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Spring 2024 Courses

  The Message of the New Testament

 

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm;  January 17 – March 20, 2024 (no class on Feb 14)

 

Location:  Southwest Church of Christ, Education wing (Tigard, Oregon)

 

Teacher:  Darren Williamson

 

Cost:  $30 recommended donation

Class Description:

The Message of the New Testament explores the big picture of the New Testament while also diving into several specific topics of particular importance for Christian doctrine and practice.  These include classic theological questions such as the nature of Christ, predestination and free will, the doctrine of the Church, and the End Times.  However, practical topics such as worship, personal holiness, and gender roles may also be covered.  At the first meeting, class participants will be asked to suggest topics of particular interest and every effort will be made to address them by the end of the term. 

Students should have an ESV Study Bible and a copy of George G. Guthrie, Read the Bible For Life:  Your Guide for Understanding and Living God’s Word (2011).  

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 Personal Evangelism

 

Dates and Times:  Mondays, 6-8:30pm;  January 15 – March 18, 2024 (no class on Feb 12)

 

Location:  Southwest Church of Christ, Balcony classroom (Tigard, Oregon)

 

Teacher: Barry Galindo (Southwest Church of Christ)

 

Cost:  $30 recommended donation

This course is a personal Evangelism course that equips students to study the Bible with people who need to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.   Specially, students will learn how to introduce people to Jesus through a study of Mark’s Gospel.  The class will also feature two other seasoned evangelists as guest teachers on several nights of the class.

World Religions (MISS 3513)

Dates and Times: Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm;  Jan18 – Mar 21, 2024 (no class on Feb 15)

Location:  Southwest Church of Christ, Balcony Classroom (Tigard, Oregon)

Teacher:  Dr. Darren Williamson

Cost:  This is an accredited college course with fees.   Students can audit the course or take it for college credit.  If auditing there is no assessment (quizzes, tests, papers, etc) or credit assigned.  The audit fee is $45.   If taken for credit, there is assessment, a grade is assigned, and three college credits are earned.  The credit fee is $60.

Course Description: This course is accredited through a special arrangement with Oklahoma Christian University.  The course is “A comparative study of the beliefs and practices, as well as the historical and sociological impact, of several of the world’s principal religious traditions. These include indigenous traditions, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Fulfills the core curriculum non-Western civilization requirement.”

Required Textbooks:

  1. Daniel McCoy, ed. The Popular Handbook of World Religions (Harvest House, 2021). 

  2. Stephen Prothero, God is Not One.  The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World (Harper One, 2011).

  3. ESV Study Bible

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 Old Testament Wisdom Books (BIBL 3613)

Dates and Times: Tuesdays, 1-5pm; January 16 – March 19, 2024 (no class on Feb 13)

Location:  Balcony Classroom, Southwest Church of Christ (Tigard, Oregon)

Teacher:  Dr. Mark Thiesen (Hazel Dell Church of Christ, Vancouver, Washington)

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Cost:  This is an accredited college course with fees.   Students can audit the course or take it for college credit.  If auditing there is no assessment (quizzes, tests, papers, etc) or credit assigned.  The audit fee is $45.   If taken for credit, there is assessment, a grade is assigned, and three college credits are earned.  The credit fee is $60.

Class Description: This course is accredited through a special arrangement with Oklahoma Christian University.   This course examines the wisdom and poetic literature of ancient Israel. Books include Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Edward M. Curtis & John J. Brugaletta, Discovering the Way of Wisdom (Kregel Academic, 2004).

  2. George G. Guthrie, Read the Bible For Life:  Your Guide for Understanding and Living God’s Word (2011).

  3. ESV Study Bible

STORY: Introduction to the Christian Worldview (BIBL 1103)

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, 6-9pm; Jan 10-April 24, 2024

Location:  Lakeview Church of Christ, 1709 112th St S, Tacoma, Washington 98444

Teacher:  Dr. Mark McLean (Member, Central Kitsap Church of Christ)

Cost:  This is an accredited college course with fees.   Students can audit the course or take it for college credit.  If auditing there is no assessment (quizzes, tests, papers, etc) or credit assigned.  The audit fee is $45.   If taken for credit, there is assessment, a grade is assigned, and three college credits are earned.  The credit fee is $60.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the Christian worldview.  Basic life questions will be explored in light of the biblical story as a whole.  Students will learn the basic content of the Bible and methods for responsibly interpreting the Old and New Testaments within a Christian framework.  The course will also explore basic Christian beliefs—the Godhead, creation, sin, redemption through Jesus, and the church.  This course will compare the biblical worldview with other worldviews, most notably secular humanism.

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Required Textbooks:

  • Natasha Crain, Faithfully Different. Harvest House Publishers, 2022. (ISBN 978-0-7369-8429-4)

  • The Holy Bible, ESV.  Crossway Publishers, 2001.  (Another reputable translation may also be used by the student, but memory work will be tested from the ESV.)

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