January 2023

PT 501: The Church and Culture

Course Overview

What is the role of the church in today’s culture? This accredited graduate course will examine that question and determine the answer by establishing the appropriate definition of success for the church and by exploring the sufficiency of Scripture for practicing that role within our culture. Review will be made of current cultural issues confronting the church. Students will examine what constitutes the assigned task for the church as well as how that task interacts with today’s culture. Each student will compose a Biblical philosophy of the church and culture. This course may also be taken live online for credit or audit. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Erickson, Erick and Bill Blankschaen. You Will Be Made to Care. Regnery Publishing, 2016.
  • Jones, Peter. The Other Worldview. Kirkdale Press, 2015.
  • Stonestreet, John and Brett Kunkle. A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World. David C. Cook, 2017.
  • Kinnaman, David and Gabe Lyons. Good Faith. Baker Books, 2016.
  • McLachlan, Douglas R. Thirsting for Authenticity: Calling the Church to Robust Christianity. Reference Point Publications. 2017.
  • McQuilkin, Robertson. The Five Smooth Stones. B&H Publishing, 2007.
Textbooks are subject to change. Consult current syllabus.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Daniel Anderson Daniel Anderson, Th.D., has served as President of Appalachian Bible College since 1983. After receiving a Bible/Theology diploma from ABC, he completed undergraduate studies at Faith Baptist Bible College. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary while being ordained to the ministry and serving as a pastor. Dr. Anderson later earned a Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. The passion of Dr. Anderson’s life and ministry has centered upon nurturing servants for the fields of the world. The motto of ABC, …Because Life is for Service, captures his heart.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: December 5, 2022 - February 3, 2023
  • On-Campus Module: January 2-6, 2023

March 2023

BI 505: Foundations of a Text-Based Ministry

Course Overview

This course examines the central place of the Scriptures for all of life and ministry. Included in the course is an examination of the Bible's own claims for the primacy of authoritative revelation, contemporary challenges to a Bible-based ministry, and a course project designed to foster a Bible-based ministry in the student’s setting. This course may also be taken live online for credit or audit.
3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Dever, Mark and Paul Alexander. The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007.
  • Frame, John. The Doctrine of the Word of God, in A Theology of Lordship, Vol. 4. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2010.
  • Gaffin, Richard B., Jr. Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 1979.
Textbooks are subject to change. Consult current syllabus.
Meet the Professor

Jonathan Rinker Jonathan A. Rinker is the Chair of the Bible/Theology Major at Appalachian Bible College, where he has served for fifteen years with his wife Sarah and their four children. He has also been the lead elder at his local church during this time, exercising his gift in preaching and applying a Biblical philosophy of ministry to practical issues in a local church. In this course he communicates his passion for a philosophy of ministry that is driven by the authority of Scripture, showing how this applies to every area of ministry, including family life, evangelism, counseling and preaching, and corporate worship. Dr. Rinker earned his B.A. from Appalachian Bible College, M.Div. from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Baptist Bible Seminary.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: February 6 - April 7, 2023
  • On-Campus Module: March 6-10, 2023

May 2023

PT 516: Expository Preaching/Teaching

Course Overview

We who believe in the inerrancy and authority of Scripture must be passionate about Expository Preaching and Teaching of the Bible. This course will encourage your commitment to the expository method, enhance your understanding of what exposition is and is not, and sharpen your tools for effective preaching and teaching. You will learn to plan a balanced diet for the flock, improve your message preparation skills, and present God’s Word with clarity and power. Opportunity to preach or teach and receive helpful suggestions for improvement will be given. This course will help an experienced expositor to hone his skills or a newer teacher or preacher to gain a solid foundation and practical help. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Piper, John. The Supremacy of God in Preaching, Revised Edition.Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004.
  • Adams, Jay E. Preaching with Purpose.Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1982.
  • Matthewson, Steven D. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative.Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002.
Meet the Professor

Mark Johnson Dr. Mark Johnson was called as Senior Pastor of Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg, WV in January 1988. He grew up in the small town of Paris, Illinois. Raised by godly parents, he accepted Christ at age five and attended a small Bible church during his formative years. He graduated from Appalachian Bible College in 1977 (B.A. in Bible/Pastoral studies) and Grace Theological Seminary (Th. M. in Old Testament) in 1982. In May 2004, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, PA.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: April 17 - June 19, 2023
  • On-Campus Module: May 15-19, 2023

August 2023

BI 515: The Gospel of Mark

Course Overview

Description coming soon. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
Meet the Professor

Jonathan Rinker Jonathan A. Rinker is the Chair of the Bible/Theology Major at Appalachian Bible College, where he has served for fifteen years with his wife Sarah and their four children. He has also been the lead elder at his local church during this time, exercising his gift in preaching and applying a Biblical philosophy of ministry to practical issues in a local church. In this course he communicates his passion for a philosophy of ministry that is driven by the authority of Scripture, showing how this applies to every area of ministry, including family life, evangelism, counseling and preaching, and corporate worship. Dr. Rinker earned his B.A. from Appalachian Bible College, M.Div. from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Baptist Bible Seminary.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: July 10 - September 11, 2023
  • On-Campus Module: August 7-11, 2023