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Biblical Language Courses

GREK 1301-1302. Elementary Greek - New Testament (Koine) Greek, stressing vocabulary, conjugation, declension, parsing, and translation. - Not available at the Plainview Campus.

GREK 1401. New Testament (Koine) Greek, stressing vocabulary, conjugation, declension, parsing, and translation. Note: GREK 1301 and GREK 1302 may be taught at external campuses as three hour courses without additional emphasis given to the tutorial aspect. Three hours lecture, one hour tutorial required.

GREK 1402. New Testament (Koine) Greek, stressing vocabulary, conjugation, declension, parsing, and translation. Note: GREK 1301 and GREK 1302 may be taught at external campuses as three hour courses without additional emphasis given to the tutorial aspect. Three hours lecture, one hour tutorial required.

GREK 2301-2302. Intermediate Greek
- Grammatical principles in addition to advanced
study in syntax and translation. Prerequisite: GREK 1302.

GREK 5301. Biblical Greek I – a study of the language of the Greek New Testament with
attention to vocabulary, intermediate grammar, and syntax through the reading of selected New Testament texts. Prerequisites: GREK 1301 and 1302 or equivalent.

GREK 5302. Biblical Greek II – a continuation of the study of the language of the Greek New Testament with attention to vocabulary, intermediate grammar, and syntax through the reading and translation of selected New Testament texts. Prerequisite: GREK 5301.

HEBR 1301-1302. Elementary Hebrew - Hebrew language, vocabulary, conjugation,
declension, parsing, and translation.

HEBR 2301-2302. Intermediate Hebrew - Review of grammar, translation, syntax, and exegesis. Prerequisite: HEBR 1302.

HEBR 5301. Biblical Hebrew I – a study of the language of the Hebrew Old Testament with
attention to vocabulary, grammar, and syntax through the reading of selected Old Testament texts.

HEBR 5302. Biblical Hebrew II – a continuation of the study of the language of the Hebrew
Old Testament with attention to vocabulary, grammar, and syntax through the reading and
translation of selected Old Testament texts. Prerequisite: HEBR 5301.

Certificate of Christian Ministry

COCM 0101. The Pentateuch - study of the first five books of the Old Testament with appropriate attention to the historical, literary, and theological aspects.

COCM 0102. The History of Israel and the Early Prophets - study of Israel’s history from
the occupation of Canaan to the Babylonian captivity and the prophetic warnings and hope of restoration to the Persian period.

COCM 0103. Postexilic Biblical Literature - study of the canonical process and the biblical writing of the postexilic period including the poetic and wisdom literature.

COCM 0104. The Gospel and the Life of Christ - study of the Intertestamental Period followed by a study of the life and ministry of Christ as presented in the four gospels, the first four books of the New Testament.

COCM 0105. Acts and the Pauline Epistles - study of the development of the New Testament church as presented in the Book of Acts and the thirteen epistles traditionally considered to have been written by the Apostle Paul. Attention will be given to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of these books.

COCM 0106. Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation - examination of the writings
that give practical guidance for Christian conduct and encouragement to Christians suffering persecution plus an introduction to apocalyptic literature and the development and transmission of the New Testament Canon.

COCM 0107. Understanding the Bible - study of the basic principles and methods of biblical interpretation. Attention will be given to the application of these principles and methods to selected biblical passages.

COCM 0108. Basic Christian Beliefs - introductory study of the basic doctrines of the
Christian faith. Attention will be given to the great doctrines of Revelation, Scripture, God,
Christ, Holy Spirit, Salvation, Church, and Christian Life.

COCM 0109. Church Administration and Polity - study of the basic principles of church
administration as they relate to the role of the pastor and other church staff members in leadership,

COCM 0110. Evangelism
- study of the principles, theology, and methods of New Testament evangelism. Attention will be given to evangelism on both a personal and church level.

COCM 0111. Christian Ethics - study of basic biblical ethics. Attention will be given to the
application of biblical ethical principles in the life of the pastor and other church leaders as well as to our contemporary society and culture.

COCM 0112. Baptist History and Distinctive - survey of Baptist history from the sixteenth
century to the present, including a brief look at current denominational relationships. Attention will be given to both individuals and events that have influenced Baptist life and theology.

