Courses

Four courses: Gospels, Hermeneutics, Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey are now available online. Please call the dean for more information.

 

Illinois Baptist College offers coursework in several fields of study, including: Bible, Bible Languages, Christian Education, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Speech, and Theology. Individual class offerings include:

 

BIBLE

Bi. 101 – O.T. Survey - An overview of the entire Old Testament, law, poetry, and prophecy. The authorship, time of writing, key words , and verses, theme, purpose and an outline is covered of each book as well as the highlights of the content of the thirty-nine Old Testament books.

Bi. 102 – N.T. Survey – An overview of the entire New Testament, Gospels, epistles, history, and prophecy. The authorship, time of writing, key words, and verses, theme, purpose, and an outline covering each book along with the highlights of the content of the twenty-seven New Testament books.

Bi 200 – Pentateuch – This is an introductory study of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy with emphasis upon the ancient Israelite sacrificial, priestly, levitical and festival system and an investigation of the social, political, and religious institutions described therein.

Bi. 201 – The Book of Genesis - This course is a detailed study of the content and spiritual significance of Genesis with special attention given to the creation, fall of man, and the lives of the patriarchs.

Bi. 205 – Exodus – Deuteronomy - This course is a thorough analysis of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy with special emphasis upon the Law, statutes, ordinances, offerings, and tabernacle worship, and the development of Israel as the chosen people of God.

Bi. 210 – Historical Books - This course is a study of the Hebrew nation from Joshua through the period of the judges, united and divided monarchy, and post-exilic period of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Bi. 220 – Poetical Books - This is an introductory study of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Emphasis will be given to (1) the various characteristics of Hebrew poetry; (2) the theological content of these books; (3) the practical value of these books for the Christian life.

Bi. 230 – Major Prophets - An expository and doctrinal study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, (including Lamentations), Ezekiel, and Daniel with specific attention given to their ministry, the promised Messiah, and the scope of the message to Israel and the Gentiles.

Bi. 240 – Minor Prophets - An analysis of the twelve prophetical books which complete the Old Testament. There will be special emphasis given to their ministry, the promised Messiah, and the message to Israel and the Gentiles.

Bi. 250 – Gospels – A harmonistic, chronological study of the Gospels, setting forth the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from His incarnation to His ascension.

Bi. 260 – Acts – A chronological study of the growth and development of the missionary outreach of the apostolic period with special attention given to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the ministries of Peter and Paul.

Bi. 270 – Epistles: Romans – Galatians – An exegetical study of the books of Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, and Galatians with special emphasis upon the doctrinal themes and their application to the Christian life.

Bi. 275 – Corinthians – Galatians - This course is an examination of First and Second Corinthians and Galatians with stress upon their doctrinal and practical value, as well as their historical background and the apostleship of Paul.

Bi. 280 – Epistles: Ephesians – Titus – An exegetical study of the Prison and Pastoral epistles with special emphasis upon the doctrinal themes, church polity, church ministry, and application to the Christian life.

Bi. 290 – General Epistles & Hebrews - An exegetical study of James’, Peter’s, and John’s epistles to the Christians throughout the Roman Empire considering their doctrinal teachings with an emphasis on practical Christian living in the face of persecution and a study of the book of Hebrews written at the same time emphasizing Christological doctrines and typology of the Old Testament.

Bi. 300 – Revelation - An exegetical study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This includes the various schools of thought or interpretation. Emphasis is placed upon the premillenial interpretation. This course covers the rapture, the tribulation period, the millennium, and the white throne judgement, and the final state of the dead.

Bi. 310 – Christian Life – This course is a study of the laws and principles of the Kingdom of Heaven through an expositional study of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chepters 5-7.

Bi. 320 – Personal and Family Life - This course continues the study of the laws and principles of the Kingdom of Heaven through an expositional study of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7 with personal and family applications.

