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Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

C101 Preaching and Preachers

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

In this course students will have the opportunity to hear one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century share his vision of preaching.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Between Two Worlds by John Stott
  • The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper

Last Offered: Spring 2013; Next offered: Spring 2014 (Course Syllabus)


C102 A Biblical Call

10 sessions with audio lectures by Pastor Albert N. Martin

This course addresses the important question: What constitutes a biblical call to the work of the ministry? Topics include: six wrong reasons to enter the gospel ministry, four essential elements of the call, and the mental, spiritual and practical gifts required for the pastoral office. Pastor Al Martin served for over 40 years as an elder at Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, NJ.

One text is required for this course:

  • Lectures to My Students by C. H. Spurgeon

One additional text is recommended for this course:

  • The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges

Last Offered: Spring 2012 (Course Syllabus)


Pastoral Theology

C103 Pastoral Theology

16 sessions with video and audio lectures by Dr. Tom Ascol

This course introduces the work of pastoral ministry by looking at its biblical foundations, theological concerns and practical responsibilitie. Dr. Tom Ascol is the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and serves as the Executive Director of Founders Ministries.

All course lectures are posted in two formats: video and audio with PowerPoint slides.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Dear Timothy edited by Tom Ascol
  • Lectures to My Students by C. H. Spurgeon
  • Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles

Last Offered: Fall 2013 (Course Syllabus)


Church Life: Ministry and Mission

C201 Worship

10 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Bruce Leafblad

"True worship begins with a right understanding of God and a right view of ourselves in light of who He is and what He has revealed in His Word." "The great need of the church today is neither to cling to the old or to create the new forms and formats. Our greatest need today is to recover the priority of God in our worship and in the whole of life." Dr. Bruce Leafblad is Professor of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

One text is required for this course:

  • Reformed Worship: Worship That Is According to Scripture by Terry L. Johnson

Additional texts are recommended in the course syllabus for course project

Last Offered: Fall 2012 (Course Syllabus


C202 Evangelism and the Excellencies of God

10 sessions with audio lectures by Jim Odens and Evangelist R.F. Gates

The glory of God is the motivation, the purpose and the goal for truly biblical evangelism. This course outlines an approach to evangelism based on that truth, providing biblical principles and practical advice for greater effectiveness in fulfilling our Lord's commission. Jim Odens is president of PAGE Ministries and a veteran pastor who has helped many churches become more effective in making disciples for our Lord Jesus Christ. R.F. Gates served as an itinerate evangelist and elder at Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Lighting the Way to God by Jim Odens
  • Tell the Truth by Will Metzger
  • God-Centred Evangelism by R. B. Kuiper

Last Offered: Spring 2013 (Course Syllabus)


C203 Maintaining a Healthy Church

10 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Mark Dever

Learn about Godís purpose for the church and how to lead a church in a direction that will keep it healthy and thriving. Dr. Mark Dever serves as senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
  • Three Priorities for a Strong Local Church by Roy Ortlund, Jr.
  • The Importance of the Local Church by Daniel Wray

Last Offered: Fall 2011 (Course Syllabus)


Church Plant

C204 Church Planting

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Shawn Bergen and Dr. Tom Ascol

This course provides an overview of church planting in North America. Students will examine the task of church planting from vision to launch. Dr. Tom Ascol is the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and serves as the Executive Director of Founders Ministries. Dr. Shawn Bergen is Pastor of Providence Church in Lehigh Acres, Florida (planted by Grace Baptist Church in 2010).

Four texts are required for this course:

  • Church Planter by Darrin Patrick
  • Church in the Making by Ben Arment
  • Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting by Aubrey Malphurs

This course will be taught and recorded on campus at Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral: Fall 2014.
It will be made available at a later date online.


Spiritual Health and Formations

C301 Maintaining Your Spiritual Health

10 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Don Whitney

Maintaining a healthy walk with God is vital for those who serve as leaders in the church, but it can be difficult in the heat of ministry. In this course students will learn to gauge and nurture spiritual health in themselves as well as in those whom they lead. Dr. Whitney serves as Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Don Whitney
  • Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper

Last Offered: Spring 2009 (Course Syllabus)


C302 Spiritual Depression

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Learn about the causes and cure for spiritual depression from a master physician and minister, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy by John Piper
  • And Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andrew Davis

Last Offered: Fall 2010 (Course Syllabus)


Systematic Theology

C401 Systematic Theology I

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This is the first in a series of four courses on Systematic Theology. Topics in this first course include: the Place of Systematic Theology, Divine Revelation and the Authority of Holy Scripture. Dr. Roger Nicole (1915-2010) served as professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminiary in Orlando, Florida.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond
  • An Abstract of Systematic Theology by James P. Boyce (text available online)

Last offered: Spring 2011 (Course Syllabus)


C402 Systematic Theology II

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This is the second in a series of four courses on Systematic Theology. Topics in this second course include: Doctrine of God, Creation and Providence, the Doctrine of Man and Sin. Students can take the Systematic Theology courses in any order. It is not necessary to take Systematic I before taking Systematic II. Dr. Roger Nicole (1915-2010) served as professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminiary in Orlando, Florida.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond
  • An Abstract of Systematic Theology by James P. Boyce (text available online)

Last Offered: Fall 2011 (Course Syllabus)


