Courses

Grace Theological College offers the following courses as part of its Certificate programs.

Courses

OLD TESTAMENT

OT 101 Pentateuch. A study of essential survey and introductory concerns; such as content, canon, history, geography and archaeology, relevant to the study of the Pentateuch

OT 102 Historical Books & Poetry/Wisdom. A study of essential survey and introductory concerns, such as content, canon, history, geography and archaeology, relevant to the study of the Historical books and Poetry/Wisdom literature.

OT 103 Prophets. A study of essential survey and introductory concerns, such as content, canon, history, geography and archaeology, relevant to the study of the Prophets.

Hebrew: Introduction to the original languages of Scripture aimed at producing competence in reading and exegesis, and proficiency in the use of language aids.

OT 151 Hebrew 1. A study of the fundamentals of the Hebrew language with particular emphasis on its use in the original writing of the Old Testament.

OT 152 Hebrew 2. Further study in the Hebrew language along with reading some simple narrative portions of Genesis. (pre-requisite OT151)

 

NEW TESTAMENT

NT 201 Gospels & Acts. A study of essential and survey and introductory concerns, such as content, canon, history, geography and archaeology, relevant to the study of the Gospels and Acts.

NT 202 Epistles & Revelation. A study of essential survey and introductory concerns, such as content, canon, history, geography and archaeology, relevant to the study of the Epistles and Revelation.

Greek: Introduction to the original languages of Scripture aimed at producing competence in reading and exegesis, and proficiency in the use of language aids.

NT 251 Greek 1. A study of New Testament Greek for students without a knowledge of Greek. Students who wish to be excused must pass an examination in Greek.

NT 252 Greek 2. Expository study in the Greek New Testament. (pre-requisite NT251)

 

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

ST 301 Survey of Systematics.

An Introduction to Reformed & Evangelical Systematic Theology. A systematic study of Christian belief from a Reformed perspective, with reference to current and historical disputes, and presented in a way to seeks to connect what we believe with our lives and ministry.

ST 302 Revelation & God                          (pre-requisite ST301 OR HT461)

ST 303 Humanity & Christ                       (pre-requisite ST301 OR HT461)

ST 304 Holy Spirit & Salvation               (pre-requisite ST301 OR HT461)

ST 305 Church & Last things                   (pre-requisite ST301 OR HT461)

ST 331 Ethics. A study of the basis for and the responsibilities of the personal ethical conduct of the Christian. Various approaches to ethics will be considered. Attention will be given to current ethical questions. Introduction to a biblical approach to ethical issues, and consideration of critical issues facing contemporary Christians.

ST 341 Ethics for Youth Ministry – A study designed to help you think through how we live our life in the light of the gospel of Jesus. Know how to make biblically ethical decisions by thinking through some contemporary ethical issues.

 

HISTORICAL THEOLOGY

A study of the development of the Christian church in post-apostolic times, with emphasis on events, issues, people and lessons from the different eras.

HT 401 Early & Medieval Church History. Beginnings and progress of the church, the Roman Empire, the church in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Doctrinal controversies during this period.

HT 402 Reformation & Modern Church History. Causes and events leading up the Reformation with focus on its leaders and effects. Also covered are the Counter-Reformation, the Evangelical Revival and growth of the Protestant Church to the present.

HT 451 NZ Church History – Presbyterian. An historical survey of Christianity in NZ, with a special focus on Presbyterianism in New Zealand.

HT 461 Westminster Confession of Faith. An introduction to the background and relevance of creeds, and a detailed study of the Westminster Confession of Faith.

 

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

PT 501 Spiritual Development/Discipleship. An examination of the Bible’s teaching on spiritual maturity, what it looks like and how it is obtained.

PT 511 Apologetics & Evangelism with Cultural Intelligence. Implications of the Christian way of thinking for the whole of life, and an introduction to biblical principles and issues relating to the evangelistic defence of the faith in the contemporary world.

PT 517 Church Planting with Cultural Intelligence. Basic principles and practices associated with developing new congregations within the NZ culture.

PT 521 Effective Bible Teaching. Skills for studying the Bible to teach it to others in small group and larger settings, with an emphasis on interpretation, application, and group interaction.

PT 522 Ministry of Word 1. An introduction to expository preaching and to exegesis and application for preaching.

PT 523 Ministry of Word 2. Preparing and delivering sermons with practice preaching from discourse and narrative genres.

PT 524 Ministry of Word & Hermeneutics for Preaching. Principles and issues relating to the redemptive-historical interpretation of Scripture, as it applies to the preaching task in the post-Christian era. Students will be assisted to preach two 30 minute sermons.

PT 526 Christian Education. Principles and practical skills for developing educational ministries within churches, including children and youth ministries.

PT 531 Pastoral Life & Skills. A study of the pastoral function, the pastoral life, and pastoral skills or disciplines designed to equip pastors and elders for their ministries.

PT 541 Polity & Practice. A study of principles and practices relating to the government of the Church with special attention given to Presbyterian church government, plus the conducting of weddings, funerals, baptisms, the Lord’s Supper and church discipline.

PT 551 Worship. The practice of understanding, planning and leading in corporate worship.

PT 561 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling. A study of the principles, approaches and issues essential for developing skills and discernment in pastoral care.

PT 562 Counseling Skills. This is a workshop class where students practice their counselling skills on one another and are reviewed and evaluated by the instructor and their fellow students. (pre-requisite PT561)

PT 563 Counseling Ethics. The application of Biblical ethics to secular ethical requirements in the field of pastoral counselling. (pre-requisite PT561)

PT 564 Cross-Cultural Counselling. A consideration of the challenges in counselling people of a different ethnicity, with special reference to bi-culturalism in NZ. (pre-requisite PT561)

PT 571 Women & the Bible. A survey of the Bible’s teaching on women and their distinctive roles in the home and in the church, with special reference to current controversy over this issue.

PT 572 Women & the Church. A practical paper looking at ways women can serve in the church and ways of establishing a comprehensive women’s ministry programme.

 

PT 581 Foundations for Youth Ministry 1

PT 582 Foundations for Youth Ministry 2

These studies encompass the biblical, theological and strategic foundations for Youth Ministry with an introduction to youth in Society.

 

PT 591 Church Ministry Practicum 1

PT 592 Church Ministry Practicum 2

 

PT 593 Campus Ministry Practicum 1

PT 594 Campus Ministry Practicum 2

 

PT 595 Youth Ministry Practicum 1

PT 596 Youth Ministry Practicum 2

The Practicums are required for program completion but is NOT included in the credit hours.

 

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY (A Redemptive-Historical Approach)

Biblical Theology 601 & 602 shows how all the Bible points to the glory of God in Christ. This introductory course in two parts, studies the foundational themes in both Bible and theology by tracing the development through the great epochs of redemptive history, incorporating pertinent introduction and survey material from Genesis to Revelation.

BT 601 Old Testament

BT 602 Old & New Testament

These book studies build on the pre-requisite work done in BT 601 and 602. This course will focus on a particular book’s genre significance, its redemptive-historical significance within the canon, and its application to life and ministry.

NB: The following Book Studies have BT601 & 602 as pre-requisites

BT 611 Genesis

BT 631 Ecclesiastes

BT 633 Isaiah

BT 650 Matthew

BT 651 Mark

BT 659 Ephesians