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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 2, 2022

 

Equipping

Bible 201: Lamenting – Brian Fourroux

Textbook: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop

Everyone has or will experience painful loss during life.  Such loss is not limited to the death of a loved one…it can be many things such as loss of health, loss of a marriage to divorce, loss of a loved one to addiction, loss of career or financial security, loss of a goal or dream, etc.  When we experience such a painful loss, we also naturally experience grief.  But how should a believer respond to loss and grief?  How should fellow believers respond to a believer who is grieving?  Using the book Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop as a guide, we will study the lamenting Psalms and the book of Lamentations to understand the importance of honest spiritual struggle in the life of believers, including the blessings found in our ability to lament.  We will discover that lamenting is a gift of God’s grace, an ability to deal with our pain and the pain of others in a healthy and life changing way. If you have experienced a recent loss in which you are still struggling, this class is for you. Come and find encouragement in God's word.

 

Women’s Bible 266: Revelation – Melissa Patterson

Textbook: The Bible

Do you enjoy reading the closing chapters of a really good book? Come join us as we read and study the closing chapters of the very best story in the very best Book. This quarter continues our study from Revelation 14. The story that God began in Genesis He completes in Revelation.  The Lamb triumphs. The King conquers. The redeemed rejoice. Come and be encouraged as we take the journey to the finish line. This is the second quarter of a two-quarter class.  

 

New Testament Bible Stories Revisited – Jim Moorhead

Textbook: The Bible

This class is the third and last in a series on Bible Stories Revisited. The first class, taught in 2020, was a review of six popular Old Testament and New Testament stories. A follow-up class, “Old Testament Stories Revisited” was taught in the first quarter of 2021. This third class will conclude our study by revisiting some well-known New Testament stories and study them in detail by looking at them analytically and critically to see what we can learn beyond the obvious. Too often we remember the plot of these well known Bible stories but not the details. God is in the details.

 

Building

Gentle and Lowly – Dennon Clardy

Textbook: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-29, 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (ESV).  It is essential for believers to understand what Christ has done, is doing, and will do.  But in this study, we will focus on what Christ means when he says his heart is “gentle and lowly”.  To know the heart of someone is to know them intimately.  Come and join us as we study the heart of Christ and learn to experience the rest for our souls that he has promised!

 

College and Young Singles

Discipleship – Jordan Ring

Textbook: The Bible

Discipleship is a very important part of the Christian life. After all, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples. But where do we start? What does discipleship mean, and what does it look like? Join us as we study this topic, and learn how to be discipled as well as how to disciple others.