Program Goals for Secondary Bible

Teaching Approach, Methodology, and Academic Rigor

In Christian education, Bible class ought to be the hub around which all the other academic disciplines function. Biblical thinking ought to be the foundation for all other thinking. Find out more about our commitment to supplying a biblical worldview in Bible class.

Course Overview

Below is a summary of the content covered in the BJU Press secondary Bible program.

Book Course Description
The Story of the Old Testament (7)

Biblical worldview focus: Introduces students to the master narrative of Scripture (Creation, Fall, Redemption) by tracing God’s unfolding plan of redemption through the biblical covenants (Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and New)

Theology focus: Beyond simply surveying the content from Genesis through Malachi, draws out the theological significance of each narrative in light of the one larger storyline of Scripture (a biblical theology focus)

Hermeneutics focus: Introduces critiques of allegorization and moralization interpretive methods; introduces inductive Bible study (observe, interpret, apply) with a focus on developing observation skills in the student activities

Christian life skills focus: Emphasizes the right value system based on God’s character and wisdom reflected in His creation and law (maintains the relevance of the Old Testament’s moral principles)

The Life of Christ (8)

Biblical worldview focus:  Develops the master narrative of Scripture by showing how Jesus fulfills the covenants and Messianic prophecies

Theology focus: Beyond simply surveying the content of the Gospels, draws out the theological significance of the kingdom and Christ’s Messianic fulfillment with special attention given to the book of Matthew (a biblical theology focus)

Hermeneutics focus: Reinforces critiques of allegorization and moralization; introduces critiques of anti-supernatural approaches to Scripture; reinforces and develops inductive Bible study skills with a focus on developing interpretation skills in the student activities; models an appropriate New Testament use of the Old Testament

Christian life skills focus: Emphasizes the need for an internal transformation of character aligned with biblical values; the need for Christlikeness

The Triumph of Christ (9)

Biblical worldview focus: Reinforces the master narrative of Scripture by tracing the founding and development of the church in the book of Acts and the consummation of Christ’s kingdom in the book of Revelation; introduces the beliefs and values in the Epistles

Theology focus: Beyond simply surveying Acts through Revelation, draws out the theological significance of the church and its mission to spread the gospel of the kingdom until Christ’s return (a biblical theology focus); introduction to doctrinal harmonization in the epistles (a systematic theology focus)

Hermeneutics focus: Reinforces critiques of allegorization and moralization; reinforces exegetical skills for objective interpretation of propositional truth; reinforces and develops inductive Bible study skills with a focus on developing application skills in the student activities

Christian life skills focus: Emphasizes imperatives for Christian living in the church age based on the prescriptive teachings of the epistles (tied to the need for internalized character and foundational biblical values)

Bible Doctrines (10) In development

Biblical worldview focus: Based on the reality of the master story, develops beliefs and values of the whole Bible’s teachings

Theology focus: Surveys and develops the major doctrinal teachings of Scripture, emphasizing the need to organize and harmonize as well as root these truths in the true reality of Creation, Fall, Redemption (a systematic theology focus)

Hermeneutics focus: Introduces critiques of the prooftexting approach, elevating tradition over the Bible’s authority, and system-driven interpretation of Scripture; introduces and develops skills for harmonizing and organizing Scripture’s teachings for a coherent understanding; reinforcing that Scripture does not contradict itself

Christian life skills focus: Reinforces right thinking (beliefs or doctrine and values) for right living (behavior)

Biblical Worldview (11)

Biblical worldview focus: Based on the reality of the master story and biblical beliefs and values, introduces and develops applications for personal behavior and cultural engagement in the spheres of marriage and family, government history, science, culture, and the arts

Theology focus: Reinforces the Creation, Fall, Redemption storyline as the basis for all our basic worldview beliefs; reinforces the presuppositions of major doctrinal beliefs to inform an appropriate apologetic approach and applications (an apologetics and practical theology focus)

Hermeneutics focus: Introduces critiques of the sacred/secular divide, the idea of cultural neutrality, and triumphalism (the church taking over the culture); interprets all of life in light of Creation, Fall, Redemption; living faithfully and righteously according to all of God’s norms in every sphere of life

Christian life skills focus: Emphasizes right affections for right thinking and living (affection drives cognition; Prov. 1:7)

Ethics and World Religions (12) In development

Biblical worldview focus: Based on the master story and biblical beliefs and values, reinforces biblical worldview applications to ethical dilemmas and critiques competing religious ideas and applications

Theology focus: Reinforces a clarity and commitment to the biblical storyline, its beliefs and values, and appropriate applications in the face of challenges (a apologetics and practical theology focus)

Hermeneutics focus: Introduces critiques of false ethical systems and religious systems; reinforces a biblical ethic (connecting its principles to personal motivations in present situations)

Christian life skills focus: Emphasizes perseverance and steadfastness for consistent applications of a biblical worldview

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