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Biblical Studies



Along with the student’s program selection, full time students will also take the following biblical study classes. These are designed to build the student’s spiritual foundation by effectively developing and equipping them with a solid knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith as it pertains to the Bible, Christian Doctrine, and Church History. These classes prepare the student to be much more effective as disciples of Christ, and as young leaders in their churches.

FIRST SEMESTER (Classes Run Sept 8 – Dec 18)

Exploring The Old Testament
The Old Testament course familiarizes the student with the entire Old Testament. Each OT book is reviewed with regard to literature type, historical setting, authorship, theme, and theological content. Furthermore, because ancient Israel foreshadows The Church, pertinent theological relationships between the Old and New Testaments receive special attention, especially related to Messianic references and prophecies. The history, geography, culture and laws of God’s people in the Old Testament are thoroughly examined in their Ancient Near East setting.

Church History I

Church History is the most important history of all. The story of God’s loving plan throughout history to redeem all mankind through His son, Jesus Christ, and through His Church is essential for the Christian leader to be familiar with. This course will highlight all the major events that have shaped the Church and the world from the time of Christ through the Protestant Reformation. Areas of focus include the day of Pentecost, the early church, the apostolic period, the emergence of Catholicism, the dark ages, and the work of the Holy Spirit between 30 and 1517 A.D.

Bible Doctrine I

Sound doctrine is vital for the health of the Church and for effective leadership. This course uses systematic theology, the discipline of using a comprehensive study of scripture to establish particular Christian beliefs. The course provides solid, biblical answers to some of the most important questions related to the Bible and the Christian faith. Throughout the semester, the foundation is laid for essential Christian doctrines including the inspiration of the Bible, revelation of scripture, the Trinity, the devil, spirits, mankind, sin, atonement, and the Church.

Health & Fitness I
The Bible teaches that God is concerned with the whole person: body, mind and spirit, that physical training is valuable (I Timothy 4:8) and that our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:10). The Health & Fitness course focuses specifically on the physical side of development. Throughout the year, students will participate in an exercise program that is in proper balance with their ministry training and studies. There will also be some classroom instruction to examine the following: living a healthy lifestyle, starting and managing an exercise program, and body composition and nutrition.

SECOND SEMESTER (Classes Run Jan 5 – May 20)

Exploring The New Testament

The New Testament course provides the student with a thorough understanding of the biblical writings from the gospels of Christ to the apocalyptic literature in the Book of Revelation. The historical era of the New Testament, the first century A.D, was a crucial time period when messianic prophecies were fulfilled, God’s plan for human salvation was finished through Jesus Christ, and the church was formed. This course explores these events throughout the 27 books of the New Testament, placing special focus on each book’s author, audience, theme, purpose, and message.

Church History II

Church History is the most important history of all. The story of God’s loving plan throughout history to redeem all mankind through His son, Jesus Christ, and through His Church is essential for the Christian leader to be familiar with. This course will highlight all the major events that have shaped the Church and the world from the end of the Protestant Reformation through the 21st century local church. Areas of focus include pietism, denominationalism, the Great Awakenings and revival movements, and the work of the Holy Spirit between 1517 and the present day.

Bible Doctrine II

Sound doctrine is vital for the health of the Church and for effective leadership. This course uses systematic theology, the discipline of using a comprehensive study of scripture in order to establish particular Christian beliefs. The course provides solid, biblical answers to some of the most important questions related to the Bible and the Christian faith. Throughout the semester, the foundation is laid for essential Christian eschatological doctrines, including the latter day church, the tribulation, the second coming of Christ, the millennial reign, the resurrection of the dead, heaven and hell.

Health & Fitness II
The Health & Fitness II course continues where Health & Fitness I left off. Classroom instruction will examine the following: cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems, disease risk factors, stress management and the benefits of living a physically active lifestyle. Students will also participate in field laboratories to evaluate their fitness progress from the start of the year and, students will be encouraged to participate in intramural sports at NELC to fulfill their fitness requirements.