Fall 2011 Course Offerings

                 Fall 2011 Course Offerings  
      beginning September 12


1. Living Discipleship                                                                                                  

 Sundays 9:45 - 10:40am, September 18 – November 20

This new video course developed and produced by the Study Center will examine what it really means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus.  Whether you are a new disciple of Jesus or have been following the Lord for many years, this course is for you.  The most vital issues pertaining to a life of discipleship will be addressed throughout this unique course.  We’ll take a close look at how to pray according to Jesus’ instructions as found in The Lord’s Prayer, examining each of the seven requests contained within this prayer. We’ll also emphasize the importance of the Bible and explore practical ways to be a faithful student of God’s Word.  The purpose of the Church, life within the community of faith, and finding one’s place within the body of Christ will also be discussed.  [Note: Childcare is provided free for this course]. 

2. Paul & His Letters: The Middle Years                                                                         

Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 pm, September 12 – November 28

This new course will examine the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul and his New Testament letters written during the middle years of his ministry. In addition to a detailed treatment of each selected letter, class discussions will also emphasize the style of Paul’s letters, the cultural and religious make-up of each congregation, and the influence of Paul’s Jewish training on his letters.  The following Pauline epistles will be examined in this course: II Corinthians, Philippians, Ephesians, Philemon and Colossians.


3. New Testament (Koine) Greek I                                                                 

Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45pm, beginning September 14

This course will provide a general introduction to the Koine Greek of the New Testament and will enable the student to begin reading and studying the New Testament in its original language. Upon completion of this first semester, students will be equipped with the most basic Greek skills, enabling them to utilize Greek dictionaries and other vital Greek helps. These tools will allow the student to more responsibly dig below the surface level of the New Testament text.  Note to prospective students: this course requires significant work in addition to class sessions.  Required Textbooks:  Basics of Biblical Greek – Grammar & Workbook, Second Edition, by William D. Mounce. 


4. A Journey Through John                                             

Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm, beginning in September

This new Wednesday Evening Teaching Series will provide a detailed treatment on the Fourth Gospel.  Throughout this series, we will explore the historical, cultural and religious setting of the Gospel of John.  We will also highlight the many unique features of John’s Gospel.


Registration is not required for this Series, as it will be held in conjunction with Wednesday evening services in the main sanctuary of First Assembly of God Church.  Everyone is welcome!  [Childcare is provided free for this Wednesday Evening Series].


5. Biblical Backgrounds Series I                                              

This Biblical Backgrounds Seminar explores the Jewish world of Jesus, the first three centuries of Christianity, the literature that enlightens the Bible, and the formation of the Biblical Canon.  Class topics include:  Jesus in His Jewish Context, Messianic Thought, Jewish Religious Groups, The Synagogue and Church: the Parting of the Ways, Life and Literature in the Early Church, What Outsiders Said About the Early Christians, Spiritual Blindness, Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Importance of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature, An Introduction to the Hebrew Canon, and An Introduction to the New Testament Canon.


6. Biblical Backgrounds Series II   

This Biblical Backgrounds Seminar will explore the cultural background of the Bible, significant places of the Biblical World, and vital issues facing the Early Christians.  Class topics include: The History of the English Bible, The Hard Sayings of Jesus, Idioms in the Bible, Manners and Customs of the Bible, Important Archaeological Discoveries, A Tour of the Biblical World, Israel and The Land, and The Seven Churches of Revelation.


7. The Origins of Christianity                                                                                                   

This seminar explores the major issues and events surrounding the establishment of the Christian Church.  Course discussions will highlight how Jewish beliefs, practices, and institutions influenced and shaped early Christianity. Class topics include: Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven; The Early Jerusalem Community, God’s Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts; Jesus the Messiah; The Mission to the Gentiles; Encounters with Paganism; Orthodoxy and Heresy; Elder and Younger Brothers: Early Debates; The Jesus Tradition: Origins of the Gospels; Conversion, Baptism, and New Life; The Eucharist and Agape Meal; The Didache: Handbook of the Early Church; and Christianity and Pagan Society. 



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