What is the School of the Bible?
The School of the Bible is a training program that helps believers expand their understanding of the Bible and to be equipped for the ministry in their local Church. The school is designed for members and workers in local Churches, including deacons, Sunday School teachers, youth and children’s workers, Bible study leaders, and many others who simply desire to deepen their Bible knowledge and increase their effectiveness in serving the Lord.
History and affiliation
This particular School of the Bible began in the early 1990’s as a ministry of the Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee, under the direction of Pastor Clarence Sexton. The curriculum was developed by the Bible teachers at the main campus of The Crown College of the Bible, also a ministry of Temple Baptist Church.
In recent years, the curriculum was made available to numerous local Churches which have found it useful in training people in their own communities. The school is open to anyone desiring a better understanding of the Bible regardless of their Church affiliation. Our focus is on the fundamental belief that the Bible is the very Word of God, and we will not dwell on differences between denominations or individual congregations.
Classes will meet in a classroom at the First Baptist Church of Amboy, and the curriculum will be taught primarily by Pastor Rocky Fritz who has been preaching and teaching the Bible in Amboy since 1990.
Adult students of all ages are invited to enroll in the School of the Bible. Also, high schoolers who are in their Junior or Senior year are welcomed to participate.
No previous educational experience or credential is required of students. Enrollment is open to all who have a desire to learn more of God’s Word and to be further trained to serve in God’s work.
Graduation requirements and school credit
Students must complete all twelve courses offered through the School of the Bible in order to graduate and earn a Biblical Studies Certificate.
A student is considered to have earned credit for a course by his/her consistent attendance and participation in the class. Each class meets for 40 minutes for 12 class sessions. Attendance is required for not less than 10 of the entire class sessions.
All students who earn the Biblical Studies Certificate will have the opportunity, if they choose to participate in the graduation program held annually at The Crown College of the Bible, Knoxville, TN.
Any student who fully completes the School of the Bible program may transfer (12) Bible elective credit hours to any undergraduate program of study at Crown College of the Bible. Credit is not awarded for transfer to any other college.
Each semester meets 12 Monday evenings, and each class meets for 40 minutes. Students are encouraged, but not required to attend each of the three class sessions. Classes will meet at the First Baptist Church in Amboy. Our planned Monday night schedule will be as follows:
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm First class session
7:45 pm – 8:25 pm Second class session
8:30 pm – 9:10 pm Third class session
Fall Semesters will begin the first Monday after Labor Day in September, and Spring Semester will begin in mid-January. A detailed calendar will be given out at the beginning of each semester.
Cost and materials
The cost per student to be enrolled is $35 per class or $90 for enrolling in all three classes offered for the semester. Each person attending class must be enrolled in the class.
This cost includes a beautiful Student Notebook for each individual class.
Additional textbook costs average less than $20 per class (some books will be used for two semesters). These books can be shared amongst family members if desired. These books would be a helpful reference to keep in your family Christian library.
Personal Evangelism – practical instruction in witnessing to unbelievers and leading them to Jesus Christ. Emphasis is laid on key Bible principles relating to evangelism. Students are taught how to use their personal testimony in witnessing and how to present the gospel clearly.
Survey of the Old Testament I – a survey of the Books of Law (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and the Historical Books (Joshua through Esther) of the Old Testament. The main theme of each book is highlighted along with other significant features including key words, key verses, and pictures of Christ.
Basic Bible Doctrine I – clear Bible teaching in the subjects of bibliology (the study of the Bible), theology (the study of God), Christology (the study of Jesus Christ), pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit), and angelology (the study of angels). Bible answers are given to commonly asked questions concerning the Christian faith.
Methods of Bible Study – helpful methods to assist believers in personal Bible study. Students learn principles of biblical interpretation to guide them in understanding different passages of Scripture such as narratives, psalms, proverbs, parables, and prophecy. Students also learn how to use Bible study tools to help them in their study of individual books, chapters, verses, and words.
Survey of the Old Testament II – a survey of the Books of Poetry (Job through the Song of Solomon), the Major Prophets (Isaiah through Daniel), and the Minor Prophets (Hosea through Malachi) of the Old Testament. The main theme of each book is highlighted along with other significant features including key words, key verses, and pictures of Christ.
Basic Bible Doctrine II – clear Bible teaching in the subjects of anthropology (the study of man), hamartiology (the study of sin), soteriology (the study of salvation), ecclesiology (the study of the Church), and eschatology (the study of end times). Bible answers are given to commonly asked questions concerning the Christian faith.
Teaching the Bible – practical instruction on teaching the Bible effectively to adults, youth, and children. Biblical methods of teaching are explored and learned. This course is particularly helpful to Sunday School teachers and workers, Bible study leaders, and parents who are teaching the Bible in their homes.
The Christian Home – clear teaching from God’s Word concerning God’s design for the home and for the Christian family. Helpful instruction is given in the areas of marriage and parenting. This course is beneficial also to singles who plan to establish a Christian home someday.
Survey of the New Testament I – a survey of the books of the New Testament (Matthew through Ephesians). The main theme of each book is highlighted along with other significant features including key words, key verses, and pictures of Christ.
Survey of the New Testament II – a survey of the books of the New Testament (Philippians through Revelation). The main theme of each book is highlighted along with other significant features including key words, key verses, and pictures of Christ.
The New Testament Church – a study of the first-century church in the New Testament. Emphasis is laid on the Biblical purpose of the Church and on the involvement of each member of the body. Key topics are studied such as worship in the Church and the prayer life of the Church.
The Life of Christ – a detailed look at the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some topics covered are Christ’s virgin birth; His teachings, miracles, and parables; His suffering and death; His resurrection and ascension. Students also learn Bible answers concerning the deity of Jesus Christ.
*Feel free to call Pastor Fritz’s cell phone with any questions: (815)535-3012.*