Department of Apologetics (APOL)
Inspiration & Preservation (5 credits): A comprehensive study that explains where the Bible came from, how it was written, and how it has been preserved and passed down to us today.
New Age and the Bible (2 credits): Is the new age movement effecting how people interpret Bible truth? How should a Christian respond to this problem?
Manuscript Evidence (1 credit): An overview of manuscripts, text-types, textual criticism, translation methods, and Bible versions.
Creation Science (1 credit): Creation Science Seminar (15 hours of video) and seminar workbook.
Cults and False Religions (4 credits): How to protect the congregation from false teachers and false gospels.
Department of Bible (BIBL)
Hermeneutics (2 credits): Teaches systematic methods for effective Bible study.
Survey of the Bible (6 credits): A book-by-book study that will provide the student with a working knowledge of the entire Bible.
Bible Customs and Practices (3 credits): Understanding of Bible passages is enhanced by learning the various customs and lifestyles of the people and places where the Bible stories transpired.
Bible Geography (3 credits): Provides the student with an understanding of the geography of the world during Bible times.
The Book of Genesis (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the first book of the Bible.
The Book of Exodus (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the second book of the Bible.
The Book of Leviticus (2 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the third book of the Bible.
The Book of Numbers (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the fourth book of the Bible.
The Book of Deuteronomy (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the fifth book of the Bible.
The Book of Joshua (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the sixth book of the Bible.
The Book of Judges (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of the seventh book of the Bible
The Book of Ruth (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of the eight book of the Bible.
I & II Samuel (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the first two historical books in the Old Testament.
I & II Kings (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of these two historical books.
I & II Chronicles (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the final two historical books.
The Book of Ezra (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of the life and ministry of Ezra.
The Book of Nehemiah (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of the life and ministry of Nehemiah.
The Book of Esther (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of Esther.
The Book of Job (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the book of Job.
The Book of Psalms (4 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the Psalms.
Wisdom from Proverbs (4 credits): Practical instructions on holy living and Christian maturity.
The Book of Ecclesiastes (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of the book of Ecclesiastes.
The Song of Solomon (1 credit): A verse-by-verse, passage-by-passage study of one of the richest yet most often neglected books in the Bible.
The Book of Daniel (2 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the book of Daniel
The Book of Zechariah (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of the book of Zechariah
The Gospel of Matthew (12 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Matthew. Special emphasis is placed upon Jesus being the King of the Jews. This detailed course contains 200 hours of recorded lectures and requires extensive reading.
The Gospel of Mark (5 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Mark.
The Gospel of Luke (16 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Luke. Special emphasis is placed upon Jesus being the Son of Man. This detailed course contains 260 hours of recorded lectures and requires extensive reading.
The Gospel of John (5 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of John. Special emphasis is placed upon the deity of Christ.
The Acts of the Apostles (5 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the Book of Acts. Special emphasis is placed upon the work of the Holy Ghost and the early church.
The Epistle to the Romans (7 credits): A verse-by-verse study of Romans. Special emphasis is placed upon justification by faith.
The First Epistle to the Corinthians (5 credits): A verse-by-verse study of I Corinthians. Special emphasis is placed upon church conduct.
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (5 credits): A verse-by-verse study of II Corinthians.
The Epistle to the Galatians (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of Galatians.
The Epistle to the Ephesians (4 credits): A verse-by-verse study of Ephesians.
The Epistle to the Philippians (3 credits): A verse-by-verse study of Philippians.
The Epistle to the Colossians (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of Colossians.
The First Epistle to the Thessalonians (2 credits): A verse-by verse study of I Thessalonians.
The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians (1 credit): A verse-by-verse study of II Thessalonians.
I & II Timothy (4 credits): A verse-by-verse study of Paul's epistles to Timothy.
Titus & Philemon (2 credits): Verse-by-verse and topical study of these 2 books of the Bible.
The Epistle to the Hebrews (4 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the book of Hebrews.
The Book of James (2 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the book of James.
I & II Peter (4 credits): A Verse by verse study of the Books of I & II Peter.
I, II, & III John (4 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the 3 epistles of John.
The Book of Jude (1 credit): A verse-by-verse and topical study of Jude.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ (5 credits): A verse-by-verse study of the last book of the Bible.
