Fall 2021 Course Schedule

The Gospels

Pastor Mike Hixson

Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 21
Taught during the Sunday School hour
Childcare provided

Cost

FREE for in-person auditors
Cost for Recordings of Classes (complete set): $20
Cost for Students Taking for Credit: Donation Requested*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Course Description

This class will provide a look at each gospel noting similarities and differences along with tracing the theme of each gospel. Special attention will be given to proper textual interpretation considering its Old Testament backdrop as well as modern approaches to understanding Jesus’s life and ministry. This class will also bring clarity to the person and work of Jesus as they relate to the Gospel message and the mission of the Church today.


One Day Micro-Course: Navigating Through Christian Resources

Multiple Instructors

Monday, October 18th, 6-9 PM

Course Description

This class will investigate several different kinds of resources (e.g., books, online videos, music, podcasts, sermons, etc.) that Christians can utilize for personal and discipleship growth unto Christ-likeness, all of which are underneath the supreme and only authority—the Word of God. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of building a proper theology (i.e., sound doctrine) which will enhance one’s discernment through these various resources. Attention will be given to some specific examples of resources with priority given to Grace Church of Mentor resources.

Summer 2021 Course Schedule

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Dr. Brian Trainer

Schedule: June 28 – July 2nd (Monday-Friday), 6:30-8:30 PM.

Cost: FREE for in-person auditors
Cost for Recordings of Classes (complete set): $20
Cost for Students Taking for Credit: Donation Requested*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Class Overview

From the first chapters in Genesis, the Bible identifies a key distinction within mankind: “male and female He created them.” Meanwhile, culture has quickly changed and redefined what it means to be a man or woman. What does the Bible say about the two sexes? And for Christians, what does manhood and womanhood look like as individuals, within families, within the church, and within society? This class will provide a practical approach that presents manhood and womanhood as complementary and part of God’s design – a design that is both right and good.

Books for Class

For Audit or Credit:

DeYoung, Kevin. Men and Women in the Church. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2021. Buy on Amazon

Kostenberger, Andres and Margaret E. Kostenberger. God’s Design for Man and Woman. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2014. Buy on Amazon

Spring 2021 Course Schedule

Dispensationalism: Making Sense of God’s Unfolding Plan

Tony Iorillo

Schedule: Sunday School hour (8:45 AM -10:00am), March 7 – May 23rd.

Cost: FREE for in-person auditors
Cost for Recordings of Classes (complete set): $20
Cost for Students Taking for Credit: Donation Requested*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Class Overview

If we are honest, the Bible can be a difficult book to understand. After all, there are 66 individual books representing multiple literary genres, spanning thousands of years through several different cultures – yet all in one book about one God who does not change. How does it all fit together? How do Gentile Christians make sense of a very Jewish Old Testament? Why do we encourage others to start reading John instead of beginning at Genesis (like every other book we read)? Come join us as we seek to connect the dots of God’s unfolding plan revealed in Scripture.

Books for Class

For Audit or Credit:

Vlach, Michael J. Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths. Theological Studies Press, 2017.

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Ryrie, Charles C. Dispensationalism. Revised and Expanded ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 2007.

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One Day Micro-Course: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: A Look at Biblical Lament

Pastor Tim Potter, Pastor Mike Hixson, and Tony Iorillo

Schedule: Monday, February 22, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Cost: FREE*

*While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.

Class Description

The fruit of the Spirit is joy, but that doesn’t mean that Christians feel good and are happy all the time. The Christian life can have pain, grief, and sorrow, and God doesn’t want His children to pretend that it doesn’t. Using this helpful book Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy along with a study of Psalms and Lamentations, we will learn both to lament and from lament and how the Christian can apply lament both personally and corporately.

Recommended Pre-Class Reading

Vroegop, Mark. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Publishers, 2019. 

