Master's Level Courses

A Biblical Response to Abortion and the Church ACP-501

This course will give the pastor specific tools to share the pro-life message with their members to help them take a stand in a way that will help men and women considering abortion or who have chosen abortion feel the compassion and mercy of Christ, and be able to begin to heal.

 

Advanced Biblical Directionism Counseling I BD-501
The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s appreciation for the Bible as an adequate handbook for the human mind, and to supply the student with a functioning system for using the Bible as a counseling model.

 

Advanced Counseling Theology I AT-501
The purpose of this course is to present to the more advanced student to the broader scope of topics in the discipline of Systematic Theology and the relevance of these topics to the work of biblical counseling.

 

Advanced Essentials in Biblical Counseling I AE-501
This course will introduce the student to the broader aspects of multidimensional biblical (nouthetic) counseling.  The student will have the opportunity to recognize, identify and recite these concepts.

 

Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling II MF-501
The purpose of this course is to further expose the student to a biblical approach to Marriage and Family counseling so that the student will acquire the basic knowledge of the biblical conceptions of family roles and interpersonal relationships, and be able to trace the importance of these data and interpret them in terms of the counseling process.

 

Advanced New Testament ANT-501
This course will lead the student to carefully examine the various interpretive options in the New Testament study of the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles; to relate critically his/her own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; to demonstrate a coherent understanding that reflects the student’s ability to analyze and integrate character studies, historical development, and sound interpretation of the text.

 

Advanced Old Testament I AOT-501
This course will lead the student to carefully examine the various interpretive options in Old Testament studies from the Book of Genesis through the Song of Solomon; to relate critically his/her own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; to demonstrate a coherent understanding of the Old Testament that reflects the student’s ability to analyze character studies, historical development, and sound 

interpretation of the text.

 

Bible Mastery BM-501
This course will provide the master’s level student with an opportunity to demonstrate a personal comprehension of the Bible as a continuum from the creation of the current heavens and earth to its recreation in perfection and righteousness.

 

Biblical Apologetics BA-501
The purpose of this course is to develop the student’s understanding of the requisite issues in the study of Apologetics; to enable the student to identify key terms and describe essential issues of Apologetics and to apply Apologetic methodology to contemporary challenges; to offer the student the opportunity to explore significant challenges to the Christian faith and apologetic responses to those challenges; to examine and analyze the competing truth claims of rival world views.

 

Biblical Apologetics from a Rabbinical Perspective BA-507 - 3 Credits
Course Purpose:  Long before Christianity developed apologetic arguments, Judaism was involved in defending its own understanding of God, Man and the world. But while Christian apologetics typically presents philosophically oriented explanations like the cosmological argument for God’s existence, Jewish apologetics takes a decidedly different approach. Jewish apologetics is far more interested in how to live life under God’s sovereignty than it is in establishing reasons for believing that God exists. Jewish apologetics begins with a different set of presuppositions based not in the authority of reason but in the authority of revelation. In order to understand most of the biblical material concerned with God’s nature and will, it is important to recognize that the Bible does not share the same worldview as a Greek-based rational apologetic. Therefore, an examination of the methodology and objectives of Jewish rabbinic arguments is essential for the exegesis of the Jewish authors of the New Testament. Such an examination reveals the significant differences between our contemporary view of the defense of the faith and the view found in Scripture.

 

Biblical Approach to Substance Abuse SU-501
This course, taught by a leading Pharmacologist, will cover the basics of substance abuse from a Biblical position, and introduce the student to Biblical counseling methods for dealing with this all to common addiction of our day.

 

Biblical Greek I GK-501
A totally redesigned online interactive course that walks the student through the fundamentals of Biblical Greek.  This course was developed especially for the adult learner with no background in Biblical Greek.

 

Biblical Greek II GK-502
Moving beyond the basics, this totally redesigned course focuses on the practical application of Biblical Greek as a tool for exegetical preaching and teaching.  The Bible preacher and teacher will especially appreciated the online interactive method which this course employs.

 

Biblical Preaching and Personal Holiness BP-501

This course focuses on how preaching is effective in leading Christians toward maturity.  Messages on Christian growth and sanctification will be modeled, and there will be instructional elements dealing especially with the dynamics of preaching in the local church.

 

Church Administration CA-501
The purpose of this course is to introduce and expose students to foundational principles of local administration, so that they acquire a basic and introductory knowledge of these principles and are able to identify and describe them, and explain how they apply to their current ministry/job situation.