Department of Biblical Counseling (BICO)
Does the Church Need Psychology? (3 credits): Emphasizes the sufficiency of the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and prayer for dealing with the needs of people.
Marriage Counseling (4 credits): Pre-marital advice, problems that occur during a marriage, divorce, re-marriage, and ministering to divorced church members and preachers are issues that are covered from the biblical perspective.
Dealing With Divorce (1 credit): A study of the causes and effects of divorce. How to counsel in order to prevent divorce and how to counsel those who have already been divorced.
Pastoral Counseling (3 credits): Discovers various approaches to establishing relationships with church members. Special emphasis is placed upon how to handle different types of church members.
Parenting Infants (1 credit): Enables the counselor to help new parents prepare for the arrival of their first baby and to deal with the adjustments of transitioning into parental life.
Child Development (2 credits): Teaches the biblical approach to child training.
Adolescent Development (2 credits): Bible principles that will equip parents and youth workers to better prepare their teenagers for Christian service.
Answering Questions from the Bible (3 credits): Teaches the counselor to apply biblical answers to the questions and problems they will encounter as they minister to others.
How To Lead Others To Christ (2 credits): A condensed version of the Personal Evangelism course that is only offered to students in the Diploma of Biblical Counseling program. All other students must take the regular Personal Evangelism course.
Counseling Internship (6 credits): The student spends six months as an intern in a biblical counseling environment approved by SB&TS. This allows the student to receive credit toward their degree while receiving hands-on experience in a structured environment.
Department of Biblical Languages (BILG)
Basic Greek (2 credits): There is a $150 course fee for this course.
Advanced Greek (2 credits): There is a $150 course fee for this course.
Department of Christian Womanhood (CHWO)
The Christian Wife (3 credits): This course will help you become the kind of wife (helpmate) that God desires you to be. Special emphasis is placed upon the role of the preacher's wife.
Practical Helps For Christian Ladies (3 credits): Mature Christian ladies teach Biblical principles for godly living.
Biographies of Christian Ladies (3 credits): You will be encouraged to greater love for Christ and to new levels of Christian service as you study the lives of ladies who God has used in the past.
Biblical Truths For Ladies (1 credit): A course designed to teach the role, blessings, and joys of a Christian woman.
Great Women of the Bible (1 credit): A study of the lives of Biblical characters.
Women’s Studies (4 credits): Reading assignments to help the Christian woman grow in her walk with the Lord.
Biblical Modesty (1 credit): The Bible teaches that women are to be modest. This course will enable the Christian woman to understand modesty from a biblical perspective.
Department of Ministry (MINI)
Missionary Leadership (2 credits): Practical instruction from seasoned missionaries on how to motivate and lead a congregation when serving in an alien culture.
Missionary Preparation (1 credit): Has God called you to be a missionary? The Missionary calling is examined in this course.
Missionary Preparation II (4 credits): Veteran missionaries provide practical teaching to help the missionary candidate prepare for life and service on a foreign missionary field.
Jewish Awareness & Evangelism (1 credit): Teaches the student to use the Old Testament scriptures to share the Christian faith with Jewish people in a tactful and respectful manner.
Discipleship Training (2 credits): A practical course in how to disciple into maturity new converts and new church members.
Introduction to Missions (2 credits): An overview of the various types of home and foreign missionary works.
Missionary Methods (5 credits): The same as the course The Life of the Apostle Paul with a special emphasis placed upon the various strategies that Paul, the greatest missionary of all-time, used during his missionary journeys.
Missionary Biographies (3 credits): A study of the lives of great men who God used in successful missionary endeavors of the past.
Biographies of Great Preachers (3 credits): A study of the lives of many preachers who were used of God in the previous generations.
Mentoring As Discipleship (3 credits): Learn the mechanics of mentoring and their potential in raising up leadership within the local church.
What Is A Pastor (3 credits): Defines the responsibilities of pastoral ministry.
Practical Wisdom for Ministers (4 credits): Taught by Baptist preachers with years of experience - this course surveys typical problems encountered in the ministry and offers solutions.
Legal Issues/New Testament Churches (1 credit): Taught by pastor and veteran attorney Al Cunningham, president of the Biblical Law Center.
Church Leadership (2 credits): Dr. Roberson always says, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." In 20 video lessons Dr. Roberson teaches you how to be the leader that God has called you to be.
