Faithful Teacher

Become a faithful interpreter and communicator of God's Word in the context of God's world.


Successful mastery of this competency leads to:
  • A commitment to becoming an interpreter who is formed and sustained by hearing God’s voice through Scripture.
  • An understanding of the Bible within its cultural and historical contexts.
  • An understanding of how the history of of doctrinal formation informs biblical interpretation.
  • The ability to interpret and use Scripture in a variety of ministry contexts.
  • The ability to identify contemporary cultural and social concerns and the way they are illuminated and critiqued by the Gospel.
  • An aptitude for preaching and teaching Scripture and a commitment to the education of new generations in the faith

Degree and Certificate Programs

This competency has been integrated into the curriculum for the following programs:

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Courses

The following courses have been designed to allow you to master this competency:

Biblical Interpretation

BIB 511 | Introduction to Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching | 3 Credits

This course introduces students to responsible interpretation (or “exegesis”) of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments). The course focuses on the hands-on, practical skills in reading the biblical text carefully in its literary and historical/cultural context, to understand its message for today. Students will be introduced to the process of exegesis, applying each step in the process to two significant biblical passages (one Old Testament and one New Testament). Significant attention will also be paid to researching and writing an exegesis paper as a basis for teaching and preaching in the church.

BIB 515 | New Testament Epistles | 3 Credits

This course focuses on hands-on, practical skills in reading the biblical text carefully in its literary and historical/cultural context, to understand its message for today. Focus will be placed on one or more New Testament Epistles as case studies in exegesis. Significant attention will also be paid to the process of researching and writing an exegesis paper as a basis for teaching and preaching in the church. This course may be repeated if topic differs.

BIB 516 | New Testament Gospels | 3 Credits

This course focuses on hands-on, practical skills in reading the biblical text carefully in its literary and historical/cultural context, to understand its message for today. Focus will be placed on a New Testament Gospel as a case study in exegesis. Significant attention will also be paid to the process of researching and writing an exegesis paper as a basis for teaching and preaching in the church. This course may be repeated if topic differs.

BIB 517 | Old Testament Narrative | 3 Credits

This course focuses on hands-on, practical skills in reading the biblical text carefully in its literary and historical/cultural context, to understand its message for today. Focus will be placed Old Testament narratives as case studies in exegesis. Significant attention will also be paid to the process of researching and writing an exegesis paper as a basis for teaching and preaching in the church. This course may be repeated if topic differs.

BIB 518 | Old Testament Poetry | 3 Credits

This course focuses on hands-on, practical skills in reading the biblical text carefully in its literary and historical/cultural context, to understand its message for today. Focus will be placed on Old Testament poetic and prophetic books as case studies in exegesis. Significant attention will also be paid to the process of researching and writing an exegesis paper as a basis for teaching and preaching in the church. This course may be repeated if topic differs.

GRK 510 | Biblical Greek I | 3 Credits

This course takes a unique approach to introducing New Testament Greek to those preparing for ministry in the 21st century. A basic assumption underlying this approach to the introduction of New Testament Greek is that the student’s goal is not to teach Greek as a scholar, but to use it in the study of the New Testament as a minister. The focus in this course is on gaining a conceptual understanding of New Testament Greek, not on memorizing all the paradigms, specific details, “rules”, and “exceptions” involved. Students will be required to memorize a basic vocabulary.

HEB 510 | Biblical Hebrew I | 3 Credits

This course takes a unique approach to introducing Old Testament Hebrew to those preparing for ministry in the 21st century. A basic assumption underlying this approach to the introduction of Old Testament Hebrew is that the student’s goal is not to teach Hebrew as a scholar, but to use it in the study of the Old Testament as a minister. The focus in this course is to gain a conceptual understanding of Old Testament Hebrew, not on memorizing all the paradigms, specific details, “rules”, and “exceptions” involved. Students will be required to memorize a basic vocabulary.

MIN 630 | Preaching | 3 Credits

This course will trace the move from text to sermon and aid students in the study, shaping, and presentation of sermons which follow Scripture. The course will require at least two preaching experiences. The beginning stages of the class will examine the spiritual life of the minister, with a particular focus on prayer, and then move to the study and exegesis of individual biblical passages. The class will then study the transition from text to sermon, with special attention to the sermon having a form which fits the form of the biblical passage. The class will conclude with work on effective public presentation.