Bi. 410 – Bible Geography and Culture - This course involves the topographical features of the Holy Land as well as the countries involved in the Bible. Included is a study of the culture of the people of Bible lands. The Bible comes alive with a more thorough understanding of the customs that prevailed when the Bible was written.

Bi. 420 – Biblical Creationism – An examination of the evidences, assumptions, and philosophies of contemporary positions between creation and evolution models with emphasis on the vast amount of evidence supporting Biblical cosmology.

Bi. 430 – Biblical Hermeneutics - An introduction to the theory and practice of Bible interpretation, including a history of interpretational approach, a survey of current methodology, and an emphasis on the literal, grammatical, historical approach.

Bi. 440 – Biblical Prophecy (Messianic) - A study of prophecy concerning Christ from Old Testament passages. The apologetic, homiletic , and inspirational values of Messianic prophecy will be considered.

Bi. 450 – Biblical Study Methods - This course focuses on mastering tools and techniques for personal Bible study. Techniques include learning how to do the following: survey a Bible book, research historical backgrounds, produce topical and biographical studies, analyze passages, and analyze individual words.

Bi. 460 – Biblical Typology - This is a study of the types and symbols concerning Christ from Old Testament passages and their fulfillment in the New Testament. Emphasis will be given to homiletical and inspirational value of these passages of Scripture.

Bi. 480 – Bible Introduction – This course is an introduction to the Bible as a whole. By studying inspiration, canonization, and transmission, the student learns how we got our English Bible. The course includes a study of the major translations. Special emphasis is placed upon the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

 

Biblical Languages

BiL. 201 – Elementary Greek - A study of the basic elements of Biblical Greek. Emphasis in the course is placed on basic grammar, vocabulary, and syntax (the arrangement of words to form complete ideas). All elements of the course are designed to prepare the student for reading the Greek text of the New Testament. (Prerequisite: Eng. 111 & 112)

BiL. 202 – Elementary Greek – A continuation of the study of elementary Greek grammar, syntax, and basic vocabulary of the New Testament. (Prerequisite: BiL. 201 or its equivalent)

BiL. 220 – Greek Exegesis – An integrated study of the Greek New Testament which emphasizes basic principles of Greek exegesis including syntax, accidence, vocabulary, interpretation, and development of exegetical skills. Selected passages from the Gospel of John will be translated, and important theological words will be subjected to intensive word studies with the objective of developing greater skills in preaching and teaching the New Testament. (Prerequisite: BiL. 201 & 202 or its equivalent)

BiL. 221 – Greek Exegesis – An integrated study of the Greek New Testament which emphasizes basic principles of Greek exegesis including syntax, accidence, vocabulary, interpretation, and development of exegetical skills. Selected passages from the book of Romans will be translated, and important theological words will be subjected to intensive word studies with the objective of developing greater skills in preaching and teaching the New Testament. (Prerequisite: BiL. 220 or its equivalent)

BiL. 301 – Elementary Hebrew – A study of the basic elements of Biblical Hebrew grammar. Emphasis is placed on basic Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and syntax which are necessary to prepare for study of the Old Testament text. (Prerequisite: Eng. 111 & 112)

BiL. 302 – Elementary Hebrew - A continuation of the study of Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and basic vocabulary of the Old Testament. (Prerequisite: BiL. 301 or its equivalent)

BiL. 320 – Hebrew Exegesis - A study of the practical use of Hebrew in Bible interpretation. Familiar and selected passages are translated. Hebrew syntax and vocabulary are studied extensively. Also the student is introduced to modern Hebrew. (Prerequisite: BiL. 301 & 302 or its equivalent)

BiL. 321 – Hebrew Exegesis – A continuation of the study of Hebrew in Bible interpretation. Familiar and selected passages are translated. (Prerequisite: BiL. 320 or its equivalent) 

 

Christian Education

C.E. 101 – 7 Laws of the Teacher – An experimentation and application in the classroom of various methods of Bible study and teaching.