Servant Leadership (1 credit): Jesus said that he who would be greatest among us should be the servant of all.
Church Education (4 credits): A course of how-to's. How to conduct: business meetings, elect deacons, perform funerals, perform weddings, administer the Lord's Supper, baptize converts, organize a building program, etc. All aspects of church work are covered in this practical how-to course.
The Sunday School (3 credits): Hands on instruction in how to start, build, maintain, and grow a Sunday School.
Personal Evangelism (5 credits): Step-by-step instructions that will teach you how to share your faith and lead others to give their lives to Christ.
Homiletics (4 credits): Learn how to develop and deliver topical, textual, and expository sermons. At the courses end the student will be evaluated on three full-length sermons.
Homiletics II (4 credits): Continued study in the development and delivery of sermons.
Life and Work of David Brainerd (3 credits): A detailed study of missions centered around the life and writings of a great missionary.
Understanding Church Splits (1 credit): Topics include: How to Detect an Upcoming Split, How to Avoid a Split, When to Encourage a Split, How to Survive a Split, and How to Heal a Fractured Church. All instruction is given by preachers who have experienced church splits. Hundreds of pastors/churches world-wide have benefited from this excellent material.
Life and Work of David Brainerd (3 credits): A detailed study of missions centered around the life and writings of a great missionary.
The Bus Ministry (2 credits): Methods for reaching children and families through the use of buses and vans.
Youth Ministry (1 credit): A practical how-to course for those who desire to minister to youth through the local church.
The Life of the Apostle Paul (5 credits): A verse by verse study of the Book of Acts reveals the life and lifestyle of the Apostle Paul. This course contains nearly 75 hours of tape-recorded lessons.
Sign Language (1 credit): Learn to minister to the deaf by communicating with them in their own language. This video course is taught by veteran sign-language teacher Dr. Cathy Rice.
Church Growth (1 credit): This is NOT a course in how-to's. This is an examination of biblical principles for church growth. These are the principles by which you can measure whether or not the "how-to's" you are hearing in the seminars and reading in the books are worthy of consideration.
Ministry Internship (6 credits): The student spends six months as an intern serving under the pastor of a local church. This allows the student to receive credit toward their degree while receiving hands-on experience in a structured work environment.
Department of Religious Education (REED)
Biographies of Christian Educators (3 credits): A study of the lives of great educators from past generations.
Religious Education Credit: This credit is earned by developing courses that will be added to the SB&TS curriculum. If the course is approved, SB&TS will award the student the same number of credits as the courses catalog offering. If the student develops a course that we offer for two credits we will award the courses developer two credits toward their degree.
Biographies of Christian Educators (3 credits): A study of the lives of great educators from past generations.
Developing Children’s Curriculum (1 credit): How to course on the development of various children’s curriculum for the local church’s educational ministries.
Philosophy of Education (4 credits): Compares various “educational philosophies” (both secular and religious) with each other and with the Bible.
How To Tutor (1 credit): Explains basic strategies that can be used by parents, siblings, and teachers to successfully tutor children in the foundational subjects of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.
Our Children’s Future (1 credit): A crash course explaining many of the challenges and dangers our children will face as they grow up in a morally bankrupt society.
The Sunday School (3 credits): Hands on instruction in how to start, build, maintain, and grow a Sunday School.
The Art of Teaching (1 credit): These lectures will help you develop and enhance your teaching style; provide you with invaluable methods, tools, and advice for handling all manner of teaching scenarios.
Public Speaking (1 credit): Public speaking is a discipline that is totally and entirely different from preaching. We have other courses to help prepare the preacher. This is simply a basic course to help non-preachers stand before a group of people and speak to them.
Education Internship (6 credits): The student spends six months as an intern serving under the administrator of a Christian educational institution. This allows the student to receive credit toward their degree while receiving hands-on experience in a structured work environment.
Department of Sacred History (SAHI)
Judeo-Christian History (6 credits): A comprehensive study of the writings of Josephus and Philo.
History of Western Civilization (12 credits): Starting with its oriental heritage, the progression of western civilization is studied through the time of Napoleon. Special emphasis is placed upon the effects that the time of Christ and the reformation had on the development of our society.
Alternative History (2 credits): A study of history from the “conspiratorial” viewpoint. Special emphasis is given to methods that “conspiracy theory” teachers have used to incorporate Bible prophecy into their teachings.
