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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 1st 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 103- The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption (Soteriology) & the Doctrine of the Future (Eschatology) – Mike Watson

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

Theology 103 will cover the Doctrine of the Application of Redemption (section V in Grudem), and the Doctrine of the Future (section VII 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.

 

 

  • Baptist History 201– 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? The Anabaptist formed in the 1520's in Switzerland but have many distinctions from Baptist Theology today.  Particular Baptist became known in London, England and then Holland in the 1600’s.  Baptists in America had an early influence on the separation of Church and State.  This course will provide an overview of Baptist History and Distinctives. 

 

  • Bible 207: Judges and Ruth – Randy Cox

Textbook:  The Bible.

The books of Judges and Ruth cover the period of Israel’s history between the death of Joshua and the time of the establishment of a monarchy with Saul as king. It was an era of apostasy in which “everyone did what was right in his own eyes”, and when the people of Israel repeatedly “did what was evil in the sight of the LORD”.

It is important that we study these two Old Testament books because the Gospel is gloriously displayed in them. These Scriptures point us to the ultimate  Judge, and our kinsman-redeemer, Jesus Christ. In this class, we will take a theocentric approach to our study. As we read, study, and discuss the narratives of Judges and Ruth we will: 1. Discover how God works to rescue his undeserving people; 2. Identify the biblical principles contained in them; and 3. Determine how we apply these principles to our lives as Christians.

  • Bible 270: Old Testament Stories Revisited- Jim Moorhead

Textbook: The Bible, with reference from “Living by the Book”, by Howard G. Hendricks and William D. Hendricks

This class is a continuation of the “Bible Stories Revisited” class which was taught last year but the focus will be on Old Testament stories. Too often we remember the plot of these well know Old Testament stories but not the details. God is in the details. In this class we are going to revisit some well-known Old Testament stories and study them in detail by looking at them analytically and critically to see what we can learn beyond the obvious.

  • Women’s Class, Christian Ethics: Building the Biblical Home 102Sue Carter

Textbook:  The Bible.

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands. (Proverbs 14:1) For those of you who attended the first class this will be a continuation of what God teaches concerning the home. If you did not attend Part 1 (101), we will have a brief review of the foundational material but will continue to discover what instruction and hope God gives to us regarding our homes. This is a topical study rooted in the Scripture.  We will cover such topics as God’s design and purpose for marriage, Family worship, Nourishment of our souls with scripture, Unity in the home, Hospitality, Idleness, Preparing older children for leaving, and Serving one another.

Each generation of “homemakers” faces challenges from the surrounding culture. Brokenness troubles every generation. How does knowing God make a difference for our homes in this generation? We will look to the scriptures for the design and intent of the biblical home, the home that brings glory to God.

 

 College and Young Singles

  • Church Membership 101– Robert Smith

Textbook: The Bible with reference from "Church Membership" by Jonathan Leeman

Join the college and career class as we consider the joy, the privilege, and the responsibility for believers to submit to a local church through membership. We will use Jonathan Leeman's short book Church Membership, and most importantly the Holy Scriptures, as our guide. We provide copies of the book for you. As we unpack what it means to be a church member, we will better know how to obey Christ to love one another, just as he loved us (John 13:34-35).