Course Descriptions

EXEGETICAL THEOLOGY

Biblical Introduction:

BI11

Old Testament Introduction I
2 hrs

Covers issues related to the canon and text of the Old Testament. Deals with genre, background, authorship, date, recipients, and contents of Old Testament books. Introduces the student to critical views.

BI12

Old Testament Introduction II
2 hrs

Continues to cover issues related to the canon and text of the Old Testament. Deals with genre, background, authorship, date, recipients, and contents of Old Testament books. Introduces the student to critical views.

BI13

New Testament Introduction
3 hrs

Covers issues related to the canon and text of the New Testament. Deals with genre, background, authorship, date, recipients, and contents of New Testament books. Introduces the student to critical views and Synoptic issues.

BI14

Biblical Hermeneutics
3 hrs

Covers principles of Reformed hermeneutics, history of hermeneutics, sources of hermeneutical principles, canonical structure and hermeneutics, biblical genres and hermeneutics, the Bible’s interpretation of the Bible, biblical theology and hermeneutics, typology, and contemporary issues.

Old Testament:

OT11

Elementary Hebrew I
3 hrs

Introduces students to the grammar of biblical Hebrew. Emphasizes acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical features.

OT12

Elementary Hebrew II
3 hrs

Continuation of OT 11. Selected translation of Hebrew passages.

OT21

Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis
3 hrs

In depth study of Hebrew syntax and exegetical methodology.

New Testament:

NT11

Elementary Greek I
3 hrs

Introduces students to the grammar of biblical Greek. Emphasizes acquisition of vocabulary and the Greek noun system.

NT31

Life and Theology of Paul
2 hr

This course covers the life, ministry, and theology of the Apostle Paul. It also analyzes the current state of Pauline studies and discusses such issues as Paul and the Old Testament and Paul and the Law.

NT12

Elementary Greek II
3 hrs

Continuation of NT 11. Emphasizes vocabulary, Greek verbal system, and translation.

NT21

Intermediate Greek: Syntax and Exegetical Methodology
3 hrs

Advanced study of Greek syntax with application to the translation and analysis of the Greek New Testament and other early Christian literature.

NT22

New Testament Exegesis
2 hrs

This course applies the exegetical methodology of NT 21 to Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. Includes the use of commentaries on the Greek text and other exegetical tools. The goal is to train the student to be able to do Greek exegesis from the Greek New Testament and the utilization of secondary sources.

Biblical Theology:

BT11

Biblical Theology I
3 hrs

Introduces the discipline of Biblical Theology. Covers its place and function in the encyclopedia of theology, a brief history, a working definition, various models and practitioners, and hermeneutics and Biblical Theology.

BT12

Biblical Theology II
3 hrs

Reviews and continues the study of the discipline of Biblical Theology. Focuses on the progressive, organic, Christo-telic unfolding of Special Revelation in light of the entire canon of Scripture. Concludes with examples of biblical-theological exegesis with the goal of preaching.

HISTORICAL THEOLOGY

HT11

Historical Theology I, Early Church
3 hrs

Considers Christian doctrine as expressed in the history of Christianity.  This course provides a prolegomena to the study of historical theology, an overview of the expansion of Christianity in the early church period, a discussion of the doctrinal significance of the Apostolic Fathers, and a consideration of the two great developments in the history of doctrine in the early church period: the recognition of the canon and Trinitarianism.

HT15

Historical Theology Overview
3 hrs

This course in History of Theology gives an introduction to and survey of the major questions and resultant ideas in the history of the development of Christian doctrine from the immediate post-Apostolic writers to the present.

HT12

Historical Theology II, Medieval/Reformation Church
3 hrs

Considers Christian doctrine as expressed in the history of Christianity. This course considers the life of Augustine and the major developments in the area of the application of salvation flowing from the epochal of that church father through the Medieval and Reformation periods beginning in the 5th century and continuing into the 17th century.

HT41

The Puritans in Context
2 hrs

Survey of the English Puritans in historical and theological context.

HT13

Historical Theology III, Modern Church
3 hrs

This course considers the history of the modern church and the major developments in the church during the Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment.  Includes developments in the areas of the doctrine of the church, the relation of church and state, eschatology, the modern missionary movement, and the charismatic movement as well as the origins and rise of Reformed Baptists in the 20th century.  Covers the period from the mid-17th century and the rise of the enlightenment to the present.

HT14

Historical Theology IV, The Baptists
3 hrs

Covers Baptist history from the seventeenth century to the present.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

ST14

Symbolics
3 hrs

A survey of the historical background, original sources, doctrinal content, and biblical basis of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.

ST15

Systematic Theology: A Biblical and Confessional Overview
3 hrs

This course is intended to provide an overview of all the major loci of Systematic Theology emphasizing confessional definitions and scriptural support for major Christian doctrines.