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Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Our Christian Heritage: The Early Years

Tony Iorillo
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Sundays, September 13 – November 22

Cost

  • Free for in-person auditors
  • Digital recordings: $20
  • Donation requested for credit students*

Course Description

Pandemics, political unrest, persecution, racial and ethnic tensions, and an immoral and ungodly society are nothing new for Christians. Come join us as we investigate how the early church began and how she responded to these issues. The wisdom of our spiritual ancestors is invaluable for the church today as we navigate through similar circumstances.

Textbooks

For Audit

Holcomb, Justin S. Know the Creeds and Councils. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
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Holcomb, Justin S. Know the Heretics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
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For Credit

Ferguson, Everett. Church History: vol. 1: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
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* While we are not formally charging students, we want to honor those who would want to give towards the instruction they are receiving, especially given the additional assessment and feedback to those taking the class for credit.


One Day Micro-Course: Christian Liberty in 2020

Pastor Mike Hixson
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday, October 12

Cost: Free

Course Description

In Ephesians 4:3, we are told “to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” For many of us, the year 2020 has been a great challenge to that command. Join us for one evening as we dive into the theology, philosophy, and practice of love in Christian liberty when we interact with Christians who view today’s issues differently from us.

Recommended Pre-class Reading

  • Naselli, Andrew David and J.D. Crowley. Conscience: What It Is, How To Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Publishers, 2016.

Revival in America

$19 credit or audit

Instructor: Dr. Gerald Priest, Ph.D.

Course Meeting Dates and Times

  • Monday thru Friday, June 15-19 6:30-8:15PM

Textbook

Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858 by Ian Murray

In light of COVID-19, we will be meeting both face to face as normal, live streaming via Zoom as normal, and posting the recordings to Vimeo as normal.

Special COVID-19 Course

Knowing the Times: The Book of Daniel

$19

Description

This class will introduce students to the structure, themes, and theology of Daniel. The focus of the class will be on the theology of Daniel as revealed by its literary structure and thematic development and will follow a chapter by chapter expositional summary of each chapter with an eye toward both practical theology as well as NT interpretation and eschatological systems. Students should be able to articulate Daniel’s contribution to a Premillennial, Pretribulational perspective on eschatology. Students will be expected to become familiar with the text by reading through Daniel 3 times before the classes begin, and then will need to take good notes (fill in the blank) on the lectures so that they can assimilate and demonstrate adequate comprehension by producing short essays from the lectures for the final exam. Students will reinforce their knowledge of Daniel by writing a book report on one of two books.

Textbook

God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel by Michael Barrett
ISBN 1932307044

Due to COVID-19, GLBI won’t be purchasing textbooks and issuing those to students.

Register online and receive a link to the entire online course immediately!

Winter 2019-20 Registration

Micro-Course Monday – “Reaching Our Religious Friends: Understanding our Catholic Friends: Part 2” (Multiple Instructors)

Schedule: Monday, February 3, 6:00-9:00p. One evening session only.

Course Description: This is a further step into understanding the theology and history of the Catholic church so that we can better understand and minister to our Catholic friends.

BI 404 – Systematic Theology IV: Church, End Times & Eras in God’s Administration (Pastor Kent Hobi)

Schedule: Starting January 16, Thursdays. 6:30p-8:00p. 1 Credit. 10 sessions.

Course Description: Bible Doctrines IV completes the survey of Bible doctrine. Its focus is upon Ecclesiology, Eschatology and issues in Dispensational Theology.

The whole NT orientation is a future orientation. Yes the Cross is critical, but remember the cross is unoccupied and the tomb is empty! Our King is alive and we await His coming. The prophetic calendar is full of events that will inspire hope and purity in the lives of those who have a firm grasp upon them. THERE IS NO PREREQUSITE to this class nor is the order of our Bible Doctrines Classes inspired. Feel free to jump right in. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in class.

Textbooks

  • A Systematic Theology: Volume 3 (McCune, 2005) ISBN 0982252722.
  • The End Times (Hoyt, 2000) ISBN 0884690776.
  • Things to Come (optional) (Pentecost, 1965) ISBN 0310308909.

