Westside School of Theology working in conjunction with the Heartland Church Network will be providing seminary level education while allowing students to obtain a Certification through Westside Church as well as participating SBC seminaries: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Students will participate in course work that is both online and in classroom. Courses taken through Midwestern Theological Seminary will result in a Certification that can also be used to continue theological education leading to a seminary degree. Courses taken in Biblical Counseling will result in a Certification from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Courses taken in Biblical Worldview and Apologetics will result in a Certification from Westside School of Theology. Below are currently three tracks of learning:


Biblical Counseling

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4


 

Biblical Theology

New Testament Survey I

New Testament Survey II

Old Testament Survey I

Old Testament Survey II


 

Biblical wolrdview/ apologetics

Biblical Worldview Trainging

Cultural Apologetics

Presuppositional Apologetics

Evidential/Classical Apologetics


Biblical Counseling

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS)

Interested in developing or improving your counseling skills? In this course you will learn how to accurately handle and apply the Word of God as you provide counsel. This training is offered through Southwestern Theological Seminary and provides a great foundation for those desiring to become equipped as a Biblical Counselor. Completion in this course will result in a Certification in Biblical Counseling from SWBTS. The course is taken in 4 sessions during the months of April, May, June, and July. These sessions are on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Students will learn the following:

 

The Theological Basis for Biblical Counseling

            -Doctrine of Scripture

            -Doctrine of Man

            -Introduction to Biblical Counseling

 

The Biblical Counseling Task

            -Doctrine of the Church

            -The Counselor and Counselee Relationship

            -Process of Biblical Change

 

Ministering the Word

            -A Deeper Look at Ephesians, 1 Corinthians, and Matthew 28

            -Discipline and Confrontation

 

Biblical Perspectives in Counseling

           -Unbiblical Thinking

           -Medicine and the DSM-5

           -Life Dominating Sins

 

The Methodology of Biblical Counseling

            -Data Gathering and Asking Questions

            -Legal/Ethical Issues

            -Marital Counseling

            -Homework

            -Grief and Crisis Counseling

 

Capstone Class

            -Counseling Scenarios and Case Studies

            -Extensive Questions and Answer Periods

 

Textbooks: There are two books that are required for the class and will be available at the beginning of the class.

Instructors: Dr. John Babler and Dr. T. Dale Johnson

 

Costs: $660 (payment options are available and a limited number of scholarships)

 

Additional Information: In addition, students will be involved in discussions of case study material, practical application, role plays, and a Biblical overview of the importance of marriage and family. There are other advanced training opportunities available through Southwestern Seminary.

 

Note: Students must attend all four sessions in order to receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.

Biblical Theology

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Students enrolled in this track of learning will need to complete all 12 hours of course work in order to complete the Certification process. Each foundational class is approximately 16 weeks in length and will follow consecutively. Currently, one class per session is available. New Testament I will include the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the Book of Acts. New Testament II will include a study of Romans through Revelation. Classes meet weekly on campus and will require additional reading outside of the classroom. There will be breaks throughout the 16 weeks to allow for make up work and time off for seasonal holidays. However, students need to complete course work both inside and outside of the classroom. Old Testament Survey I includes the Pentateuch and the Historical books. Old Testament Survey II will cover the Poetic and Wisdom Literature as well as the Prophetic books. This track will begin with New Testament Survey I and follow from there to the Old Testament.

Cost: Students enrolled in this track will pay a one-time fee of $50.00 for all 12 hours and the cost of books for each class.

New Testament I

This course will be an expositional survey of the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Students who complete this course should be able to:

1.     Give a general overview of the background, formation, preservation and inspiration of the New Testament.

2.     Explain the basic background, purpose, and content of each of the four Gospels and the book of Acts.

3.     Interpret various passages from the four Gospels and Acts, in accordance with sound principles of hermeneutics, and utilizing reliable Bible study helps.

4.     Accurately apply the truths of the four Gospels and Acts to people’s lives today.

Textbooks:

·      Any modern translation of the Bible.

