Bible I - Old Testament Survey
This course will take the students through a chronological study of the Old Testament. The goal is for the student to see the Old Testament as a unified whole, in its context, rather than as a compilation of isolated facts, stories, and teachings. They will see that the Old Testament is part of one big story: God’s story and His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, as well as, God’s great love for humanity and the great lengths He has gone through to rescue lost and hurting people. The students will also study the Bible’s cultural and historical context to help bring greater understanding and meaning, while applying its timeless truths to today’s world.
Bible II - New Testament Survey
New Testament Survey will cover the inter-biblical period and the Gospels, then use the Book of Acts as the historical backdrop to take students through the Epistles and Revelation, helping them to better understand the historical context of each book. In their study of the growth and development of the early Christian Church and spread of the gospel, the students will:
Gain a general knowledge of the inter-biblical Period, with particular emphasis on those events and institutions that had an effect on the New Testament era.
Examine in detail the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the land in which He lived, His teachings, and His death and resurrection.
Be reminded of the basic message of the Church –“Jesus is the Christ”— which we understand and confess by grace through faith.
Draw practical applications from the teachings of the New Testament for their personal, family, and social life.
Enable the student to develop a biblical foundation for life and for Christian Service.
Effective Bible Study
Bible III (11) - Theology & Christian Ethics
Why am I here? Where do I fit in the Kingdom? As students come to understand that they have been entrusted with gifts and resources now, a sense of responsibility begins to develop with the potential of them selecting a life lived with excellence for the Kingdom. Believers are called to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to them. Once the students understand they are gifted for now as opposed to sometime in the future, the emphasis becomes on how life needs to be lived. In order to live with the motto, “What would Jesus do,” we have to find out how Jesus lived.
Students are led through Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum. The goal of the curriculum is to show students how to be responsible financially from a biblical point of view. Students are shown that their vocation is their ministry in the market place.
The gifts, values and passions of the students are related to scripture to help them develop a personal theology. There is an emphasis on the priesthood of every believer as part of the prophetic body of Christ. Evaluations are provided for the students in this self-discovery phase to see the personality types, spiritual gifts, and their core values. Special emphasis is on the core values and how these relate to and drive the student’s decision processes. Extra-biblical material is provided to help the students see how others carry out this faith. Students look at the historical activity of Christians in shaping the United States form of government. Essays are used to help the students learn to reflect and articulate on what they discover. Presentations are used to assist the students in verbally articulating their research and sharing their theology and faith.
This course section seeks to give the students college level skills in being able to study the biblical texts. Special attention is given to historical, social, and literary contexts. This material focuses on clearly defining key terms and basic concepts and will establish the student to be able to do sound exegesis. A general bible knowledge test is given and then the students work through the areas they are weak in, building toward completing the same test at the end of the year.
The basic course structure will incorporate lecture presentations, selected readings, daily assignments, group activities, etc. The group activities are used to help draw the students into a sense of Students are encouraged to ask questions, be engaged in the learning process, and be prepared to dig beyond “pat” answers or the cultural “herd mentality”.
Bible IV (12) - Worldviews & Apologetics
Anticipating a grounding in their relationship with the God, the Word, and the Spirit students are guided through encounters with other viewpoints with the intent of being able to engage those other viewpoints with thoughtful and respectful attitudes and as the Scriptures command, to speak the truth in love. As each student is different in personality, their response style will be different but still based on their knowledge of the biblical texts. The students are encouraged to see and treat the world the way God does, even when they are at odds with God’s Word and will. Students in the 11th grade are allowed to submit suggestions for topics for 12th grade and the class design is to work those areas into the curriculum. If the course fails to teach the students where they are, answering the questions they have with the issues they see as important, it fails to prepare them for life after high school.
This part of the course will cover key questions that students will face after high school concerning their faith, other worldviews, and absolute truth. The goal of this part is to give students enough background of the prominent worldviews in today’s culture so that they can understand the basic tenets of each system. Following the background, each subject will be examined from a rational and biblical perspective and equip the students to, as Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15, “give a reasoned answer for the hope they have in Christ with gentleness and respect,” as they gain understanding of the reliability, authenticity, and authority of the Bible.
How do believers respond to the social questions of the day? The greatest condemnation of Israel as it neared captivity was their lack of attention to the social injustices of their time. The students are guided through studies of topics of their interest and where they have questions as to how they personally and the church as a whole needs to respond to the issues and the people behind those issues.
“Apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a reasoned defense of any factual claim or idea. The goal of this class is not aimed at criticizing or attacking other belief systems but to challenge the students to test Christianity’s truth claims, to stimulate them to intellectually think through the questions that they will be challenged with in college, and equip them to effectively defend the truths of Christianity. The intent is defend the faith but win their opponent through relationship rather than debate.
Material from the top apologists of the day is provided via video and text and the students provide debates as part of the group in order to understand both sides of the debate.
Senior Mission Trip
One of the key elements to the Senior year is the Senior Mission Trip. For many students this is a life changing experience in a foreign country as students travel to conduct a service project and minister as a group. Students join with missionaries in the field and assist with projects, conduct services and build relationships with people outside of their normal everyday life. Students participate in fundraisers throughout the year both as a class and individually to collect the money for the trip. This gives the students the opportunity to see God provide the funds for the trip, building on the stewardship principles learned in Bible III.
Senior Leadership Project (Senior Seminar-1/2 credit)
Here is the opportunity to put faith in practice. Using the D.A.D.I. Plans they were introduced to in Bible III, the students design and carry out a senior leadership service project. With the help of mentors and people they recruit to lead in the process, the students seek to benefit others through these projects. A final presentation of the product is made to the 11th grade.