C.E. 102 – 7 Laws of the Learner – This course focuses on seven fundamental laws of understanding related to the student’s capacity to be changed through teaching.

C.E. 110 – Evangelism – The message and nature of evangelism based on the New Testament including principles, practice, and problems of personal evangelism.

C.E. 120 – Christian Administration - The application of a biblical philosophy of ministry to local church polity and structure; including administrative procedures; church programming in Christian education, evangelism, discipleship, and missions.

C.E. 130 – Christian Philosophy of Education – A detailed study of the philosophy of Christian Education giving special emphasis to the Biblical principles upon which the Christian philosophy is based.

C.E. 140 – History of Christian Education – A study of the Christian educational principles and practices of ancient, medieval, and modern periods of history.

C.E. 210 – Teaching Children - A study of the methods, materials, and other factors in the teaching of children. Specific emphasis is placed on the study of the characteristics and needs of the child, his worship, and education. The student will have opportunity to present in class lessons designed for children.

C.E. 220 – Teaching Young People – A study of the methods, materials, and other factors in the teaching of young people. Specific emphasis is placed on the study of the characteristics and needs of the young person, his worship, and education. The student will have opportunity to present in class lessons designed for young people.

C.E. 230 – Teaching Adults – A study of the methods, materials, and other factors in the teaching of adults. Specific emphasis is placed on the study of the characteristics and needs of the adult, his worship, and education. The student will have opportunity to present in class lessons designed for adults.

C.E. 240 – Teaching the Bible – A study of teaching methods and Bible study methods for teaching the Bible in Sunday School.

C.E. 301 – Sunday School Administration - A study of the total Sunday School and educational program of the local church. Principles of organization and administration, as well as the requirements, qualifications, duties and training of layleaders and volunteers.

C.E. 310 – Christian Education Curriculum - A survey of Sunday School literature for all ages. Attention is given to the evaluation, selection, improvement, and use of materials with consideration of how to construct your own lessons and curriculum.

C.E. 403 – Church Missions Seminar – A survey of foreign and home missions and concepts from their beginnings to the present with special emphasis given to doctrines dealing with missions and to Biblical techniques of organizing a New Testament Baptist Church.

 

English

Eng.111 – English Grammar – A comprehensive study of the parts of speech their use in oral and written exercises including analysis, diagraming, and written themes is included.

Eng. 112 – English Grammar - A continuation of the study of the parts of speech their use in oral and written exercises including analysis, diagraming, and written themes is included.

Eng. 211 – English Composition - This course includes a limited review of principles of grammar and basic language mechanics for effective communicative skills with emphasis on the principles of good writing.

Eng. 212 – English Composition – A study of the techniques of descriptive, expository, analytical, and argumentative writing enables the student to communicate effectively through the written word. 

 

History

Hi. 110 & 111 – World History - This survey of human history begins at the advent of civilized life in the ancient Near East and continues into the twenty-first century. It presents the religious, social, political, and intellectual development of mankind from a Christian viewpoint.

Hi. 220 – History of Baptists - This course presents a history of Baptists from Christ to the present. It includes a historical and doctrinal sketch of those groups who have maintained a like faith and order of Baptist churches today, who we believe to be the church established by Jesus Christ.

Hi. 240 – World Religions - This course is a study of the history and doctrine of various religions throughout the world.

  

Music

Mu. 101 – Fundamentals of Music – A course in basic music skills with an emphasis on sight-reading, rhythm, key and time signatures, and congregational songleading.

Mu. 102 – Music Theory – A study of fundamental harmonies and tone relations used in musical composition including elementary written and keyboard harmony, melody writing and analysis. (Prerequisite: Mu. 101, its equivalent, or passing the Music Proficiency Test)

Mu. 103 – Intermediate Music Theory - This course is a continuation of music 102 with an emphasis on part writing, chord function, and analysis. Students will analyze selected hymns, praise songs, and instrumental music containing primary chords.