·      Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2d, Eds. Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown, and Nicholas Perrin. Downers Grove: IVP, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8308-2456-4. $60.00

·      Interpreting the Book of Acts, Walter L. Liefeld. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995. ISBN:

8010-2015-8. $19.00

Instructor: Dr. Steve Hicks

 

New Testament II

This course will be an expositional survey of the book of Romans through Revelation. Students who complete this course should be able to:

1.     Give a general overview of the background, formation, preservation and inspiration of the New Testament.

2.     Explain the basic background, purpose and contents of the New Testament epistles and Revelation.

3.     Interpret various passages from those 22 New Testament books, in accordance with sound principles of hermeneutics, and utilizing reliable Bible study helps.

4.     Apply accurately the truths of those 22 New Testament books to people’s lives today.

Textbooks:

·      Any modern translation of the Bible

·      Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Eds. Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid. Downers Grove: IVP, 1993. ISBN: 978-0-8308-1778-6. $60.00.

·      Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments. Eds. Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids. Downers Grove: IVP, 1997. ISBN: 978-0-8308-1779-4. $60.00.

 

Old Testament Survey I

This course will be an expositional survey of the Pentateuch and the Old Testament Historical Books. Students who complete this course should be able to:

1.     Describe the content and theological themes of the Pentateuch and Historical Books.

2.     Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the historical context, literary issues, and social religious background for the Old Testament.

3.     Demonstrate a familiarity with the various modern critical approaches to Old Testament study and how an inerrantist position interacts and responds to these approaches.

4.     Apply the study of the Old Testament to our relationship with God and each other in our contemporary setting.

5.     Summarize and explain the theological connections that run throughout the Pentateuch and Historical Books

Textbooks:

·      Any modern translation of the Bible.

·      Dictionary of the Old Testament Pentateuch. Eds.: T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2003. ISBN: 0-8308-1781-6. Suggested Retail Price: $60.00

·      Dictionary of the Old Testament Historical Books. Eds.: Bill T. Arnold and H. G. M. Williamson. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2005. ISBN: 10: 0-8308-1782-4. Suggested Retail Price: $60.00

 

Old Testament Survey II

This course will be an expositional survey of Old Testament Poetic and Wisdom Literature and the Prophetic Books. Students who complete this course should be able to:

1.     Have an understanding of the importance of the Old Testament for interpreting the New Testament, as well as for the life of the individual believer, the life of the church, and the world.

2.     Be able to describe generally the historical context, literary issues, social-religious background, and theological themes of the poetic and prophetic Books.

3.     Be familiar with the various modern critical approaches to Old Testament study and how an inerrantist position interacts and responds to these approaches.

4.     Be able to apply the study of the Old Testament to our relationship with God and each other in our contemporary setting.

Textbooks:

·      Any modern translation of the Bible

·      Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets. Eds. Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. Hardcover. Retail: $60.00. ISBN: 978-0-8308-1784-9.

·      Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry, and Writings. Eds. Tremper Longman III and Peter Enns. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008. Hardcover. Retail: $60.00.  ISBN: 978-0- 8308-1783-2

Additional Information: Depending on class size and number of students enrolled, classes might be held at the Heartland Church Network facility.

Biblical Worldview/Apologetics

Westside School of Theology

Students enrolled in this track of learning will need to complete all 12 hours of course work in order to complete the Certification process. Each class builds on each other. This track begins with a 13-week foundational Biblical Worldview Tour. The material for the first class is The Truth Project by Focus on the Family Dr. Del Tackett and will provide instruction in a DVD format and a class discussion will wrap up the class. Facilitators will assist in the discussion and resource materials for this course. This will be followed by the Cultural Apologetics Course. This course is 6 weeks long and will cover worldview and logical fallacies in addition to four major issues of the culture—abortion, same-sex marriage/homosexuality, cultural relativism, and racism. The following semester we will teach the other two courses in this track. Presuppositional Apologetics a 6-week course followed by Evidential/Classical Apologetics which will also be a 6-week course.

Cost: The cost will be a $50 application fee plus the cost of books. Other materials will be provided.