Systematic Theology IV

Micro-Course Monday

Fall 2019 Registration

Micro-Course Monday – “Reaching Our Religious Friends: Understanding our Catholic Friends”

Multiple Instructors

Schedule: Monday, September 9, 6:00-9:00p. One evening session only.

Course Description: This course will cover the historical development of the modern Catholic church, the current theology and philosophy of the Catholic system of religion, and firsthand accounts of formerly Catholic individuals from our church family.

BI 403 – Systematic Theology III: Man, Sin, & Salvation

Pastor Kent Hobi

Schedule: Thursdays, September 5-November 7, 6:30p-8:00p. 1 Credit. 10 sessions.

Course Description: Systematic Theology III is the study of the Bible doctrines of man (Anthropology), sin (Hamartiology), and salvation (Soteriology). The course seeks to correlate what the Bible has to say on each one of these topics in order to bring a cohesiveness to your disciple-making skills. You do not need to have taken Systematic Theology I or II to register for Systematic Theology III. The classes handle different doctrines, non-sequential in nature.

Textbooks

A Systematic Theology, Volumes 2 & 3. (McCune, 2005). ISBN: 978-0-9822527-0-3.

The Gospel According to Jesus. John McArthur. (Zondervan, 2008) ISBN-10: 0310287294.


Summer 2019 Course Schedule

Registration is open for the Summer trimester.

OT 461 – Knowing the Times: Biblical Theology of Daniel

Dr. Benjamin Herffernan
Block Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30 p.m. — 8:50 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. — 12 p.m.
June 3-8

2 Credits

What book of the Bible has stunning examples of divine salvation, mysterious riddles and prophecies, and a macroscopic view of world history? What book furnishes believers with a blueprint for weathering the storms of persecution, explains their purpose, and reveals God’s heart of mercy toward His people in the midst of their trouble? What book gives insight into the final days of man’s rule on earth and marks events that will take place before the beginning of God’s rule through Christ? What book portrays God’s people at their weakest and reminds them that the Sovereign God intervenes in the affairs of the hostile kingdoms to save His people? Come explore a treasure chest of God’s revelation that will explain God’s working in the past and His settled goals for the future that will completely transform your present! Find that you can Stand on your Knees before a Saving Sovereign by studying the structure and theology of the Book of Daniel!

Textbooks

  • God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel by Michael Barrett.

Registration ends May 19.

Spring 2019 Course Schedule

Registration is open for the Spring 2019 trimester.

PHL-191 — Christian Philosophy of Education

Pastor Mike Hixson
Tuesdays
6:30 p.m. — 8:10 p.m.
January 22

2 Credits

This course will examine education in all arenas of life, with special emphasis given to the impact of a Christian worldview on the educational process. This course will also address the nature of education, where education takes place, who is responsible for providing education, and the necessity of education in 21st Century Christianity. Differences between secular and Christian philosophies in education and their applications will be discussed. This course will articulate the implications of a Christian educational philosophy within the context of the local church, namely how the church concerns herself with teachers spiritually reproducing themselves in all age groups and learning levels.

Textbooks

  • Christian Education. By Lawrence O. Richards. Zondervan. 1988. ISBN: 9780310520818.

BI-402 — Systematic Theology II

Pastor Kent Hobi
Mondays
5:30 p.m. — 8:10 p.m.
January 14

3 Credits

An essential complement to Systematic Theology I, Systematic Theology II focuses upon Christology, Pneumatology and Angelology.

You do not need to have taken Systematic Theology I to register for Systematic Theology II. The classes handle different doctrines, non-sequential in nature.

Textbooks

  • A Systematic Theology, Volumes 1 & 2. (McCune, 2005). ISBN: 978-0-9822527-0-3.
  • Jesus Christ our Lord. (Walvoord, 1969). ISBN: 9780802443267.
  • The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology). (Ferguson, 1997). ISBN: 9780830815364.

Registration ends January 6.