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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

  

 

2nd Quarter Classes begin on April 3, 2022

 

Foundational

Bible 101: 10 Commandments – Mike Hutchison

Textbook: The Bible with reference to “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. Studying the Ten Commandments reveals the heart of human rebellion; we don’t like God telling us what we can and cannot do. Most Americans today 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 a human invention from our past superstitiousness and really doesn’t exist at all. But God says such is the path of fools. 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. They have been called a map, a muzzle, and a mirror. You’re invited to join us as we see why.

Prospective Members Class 010/Gospel Primer 020 – Blair Waddell

Textbook:  Providence Baptist Church Articles of Faith and By-Laws

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 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.

 

Women’s: God’s Gift of Emotion – Vickie Hutchison/ Erin Konstantinow

Textbook: The Bible with reference to “Untangling Emotions” by J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith

This class will explore the Scriptures to see God’s design for emotions as we bear His image, engage emotions wisely, and understand the crucial role they play in our relationship with God and others. We will see what the Scriptures say about what to do with how we feel.

 

Theology 307: Anthropology – Brian Fourroux

Textbook:  The Bible

David asks in Psalm 8, “What is man that you are mindful of him…?” That question has been in the mind of mankind from its beginning. People have always asked, “Who am I, where did I come from, why am I here, and what is my relation to the world around me?” This course is intended to be a comprehensive, yet cursory, overview of what God has revealed to us about the origin, nature, purpose, and destination of humanity. After the discussion of the biblical doctrine of man, we will endeavor to address some pressing issues facing society today related to humanity and our place in the world.

 

College and Career
Bible 239: Malachi – Jordan Ring/Logan Dolloff

Textbook:  The Bible

In this class, we will be taking a detailed and in-depth look at the four-chapter book of Malachi. Malachi is the final revelation of God to His people Israel, closing out the Old Testament canon as the last of the minor prophets. Though they may b

e called the “minor” prophets, there is nothing less important about these books of the Bible than any other portion of Scripture. The intention is to see the message that the Lord has given us through Malachi. To understand how this Old Testament prophet is pertinent to us as 21st century believers, we will examine the text in light of the overarching story of the Bible and how it specifically reveals our need for Jesus.  The ultimate goal is that God would be magnified in this study and that we would understand His Word more fully.