 

The Truth Project

In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed that only 9 percent of professing Christians have a Biblical Worldview. The Truth Project is a DVD based Worldview Training Curriculum comprised of 13 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. Each lesson is designed to ensure the student has a comprehensive and systematic Biblical Worldview leading to the personal transformation of the mind and spirit. During this study the student will learn:

·      Lesson 1 Veritology – What is Truth?

·      Lesson 2 Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?

·      Lesson 3 Anthropology: Who is Man?

·      Lesson 4 Theology: Who is God?

·      Lesson 5 Science: What is True? (parts 1 & 2)

·      Lesson 6 History: Whose Story?

·      Lesson 7 Sociology: The Divine Imprint

·      Lesson 8 Unio Mystica: Am I Alone?

·      Lesson 9 The State: Whose Law?

·      Lesson 10 The American Experiment: Stepping Stones

·      Lesson 11 Labor: Created to Create

·      Lesson 12 Community and Involvement: God Cares, do I?

Instructor: Dr. Del Tackett (video driven) w/ facilitators for discussion

 

Cultural Apologetics

Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn—traditional marriage vs. gay marriage, pro-life vs pro-choice, and cultural absolutes vs cultural relativism. It would seem that the culture has shifted to the point where right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion. In this course, you will learn how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty—as you are challenged to become a passionate, unwavering voice for Christ. This course will help you to identify the logical fallacies in lines of reasoning and provide you with the tools to engage in calm and reasoned interactions with those who oppose a Biblical Worldview. Students in this class will learn:

·      The importance of understanding others who hold opposing worldviews. Students will examine the following worldviews: Secular Humanism, Postmodernism, Naturalism, in addition to Christian Theism.

·      Students should demonstrate an ability to identify a variety of logical fallacies used in lines of reasoning.

·      Students should demonstrate a heart-filled compassion for those who hold an opposing worldview and an ability to confidently represent a Biblical Worldview.

·      Students should demonstrate and ability to identify and utilize a variety of resources for answering questions regarding their faith.

Textbooks:

·      A Compassionate Call To Counter Culture by David Platt. Hardcover Unabridged, Tyndale House Publishers, 2015, Retail $15.00. ISBN: 978-1-4143-7329-4

·      Other materials will be provided: Worldview Map and a Logical Fallacies Map

Instructor: Virgil Walker

 

Presuppositional Apologetics

There is an argument for the creation that is powerful, conclusive, and has no true rebuttal. As such, it is an irrefutable argument—and “ultimate proof” of the Christian Worldview. Presuppositional apologetics is an approach to apologetics which aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith and defend it against objections by exposing the logical flaws of other worldviews and hence demonstrating that biblical theism is the only worldview which can make consistent sense of reality. During this class the student will learn:

·      How to apply presuppositional apologetics with evolutionists, how to spot logical fallacies, and biblical examples of defending the faith.

·      Discover the nature of scientific evidence and its proper role in the origins debate.

·      Students should demonstrate a heart-filled compassion for those who hold an opposing worldview and an ability to confidently represent a Biblical Worldview.

Textbook:

·      The Ultimate Proof of Creation by Dr. Jason Lisle, Paperback, New Leaf Publishing Group/Master Books, May 2009, $13.00, ISBN 978-0-8905-1568-6

 

Evidential/Classical Apologetics

Have you ever noticed that sometimes false ideas are the greatest obstacle to the reception of the gospel? Are you wanting to engage friends, family, and others that are skeptical to Christian faith? This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith course will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe but why they believe. This course will walk students through four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Students in this course will learn:

·      How to apply evidential/classical apologetics with atheists and agnostics, how to spot logical fallacies, and scientific examples of defending the faith.

·      Discover the nature of scientific evidence and its proper role in the debate regarding God’s existence, the problem of evil, and the evidence for the historicity of Christ.

·      Students should demonstrate a heart-filled compassion for those who hold an opposing worldview and an ability to confidently represent a Biblical Worldview.

Textbook:

·      On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig, Paperback, David C. Cook, March 2010. $11.00. ISBN: 978-1-4347-6488-1