History of Baptists (3 credits): This course defines what a Baptist is and how the Baptist churches have been perpetuated throughout the ages.
Church History (3 credits): A study of the life of the early church, the rise of Catholicism, and the establishment of the Protestant denominations.
The Albigenses and Piedmont Brethren (5 credits): Focuses on these two ancient sects, there holiness, witness, persecution, and peculiarities. Based on the writings of Samuel Morlans and Peter Allix.
Ancient Jewish History (6 credits): Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus. The student will read all twenty books in this series by Josephus chronicling the history of the Jews from ancient times to the Roman occupation.
Roman Jewish History (4 credits): War of the Jews by Flavius Josephus. The student will read all seven books of Josephus on this period of Jewish history with log and write a synopsis of how each one sheds light on the New Testament era.
America’s Spiritual History (2 credits): The Christian heritage of America from the Mayflower Compact to the present day.
Biographies of Great Preachers (3 credits): Study the lives and ministries of 120 men who have been greatly used of God down through the centuries.
The Life of Charles Spurgeon (4 credits): A detailed study of the life and ministry of the “Prince of Preachers.”
The Life of Dwight Moody (2 credits): A detailed study of the life and ministry of the man who many consider to have been the greatest American preacher of the 19th Century.
The Lives of Great Christians (1 credit): A chronological survey ranging across 21 centuries, five continents, and several denominations. This is a study of real people with real difficulties and imperfections who have achieved spiritual distinction. The story of their lives is examined against a backdrop of Church history, culture, and politics.
History of the United States I (4 credits): A study of the United States from the colonial period through the 1870's.
History of the United States II (4 credits): A study of the United States from the Spanish-American War forward.
The War Between the States (3 credits): A comprehensive overview of the period of American history commonly known as The Civil War and Reconstruction.
The Christian General (4 credits): A Comprehensive study of the life and command of General Robert E. Lee.
War Between the States Biographies (2 credits): An overview of the lives and religious experiences of 425 General Officers who led armies during the War Between the States.
The Christian History of the South (4 credits): A study of the history and effects of Christianity on the Southern section of States commonly referred to as The Bible Belt.
The Life of Winston Churchill (1 credit): Churchill was the Prime Minister of England during the Second World War. His life is worthy of study because he is proof that a single individual can change the course of history for the better despite public and private trials too numerous to name.
World War I (2 credits): From August 1914 to November 1918, an unprecedented catastrophe gripped the world. 9 million soldiers died, 20 million were wounded, 7 million of them permanently disabled. Additionally, 6 million civilians died and countless survivors suffered from psychological trauma for decades after. The world itself would never be the same. Governments having been given broad new powers that have persisted ever since, even in peacetime. The war resulted in drastic changes in the status of the state, society, and the individual. Important figures in that conflict were molded by their experiences in the Great War, including Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, and Harry Truman.
World War II (2 credits): 55 million people died in the Second World War. the greatest conflict in human history. The origins and expansion of the war in Europe and the Pacific are examined. Military and political strategies and failures are analyzed. Social and economic effects of the war are assessed.
Ancient Mythology (1 credit): From Athena to Zeus, the characters and stories of classical mythology have inspired and shaped everything from great art and literature, to the themes of popular films and TV shows.
The Greek and Persian Wars (1 credit): Spanning more than two centuries, these historic conflicts forged a new world, sparking developments in battle strategy, naval technology, world exploration, and art and culture that affect the world even today.
The History of Greece and Rome (2 credits): The relationship between the Greeks and the Romans has virtually no parallel in world history. A cultural, religious, social, and political history of these two foundational civilizations.
Emperors of the Roman Empire (2 credits): They are said to be the most powerful rulers who ever lived. For more than five centuries they presided over a multi-ethnic empire that was nearly always at war, either with their neighbors, or with with rebellious factions within the empire itself. The lack of clear rules of succession meant that most of them died violently. The emperors of Rome governed a realm that straddled three continents and covered more than 32 modern nation-states, with a population numbering about 60 million. Their impact upon the history of the world is incalculable.
Events that Changed History (2 credits): A detailed examination of 30 landmark events that forever changed the world.
