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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

  

 

1st Quarter Classes begin on January 8, 2023

 

Foundational

Prospective Members Class 010/Gospel Primer 020– Blair Waddell/Dennon Clardy

Textbooks:  Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman; What is A Healthy Church? By Mark Dever; What is a Reformed Baptist Church? by William Payne; Various PBC Documents and of course … The Bible!

This course provides an overview of the vision, ministry and organization of Providence Baptist Church. In it you will learn about our policies and strategies in fulfilling our mission statement as well as discovering ways you can serve. You will also have the opportunity to hear testimonies from current church members and develop new friendships. The introduction to the church lasts six weeks.  There is no obligation to join the church.

A Gospel Primer

Textbook:  The Bible with study guidance using A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent.

A six-week course on the importance of the Gospel in the life of a Christian.  The course will show the importance of the Gospel every day in the Christian life.

Equipping

Bible 210: 2nd Samuel – Randy Cox

Textbook:  The Bible

The book of 2nd Samuel continues the study of the Kingdom Era of Israel’s history. The book covers the period from the death of Saul, through the establishment of the kingdom of David, to the impending transfer of the kingdom to Solomon. We will use this historical narrative as a vehicle to examine how God is working out His plan for His Kingdom. We will see how a covenant God makes covenant promises to a covenant king through whom He preserves His covenant people.   

Biblical Understanding 201: Bible Study Methods – Daniel Weaver

Textbook:  The Bible and Living by the Book, by Howard Hendricks

This class will cover the principles of how to study the biblical text with special attention given to each major biblical genre and the methods of approaching them for the purpose of personal Bible study and teaching.

Bible 228: Hosea –Michael Watson

Textbook: The Bible

Hosea was a prophet to Israel following on the prophecy of Amos before the Assyrian punishment on the Northern Kingdom. He brought a message condemning the idolatrous worship of Israel as they had placed their faith in other god’s and national pride (described by Amos). God illustrated this relationship through Hosea’s marriage as well as through the words He gave to the prophet.  Hosea’s work is very relevant today.  How does his message apply to our nation? How are we trusting in things other than Christ? How do we respond as Christians today to this Old Testament prophecy on a rebellious nation? We will look at this book to deepen our understanding of God and build our relationship with Him! 

Building

Anthropology 308: Advanced Anthropology – Brian Fourroux

Textbook:  The Bible with reference Gender Ideology by Sharon James

This course is a continuation of the Anthropology course taught in Q2 2022. While attendance of that course is not a requirement for this one, we will build off the biblical principles of the origin, nature, purpose, and destination of humanity discussed there. We will address pressing cultural issues such as gender identity and sexuality, bioethics, the Christian's relation to technology and human innovation, and more.

College and Young Singles

Ethics 225: Christian Character – Jordon Ring

We hope you will join us!