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Courses | B.A. in Bible, Theology and Ministry

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review core curriculum requirements and the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Core Curriculum Bible Courses

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Notes: Must be completed during the first year. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, understand the doctrine of Scripture, introduce the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and see the importance and development of a Christian worldview. Grade Mode: A.

An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

The Biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. Grade Mode: A.
Study of the Book of Acts from a missions perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions. Grade Mode: A.
Authorship, occasion of writing, themes, theological issues, literary structure and content of the Gospel of John.
An exegetical examination of the New Testament books of Luke and Acts that focuses on evangelism and missions to encourage the ability to articulate the gospel and to formulate a growing personal vision for missions. This expositional study also encourages students to reflect upon the unity and diversity within the community of the Christian church and to be prepared to interact on behalf of the gospel in a diverse world.

Study of the Synoptic Gospels from a missions perspective, dealing with the activity of the life of Jesus and its current expression in evangelism and missions. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies. Note(s): Students may take only one course out of BBST 306, BBST 316, BBST 326, or BBST 336.

The Biblical doctrines of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. Notes: Formerly BBST 254. Grade Mode: A.

An intermediate integration class in which the student will study a particular area of biblical studies and/or theology. The class will include an integration component to explore how the area is integrated with an area of culture (i.e., history, literature, psychology, sociology, etc.) outside of biblical studies and theology. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies. Note(s): BBTM majors may take different versions of this course up to 4 times for credit.

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be 'integrated' with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies.


Program Core Courses

The following are the program core courses for B.A. Bible, Theology, and Ministry majors regardless of the concentration chosen.

An intermediate integration class in which the student will study a particular area of biblical studies and/or theology. The class will include an integration component to explore how the area is integrated with an area of culture (i.e., history, literature, psychology, sociology, etc.) outside of biblical studies and theology. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies. Note(s): BBTM majors may take different versions of this course up to 4 times for credit.

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be 'integrated' with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies.

An overview of the discipline of Christian Education Ministries. Topics of study include the historical and theological nature of the church, principles of evangelism and edification, spiritual gifts, training and equipping lay leadership, and an examination of contemporary career opportunities and parachurch ministries. Grade Mode: A.
Includes instruction and skill development in a variety of functions expected of those in full-time Christian ministry, including examples such as: public speaking and giving extemporaneous remarks, public prayer, worship service introductions, worship service coordination, working with church boards and pastoral leadership, conducting meetings, leading church staff, selecting staff, conducting the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper; and essentials regarding conducing weddings, funerals, hospital visitation, and pre-engagement training as time permits. Grade Mode: A.

Concentrations

Christian Ministries

Equipping students to lead movements of God (2 Tim. 2:2).

In addition to the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (40), and the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 4-8 credits of modern language), students with this concentration must take sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.

A student with a Christian Ministries concentration must choose one of the six specializations reflecting a broad variety of ministry options in this field: Adult and Family, Children, Diversified, Early Childhood Education, Nonprofit Leadership, and Youth. The Diversified concentration allows the student to design a program that best suits his/her vocational interests.

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be 'integrated' with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Biblical and Theological Studies.

An overview of theories related to educational psychology and human development with specific application to ministry contexts in the local church and other ministry agencies. Grade Mode: A.
Overview of biblical and contemporary leadership theories applied to personal leadership development and the equipping of volunteer leaders within the local church. Grade Mode: A.
This course will provide a biblical overview of the fundamentals of developing and maintaining a deep and abiding relationship with God through theological, integrative and experiential perspectives. Grade Mode: A.
Focuses on development of relationships and communication skills between individuals, small groups and within multiracial and multi-ethnic congregations. Includes conflict resolution in ministry. Grade Mode: A.
Includes instruction and skill development in a variety of functions expected of those in full-time Christian ministry, including examples such as: public speaking and giving extemporaneous remarks, public prayer, worship service introductions, worship service coordination, working with church boards and pastoral leadership, conducting meetings, leading church staff, selecting staff, conducting the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper; and essentials regarding conducing weddings, funerals, hospital visitation, and pre-engagement training as time permits. Grade Mode: A.
A comprehensive overview of discipleship in the local church. Course includes equipping on the needs, expectations, roles, responsibilities, and competencies related to discipling believers, reproducing disciples, and for leading effective Christian discipleship ministries. Grade Mode: A.
Investigation of foundations for pastoral counseling to individuals and families in ministry settings. Study of psychological theories and a vision for church community will be followed by the development of personal counseling skills for listening and compassion. Grade Mode: A.

