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


  • 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.


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


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



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.


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.


  • 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.


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!


  • 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
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.


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

BI-402 — Systematic Theology II

Pastor Kent Hobi
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.


  • 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.

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

NT481 — Pastoral Epistles

Pastor Larry Hobbes
6 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

3 Credits

A survey of the content and theological significance of these three significant New Testament books. This course will include a project which will assist the student in deriving timeless principles and accurate application through sound exegesis.


  • The Pastoral Epistles. By Donald Guthrie. Publisher: Tyndale Commentary Series, 2009. ISBN: 08030842446.

BI401 — Systematic Theology I

Pastor Kent Hobi
5:30 p.m. —8:50 p.m.

3 Credits

This course will treat the process of deriving doctrine from the text of Scripture rather than expressing the doctrinal interpretations of various theological traditions and denominations. The focus of this course is upon Introduction, Theology Proper, and Bibliology.


  • A Systematic Theology, Volume One. By Rolland McCune. Publisher: Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005. ISBN: 978-0-9822527-0-3.

2018 Summer Block Course

OT241 – Old Testament Historical Books

Dr. Ken Burkett
June 11–15

3 Credits

The course is a survey of the OT historical books with a four-fold focus: (1) the major themes and theology of each book, (2) key principles for interpreting & applying historical narrative, (3) the historical accuracy of the Biblical narratives, and (4) basic issues of authorship, date of composition, etc. Additionally, each student will be required to complete his choice of one project related to either the practical application of timeless principles in Biblical narratives or a more technical discussion of challenging issues or alleged problems in the historical books (e.g. did Jephthah really offer his daughter as a human sacrifice).


Dr. Ken Burkett grew up in the Midwest. He attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina where he obtained a B.A. in Bible, an M.A. in Bible, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament Interpretation. Currently, he is an adjunct professor with the Baptist College of Ministry and Seminary near Milwaukee, WI and also with the Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, MS. Dr. Burkett was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1985, and he has served as the Pastor of Greenville Bible Church since 1996. As a pastor-teacher, his great passion is to expound the Word of God.

Block Course Schedule

June 11–15.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 6 p.m.–8:50 p.m.
3 Credits. 5 Sessions.


  • A Survey of the Old Testament by John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill (3rd edition, 2009) ISBN:  978-0-310-28095-8.