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Assemblies of God, Curaçao Iglesia Bida Nobo

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Punta Cardonweg 72 C u r a ç a o

(599-9) 869-1043 (599-9) 667-0698

nlbc72@gmail.com

New Life Bible College Academic Catalog 2011-2013

Academic Catalog 2011-2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS General Information 3-4 THE HISTORY OF NEW LIFE BIBLE

Academic Catalog 2011-2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Information

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THE HISTORY OF NEW LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE ACCOUNTABILITY THE MISSION STATEMENT OF NLBC DOCTRINAL POSITION OF NLBC CURRICULUM USED AT NLBC

Administration and Faculty

4-5

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THE ADMISTRATIVE COMMITTEE THE ACADEMIC COMMITTEE THE FACULTY AT NLBC

Financial Information

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APPLICATION FEE AUDIT FEES COURSE FEES (SUBJECT) CREDIT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING FEE CANCELATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS

Academic Information

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ADMISSION POLICY CREDIT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS GRADING SYSTEM GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY GLOBAL UNIVERSITY INDEPENDENT STUDY HOW TO ENROLL IN A PROGRAM OF STUDY AT NLBC TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION TRANSCRIPTS OF NLBC REGISTRATION AND ORIENTATION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT NLBC DEFINITION OF COURSE AND SUBJECT COURSE SEQUENCES AND PREREQUISITES THE NUMBERING SYSTEM FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM COURSES ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE ANNUAL SCHEDULE FOR NLBC

Course Descriptions

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BIBLE DIVISION THEOLOGY DIVISION CHURCH MINISTRIES DIVISION MISSIONS DIVISION GENERAL EDUCATION DIVISION GLOSSARY

GENERAL INFORMATION

Within the geographic area designated as the Caribbean there are cultures and national languages that are unique. There are different government entities within these island areas. The believers in these island areas are eager to learn about God, the Bible, the Church, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. New Life Bible College (NLBC) exists to serve the people of Curaçao and the surrounding islands.

New Life Bible College has developed a curriculum and a teaching staff to instruct the students that attend the school. NLBC utilizes teachers with diverse teaching skills, ethnic backgrounds, and a unique ability to teach cross culturally. Teachers instruct in the traditional classroom setting, extension programs and through internship programs. The academic program gives the student a well-rounded education with both academic excellence and practical experience.

This catalog contains an explanation of each of the courses offered at NLBC. The sequencing of the courses, the programs offered, academic information, and financial information are included in the pages that follow.

The History of New Life Bible College

NLBC was born out of a need for men and women to do the work of the ministry. In the 1980’s there was a call for the establishment of a training program that would be of a systematic and thorough nature. There was a need for a local program so young men and women from the area would not have to leave Curaçao to gain their religious education. This is how New Life Bible College came into being.

NLBC began with a few courses each semester utilizing block sessions. It has now begun a full time program that meets in the daytime, evenings, and in special block sessions called modules offered during breaks from the regular schedule. In addition enrichment seminars, which are not part of the regular program, will be offered to the community at minimal cost on a periodic basis.

Accountability

New Life Bible College is a ministry of Iglesia Bida Nobo. A Board of Directors is responsible for the integrity of the school. The Pastor and Board of Deacons at Iglesia Bida Nobo make up the Board of Directors. The school is accountable to this body financially and organizationally. The Board of Directors is the policymaking part of the school.

The Mission Statement of NLBC

NLBC exists to train men and women for the work of the ministry. The driving ambition behind the faculty and staff of the program is to build a school that will produce quality men and women for the work of the ministry first in Curaçao and also abroad. The future ministries of the students are the motivation behind the stated purposes of NLBC.

To develop a knowledge of the Christian message; the ability to communicate and defend it and the skills needed to engage in the continuing study of it.

To provide the means for personal spiritual growth and development.

To develop an understanding of the church and its ministries.

To develop an understanding of how the church and the Gospel Message relates to the student's culture.

To develop basic study, thought and communication skills.

To equip students for leadership and ministries to which they feel called.

To promote an understanding of man, his culture and his nature.

To develop a knowledge of society and the student’s role in it.

Doctrinal Position of NLBC

New Life Bible College adheres to the Doctrinal Statement of the Assemblies of God Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The following statements summarize the doctrinal position of NLBC…

We Believe:

The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.

In the Blessed Hope – the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming.

The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.

The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to the believing prayer.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.

In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.

In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.