COCM 0113. Sharpening Relationship Skills - study of biblical principles of leadership
and their application in today’s churches and contemporary culture with a special emphasis on servant leadership. Attention also will be given to spiritual gifts and their use in ministry as well as personal discipleship and prayer.

COCM 0114. Christian Worship - study of the nature, purpose, and methods of Christian
worship. Attention will be given both to worship in the Bible and in our contemporary society.

COCM 0115. Developing a Kingdom Vision - study of the biblical basis for a worldwide
kingdom vision and how to lead a church to have such a vision. Attention will be given to past, current, and future strategies in today’s world

COCM 0116. Pastoring a Local Church - overview of pastoral ministry in contemporary
culture. Attention will be given to the call to ministry, followed by a study of the day-to-day
tasks faced by a local church pastor, including pastoral care, conducting weddings and funerals, leading church business meetings, and leading in the observance of the church ordinances.

COCM 0116. Pastoring a Local Church - overview of pastoral ministry in contemporary
culture. Attention will be given to the call to ministry, followed by a study of the day-to-day
tasks faced by a local church pastor, including pastoral care, conducting weddings and funerals, leading church business meetings, and leading in the observance of the church ordinances.

COCM 0117. The Art of Preaching - study of the art of preaching with attention being given
to the principles and steps involved in effective sermon preparation and delivery as well as the development of a spirit-led planned program of preaching.

COCM 0118. Caring for the People of God - more in-depth study of pastoral care including
crisis intervention, hospital visitation, personal counseling, and referral.

COCM 0119. Bivocational Ministry - study of the methods, models, and challenges of bivocational pastoral ministry. Attention will be given to the unique issues faced by bivocational ministers as well as the day-to-day tasks faced by a local church pastor.

COCM 0120. The Art of Teaching - study of the art of teaching. Attention will be given to the
teaching methods of Jesus and to the principles and steps involved in effective bible teaching in today’s culture.

COCM 0121. Educational Ministry in the Local Church - study of the biblical basis for
the principles involved in, and the implementation of, an effective educational ministry in the local church.

COCM 0122. Working with Volunteers - study of the dynamics involved in leading a group
of volunteers in the educational ministry. Attention will be given to discovering, enlisting,
directing, encouraging, challenging, and recognizing volunteers.

COCM 0123. Youth Ministry in the Local Church - study of youth ministry in a local
church in contemporary society. Attention will be given to the role of the youth minister as it
relates to the purposes of the church, to the pastor and other church staff members, and to both the congregation and community.

COCM 0124. Relating to the Youth of Today - study of the characteristics of today’s youth
and how to work with them in order to reach them for Christ and mature them in Christ.

COCM 0125. Relating to the Families of the Youth of Today - study of the characteristics
of the families of today’s youth and how one can best relate and minister to them.

COCM 0126. Children’s Ministry in the Local Church - study of children’s ministry in a
local church in contemporary society. Attention will be given to the role of a children’s minister as it relates to the purposes of the church, to the pastor and other staff members, and to both the congregation and community.

COCM 0127. Relating to the Children of Today - study of the characteristics of today’s
children and how to work with them in order to help prepare them to receive Christ and movetoward maturity in Christ.

COCM 0128. Relating to the Families of the Children of Today - study of the characteristics of the families of today’s children and how one can best relate and minister to them.

 

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 1301. Introduction to Philosophy - The history, methods, and basic problems of philosophy.

PHIL 3304. Western Political Thought (HIST/POLS 3304) - Selected study of major political
philosophers and their ideas that have influenced the West’s understanding of important
political concepts on human nature, the state, and civil society. Prerequisite: POLS 2301.

PHIL 4303. Philosophy of Religion (RLGN 4303) - Philosophical thinking about religion
with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Major attention is given to the nature of religious experience, the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, religious epistemology, human destiny, and the relation of science and religion. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

PHIL 4310. World Religions (RLGN 4310) - Introduction to the thought of major religions
of the world. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

PHIL 4314. Biblical Interpretation (RLGN 4314) - The science of biblical exegesis and
interpretation. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

PHIL 4319. Ethics - Introduction to the classical and biblical theories of ethics with their
application to moral and social problems. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

PHIL 4322. American Political Thought (HIST/POLS 4322) - American political thought
from colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: POLS 2301.

