I) Biblical Greek
In the first year, the students are required to acquire a basic understanding of Biblical Greek. For this course, students should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week in personal study.
II) Biblical Theology
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the whole sweep of the Bible’s storyline. An emphasis will be given to the history of redemption as it unfolds in the Old and New testaments. This course consists of two hours per week of discussion, accompanying readings, reaction papers and a final integrative paper in which the students will trace a major Biblical theme throughout the entire Bible.
General Biblical Theology:
English Bible in an approved translation
Roberts, God's Big Picture
Goldsworthy, According to Plan
General Old Testament Biblical Theology:
Crossley, The Old Testament Explained and Applied: An Overview of the First 39 Books of the Bible
General New Testament Theology:
Machen, The New Testament: An Introduction to its Literature and History
Schreiner, Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology
III) Heart Religion
Ministers of the gospel must know the gospel experientially, not just theoretically. They must know how to apply it to themselves in the face of their own temptations and sins, and they must know how to apply it to others. This class will focus on the nature of genuine Christian experience, with close personal application and discipleship. This class consists of two hours per week of group discussion, accompanying readings, response papers and a self-counseling project.
Luther, A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life
Bonar, God’s Way of Holiness
Piper, Desiring God
Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification
Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography
Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits
Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes
Owen, Communion with the Triune God
M’Intyre, The Hidden Life of Prayer
This course teaches the students the science and art of biblical interpretation. It assumes some basic knowledge of Greek. This class consists of two hours per week of class work and discussion, accompanying readings and a major exegetical paper.
Poythress, Symphonic Theology
Warfield, "“It Says:” “Scripture Says:” “God: Says”"
"Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics"
Ryken, The Word of God in English
Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists
Ramsey, Basic Greek and Exegesis
II) Systematic Theology
This class leads the students through a study of the main tenants of Biblical and historic theology. The course strives to teach the man of God to read the Bible in the light of the historical church while at the same time continuing to mature as men of God, led by the Spirit of God. This class consists of two hours per week of lecture and discussion, accompanying readings and written projects.
Calvin, The Institutes of Christian Religion
Berkhof, Summary of Christian Doctrine
Berkhof, The History of Christian Doctrines
I) Church History
This course covers the history of the church from her origins, through the medieval times, the reformation, and into contemporary times with a special emphasis on the history of Reformed churches in America. This course consists of two hours per week of lecture and discussion, accompanying readings and written projects.
Needham, 2000 Years of Christ's Power, Vols. 1-3
Stickelberger, Calvin: A Life
Murray, Revival and Revivalism
Murray, Evangelicalism Divided
Frost & Post, History of Presbyterianism in America
Kornegay, Living History of the Presbyterian Church in America
II) Biblical Shepherding
There is no lack of ordained men in America, and yet, there is a lack of functioning shepherds. This course covers the practical aspects of the pastoral ministry and church polity, but it does it with the Biblical understanding that as pastors of the flock of God we are required to speak and act as men who speak and act with the authority of Jesus Christ. Students are required to read and review each reading; in addition, working on the requirements for the Ohio Presbytery Internship is required for this class.
Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
Hauerwas, "Preaching As If We Had Enemies"
Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers
Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression
Wilson, Reforming Marriage
Tripp and Lane, How Do People Change?
Lundgaard, The Enemy Within
Poirier, The Peacemaking Pastor
Adams, Handbook of Church Discipline
Baxter, The Reformed Pastor
Spurgeon, Lectures To My Students
Ryken, The Word of God in English
Bayly, "Father Hunger Among A Lost Generation: The Pastor’s Opportunity"
Frame, Worship In Spirit and Truth
Driscoll, The Radical Reformission
III) Biblical Hebrew
This class will give the students a working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew.