A Full Curriculum for Complete Preparation

First Year

Summer Term (3 Credit Hours)

LS-G 401: Greek I

An elementary study of Greek grammar for the translation and interpretation of the New Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

3 Units

First Semester (15 Credit Hours)

LS-H 501: Hebrew I

An elementary study of Hebrew grammar for the translation and interpretation of the Old Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

3 Units

LS-G 502: Greek II

An elementary study of Greek grammar for the translation and interpretation of the New Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

3 Units

PT 500: Theology of Ministry

An introduction to the nature of the Christian ministry, the nature of the call to the ministry, and the requisite gifts and graces for the Christian minister. It also addresses the centrality of the ministry of the word, the biblical and Reformed doctrine of the regulative principle of worship, as well as a wide-range of subjects related to Pastoral Theology from a Reformed Baptist perspective.

Mr. Renihan

2 Units

OT 501: Pentateuch

An introduction to the foundational books for all biblical studies within the context of the Ancient Near Eastern background. Emphasis will be placed upon the biblical theological contribution of the Pentateuch as well as the hermeneutical principles necessary for understanding and application of the text.

Mr. Clarke

3 Units

ST 500: Introduction to Ministerial and Theological Studies

This is a team-taught inter-disciplinary course covering topics such as the Christian life of theology students, intro to internship, library & theological bibliography, writing & grammar, etc. The English Bible Exam will be administered during this course. It will be required for all entering students.

Mr. Renihan and Mr. Martin

2 Units

ST 501: Symbolics I

A detailed examination of the history, language, and theology of the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 in order to understand its historical setting and its theological relevance to the present. Historical comparisons will be made to the Westminster and Savoy Confessions. Other Baptist confessions will be considered as they relate to this document.

Mr. Renihan

2 Units

Winter Term (4 Credit Hours)

LS-H 502: Hebrew II

An elementary study of Hebrew grammar for the translation and interpretation of the Old Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

1 Unit

LS-G 503: Greek III

An intermediate study of Greek grammar for the translation and interpretation of the New Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

1 Unit

AP 501: Intro to Philosophical Theology

Introduction to Philosophical Theology will examine the relationship between faith and reason and between theology and philosophy. Students will be introduced to the metaphysical and epistemological principles that have shaped the theological grammar of Christian orthodoxy and that continue to have abiding value for the defense of the Christian faith today.

Mr. Dolezal

2 Units

Second Semester (16 Credit Hours)

LS-H 503: Hebrew III

An intermediate study of Hebrew grammar for the translation and interpretation of the Old Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

3 Units

LS-G 504: Greek IV

An intermediate study of Greek grammar for the translation and interpretation of the New Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

2 Units

BS 501: Hermeneutics

This foundational study treats principles of Reformed hermeneutics, history of hermeneutics, sources of hermeneutical principles, canonical structure and hermeneutics, biblical genres and hermeneutics, the Bible’s interpretation of the Bible, biblical theology and hermeneutics, typology, and some contemporary issues.

Mr. Barcellos

3 Units

OT 502: History and Wisdom

An introduction to the historical books and wisdom literature of the Old Testament within their literary and historical context. Emphasis will be placed upon the unfolding biblical theological story of Scripture. Additional emphasis will be placed upon the hermeneutical principles necessary for understanding and application of the text.

Mr. Clarke

3 Units

ST 502: Symbolics II

A detailed examination of the history, language, and theology of the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 in order to understand its historical setting and its theological relevance to the present. Historical comparisons will be made to the Westminster and Savoy Confessions. Other Baptist confessions will be considered as they relate to this document.

Mr. Renihan

2 Units

NT 502: Gospels

This first course in the New Testament treats the genre, background, authorship, date, recipients, and contents of the four Gospels. It identifies the function of the Gospels within the New Testament and the entire canon of Scripture and introduces the student to Synoptic issues and the use of the Old Testament in the Gospels.

Mr. Barcellos

3 Units

Second Year

First Semester (16 Credit Hours)

LS-H 602: Hebrew IV

An intermediate study of Hebrew grammar for the translation and interpretation of the Old Testament.

Mr. Mudliar

2 Units

CH 601: Ancient Church/Patristics

Church History 601 is a study of the Ancient Church, also referred to as the period of the Patristics, or Church Fathers, following the Apostolic age. Here the student will cover roughly the historical period from the close of the 1st century to the close of the 6th century. In the course, through interaction with both primary and secondary material, the student will learn of the doctrine and life of the church in this crucial period of her early formation.

Mr. Montgomery

3 Units

ST 601: Prolegomena and Doctrine of the Word

This course treats the nature and purpose of theology and the doctrine of Scripture from a confessionally Reformed perspective. Particular attention is devoted to the proper object, cognitive principles, and ends of theology, the epistemological basis for doing theology, and the unity of theology.

3 Units

PT 602: Homiletics I - Preaching and Sermon Preparation

After a brief reminder of Dr. Renihan’s description of preaching (PT500), this course will first examine the biblical method, content, and goal of preaching. This will be followed by a method of sermon preparation based upon the integration of sound hermeneutics, exegesis, theology, and Christ-centered application to different kinds of hearers. The expository method will be emphasized.