Curriculum used at NLBC

NLBC utilizes a curriculum that has the particular needs of our students in mind. We have tried to keep NLBC uniquely identified with Curaçao. We realize there are specific needs in the area of the world where our students will be working and have kept this in mind while developing the courses offered.

NLBC utilizes experts from the local island areas as well as from consulting organizations such as Global University/ICI. Students at NLBC can know that much prayer, effort, thought and discussion have gone into the production of this curriculum to give them the best possible education.

ADMINISTRATION AND FACULTY

The Board of Directors

The Pastor and Deacon Board of Iglesia Bida Nobo are the Board of Directors. They oversee the operation and functions of NLBC. They are the trustees of the school and are responsible for approving the curriculum, instructors, and major fiscal decisions. The Chairman is the Pastor of Iglesia Bida Nobo. The Director of the school is also a member of the Board of Directors.

The Admistrative Committee

The Administrative Committee runs the day-to-day operation of NLBC. They make decisions that pertain to course sequencing, teaching assignments, and student life. The committee makes sure that the students receive a quality education in a quality environment.

The Director of the school is the Chairman of this Committee. The other members include Academic Dean, the Dean of Students, the Business Manager, and the Registrar. They meet on a regular basis.

The Academic Committee

The Academic Committee has the general oversight of the educational standards and procedures as they apply to the student body, faculty, staff, curriculum, and graduation requirements. This committee also ensures that there are correct records at the school and is responsible for evaluating transcripts of incoming students.

The Academic Dean is the Chairman of this Committee. The other members are the Dean of Students, Director, and Registrar. This committee shall also be the body that decides disputes over academic questions that arise from the student body.

The Faculty at NLBC

Resident Faculty: The resident faculties are those academically qualified individuals that live in Curaçao and are available to teach.

Pastors of local churches

Missionaries based in Curaçao

Qualified people who are Curaçao residents.

Extension Faculty: These are individuals academically qualified to teach and reside in areas where we have extension programs.

Adjunct Faculty: These are academically qualified individuals throughout the area who periodically teach courses in field setting.

Contributing Faculty: These are faculty affiliated with other schools or ordained Pastors, or district officials of other General Councils that come to Curaçao to teach specialized Block sessions. New Life Bible College is able to tap into the vast resources available by being a part of an international fellowship like the Assemblies of God and have men and women of the highest caliber available from many areas of the world.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Application Fee

There shall be a one-time fee of CMg 20.00 assessed for each application for admission. This fee will cover the program evaluation that will be done on each new student by the Academic Committee. Students may take one class for credit per trimester without completing an application. However, upon completion of 3 courses a student must officially apply for admission to a degree program.

Audit Fees

Presently, audit fees are the same as those who enroll for credit. When students audit a course they will not receive credit towards a degree. However, written assignments, papers and exams are not required for students who audit a course. Generally speaking those who audit a course have the goal of personal enrichment and credits towards a degree are not desired.

Course Fees

Individual Student:

CMg 160 per class, 5% discount for full payment at time of registration.

Married Student:

A person who enrolls with his/her spouse in the same class may do so at half the normal cost.

Policy concerning student’s school bill:

Fees should be paid in full at the beginning of the school term unless the monthly payment schedule has been agreed upon.

Students who have balances from previous terms will not be allowed to enroll.

Credit for Experiential Learning Fee

All students that receive credit for Experiential Learning shall pay the academic fees for the credits received. The student shall pay each classes course fees.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy for Enrolled Students

If a student cancels within six (6) calendar days from the time of enrollment, he/she will receive a complete refund.

If a student drops a class between six (6) and twenty-one (21) days after enrollment, he/she shall be entitled to a refund of 50% of the amount paid on academic fees.

After twenty-one days there shall be no refunds.

After six days all materials and textbooks are non-refundable and may not be returned.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Admission Policy

The basic requirements for admission into the NLBC degree program are proof of completion of a qualified secondary education program of study or the equivalent. Under certain circumstances, students who have not completed a Secondary Education program may enroll. However, they must demonstrate the potential to undertake study at this level. Please consult the Academic Dean regarding this matter.

Credit for Experiential Learning

If you have achieved recognized proficiency in a subject or subjects offered by NLBC, you may qualify for advanced standing based on the documents that give evidence of your expertise.

Credit may be given for experiential learning. This learning must be of sufficient intensity and duration to assure the Academic Committee that the applicant has achieved a degree of proficiency in the areas covered by the course. A student may gain credit for pastoral experience, military training, teaching experience, college level equivalency tests, or other areas where the student gains experience of a post secondary nature.