Systematic Theology

C403 Systematic Theology III

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This is the third in a series of four courses on Systematic Theology. Topics in this third course include: the Person and Work of Christ, the Nature of the Atonement, the Doctrine of Salvation and the Doctrine of Election. Students can take the Systematic Theology courses in any order. It is not necessary to take Systematic I or II before taking Systematic III. Dr. Roger Nicole (1915-2010) served as professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminiary in Orlando, Florida.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond
  • An Abstract of Systematic Theology by James P. Boyce (text available online)

Last Offered: Spring 2012 (Course Syllabus)


Systematic Theology

C404 Systematic Theology IV

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This is the fourth in a series of four courses on Systematic Theology. Topics in this fourth course include: Union with Christ, Regeneration, Justification,Sanctification, Perseverance, the Church, Baptism, Lord's Supper, and Last Things. Students can take the Systematic Theology courses in any order. It is not necessary to take Systematic I, II and III before taking Systematic IV. Dr. Roger Nicole (1915-2010) served as professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminiary in Orlando, Florida.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert Reymond
  • An Abstract of Systematic Theology by James P. Boyce (text available online)

Last Offered: Fall 2012 (Course Syllabus)


BCT Course

C410 Baptist Covenant Theology

10 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Fred Malone and Dr. Jim Renihan

The study of the Covenants has often been called the “marrow” of divinity. How we understand the covenants is how we understand the whole of God’s redemptive plan in history. This course provides an introduction to a Reformed Baptist view of the covenants, comparing and contrasting it with other prominent view including: Presbyterian Covenant Theology, Theonomy, Dispensationalism and New Covenant Theology. Dr. Fred Malone serves as pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, LA. Dr. Jim Renihan is Professor of Historical Theology and Academic Dean of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies on the campus of Westminster Seminary, Escondido, CA.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • Baptism of Disciples Alone by Fred Malone
  • Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive edited by Earl Blackburn

Current Offering: Fall 2013 (Course Syllabus)


Church History and Historical Theology

C530 Theology of the Reformers

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Timothy George

Study the theology of St. Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and other men who helped bring about the Reformation. Dr. Timothy George is the founding Dean and Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George
  • The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Last Offered: Spring 2010 (Course Syllabus)


C531 Calvin and the Reformed Tradition

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Timothy George

The Reformation of the sixteenth century was a tremendous movement of ecclesial and spiritual renewal within the wider Christian tradition. The Protestant Reformation was the wellspring of both the evangelical awakening and the modern missionary movement. The purpose of this course is to examine the central theological concerns of the Reformation as they were embodied in the life and work of John Calvin. Dr. Timothy George is the founding Dean and Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

Last Offered: Spring 2009 (Course Syllabus)


C560 Introduction to the Puritans

10 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. J. I. Packer and others

The Puritans have provided a rich and profitable heritage of doctine and devotion. They lingered long in the Word of God and sought to apply its truths to every aspect of life and worship. This course offers students a brief historical overview of the Puritans and thier value to us today.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Who are the Puritans by Erroll Hulse
  • A Quest for Godliness by J. I. Packer
  • The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter (Puritan paperback)

Last Offered: Fall 2010; Next Offered: Spring 2014 (Course Syllabus)


C561 Theology of the Puritans

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. J. I. Packer

In this course Dr. Packer delivers a rich overview of Puritan theology, drawing on a lifetime of personal study and passion for the Puritans. Topics include: Purtian identity, the Scriptures in Puritan theology, salvation by grace, the conscience, Bunyanís Pilgrimís Progress and church life. Dr. J. I Packer is the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Three texts are required for this course:

  • Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • A Quest for Godliness by J. I. Packer
  • Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken

Last Offered: Fall 2008 (Course Syllabus)


C580 Baptist Identity

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Tom Nettles

Study the history and distinctives of Baptists from their seventeenth century origin as a separate denomination to the present day. Topics of study include: 1) the rise and development of English Baptists, 2) Baptist Beginnings in the United States to the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention, 3) The History of the Southern Baptist Convention to the present. Dr. Tom Nettles is one of the foremost Baptist historical theologians in America. Since 1997 he has served as Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Five texts are required for this course:

  • The Baptists: Beginnings in Britan (vol. 1) by Tom Nettles (Christian Focus, 2005)
  • The Baptists: Beginnings in America (vol. 2) by Tom Nettles (Christian Focus 2005)
  • Baptist Confessions of Faith by W. L Lumpkin
  • By His Grace and For His Glory by Tom Nettles (Founders Press, 2006)
  • Ready for Reformation? by Tom Nettles (Broadman & Holman, 2005)

Last Offered: Spring 2012 (Course Syllabus)


Jonathan Edwards

C591 Life of Jonathan Edwards

16 sessions with audio lectures by Dr. Tom Nettles

In this course students will have the opportunity to study the life and writings of the greatest American theologian and philosopher, Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Tom Nettles is one of the foremost Baptist historical theologians in America. Since 1997 he has served as Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Two texts are required for this course:

  • Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
  • Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain Murray

First Offered: Fall 2011 (Course Syllabus)


As we increase our course offerings, we will not be offering all our courses each semester. To find out which courses are currently being offered through the Study Center, please see our Current Course Listing.


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