Spring '12 Course Offerings

                  Spring 2012 Course Offerings  


1. How to Study the Bible                                                                                                  

 Sundays 9:45 - 10:40am, Beginning February 5

This course provides a practical, hands-on approach to help the student move from merely reading to studying the Bible.  Students will be introduced to and guided through the main methods to studying the Bible, to include: topical and textual studies, biblical exposition and in-depth word studies.  

  [Note: Childcare is provided free for this course.]


2. Paul & His Letters: The Later Years                                                                         

Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 pm, February 6 – April 30

This new course will examine the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul and his New Testament letters written during the later 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: Romans and the Pastoral Epistles of I Timothy, II Timothy and Titus.


3. New Testament (Koine) Greek II                                                                 

Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45pm, beginning January 11

This second semester course of New Testament (Koine) Greek continues to introduce the student to the basic grammar, vocabulary, and verb system of the Greek New Testament.  

Prerequisite: ANBSC New Testament (Koine) Greek I or equivalent.  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 February 8

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. Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament--ONLINE COURSE beginning Jan. 30

This course provides a general introduction to the Jewish backgrounds of the New Testament.  The following topics will be discussed during the semester: a survey of Jewish history from the Persian to the Roman period; an introduction to the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Rabbinic Literature; the various Jewish parties and sectarian groups, to include the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots, Herodians, Samaritans, proselytes, and God-fearers; the temple and the priesthood; the Sanhedrin, rabbis, and the synagogue; and Jewish festivals and holy days.  Extensive visual presentations are provided for each class session.

6. Understanding the Parables of Jesus--ONLINE COURSE beginning Jan. 30
This course in ANBSC’s
Life of Jesus Series provides an in-depth look at each of the parables taught by Jesus. The class will examine issues of interpretation with this popular first century teaching style, and will explore what a parable is, why Jesus taught in parables, the various categories of parables, and rules for interpreting parables. The historical and theological context and Jewish societal customs will be drawn upon in seeking to understand the message of each parable.

7. The Origins of Christianity--ONLINE COURSE beginning Jan. 30                                                                                                  

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. 

8. The Book of Acts--ONLINE COURSE beginning Jan. 30
This seminar explores the life and growth of the Early Church and the most crucial issues facing the early Jewish believers as they carried out Jesus' Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Special emphasis will be placed on the Jewish roots of the Christian church throughout this seminar. This course will provide extensive visual presentations from throughout the land of Israel and the ancient Roman world, allowing the student to rediscover the Mediterranean world of the first century A.D.

ANBSC’s TV Program airs each Thursday and Saturday from 7-8pm on Charter Channel 10.