No more than thirty percent of the number of credits required for a degree at NLBC may be given as experiential learning credit. Experiential learning credits are recorded on a students’ transcript only after he/she has fulfilled all other requirements in the Degree.

Graduation Requirements

Grading System

 

A

student receives a certificate, diploma, or degree

A

96 100

C

74 76

only after the Academic Committee has ascertained

A-

91 95

C-

71 73

that the student has fulfilled the necessary obligations.

B+

87 90

D+

67 70

A

student must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA)

B

84 86

D

64 66

of

71% for all of the course work required to graduate.

B-

81 83

D-

60 63

 

C+

77 80

F

Below 60

Guided Independent Study

Each term all courses within the regular schedule may be completed through independent study. The student will be required to bring all assignments to the instructor on the date scheduled for the final exam. Exams must be taken on the date scheduled.

Global University Independent Study

Any student desiring to take courses not offered in a given term must contact the Independent Studies Coordinator for NLBC. Qualified students may enroll with Global University (GU). All credits earned through GU may be transferred to NLBC.

How to Enroll in a Program of Study at NLBC

Be certain you have met the admission requirements stated above.

Determine the program of study you wish to pursue.

Complete an “Application Form”.

Supply a copy of your Secondary Education Transcript, Diploma, or other evidence of your completion of secondary level study.

Have any transcripts from other post graduate institutions sent to NLBC for evaluation.

Transcript Evaluation

All transcripts must be official copies and not personally made photocopies. Send all transcripts and other documentation pertaining to your application to the school academic office. NLBC reserves the right to determine whether it will accept transfer credits from another academic institution. It also reserves the right to require the applicant to validate transfer of credits by examination even when these appear on an official transcript submitted for evaluation. Two-thirds of the total required credits must be earned from NLBC in order to receive a Degree or Diploma from NLBC.

Transcripts of NLBC

A transcript is a printed report prepared by the Registrar’s office. It contains all of the student’s course enrollments. This includes the final grades as well as the credits earned. NLBC prepares two kinds of transcripts:

Official and Unofficial. You may obtain an unofficial copy of your transcripts at any time prior to the completion of your academic program; there is a charge of CMg 6 for each copy. This is an aid in reviewing your academic progress or in planning a program of study. Following graduation, the student may request an unofficial transcript without charge.

Official transcripts go directly to other academic institutions or employers upon written request from the student. The request should include the address of the institution to which it will be sent.

Registration and Orientation

Each student must register at the announced time, prior to the beginning of each term. During registration students will receive guidance in planning for graduation, select classes and make arrangements for payment of all fees and tuition.

Programs Available at NLBC

Associate of Arts Degree / 64-65 Credits in Church Ministries, Bible and Theology, or Missions

Bachelor of Arts Degree / 80 credits-NLBC / 48 Credits-GU in Bible and Theology or Missions

Definition of Course and Subject

New Life Bible College will be making use of materials from Global University. Courses will be identified in the same manner used by Global University and the terms course and subject are used interchangeably. For example, The Gospel of John is a three-credit course or subject, which will typically meet for three hours, one day a week, for eleven weeks. Courses (subjects) are the fundamental units of the curriculum for each program of study leading to a degree.

Course Sequences and Prerequisites

New Life Bible College courses are divided into lower and upper levels. Lower-level courses are designed to be taken without regard to any particular sequence. Upper-level courses have either a prerequisite or recommended previous study, and require a higher level of academic rigor. If a prerequisite is required or a certain sequence is suggested, a notation is made in the course description. For example, BIB4014 Greek I must be taken before BIB4024 Greek II.

The Numbering System for Undergraduate Program Courses

A key to the interpretation of course numbers follows. The course numbers should be used with the subject names on enrollment forms and other academic records.

The first three letters indicate the academic content area of the course.

The first digit indicates the level of the course.

The second and third digits serve as numerical identifiers.

The final digit indicates the credit value.

BIB = Bible THE = Theology MIN = Christian Ministry MIS = Missions BUS = Business COM = Communications CSC = Computer Science

EDU = Education ENG = English GSC = General Science HIS = History HSC = Health Science LDR = Leadership & Management LIT = Literature

MTH = Mathematics MUS = Music PHL = Philosophy & Ethics PSY = Psychology REL = Religion SOC = Sociology SPN = Spanish

An example is BIB1043 The Gospel of John. The letters identify the course as part of the Bible content area (see BIB****), and the first digit indicates the level (BIB1***), or first level. The final digit indicates that the credit value of this course is three credit hours (BIB1043).