Mr. Malone

2 Units

PT 603: Preaching Practicum I

Students will prepare sermons which will be delivered in a worshipful context for the edification of one another (25-30 minutes taped). These sermons will be critiqued graciously and judiciously in class, followed by a more detailed critique in private by the professor. The purpose is to evaluate the presentations for the guidance of each student concerning his gifts and practice. Emphasis will be placed upon the integration of exegesis and the expository method for pastoral application.

Mr. Malone

1 Unit

NT 602: Acts and Pauline Epistles

Continuing study in the New Testament, this course treats the genre, background, authorship, date, recipients, and contents of Acts and the Pauline Epistles. It shows the relationship between the Gospel of Luke and Acts. It identifies the function of both Acts and the Pauline Epistles within the New Testament and the entire canon of Scripture and introduces the student to the use of the Old Testament in these books.

Mr. Barcellos

3 Units

BT 601: Biblical Theology I

Through this study the student is introduced to the discipline of biblical theology, covering its place and function in the encyclopedia of theology, a brief history, a working definition, various models and practitioners, and hermeneutics and biblical theology. It also provides a brief overview of redemptive history from creation to consummation, focusing on the progressive, organic, Christ-centered unfolding of Special Revelation in light of the entire canon of Scripture. The course concludes with examples of biblical-theological exegesis with the goal of preaching.

Mr. Barcellos

2 Units

Winter Term (4 Credit Hours)

PT 604: Missions and Evangelism

The biblical foundations of missions and evangelism will be explored in this course. This includes the theology of missions in the Reformed faith, the question of contextualization in missions, the qualifications for a missionary (both local and international), the role of the local church in missions and evangelism, and the practical application of evangelism through the local church. This will also include an examination of the method of ARBCA and RBMS as a help to the local church to send and oversee its missionary(s).

Mr. Perron

2 Units

CH 602: Medieval Christianity

Church History 602 is designed to pick up at the close of CH 601 with the advent of the Medieval Period of Church History. This course will broadly cover the years from the beginnings of the 6th century to the emergence of the Renaissance just prior to the time of the Reformation. Here the student will develop a working knowledge of an oft forgotten period in the history of Christ’s church through engagement of material from both primary and secondary sources in an examination of key writers and points of theological development and corruption during these important years in the history of the church.

Mr. Montgomery

2 Units

Second Semester (18 Credit Hours)

ST 602: Doctrine of God

This course will consider the doctrine of God (theology proper) by examining God’s existence and attributes, his triunity, and his acts of decree, creation, and providence. The contrast between classical Christian theism and its modern alternatives will be given special attention.

Mr. Dolezal

3 Units

ST 603: Theological Anthropology

This course will explore the biblical doctrine of man from a systematic perspective. It will include the study of God’s creation of man, his constitutional nature, the image of God, the moral law of God written on his heart, the covenant of works, the fall, the doctrine of sin, and the nature of human freedom.

Mr. Hicks

2 Units

BT 602: Biblical Theology II

This course reviews and continues the study of the discipline of biblical theology. It includes a working definition of biblical theology and hermeneutics and biblical theology. It treats in some detail the foundations of a biblical theology of the Bible.

Mr. Barcellos

2 Units

PT 605: Pastoral Theology I - Theological Pastoring

Building upon PT500, theological pastoring studies the preparation, identification, and work of the pastor/elder in the New Testament. Various topics of systematic theology will be integrated into a “whole counsel of God – sound doctrine” theology for pastoral thinking and practice, thus preparing the man of God to be “able to teach” and able to “rule.” A part of this course is meant to help the student to understand that all pastoral work is theological, which enables the pastor to apply the Word of God accurately to each church and person.

Mr. Malone

3 Units

PT 606: Preaching Practicum II

Students will prepare sermons which will be delivered in a worshipful context for the edification of one another (25-30 minutes taped). These sermons will be critiqued graciously and judiciously in class, followed by a more detailed critique in private by the professor. The purpose is to evaluate the presentations for the guidance of each student concerning his gifts and practice. Greater attention to the integration of exegesis, theology and pastoral application will be emphasized.

Mr. Malone

1 Unit

OT 602: Prophets

An introduction to the history, content, and biblical theological contribution of the Old Testament prophets. Emphasis will be placed upon a careful reading, exposition, and application of selected Hebrew texts from the prophetic corpus of the Old Testament.

Mr. Clarke

3 Units

CH 603: Reformation

Church History 603 is designed to continue the narrative of the history of the church left off in CH602. Here the student will be taken from the dawn of the Reformation through the period of the 16th century itself as the Reformation spread from the continent of Europe to the lands of England in the north. Again, the student will, in the study of this period, be presented and engage with both primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding and appreciation for these glorious, and at times troublesome, years in the history of Christ’s church.

Mr. Montgomery

2 Units

AP 601: Challenges to the Faith

A consideration of the major challenges to the Christian Faith such as Romanism, Islam, Mormonism etc.

