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The Theological Studies program is designed to prepare the student with broad exposure to arts and sciences, foundational knowledge in philosophy, Church history, biblical languages, practical theology, teaching, and preaching, and advanced study in Scripture and theology as evidenced by a Senior Research project. The Theological Studies program is divided into three tracks with emphasis on Biblical Languages, Philosophy and Religion, or Biblical Studies.
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A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that binds the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113.
An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113
A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.
This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required.
A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.
A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.
A survey of the major events and individuals in
United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, Imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.
A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through A.D. 1500 Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.
A survey of Christianity from A.D. 1500 to the present. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, evangelization of the Western Hemisphere, Puritanism, the development of denominations, revivalism, fundamentalism, the rise of theological liberalism, Vatican II, and the 20th Century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.
A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.
A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.
This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.
This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.
An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.
A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.
An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.
An introduction to the basic elements of New Testament Greek, with emphasis upon grammatical forms, syntax, and vocabulary. Greek II is a continuation of Greek I and includes readings in the Greek New Testament.
A study of advanced grammar with translation of selected New Testament passages. Greek II is an introduction to biblical exegesis with emphasis upon proper historical, contextual, and theological considerations. Exegetical studies will be made in selected portions of the New Testament. This course may be used a BIB/ NWT/OLT/THE elective.
Prerequisite: LNG 253.
An examination of the intellectual responses of Christianity to the challenges that have been posed by some in history, philosophy, science, and related areas. An overview of meta-issues (the nature of Christianity, nature of knowledge or epistemology, etc.), discussions of specific issues (the existence of God, the reliability of Scripture, the problem of evil, etc.), and consideration of practical issues (how best to present arguments, etc.) are included. A brief synopsis of philosophy is presented for perspective as a course introduction.
An introduction to the methodology of comparative religions and a critical exploration of various religious traditions including, but not limited to: Animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Islam, mysticism, and occultism. An understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition is assumed.
A critical exploration of philosophy in relation to and within historic and contemporary religious systems. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of secular philosophies and various religious systems and the use of philosophy by systems in relation to the role of intellect, apologetics, other religions, God, salvation, history, eternity, etc.
An introduction to sermon preparation and preaching combining theory and practice. Lectures cover theoretical and practical aspects of sermons and their preparation, structure and delivery. Prerequisites: COM 123 or 494, BIB 103 when applicable, BIB 213, OLT 123 and NWT 113.
An overview of the character, qualifications and call of the pastor. Instruction is given in conducting common church ceremonies: water baptism, communion, infant dedication, installation of officers, weddings, and funerals. Includes principles for conducting church business meetings, parliamentary procedure, visitation and pastoral care.
The role of the pastor in financial and physical plant oversight in the local church. An overview of office and personnel management, facilities management, fundraising, accounting procedures, budgeting, fiscal accountability, record keeping, and annual reporting. Introduces computer software useful for church administration, legal and tax records, and general church business.
A study of the introduction to theology, the defense of the faith, and the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues (Technically: Pro-legomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology.) Prerequisites: OLT 123 and NWT 113.
A study of the doctrines of humanity, sin, Christ, and salvation. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Christology, and Soteriology.) Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.
A study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and death and the end times. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Pnuematology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology: Personal and General.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.
This course serves as the capstone course for theology students in which advanced research, exegetical and theological skills will be applied through a major writing project. The major project must include field research (i.e., interviews, local church interaction, various ministries, etc.) in addition to academic research. The student is responsible to consult with the Church Ministries Chair to be assigned to the best-suited professor for his or her chosen subject. The selected professor will serve as the supervisor and evaluator for the student’s work and help tailor the ways in which the selected topic will be processed, evaluated, and presented.
Valley Forge Christian College is a private Christian College located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. VFCC offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, 67 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The college's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.