Course Descriptions

Bible (BI) General Education Bible Courses

1003 Introduction to the Bible and Christianity (3) F, SU
This course is intended for incoming students at Lipscomb who have limited exposure to the Bible and the Christian faith. It is designed to help these students acquire the general information and background that will prepare them for the rest of their Bible courses. Topics to be covered include the books of the Bible, the key events and people in the Bible, the overall storyline of the Bible and the background of the various expressions of Christianity today. This course is only open to students in their first year at Lipscomb.

1053 Early Hebrew History (3) F, SP Adult Degree Program students only
A historical survey of the Old Testament period, with special emphasis on God’s redemptive purpose in relation to the coming of Christ. Students who have taken Bible 1512 cannot take this course.

1063 Luke - Acts (3) F Adult Degree Program students only
An analysis of Luke’s two-volume account of the life and ministry of Jesus and the history and ministry of the early church.

1073 The Story of Jesus (3) F
A study of what the four Gospels, with an emphasis on the Gospel of Luke, reveal about the life and message of Jesus, the significance of his redemptive work in God’s larger purpose and how disciples live out the story of Jesus in their own lives.

1083 The Story of the Church (3) SP
A study of the development of the early church from Jesus’ ascension to the end of the New Testament period in order to understand the beliefs and practices of the early church, as well as their relevance for the life of the church today.

1093 The Story of Israel (3) F
A historical survey of the Old Testament period, with special emphasis on God’s redemptive purpose in relation to the coming of Christ. Students who have taken Bible 1512 cannot take this course.

Old Testament: Narrative History, F, SP
A detailed study of the text of the selected Old Testament book(s) which recounts the story of God’s redemptive purpose.

  • 2013 Genesis (3)
  • 2023 Joshua (3)
  • 2043 Samuel (3)
  • 2053 Kings (3)

Old Testament: Law F, SP
A detailed study of the text of selected Old Testament books which give God’s guidance for the lives of his covenant people.

  • 2113 Exodus (3)
  • 2143 Deuteronomy (3)

2223 Marriage and the Christian Home (3) F, SP
An analysis of the Scriptures relating to marriage and the home, with special emphasis on areas of adjustment necessary for a strong marriage.

2313 Introduction to Intercultural Mission (3) F, SP
An introductory study of the Christian’s mission to the world. The course studies God’s mission in world history, with a special focus on the ministry of Jesus as the commission for our participation in world mission. This study challenges students to see themselves within the context of God’s purpose for their life. This course also serves as the introduction to Christian missions for the student wanting to pursue missions as an emphasis. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

2323 Principles and Methods of Intercultural Mission (3) SP
A practical study of the principles upon which the Christian mission of ministry must be pursued throughout the world. Methodology will be discussed based on the biblical principles identified. This course not only serves the future missionary, but everyone interested in effectively reaching the world around them with the good news of Jesus.

Old Testament: Psalms/Wisdom F, SP
A detailed study of the text of selected Old Testament books which record the reflections of devout believers on life as it relates to God.

  • 2423 Job and Ecclesiastes (3)
  • 2433 Proverbs, Song of Solomon (3)
  • 3563 Psalms (3)

Old Testament: Prophets F, SP
A detailed study of the text of selected Old Testament books which contain the prophets’ exhortations to the covenant people based on God’s actions in the past and promises for the future.

  • 2513 Isaiah (3)
  • 2523 Jeremiah, Lamentations (3)

2611 Reflections: Old Testament (1) SU
Discussion of select Old Testament passages, with special effort to show relevance for the contemporary student. Student is required to participate in discussion and class activities.

2621 Reflections: New Testament (1) SU
Discussion of select New Testament passages, with special effort to show relevance for the contemporary student. Student is required to participate in discussion and class activities.

2813 The Gospel of Matthew (3) F, SP
An analysis of the life and teachings of Jesus as described in the Gospel according to Matthew.

2823 The Gospel of Mark (3) F, SP
An analysis of the life and ministry of Jesus as described in the Gospel according to Mark.

2833 The Gospel of John (3) F, SP
An analysis of the life and ministry of Jesus as described in the Gospel according to John.

Epistles F, SP
An analysis of one or more of the letters in the New Testament.

