Courses

Bible Analysis (B-AN)
B-AN 201 Genesis (2) An analysis of the "Book of Beginnings". God's plan is studied in detail with reference to the Creation, the Flood, and the nations. The outworking of God's history of redemption for the nations is traced through a biographical study of the four Hebrew patriarchs.

B-AN 203 Matthew (3) A study of the gospel written for the Jew, presenting Jesus Christ as the Messiah and King of Israel. Dispensational and prophetic features of the book are noted, with special emphasis on the development of the presentation of the kingdom and related eschatological truths. Matthew's contribution to the various areas of theology is considered, and application is noted throughout the course.

B-AN 303 Romans (3) A detailed analysis of the book of Romans with an introduction to the historical, geographical and religious contexts in which Romans was written. Also considered will be the theological, ecclesiological, and practical issues applicable to the church today.

B-An 400 Biblical Studies Internship (0) An internship or senior project requiring the student to demonstrate his or her ability to interpret and exegete Scripture, to correlate exegesis with theology, and to explain these truths to others.

B-AN 404 Acts (2) A detailed analysis of the Book of Acts, with emphasis being given to the ministry of the Holy Spirit and to the establishment and development of the church. Problem passages are given special consideration. Application to current church polity and missionary endeavor is made.

B-AN 601 Daniel (2) An expository treatment of the book of Daniel, emphasizing historical, doctrinal, and eschatological elements. The book is approached from the premillennial standpoint showing how it supplements the book of Revelation and how it contributes to the total field of eschatology.

B-AN 603 Psalms (3) An overall study of the Psalms, involving an understanding of their historic, Messianic, didactic, prophetic and Jewish background in addition to the devotional elements. The expository manner of interpretation is used, rather than mere application.

B-AN 607 Isaiah (3) Analyzes the prophecy of Isaiah with special attention given to the two advents of Christ. The literal, premillennial interpretation is given special emphasis for a comprehensive understanding of Old Testament prophecy.

B-AN 608 Jeremiah (2) An analytical exposition of the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations in light of their historical settings. The life of the prophet Jeremiah is studied as well as the content of his books. Stress is laid on their contributions to theology, poetry, history, and prophecy.

B-AN 610 James (2) A thematic exposition of the book of James, focusing on the Scriptural principle of a living faith.

B-AN 611 John (3) A study of the gospel of John as a doctrinal defense of the truth that "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God", against the lies of Gnostics who at the time of John's writings were already systematizing their denials of the person and ministry of Christ.

B-AN 612 Galatians (2) A study of the book of Galatians with an emphasis on the doctrine of justification. Special attention is directed to the relevancy of this epistle to the Galatianized form of Christianity that exists today.

B-AN 614 Prison Epistles (3) A look at the epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon along with an introduction to each book. The special contribution of each epistle to the field of theology is emphasized.

B-AN 615 Thessalonians (2) A detailed exposition of the two epistles with special attention directed to the eschatological contribution of the books. Combined with the analysis of the books is a detailed consideration of the rapture question, approached from the premillennial, pretribulational standpoint. Other views of the rapture are also studied.

B-AN 617 Hebrews (3) An analysis of this great epistle with special attention directed to the high priestly work of Christ. Special emphasis is given to the manner in which the Old Testament sacrifices and types are fulfilled in Christ.

B-AN 618 General Epistles (3) Studies in the epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude using various methods of Bible study. The inductive, Biblical theology, running commentary, analysis, and outline methods are highlighted. The student thus becomes acquainted with different approaches to the Scripture, in order to have more variety in ministry.

B-AN 623 Revelation (2) An exposition of the Book of Revelation following the futuristic-dispensational method of interpretation and emphasizing the pretribulational and premillennial aspects of the book.

B-AN 624 Joshua-Esther (2) A thematic exposition of the books of Joshua through Esther, focusing on Israelite history from the conquest under Joshua to the period after the return from the exile.

B-AN 626 Proverbs (2) A thematic exposition of the book of Proverbs, focusing on God's wisdom as the principle for living.

Bible Related (R-RE)
B-RE 101 Introduction to Bible Study (3) Provides foundational principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible and surveys the methods and tools needed for effective Bible study. This course will conclude with a study of dispensations.

B-RE 102 Christian Experience (2) Truths relating to the Christian life (salvation and progressive sanctification) are presented from Scripture. Topics relating to salvation include the need for and means of salvation along with security and assurance. Topics relating to progressive sanctification (the believer's growth in Christ-likeness) include discipleship, the constitution of man, the Word of God, the Spirit of God, prayer, the will of God, and separation. Special emphasis is placed on helping the student to grow in his or her own walk with Christ.

