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MM 506 The Local Church: Building and Growing in the 21st Century (3) The student will establish a biblical philosophy of organization and administration for a growing fundamental church in the 21st century.
MM 509 Studies in Nehemiah: Leadership Principles for Twenty-First Century Ministers (3) Students explore the prayer life, planning skills, problem solving, and personal emotions of Nehemiah to set forth principles for maximizing leadership potential.
MM 511 The Christian Home: Maintaining the Haven in Turbulent Times (3) Offered online: Fall. The home is the basic unit of society and Satan’s primary target. This course gives Scriptural principles that will safeguard the Christian home against the vicious and subtle attacks of the enemy. Students will learn the parent’s responsibility of child rearing with an emphasis on biblical disciplining, the interaction of church and home in maintaining a safe haven for the family, and the pastor’s role in maintaining proper family relationships.
MM 515 Jeremiah: Pastoral Applications for Overcoming Ministry Trials (3) Offered online: Spring even, Summer odd. An in-depth study of Jeremiah’s life and prophecy, focusing on his ministry challenges and responses and correlating Jeremiah’s ministry paradigm with that of the New Testament pastor. The course will provide practical answers to the problems of contemporary ministry while demonstrating continuity between Old and New Testament spiritual leadership models.
MM 518 Malachi: Overcoming Apathy in Ministry (3) Offered online: Spring odd, Summer even. The post-exilic prophecy of Malachi closes the Old Testament with practical exhortations that apply to the Christian today. Verse-by-verse study helps develop biblical cures for the apathy that dulls churches, ruins homes, or mars personal fellowship with God.
MM 521 Current Theological Trends (3) Students critique selected major theological trends affecting the ministry today.
MM 523 Genesis: Developing and Implementing a Biblical Worldview in Your Church (3) A pastor’s worldview will influence how he teaches and leads his congregation and how he approaches current issues facing the church today. Under increasing pressure to compromise the truth of God, the pastor must lead others to believe, teach, and defend the literal history in Genesis 1–11, which is foundational to the gospel and biblical authority. This course provides in-depth biblical instruction and non-technical explanation of some of the overwhelming scientific evidence confirming the truth of Genesis so that the student can develop, teach, and implement a biblical worldview in his church’s educational and evangelistic ministry.
MM 527 Romans and Galatians: Pastoral Studies in the Doctrine of Soteriology (3) Offered online: Fall. This course gives a practical and positive exposition of the biblical doctrine of soteriology. Students discuss and defend the simplicity of the gospel and eternal security of the believer against errant teachings such as Calvinism and lordship salvation.
MM 528 I Corinthians: Confronting Common Problems in the Local Church (3) Many of the problems the Apostle Paul confronted in the Corinthian church still plague the church today. Carnal Christianity is dealt with from a biblical perspective, including God’s principles of separation and sanctification.
MM 545 Proverbs: Guidelines for Personal, Spiritual, and Professional Development (3) The corrupting influence of contemporary society can entice God’s people to wander through a maze of inadequate solutions for life’s challenges. In contrast to numerous “success manuals” currently available, God’s wisdom in the book of Proverbs teaches students timeless guidance through precepts, principles, and priorities that give biblical keys for living an enjoyable and enriched Christian life to the glory of God.
MM 546 The Pastoral Epistles: New Testament Principles for Pastoring (3) The Pastoral Epistles are discussed and applied to vibrant pastoral ministry. Instruction combines sound Bible exposition and pastoral experience to instill the vision and expertise needed for a growing local church.
MM 552 Studies in Philippians: A Biblical Guideline for Missions (3) Offered online: Spring even, Summer odd. This practical study of Paul’s prison epistle to Philippi will help the student to promote outreach at home and abroad. All Christian workers should grasp a biblical burden for missions and will become better equipped to train, encourage, and motivate believers to answer God’s call to missions.
MM 565 Preaching Through the Old Testament: The Message of the Books (3) The very arrangement of the books of the Bible presents an unfolding revelation of truth. Students will explore the overall central message of each Old Testament book and develop selected sermons that connect each book to its overall context in Scripture. Helpful introductory and summary material will be discussed.
MM 567 Effective Expository Preaching (3) A detailed study of the basis, principles, and implementation of expository preaching. The course is designed to help the student increase his commitment and comfort with the process of preaching through books of the Bible. The class will focus on sermon exegesis, exposition, and delivery with an emphasis on sermon preparation.