Associate of Arts Degrees

The curricula for the Associate of Arts degrees require a minimum of 64 credit hours.

A.A. DEGREE IN CHURCH MINISTRIES

The Associate of Arts degree in Church Ministries provides the basic educational background and training in biblical studies, theology, and religious education that are required for ministry in the church. After successfully completing this curriculum the student will be able to serve successfully in a variety of church ministry positions.

BIBLE

Total: 9

CHURCH MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS

Total: 18

BIB1063 Acts of the Holy Spirit FAITH AND ACTION SERIES BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation BIB2022 Paul’s Letters to Pastors BIB3012 Genesis

MIN1012 Evangelism Today MIN1053 The Work of the Pastor MIN1093 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling MIN2012 Human Relations MIN3043 Preparing/Preaching Bible Messages MIN3063 The Church’s Educational Task MIS3012 Introduction to Missions

 

THEOLOGY

Total: 15

CORE EDUCATION

Total: 22

THE1013 Pneumatology THE1033 God and Angels THE1042 Man and Sin THE2012 The Bible and the Church THE1062 Introduction to Systematic Theology THE2023 Soteriology

COM1012 How to Speak in Public EDU3103 Principles of Teaching HIS2202 The Church: Pentecost to Reformation HIS2302 The Church: Reformation to Present BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES LDR3012 Guidelines for Leadership SOC2013 Introduction of Sociology BUS2102 Church Business

 

Total for Program: 64

A.A. DEGREE IN BIBLE AND THEOLOGY

The Associate of Arts degree in Bible/Theology provides the basic educational background and training in biblical studies, theology, and Christian ministry. After successfully completing this curriculum the student will be able to serve in a variety of capacities in Christian ministry.

BIBLE

Total: 15

CHURCH MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS

Total: 13

BIB1072 Paul’s Salvation Letters: Galatian and Romans BIB1063 Acts of the Holy Spirit FAITH AND ACTION SERIES BIB4062 The Corinthian Letters BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation BIB3052 Themes From the Major Prophets BIB3062 Themes from the Minor Prophets BIB3012 Genesis

MIN1012 Evangelism Today MIN1093 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling MIN3043 Preparing/Preaching Bible Messages MIN3063 The Church’s Educational Task MIS3012 Introduction to Missions

 

THEOLOGY

Total: 18

CORE EDUCATION

Total: 18

THE1013 Pneumatology THE1033 God and Angels THE1042 Man and Sin THE2012 The Bible and the Church THE1062 Introduction to Systematic Theology THE2023 Soteriology THE3013 Apologetics

COM1012 How to Speak in Public HIS2202 The Church: Pent. to Reformation HIS2302 The Church: Reformation to Present BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES SOC2013 Introduction of Sociology

 

Total for Program: 64

A.A. DEGREE IN MISSIONS

The Associate of Arts degree in Missions is designed to provide foundational biblical and theological knowledge needed for cross-cultural ministry. After successfully completing this curriculum the student will be able to serve in a variety of cross-cultural ministry settings.

BIBLE

Total: 11

CHURCH MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS

Total: 18

BIB1072 Paul’s Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans BIB1063 Acts of the Holy Spirit FAITH AND ACTION SERIES BIB4062 The Corinthian Letters BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation BIB3012 Genesis

MIN1012 Evangelism Today MIN2012 Human Relations MIN3043 Preparing/Preaching Bible Messages MIS3012 Introduction to Missions MIS3033 The Bible and Missions MIS3022 Introduction to Islam MIS4012 Christian Ministry in a Muslim Context REL2012 People and Their Beliefs

 

THEOLOGY

Total: 15

CORE EDUCATION

Total: 21

THE1013 Pneumatology THE1042 Man and Sin THE2012 The Bible and the Church THE1062 Introduction to Systematic Theology THE2023 Soteriology THE3013 Apologetics

COM3103 Cross-Cultural Communication EDU3103 Principles of Teaching LDR3012 Guidelines for Leadership HIS2202 The Church: Pent. to Reformation HIS2302 The Church: Reformation to Present BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES SOC2013 Introduction of Sociology

 

Total for Program: 65

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The curricula for the Bachelor of Arts degree require a total of 128 credit hours, 80 of those credit hours may be completed at New Life Bible College. The remaining 48 credits must be completed through independent study using Global University materials.

