Biblical Information

  • BI100 PANORAMA OF THE BIBLE: An overview of each book of the Old and New Testaments, with particular emphasis on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as portrayed in each particular writing. An informative examination of the history, message, and socio-economic thrust of each book. This course is designed for the student who has little or no significant acquaintances with the Old and/or New Testaments.
  • BI101 BIBLE INTRODUCTION: How we got our Bible, covering the inspiration, canonicity, text, and translation of the entire Bible
  • BI103 SCIENTIFIC CREATIONISM: An examination of the case for creationism. Provides Biblical and extra-Biblical data for refuting the evolutionary model.
  • BI152 MANNERS AND CUSTOMS: A study of the manners and customs of the people in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Babylonia and the Sinai Peninsula in preparation for Biblical emphasis.
  • BI214 GEOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND: A course designed to enable the student to understand the importance of geography of the Holy Lands in relation to its history.
  • BI220 THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: The hindrances to and provisions for the Christian life are considered, emphasizing crucial importance of this subject for every believer. The Scriptural teaching concerning the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is especially emphasized and examined.
  • BI311 BIBLE STUDY METHODS: A course which will enable the student to study the Bible independently, using a variety of methods. The inductive method is emphasized, along with the biographical, historical, analytical, and devotional methods.
  • BI333-334 CHURCH HISTORY: An extensive examination of the history of the Christian movement from the days of the Apostles to the modern times.
  • BI421 HERMENEUTICS: The fundamental principles of interpretation as a basis for a correct understanding, proper handling, and accurate exegesis of Scripture. The normal historical-grammatical interpretation is presented and practiced as the only proper method of interpreting the Scriptures.
  • BI451 HOLY LANDS TRAVELING SEMINAR: ON-SITE visit to Biblical lands, which may include related points of interest such as Qumran, Massada, and Petra. Should a student visit the Holy Land, he/she may petition the school for permission to complete assignments totaling six (6) units, depending upon the duration and content of the tour. Students must arrange this course on their own. For information about this course, contact the Academic Dean.
  • BI501 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE: An exhaustive study of the roots of the Christian Bible. Includes an examination of various versions and why they are available today.
  • BI503 SCIENTIFIC CREATIONISM: An in-depth examination of the case for creationism. Provides the student with information and analysis which refutes the evolutionary model
  • BI513 BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: An investigation of the major archaeological excavations of the Near East and of the artifacts unearthed from them. Provides a better understanding of the historical period encompassed by both Testaments.
  • BI514 GEOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY LAND: A study of the importance of the roll that geography played in the history of the Biblical lands.
  • BI515 OLD TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY: A study of the major archaeological excavations of the Neat East and how they relate to the Old Testament.
  • BI516 ANCIENT NEAR EAST HISTORY I: An in-depth examination of the ancient nations of Assyria, Babylon, Sumeria, the Cimmerians, and the Kassites. A course necessary for a proper understanding of the dynamics which the Israelites encountered later as they developed into a nation.
  • BI517 ANCIENT NEAR EAST HISTORY II: A continuation of BI516, with special emphasis on Assyria and the latter Babylonian Empires.
  • BI520 THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: The hindrances to and provisions for the Christian life are considered. The application of the Biblical principles are considered in our everyday life under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
  • BI521 HERMENEUTICS: A detailed study of the principles of biblical interpretation from the original languages, with special emphasis on the practice and application of those principles to selected Scriptures from both Testaments. Old Testament majors will concentrate on interpretation from the Old Testament and New Testament majors will concentrate on the New Testament. Students with a background in biblical Greek and Hew are expected to utilize that knowledge.
  • BI530 PERSIA AND THE HEBREWS: A detailed examination of the relationship between the nation of Persia and the Hews while in captivity and beyond, including the development of customs, traditions, and rites which Jesus knew while ministering on earth.
  • BI531 NEW TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY: This course acquaints the student with the major discoveries which provide a sound basis for the theological and historical Christian faith.
  • BI533 GREEK AND ROMAN CIVILIZATIONS: Examination of the characteristics of the Greek and Roman civilizations and their relationship to the people of the Bible.
  • BI541-BI542 SURVEY OF CHURCH HISTORY: Examines the birth and spread of Christianity from its beginnings to the modern era. Examines the rise of various denominations and separate churches and the influence of secular movements and events.
  • BI611 BIBLE STUDY METHODS: This course will enable the student to study the Bible independently using a variety of methods.
  • BI652 MANNERS AND CUSTOMS: A study of the manners and customs of the people in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Babylonia and the Sinai Peninsula in preparation for Biblical emphasis.
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Christian Communication

