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Adult Education

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  2 Tim 3:16-17

Objective

To teach our adult membership to grow in grace and knowledge in the supremacy of the triune God as He is revealed in scripture through its interpretation and its application.

Approach

The foundation of the education ministry of Providence Baptist Church is the word of God. All teaching ministry should have the Bible as its primary focus. The Bible constitutes the authority for all doctrine taught within the Providence Baptist Church Statement of Faith, which provides guidance when multiple interpretations are available. While additional resources are welcome to facilitate discussion, the Bible will hold prominence in all PBC Sunday School Classes. The ultimate goal is to have members gain confidence in the word as inspired by the Holy Spirit rather than relying on the opinion of popular theologians.

Methodology

The education ministry will use adult Sunday School classes to grow students in how to interpret scripture and to apply its precepts to all of life. There are four levels of learning for the ministry. Level I (or 100) courses are designed to help students become acquainted with scripture at a basic level and have a theological framework in which to build upon. This level will also offer basics in evangelism, missiology and spiritual gifts in order to begin the process of a disciple undertaking the mission and service of the church. Level II (or 200) courses will increase the exegesis skills of students. It will also teach them the basic elements of church history where students will have an appreciation and understanding of their Christian Background and the development of theological concepts. At this level, students will also engage with family issues. Level III (or 300) will interact with contemporary issues facing the church, now that students have a strong foundation in scripture, theology, and history. Level IV (or 400) are courses designed to train teachers that will teach future courses on behalf of providence and prepare them to lead individual ministries in other fields such as church planting and missions. One additional level (010) not mentioned is the Prospective Member Class where the ministries and vision of Providence Baptist Church is introduced to prospective members. It is recommended that current Providence members take this course every five years as a refresher of our methodology. It will also allow potential new members to become acquainted with current members as they share their personal experiences at PBC.

Structure

Each quarter at least two level I courses will be offered. They will cycle every three years. Other levels will be offered as qualified teachers are able to teach the curriculum. It is not required that a student have all the basic courses before taking a more challenging course. However, students need to be aware that classroom discussion and lectures will be conducted on the assumption that students have these basic skills. For example, a 301 class on Money and Finances, will be looking at the material from a biblical perspective and how the Church interacted with this issue over the course of time. Students not familiar with the previous courses will be at a disadvantage as the lessons will be biblically founded and not based upon the writings of Dave Ramsey or Larry Burkett. Therefore, it would benefit the student greatly to have the ‘pre-requisite’ courses.

Providence Education Modules

Ecclesiology

  • Prospective Members Class 010
  • Spiritual Gifts 101
  • One-on-One Discipleship 201
  • Church History 201
  • Church History 202
  • History of the Baptist 301
  • Forms of Church Government 301

Understanding the Bible

  • Old Testament Survey 101
  • Old Testament Survey 102
  • New Testament Survey 101 - The Gospels & Acts
  • New Testament Survey 102 - The Epistles & Revelation
  • Hermeneutics 201 - Understanding how to read different genre of scripture. (Translation, Historical Context, Epistles, Narrative, History, Law)
  • Hermeneutics 202 - (Wisdom, Gospels, Parables, Prophecy, Apocalyptic) 

Theology

  • Theology 101 - The Word of God & the Doctrine of God
  • Theology 102 - The Doctrine of Man, the Doctrine of Christ & the Doctrine of the Church
  • Theology 103 - The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption & the Doctrine of the Future
  • Theology 201 - Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology)
  • Theology 202- Inspiration of Scripture
  • Theology 203- Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology)
  • Theology 204- Christology
  • Theology 205- Doctrine of God
  • Theology 206- Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)
  • Theology 207- Doctrine of Man (Anthropology)

Christian Ethics

  • Spiritual Disciplines 101
  • Evangelism 101
  • Missiology 101
  • Christian Ethics: Marriage, Singleness and the Family 201
  • Christian Ethics: Parenting 201
  • Christian Ethics: Discipling Women 201 (Women's Ministry*)
  • Christian Ethics: Discipleship 301
  • Christian Ethics: Mercy Ministry & the Poor 301
  • Christian Ethics: The Christian at War 301
  • Christian Ethics: Politics and the Christian 301
  • Christian Ethics: Money and Finances 301

