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Bible Department

Division of Biblical Studies

Dr. Dan Rushing
Dean of Biblical Studies

THE PURPOSE OF THIS DIVISION is to prepare Christian servant-leaders with a knowledge of the Bible, to develop their discernment to rightly divide the Word of Truth, and to equip them to take the gospel of Christ to the world.

This division comprises the Bible department, which offers undergraduate Bible degrees along with graduate degrees offered under the auspices of Pensacola Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dan Rushing, Chair

The Bible department has a fourfold purpose for every student: (1) provide a firm foundation for teaching spiritual truths; (2) provide training in practical application of students’ knowledge of the Word of God; (3) give the student a proper understanding of and appreciation for the Scriptures as the inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God; and (4) give the student a proper understanding of himself in relation to Almighty God as a redeemed sinner who has become a son with a servant’s heart. Therefore, all students take Bible courses as a part of their general requirements.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Bible Major

The purpose of the Bible major is for students to cherish and know God and His Word and to learn principles and methods for practical Christian living, building a knowledgeable foundation in the Scriptures.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the Bible program will be able to

  • demonstrate thorough knowledge of the content and themes of the Word of God,
  • defend sound doctrine,
  • evaluate current issues in light of biblical teaching,
  • develop a biblical philosophy of ministry, and
  • present biblical truth correctly and clearly.

The accomplishment of these objectives is produced through classroom instruction, experience in Christian service activities, and participation in the Campus Church and other local churches. All Bible majors earning a Bachelor of Arts degree must pass the Senior Bible Comprehensive Exam during the final semester.

Emphasis

General Studies

The purpose of the general studies emphasis is to prepare Christians for effective service in a nonpastoral setting.

Concentrations

Missions

The purpose of the missions concentration is to prepare Christians for effective cross-cultural ministry.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the missions concentration will also be able to develop strategies to reach the lost and plant churches in a variety of cultures.

Music Ministries

The purpose of the music ministries concentration is to prepare Christians for effective use of music in ministry contexts.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the music ministries concentration will also be able to direct the music component of ministries.

Pastoral Ministries

The purpose of the pastoral ministries concentration is to prepare young men for the pastorate.

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the pastoral ministries concentration will also be able to

  • lead a local church effectively and
  • develop expository sermons.

Youth Ministries

The purpose of the youth ministries concentration is to prepare Christians for effective work with youth.

Additional Learning Outcome: Graduates of the youth ministries concentration will also be able to implement programs to reach and train youth.

Emphasis Options

  • Church Music
  • Digital Media
  • Education
  • Physical Education
  • Speech

Minors

Bible, Biblical Languages, Missions, Music Ministries

Graduate Degrees Offered by Pensacola Theological Seminary