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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

  

2021 2nd Quarter Adult Sunday School Course List

The following 2 Courses are offered with full social distancing spacing.  Please choose one of these classes if you would like to attend with social distancing. 

Foundational

Bible 101: The Ten Commandments: Map, Muzzle, Mirror– Mike Hutchison

Textbook:  The Bible with reference from Words from the Fire, Hearing the Voice of God in the 10 Commandments by R. Albert Mohler.

Exodus 20:1-2 introduces one of the most famous pieces of religious literature in the world – the Ten Commandments. The Hebrew word literally means “words”. The Greek translation of the “ten words” is deka logos. That is transliterated as Decalogue. These ten words were spoken directly by YHWH to each Israelite standing at the foot of Mt. Horeb. Studying the Ten Commandments reveals the heart of human rebellion; we don’t like God telling us what we can and cannot do. That is blatantly obvious in American culture today. Most Americans believe that we have the individual right to do whatever we want to do, including the right to decide what is “right” and what is “wrong”. When anyone points out that there is a God who has absolute standards of truth and of right and wrong, many just declare that such a God is of human invention from our past superstitiousness and really doesn’t exist at all. But God says such is the path of fools. Failure to believe the truth does not negate the truth. The truth about how we are to relate to God and to our neighbors is summarized in these ten words spoken by God from fire on the mountain. Join us as we mine just a part of the depth of these ten words, examine how Jesus transformed them, and learn how they are the pathway to real freedom in our lives. They have been called a map, a muzzle and a mirror. We’ll see why.

 

Equipping

Bible 251:  Colossians – Brian Fourroux

Textbook:  The Bible.

Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, originally written to combat false teaching, is rich in theology necessary for the church today. The letter outlines the true gospel of Jesus Christ and how that gospel informs our daily lives. Join us as we explore matters of orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right practice) for believers throughout the ages.

 

 

The following 3 classes will have spacing dependent on the number of members that sign up for the course. It you are ready to return to regular classroom spacing, please sign up for one of these classes.

 

Equipping

Baptist History II 202– Scott Bullock

Textbook:  The Bible with reference from “Baptist History in England and America: Personalities, Positions, and Practices” by David Beale

We are all familiar with the Baptist London Confession of 1680. But where did Baptists start? In the second part of this course series, Baptist History will be reviewed from the 1800s to the present. This course will provide an overview of Baptist History and Distinctives. 

 

Christian Ethics: Parenting 201 – Jim Carter

Textbooks:  The Bible with reference from “Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles” by Paul David Tripp

What is missing in most Christian parents’ parenting are the big grand perspectives and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When you parent with what the gospel says about God, you, your world, your children, and God’s grace, you carry the burden of parenting in a very different way. Ownership parenting is motivated and shaped by what parents want for their children and from their children. Ambassadorial parenting is about what God in grace has planned to do through us in our children. We will discuss how we, as parents, are constantly torn between what we want and what God wants for our children. It is truly a turf battle of our hearts.

 

Building

Apologetics: Creation vs. Evolution 301 – Doug Walker

Textbook: The Bible, with reference from Creation Basics & Beyond, 2nd Ed.

Do you have questions about evolution and the Bible? Most Christians do, and the teaching of evolution has destroyed the faith of many. But it doesn't need to, because recent developments in biology have now put evolutionists on the defensive! We'll begin by studying the biblical doctrine of creation in order to be clear on what we must believe and defend. Then, we'll look at some common arguments for and against evolution and will learn to spot weak arguments, on both sides. You'll be surprised to learn that the evidence for molecules-to-man evolution is surprisingly weak, and will leave this class clearer in your thinking, stronger in your faith, and bolder in your witness.

 

College and Young Singles

Evangelism 101 – Robert Smith

Textbook: The Bible with reference to A Pastor's Sketches: Or, Conversations with Anxious Inquirers, Respecting the Way of Salvation by Ichabod Spencer

The college and young singles class will study evangelism. We will study several key gospel passages from the New Testament, learn how to share our testimonies, and get out and share the gospel. We will focus on the New Testament, but also bring in outside sources such as A Pastor's Sketches: Or, Conversations with Anxious Inquirers, Respecting the Way of Salvation by Ichabod Spencer. Pray this class bears fruit!