PHIL 4323. Basic Christian Ethics (RLGN 4323) - Introduction to principles of Christian
ethics with their application to problems of contemporary society. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

Religious Education Courses

RLED 1301. Introduction to Baptist Ministry - introduction to the Christian ministry;
calling to church-related vocations; evaluation of gifts and abilities to perform ministry; and
overview of the history, organization, work and cooperative endeavors of Baptists. Fee applies to Plainview campus only: $28.


RLED 3309. Spiritual Formation (RLGN 3309) - Principles of discipleship, prayer, spiritual
gifts, and ministry involvement. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 3315. Preschool and Children's Ministries in the Church - Preschool/child learner
with special emphasis given to age-level needs, church educational programs, curriculum, and ministry. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 3319. Youth Ministry in the Church - Procedure in developing an integrated youth
ministry with emphasis given to the work of the youth minister and the developmental needs of young people. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302. Fee applies to the Plainview campus only:: $175.00.

RLED 3320. The Youth Minister - An examination of the roles of the contemporary youth
minister, including administrator, educator, counselor, and family member. Prerequisites:
RLGN 1301 and 1302. Fee applies to the Plainview campus only: $175.00.

RLED 3325. Adult Ministry in the Church - The adult learner, church adult educational program, curriculum, and ministry to and with adults of all ages. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.


RLED 3335. Understanding Christian Marriage (RLGN 3335) - Biblical understanding of
marriage. Study will be made of communication, conflict resolution, sexuality, intentional
growth, and other marital issues. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4301. Survey of Christian Education - Historical background relating to the history
of religious education, emphasizes utilization and organization of human resources within a Southern Baptist church. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4302. Church Administration - Applied principles of church administration as they
relate to the role of the church staff in leadership, public relations, church staff relations, and worship. Prerequisite: junior standing. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4304. Christan Leadership - critical examination of contemporary leadership theory,
principles, and practices in the light of biblically-based models and criteria for Christian leadership.Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302

RLED 4308. Evangelism (RLGN 4308) - Principles, messages, and methods of the New
Testament evangelism and discipleship. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4312. Contemporary Christian Missions (RLGN 4312) - Examination of current
Christian mission efforts through various national and international mission agencies, emphasizing organization, strategies and methodologies for support and involvement. Prerequisite: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4315. The Christian Ministry (RLGN 4315) - Christian Ministry in contemporary
culture. Includes historical and theological foundations, avenues of ministry, preventive education, and pastoral counseling. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4321. Psychology of Religion (RLGN 4321) - Psychological aspects of spiritual development, a comparison between psychology and religion, and a model for integration of the two disciplines. Prerequisite: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4349. History of Christian Missions (RLGN 4349) - The history of Christian missions with an emphasis upon the Modern Missions Movement and the Baptist missions efforts. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4351. Contemporary Missions in Context (RLGN 4351) - overview of culture and
language in context; mission activities from the past including the most recent decade; Christian relief and development and other strategies for ministering to unreached people groups; equipping volunteers to be more effective in missions. Content may vary. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and RLGN 1302

RLED 4360. Practicum (RLGN 4360) - Develop skills in ministry by means of class lectures and internship experience under complete supervision. Persons already in ministry positions will be placed with appropriate supervisors. Prerequisite: junior standing. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4361. Supervised Ministry (RLGN 4361) - Practical skills, healthy attitudes, and varied approaches to ministry under competent supervision and class participation. Persons presently in ministry positions will be required to find an appropriate supervisor. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 5101. Colloquium - a study of various topics in religious education. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5111-12. Practice of the Inward Spiritual Disciplines (RLGN 5111-12)
– ito one or more spiritual disciplines oriented toward the inner life of the Christian, practiced
within a weekly spiritual formation small group of M.Div. students. Prerequisite: RLED/
RLGN 5354.

RLED 5113-14. Practice of the Outward Spiritual Disciplines (RLGN 5113-14)– introduction to one or more spiritual disciplines oriented toward the external practices of the Christian life, practiced within a weekly spiritual formation small group of M.Div. students. Prerequisite: RLED/RLGN 5354.

RLED 5115-16. Practice of the Corporate Spiritual Disciplines (RLGN 5115-16)– introduction to one or more spiritual disciplines oriented toward the growth of Christian community, practiced within a weekly spiritual formation small group of M.Div. students. Prerequisite: RLED/RLGN 5354.