B-RE 301, 302 Greek I, II (3 per semester) A study of Koine Greek grammar which will equip the student for exegetical work in the Greek New Testament. The student is given the basics of New Testament Greek, enabling him or her to translate certain portions of the New Testament Scriptures.

B-RE 401, 402 Greek III, IV (3 per semester) Supplements and expands the student's understanding of Greek grammar. The student will observe and discuss various syntactical constructions that occur in the New Testament. Time will also be devoted to an application of exegetical principles in a study of some of the shorter books of the New Testament. During the second semester the student will be introduced to a study of textual criticism and the application of one's study of Greek in exegetical analysis. Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on the practical and pastoral use of the Greek language in personal study and public ministry. Prerequisite: B-RE 301, 302 Greek I, II

B-RE 601 Bible Geography and Customs (2) A survey of Bible background material related to the times, customs, and geography of Palestine.

B-RE 604 Biblical Archaeology (3) Studies the principles of the archaeological method and surveys of the chief discoveries as they illumine the background of the Old Testament and aid in its interpretation.

B-RE 611, 612 Elementary Hebrew I, II (3 per semester) A focus on the working knowledge of the original language of the Old Testament using principles of Hebrew script, phonology, and the syntax of the Old Testament. Selected portions of Biblical Hebrew are translated and analyzed.

Bible Survey (B-SU)
B-SU 101 Old Testament Law, History, and Poetry (3) A survey of Old Testament law, history, and poetry, giving such points as the background of the book, key words and verses, information about the author, date and circumstances of writing, theme, importance, features, and the high points of each book.

B-SU 102 Old Testament Prophets (3) A survey of the books of the Old Testament prophets, giving such points as the background of the book, key words and verses, information about the author, date and circumstances of writing, theme, importance, features, and the high points of each book.

B-SU 104 New Testament Survey (3) A survey of the books of the New Testament, giving such points as the background of the book, key words and verses, information about the author, date and circumstances of writing, theme, importance, features, and the high points of each book.

Historical Theology (T-HI)
T-HI 401 A History of Baptist Faith and Practice (3) A historical study of the Baptist church and its basis in early church history. Consideration will be given to some of the major viewpoints and practices held by Baptists through the years. Prerequisite: G-HI 201 and 202, Western Civilization I and II, or consent of instructor.

T-HI 602 American Fundamentalism (2) A study of the origin, rise, and historical development of Fundamentalism in America. Attention is paid to its major characteristics, its key leaders, its schools, it organizations, and its writings. The contemporary Fundamentalist scene is surveyed, noting its strengths and weaknesses.

T-HI 603 Twentieth Century Christianity (2) A survey of the development of Christianity from the turn of the century to the present. Certain specific topics such as Pentecostalism, Roman Catholicism, the ecumenical movement, professional revivalism, and rapidly growing cults are examined in detail.

Systematic Theology (T-SY)
T-SY 102 Doctrine Survey (3) An overview of all the major doctrines in the Bible. This course is designed as a basic introduction to the study of each of the Bible's various doctrines, their relationship to each other, and their practical value in the life of the believer.

T-SY 201 Bible Doctrine I (3) A systematic study of the Biblical doctrines of the Scriptures, the Person of God the Father, and the Person and work of Christ.

T-SY 202 Bible Doctrine II (3) A systematic study of the Biblical doctrines of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit; the origin, nature, and destiny of angels and Satan; and the origin, nature, and destiny of man.

T-SY 301 Bible Doctrine III (2) A systematic study of the Bible's teaching concerning sin and the various facets of salvation.

T-SY 302 Bible Doctrine IV (2) A systematic study regarding the church as God's unique undertaking in this dispensation and a presentation of the Baptist distinctive. A careful study is also made of the panorama of prophetic events.

T-SY 304 Apologetics/Christian Evidences and Contemporary Christendom (3) A formal study which defends, on the grounds of reason, the divine origin and authority of Christianity. The course includes a brief introduction to various apologetic systems, the value of apologetics, and extensive treatment of Christian evidences--particularly emphasizing the inspiration and reliability of the Bible, a brief look at the rise and influence of theological liberalism, and the major characteristics of New Evangelicalism.

T-SY 401, 402 Systematic Theology I, II (3 per semester) A study of the whole field of systematic theology, giving special attention to areas vital in maintaining a fundamental, Baptistic, premillennial faith. The intent of the course is for students not only to learn theology but also to explain the Biblical rationale for their own beliefs. Prerequisite: T-SY 201, 202, 301, 302, Bible Doctrine I, II, III, and IV.

T-SY 411, 412 Senior Seminar (2 either semester) Helps students to review and integrate their doctrinal study into a meaningful whole. Special attention is given to basic Bible knowledge as it relates to and supports Bible doctrines. Students receive help in developing and defending their own doctrinal statement. Prerequisite: T-SY 201, 202, 301, 302, Bible Doctrine I, II, III, and IV.

