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Division of Biblical Studies

The Bible/Theology Department provides courses for every program offered at BBC. All students are required to take the Bible/Theology courses designated as core curriculum. Other Bible/Theology courses are offered to fulfill the requirements of their specific programs.

Upon completion of the curriculum, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of biblical content as the inspired and inerrant Word of God
  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the content and interrelationships of the individual biblical doctrines
  3. Utilize the principles of literal, grammatical and historical interpretation of Scripture for a proper understanding of truth
  4. Integrate the principles of interpretation in the development of a sound and consistent system of theology
  5. Comprehend and apply the truth of Scripture to all areas of faith and practice
  6. Develop a personal set of values through consistent interpretation and practical application of Scripture
  7. Apply the biblical principles learned in both the development of an effective ministry and in personal living

Biblical Studies - Church Ministries

The goal of these courses is to train staff personnel to minister in the setting of a local church. These courses emphasize the practical workings of the ministry.

BSCM 102. Philosophy of Youth Ministry

This course helps the student understand some humanistic philosophies and how they contrast to biblical philosophy. Students are challenged to develop a biblical philosophy for ministry to meet teenage needs in the midst of a changing culture. 2 hours

BSCM 111. Introduction to Church Ministries

This course provides a basic understanding of the history and the educational structure of the local church. It provides an introduction to the organization and administration of the educational program and its practical aspects. 2 hours

BSCM 112. Introduction to Children’s Visuals

Using the classroom tools, the student learns the proper functions of standard visual aids. Provided tools include puppets, pocket charts, other display boards, interactive media, videos, flannel graph, flashcards, dioramas and a variety of interactive visual aids for small children. 3 hours

BSCM 212. Visual Production Theory

This course provides the student with the basic design skills necessary to coordinate room appearance and use to the learner’s needs and to develop visual presentations for any age group within the local church. 3 hours

BSCM 231. Children’s Activities

This course provides the student with the tools to organize and administrate all manner of child-centered activities from simple games to junior camps and to productively incorporate activities into all children’s programs. 2 hours

BSCM 242. Sunday School Administration

This course is a comprehensive study of the Sunday school ministry with emphasis placed on the development of organizational and administrative techniques. Attention is given to recruiting and equipping workers for Sunday school growth. 3 hours

BSCM 301. Principles of Christian Living

This course prepares students to disciple new converts. The student is exposed to various discipleship programs and methods, which include personal evaluation and instruction. Special attention is given to Christian ethics in personal living. 2 hours

BSCM 311.Teaching Methods of Children

Prerequisite: GSBP 200. This course provides the student with knowledge of basic teaching methods and the ability to apply this knowledge in the training of students and teachers. 3 hours

BSCM 312. Teaching Workshop

Prerequisite: BSCM 311. This course gives the student an opportunity to practice teaching and presentation skills as they apply to pre-school and kindergarten through 6th grades of the Sunday school and other church-related children’s ministries. 3 hours

BSCM 322. Curriculum Development for Youth

Prerequisite: BSCM 331.This course gives practical experience in developing a Bible-centered curriculum for middle school, high school and college age students.It advances teaching skills to impact students and seeks to integrate different teaching methods into a year-long curriculum. 3 hours

BSCM 340. Summer Internship

Prerequisite: BSCM 102. This course provides the student actual ministry in a local church during the summer months. The student works with an approved BBFI church, pastor and staff. 2 hours

BSCM 341. Contemporary Communication to Youth

This course focuses on communicating God’s Word to today’s youth. It equips the student with skills for Bible study, lesson aims and applications and the use of various methods and technology to effectively communicate biblical truth. 3 hours

BSCM 352. Contemporary Outreach Ministries and Events

Prerequisites: PSBU 312. This is a study of the philosophy, planning, organizing and implementation of the outreach ministry and events of the youth program including specific aspects of both large and small group ministries and events. 3 hours

BSCM 411. Curriculum Development for Children

Prerequisite: BSCM 311 and 312.This course gives practical experience in the development of a Bible-centered curriculum for children. 3 hours

