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!

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.

Spring 2018 Course Schedule

NT121 — New Testament Survey

Pastor Mike Hixson
Mondays
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

3 Credits

An overview study of the 27 books of the New Testament. Emphases will include distinctive theological themes and purposes of each New Testament book, and a treatment of the various genre of literature included in the New Testament. Additional attention will be given to modern theological approaches to Jesus and New Testament writings. Upon completing this course, each student will be able to describe the predominant message of each New Testament book and will complete and present a survey of one of those books.

Textbook

Elwell, Walter A. (2013 3rd Ed.). Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey. Baker Academic Publishers.


OT 251 – Old Testament Poetic Books

Pastor Kent Hobi
Thursdays
5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Credit)
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Audit)

3 Credits

An overview of Hebrew poetry and the five Old Testament poetic books. Special emphasis will be given to accurately interpreting this genre, understanding exegetical difficulties, and relating the messages of each book to the rest of Scripture and to contemporary life and ministry. This course will include a project which will assist the students in deriving timeless principles and accurate application through sound exegesis.

Textbook

Bullock, C. Hassell. An Introduction to Old Testament Poetic Books. Moody Publishing, 2007.

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

OT 121 – Old Testament Survey

Pastor Dave Cannon
Mondays
5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Credit)
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Audit)

3 Credits

An overview of all the books of the Old Testament with an emphasis on historical backgrounds and individual book theologies helpful to understanding the message of each. A unit on Old Testament introduction providing valuable information on the Old Testament and a helpful understanding of erroneous liberal criticism of the Old Testament is also provided.

Textbooks

  • Survey of the Old Testament by Paul N. Benware.
    Publisher: Moody Publishers, 2004. ISBN: 978-0802424822.

SPE 392 – Teaching and Preaching the Bible II

Various Instructors
Tuesdays
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

3 Credits

An examination of the process of lesson and/or sermon preparation and delivery from the standpoint of expositing the Scriptures with an emphasis on the differing genres.  Prerequisite: Teaching and Preaching the Bible I (SPE 391).  This class is open to both men and women.

Textbooks

  • Preaching God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering Sermon by Terry G. Carter, J. Scott Duvall, and J. Daniel Hays.
    Publisher: Zondervan, 2005. ISBN: 978-0310248873.
  • Applying the Sermon: How to Balance Biblical Integrity and Cultural Relevance by Daniel Overdorf.
    Publisher: Kregel, 2009. ISBN: 978-0825434471.

Summer Block Course

The Biblical Doctrine of the Kingdom of God

Dr. Mark Snoeberger
June 12–17

2 Credits

This course introduces the student to the multi-faceted but integrated doctrine of the Kingdom of God as it unfolds in the Bible. Emphasis is given to an understanding of how the Church has understood the kingdom concept throughout her history.  Our goal will be to arrive at an understanding that gives equal weight to all parts of the biblical record.  The course will culminate with applications of this biblical survey to systematic theology, the ongoing mission of the church, God’s work of common grace in His governance of our lives, and expectations for future expressions of the Kingdom.

Block Course Schedule

June 12–17.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 2 Credits. 5 Sessions.
No class on Wednesday due to church picnic.

Textbooks

  • He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God by Michael J Vlach. Publisher: Lampion Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1942614258.