"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

ADVANCED EXPOSITORY PREACHING

This class refocuses specifically on the rationale, development, and delivery of four interdependent expository sermons. Students will preach these sermons and will be evaluated by their fellow students and their instructor.

BIBLICAL GEOGRAPHY

In this course the student will learn the basics of geography from a Biblical point-of-view. The student will use technology, and the Bible to broaden his or her knowledge of geographical locations and events.

THE BOOKS OF POETRY AND WISDOM

The purpose of this class is to prompt the student to pursue God’s wisdom; then to possess it, then to put it into daily practice, in his or her walk with the Lord while still in this world.

CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE ON CURRENT ISSUES

In this course, students will pinpoint some issues of the modern day such as: abortion, homosexual marriage, euthanasia and so on. Students will research the current facts of the issue, the reason why some Christians agree or disagree with the issue, and what the Bible has to say about the issue.

CHURCH HISTORY

This one semester class will focus on the big picture of the history of the church. We will focus on some of the general theological developments and their past and current impact on the church, some of the more important figures that shaped those developments, as well as some of the smaller figures who showed great courage in living for the Lord. The purpose of this class is for the student to gain a brief sketch of where the church has come from, to be encouraged to live for the Lord through learning about the lives of faithful believers, and to see the development of theological positions and what those may mean for the church presently as well as for the future.

THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS

This class will undertake a verse-by-verse exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, with careful attention being given to the thought, the historical significance, the major doctrines, and the application to today’s Church and our daily life.

GOSPEL OF JOHN

In this course, the student will focus on comprehending the special factors of the gospel. Students will make an outline of the gospel, research the meaning of the miracles which appeared only in this gospel, compare events or discourses of Christ with other gospels, and exegete two chapters of this book.

HERMENEUTICS II

This class is a continuation of the theory and skills of interpretation learned in Hermeneutics 1. In this class, there will be a refinement and deepening of the previously learned skills of studying the Scriptures. There will be a greater emphasis on the various genres found within the Bible and the interpretive principles used to understand those genres. There will also be a major emphasis on advancing beyond the beginning level of interpreting the text. The student will be pushed to study and understand the text in a much more detailed and in-depth approach. Emphasis will also be placed on the application of certain texts upon the lives of the student. The goal of this class is for the student to be a more insightful and accurate interpreter of the Scriptures and be changed by those Scriptures.

INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS

This course will look at the role of the individual and the role of the Church in world missions while examining the Biblical basis of missions past, present, and future.

INTRODUCTION TO THE MISSIONARY LIFE

This class is an introductory course to the call, the qualifications, and preparations of a missionary. This class will also examine the work, conflicts and accountability in a missionary’s life.

PASTORAL THEOLOGY

This course will target preparation for an ongoing and developing perspective to Biblically tending and feeding the flock of God. Pastoral Theology is a formal term for a very dear topic to the heart of the Savior: shepherding. Some think this is merely for the elders, but in reality we all are shepherding somebody: either to spiritual profitability or to spiritual loss. In this course, we will look at, but will not be limited to, the following: What was the shepherding mindset of the Lord? What is poor shepherding? What is our focus in shepherding? What is the goal for the sheep in shepherding? How do we get along in shepherding? and case studies in shepherding.

TEACHING METHODS

The goal of this class is to help students become better communicators of the Bible in multiple contexts. Each student will learn how to prepare to teach their lesson, engage their audience, and articulate the truths of the Scriptures. Teaching is hard work, so this class aims to make that work more enjoyable and effective. This course will consist of three elements: a philosophy of teaching, specific techniques to be used in teaching, and several in-class opportunities for students to utilize the principles learned in class.

PRACTICUM