BSCM 412. Children’s Seminar

Prerequisite: GSBP 200, BSCM 311, 312 and 411. This course brings together the entire curriculum studied into a comprehensive project. 3 hours

BSCM 421. Visual Practicum

Prerequisite: BSCM 112 and BSCM 311 or PSEE 351. This production and performance class equips the student with enhanced oral and written presentation skills by providing guidelines for choosing presentation media which most appropriately presents a specific content. 2 hours

BSCM 422. Youth Seminar

Prerequisite: BSCM 322 and 431. This course brings together all areas of youth studies where the student is required to develop a complete one-year program for youth ministry. Topics such as staff relationships, teacher recruitment and training and personal growth and development are presented. 3 hours

BSCM 431. Youth Programming

Prerequisite: BSCM 102 and PSBU 312.This course focuses on the development, organization and implementing the Sunday/Wednesday school, camping and missions programs of youth ministry. 3 hours

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Biblical Studies - English Bible

The following courses are foundational to all majors. The purpose of these courses is to give the prospective pastor, missionary, or other church worker basic Bible knowledge relative to his/her ministry in the local church.

BSEB 101. Bible History I

A study of the early history of God’s people, the Jews, is completed in two semesters. This semester covers Creation through the book of Ruth. Special emphasis is given to the periods of Abraham, Moses and Joshua. 3 hours

BSEB 102. Bible History II

This is a continuation of Bible History I. Special emphasis is placed on the historical book Samuel through the Inter-testament period. The major and minor prophets are briefly covered in their historical periods. 3 hours

BSEB 111. Life of Christ

This study is considered foundational for all other New Testament studies. Christ’s life ministry in His incarnation is examined harmonically and chronologically. The major emphasis is developing an understanding of the unfolding of Christ’s mission both as the Messiah and Savior. A brief introduction to literature in the field is also included. 3 hours

BSEB 112. Life of Paul

A historical study of the life of Paul is made with reference to the geography of his missionary journeys. His methods and accomplishments in establishing churches are a major emphasis. Each epistle is viewed in the context in which it was written. Special emphasis is also given to the occasion, purpose and characteristics of each epistle. 3 hours

BSEB 131. Christian Ethics

This course is a brief survey of the subject of ethics and systems of thought. Primary emphasis is on a biblical and practical approach to right conduct. Contemporary issues such as Genetic Engineering, Right to Die and Living Wills are considered. 2 hours

BSEB 201. Methods of Bible Study

This course assists the student in the development of good Bible study habits. The practical methods necessary to the study of scripture are examined. How these methods are employed to uncover the meaning of God’s Word are practiced throughout the semester. 2 hours

BSEB 202. Mark

This course is an exposition of the book of Mark with special emphasis on the needs of the preacher, teacher and Christian worker. 3 hours

BSEB 211. Luke

Prerequisite: Completion of the freshman year. This course is an analytical study of the Gospel of Luke using an exegetical method. The distinctiveness of Luke is emphasized. 3 hours

BSEB 212. John

This course approaches the Gospel of John as a unit. It trains the student to see and understand the structure of the Gospel in the light of John’s stated purpose. The clear divisions: logical, chronological and geographical are recognized for their contribution to the purpose of the Gospel. The course encourages the student to build upon the foundation gained and to continue to develop a deeper understanding of John’s gospel in future study. 3 hours

BSEB 221. Hermeneutics I

This course aids the student toward understanding and achieving proficiency in the science and art of biblical interpretation. The principles of the literal, historical, grammatical and contextual method of interpretation are discussed and established as being correct. Application of these proper hermeneutical principles is practiced throughout the semester as various passages of Scripture are interpreted. 2 hours

BSEB 231. Bible Geography and Customs

The geographical section of this course correlates places with events and individuals, developing a basic perspective of biblical Palestine. The Oriental point of view and the customs it produced are examined in the light of Western culture. 2 hours