T-SY 611 Advanced Eschatology (2) An advanced study into selected issues of eschatology with an emphasis on how they relate to a traditional dispensational, pretribulational, premillennial interpretation of the Bible.

T-SY 612 Dispensationalism (2) A study of dispensationalism as a theological system. It emphasizes God's progressive disclosure in Scripture of His plan of salvation and His relationship to mankind throughout history.

Faculty

Alan Cole, Th.D.
Co-Chair of the Division
of Bible and Theology

964.0601 ext. 227

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Dr. Cole came to Faith in 1999 with a rich background of Biblical and theological training. His keen insight into Biblical matters has helped continue Faith's strong tradition of excellence in Biblical and theological studies. While pursuing his training at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, he met his wife, Nancy, who was a teacher in a Christian school and was a Faith grad! The Coles have two sons and live in Ankeny. They are active members of Community Baptist Church in Ankeny.

Education
• B.A., Bob Jones University
• M.Div. and Th.M., Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
• Th.D., Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis

Teaching Experience
• Secondary Educator, InterCity Baptist High School, Allen Park, Michigan
• Instructor, Twin Cities Bible Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Adjunct Faculty, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minnesota
• Faculty, Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minnesota
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, Iowa

Classes
Advanced Eschatology
Daniel
Dispensationalism
Doctrine I, II, III, IV
Doctrine Survey
Genesis
Introduction to Bible Study
Joshua-Esther
Revelation
Senior Seminar  

Contact
Contact Dr. Cole to learn more about the Bible and Theology Division at Faith

Dr. Paul Hartog is one of those unusual professors who is both a nationally recognized scholar and a local church practitioner. Dr. Paul is regarded as an authority in the field of early church history and has published numerous articles and a major book. He also is involved in local church ministry as a youth pastor. Students appreciate how Dr. Paul brings a thorough Biblical perspective to his history, ethics, and philosophy classes.  Dr. Hartog and his family live in Des Moines and are active members of Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes, where he serves as the youth pastor.

Education
• Calvary Bible College
• B.A., Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.A. and M.Div., Faith Baptist Theological Seminary
• Certificate of Christian Apologetics, Biola University
• Certificate of Worship Studies, Webber Institute for Worship Studies
• Certificate of Nonprofit Management.
• M.A., Iowa State University
• Th.M., St. Andrew's Theological College
• Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

Teaching and Ministry Experience
• Assistant Pastor, Slater Baptist Church, Slater, Iowa
• Research Assistant, Loyola University Chicago
• Reference Assistant and Library Instructor, Cudahy Library, Chicago
• Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago
• Assistant to the Director, Center for Christianity and Culture, Chicago
• Associate Pastor, Bible Baptist Church, Romeoville, Illinois
• Assistant Pastor, Maranatha Baptist Church, Grimes, Iowa
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary

Classes
American History
Contemporary Ethical Issues
Introduction to Philosophy
Systematic Theology I & II
Western Civilization I & II

Contact
Contact Dr. Hartog for more information about the Bible and Theology programs at Faith.

Paul A. Hartog, Ph.D.
Co-Chair of the Division
of Bible and Theology

964.0601 ext. 260

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Overview

The four-year Biblical Studies program at Faith offers you high-quality Bible training with ministry minors that will enable you to use your Bible training in churches. All four-year students get 42-46 hours of Bible and theology. In the Biblical Studies program you take at least 8 additional hours of Bible. That means that more than one-third of your course work is in Bible and theology!

The Biblical Studies program at Faith is a general and flexible course of study. Many students who plan to go to seminary take a Biblical Studies program with a Bible Exposition or Greek minor to prepare them for graduate work. Other students take a Biblical Studies program with one of the ministry minors to enable them to maximize their Bible training and serve in their local churches in counseling, teaching, and ministering to women. Transfer students find Biblical Studies a suitable program for their educational needs.

The Biblical Studies program at Faith helps to shape the students' spiritual lives and prepare them for a lifetime of service in their churches.

Ministry Opportunities

If you sense God wants you in vocational ministry as a pastor or missionary, you will often pursue seminary training. If you are considering teaching on the Bible college or seminary level, you definitely need to pursue graduate work. The Biblical Studies program gives you a thorough background in Bible, theology, and the Greek language to prepare you for graduate work.

If you anticipate serving as a leader in your local church, the Biblical Studies programs will give you in-depth training in Bible and ministry skills so you can serve effectively as a counselor, teacher, or women's ministry leader.