2 Units

Third Year

First Semester (16 Credit Hours)

ST 701: Christology

This course considers the person and work of Christ in the accomplishment of salvation, examining the scriptural basis and systematic development of the doctrine from the conciliar debates of the fifth century, its appropriation and codification within the Reformed tradition, and its modern and contemporary modifications.

3 Units

ST 702: Soteriology

This course examines the work of the Holy Spirit in the economy of salvation and the application of redemption. The doctrine of Soteriology is presented systematically, defended exegetically, explicated confessionally from within the Reformed Tradition, and contrasted critically with alternative views.

3 Units

NT 702: General Epistles and Revelation

This final course in the New Testament treats genre, background, authorship, date, recipients, and the content of the General Epistles and Revelation. It identifies the function of both the general Epistles and Revelation within the New Testament and the entire canon of Scripture and introduces the student to the use of the Old Testament in those books.

3 Units

CH 610: Puritanism

An introduction to Puritanism in contexts of the ecclesiastical and civil struggles of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the place of the movement in the church’s theological development.

Mr. Renihan

2 Units

CH 701: Modern Church (Baptist History)

A survey of modern developments and personalities in church history, and of various Baptist groups from the time of the Reformation to the present. Special attention is given to the rise of the modern Reformed Baptist movement.

4 Units

PT 701: Pastoral Administration

This course will prepare students to lead and care for God’s people by highlighting the importance of managing God’s household well. We will review principles of stewardship and see its practical outworking in church finances, asset management, mobilizing people and ministry opportunities. We will also see how effective communication builds church unity, encourages service and prepares God’s people for seasons of change.

Mr. Prodigalidad

1 Unit

Winter Term (4 Credit Hours)

PT 706: Worship

Reformed worship, theology, and practice will be examined in this intensive course. This will include a biblical-theological comparison of revealed worship in the Old Testament with the instituted worship of the New Covenant in the New Testament. Necessary topics will include the regulative principle of worship both in the Old Testament and New Testament, the proper elements of Christian worship defined biblically and confessionally, the role of God’s Word and its proclamation in Christian worship, the consideration of proper music in worship, the proper forms and participants in Christian worship, and the ultimate goal of all Christian worship … the glory of God. Modern schools of Christian worship will be considered in due course and evaluated in light of the regulative principle of worship.

Mr. Puls

2 Units

PT 702: Pastoral Counseling

A survey and introduction to the role of the pastor as a counselor of God’s people using the Word of God. The course will survey theological, historical, and practical areas related to pastoral counseling and will focus on the use of the Scriptures in the counseling ministry of the church. Various topics will be addressed from a biblical perspective such as fear, depression, guilt, family, and habitual sin and will be surveyed alongside biblical anthropology, counseling methodology, and biblical solutions for addressing such issues.

Mr. Davidson

2 Units

Second Semester (14 Credit Hours)

ST 703: Doctrine of the Church

A study of biblical ecclesiology, covering such subjects as the nature, purpose, and centrality of the church, the structure and function of a church, the sacraments of the church, church discipline, associations, missions, and cooperative efforts.

3 Units

ST 704: Eschatology

This course presents a systematic account of Eschatology as it is both expressly set down and necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture. Alternative views are surveyed, and students will be taught to evaluate the biblical and confessional coherency, hermeneutical presuppositions, and theological implications of each of these views from a Reformed perspective.

Mr. Waldron

2 Units

PT 703: Pastoral Theology II - Practical Theology

Having established the theology of pastoring in PTI, this course will examine its practical applications to areas of the pastoral ministry. This includes an overview of preaching, pastoral oversight, the proper administration of the sacraments, the practice of church discipline, the relationship between the Elders and Deacons in the local church, the proper protocol for moderating the meetings of the officers as well as the congregation, weddings, funerals, constitutions, church building use, and other practical matters which may arise. In all of these practical areas, the biblical pastoral decor will be variously applied.

Mr. Malone

2 Units

PT 704: Homiletics II - Preaching

Following the foundations of PT602, this course will further refine the expository, Christ-centered preaching which integrates theology and application to various kinds of hearers. Further topics will include an overview of the Law and the Gospel in pastoral preaching, preaching Christ in all the Scriptures, and forming long-range plans for preaching in the local church.

Mr. Malone

2 Units

PT 705: Puritan Preaching for Today

The Puritans modeled a theology and form of preaching which is worthy both of study and contextual emulation. Dr. Renihan’s course on Puritanism (CH610) would be a helpful pre-requisite for this course. Examples of Puritan preaching from the past will be examined together with more contemporary followers of their theology and preaching theory (Bunyan, Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, etc.). Without copying the Puritans, it is hoped that the student will understand their core preaching theology and its application in order to integrate their lessons into his own gifts, personality, and practice.

2 Units

AP 701: Apologetics in Pastoral Ministry

A practical examination of issues pastors may face in their churches such as pluralism, ethical issues arising from cultural changes, answers to scientific objections, and responses to militant atheism.

3 Units

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