 

Church History CH-501

The purpose of this course is to expose the student to an advanced survey of Church History from the time of the Resurrection to the Present Age, and to enable the student to recognize and identify important Political and Church Leaders who had a major impact on the development and life of the Church.

 

Church History During the Formative Years (A.D. 70-400) CH-507 - 3 Credits
Course Purpose:  The events that occurred between the destruction of the Second Temple and official recognition of Christianity by Rome are perhaps the most crucial events that have ever occurred for both modern Judaism and Christianity. If one wishes to build bridges between these two religions, one must have a grasp of whatever material can be gleaned from the historical record. Far too often the common assumptions on both sides are simply not historically accurate. A much more careful examination must be attempted.

 

Communication for Growth II CG-501
The purpose of this course is to present to the student a biblically-based model of pulpit communication; to bring the student to a higher level of understanding concerning the foundational elements of effective New Testament preaching and teaching.

 

Contemporary Readings (BFP Literature/Manuals) BFP-CR1500

Course Purpose:  There are a variety of topics and issues that are integral to an understanding of God’s intended relationship between Jews and Christians and how history has effected that relationship. This course provides that foundation through various books and publications produced by BFP as well as other selected writings deemed essential reading by BFP instructors. Students will gain the background needed to be successful “bridge-builders” between the Jewish and Christian communities.             

 

Counseling and the Finished Work of Christ CF-501
This course will present to the student a biblical approach to counseling which must include the most central themes of salvation so that the student will acquire the basic knowledge of the biblical concepts needed to understand the application of the work of Christ and its impact on life and relationships and how it frees man from guilt and sets him free to love God and others and fulfill God’s calling on his life. 

 

Counseling from James CJ-501
This course will introduce and expose students to the issues of counseling addressed in the Epistle of James from a biblical perspective so that they acquire a basic understanding of how the New Testament writer addresses the issues confronting the contemporary Christian.

 

Counseling Practicum CP-1520
This course will serve as the counseling program capstone for the student who has completed all of the other academic requirements for the Biblical Counseling degree program.

 

Counseling the Aftermath of Abortion CAA-501
The purpose of this course is to bring the student face-to-face with the literal realities concerning all of the major issues related to post-abortion trauma for both a woman and a man, and to prepare the student to become competent to counsel the post-abortive using a proven biblical approach.

 

Counseling the Post-Abortive Man CPM-501
This course will introduce the student to the concept of post-abortion stress in fathers who have lost a child to abortion.   It will highlight the need to introduce and expand ministries to men within the body of Christ.  This course will explain why men are affected by abortion, what the symptoms are, as well as how to treat these symptoms.  The student will be equipped and understand how to counsel a post-abortive father. 

 

Counseling Youth CU-501
This course will introduce and expose the student to the study of counseling troubled youth from a biblical perspective so that he/she acquires a basic understanding of the issues confronting youth and the challenge to the helping professional. 

 

Crisis Counseling CC-501
The purpose of this course is to instruct the student in the recognition and management of crisis situations in the lives of people they seek to help.

 

Evidence for Biblical Inerrancy BI-501

The purpose of this course is too provide the graduate student with an opportunity to examine the internal evidences for the validity of the Bible as its own source of confirmation of Divine inspiration, and to challenge the student to analyze these internal evidences critically and competently.

 

Focus in Biblical Counseling I FB-501
The purpose of this course is to help the student apply the more advanced truths of Matthew 7:5 by understanding  the eternal truths upon which Biblical Counseling rests so that they are better equipped to take these truths to others; to build a practical foundation for the students to enable them to identify those issues in themselves which are germane to the work they do with others.

 

Graduate Research and Writing GRW-500

The purpose of this course is to provide the graduate student with an opportunity to examine the fundamentals of research and writing from a practical and professional perspective, as a foundational step in preparation for completing the graduate writing project.

 

Graduate Writing Project GWP-500
This is the final writing project for the master’s student.  While similar in many ways to a thesis, it is fundamentally different in that it is designed to be a “ministry” position paper written from a praxis position.  Students are prepared for this course by taking the Research and Writing course.

 

Issues & Behaviors for Healthy Adoptive Families AF-501

This course will address the critical questions which should be considered before adoption and help the student to gain insight into how to develop the crucial parent-child bond; to deal with the issue of memories of the past, and the unique struggles of the adopted adolescent.

 

Legal Aspects of Pro-life Counseling PLC-501

The purpose of this course is to introduce and expose the student to some of the basic legal aspects of pro-life counseling that one should keep in mind.  This will give the student an opportunity to understand the importance of good, basic legal principles while encouraging women to choose life.

