Each student has a daily Bible Class, which is seen as a core curriculum course. There is a scope and sequence to these courses that seek to provide each student with what they need to prepare themselves spiritually for the next stage of life as a Christian in our society.
Bible Survey I (semester 1)
This course will give a broad overview of the Old Testament as the foundation of our faith. Students will be equipped with a basic historical layout of the Bible by exploring its major events, characters, themes, and theological concepts. The redemptive-historical thread of the Bible from Genesis to Jesus will be exposed, providing opportunity for students to see and experience God’s sovereign plan and grace to us all.
Bible Survey II (semester 2)
This course will give a broad overview of the New Testament and well as an introduction to Christian Spiritual Formation. Three primary avenues of spiritual growth will form the basis of this course: Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. New Testament scriptures will be addressed as students discover inspiration and illumination from the Word and learn to use the Bible in life through study, memorization, meditation, and personal application. Our discussion of prayer will include elements of, and approaches and responses to, prayer. Fellowship in the Body will also be covered, providing opportunities to draw closer to God in the context of community.
Life and Works of Jesus (semester 1)
This course will explore the accounts of Jesus’ life as recorded in the Gospels and the book of Acts while drawing practical insight and life application. The class will cover the historical context, structure, styles, key themes, and events of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts, focusing on applying God’s Word to our lives.
Christian Theology I (semester 2)
This course will study the foundational tenets of the Christian faith and their interlocking connections within each other, focusing on the authority and inspiration of the Bible. The course will cover the existence of the triune God, the deity and redemptive work of Jesus, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the church as the Body of Christ, and the nature of mankind and our need for a Savior.
World Religions and World Views (semester 1)
The course will define “religion” and compare and contrast biblical Christianity to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and “New Age” belief systems based on their views of God, salvation, Jesus, and the after life. Their scriptures, symbols, and historical and cultural backgrounds will also be discussed. The components of cults will be covered with the goal of students “knowing one when they see one.” Instruction will also focus on worldviews and their importance, helping students to see the world through a “biblical grid” and comparing Christianity with other worldviews: naturalism, atheism, agnosticism, transcendentalism, relativism, etc.
Christian Apologetics and Evangelism (semester 2)
This class will explore the personal and global need for the Gospel from a theological perspective. In response, students will learn how to understand, defend, and give a humble account of the Gospel Message. As the students learn biblical answers to the primary theological and cultural questions and how to respond in Truth and love, they will also grow in their understanding of how God has called believers corporately (as a body) and as individuals to spread the Gospel. Students will examine the concept of spreading the Gospel in words, deeds, relationships, and proclamation. Students will look at evangelism in the Scriptures, from The Great Commission through Acts and into the Epistles.
Christian Theology II (semester 1)
This course will look at some of the important doctrines that have shaped the Christian Church since the time of the Apostles. While looking at both the biblical and historical context, students will be challenged to refine and articulate their own core beliefs as disciples of Jesus. Students will also gain an understanding of the breadth of Christendom and how different branches of the Church compare and contrast with one another. Finally, students will look to understand the distinctiveness of their own denomination. Woven throughout the semester will be dreaming about, planning and writing a proposal for a Senior Leadership Project.
Christian Leadership, Senior Project (semester 2)
Structured around the Greatest Commandment in Luke 10:27, this class will examine leadership as the process of loving God with our hearts, heads, and hands. The leadership of Jesus will be the basis of a definition of leading as influencing others. Leading with the heart will delve into the concept of biblical love, character, and integrity. The course will also look at what it means as a leader to love God with one’s entire mind, examining the price of leadership and discovering God’s vision for oneself and those one is leading. Practical application (leading with the hands and loving one’s neighbor) will be included as students learn effective leadership styles, communication skills, and relationship building. Throughout the course students will study Old and New Testament examples of leadership and those of historical and modern Christian leaders. Woven throughout the semester, students will carry out the proposal that they wrote during the first semester, culminating with a formal presentation provided to the Westside Community and open to the public.