Advanced Subjects/Electives

  • Individual Bible Book Studies 201-266
  • Bible Book studies are taught at least twice a year
  • Books planned or taught include:
  • Bible 219: Seeing Christ in the Psalms
  • Bible 221: Ecclesiastes
  • Bible 227: Daniel
  • Bible 248: Gospel of John
  • Bible 249: Ephesians
  • Bible 250: Philippians
  • Bible 259: James
  • Bible 262: 1,2,3 John
  • Bible 266: Revelation 
  • Bible 301: Gospel of John: The Great Priestly Prayer
  • Biblical Manhood & Womanhood 301
  • Biblical Counseling 301
  • World Religions 301
  • Biblical Concepts of Education (How to Teach) 401
  • Teaching in a Small Group 402
  • Apologetics 401
  • Worship Music 401
  • Basic Greek for Beginners 401
  • Working with Youth 401
  • Basics of Christian Preaching 401

  

4th Quarter Classes begin on October 3rd, 2021

Providence Baptist Church Adult Sunday School is returning to regular classroom spacing. Spacing will be dependent on the number of members that sign up for the course. Please contact Mike Watson if you would like to attend a socially distanced class.

 

Foundational

Missiology 101 – Alex Carr

Textbook:  The Bible with reference from “Missions” by Andy Johnson

The church is said to be on ‘mission’. What does that mean exactly? Over the centuries there had been a lot of misunderstandings about the goals, the methodology, and the strategies in missions. This course will examine what the Bible says about missions. It will also provide an overview of the history of missions from the early church to our own heritage of Baptists in missions. It will also provide an explanation of how the missionary task is carried out at Providence Baptist Church.

Equipping

Hermeneutics 205: How to Interpret the Bible: Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics – Brian Fourroux/Mark Smith

Textbook:  The Bible with reference from “40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible” by Robert Plummer

The Bible is the word of God. It is truth. It is how we know the truth. But do you understand the Bible and how to interpret it? Can you identify when someone interprets the Bible incorrectly, possibly heretically? Can you identify when you misinterpret the Bible? Hermeneutics is the art and science of interpreting Scripture. In this course, we will learn the importance of sound hermeneutics and the basic rules of biblical interpretation. Read the Bible with understanding. The truths you will learn will lead you to exult in God.

Jeremiah 224– Jim Moorhead

Textbook: The Bible

This is the second quarter of a two-quarter class. The Old Testament book of Jeremiah is a story about a nation under God’s judgement. Typically, we make our yearly journey through Jeremiah to complete our task of reading the Bible in one year. We start out well, but then we get bogged down with names of people and places we don’t know and can’t pronounce. The book jumps around from one subject to another in no logical or chronological order and we encounter historical narrative, poetry, letters and prophecy all jumbled together. But if you know how to read Jeremiah, you will realize it is a marvelous, fascinating book that is filled with high drama, deceit, murder, intrigue, war, famine and pestilence. Come and learn how to read Jeremiah and you will learn to appreciate the patience of God and how relevant the book is to us today.

Bible 229: Joel & Amos – Mike Watson

Textbook:  The Bible

Joel and Amos are two of the Minor Prophets whose messages were brought to both Judah and Israel. They share some similar imagery in their prophecy. Amos prophesied in Israel about 50 years before the destruction and deportation of the Northern Kingdom by Assyria. The dating of Joel is less certain though he may have been in Judah as a contemporary of Amos. Joel’s imagery of the locusts has been compared with that of the locusts in Revelation. Amos also references this imagery. How should we understand this imagery, as an event in Old Testament times, events in the end times, or a type of event that is similar to both? Joel provides the clearest prophecy of the coming indwelling of the Holy Spirit on believers that was fulfilled at Pentecost after Jesus' ascension. We will study through these two books looking at the message of God’s judgement and the coming of his glorious gift of the Holy Spirit indwelling those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Theology 301 - Baptist Covenant Theology – Beau Sams

Textbook:  The Bible with reference from “Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive” edited by Earl M. Blackburn.

Traditionally, Reformed Baptists have held to an understanding of Scripture closely aligned with the classic covenant theology of our Presbyterian brethren with a few significant distinctions, most popularly over the ordinance of baptism.  But how did these differences emerge?  And how does covenant theology affect our understanding of the church and family?  Or, why do we call a sacrament an ordinance?

This course seeks to make a positive, irenic case for why we, as Reformed Baptists, believe what we do from an understanding of covenant in God’s Word.  To this end, we’ll explore the Biblical covenants as they exist historically but also as they progressively reveal and find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.  Along the way, we will interact with the historic church confessions, Reformed thinkers like John Owen and Nehemiah Coxe, and discuss other perspectives, both inside and outside of covenant theology. 

“But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.  For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second” (Heb. 8:6-7, ESV).


College and Young Singles

Bible 251: Colossians – Steve Smartt/Jordan Ring

Textbook: Bible

This quarter, we will be going through the book of Colossians. Read and study along with us as we search for context, meaning, and application of God’s Word. We plan to have meaningful discussions and dialogue about this portion of scripture. We hope you will join us!