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MMOL 531
Old Testament Survey I
The course provides an introduction to the Pentateuch and the former prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings). The course provides an historical, literary, and theological examination of the books and sections. Students will learn about the various analytical methods used in studying these books and the major issues in the formation and interpretation of the books. Students will also examine the content and theology of the books.
MMOL 532
Old Testament Survey II
The course provides an introduction to the latter prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve) and the Writings of the Old Testament. The course provides an historical, literary, and theological examination of the books and sections. Students will learn about the various analytical methods used in studying these books and the major issues in the formation and interpretation of the books. Students will also examine the content and theology of the books.
MMOL 533
New Testament Survey I
The course provides an introduction to the Gospels of the New Testament. The course provides an historical, literary, and theological examination of the books. Students will learn about the various analytical methods used in studying these books and the major issues in the formation and interpretation of the books. Students will also examine the content and theology of the books.
MMOL 534
New Testament Survey II
The course provides an introduction to the Book of Acts, the letters of Paul, the general letters, and the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. The course provides an historical, literary, and theological examination of the books and sections. Students will learn about the various analytical methods used in studying these books and the major issues in the formation and interpretation of the books. Students will also examine the content and theology of the books.
MMOL 535
Christian Theology I
The course begins with an examination of the method and language of theology and a discussion of theology in the postmodern period. The course then focuses on the doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and sin.
MMOL 536
Christian Theology II
The course focuses on the doctrines of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, salvation, the Church, and eschatology.
MMOL 537
Christian Education
The course provides a study of the biblical, theological, and historical basis for the educational ministry of a church. The course also provides a study of the nature and functions of a New Testament church, especially as they relate to education and outreach. Students will learn about the church’s educational programs, and become acquainted with principles for planning for and administering those programs. Students will explore means for selecting, training, and utilizing church staff and volunteer leaders for effective educational ministry through the church.
MMOL 538
The Church and Contemporary Culture
The course examines cultural trends, their impact upon the Church and evangelism, and various means of effectively interacting to promote church planting and growth. The course focuses on the challenges and processes of communication cross-culturally, especially in encountering different worldviews and in meeting the challenges provided by language and actions. The course also provides the student with the necessary tools to understand and reach the people of various cultures and worldviews.
MMOL 539
Interpreting and Teaching the Bible
The course provides a study of the basic principles of Biblical interpretation and application. The student will learn how to prepare, organize and teach Biblical truth for life change.
MMOL 631
Focused Study of the Old Testament
The course focuses on one section of the Old Testament writings. For the purposes of the course, the Old Testament has been broken into the Pentateuch, history of Israel, Prophets, and Psalms and Wisdom. Within a two-year cycle of the course, at least one offering of the course would cover each of the four sections of the Old Testament. A student pursuing the Biblical Studies track of the M.A. in Christian Studies may take the course three times as long as each offering focuses on a different section of the Old Testament, but to meet the requirements of the Biblical Studies track a student must take RELG 632 Focused Study of the New Testament at least once to provide a more balanced in-depth study of the Bible. (Prerequisite: RELG 531 Old Testament Survey I, RELG 532 Old Testament Survey II, or permission of instructor)
MMOL 632
Focused Study of the New Testament
The course focuses on one section of the New Testament writings. For the purposes of the course, the New Testament has been broken into the Synoptic Gospels, the writings of Paul, the Johannine Gospel and letters, and the General Epistles and Revelation. Within a two-year cycle of the course, at least one offering of the course would cover each of the four sections of the New Testament. A student pursuing the Biblical Studies track of the M.A. in Christian Studies may take the course three times as long as each offering focuses on a different section of the New Testament, but to meet the requirements of the Biblical Studies track a student must take RELG 631 Focused Study of the Old Testament at least once to provide a more balanced in-depth study of the Bible. (Prerequisite: RELG 533 New Testament Survey I, RELG 534 New Testament Survey II, or permission of instructor)
MMOL 633
Pastoral Ministries
The course assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills for effective pastoral ministry in the local church. Students will study the purpose of preaching/teaching and will examine the practical steps necessary for communicating the gospel. Students will also examine the functions of pastoral care as it relates to counseling, visiting the sick, and ministering during times of crisis and grief. Additionally, special emphasis will be given to the importance of caring for one's physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual health.
MMOL 634
Christian Leadership Development
The course explores leadership from a Biblical and theological perspective. The tasks or functions of leadership will be addressed in regard to para-church and local church ministry. Students will assess their own leadership and relational styles.
MMOL 635
Church Administration
The course provides a study of the process of administration as applied to a church. The course also provides a biblical and theological basis for church administration and examines the basics of administration and how to organize a church. In addition, the course surveys and applies the administrative functions to the ministry of a church. Students will also examine several administrative styles as related to administration in a church.
MMOL 636
Christian Missions and Evangelism
The course is an introduction to Christian missions and evangelism that provides a Biblical basis and theological foundation for ministry. Students will understand contemporary strategies and trends with a focus on their practical application.
MMOL 637
Planting High Impact Churches
The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and methods used in starting high impact churches. The course focuses on the biblical mandate for starting high impact churches, the process of determining need and location, the organization and financing of the new church, and the launch of the new church. (Prerequisite: RELG 538 The Church and Contemporary Culture or permission of instructor)
MMOL 638
Youth and Family Ministry
The course provides an overview of ministry to youth and their families. The course provides a synopsis of contemporary culture, especially as it affects youth and family ministry. Special attention will be given to calling and being a Christian leader, to the Biblical foundation for youth and family ministry, to special issues in regard to youth and their families, and to the recruiting and training of leaders.
BHOL 531
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
The course introduces the basic principles of Biblical Hebrew grammar. The course surveys the verb system; introduces the syntax of nouns, adjectives, and prepositions; emphasizes vocabulary building; and lays the groundwork for using Biblical Hebrew to enrich personal Bible study and the preparation of sermons and Bible studies.
BHOL 531
Introduction to Biblical Greek
The course introduces the basic principles of Biblical Greek grammar. The course surveys the verb system; explains the use of cases; discusses the syntax of nouns, adjectives, and prepositions; emphasizes vocabulary building; and lays the groundwork for using Biblical Greek to enrich personal Bible study and the preparation of sermons and Bible studies.

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