  • 2913 Corinthians (3)
  • 2923 Prison Epistles (3)
  • 2943 Hebrews, James (3)
  • 2983 Romans (3)

2973 Revelation (3) F, SP
An analysis of the Apocalypse.

3103 Missional Christian Living (3) F
This seminar-style class is intended to deepen the student’s understanding of biblical teaching on a missional lifestyle and provide opportunities for students to live out these teachings in service to the community through partnership with nonprofit and community service organizations. This course will utilize the service-learning method of teaching and learning, in which students participate in important service work to strengthen the community as they apply the concepts they are learning in the classroom. Classroom discussion will center around missional ideas and personal experiences. Significant service work outside of the classroom is required for this course. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

3123 Engineering Ethics: Redemption and Technology (3) SP
An examination of the philosophical and (implicit) theological framework undergirding the use and development of technology, as it particularly relates to the engineering sciences. The course will pay significant attention both to questions of “the good,” and to more concrete questions of application. The course will also have a component that requires students to become familiar with codes of professional ethics in their respective fields of study.

3153 Nursing as Kingdom Vocation (3) F
This course introduces those on a nursing career path to the theological and ethical significance of their chosen profession. By locating the nursing profession within the redemptive story of Scripture and integrating the practical and professional dimensions of nursing with faith, students will explore the process and content of ethical reflection in the context of the nursing profession.

3213 Faith and Culture (3) SP
Beginning with the question, “Who are we?,” we consider what it means to fully participate in God’s kingdom. Out of this identity (kingdom world view) we will enter into conversation with contemporary philosophy, science, social theory and world religions. The purpose of the course is to assist the student in forming a deeper Christian faith and to equip him/her to engage in meaningful dialog with those of other ideologies. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

3223 Worldviews (3) SU Adult Degree Program students only
A survey of secular and religious worldviews and their relationship to the Christian world view. Students will become familiar with major views in the world today and examine them in light of biblical principles.

3433 Disciplines for Christian Living (3) F, SP
This course gives students resources, encouragement, and experience in the regular practices that deepen their awareness of relationship with God. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

4043 Selected Texts, Old Testament (3) F, SP
A study of selected biblical texts in the Old Testament that are not addressed in other courses.

4133 Selected Texts, New Testament (3) F, SP
A study of selected biblical texts in the New Testament that are not addressed in other courses.

4213 Biblical Ethics (3) F, SP; Adult Degree program students only: SP, SU
The ethical teachings of the Bible, including the basis and content of Christian ethics and an evaluation of modern challenges.

4223 The Holy Spirit (3) SP
An analysis of the Scriptures relating to the person and work of the Holy Spirit, with an evaluation of Pentecostalism.

4323 World Religions (3) F
The nature of religion as illustrated in the tribal and ancient religions and then in living world religions. Special emphasis will be given to the contrast between one of the living world religions and Christianity.

4363 New Religious Movements (3) F, SP
A study and critique of representative groups of cults which have either developed in America or which have become influential in America after being founded elsewhere.

4xnV Special Studies (1, 2, 3) F, SP, SU
Topics of special interest to students and faculty which do not fit one of the current classifications. Students may repeat this course when course numbers are different. These courses are advanced and are intended for students genuinely interested in their content. Specific titles will be announced in the course schedule. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Permission of the instructor may be required.

Bible (BI) Primarily for Bible Majors and Minors

2283 Explorations in Ministry (3) SP
This introductory exposure to the life and work of a minister will consider issues such as a minister’s family relations, spiritual life and ethics. Students will also engage with effective practitioners from a variety of ministry experiences. Recommended as a first course in ministry for all Bible majors during the freshman year.

2333 Theology and Anthropology of Intercultural Ministry and Mission (3) F Offered odd-numbered years
A consideration of the biblical principles of mission throughout the world combined with a careful study of the interplay of theology and mission throughout the Christian era with the intent of building contemporary applications for mission to a postmodern world. This course is designed to help the student identify the good news and consider how it can most effectively be presented within a particular culture.

2713 The Story of Global Christianity (3) F
This overview of Christianity throughout the world spans the time from the church’s beginning to the contemporary period. It focuses on the church’s response to the internal and external challenges of various times and cultures.

3203 God, Creation, and New Creation (3) F
This examination of Christian theology places doctrines such as the nature of God, sin, salvation, etc. in the broader context of the Bible’s overarching narrative.

3273 Children’s Ministry (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
This course introduces the student to the church’s ministry to children. It will focus on faith development in children, the organization and management of church programs for children, as well as how to work with parents of the children.

