Mission & Outcomes
The Mission of the Department of Biblical Studies Degree (BA) is to provide the student with a foundational knowledge of the history, literature, and theology of the Old and New Testaments, of systematic and historical theology, and of methods for further biblical and theological studies – equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Upon completion of the Bachelors Degree in Biblical & Theological Studies, graduates will:
- Bible Backgrounds
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the geography, history, social and cultural backgrounds of the Old and New Testament Scriptures to be able to interpret the Bible with a keen sensitivity to these vital contextual issues.
Demonstrate the appropriate use of principles of sound interpretation and application of the Bible, including analysis of presuppositions, general rules, and specialized principles for the various Biblical genres.
- General Biblical Knowledge
Articulate the general content, outline, themes, and theology of the Old and New Testament Scriptures.
- Research Tools
Recognize quality biblical and theological research tools that are available and be able to implement them for research in Biblical studies.
- Biblical Languages
Read and analyze a biblical text in either koine Greek or Hebrew.
- Church History
Distinguish major historical movements of the church and evaluate their impact upon the development of evangelical theology.
- Major Doctrines
Examine the issues, rationale, and Biblical texts for the major doctrines of the Bible, and systematize personal positions on additional theological issues as they relate to doctrines, spiritual disciplines, ministry, and life in general.
- Biblical Integration
Integrate biblical and theological truth into one's sense of the fulfillment of God's purpose in his/her life ("to be conformed to the image of His Son") resulting in a greater value of worship and gratitude to God as expressed in greater love for God "with all of one's heart, soul, mind, and strength" and a greater vision for personal mission and ministry.