BSEB 232. Ezra/Nehemiah

This course is an analytical study of these two Old Testament books. The hermeneutical principle followed is the literal-historical-grammatical method. 2 hours

BSEB 241. Genesis

Students are introduced to the structure of Genesis with special attention given to the Creation, Fall, Flood, Abrahamic Covenant and the beginning of basic doctrines. 2 hours

BSEB 242. Hebrews

A verse by verse study of the book of Hebrews is given. Special emphasis is placed upon the problem passages and authorship of the book, along with practical applications. 2 hours

BSEB 251. Matthew

Students are introduced to the structure of Matthew with special attention given to Matthew’s account of Christ’s life and ministry, his use of the Old Testament and his relationship to other Gospels. 3 hours

BSEB 300. Holy Land Tour

This course is an actual Holy Land tour giving the student an on-site examination of a number of places mentioned in the Bible. These sites are examined in light of their biblical, archaeological and historical significance. 3 hours

BSEB 302. Psalms

This course includes discussion of authorship, purposes, subject matter and divisions of the book. Studies include historical, practical, devotional, prophetical and supplicatory aspects. Messianic promises are covered. 2 hours

BSEB 311. Biblical Creationism

This course surveys the facts from various fields of science and uses these facts to compare the validity of the two primary models of origins: evolution and creation. It is demonstrated that the biblical account of creation is the only reasonable explanation for the facts of the universe in which we live. The classic attempts at harmonizing the evolution and creation models are examined and why such an effort is both scientifically and biblically incompatible. 2 hours

BSEB 312. Galatians

This course offers a verse by verse exposition of Galatians. The course is divided into three sections: (1) The background of Galatians; (2) A survey of Galatians; and (3) An analysis of Galatians. A detailed outline is followed emphasizing a literal­historical-grammatical hermeneutical principle of interpretation. 2 hours

BSEB 321. Ezekiel

The historical background leading up to the captivity of Israel is examined in this course. It is an analytical study of the book dealing with the primary reasons for the captivity of Israel as well as their future restoration seen in the prophetic sections. 2 hours

BSEB 322. Daniel

This course is an analytical study of the book of Daniel with particular attention given to the prophetic portions within the literal premillennial approach to the Scriptures. The course deals with God’s plans for the Gentile nations and Israel in view of the coming Kingdom of God. 2 hours

BSEB 331. General Epistles

James, I Peter and I John are studied. The purpose, structure, outline and application of each book are stressed. 2 hours

BSEB 332. Principles and Practice of Prayer

This course focuses on the principles and practice of prayer in Scripture. The theology of prayer, Christ's prayer life and teachings, the role of faith, the role of the Holy Spirit and the Bible will be discussed. Hindrances to prayer, conflict in prayer and intercession for missions will also be considered. 2 hours

BSEB 341. Romans

This course is a junior/senior level course only. This course begins with a brief discussion of introductory matters such as the occasion and purpose of the letter and the origin of the church at Rome. After an overview of the entire book, Romans key passages are studied. 3 hours

BSEB 342. I Corinthians

This course is a junior/senior level course only. This course begins with a brief discussion of introductory matters such as the occasion and purpose of the letter and the origin of the church at Corinth. After an overview outline of the entire book, I Corinthians is studied verse by verse. 3 hours

BSEB 351. Isaiah

The life and times of Isaiah are examined in this course. A major emphasis is the historical background of the prophet and the unity of the book is stressed. The prophet’s message and his messianic prophecies are analyzed. A brief survey of literature in the field is also included. 2 hours

BSEB 352. Jeremiah

The life and times of Jeremiah are examined in this course. A major emphasis is the historical background of the prophet, both in national and international events.The structure and message of the book are analyzed and the prophetic portions are emphasized. 2 hours

BSEB 361. Ephesians

This course is divided into two sections: the background of Ephesians and a verse by verse exposition and application of the book. 2 hours

BSEB 372. Pastoral Epistles

Paul’s writings to Timothy and Titus are examined in light of their personal responsibilities as apostolic representatives. Emphasis is placed on how Paul handled false doctrine and the basic teaching for leadership and church growth. 2 hours

