Lay Academy of Theology
The Lay Academy of Theology offers non-credit evening classes and other study opportunities led by Beeson faculty for interested laity as well as ministers desiring continuing education.
Twelve Decisive Events in The Bible
All of Scripture clearly shows us that God has been working throughout history to bring His people back into relationship with Him – a bond broken not by God but by man in the garden so long ago. Join Dr. Kenneth Mathews in this survey of twelve pivotal actions in God’s unfolding plan of salvation that “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6, ESV).
Six Monday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on February 26, 2018.
$89.00 If registered prior to February 19.
The Jewish Jesus
What does it mean that Jesus was a Jew? Did he come to put an end to Judaism and start a new religion? Did he do away with the Law? Is the Church the New Israel? Does the return of Jews to the land of Israel have anything to do with biblical prophecy? Dr. Gerald McDermott has studied this subject extensively and will guide us as we explore these and other questions about the relation between Jesus and Israel in this class. Lectures will follow the narrative of Dr. McDermott’s book, Israel Matters.
Six Tuesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on February 27, 2018.
$89.00 If registered prior to February 18 or $115.00 thereafter.
Gospel in the Books of Moses
Paul says that the Law was a "schoolmaster" or "tutor" to lead us to Christ. Under the leadership of Dr. Allen Ross, this class will study the most important passages in the Pentateuch that do this, looking first at the good news the Law brought to ancient Israel, and then secondly how it all found its full expression in the revelation of Christ. Primary attention will be given to texts about the sanctuary and the sacrifices, the priesthood and the prophets, and holy days and great festivals.
Six Thursday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on March 1, 2018.
$89.00 If registered prior to February 22 or $115.00 thereafter.
The Pastoral Epistles
Written to give guidance to ministers and their congregations, the Pastoral Epistles remain central to our understanding of what the church is and how it should function. Most of the controversies of our own time are prefigured in them, and they offer us the same guidance that they provided in New Testament times. Dr. Gerald Bray returns to take us through 1st Timothy, 2nd Timothy and Titus over six weeks, highlighting what they have to teach us as we seek to follow Christ today.
Six Wednesday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning on January 24, 2018.
$89.00 If registered prior to January 17 or $115.00 thereafter.
Followers of the Lamb: Living in Rhythm with The Book of Revelation
In the Spirit, John builds conviction, inspires worship and encourages patient endurance. The apostle John was sent to Patmos as a political prisoner. But this veteran ambassador of the gospel, who refused to bow before Caesar, could not be silenced. From his place of banishment, St. John proclaimed the gospel to the world, not just to first century Asia Minor but to twenty-one centuries of church history; to every tribe, language, people and nation. This "revelation of Jesus Christ" is a prison epistle like no other. The Apostle John is in the business of preparation, not prediction; discernment, not deciphering. Most of us are unaccustomed to the medium that John used to communicate “the testimony of Jesus Christ.” We come to the Book of Revelation expecting to read a manual, a how to book on the end times, or a futuristic epic, with never-before revealed truths, but instead we are led into a vast array of sounds and images drawn from the God’s Salvation History. Join Dr. Doug Webster as he helps us understand that meaning is not found at the end of an equation, but in the churning pulsating rhythm of God's salvation history.
Six Thursday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning on March 1, 2018.
$89.00 If registered prior to March 22 or $115.00 thereafter.