Instruction in the use of computer-based biblical research tools with an emphasis on the use of these tools for the development of instructional lesson plan preparation, execution, and evaluation. Special emphasis is placed on training students in teaching competencies. Grade Mode: A.

An introduction to the biblical principles and current practice of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluating with special emphasis upon the application of these functions to church and parachurch administration. Grade Mode: A.

Full-time laboratory experience in a local church or parachurch ministry under the direction of a qualified supervising Ministry Mentor and university supervisor. Guided instruction in the skills necessary for effective service as ministry leaders in vocational Christian ministry. These will include, but not be limited to: special event planning, teaching a volunteer leadership training workshop, speaking in front of a ministry audience, observations at church board meetings, special ordinances, etc. Notes: Students doing Internship in Christian Ministries are limited to 15 credits that semester. Grade Mode: A.

These are the master's level courses taken during undergraduate study, as a part of the accelerated master's program (M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership, Christian Ministry and Leadership specialization track).

Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.

Bible and Theology

Equipping students to witness to the truth of God's Word and train disciples (see 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

In addition to the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (33), and the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 4-8 credits of modern language), students with this concentration are encouraged to select a specialization or minor outside the department and/or sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.

Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation. Notes: May include abroad-study in lands of the biblical world. Grade Mode: A.

Historical survey of people and movements which have shaped the faith of the Christian Church from post-biblical times to the present. Grade Mode: A.

Focus on exploring the methodology of biblical theology, both deductively and inductively, with the goal of attaining an awareness of its central issues and a competence in the exegetical-theological skills it requires. Grade Mode: A.

Study of Paul's theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters. Grade Mode: A.

Overview of biblical and contemporary leadership theories applied to personal leadership development and the equipping of volunteer leaders within the local church. Grade Mode: A.

Instruction in the use of computer-based biblical research tools with an emphasis on the use of these tools for the development of instructional lesson plan preparation, execution, and evaluation. Special emphasis is placed on training students in teaching competencies. Grade Mode: A.

This course will allow Biblical Ministries' students to apply course work to a ministry context. Students will serve a minimum number of hours during the course accomplishing tasks that will demonstrate development of key ministry competencies such as teaching, ministry programming and leadership development. Grade Mode: A.

These are the master's level courses taken during undergraduate study, as a part of the accelerated master's program (Master of Arts, Bible Exposition specialization track).

Basic principles of language that are foundational to interpreting the biblical text. Overview of the structure of the biblical languages, evaluation of theories of Bible translation, and instruction in the use of various tools based on the original languages. The course will aid the student in understanding issues that arise in interpretation because of the original languages. Notes: Required of M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) students. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit. The inception and nature of the church, both as a living organism and an organization, its function, ordinances, and mission. The broad kingdom purpose of God, including Christ's second coming, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, judgment, and the eternal state. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

Bible, Theology and Biblical Languages

Equipping students to know and teach the truth of God's Word (see 2 Tim. 2:15).

Students in this concentration choose between either Greek or Hebrew biblical language courses (BLGR or BLHE courses). In addition to the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (30), and the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 12 credits of a biblical language, either Greek OR Hebrew), students with this concentration are encouraged to select a specialization or minor outside the department and/or sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.

Contributions of archeology, geography, culture, and history to biblical interpretation. Notes: May include abroad-study in lands of the biblical world. Grade Mode: A.

Historical survey of people and movements which have shaped the faith of the Christian Church from post-biblical times to the present. Grade Mode: A.

Focus on exploring the methodology of biblical theology, both deductively and inductively, with the goal of attaining an awareness of its central issues and a competence in the exegetical-theological skills it requires. Grade Mode: A.

Focus on engaging a single topic of biblical revelation with attention to the exegetical, philosophical, and practical dimensions in a systematic theology discourse. Grade Mode: A.

Study of Paul's theology and worldview as contained in the book of Romans, with special attention given to introductory and historical matters. Grade Mode: A.

An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary. Grade Mode: A, C.
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek, emphasizing syntax and development of vocabulary. Translation of selected portions of the New Testament, with extensive translation of a selected New Testament book in the second semester. Grade Mode: A, C.
A comprehensive survey of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary which builds upon the first year of study. Introduction to textual criticism and exegetical methodology which will aid students in interpreting the New Testament. Reading in selected portions of the New Testament. Grade Mode: A.
A comprehensive survey of New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary which builds upon the first year of study. Introduction to textual criticism and exegetical methodology which will aid students in interpreting the New Testament. Reading in selected portions of the New Testament. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible: morphology, syntax, as well as reading and translation of biblical texts. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible: morphology, syntax, as well as reading and translation of biblical texts. Grade Mode: A.

