COURSES

Theology and Biblical Studies at Valley Life

ABOUT COURSES AT VALLEY LIFE

WHEN & WHERE: All classes will take place from 6-7:30 pm on Sundays at Valley Life | Tramonto.

TAKING COURSES FOR CREDIT: While courses are open to all, those in the church planting pipeline are required to complete them for in-house credit. Courses taken for credit will require reading assignments, journaling homework, and one 3-5 page written project. For those taking a course on an auditing basis (not for credit), there are no requirements beyond registration and attendance.

OTHER DETAILS: After registrationone of our leaders will contact you shortly via email with a full course syllabus. Please purchase your books before class begins.

Old Testament Survey

4 weeks (September 8-29)

  • Week 1: Pentateuch
  • Week 2: Former Prophets
  • Week 3: Later Prophets
  • Week 4: Writings

Books:
Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: fourth edition. Zondervan, 2014.

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible Book by Book: a Guided Tour. Zondervan, 2009.

Bible (ESV or NRSV preferred)

New Testament Survey

4 weeks (October 7-November 17)

  • Week 1: Synoptic Gospels and Acts
  • Week 2: Pauline Epistles
  • Week 3: Petrine Epistles, James, and Hebrews
  • Week 4: Johnine Writings

Books:
Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: fourth edition. Zondervan, 2014.

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible Book by Book: a Guided Tour. Zondervan, 2009.

Bible (ESV or NRSV preferred)

Biblical Exegesis

3 weeks (January 12 & 26 and February 9)

  • Week 1: Exegesis, Eisegesis, and Topical Study
  • Week 2: Using Translations, Commentaries, and Original Languages
  • Week 3: Hermeneutical Principles

Books:
Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: fourth edition. Zondervan, 2014.

Hayes, John H. and Holladay, Carl R. Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook, third edition. Westminster John Knox Press. 2007.

Bartholomew, Craig G. and Goheen, Michael W. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Baker Academic, 2004

Bible (ESV or NRSV preferred)

Church History

3 weeks (March 22-April 5)

  • Week 1: Early and Medieval Church
  • Week 2: The Reformation in Europe
  • Week 3: The American Church

Books:

Engelbrecht, Edward editor. Church History; the Basics. Concordia Publishing House. 2016.

Bettenson, Henry and Maunder, Chris. Documents of the Christian Church: 4th Edition. Oxford University Press, USA. 2011. (only required for those taking for credit)

King Jr., Martin Luther. Letter from the Birmingham Jail. (available online).

Piper, John. The Value of Learning History. (available online).

Basic Christian Theology

4 weeks (April 10-May 10)

  • Week 1: Monotheism and the Trinity
  • Week 2: Christology and Soteriology
  • Week 3: Ecclesiology and the Holy Spirit
  • Week 4: Eschatology and Social Responsibility

Books:
Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. Harper-Collins. 2009.

Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: an Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Inter-Varsity Press and Zondervan Publishing House, 2000.