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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

  

2020 4th Quarter Adult Sunday School Course List

If you are interested in attending, we strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.  Seating will be limited in each classroom due to social distancing recommendations.  To ensure proper accommodations, please email the church office.

  •   Theology 102- The Doctrine of Man (Anthropology), the Doctrine of Christ (Christology) & the Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology)– Mike Watson

Textbook:  The Bible, with study guidance using Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

Theology 102 will cover the Doctrine of Man (Section III in Grudem), Doctrine of Christ (Section IV in Grudem), and the doctrine of the Church (Section VI in Grudem). The objective for the class is to gain knowledge of the Christian faith through the revealed word of God so that you might love God all the more. “9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV).

  • Christian Ethics: Relationships 101 - Building God-honoring Relationships– Jim Carter

Text:  The Bible

Both society and the church suffer from a lack of understanding about relationships. Our great God is concerned about relationships and has given us much instruction as we navigate through this fallen world about how to fulfill His will in relating to Him and to others. Relationships are not static; they are either getting worse or getting better. Every good relationship we have is a gift of God’s grace. He has given us His Word, which is rich with wise principles and His Holy Spirit, who convicts us when we are wrong, empowers us to seek forgiveness, and enables us to show compassion to those who have wronged us. According to Ephesians 4, the highest joys of relationship grow in the soil of the deepest struggles. Every struggle is an opportunity to experience God’s grace ourselves and give it to the other person.

  • Christian Ethics:  Women 102- Conforming to His Image in a Self-Imaged World– Vickie Hutchison

Textbook: The Bible with reference to Kenneth Boa, Practicing God’s Presence for weekly guided exercises to strengthen our good intentions.

This Woman’s course deals with women in the image of Christ. Women around the world are bombarded by varying philosophies of conformity. Hues of color, alphabet soup, girl power, elephants and donkeys—all apply pressure and call us to group-think and identify within their ranks. How do we escape the call of conformity to these self-imaged philosophies? How do we find strategies to stand against their pull and to become conformed, instead, to the image of Christ—the only pursuit that is redemptive and that will make a significant impact? In this women’s class we’ll be exploring several topics that serve to renew our minds, to transform and stabilize us within a biblical worldview. Some of the facets we’ll be exploring—

  • Loving God Completely, Ourselves Correctly, Others Compassionately
  • Eternal vs. Temporal Perspective
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Identity, Needs
  • Motivations: Love, Gratitude, Purpose and Hope, Longing for God.

 

 

 

  • Theology 204- The Person and Work of Christ (Christology)– Brian Fourroux

Textbook:  The Bible

Jesus asked his disciples in Matthew 16:15 “But who do you say that I am?” There is no more important question in the world than this one, and yet it is one that we all must answer. On it rests our faith and eternity. So, who is Jesus Christ? In this course we will examine the person and work of Jesus as revealed in God’s word and expounded in historical orthodoxy.

 

  • Christian Ethics: Lamenting 201– Dennon Clardy

Textbook:  The Bible with reference to, “Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy” 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, or other circumstances.  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?  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.

 

College and Young Singles

  • 1st Peter - Bible 260– Robert Smith

Textbook: The Bible

1st Peter encourages believers to endure suffering and persecution by giving themselves entirely to God, as we remember that Christ suffered for us on his way to glory. Come and join the college and career class as we seek to faithfully live out our calling as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for [God's] own possession" (1 Peter 2:9). We will look at the historical and linguistic context of the letter to apply principles to our lives today. The goal of the study is to set our hope fully on our rich inheritance in Heaven.