertinent source articles and texts, students will be given the opportunity to consider a wonderfully creative God and connecting His creativity with their own as they seek to emulate Him in the world. Students will consider the importance of an active and growing relationship with the Creator in achieving a life fulfilling as an artist. The course will also help students build an understanding and skills in challenging cultural norms that do not align with the life that Christ offers and have a Kingdom impact in the arts industry. The course will culminate in a final project that is service-based and a possible business model for future development.

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Arts Conservatory

 

This description is also listed under Valor Arts.

BIB 365 Christian Living: Life to the Full

Exploring the daily rhythms of following Jesus, this class aims to help students experience “Life to the Full,” the very into which Jesus invited us. With the hope of cultivating a more intimate and life-giving relationship with Jesus and each other, we will explore worship, thankfulness, rest, prayer, service, imitation, and celebration, among other joy-filled experiences.

 

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite:

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 Level: Senior
Term:
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Senior

BIB 420 Senior Bible

Senior Bible is a dynamic final year course in biblical exploration, introspection, reflection and preparation for the next chapter of life. Students will be challenged with defining and understanding the Grand Story, exploring the connection between biblical text and life application, and finally articulating their own faith. Throughout the full year, students will investigate these hermeneutical concepts throughout the Bible, understand the convergence of the Grand Story and their individual giftedness, research theological concepts and reflect on their own beliefs in light of what was learned over their years at Valor Christian High School, in order to fully know that God has a plan for their life – to know Him and make Him known to others.

Grade Level: Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite:

BIB 425 Modern Heroes of the Faith

Modern Heroes of the Faith is a dynamic, stand alone course of extra 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 throughout the last 2,000 years, understand the convergence of these historical situations and the individuals’ giftedness, research multiple theological themes, and analyze & affirm how theological truth is developed over the course of the last 2,000 years.

This class is only offered in the Fall semester.

Grade Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