Mu. 104 – Advanced Music Theory - This course is a continuation of music 103 with an emphasis on secondary, seventh, and embellishing chords. Students will be exposed to basic chord progressions found in selected hymns, praise songs,  and instrumental music. Students will learn chord inversions and figured bass system of identifying chords in a progression.

Mu. 201 – Applied Music (Conducting) – A practical course in the mechanics of basic conducting of hymns and simple choral material with attention given to the planning of a worship service and the total music ministry of the local church.

Mu. 301 – Music Ministries - A survey of how to make the total ministry of the church (regardless of size) more effective through improving congregational singing, understanding God’s music priorities, enhancing worship, and community outreach through music, and facing current music issues in the church.

Mu. 401 – Theology of Worship - This course consists of the investigation and discussion of the role of music in Scripture and the Biblical and theological concepts of worship and the use of music in worship. Attention is given to the principles, plans, and methods in which the pastor can work effectively and creatively with musically skilled persons in the church.

 

Pastoral Theology

PTh. 301 – Pastoral Theology - This course is a survey of Biblical doctrines relating to the pastorate with comparison of various approaches to the pastoral office and responsibilities. It will include a study of the pastor and his duties.

PTh. 302 – Ministerial Practicalities - This course deals with the practical day-to-day work of the ministry. A study of parliamentary procedure based upon Robert’s Rules of Order is a part of this course.

PTh. 303 – Marriage and Family Preparation - A study of the elements which go together to produce a Christian marriage and family.

 

Philosophy

Phil. 301 – Biblical Worldview - Biblical Worldview compares and contrasts basic worldviews and their implications for life. This course will present the main components of a Christian worldwiew as well as responding to challenges to a biblical worldview.

Speech

Sp. 120 – Fundamentals of Speech - A study of the basic principles of public speaking. Various types of speeches under various circumstances will be practiced. Attention is given to problems of each student.

Sp. 230 – Homiletics - An introductory course designed to give the student a philosophy of preaching. This course includes instruction in sermonic structure and research. Opportunity is given for students to preach before the class for suggestions and constructive criticism.

Sp. 231 – Homiletics – A study of the preparation and delivery of sermons, the selection and interpretation of texts, presentation of several types of sermons as determined by their homiletical structure, such as subject, textual, and expository. Opportunity is given for students to preach before the class for suggestions and constructive criticism. (Prerequisite: Sp. 230)

  

Theology

Th. 210 – Elemental Theology - This course is an introductory study of the doctrines of the Scriptures, including in the first semester the Scriptures, God the Father, the Trinity, angels, and man.

Th. 211 – Elemental Theology - This course is an introductory study of the doctrines of God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, salvation, and end-times.

Th. 220 – Ecclesiology - A study of the doctrine of the church including its origin, organization, ordinances, offices, and officers, and perpetuity.

Th. 310 – Christian Apologetics – An introduction to the logic and arguments for defending the basic tenets of the Christian faith. The course includes a survey and history of both evidential apologetics and suppositional apologetics.

Th. 410 – Systematic Theology - This course introduces the student to the various systems of theology with special emphasis on the systems known as Arminianism and Calvinism including the variations of each. (Prerequisite: Th. 210-211)

Th. 411 – Systematic Theology – This is a careful study of the system of theology based upon the Scriptures with an emphasis upon Bibliology, Theology, Anthropology, Pneumatology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. (Prerequisite: Th. 210-211)

 Th. 420 – Biblical Systems of Theology – This course is a study of three prominent systems of thought and theology which have arisen in twentieth century America, Dispensationalism, Evangelicalism, and Fundamentalism. (Prerequisite: Th. 210-211)

 Th. 430 – Theological Seminar – This is a seminar to bring the student face-to-face with the cultural, ethical, and theological issues confronting pastors today. (Prerequisite: Th. 210-211)

 Th. 440 – Theology of Cults – A study of the doctrines of American cults including an analysis of the Bible as it relates to distortions by these groups which claim to be recent additions to Christianity.