3333 Intercultural Communication (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years
In a rapidly diversifying world, this study provides the student with an opportunity to consider how to effectively communicate the good news across cultural boundaries and in diverse multicultural settings. The course is designed to be an intensely practical study of communication, both verbal and non-verbal.

3513 Introduction to Youth and Family Ministry (3) F
An introduction to the purpose and theology of youth and family ministry in the local church. This course will investigate the world of adolescence and adolescent culture, noting trends and factors important to those who minister to teenagers. Strongly recommended as a first course for youth ministry majors. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

3523 The Youth Ministry Program (3) SP
A holistic approach to the planning and management of ministry to adolescents. Special attention will be given to multiple staff relationships, finance/budget, personal preparation and planning ministry events. Outside resource personnel will be utilized.

3533 Educating Adolescents in the Church (3) F
A study of various teaching methods that can be used in the instruction of adolescents in the local church. Students will be involved in the planning of teenage curriculum and in the design of actual lesson plans. Not recommended as a first course in youth ministry. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

3543 Family Ministry (3) SP
A study of what churches can do to help families in the church and in the community. This course will investigate the theology of the family, the problems and struggles of modern families and methods that can be used to minister to families. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

3653 Expository Preaching (3) SP*
Building competence in interpreting and presenting Biblical texts, with application to life. Prerequisites: Bible 3673, 4503, 4513.

3673 Communicating the Gospel (3) F, SP
This course helps students move from their own understanding of the message of the Bible to communicating it to others in a way that helps them understand, receive and respond to it. Should be taken as the first course in preaching. Prerequisites: Bible 4503, 4513.

3753 Religion and American Culture (3) F
See History 4013.

3763 The Story of the Restoration Movement in America (3) SP
The story of the movement which shaped the contemporary Christian church (Disciples of Christ), independent Christian churches and Church of Christ within the context of American church history.

3803 Theology of Worship (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
This course explores the historical, biblical and theological foundations of Christian worship as a forum for discussing contemporary trends in corporate worship. The contemporary tension over worship is set against the historic traditions of Christian worship from the early church through the present. Biblical materials are surveyed, and a theology of Christian worship is developed and applied.

3813 A Theology of the Church (3) F
This course is intended to deepen the student’s understanding of biblical teaching on the nature and importance of the church as the extension of the saving incarnation of Christ.

3823 Spiritual Formation for Ministry (3) F, SP
This course provides instruction and guidance for the spiritual life of students who plan to be ministers. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

3833 The Biblical World (3) F, SP
Literary, political and religious backgrounds of the Old and New Testaments. This would include the thought patterns of the Ancient Near East and also cover material from the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, Josephus, Greek and Roman hellenistic sources and Rabbinic writings.

4123 Seminar in Vocational Ministry (3) F, SP
An independent study course to be taken the last semester of a student’s undergraduate experience. This course is available only to students pursuing a second major in ministry. The course will assist a student in researching the possibilities of ministry within the specific vocation of his or her primary major. The course will include required readings, mentoring by professors of both ministry and the student’s primary major, interviews with those already working in the student’s desired profession, along with other forms of research.

4303 Incarnational/Medical Missions (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
Building on passages which speak of compassion and those which describe Jesus’ teaching and healing ministry, this course looks at Christian “missions” from a holistic point of view that includes the spiritual, mental, social and physical needs of humanity.

4393 Current Issues in Missiology (3) F Offered even-numbered years
An examination of the prevailing issues in missiology that are influenced and shaped by the political, social, spiritual and theological dynamics of our world. This course will also explore avenues of response through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the establishment of God’s kingdom.

4503 Old Testament Interpretation (3) SP
Principles, resources and methods essential for understanding what Old Testament texts said to their original audiences and for making application to modern audiences. Special attention will be given to an examination of significant sections of the Old Testament text which are illustrative of each genre of Old Testament literature.

4513 New Testament Interpretation (3) F
Principles, resources and methods essential for understanding what New Testament texts said to their original audiences and for making application to modern audiences. Special attention will be given to an examination of significant sections of the New Testament text which are illustrative of each genre of New Testament literature.

4553 Ministerial Care (3) F
A study of the minister’s role as a care-giver in a congregation. This course will give a minister insight in how to listen to and help people who are struggling with issues in their lives, as well as insight into some of the typical kinds of problems that people discuss with a minister. Not recommended as a first course in ministry. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement. Prerequisite: junior standing.

