Purpose and Description
How does a preacher move from the biblical text to a sermon that effectively explains God’s Word so that it can change people’s hearts?
Teaching: We strive to deepen and solidify fundamental biblical teaching.
Therefore we teach men how to study through the text of Scripture (Textual-analysis, Hermeneutics, Homiletics) and how to move from the text to preaching.
Character: The study of God’s Word is not and end in itself. God wants us to be conformed to the image of his Son. Therefore we seek to mutually exhort and encourage one another to follow God’s commands for our lives.
“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:5
Hermeneutics is the introduction to the science and art of biblical interpreation. The key question in interpreting a biblical text is “what meaning does the author intend to communicate?” The hermeneutics courses will equip students with the ability to accurately interpret the Bible in each of its literary forms. Students will receive an overview of interpretive methods that have been used through history, but the main focus of the course will be on the grammatical-historical method of interpretation.
This course is the pinnacle of the Preacher’s Institute. Expository preaching focuses on the text under consideration and its context. Exposition is normally concerned with the one text at hand. Haddon W. Robinson summarizes it succinctly:
Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through the preacher, applies to the hearers.
Systematic Theology is the detailed study of biblical themes as they are presented through the entire Bible. The breadth of this subject requires that it be taught in both the first and second years of instruction.” The following themes will be studied in detail: Prolegomena: A study of the definition, nature, and source of theology, the various branches of theology and reasons to study theology. Hamartiology: A study of the Fall of man and its consequences, particularly in the total depravity of man. Bibliology: A study of the nature of the Bible including its origin, inspiration, infallibility, and authority, the development of the Canon of Scripture, and the relationship between revelation, inspiration, illumination and exposition. Theology Proper: A study of the nature of God and his attributes including his judgments, his names, the Trinity, the Deity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the evidential arguments for the existence of God. Christology: A study of the second person of the Trinity, his preexistence, his first coming, birth, childhood, baptism, temptation, Transfiguration, teachings and ministry, miracles, sufferings and death, resurrection, ascension, intersession, and his second coming. Pneumatology: A study of the third person of the Trinity, his ministry, the conviction of sin, second birth, indwelling, baptism, blessing and his filling, and a description of his ministry in the Old and New Testaments.Ecclesiology: Probably the biggest weakness of the church today is a lack of understanding of its God-given tasks and responsibilities. Therefore, we are particularly concered about Ecclesiology, which is a study of the church, its origin and its God-ordained mission. This course will examine biblical truth concerning the often misunderstood aspects of the true nature of worship in the church, the roles of men and women in the church, the handling of church discipline, and the influence of a pragmatic view concerning church growth. Apologetics: An introduction to the main areas of apologetic work including a detailed definition and a historical survey of apologetics. The goal of this course is to teach students how to confront non-biblical ideologies and worldviews and faithfully defend the Christian faith.
Homiletics is a study of the second aspect of expository preaching, the practical part of sermon delivery. Once the preacher correctly discerns the meaning of a biblical passage, he must then clearly bring that word to his audience. Developing the skills to preach well requires both theoretical instruction and real-life practice. In this course students will first be introduced to the fundamentals of sermon preparation. Then students will learn the communication skills important for clearly communicating the well-prepared sermon. For every EBTC weekend (once per month), students will prepare a sermon and deliver it to a small group audience. The instructor and the student’s classmates will give their evaluation of the content, structure and delivery of the sermon. It has been our experience that students come to love this part of their studies because of the encouragement they receive in the areas they have done well and the constructive advice for the areas that can be done better.
As the name implies, this subject concerns the practical aspects of theology. It is particularly focused on applying what the Bible teaches in the realm of the student’s personal life – sanctification and spiritual growth. Lectures will cover various practical themes such as the roles of men and women in the family, church, and work; one’s personal testimony in the world; discipleship and prayer; and the fruit of the Spirit such as patience and humility. Real-life questions will be thought through and answered. How do I deal with sin? How do I give people hope when counseling? Students will gain an insight into the various realms of practical theology and how basic biblical principles apply to these themes.
The most valuable treasure God has given to us comes in written form. In it God has used normal language with real words writen down in a certain order. If one were to change the grammar of a biblical verse, the truth communicated in that verse may change to something totally different. If the grammar of a passage is not carefully observed and understood, then it will certainly be more difficult to discern and exposit the meaning of a text. One can see this in the portions of Scripture written by Paul. At times he used long and complex sentences spanning half a chapter. In this class students will gain (or refresh) a fundamental understanding of grammar. Then they will be able to grammatically analyze a text and discern its structure. Such skills are essential to the grammatical-historical method of exegesis, which requires precise grammatical analysis to understand authorial intent.
(Deutsch) Bericht eines Absolventen: Thomas
Thomas arbeitete 20 Jahre im Rettungsdienst bis er vor einiger Zeit zum Missionswerk Heukelbach wechselte wo er in dem Bereich Seelsorge tätig ist.
(Deutsch) Bericht eines Absolventen: Max
“Was hat mich bewegt die Predigerausbildung zu machen? In unserer Gemeinde stehe ich seit mehreren Jahren im Predigtdienst, und mich hat schlussendlich die hohe Verantwortung dieses Dienstes bewegt die Predigerausbildung zu beginnen.”