The History of Baseball (1 credit): OK, Dr. DeVries LOVES baseball. Its been celebrated as "America's National Pastime" for more than 150 years. This course presents the unbroken succession of baseball heroes: Honus Wagner to Ty Cobb to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, to Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, to Henry Aaron, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays, to Mike Schmidt, and Cal Ripken, and Tony Gwynn, to the stars of the present. Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal, or the ever classic Tinker to Evers to Chance; each generation has its heroes and cherishes the memory of those gone before. The great evangelist Billy Sunday played professionally for the Chicago Cubs at the time of his conversion.
Department of Sacred Literature (SALI)
History of World Literature (3 credits): An examination of literature moving through time and around the world,
begining in Ancient Greece and ending in Stalinist Russia.
Lessons from Literature (2 credits): For every important moment and stage in your life, there is a Great Book that can offer you invaluable lessons and place your unique experiences in a larger perspective.
Lessons from the Great Myths (2 credits): Hector and Achilles clash on the battlefields of Troy. Arthur discovers a magical sword and becomes a powerful British king. Jesse James pulls off daring crimes across the American frontier. Myths and stories such as these have captivated billions. But these and other moments are more than just mere entertainment. Great myths and grand tales teach people about the hopes and values of their cultures, and they impart invaluable life lessons that can teach, guide, and inspire. The ways in which the human imagination can transform historical events, people, and themes into powerful myths that endure through the ages is nothing short of awe-inspiring. This course is an examination of the world's greatest myths and tales; and the larger-than-life characters who figure in them.
Books that Made History (2 credits): A study of 30 masterpieces of literature.
First Century Literature (6 credits): Study of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, and Papias.
Second Century Literature (6 credits): Study of the Fathers of the Second Century including Hermas, Tatian, Theophilus, Athenagoras, and Clement of Alexandria.
Latin Antiquities (6 credits): Study of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, Latin Christianity and its Founder Tertullian. I.Apologetic, II. Anti-Marcion, III. Ethical.
Greek New Testament as Literature (6 Credits): Student must read the entire New Testament in the Received Text with reading log.
King James New Testament as Literature (6 Credits): Student must read the entire New Testament with log and write a fifteen thousand word paper arguing the accuracy of the King James translation in relation to its source text, the Textus Receptus.
Third Century Literature I (6 Credits): Examines the writings of Tertullian, Minucius Felix, Commodianus, and Origen.
Third Century Literature II (6 Credits): Examines the writings of Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, and Novatian.
Third Century Literature III (6 Credits): Examines the writings of Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, and Julius Africanus.
Fourth Century Literature (6 Credits): Examines the writings of Lactantius, Dionysius of Rome, Teachings of the Apostles, and the Early Liturgies.
Fourth Century Apocrypha (6 Credits): An academic study of the Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Apocrypha of the New Testament, etc.
The Septuagent (8 Credits): Student must read the text of this translation with log and write a five thousand word paper on the role of the Septuagent in Jewish, Christian, and Western history.
Writings of Jonathan Edwards (3 credits): All of the published writings of the Great Awakening preacher are read and summarized.
Writings of Charles G. Finney (3 credits): All of the published writings of the great revivalist are read and summarized.
Writings of William Law (3 credits): All of the published writings of the missionary are read and summarized.
Writings of John Bunyan (3 credits): John Bunyan’s literary accomplishments are not limited to Pilgrim’s Progress. All of the published writings of the great preacher and sufferer for Christ are read and summarized.
General Reading Credit: Students receive credit for reading and summarizing books from an approved list of “classics.”
Department of Sacred Music (SAMU)
Hymnology (2 credits): A comprehensive study of the great hymns of the faith with special emphasis placed on the history of each hymn and the message it proclaims.
Basic Vocal Instruction (1 credit): Attend an old-fashioned gospel "singing school" by way of video. Without any prior knowledge of music you will be able to sight-read music, recognize and sing shape notes, know how to determine sing your part, harmonize, develop timing, etc.
Music Analysis (1 credit): Various types of music are analyzed and compared in this study of the three basic elements of music: melody, harmony, and rhythm.
Playing Hymns by Ear (1 credit): This course teaches basic drills that will enable the serious student to listen to any piece of music and play it successfully.
Fundamentals of Music (1 credit): This course begins by discussing the fundamental nature of the five basic classifications of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and keyboard instruments. The course will also examine different techniques for producing a variety of sounds on stringed instruments.
How to Listen to and Understand Music (3 credits): There can be no understanding of music without a basic knowledge of the time and circumstances within which it was written. This course places several great pieces of music into their historical and cultural contexts. This is a music appreciation course and does not require an advanced knowledge or skill in music.
Understanding Operas (2 credits): To understand an Opera one must have a basic understanding of time and circumstances within which it was written and also a basic understanding of the story that the opera is attempting to tell. This is a music and arts appreciation course and does not require an advanced knowledge or skill in music.
The Operas of Mozart (2 credits): Mozart had written defining compositions in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and, yes, opera. Mozart loved opera and counted upon it for personal, professional, artistic, and financial reasons. This course is a detailed study in the operas written by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Chamber Music of Mozart (1 credit): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created more masterpieces in virtually every musical genre of his day than any other composer before or since? Nowhere is Mozart's maturity and mastery more apparent than in the chamber music he wrote during the last 10 years of his life.
Study of the Concerto (2 credits): A guided tour of the concerto from the Renaissance through the Classical age, and into the Modern era. These lectures are musically rich, including selections from nearly 100 concerti representing more than 60 composers - from Gabrieli to Gershwin, from Schumann to Shostakovich.
The Symphonies of Beethoven (2 credits): Examines the question: Why is Beethoven one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music?
The Life and Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (2 credits): An overview of Bach's life and the stylistic trends present in the music of the High Baroque. You will also learn how Bach's family and his strong German Lutheran heritage shaped his development as a musician.
The Great Masters of Classical Music (5 credits): A study in the lives and musical stylings of the "great masters" of Classical Music: Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Mozart, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and others.
The Great Classical Concerts (2 credits): Excerpts from numerous classical concerts are analyzed.
Musical Ministry Internship (6 credits): The student spends six months as an intern serving under the pastor or music minister of a local church. This allows the student to receive credit toward their degree while receiving hands-on experience in a structured work environment.
Voice/Instrumental Lessons: SB&TS will award one credit for every sixteen hours of local instruction that the student receives from an approved voice or instrument teacher.
Department of Theology (THEO)
Introduction to Christianity (1 credit): The basic beliefs and theology of Christianity explained in such a way that even a non-Christian can begin to understand them.
Foundations of the Faith (2 credits): A continuation of the course Introduction to Christianity. Each of the basic beliefs of Christianity are examined on a little deeper level than they were in the previous course.
Bible Doctrines (3 credits): Teaches the fundamental doctrines of the Bible.
The Biblical Doctrine of Justice (3 credits): The late Dr. Jack Hyles, Pastor of the World’s Largest Baptist Church, said that this is “the most profound course that has been taught in a college – any college.”
The Biblical Doctrine of Jurisdiction (1 credits): God is the “lawgiver,” He ordained government, and He set the bounds of its jurisdiction. A Biblical Study on the role and limitations of government.
The Biblical Doctrine of Justification (1 credit): A study in how sinful man is made righteous in the sight of a holy God.
Christology I (4 credits): A study of Christ that places special emphasis on who Jesus was and why he came to earth.
Christology II (4 credits): A study of Christ that places special emphasis on the miracles and teachings of Jesus.
Demonology (1 credit): A theological study of Satan,. Demons, demon possession, and related subjects.
Numerology (1 credit): Study of the use, meaning, and typology of numbers in scripture.
Calvinism (3 credits): Based on Calvin’s Institutes, this course familiarizes the student with the doctrinal system popularized by John Calvin.
The Doctrines of Grace (1 credit): This course is a continuation of the course on Calvinism. It specifically examines the 5 points of the "t-u-l-i-p."
Arminianism (3 credits): The theological system commonly referred to as Arminianism is studied along with the published writings of Jacobus Arminius.
Soteriology (2 credits): A detailed study of the doctrine of salvation.
Practice of the Early Church (4 credits): Compares the practices of the Apostles with the way in which we conduct our church services today.
Prayer (4 credits): Teaches the doctrine and mechanics of prayer with a hope that the student will develop a more intimate prayer life.
Pneumatology (3 credits): A complete study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
Ecclesiology I (3 credits): An introductory course on the doctrine of the church. Special emphasis is placed on the purpose and importance of the local church.
