Bachelor of Theology
The Bachelor of Theology degree program (B.Th., 120 credits) equips students to invest their lives in church or mission vocations or to prepare for graduate school. The program offers a broad biblical, theological, and practical foundation for such ministries as well as a firm foundation in church history, and the exegetical skill necessary for working with the original languages of Scripture.
The Bachelor of Theology is a 120 credit hour program, comprising the following specified courses and 30 credits of additional elective courses at the upper division level:
Biblical & Theological Education
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to perform the following at the Bachelor degree level:
- Recall key themes, verses, events, persons, and messages of each Bible book.
- Explain theological terminology and concepts clearly.
- Defend substantially biblical doctrine in the areas of Theology Proper, Bibliology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
- Interpret texts using sound exegetical methods and the principle of authorial intent
- Understand the principles for confirming authorial intent.
- Distinguish between the different literary genres in the Bible.
- Utilize consistently the normal literal-grammatical-historical approach to interpretation.
- Think critically, discern according to the worldview and logic of Scripture, and reach valid conclusions through rigorous research and reasoning
- Recognize the central tenets of a Christian worldview and differentiate them from alternative systems of belief.
- Analyze issues according to the data and logic of reveled Scripture, with consideration for rationalism and empiricism.
- Construct responses to metaphysical questions, ethical dilemmas, and current events according to a biblical worldview.
- Understand the practical implications of biblical doctrine for progress in Christian maturity.
- Diagnose worship disorders at the root of sinful and/or foolish conduct.
- Construct a plan for change and establishment of godly patterns beginning with inner man desires, values, beliefs, affections, and choices, and extending to outer man words, deeds, and attitudes.
- Identify the particular questions and human need for divine guidance.
- Investigate the application value of texts of Scripture with regard to instruction, model, and wisdom.
- Implement applications of Scripture as divine guidance for daily living and overcoming challenges.
- Recognize the role of leaders in God’s design to build the Church
- Describe the characteristics and approaches of a Christlike leader promoted in Scripture.
- Design a plan for leading another toward progressive Christian maturity.
- Understand principles of effective communication.
- Demonstrate effective communication through public reading, writing, speaking, teaching, and proclamation
- Critique oneself with regard to style, clarity, and persuasiveness in communication.
- Articulate the Christian gospel central to the practice of evangelism, instruction, and counseling.
- Understand the Scripture’s sufficiency for material necessary for making disciples of Jesus.
- Use the Scripture effectively in the practice of evangelism, instruction, and counseling.
- Describe the biblical-theological basis for a strong work ethic.
- Critique personal strengths and weaknesses with regards to professional competencies and work ethic.
- Formulate a plan for change to strengthen weak character traits and ministry skills.
- Select a local church and primary ministry through which to serve.
- Explain the vital importance of church membership.
- Demonstrate a commitment to a local church and the Christian ministry.
- Appraise unique opportunities and responsibilities within God’s unfolding plan of redemption in Church and world history.
- Describe God’s unfolding plan of redemption in Church and world history.
- Recognize unique opportunities and responsibilities within God’s unfolding plan of redemption in Church and world history.
- Investigate immediate local church and Christian ministry vocational paths that match personal opportunities and responsibilities.
- Thoughtfully interact as a citizen of God’s coming kingdom while presently sojourning among diverse peoples and cultures
- Define from a biblical-theological perspective the role of a Christian among the kingdoms and cultures of the world.
- Examine the profound problems facing the diverse peoples and cultures of the world.
- Argue thoughtfully and compassionately for the merits of God’s wise instruction concerning the problems facing the diverse peoples and cultures of the world