COS Course Descriptions

Course of Study Course Descriptions

BIBL1012. Telling the New Testament Story of God (1)
An introduction to the New Testament biblical literature, Bible study methods, and the environment of the Early Church. Special attention will be given to the political, cultural, religious, and geographical setting, the literary genre, and the meaning of the text in its original cultural, historical, and literary context for the purpose of discovering the principles of truth to be applied to our contemporary setting.

BIBL1013. Telling the Old Testament Story of God (1)
An introduction to the serious study of the Hebrew Scriptures in their historical, cultural and literary contexts. The course emphasizes the essential contents, structure and theological message of the books of the Old Testament. Students are introduced to the practice of biblical exegesis and to the geography and archaeology of the lands of the Bible.

BIBL1021. Interpreting Scripture (1)
An introduction of procedures by which to pursue the meaning of the text for its author and/or original audience and the ability to move from that "original" meaning to a contemporary application or contemporary significance.

BIBL1022. Tracing the Story of God in the Bible - Section 1 (1)
Part 1 of a study of the Bible's witness to God's involvement in the lives of people long dead to discern the timeless truths that should shape our understanding of God and life as his people in the present and our aspirations for the future.

BIBL1023. Tracing the Story of God in the Bible - Section 2 (1)
Part 2 of a study of the Bible's witness to God's involvement in the lives of people long dead to discern the timeless truths that should shape our understanding of God and life as his people in the present and our aspirations for the future.

CHED1064. Providing Christian Education for All Ages (1)
An introduction to the field of Christian Education.

CHIS1024. Examining Our Christian Heritage 1 (1)
Foundation and development of the Christian Church up to the Reformation period (1500 A.D.).

CHIS1032. Examining Our Christian Heritage 2 (1)
Developments in the Church since 1500 A. D.

CHIS1055. Exploring Nazarene History and Polity (1)
Brief overview of the development of the Church of the Nazarene as a denomination and an introduction to the organization of the denomination via a study of pertinent sections of The Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.

PHIL1062. Living Ethical Lives (1)
An introduction to the moral implications of the Gospel and Christian character. Special attention will be given to the unique way in which moral reflection has characterized the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.

PRTH1011. Administering the Local Church (1)
An introduction to the art/science of Church Administration. This is a continual and intentional process that connects and uses gifts of individual believers to enable a particular congregation to win people to Christ and to build a spiritually healthy church.

PRTH1042. Preaching (1)
Survey of the fundamentals of sermon preparation and presentation. Students are expected to produce and preach sermons in their local setting.

PRTH1051. Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally (1)
Fundamentals of Missiology, the theology of missions. Pastors must be knowledgeable of and sensitive to cultures other than their own in this rapidly diversifying world.

PRTH1052. Communicating the Gospel in a Pluralistic World (1)
Religious pluralism investigated from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. Religious pluralism claims that not only are there many religions, the diversity represents the way things "ought to be." There exists no single religious perception of reality that is universally applicable and binding. No religion can legitimately claim to proclaim the truth for all persons.

PRTH1053. Declaring the Gospel (1)
Presentation of the fundamentals of evangelism and various approaches to evangelism.

PRTH1054. Exploring Christian Ministry (1)
Introduction to the professional Christian pastoral ministry. The course writer views the minister and the ministry from a biblical perspective, presents the ministry as a high calling demanding holy living and hard work, and encourages a hunger for and commitment to a lifetime of arduous study and patient ministry.

PRTH1061. Leading the People of God (1)
Introduction to the biblical model of "servant" as the driving force and organizing principle within the individual as he or she seeks to lead a Christian community of faith.

PRTH1063. Practicing Wesleyan Holiness Spiritual Formation (1)
A study of the spiritual disciplines, devotional skills, and practices that open the door to the transforming Spirit.

PRTH1065. Shepherding God's People (1)
A survey of pastoral care in parish ministry.

THEO1025. Exploring John Wesley's Theology (1)
Examination of the life of Wesley in historical context - Britain in the 18th century. It will also examine Wesley's dependence upon and creative appropriation of certain theological traditions. Each aspect of the "Wesleyan Quadrilateral" will be examined.

THEO1031. Investigating Christian Theology 1 (1)
Part 1 of an introduction to Systematic Theology, a thematic approach to understanding Christian Theology.

THEO1033. Becoming a Holy People (1)
Holiness of heart and life traced as a theological doctrine from early Judeo-Christian literature through the 21st century expression in the Church of the Nazarene.

THEO1041. Investigating Christian Theology 2 (1)
Part 2 of an introduction to Systematic Theology, a thematic approach to understanding Christian Theology.