The Bachelor of Arts degree will ultimately be issued by Global University. However, the Independent Studies Coordinator of New Life Bible College will process all applications, registrations, examinations, and fees for each applicant. It is important to consult both the Independent Studies Coordinator and the current Global University undergraduate catalog for entrance procedures and requirements.

Annual Schedule for NLBC

Although additional courses may be offered during special times throughout the year the following list represents the course titles offered for classroom study at New Life Bible College. All students planning to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree from Global University in conjunction with NLBC should consider the following list as a plan of action for completing the first 80 credit hours towards such a degree.

FIRST YEAR SCHEDULE

Trimester 1 BIB4062 The Corinthian Letters THE1062 Introduction Systematic Theology BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament

FAITH AND ACTION SERIES

Trimester 2 BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation THE1013 Pneumatology MIN1093 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament

FAITH AND ACTION SERIES

Trimester 3 BIB1063 Acts of the Holy Spirit

FAITH AND ACTION SERIES

MIN3043 Preparing/Preaching Bible Messages THE1033 God and Angels HIS2202 The Church: Pent. to Reformation

MIN1012 Evangelism Today

SECOND YEAR SCHEDULE

Trimester 1 BIB1072 Paul’s Salvation Letters: Gal. & Rom THE1042 Man and Sin HIS2302 The Church: Reformation to Present MIN3063 The Church’s Educational Task

Trimester 2 BIB3062 Themes From the Minor Prophets THE2023 Soteriology MIS3012 Introduction to Missions COM1012 How to Speak in Public

Trimester 3 BIB3052 Themes From the Major Prophets THE3013 Apologetics MIS3033 The Bible and Missions SOC2013 Introduction to Sociology

THIRD YEAR SCHEDULE

Trimester 1 BIB3012 Genesis THE2012 The Bible and Church MIN2012 Human Relations EDU3103 Principles of Teaching

Trimester 2 BIB2022 Paul’s Letters to Pastors REL2012 People and Their Beliefs COM3103 Cross-Cultural Communications MIS3022 Introduction to Islam

Trimester 3 MIN1053 The Work of the Pastor BUS2102 Church Business LDR3012 Guidelines for Leadership MIS4012 Christian Ministry in a Muslim Context

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Bible Division

BIB1063 Acts of the Holy Spirit

FAITH AND ACTION SERIES

2

credits

Acts of the Holy Spirit deals with the continuing ministry of the resurrected Christ in the world through the Holy Spirit. The author analyzes and examines questions concerning the growth of the Church, both historical and contemporary. Using the principles of divine guidance illustrated in Acts, the course shows how apparent defeats and setbacks actually became victories and advances for the gospel. The study guide suggests practical applications to help the student face similar problems today.

BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament and BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation are recommended.

BIB1072 Paul’s Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans

2

credits

Paul’s Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans gives the student a deep appreciation of the apostle Paul. In the midst of church planting, he explains the gospel, confronts false teachers, distinguishes between law and grace, and shows how the gospel is rooted in Old Testament Scripture. His systematic explanation of the gospel to the Romans gives the student insight into the major doctrines of sin, salvation, and sanctification. The student also learns how union with Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit enable him or her to mature spiritually and live victoriously.

BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament is recommended.

BIB2022 Paul’s Letters to Pastors

2

credits

Paul’s Letters to Pastors is a basic study of the Epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus that describe God’s strategy for a healthy church. The student will learn about the personal life and duties of a pastor in finding and preparing leaders for service in the church. The student will study about various subgroups within a congregation and how to recognize and deal with error. Finally, the student will consider what is the essential nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament and BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation are recommended.

BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation

3

credits

This course is divided into four units. The first unit presents fundamental truths that must be accepted before beginning a study of the Bible. The second unit deals with general principles of interpretation that are applicable to any type of literature. Specific rules that apply to special types of literature are overviewed in the third unit. In the final unit, the student is given sample passages of Scripture to which he or she will apply the guidelines of interpretation that have been learned.

BIB3012 Genesis

2

credits

How did the world come into existence? What is humanity? Why do we exist? How did evil come into the world? Paul Hoff discusses these and many other difficult questions in the interpretive study guide, Genesis. He includes spiritual types and practical applications. He traces the thread of God’s plan of redemption from its beginning promise in Eden to the formation of God’s chosen people through whom this plan would be realized.

BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament and BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation are recommended.

BIB3052 Themes From the Major Prophets

2

credits

The Major Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel spoke God’s message to His people many years ago. Yet their message is as important for us today as it was then. In Themes From the Major Prophets the student gains an understanding of who these men were, why God called them to be His messengers, what their messages were, and how to apply these messages.

BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament and BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation are recommended.

BIB3062 Themes From the Minor Prophets

2

credits

The segment of the twelve books of the Minor Prophets is perhaps one of the most neglected parts of the Bible in preaching, teaching, and devotional study. This study, Themes From the Minor Prophets, covers the contributions of the Minor Prophets as seen in the light of their times and ours, the doctrines they preached, and the meanings and fulfillment of their prophecies.

BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament and BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation are recommended.

BIB4062 The Corinthian Letters

2

credits

This course covers the study of 1 and 2 Corinthians and gives the student a view of life in the city of Corinth and the problems these Epistles were written to correct. Since these are in some ways the most self-revealing of Paul’s letters, the course provides a deeper insight into the apostle’s character and ministry. Throughout The Corinthian Letters, the author emphasizes the practical application of Paul’s teachings for today. The great doctrines of the Bible in these Epistles apply to contemporary Christian life and ministry.

BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament and BIB2043 Principles of Biblical Interpretation are recommended.

Theology Division

THE1013 Pneumatology

3

credits

The person, work, gifts, and ministry of the Holy Spirit are the topics examined in this biblical study. Among the questions discussed from both the Old and New Testaments are these: Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? How do I live a Spirit-filled life? The students are encouraged to apply these and other related biblical teachings to their own teaching and preaching ministry.

THE1032 God and Angels is recommended.

THE1033 God and Angels

3

credits

The study guide attempts to present a broad biblical view of the subject to help the student understand better the nature of God and angels. The course teaches that biblical theology clearly includes all people in God’s plan of redemption and that an unbeliever will be redeemed when he or she believes and accepts God’s plan of salvation. The study of angels is designed to give believers a more complete knowledge of the nature, power, and activities of angels.

THE1042 Man and Sin

2

credits

Man and Sin is an introductory study of the biblical doctrines of the origin and nature of humankind and of the problem of sin and its effects. These subjects will be appreciated from a biblical, systematic, and, to a lesser extent, historical perspective. Emphasis is given to the biblical interpretation of evangelical Christians, but this position will be understood against the backdrop of predominant non-Christian worldviews.

THE2012 The Bible and the Church

2

credits

In the study guide The Bible and the Church, a basic study of bibliology and ecclesiology, the student investigates the nature and authority of the Scriptures. In the second half of the course, the authors consider the biblical basis for the church, its Old Testament antecedents, and its beginning, nature, and purpose.

THE1062 Introduction to Systematic Theology

2

credits

This course provides a basic overview of the study of theology and discusses the theological areas of bibliology, anthropology, Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, and eschatology. Each division will be examined, giving major attention to the biblical data that provides foundational support for each doctrine. It will also show the relation of these doctrines to the ministry of the church in today’s society.

THE2023 Soteriology

3

credits

The doctrine of salvation the work of Christ in bringing lost humanity into fellowship with God is the focus of Soteriology. This doctrine is treated in a logical progression, a kind of order of salvation. The study includes the doctrine of repentance, faith, conversion, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, and prayer in the life of a Christian. The author carefully analyzes biblical passages relating to salvation and evaluates historical and contemporary views of salvation. The 12 lessons stress the applying of salvation truths personally and the sharing of them with others.

THE3013 Apologetics

3

credits

Is there a procedure for dealing with doubt? Can Scripture be verified? Are miracles possible? Where is history taking us? The author discusses these and other questions in Apologetics. Faith and knowing are the two consistent themes of this course. The study guide examines and explains the relationship between them. The course will help the student to persuade others that there is no better way to follow than that of faith in, and obedience to, the God of the Christian Scriptures.

Church Ministries Division

MIN1012 Evangelism Today

2

credits

This course examines the biblical principles and modern techniques of effective evangelism. It places an emphasis on how God is working through His people today. Examples from many countries show how basic evangelism methods can be used in a variety of ways. The biblical teaching on sin and salvation is given as an essential part of the training in how to share the message. Methods of personal and mass evangelism point out ways in which all Christians in a local church can work together to evangelize their world.

MIN1053 The Work of the Pastor

3

credits

The Work of the Pastor is a study that focuses on the pastor’s call to and preparation for Christian ministry. The author examines the relationships that are vital to successful ministry and reviews the pastor’s primary responsibilities. Based on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, this course enables the students to recognize and apply biblical principles to different situations they face in a local congregation. Specific principles treated relate to the selection of church leadership, the discipline of church members, and guidelines for church worship. Since the study focuses on the pastor’s call and spiritual life, as well as pastoral duties, it emphasizes both being and doing.