BSEB 400. Holy Land Archaeological Excavation

The college periodically organizes a tour to the lands of the Bible to allow students to participate in an archaeological excavation. In conjunction with the archaeological experience, a thorough tour of biblical sites takes place, with primary emphasis on archaeologically significant locations. 3 hours

BSEB 411. Biblical Archaeology I

This course is an overview of the principles, procedures, terms, philosophies and people of biblical archaeology. Selected Old Testament sites (varies from year to year) and problems are examined. 2 hours

BSEB 412. Biblical Archaeology II

Archaeology pertaining to Old and New Testament periods is emphasized. Special attention is given to archaeological discoveries, which both illuminate and confirm the Bible. 2 hours

BSEB 421. Minor Prophets

Introductory matters relating to each of the twelve minor prophets are discussed. A survey of each book is offered with emphasis placed upon the prophecies as they relate to Israel. Special attention is given to the past and future judgments upon Israel and the Messianic hope offered by the prophets. 3 hours

BSEB 422. Proverbs

The student’s introduction to the book of Proverbs includes a discussion of the authorship, purpose and poetic structure of the book. While class lectures are devoted to the exposition of the more difficult Proverbs, the student’s class projects involve detailed chapter studies and the exposition of selected passages. 2 hours

BSEB 431. Revelation

This course is a junior/senior level course only. This course is an analytical study of the book of Revelation. The approach is “futuristic” in support of the pretribulational, premillennial position. The governing hermeneutical guideline is the literal­historical-grammatical principle. 2 hours

BSEB 432. Prison Epistles

This course is a junior/senior level course only. This course is an analytical study of the prison epistles using an exegetical method. 2 hours

BSEB 441. New Testament History

This course acquaints the student with the historical background of the New Testament. The historical events preceding and preparatory to the appearance of Christ are discussed as well as the historical framework of a developing Christianity in the first century. Special emphasis is given to the Intertestamental Period. 3 hours

BSEB 452. Advanced Hermeneutics

Prerequisite: One semester Greek or permission of professor. This course is designed to help students understand principles of the literal­historical-grammatical-syntactical-theological method of interpretation. Special emphases are on philosophical issues in hermeneutics and the genre and structure of the New Testament books. Students apply these principles in exegetical excerises. 2 hours

BSEB 461. Methods of Bible Teaching

Prerequisites for Pastoral Majors: BSEB 222 and BSPS 311, for other majors, BSEB 222 or BSEB 201. This course helps the pastor/teacher recognize teaching the Bible is of supreme importance. This course equips students with teaching skills necessary to relate Bible truths in ways which change lives. 2 hours

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Biblical Studies - Pastoral Studies

Pastoral Studies is the designation for the courses which prepare graduates to fulfill their ministries as a pastor or an assistant pastor in the local church. Courses that apply to any missionary or church ministry area would be considered Practical Theology.

BSPS 132.The Biblical Pastor

This course is designed to consider the man, ministry, motives and methods of a biblical pastor. Emphasis will be placed on the pastor’s personal life, spiritual qualifications for ministry and biblical models for a pastor. 3 hours

BSPS 311. Homiletics

Prerequisite: GSCS 200. This course teaches the student the principles and methods involved in preparing and delivering a sermon. Various types of sermons are studied. 3 hours

BSPS 312. Preaching Workshop

Prerequisites: GSCS 200 and BSPS 311.Each student obtains practical experience in the preparation and delivery of sermons. Each delivery is analyzed to enable the student to reach maximum ability. 3 hours

BSPS 322. Planting the Indigenous Church

This course is a study of the biblical principles and methods of planting a church both at home and on the mission field. Special emphasis is given to indigenous principles as they relate to church planting and leadership training. (Same as MIPS 312) 2 hours