ST21

Introduction to Systematic Theology and Apologetics
2 hrs

Surveys the issue of theological method, provides an introduction to and defense of systematic theology, and furnishes a historical survey, exegetical approach, and systematic development of Christian apologetics.

ST22

Doctrine of the Word
2 hrs

Includes an overview of the entire doctrine of revelation beginning with revelation in general, proceeding to redemptive revelation, concluding with a treatment of the doctrine of Scripture which examines both its major attributes and the issue of the canon.

ST23

Doctrine of God
3 hrs

This course focuses on the being, attributes, Trinity, and decree of God.

ST24

Doctrine of Man & Ethics
3 hrs

This course covers the origin, identity, constitution, and free agency of man; man’s original relationship with God and integrity before God; the creation ordinances; the Fall; actual, original, and imputed sin; the consequences of sin; common grace, and ethics in light of man’s creation.

ST25

Doctrine of Christ & Salvation

A treatment of both the person and work of Christ.  The treatment of the person of Christ includes study of the deity, humanity, personality, and sinlessness of our Lord.  The treatment of the work of Christ includes study of the necessity, nature, and extent of His atonement.  This course also includes a study of the backdrop and overview of the ordo salutis.

ST22

Doctrine of the Word
2 hrs

Includes an overview of the entire doctrine of revelation beginning with revelation in general, proceeding to redemptive revelation, concluding with a treatment of the doctrine of Scripture which examines both its major attributes and the issue of the canon.

ST26

Doctrine of the Church
3 hrs

Provides a comprehensive overview of the doctrine of the church. Includes discussion of its nature and identity, its origin and institution, its authority and government, its corporate worship, mission, tasks, and ordinances, its relationship to other divine institutions (the family and the state), and its ultimate goal and destiny.

ST27

Doctrine of Last Things
2 hrs

Begins with a survey of eschatological thought in the history of the Church. The major structural considerations for an understanding of redemptive history (including the already/not yet, the kingdom of God, and the millennium) are considered. Finally, special questions are treated, including the gospel age, the imminence of Christ’s second coming, the resurrection, and the eternal state.

ST41

Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology
2 hrs

Covenant Theology from a Reformed Baptist perspective.

ST43

Polemics
2 hrs

Interacts with current issues such as Islam, Mormonism, the new Atheism, and Roman Catholicism.

ST44

Doctrine of Last Things II
3 hrs

Continued study of Eschatology.

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

PT11

Introduction to Pastoral Theology I
2 hrs

Focuses on the man whom God calls to the work of pastoral ministry in a local church. The nature of that call and of the qualifications for the office of pastor/elder/bishop are examined. The relationship of pastoral theology to the other theological disciplines with emphasis on the Christological center of pastoral ministry is explored.

PT12

Introduction to Pastoral Theology II
2 hrs

Focuses upon the work of pastoral ministry, including preaching, teaching, prayer, evangelism, counseling, leadership and administration. The theological foundation for these responsibilities is explored with emphasis on the gospel-centeredness of each.

PT13

Preaching I
2 hrs

This course is an introduction to biblical preaching. The importance of preaching in pastoral ministry, its biblical basis, and the principles involved in the preparation and delivery of sermons will be investigated.

PT14

Preaching II
2 hrs

Continuation of PT13 with practicum.

PT15

History of Preaching and Preachers
2 hrs

Survey of the life and ministries of some of the most well-known preachers in the history of the church.

PT16

Pastoral Counseling
2 hrs

Gospel-centered approach to the vital subject of pastoral counseling.

PT17

Biblical Spirituality
2 hrs

Study of the personal, spiritual disciplines of the Christian life and their place in the pastor’s life and ministry.

PT18

Law & Gospel in Pastoral Ministry
2 hrs

All men are either under the covenant of law or the covenant of grace. For this reason, pastoral work must understand the implications of each covenant for all men. The purpose of this course is to explore the law/gospel covenants and dynamics for effective pastoral care, preaching, counseling, etc.

PT21

Introduction to Evangelism & Missions
3 hrs

Study of the history, theology, and practice of evangelism, church planting and missions.

PT22

Pastoral Mentoring: First Year
2 hrs

To further equip students for pastoral ministry, he will complete a minimum of 100 hours of pastoral mentoring and practical experience, overseen by one or more of the student’s pastors and reported to the administration of CBTS.  This character-molding, hands-on aspect of training is structured around the biblical qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 and includes a quarterly assessment of the student regarding his progress in godliness and service.

PT23

Pastoral Mentoring: Second Year
2 hrs

A continuation of PT 22, where the student will complete a minimum of 100 hours of pastoral mentoring and practical experience, overseen by one or more of the student’s pastors and reported to the administration of CBTS.