Advanced grammar and syntax with emphasis upon rapid reading as well as the development of exegetical skills. Grade Mode: A.

Advanced grammar and syntax with emphasis upon rapid reading as well as the development of exegetical skills. Grade Mode: A.

This course will allow Biblical Ministries' students to apply course work to a ministry context. Students will serve a minimum number of hours during the course accomplishing tasks that will demonstrate development of key ministry competencies such as teaching, ministry programming and leadership development. Grade Mode: A.

These are the master's level courses taken during undergraduate study, as a part of the accelerated master's program (M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry specialization track).

Introduction into the practical elements of ministry. Emphasis will be placed on career planning, field experience and preparation for Field Education Internship in the M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. programs. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.
Weekly involvement in ministry with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form. Notes: Required of M.Div. students and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: C.
The process of preparation that results in sermons that are biblically accurate, easy to follow, interesting to listen to and relevant to contemporary needs. Notes: Required of M.Div., M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry and Women's Ministry), and B.A. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.

A study of factors leading to preaching effectiveness, including: creative preaching forms, speaker credibility, listener motivation, auditorium size and shape, filing systems and organizing the work week. Notes: Required of M.Div. (Pastoral and General Ministries; Evangelism and Discipleship) students, and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students. Grade Mode: A.

Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.

These are the master's level courses taken during undergraduate study, as a part of the accelerated master's program (Master of Arts, Old Testament specialization track).

Reading of Hebrew texts (advanced level) and application of comprehensive exegetical methods to selected texts. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different content. Required for M.A. (Old Testament) students. Two credits minimum required for M.Div. students. Grade Mode: A. 

Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit. The inception and nature of the church, both as a living organism and an organization, its function, ordinances, and mission. The broad kingdom purpose of God, including Christ's second coming, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, judgment, and the eternal state. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

These are the master's level courses taken during undergraduate study, as a part of the accelerated master's program (Master of Arts, New Testament specialization track).

Exegetical study of select passages from the Greek text of the gospels. Application of exegetical methodology and discussion of background issues, including historical backgrounds, composition, authorship, and distinctives of each book. Special attention given to assessment of modern critical methods for the interpretation of the biblical text. Notes: Required of all M.A. (New Testament) students. M.Div. and M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry) students may take TTNT 604 or TTNT 605. Grade Mode: A.
Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology and formation, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of formation in the Spirit and the directives for cooperating with His work. Attention is given to the implications of Spiritual Theology for seminary training and classroom experience. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt, shame and legalism as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Attention is also given to developmental spirituality, how the Spirit transforms the heart over time and how this affects ministries of teaching, preaching and discipleship in the church. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. A retreat will be introduced and required. This course will include a cohort group of no more than 15 students who explore the course content as well as the student's own life and growth within community. Required in the students' first semester at Talbot. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A theological and experiential exploration into human relationships and issues related to gender, romance, marriage, family and parenting as they relate to spiritual growth. Course includes an investigation into the impact of personal and family history on theological outlook, emotional congruence, relational attractions and moral decisions. Personal assessments and a one-day retreat are an integral part of this course. Students will experience spiritual community and intercessory prayer as they begin individual spiritual direction with a spiritual director and continue relationships within a cohort group to explore deeply their relational capacity at the heart of how Christ is formed in them, thereby developing deeper levels of trust and vulnerability.Prerequisites: TTSF 501. Notes: Required of all Talbot students not in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Cohort groups will continue to meet from TTSF 501 and a one-day group spiritual retreat will be required. Only students in the Talbot M.Div. program with a specialization in Messianic Jewish Studies (Feinberg Extension) are eligible to take this course for 2 credits. Grade Mode: A, N.
A personal experience is required in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at ISF. This course provides students the opportunity to explore their life of prayer and growth with a trained spiritual director from the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Notes: Two semesters of spiritual direction must be completed for the Spiritual Formation Focus requirement (TTSF 506 after completion of TTSF 505). Students are required to meet with an approved spiritual director a minimum of four times per semester. Required of all Talbot students not enrolled in a Spiritual Formation academic program. Grade Mode: C.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit. The inception and nature of the church, both as a living organism and an organization, its function, ordinances, and mission. The broad kingdom purpose of God, including Christ's second coming, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, judgment, and the eternal state. Notes: Required of M.Div. and M.A. students. Grade Mode: A.

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