RLED 5161-62. Spiritual Development Mentoring Practicum (RLGN 5161-62) – practicum
to lead a weekly spiritual formation small group experience under the guidance of a faculty
supervisor. Prerequisites: 6 credits in RLGN/RLED 5111-16 and completion of more than half of the hours necessary for the M.Div. degree.

RLED 5301. Survey of Christian Education - research into the historical and philosophical
background of Christian Education with emphasis on Christian Education in the church.

RLED 5302. Church Administration - research into the principles of administrative leadership with a church.

RLED 5303. Seminar on Christian Education - research into the foundations for Christian
Education. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5304. Christian Leadership - critical examination of contemporary leadership theory, principles, and practices in the light of biblically-based models and criteria for Christian leadership.

RLED 5308. Evangelism (RLGN 5308) - research into the history and methods of evangelism with special attention to contemporary expression.

RLED 5312. Contemporary Christian Missions (RLGN 5312) - programs of missions
administered through various national and international evangelical missions agencies, emphasizing organization, strategies, and methods of support and involvement.

RLED 5315. The Christian Ministry (RLGN 5315) - the nature of the ministry of the
Christian Church including its theology and its practice.

RLED 5316. Seminar on Topics in Religious Education - research into selected issues in
religious education, including principles of teaching, the teaching ministry, education administration, church growth, and small group dynamics. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5317. Seminar on Age-Group Christian Education - research into the educational
ministry to children, youth, and adults, with emphasis given to religious and spiritual formation. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5321. Psychology of Religion (RLGN 5321) - research into issues of integration of
psychology and religion as they impact spiritual formation.

RLED 5335. Seminar on Principles of Pastoral Counseling (RLGN) - development of
helping skills, examination of special theories of pastoral counseling emphasizing family and crisis counseling. May be repeated for credit when content varies.

RLED 5349. History of Christian Missions (RLGN 5349) - the history of Christian missions
with an emphasis upon the Modern Missions Movement and the Baptist missions efforts.

RLED 5354. Spiritual Disciplines and Christian Spirituality (RLGN 5354) – orientation to
the M.Div. program, survey of the spiritual traditions of the Western Church, and introduction to specific habits and practices which encourage a vibrant Christian life. To be taken in the first semester of enrollment in the Master of Divinity program.

RLED 5355. Principles of Pastoral Counseling (RLGN 5355) – development of helping
skills and examination of special theories of pastoral counseling, with emphasis on basic principles that apply specifically to ministry-related situations.

RLED 5360. Practicum (RLGN 5360) - a professional project conducted under the guidance of a skilled supervisor. May be repeated once for credit.

 

Religion Courses

RLGN 0001. Theological Research and Writing Lab - Workshop to guide students through research, writing, and completion of Turabian style research project as required by the School of Religion and Philosophy. Course offered on-line and on the Plainview campus. May be taken as a co-requisite with the first upper level RLED/RLGN course which requires a research paper or if required by the instructor. Fee: $50.00.

RLGN 1301. Old Testament History - An introductory survey of the historical literature with
special attention to the institutions, religion, and national life of the Hebrew people.

RLGN 1302. New Testament History - An introductory survey of the historical literature with
special attention to the background and origins of Christian beliefs and practices, and to the life of Jesus Christ and the early Christian community.

RLGN 1303. Old Testament history with an emphasis on biblical background, canonization, scholarship, nature of the Bible, and content of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament.

RGLN 1304. A study of the background, theological content, and application of the New Testament.

RLGN 3309. Spiritual Formation (RLED 3309) - Principles of discipleship, prayer, spiritual
gifts, and ministry involvement. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 3331. Anthropology for Christian Missions - the study of humankind from a biblical
perspective, including the elements of human cultures, particularly rituals, symbols, and ceremonies; the relationship of cultural anthropology and Christian mission, particularly in crosscultural contexts. Prerequisites: RLGN 0001, 1301, and 1302.

RLGN 3335. Understanding Christian Marriage (RLED 3335) - Biblical understanding of
marriage. Study will be made of communication, conflict, resolution, sexuality, intentional
growth, and other marital issues. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4302. Christian Theology - The central doctrines of the Christian faith from a systematic approach. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4303. Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 4303) - Philosophical thinking about religion
with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Major attention is given to the nature of religious experience, the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, religious epistemology, human destiny, and the relation of science and religion. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4304. Old Testament Theology - Major theological concepts in the Old Testament.
Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4305. New Testament Theology - Major theological concepts in the New Testament. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4306. The Intertestamental Period - History of the Jewish people during the period
known as Second Temple Judaism, including a survey of the apocryphal, pseudepigraphal, and Dead Sea literature and their implications for New Testament study. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4307. Church History - History of the Christian Church. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301
and 1302.