SOC2013 Introduction to Sociology is recommended.

MIN2012 Human Relations

2

credits

Human Relations involves an analysis and application of the commandments given by the Lord in Matthew 22:34- 40. The theme is love as typified by the Greek word agape. In this course the author examines the agape concept thoroughly and applies it to every kind of human relationship. Based on a biblical model, this course focuses on practical applications for individuals in all of their relationships: with God, with others, and with themselves.

MIN3043 Preparing and Preaching Bible Messages

3

credits

The intention of this course is to give a clear understanding of the basic principles of Christian preaching. It stresses the prime place of biblical exposition in authoritatively communicating the Christian message. It deals with practical matters such as the preparation of the sermon, the sources of materials, the construction of the components of the sermon, the variety of sermon types, and the delivery of sermons. It also stresses the importance of the preachers themselves in the effective communication of their messages.

MIN3063 The Church’s Educational Task

3

credits

Pastors or those responsible for the educational program in the local church will find The Church’s Educational Task a valuable course. It examines what the Bible has to say about such concepts as teaching, training, and religious instruction. In general, the course discusses the church’s role and responsibility to train and instruct its members and families in the Word of God.

Missions Division

MIS3012 Introduction to Missions

2

credits

The orientation of Introduction to Missions is both biblical and contemporary. The Bible’s teaching on missions is outlined through the use of both the Old and New Testaments. Two missions themes, international and biblical, are treated throughout this independent-study textbook: those of the redeemed people of God and Christ’s strategy of missions. A former missionary writes from his own years of experience.

MIS3033 The Bible and Missions

3

credits

This course is a biblical study about the missionary task of the church. The Bible and Missions focuses on world evangelism and discipleship. The author emphasizes the lost condition of humankind and God’s plan of redemption. He presents the church as the agency God uses to reach the world with the gospel. The course introduces the student to the spiritual resources available to the church for this task. Biblical illustrations focus on the church and individual involvement in missions that emphasize commitment and responsibility.

MIS3012 Introduction to Missions is recommended.

MIS3022 Introduction to Islam

2

credits

This course is an introductory study of Islam, including its beliefs, practices, and present status as a world religion. The history of Islam is summarized, and key terms are defined. In the final unit, the author contrasts key beliefs of Islam with Christianity and offers practical guidelines for effective Christian witness to Muslims.

SOC2013 Introduction to Sociology and REL2012 People and Their Beliefs

MIS4012 Christian Ministry in a Muslim Context

2 credits

Christian Ministry in a Muslim Context was developed to train Christians to understand how to relate to the Muslim culture. The author writes from experience as a missionary for several years in South Asia and the Philippines.

Students are introduced to the significantly different Islamic culture, worldview, and practices and the adjustments

a Christian needs to make to appreciate, communicate, and relate to Muslim people. Objectives for the course

include how to contextualize an individual’s lifestyle to facilitate relevant ministry and how to prepare a contextualized message for sharing the gospel with Muslim people. The course helps the student understand the spiritual conditions of the Muslim culture and what is helpful for effective ministry.

General Education Division

The following symbols indicate that the course meets a general education requirement in that area:

(HF) = Humanities and Fine Arts (SB) = Social and Behavioral Sciences (NM) = Natural Sciences and Mathematics

BUS2102 Church Business (SB)

2

credits

Church Business is an introductory study of many of the principles, procedures, and techniques used in today’s business world as they apply to the local church and its leadership. In this independent-study textbook pastors,

church business administrators, and other church leaders will find the problem-solving approach to these subjects

of practical value. The course first introduces the student to the organizing and staffing functions of the church that

enable it to operate effectively. The student then learns practical methods of raising money for the church’s expenses. Other emphases include the importance of keeping good records and ideas on better management of

the church’s money, facilities, and equipment.

COM1012 How to Speak in Public (HF)

2

credits

This course is designed to increase the student’s awareness of the importance of speech in all areas of life and human cultures. Its main emphasis is on the values of Christian ministry through speech. The units of the course deal successively with speech and the speaker, resources available to the speaker, the speaker and his or her audience, and intercultural aspects of speech.