470V Internship in Missions (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Participation in mission trips or other cross-cultural contact and teaching. Supervision in the activity and subsequent evaluation will be provided. Includes psychological testing and analysis. Prerequisite: Bible 2312. Repeatable for a maximum of six hours. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

475V Internship in Preaching (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Supervised field work with a church in which the student observes and contributes to the evangelistic program. Prerequisite: Bible 3673. Repeatable for a maximum of six hours. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

477V Internship in Youth Ministry (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Closely supervised ministry experience under a mentor. Attention will be given to the practical application of youth and family ministry. Prerequisites: Bible 3513, 3523. Repeatable for a maximum of six hours. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

479V Internship in Ministry (1,2,3) Offered on demand
Supervised field work in some aspect of ministry other than preaching or youth ministry (e.g. campus ministry, benevolence ministry). Prerequisite: 7 hours in Bible including one ministry course. Repeatable for a maximum of six hours. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

4793 The Bible and Scholarly Study (3) SP
The Bible has been the object of academic inquiry for centuries. The results of this inquiry, which sometimes challenge the Bible’s integrity, have increasingly entered into popular media. This course helps students to place biblical scholarship in context and to recognize the difference between fair and unfair approaches to the text. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

486V Readings in Church History (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Selected readings in an area of church history. Prerequisite: Bible 2713 or 2723. Repeatable for a maximum of three hours.

487V Readings in Missions (1,2,3) Offered on demand
Selected readings tracing the historic development of the Christian mission from William Carey (1793) through the 20th century, with special emphasis on the theological perspectives which shaped the dynamic mission movements and achievements of the past with the prospects for the future. Can be repeated for a maximum of five hours.

490V Biblical Studies Travel (1,2,3) Offered on demand
A study tour providing experiential analysis of sites of importance for biblical studies (Holy Land, Greece, Turkey and sites of importance for church history). A written project will be required. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours when location varies.

4973 Senior Seminar (3) SP
A capstone, integrative seminar for Bible majors to be taken in the senior year. The course consists of a seminar format, including extensive use of case studies, a major paper and oral presentation. Students combine Christian theology, biblical studies and ethics in order to understand Christian ministry today.

4Dn3 Bible Text Intensive (3) F (Old Testament), SP (New Testament)
An in-depth study of various Old and New Testament texts. Emphasis will be placed on the historical and cultural background of the given text, as well as its literary features. Students will be expected to research and write on these texts. This course may be repeated, as long as the text being studied differs. This course is only open to Bible majors and minors, and students in the honors program. Other students may be admitted with permission of the instructor.

Greek (GR)

1515, 1525 Introduction to Greek I, II (5, 5) F, SP
A study of Greek grammar. Careful drill in forms, pronunciation and translation. Prerequisite to 1525: Greek 1515 with a minimum grade of “C.”

3013, 3023, 3033 The Greek New Testament I, II, III (3, 3, 3) F, SP, SU
Readings from the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: Greek 1525 with a minimum grade of “C.” Greek 3013 must be taken first.

4013, 4023, 4033 Advanced New Testament Greek I, II, III (3, 3, 3) F, SP, SU
Advanced study of selected portions of the New Testament together with readings from Hellenistic Greek. Prerequisite: Greek 1525 with a minimum grade of “C.”

450V Independent Study in Greek (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Independent study in Greek with translation, grammatical and exegetical exercises as approved by supervising professor. Limit: 6 hours.

Hebrew (HB)

1515, 1525 Introduction to Hebrew I, II (5, 5) F*, SP*
Emphasis on Hebrew vowel points, vocabulary, verb conjugation, practice in translation, syntax and other grammatical phenomena. Prerequisite to 1525: Hebrew 1515 with a minimum grade of “C.”

3013, 3023, 3033 The Hebrew Old Testament I, II, III (3, 3, 3) F*, SP*, SU*
Readings in Old Testament books with emphasis on building vocabulary, reviewing verb forms and making occasional comparative studies in the Septuagint and New Testament. Prerequisite: Hebrew 1525 with a minimum grade of “C.” Hebrew 3013 must be taken first.

450V Independent Study in Hebrew (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Independent study in Hebrew with translation, grammatical and exegetical exercises as approved by supervising professor. Limit: 6 hours.

*Offered in alternate years