Programs

The four-year Biblical Studies program allows you to pursue a college education with an expanded major in Bible exposition. In addition to your core Bible and theology courses, you also take 12 hours of Bible and theology electives and 12 hours of a ministry minor. This program does not prepare you for a specific ministry so you would normally need to pursue seminary training if you anticipate serving in a vocational ministry.

Faith offers eight options in the four-year Biblical Studies program.
• The Biblical Studies major with an ARRIBA! minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Bible Exposition minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Bible Exposition and Greek minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Biblical Counseling minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Local Church Ministries minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Missions minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Missionary Nursing minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Women's Ministry minor
 

 
ARRIBA! Minor
ARRIBA! is a unique program that combines a Biblical Studies degree with a year of study in Peru, South America. This year of on-the-job training, normally taken in your junior year, allows you the opportunity to learn the Spanish language, live with Peruvian believers, experience life in a different cultural setting, and work with missionaries. If you are interested in the ARRIBA! program, contact the Admissions Office early in your college career for additional information.

Specialized Courses in the ARRIBA! Minor
This program includes a year of classes and on-the-job missionary training in Peru, South America. Click here for an explanation of this program. [Link to the ARRIBA section in Missions.] Contact the Faith Admissions Office for the further details of this program and the courses you take.
 

Bible Exposition Minor
Students who are looking for an in-depth study of the Bible choose this minor. You not only get 45 hours of Bible and theology (one-third of your program), but you also get the tools to enable you to teach the Bible to others and to counsel them from the Bible. This minor equips you to serve in a local church in a variety of ministries such as an adult Bible teacher, ministry leader, or deacon.
Specialized Courses in the Bible Exposition Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling

• Introduction to Homiletics
• Homiletics I, II
• Pastoral Counseling


Bible Exposition and Greek Minor
This minor adds 12 hours of Greek to the Bible Exposition program. This study in the original language of the New Testament gives students the skills for a lifetime of Bible study that will enable them to understand the Scriptures accurately and teach it to others effectively. Many students who anticipate seminary training choose this minor since it gives them the essential tools for successful seminary work.
Specialized Courses in the Bible Exposition and Greek Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling

• Introduction to Homiletics
• Homiletics I, II
• Pastoral Counseling
• Greek I, II, III, IV


Biblical Counseling Minor
Children, teens, and adults today face increasing pressures and problems. Churches today are in desperate need of men and women who can Biblically and skillfully counsel these people. This minor gives you a strong Biblical background with 14 hours of Biblical counseling training so you can lead people to Biblical solutions for their problems. No matter where you serve in a church, this training will be useful and valuable.
Specialized Courses in the Biblical Counseling Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling
• Counseling Children

• Counseling Adolescents
• Crisis Counseling
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Counseling Practicum


Local Church Ministries
A successful Bible teacher has to combine strong Bible study skills with expert teaching skills. This minor gives you an expanded Bible program with a full complement of teaching courses so you are prepared to serve in a church as a teacher or ministry leader. If you desire to be used of God in your local church, consider pursuing this minor. You will find you are equipped for a lifetime of service for Christ.
Specialized Courses in the Local Church Ministries Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Christian Education of Children

• Administering Christian Education
• Christian Education of Adults
• 5 Hours of Local Church Ministry Electives


Missions Minor
The world's population now exceeds 6 billion people, most of whom have never been reached with a gospel witness. The world needs skilled missionaries with a thorough Bible education to take the gospel to them. In this minor you will have an expanded major in Biblical and theological studies and practical missions training. This program prepares you for successful missionary work wherever the Lord leads you.
Specialized Courses in the Missions Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Current Issues in Missiology
• MAP Seminar

• Non-Christian Religions
• Cross-Cultural Communications
• 5 Hours of Missions Electives


Missionary Nursing
The Missionary Nursing program prepares you for a ministry in medical missions. This program includes two years of study at Faith and two years of study at an accredited nursing school. Faith students can take their nurses training at the nearby Des Moines Area Community College and still live on the Faith campus all four years. You should fulfill the prerequisites of the nursing program as soon as possible, even during your high school years.
Specialized Courses in the Missionary Nursing Minor

• Current Issues in Missiology
• MAP Seminar
• Non-Christian Religions

• Cross-Cultural Communications
• Missionary Nursing Seminar

Students take nursing courses at Des Moines Area Community College or another nursing school.

Women's Ministry
Women's ministry is a growing part of church work today. Many churches have women's Bible studies and special outreach events for women. Choosing this minor will give you a strong Bible and theology foundation so you can lead effective women's ministries in your church. You will learn how to plan a women's program, prepare devotions and Bible studies for women, and mentor other women.  
Specialized Courses in the Women's Ministry Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Women's Ministry Foundations
• Women's Ministry Programming

• Mentoring Women
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Devotional Preparation for Women



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