BSPS 332. Pastoral Theology

This course provides the student practical information and experience in regard to pastoring a church. The student learns how to develop a philosophy of ministry, organize his work, set and implement ministerial goals, supervise a church staff, conduct weddings and funerals, lead the church ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper. He also learns how to conduct business meetings, revivals, missions conferences and ordination services, as well as organize new churches, solve church problems, promote special days and other related functions of the Baptist church. The student learns through a practical, hands-on approach where applicable. 3 hours

BSPS 421. Business and Finance

This course provides the student with the ability to create and maintain sound principles of leadership in regard to church business and finances. There is a heavy emphasis on legal and ethical considerations. The student learns how to set up and maintain a budget, handle legal documents, cash flow techniques, tax considerations and human resource issues. 3 hours

BSPS 422. Principles of Leadership

This course provides the student with a broad knowledge of leadership principles, methods and styles. It helps the student to understand and apply effective leadership principles in his life and ministry. 2 hours

BSPS 431. Church Growth Strategies

This course provides the student with a broad knowledge of church growth strategies being implemented today and helps him to evaluate such methodologies in the light of Scripture. The student gains a practical knowledge of sound biblical methods of promoting church growth and learns how to apply these methods in various church settings. 2 hours

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Biblical Studies - Practical Theology

These courses are designed to prepare any student for work on a mission field or in a church ministry setting.

BSPT 101 . Approaches to Building Personal Relationships

This course emphasizes building bridges of trust for the purpose of effectively and convincingly sharing truth. 2 hours

BSPT 110 . Personal Evangelism

The student learns how to use the Scriptures in leading people to Christ. Emphasis is placed on the presentation of the Gospel in order to win people to Christ. 2 hours

BSPT 122. Ministry and Global Outreach

This course emphasizes the promotion of global outreach through education, motivation and personal involvement. 2 hours

BSPT 202. The Church and Missions

This course emphasizes the promotion of world missions within the local church through education, motivation and involvement of its members. (Same as MIPS 202) 2 hours

BSPT 211. Biblical Foundations of Ministry

This course is a study of the scriptural basis for the cooperation of churches, pastors, missionaries and evangelists in a worldwide missions endeavor like the BBFI. Special attention is given to the philosophy and policies of the BBFI.(Same as MIMT 211) 2 hours

BSPT 212. Cultural Anthropology

This course is an introduction of the concepts of cultural anthropology, which assists pastors in their adaptation and ministry in cross-cultural situations. (Same as MICS 212) 2 hours

BSPT 221. Partnering in Outreach

This course is a study of the basis for cooperation in global outreach. 2 hours

BSPT 342. Teaching Workshop

Prerequisites: GSCS 200 and BSPS 311.Each student obtains practical experience in the preparation and delivery of lessons. Each performance is analyzed to enable the student to reach maximum ability. 3 hours

BSPT 352. Practical Theology

This course deals with special functions that relate to the male leader’s service. Emphasis is also given to the personal development of the student. 3 hours

BSPT 411. Cross-Cultural Communications

Prerequisite:BSPT212. This is a concentrated study of the factors essential in communicating biblical concepts cross-culturally. This would include basic principles in language learning. (Same as MICS 411) 2 hours

BSPT 412. Indigenous Principles

This course is a study of indigenous principles as they relate to service and leadership training. 2 hours

BSPT 442. Cults

The major cults of America are examined with reference to their origin, development, doctrine and practice. Their effect on the religious culture of America is emphasized. 2 hours

BSPT 461. Theology and Secular Counseling

This course examines how biblical counseling relates to psychology, psychotherapies and psychologized people by interacting with representative psychologists, both non-Christian and Christian and through the lens of our theological and biblical perspectives. 2 hours

BSPT 462. Methods of Biblical Counseling

Prerequisite: GSBP 212. This course is a study of how to make counseling a vital and natural part of the local church, emphasizing the development of preventive programs. This course is intended to give a survey of counseling principles and needs. It will lay a foundation to help the student to better understand the issues he will face and how to use God's Word to bring help to those who struggle with these issues. This will not be accomplished without careful self-examination; thus, the student will be encouraged to do self-counsel, learning how to take the Scriptures and bringing change to specific areas of need in one's life. (Same as GSBC 412) 3 hours

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Biblical Studies - Systematic Theology

The courses of the Theology Department guide the student in understanding the Word of God as absolute truth through a systematic study of each doctrine. This department also assists the student in making practical application of these truths to the ministry and everyday life.

