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Biblical Studies

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

B498 New Testament Area Study (2)

A concentrated area of study of the New Testament,

which may include a topic, a book, or a specialized

area.

BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

A general introduction to basic concepts and

distinctive features of biblical counseling. Students

will discuss what biblical counseling is and what

it involves, the role of the counselor in biblical

counseling, the different kinds of counseling that

are needed, the place of counseling in the ministry

of the church, and how biblical counseling theory

and practice relate to and differ from some of the

more common secular models and theories. Part

of the course will involve a personal improvement

project in which the student will evaluate his/her own

counseling qualifications, design a plan for improving

some area of his/her life, put that plan into action,

and then evaluate his/her progress as the course

draws to a close.

BC311 Theological Basis of Biblical Counseling

(3)

A consideration of the theological realities that

form the basis of a proper approach to counseling.

Special emphasis is given to the nature of God and

of man (unfallen and fallen), a biblical definition of

the image of God, the nature of sin, the realities

of regeneration and progressive sanctification, the

concept of “the flesh” (old man/new man), an

understanding of the heart/mind as used in Scripture,

and the place of the local church in the ministry of

counseling.

BC330 Methods of Biblical Change (3)

An overview of the counseling process presenting a

comprehensive methodological model for promoting

biblical change in people. The goal is to encourage

biblical thinking and procedures in the process of

helping people.

Prerequisite: BC300.

BC332 Crisis and Youth Counseling (3)

This course is designed to discuss key issues

pertaining to young people and to equip students to

understand and address the heart desires that often

drive these problems. Such issues might include, but

are not limited to, gender issues, marriage, purity,

death in family, and school.

BC340 Marriage & Family (3)

Marriage and family problems are present in the

majority of counseling cases. This course will

give an overview of general marriage and family

counseling issues relating to the content and process

of counseling. It will then proceed to specifically

deal (from a biblical perspective) with the major

difficulties that troubled marriages and families

experience. Included in the course are discussions

of the biblical basis and purposes of marriage,

family stages, in-law problems, developing unity,

husband/wife roles and responsibilities, correcting

communication problems, why conflicts arise and

how to resolve them.

BC341 Women Discipling Women (3)

This course provides basic training in developing a

discipling relationship for the purpose of a person

growing in Christlikeness through the application of

God’s Word and the Gospel, which has the power to

transform. Topics include the priority of discipleship,

a biblical definition of discipleship, and training in

the “how to’s” of discipleship.

Prerequisite: women only.

BC342 Women Counseling Women (3)

This course outlines the basic concepts and distinctive

features of woman-to-woman biblical counseling.

It will focus on Gospel-centered counseling, that

is, the process of one Christian woman coming

alongside another woman with words of truth from

God’s Word to encourage, admonish, comfort, and

challenge her. These words of truth are grounded

in the saving work of Christ and presented in the

context of relationship. The course will present the

practical principles of understanding how the Gospel

applies to every area of life. Discussions will include

a description of the qualifications of the biblical

counselors, the roles of the counselor in biblical

counseling, and the role of counseling in the ministry

of the local church. Emphasis will be placed on the

theological foundations of biblical counseling and the

key aspects of progressive sanctification. In addition,

practical suggestions will be given concerning the

counseling process, which brings broken and hurting

people to the love of Christ and His sufficient Word.

Case studies will be utilized to enhance learning.

The goal is to equip women to fulfill their scriptural

mandate to mentor/counsel other women and bring

ultimate glory to God.

BIBLICAL COUNSELING