Why attend the Old Testament Studies Seminar?
This course is designed to give the student who is familiar with the content of the books of the Old Testament the opportunity for advanced study of the Old Testament. This is not an Old Testament Survey. Rather, the course is an analytical study of the Old Testament and its themes and the theology that can be derived from these. The goal is to obtain a better understanding of the whole of the Old Testament, particularly of the God of the Old Testament and His working through history and the nation of Israel, in order to better understand the fulfillment of the Old Testament in Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament Studies Seminar is ideal for the SBS graduate who desires to go deeper into the theological issues raised by the Old Testament without having to go to seminary.
Why attend the New Testament Studies Seminar?
The New Testament Studies Seminar is one of a four-part seminar series offered by SBS International (also available are: Old Testament Studies Seminar, Theology of Paul Seminar and Church History Seminar). This seminar is designed to give SBS graduates and SBS staff a greater depth of proficiency in the New Testament and the theological issues that it raises. It also provides the student with the opportunity to engage in the discipline of New Testament Theology in order to thoughtfully reflect on the central themes and critical questions of the New Testament.
The New Testament Studies Seminar will give an SBS graduate seminary-level instruction without having to leave the mission field. All seminars are accredited with the U of N and can be taken to obtain a Biblical Studies degree.
Why study the writings and theology of the apostle Paul?
The subject of the theology of the apostle Paul is far too vast to examine exhaustively in one semester. Thus this course is designed to analyze and interpret the “building blocks,” i.e., the major themes and topics that form the foundation of the Apostle Paul’s theology. The goal of better understanding the theology of Paul is that the student will be better equipped to teach from the Pauline corpus so that the Body of Christ (a Pauline term!) might be built up. This seminar is intended for SBS graduates and staff, or anyone interested to teach from the letters of the apostle Paul.
Why study Church History?
Winston Churchill said, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” The saying applies to politics as well as to the Church. The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
No one book or course entitled “Church History” could adequately cover all the major people, eras or events of the Christian Story. With that in mind, The Church History Seminar is designed to give the student a broad picture of our Story in the hope that a greater love and appreciation for the Church be cultivated. It is also an intention of this course that the student obtain a better picture of what our Lord has been doing and continues to do through His Church through the ages in order that we might catch a better glimpse of our place in the Story.