"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap..." -Ezekiel 22:30

TEPSE

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

APOLOGETICS

The student will learn how to proficiently defend the Christian faith and give a reason for the hope that is in them. The course will include both the philosophical arguments supporting Christianity and the historical Christian evidences of the faith.

BIBLIOLOGY

The study of the Bible or the theology of the Scriptures.  The student will learn what the Bible says about itself.  Special attention will be given to the topics of inspiration and inerrancy.

CULTS AND WORLD RELIGIONS

Students will learn the history and theology of all the major pseudo-Christian cults. The student will learn how to refute these false doctrines with the view of leading the cultist to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

DISCIPLESHIP

This course is designed to bring the student face-to-face with the terms of true biblical discipleship that the Lord Jesus laid out in the New Testament, and to challenge them to become a deeper, committed disciple of Him.

HERMENEUTICS

Hermeneutics is the art and science of biblical interpretation. The student will be taught the principles involved in correctly interpreting a passage of Scripture. Instruction in various Bible study methods will be provided through both

lecture and practical application.

HOMILETICS

Instruction on the rationale and development of a sermon will be presented. The student will be taught techniques in preparing and delivering sermons. Students are required to deliver several sermons during this course.

PERSONAL EVANGELISM

This course focuses on the rationale (reason) for and the basis used in personal evangelism, including the techniques of approach, presentation, and invitation.

SURVEY OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

The student will complete an independent survey of the entire Bible. This will provide a general overview of each book including its author, historical background, and argument. The student is expected to read completely through the

Bible in the course of this survey.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I

This course will consist of the following studies:

Theology Proper: the study of the person of the Godhead.  The student will receive instruction on the attributes of God and the doctrine of the Trinity.

Anthropology: the study of man.  The issues of the origin of man, his nature, and his fall will be particular areas of interest in this course.

Hamartiology: the study of sin.  This class will examine sin and how it effects man.  The course will cover the concepts of personal, imputed, and inherited sin.

Christology: the study of the person of Christ.  The student will receive detailed instruction on the person of Christ including an examination of both His Divine and Human natures.  This course will also cover topics such as the Virgin Birth, Christ’s humiliation, glorification, and impeccability

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II

This course will consist of the following studies:

Soteriology: the study of the doctrine of salvation.  Topics covered in this course will include: Christ’s atoning work, the believer’s eternal security, and an examination of the doctrine of election.

Pneumatology: the study of the Holy Spirit.  The student will be taught the deity of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit’s ministries, and spiritual gifts of the believer.  The charismatic movement will also be examined in this course.

Ecclesiology: the study of the structure and function of the New Testament church.  Consideration will be given to the issues of church government, finances, gifts, ordinances, and roles within the church.

Eschatology: the study of things to come.  This course will examine Bible prophecy from a pre-millennial, pre-tribulational rapture viewpoint. The student will be given a comprehensive outline of God’s prophetic program.

TIME MANAGEMENT:

The student will receive instruction in time/life management skills from a Christian perspective. Training will also be provided in the use of practical time management tools.

PRACTICUM