INDEPENDENT STUDY COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES

These courses are available through Independent Study for undergraduate college credit. All listed courses are available in Independent Study print correspondence format. 

To find corresponding textbooks for each course, go to Undergraduate Required Textbooks.

Bible / Theology

 

Ministry

General Education

 

BIBLE / THEOLOGY COURSES

 
Acts (BI 2214) 3 Hours

Encounter the major changes in God's dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. Trace the six major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book, and study the major events in each section. You will learn the significance of the beginning of the church at Pentecost, the gift of tongues, Stephen's speech, the conversion of Cornelius, the Jerusalem Council, Paul at Mars Hill and the place and purpose of baptism. Apply the material in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church. Two exams test your knowledge of the content of Acts. Two papers give you the opportunity to do an in-depth topical study of the Holy Spirit in Acts, principles of evangelism from Philip's ministry or principles of missionary strategy.

 

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Bible Introduction (BI 2230) 3 Hours

A survey of the areas of general and special introduction that include inspiration, the canon of Scripture, the transmission of the biblical text from the original writings to the many modern versions, and an examination of the major critical questions concerning the Bible that provide the student with an apologetic for the Christian faith.

 

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Elements of Bible Study (BI 1120) 3 Hours

Develop your ability to use the inductive Bible study method, learn basic principles of biblical interpretation, and gain skill in the use of other methods and tools for Bible study. Learn how to get an overview of any book of the Bible, how to make observations and ask interpretative questions, how to distinguish between figurative and literal language, how to outline passages and how to make applications from biblical principles. Evaluation is done through six skills projects that are interwoven into the lessons.

   

 
Hebrews (BI 3333) 3 Hours

Emphasizes the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ in His deity and high priestly ministry as a fulfillment of Old Testament theology. Applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service.

 

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Hermeneutics (formerly Advanced Bible Study Methods) (BI 2280) 3 Hours

Develop deeper and richer skills in studying the Bible. In particular, learn to deal properly with matters of context, language, special forms (parables, types, prophecy and literary genre), theological perspectives, principles, and applications. This extremely practical course has numerous learning activities to help develop these skills, two exams over the material in the course and two papers on Bible passages (1 Corinthians 3:9-17 and Luke 15:11-32) to provide in-depth experience in applying the lessons of the course.

   

 
John (BI 2211) 3 Hours

Come to know Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. Learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John's emphasis on belief throughout the book, delineate the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in your own life through them. One exam covers the content of the book of John. The two papers allow you to do a more in-depth study of a miracle of Christ and John's teaching of Jesus as the Son of God.

 

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Major Prophets I (formerly Isaiah) (BI 3316) 3 Hours

Examines the book of Isaiah, giving attention to historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book, while focusing primarily on detailed analysis of the content. Emphasis is on the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments. Every chapter is studied, while breaking Isaiah down into several major sections, which are as follows: the Lord's case against Judah (1-6), the book of Immanuel (7-12), the burdens of the nations (13-23), punishment followed by kingdom blessing (24-27), pronouncement of woes (28-33), indignation and glory (34-35), historical interlude (36-39), deliverance of God's people (40-48), the Suffering Servant as redeemer (49-57) and the glorious consummation (58-66). Three exams will evaluate your mastery of the material. A paper on "The Messiah in the Book of Isaiah" allows you to study this important topic in even more depth.

 

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New Testament Survey (BI 1112) 4 Hours

Teaches the basic theme and general content of every New Testament book, showing the relationship of books, placing them in historical and geographical context and presenting the teachings of Christ and the apostles to the early church. Two exams cover the content of the New Testament. Two papers allow you to focus on the world of the New Testament and the early church.

   

 
Old Testament Survey (BI 1111) 4 Hours

Provides a bird's eye view of the entire Old Testament, showing how the various books fit together, giving historical perspective and laying a foundation for interpreting all of Scripture. The entire Old Testament will be read. Two exams cover the content of the Old Testament as emphasized in the study guide. Two papers allow you to draw specific personal benefits from your reading and study of particular parts of the Old Testament.