RLGN 4308. Evangelism (RLED 4308) - Principles, messages, and methods of the New
Testament evangelism and discipleship. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4310. World Religions (PHIL 4310) - Introduction to the thought of major religions
of the world. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4311. New Religious Movements - Introduction to the history and thought of religious or spiritual groups founded after 1800, which evidence deviant beliefs and/or practices from established denominations and religions. Major attention will be given to Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, New Age Movements, and other groups which have a significant presence in the United States. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4312. Contemporary Christian Missions (RLED 4312) - Examination of current
Christian mission efforts through various national and international mission agencies, emphasizing organization, strategies and methodologies for support and involvement. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4313. Issues in Contemporary Theology - Issues in contemporary theology utilizing
the work of major twentieth-century theological writers. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4314. Biblical Interpretation (PHIL 4314) - The science of biblical exegesis and
interpretation. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4315. The Christian Ministry (RLED 4315) - Christian Ministry in contemporary
culture. Includes historical and theological foundations, avenues of ministry, preventive education, and pastoral counseling. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4316. The Pentateuch and Former Prophets - Genesis through Second Kings.
Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4317. Latter Prophets - The lives and literature of the prophets of Israel.
Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4318. The Writings - Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Ruth,
Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4319. Preaching - Fundamental principles of the art of preaching. Prerequisites:
RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4320. Jesus and the Gospels - The person, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4321. Psychology of Religion (RLED 4321) - Psychological aspects of spiritual development, a comparison between psychology and religion, and a model for integration of the two disciplines. Prerequisite: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4322. Life and Letters of Paul - Life and times of the apostle Paul with an interpretation of his epistles in their historical setting. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4323. Basic Christian Ethics (PHIL 4323) - Introduction to principles of Christian
ethics with their application to problems of contemporary society. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4324. General Epistles and Revelation - The epistles of Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude, and the book of Revelation. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4325. Historical Theology - Survey of theological development in Christianity from
the New Testament period to the contemporary era. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4326. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit - The work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the
Christian and the ministry of the church, relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Bible (inspiration and authority), to the individual (in filling and spiritual gifts), and to the church (Christian growth and evangelism). Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4327. Christian Worship - Nature, purpose, and methods of Christian worship.
Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4330. Baptist History - History of the Baptists to the present. Prerequisites: RLGN
1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4331. Topics in Religion - Selected issues in religion, including biblical exegesis and interpretation, Christian doctrines, ministerial praxis, and contemporary moral issues. May be repeated for credit when subject matter and topic change. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4332. Cross-Cultural Communication of the Gospel- the literature of intercultural
communication, with attention to understanding cultural contexts and barriers, with applications to Christian witness across, and within, cultures. Prerequisites: RLGN 0001, 1301, 1302, and 3331.

RLGN 4333. Cross Cultural Leadership- historical, theoretical, and practical orientation to
leadership studies, particularly in intercultural contexts; examination and creation of leadership models to be developed through cross-cultural discipleship, using indigenous forms and patterns. Prerequisites: RLGN 0001, 1301, 1302, and 3331.

RLGN 4349. History of Christian Missions (RLED 4349) - The history of Christian missions with an emphasis upon the Modern Missions Movement and the Baptist missions efforts. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLED 4351. Contemporary Missions in Context (RLGN 4351) - overview of culture and
language in context; mission activities from the past including the most recent decade; Christian relief and development and other strategies for ministering to unreached people groups; equipping volunteers to be more effective in missions. Content may vary. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and RLGN 1302

RLGN 4360. Practicum (RLED 4360) - Develop skills in ministry by means of class lectures and internship experience under complete supervision. Persons already in ministry positions will be placed with appropriate supervisors. Prerequisite: junior standing. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.

RLGN 4361. Supervised Ministry (RLED 4361) - Practical skills, healthy attitudes, and varied approaches to ministry under competent supervision and class participation. Persons presently in ministry positions will be required to find an appropriate supervisor. Prerequisites: RLGN 1301 and 1302.