BSST 111. Bibliology/Theology

This course is a systematic study of the doctrine of the Scriptures. It includes such areas as revelation, inspiration, illumination, canonicity and preservation of the Scriptures. The course also includes the doctrine of God, which covers such areas as His existence, essence, attributes and works. 3 hours

BSST 112. Anthropology/Hamartiology

This course is a study of the doctrine of man including his creation, nature and fall. The doctrine of sin is studied in regard to its origin, transmission and ultimate consequences. 2 hours

BSST 121. Biblical Foundations of Global Outreach

This course is an introduction of God's plan through the ages from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. 2 hours

BSST 201. Doctrine I

This course includes the fundamentals of the major doctrines of theology. The areas of study are Bibliology, Theology Proper, Pneumatology, Soteriology and Ecclesiology. It gives a general understanding of Bible doctrines to those who are not called into the pastoral ministry. 3 hours

BSST 202. Doctrine II

This course is a continuation of BSST 201 and includes Christology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Angelology and Eschatology. 3 hours

BSST 221. Christology

This course is a study of the doctrine of Jesus Christ in regard to His eternal existence and essence, incarnation, uniqueness as the God-man, impeccability, death, resurrection and ascension. 2 hours

BSST 222. Pneumatology

This course is a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It examines the person and deity of the Holy Spirit, as well as the work of the Spirit in regard to the Lord Jesus, mankind in general, Old Testament believers, New Testament believers and future ministry. 2 hours

BSST 222. Pneumatology

This course is a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It examines the person and deity of the Holy Spirit, as well as the work of the Spirit in regard to the Lord Jesus, mankind in general, Old Testament believers, New Testament believers and future ministry. 2 hours

BSST 311. Soteriology

This course is a study of the doctrine of salvation beginning with the accomplishments of the cross to the final glorification of the believer. Specific areas of study include unlimited atonement, election, regeneration, sanctification, eternal security and glorification. 2 hours

BSST 312. Ecclesiology

This course is a study of the doctrine of the local church. It includes such areas as origin, distinctive nature for this present age,organization, government, ordinances and the specific role of the pastor. 2 hours

BSST 321. Eschatology

This course enlarges the student’s knowledge and comprehension relative to prophetic portions of Scripture. Methods of interpretation, the Divine covenants made with Israel, prophecies pertaining to Gentile nations, the Church, the tribulation, the millennium and final judgment are some of the themes discussed. Various eschatological positions are analyzed. This course is taught from a premillennial, pretribulational viewpoint. 3 hours

BSST 322. Dispensationalism

This course covers a general analysis of major theological systems, namely, covenant theology and dispensationalism. The course acquaints the student with this system of biblical interpretation, which seeks to understand the plan of God in the light of dispensational divisions based upon the literal, historical and grammatical methods of interpretation. Special attention is given to its history, hermeneutics, divisions and major objectives of both major systems. 2 hours

BSST 432. Issues in Theology

This course covers a general analysis of major theological systems, namely, covenant theology and dispensationalism. The course acquaints the student with this system of biblical interpretation, which seeks to understand the plan of God in the light of dispensational divisions based upon the literal, historical and grammatical methods of interpretation. Special attention is given to its history, hermeneutics, divisions and major objectives of both major systems. 2 hours

BSST 432. Issues in Theology

The study of contemporary theological positions, including a survey of the philosophical and theological thought leading up to the present scene. (Same as MIMT 432) 3 hours

BSST 441. Apologetics

Students are introduced to the major models of knowledge (narrow, broad and post-fundamentalism). They evaluate models in relationship to truth in a world of religious pluralism. (Same as MIMT 451) 3 hours

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