COM3103 Cross-Cultural Communications (SB)

3

credits

How do cultural differences affect the way people interact? How might one improve his or her communicative skills in a shrinking world? Cross-Cultural Communications attempts to help the student discover answers to these current problems. Perhaps the most important aspect of this course relates to the word mission. The course is dedicated to helping the student become a “sent one” to present Christ and His kingdom in an environment other than his or her own. To do this, the course addresses how communication and culture relate, how to reach people where they are, how different people think and express ideas across cultures and subcultures, and how the thoughts and expressions of people affect their behavior.

SOC2013 Introduction to Sociology is recommended.

EDU3103 Principles of Teaching

3

credits

This course presents a Christian philosophy of education based on the concepts implied in Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” The first unit deals primarily with the characteristics and needs of students at different ages and considers ways in which Christian teachers can meet these needs. The second unit looks into the fundamental responsibilities of the teacher and how to fulfill them, and the third unit provides practical help in the use of modern educational methods. The last unit presents the steps in preparing, presenting, and evaluating lessons.

HIS2202 The Church: Pentecost to the Reformation

2

credits

The Church: Pentecost to the Reformation is an introductory study of Christianity from its birth to the beginnings of the Reformation. The course provides an introduction to history as a scientific discipline and emphasizes the importance of history in relation to the Christian faith. The course deals with the apostolic church, the early church fathers, the ecumenical councils, the emergence of medieval theology and church practice, and the beginning of the Renaissance in Europe. The course content includes a consideration of the contribution of major Christian theologians, the relationship of the church and state, and the rise of monasticism and missions. The twelve lessons enable the student to apply insights from the past to contemporary situations.

HIS2302 The Church: Reformation to the Present

3

credits

This course provides an introductory study of the history of Christianity from the Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present day. The student will consider renewal periods, organizational matters, theological issues, and geographic expansion. The student will also examine the lives and contributions of significant Christian preachers, leaders, and theologians, concluding with an assessment of current trends such as the charismatic renewal and non-Western missionary outreach. The lessons are structured to enable the student to apply insights learned from the past to contemporary situations.

HIS2202 The Church: Pentecost to the Reformation is recommended.

LDR3012 Guidelines for Leadership

2

credits

The selection and development of Christian leaders is one of the major challenges the church faces. This course provides students with a contemporary theology of Christian leadership. It discusses leadership theory, presents servant hood leadership as a model for Christian leaders, discusses biblical principles of leadership, and describes the major functions of leadership.

BIB1043 Survey of the Old Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES

3

credits

The work of God in relation to humankind begins in the Old Testament. All of the events from humanity’s creation up to the point of redemption occur in this larger portion of the Bible. In Survey of the Old Testament the events are dissected into their historical and prophetic contexts. It includes a study of the development of the nation of Israel and individuals who made significant contributions to this process. It is recommended that the student study this course before any other Old Testament subject.

BIB1013 Survey of the New Testament FAITH AND ACTION SERIES

3

credits

Knowledge, change, action: these three terms reflect the objectives of the Survey of the New Testament course. A panoramic view of the New Testament unifies the study of its messages, doctrines, personalities, and problems of interpretation. This course treats the cultural and historical backgrounds of the New Testament, the life of Christ, the history of the expansion of the early church, and issues that faced the first-century Christians.

REL2012 People and Their Beliefs

2

credits

After the introduction to the concept of religion, the course surveys 10 of the prominent living religions of the world:

animism of the Third World and religions of India (Hinduism and Sikhism), of East Asia (Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shintoism) and of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). The course treats the origins, development, tenets, and literature of each and evaluates each in the light of Christian concepts. The course concludes with an analysis of the departure of heretical sects from orthodox Christian principles.

Prerequisite or sequence recommendation: SOC2012/3 Introduction to Sociology.

SOC2013 Introduction to Sociology (SB)

3

credits

It has long been recognized that humankind does not stand-alone. Man cannot be “man” by himself. Mutual dependency as a basic human characteristic is the central topic of this course. This view of people as social beings gives the student an appreciation of his or her need of others. The course is a general survey course about the nature and scope of sociology. Included also are basic sociological methods and concepts.

Glossary

The explanation of the following words will help you to better understand terms used in the academic catalog

Course

Subject (some place we use “lessons”)

Study Programs

This is the choice the student makes, for instance Bachelor of Biblical Studies (4 years)

Curriculum

Study program

Full Time Student

A student taking all the courses presented during the trimester

Division

For instance: Bible Division, Theology Division, Mission Division: these can be recognized through the codes of the courses

these can be recognized through the codes of the courses 1 6 New Life Bible College
these can be recognized through the codes of the courses 1 6 New Life Bible College