 

New Testament Synthesis NT-501

The purpose of this course is to present and expose the student to deeper study of the New Testament as a whole; to enable the student to recognize and interpret individual characters, the purpose and theme of each New Testament book and the relation of the Old Testament to the New Testament; to apply that knowledge in the student’s ministry and to lead the student to examine carefully the various interpretive options in New Testament studies.

 

Old Testament Synthesis OT-501
The purpose of this course is to present and expose the student to deeper study of the Old Testament as a whole; to enable the student to recognize and interpret individual characters, the purpose and theme of each Old Testament book and the relation of the Old Testament to the New Testament; to apply that knowledge in the student’s ministry and to lead the student to examine carefully the various interpretive options in Old Testament studies.

 

Orientation OR-MA

The purpose of this course is to help ensure that the student will begin his or her study program at Master’s with the basic information needed to move successfully toward graduation.  For this reason, this course is mandatory of all new students.

 

Philosophy of Ministry PH-501
This course will introduce and expose the student to the study of Christian ministry as a calling and a life of service so that he or she acquires a basic and introductory knowledge of ministry, and is able to identify and describe the essential principles of Christian ministry in light of biblical data and a personal and professional stance.

 

Prayer: Leadership Available to God BLG-5104

The purpose of this course is to discover and practice what it means to be human; what it means to be in conversation with our God. 

 

Pregnancy Counseling PC-501
The purpose of this course is to establish in the mind of the student to the basic concepts of pro-life counseling; to offer the student the opportunity to understand what the Bible says about being pro-life; to educate the student about pregnancy and abortion so that the student will understand why a woman may choose abortion, and to equip them to help her make a decision for life.

 

Preaching Logically LP-501 (seminar only)
This course equips the student with an understanding of the basics of logical argument and critical thinking. But it is not designed to leave the student with just another set of terms and facts. The real test of logical preaching is in its practice. Therefore, the course will also allow the student to develop logical arguments and present those arguments during the class, drawing on the various logical arguments and critical thinking methods from the texts.

 

Preaching Practicum PP-501 (seminar only)
The purpose of this course is to provide the preaching student with an opportunity to demonstrate through a faculty guided and peer reviewed process the acquired skills of Biblical preaching.

 

Roots and Origins of American Law AL-501
The purpose of this course is to document that America’s historical record is replete with evidence that the Ten Commandments have directly and indirectly influenced America’s founders, leaders, system of government and legal code.

 

Sexual Abstinence Counseling CSA-501
This course introduces the student to some of the basic aspects of counseling in order to encourage young people to have sexual integrity in the form of abstinence until marriage.  This will give the student an opportunity to understand basic terms and ideas involved in counseling abstinence, including the risks associated with high-risk sexual behavior such as Sexually Transmitted Disease.

 

Spiritual Warfare SW-501
This course will establish for the student a genuinely biblical study of spiritual warfare within the context of the Christian life so that he or she acquire a basic and introductory knowledge regarding the nature of spiritual warfare, and identify and describe strategies for overcoming the enemy, and to develop the student’s ability to summarize the nature of spiritual warfare and evaluate various strategies for overcoming the enemy.

 

Systematic Theology I ST-501
This advanced level course presents the student with the fundamental issues of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source. 

 

Systematic Theology II ST-502
This advanced level course presents the student with specific issues of Systematic Theology as they relate to God and the creation.

Understanding Pride as a Root of Habitual Sexual Sin SA-503
The purpose of this course is to confront the student with the ways pride manifests itself and provides a personal culture for a sexual addiction.

 

Understanding Sexual Addictions SA-501
The purpose of this course is to confront the student with the root causes of sexual addictions; to develop within the student an appreciation for the power of sexual addictions and the spiritual connection behind these addictions.

 

Understanding the Consequences of Sexual Sins Upon the Marriage Covenant SA-502
To acquaint the student with the generic issues concerning the consequences of sexual sins within the marriage covenant.

 

Understanding Pride as a Root of Habitual Sexual Sin SA-503

Course Purpose:

To confront the student with the ways pride manifests itself and provides a personal culture for a sexual addiction; to unfold to the student the biblical solution for dealing with pride and sexual addictions; and to create an appreciation for the power of God’s Word to bring deliverance and healing to the sexually addicted.

 

Understanding the Importance of Repentance in the Biblical Process of Deliverance SA-504
The purpose of this course is to teach the student about the importance of progressive sanctification; to teach the student about the goal of holiness.

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