Biblical Counseling

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of biblical counseling in the context of healthy, discipling relationships. This course illuminates the power of the Bible to help people grow, mature, and change. It focuses on how we may help people, by applying Scriptural principles to overcome obstacles and barriers to their ongoing maturity in Christ. 

Teachers: Dr. Dave Hooper and Jeff Henderson 

Class Dates: May 17-18, 2019 

Class Schedule: Friday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM 

Class Location: Austin Christian Church 15501 N. F.M. 620 Austin, TX 78717

Syllabus 

Church History

Course Description:

This course is designed to explore Church History and its influence on both contemporary church developments as well as our own church tradition.

This course has the following objectives for students:

  1. To gain an understanding of the basic trajectories and issues of Church History.
  2. To develop the ability to think critically about current church practices against the backdrop of Church History.
  3. To demonstrate this evaluation and communicate fluently in a final paper.

Required Readings:

Shelley, Bruce L., Church History in Plain Language (Chapters 1-16 & 24-35)

Allen, C. Leonard & Hughes, Richard T., Discovering Our Roots: The Ancestry of Churches of Christ

 

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Biblical Interpretation Application

This class will continue the study of biblical hermeneutics by applying the principles of hermeneutics to the Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus) with a particular focus on the book of Titus. The aim of this course will be to demonstrate how to apply the principles learned in Biblical Interpretation by an interactive exegetical study of the Pastoral Epistles focused primarily on the book of Titus. This study will seek to demonstrate how to draw out the original meaning of the text by due regard to its historical and literary context, and thereafter will consider its contemporary application.

Syllabus

The Syllabus for the Biblical Interpretation Application course is available as a PDF download.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

This course has the following objectives for students:

  1. To review the principles of biblical hermeneutics.
  2. To apply those principles to a study of the Pastoral Epistles.
  3. To learn practical lessons from the Pastoral Epistles that can be applied to ministry.
  4. To explore sections of the Pastorals that are more difficult to exegete.
  5. To demonstrate this evaluation and communicate fluently in a final paper, scoring at least a "B" (80%) for the entirety of the course.

Available Versions

Biblical Interpretation Application is available in the following versions. Click here for a description of the versions.

  • Full Student
  • Audit Student

Church Leadership

This course is designed to explore the pertinent leadership dynamics in the International Churches of Christ (ICOC). The following outline defines the eight areas that will be covered.

  1. Memories: Historical overview and history of the ICOC
  2. Mentoring: Pursuing training and training others
  3. Ministry Roles: Evangelist, elder, teacher, deacon, administrator, and the board
  4. Mistakes & Pitfalls: Shaping church culture, personal character, and Sabbath
  5. Measuring the Leader: Character, vision, example, faith, and family life
  6. Managing the Modern Ministry: Finances, staffing, web, building, and technology
  7. Maturing the Youth & Family Ministry: Building a generational culture in the church
  8. Multiplying on Campus: Converting and training the leaders of tomorrow

Syllabus

The Syllabus for the Church Leadership course is available as a PDF download.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

This course has the following objectives for students:

  1. To gain an understanding of the multi-faceted nature of church leadership.
  2. To develop the ability to evaluate a church based on the critical aspects of dynamic leadership.
  3. To demonstrate this evaluation and communicate fluently in a final paper, scoring a minimum of 80% as a course mark.

Available Versions

Church Leadership is available in the following versions. Click here for a description of the versions.

  • Full Student
  • Audit Student

Biblical Interpretation

This course is an introduction to the basis and methods of biblical interpretation. Special attention is given to exegesis, the use of biblical criticism in exegesis, the role of literary analysis in exegesis, and applied hermeneutics in 21st century contextualization.

Syllabus

The Syllabus for the Biblical Interpretation course is available as a PDF download.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

To demonstrate an understanding of (comprehension) the significant issues in exegesis and the appropriate use of such in interpreting and applying (contextualization) biblical texts by making at least a “B” (80%) on the final exam and exegesis paper.

Available Versions

Biblical Interpretation is available in the following versions.  Click here for a description of the versions.

  • Full Student
  • Audit Student

Old Testament Survey

This course is a comprehensive survey of scriptures, culture, and narrative of the Old Testament. Special consideration will be given to the unity and theology of the Old Testament. Specific attention will be given to proper context and exegesis of the Old Testament Scriptures, as well as putting them into their historical and textual context.

Syllabus
Learning Outcomes and Objectives

To demonstrate an understanding of the significant issues involved in a survey of the history, content, and literary forms of the Old Testament Scriptures by making at least a “B” (80%) in the course. The objective of this class is that upon completing this course each student will:

  1. Be introduced to the narrative, the Abrahamic promises, and Christ in the Old Testament.
  2. Gain a deeper understanding of the Old Testament, it’s development and canonization.
  3. Acquire a general understanding of the historical, cultural, and geographic background in the world of the Old Testament.
  4. Be changed by their encounter with the Old Testament, develop a deeper appreciation for the Old Testament, and see it as a source for spiritual nourishment.
Available Versions

Biblical Interpretation is available in the following versions.


Spiritual Formation

This course is designed to explore the pursuit of spiritual growth.

Syllabus

The Syllabus for the Spiritual Formation course is available as a PDF download.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

This course has the following objectives for students:

  1. Gain an understanding of the multi-faceted nature of spiritual formation.
  2. Develop the ability to evaluate your personal growth based on the critical aspects of spiritual formation.
  3. Demonstrate this evaluation and communicate fluently in a final paper, scoring a minimum of 80% as a course mark.

Available Versions

Spiritual Formation is available in the following versions.  Click here for a description of the versions.