Ecclesiology II (3 credits): Study topics include Christ’s headship over His church, the church as the “body of Christ,” the authority that the church exercises as Christ’s body, church/state issues, how the church relates to the world around it, etc.
Eschatology (3 credits): A study of Bible prophecy and end-time events as foretold in the Bible.
Jewish Feasts and Holidays (1 credit): A comprehensive overview of Old Testament feasts and other Jewish holidays.
Life of Christ (2 credits): A biographical survey of the life of Jesus Christ.
The Beattitudes (1 credit): A theological examination of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount."
The Old Testament Tabernacle (1 credit): A detailed study of the architecture and ministry of the Tabernacle.
What is the Gospel? (1 credit): This important question is answered with scripture.
The Full-Armour of God (1 credit): A theological examination of Ephesians 6
The Doctrine of Heaven (1 credit): What will Heaven be like? This course is a complete study of Heaven.
Worship (2 credits): Most popular teaching on "worship" emphasize what to do, what to sing, what kind of music, etc. This course examines worship from the doctrinal perspective.
The Theology of Money (2 credits): Yes, money is a doctrinal / theological issue. The Bible has a LOT to say about money in both the Old and the New Testaments.
The New Covenant (1 credit): A course that explains how the Bible fits together. It reveals how the old relates to the new. It touches on such subjects as the covenants, Israel, land, law, and the people of God.
The Crucifixion, The Resurrection, and the Lord's Supper (2 credits): A doctrinal study of the Lord's death, his resurrection, and our regular celebration of these events.
Charismatic Theology (3 credits): The Charismatic movement is one of the most popular and growing forces within Christianity today. The major doctrinal distinctives of the Charismatic movement: the baptism in the Holy Spirit, tongues-speaking, prophecy, the gift of healing and the emphasis on having a personal experience; are different than what orthodox Christians have taught for 19 centuries. We are not saying that Charismatics are not Christians. And we are not examining their distinctives because we dislike Charismatics personally. We are doing so because God commands us in I Thes. 5:21 to test all things and hold fast to what is good. In examining any issue, the most important question is, “What saith the scripture?” (Gal. 4:30).
Comparative Religion (5 credits): Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Eastern Mysticism, Sikhism, and other world religions are compared to one another. The student will gain from this course an understanding of the major theological tenants of the world's prominent religions and how they have effected the history and cultures in the places where they are most prominent.
Buddhism (3 credits): A study of the theology and philosophy of the Buddhist religion.
Existentialism (2 credits): A study of the theology and philosophy of Existentialism.
Jewish Mysticism (1 credit): A study of the theology and philosophy of the Jewish mystics.
Health and Nutrition (2 credits): Learn the fundamentals of good nutrition and get a practical and personal guide to applying these fundamentals to your unique lifestyle. Designed to appeal to anyone at any age, this course is an invaluable source of medically backed, statistically proven information about the guidelines for healthy eating and living.
Finance and Accounting (1 credit): An overview in how to establish a budget and maintain financial records. These lessons can apply to both your ministry finances and to your personal finances.
Doing Math in Your Head (1 credit): Are you always having to pick up a calculator? Learn to perform basic calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division quickly and without the aid of paper or calculator.
Other Types of Credit
Credit by Thesis: A student may earn three credits toward their degree for every 10,000 words (undergraduate), 12,500 words (Master's level), or 15,000 words (Doctoral level) written as the result of independent research on approved topics.
Life Experience Credit: A student may receive as many as 50 undergraduate credits or 10 Master's level credits as the result of knowledge that they have gained through life, work, and ministry experience. If you would like for SB&TS to determine if you are eligible for this type of credit, please submit a resume of teaching and ministry experience to the school for evaluation. We will also consider awarding credit to the student for books that the student has written, research the student has conducted, etc.
Seminar Attendance: Credit will be awarded for instruction the student receives as the result of attending approved seminars. To determine if you are eligible for this credit submit a list of all seminars that you have completed (or that you plan to attend) and we will inform you as to how many credits (if any) you will receive. Include in this listing the number of hours of instruction you received at each seminar and the # pages of reading that accompanied the seminar instruction. We will need proof of your having attended the seminar.
Apprenticeship Programs: Many home school organizations offer college level apprenticeship programs. Your participation in one of these programs may qualify you for advanced standing in an undergraduate program. Please contact the school for details.