   

 
Pauline Epistles I (I, II Corinthians) (BI 3325) 3 Hours

The New Testament contains two of the letters Paul wrote to the church at Corinth. The study of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians deals with many matters important in the life of the church, including: divisions, discipline, lawsuits, fornication, marriage, divorce, celibacy, matters of conscience, decorum and women's roles, spiritual gifts, resurrection, Paul's apostleship and Christian service, giving and the biblical use of authority. Three exams, including a comprehensive final exam, test your mastery of the material of Corinthians. A project on "Discipline in the Church" allows you to deal extensively with this crucial aspect of the teaching in Corinthians.

 

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Romans (BI 4410) 3 Hours

Study one of the most significant pieces of literature in the world, the book that launched the Protestant Reformation. Learn the content of each chapter in the context of Paul's purpose to present God's righteousness for all people and apply its truths to contemporary society. Two exams cover the content of the book. Two papers are to be written from the following topics: The problem of the person who has never heard the gospel, the doctrine of justification, Israel's future in the program of God, and case studies on the tension between obedience to God and obedience to legal authorities.

   

 
Survey of Bible Doctrine I (formerly Survey of Theology I) (TH 2225) 3 Hours

Theology is the systematic organization of what the Bible teaches. In this course, the student will study what the Bible teaches about God's Word itself, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes using the Bible in evangelism and teaching, as well as helping others determine for themselves what the Bible teaches. 

 

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Survey of Bible Doctrine II (formerly Survey of Theology II) (TH 2226) 3 Hours

What does the Bible teach about salvation, humanity, the church and end times? This course helps the student to study these things for themselves in order to understand them and to minister more effectively.


 
The Church and Its Doctrines (TH 1110) 3 Hours

A foundational course, using primarily a Bible Doctrine approach that surveys basic doctrines of the church and their implications for life. Specifically, the course will survey Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Angelology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts and biblical texts. The course also will introduce the various branches of theology.

   

 

MINISTRY COURSES

 
Christian Missions (MS 1103) 3 Hours

Study the mission that the Lord assigned to His body, the church. Our task of "winning the world to Christ" is still incomplete. This course will guide you into a firsthand acquaintance with the biblical basis of missions, its historical dimensions, its cultural significance in every nation and the dynamics of how the local church should be involved. The course has two exams; the two papers are a study of a missionary biography and an analysis of a local church's missions program.

 

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Christian Worship

(MU 2267)

3 Hours

A study of the biblical components of public and private worship. Focuses on the meaning, role and effects of worship, praise, prayer and music in the various cultural settings.

     

 
Communication of Biblical Truth (PS 3330) 3 Hours

This course focuses on the delivery of expositional messages in preaching with adaptation for delivery of messages in teaching settings. It leads you through the process of formulating ideas for messages to developing, supporting, structuring and delivering them to audiences. The course includes three evaluations of contemporary preaching, a paper on the role of preaching in the local church, collecting illustrations, and giving two messages yourself.

 

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Pastoral Ethics (PS 2262) 3 Hours

This is a study of ethics as they relate to the church and its ministries. It will focus on the biblical principles that should shape values and guide practices in the church's ministry. Particular attention will be given to current ethical issues facing the church. Students will formulate a personal code of ethics for ministry.

 

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Principles of Discipleship (EV 2210) 3 Hours

A study of the essential principles of evangelism and discipleship as they relate to biblical methods of outreach and spiritual growth within the church. Practical instruction is given about the tools of evangelism and discipleship techniques. Students will gain ministry experience through in-class and out-of-class opportunities.

 

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Introduction to Psychology (GSU 2210) 3 Hours

Receive a balanced and accurate understanding of the field of psychology and its practical applications to life. Learn the most common terms, theories, methods and conclusions of psychology. Discuss the complexity and uniqueness of God's creation. Distinguish between various Christian approaches to psychology and counseling. Point out weaknesses and strengths in modern psychology, especially as seen from the Christian perspective. The course has two exams. Two papers allow you to explore in-depth some key issues, such as the nervous system and the brain, roles in human development and mood disorders.

 

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Introduction to Philosophy (GSU 2250) 3 Hours

Introductory study—partly historical and partly topical—examining methods and assumptions of philosophical systems, theories of knowledge, metaphysics, values, ethics, philosophy of religion and the worldviews of leading philosophers in these areas. Considers some trends in contemporary philosophy. Emphasizes the development of a Christian philosophy of life.

 

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