  • CC100 GSST ORIENTATION: This REQUIRED course introduces the student to the GSST method of preparing email, doing internet searches, the GSST website, and other helpful writing information.
  • CC500 GSST ORIENTATION: This courses introduces the new student to the GSST Methodology of email, use of Subject Line, internet research, the GSST website, and integral writing skills.
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Church Administration

  • CA211 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION: An examination of the distinctives of Christian administrative procedures and practices.
  • CA311 UNIQUE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES: To acquaint the student with the educational ministries of the church, those outside the church, and Christian organizations with which the church may cooperate.
  • CA421 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP: Introduces the student to basic leadership principles and methods. Unique aspects of Christian leadership are examined.
  • CA511 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION: Provides insights and skills in management by objectives, goal tending, budget building, stewardship programs, communication among staff (both professional and volunteer), time management, and related matters arising from the needs of the participants.
  • CA512 WORSHIP: Study of worship, its principles, and its role in Christianity. The course will develop skills in planning, directing, and evaluating worship opportunities, including the use of music and other media.
  • CA513 ADMINISTRATION OF EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS: A survey of the major administrative challenges involved in the establishment and operation of an effective evangelism outreach program.
  • CA521 CHURCH BUILDING AND FINANCE: Studies the financial challenges facing the growing church. Includes an introduction to principles and practices of financial management, sources and methods of raising capital, allocation of funds within the local church, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting techniques.
  • CA522 CHURCH STAFF: The elements of managing (including planning, organizing, actuating, and controlling) the church staff (both professional and volunteer). Particular emphasis is placed upon organizing and actuating responsibility of authority, delegation, decentralization, the role of line staff relationship, committees, organizational charting, formal and informal organization, communication, and reaction to change.
  • CA523 CHURCH GROWTH: Examination of ideas for the growth of the church. Examination of evangelism church growth from the perspective of maintaining active attendance of those already on the membership. Examines growth through building programs to facilitate more people attending the local church.
  • CA611 UNIQUE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRIES: Exposes the student to educational ministries of the church, those outside the church, and Christian organizations with which the church may cooperate.
  • CA621 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP: Introduces the student to leadership principles and methods. Characteristics of Christian leadership is examined.
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Comparative Religion

  • CR411 INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTS: A survey of the major non-Christian cults and their roots in the great religions of the world. How to deal with cultists with the Gospel. It focuses on development of a working definition of a cult and cultic PSYCHOLOGY, followed by a survey of the major world religions, secular religion, and the major PSEUDO-Christian cults. It also examines the personality cults, occult and mystical cults, and a general survey of the minor cults prevalent in North America.
  • CR420 MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS: Introductory study of the history and teachings of the major religions of the world, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, and Christianity. The course includes discussion of the influence f these religions on the non-Christian cults of North America.
  • CR480 SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS: Comparison of denominational distinctives within evangelical, orthodox Christianity.
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General Education

  • EN100 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: A course which provides students with the basics of the English language. Required of student's only if their written work demonstrates an inability to communicate in the WRITTEN English language
  • EN102 ENGLISH GRAMMAR: An introductory level course providing the student with a knowledge of the "who, what, why, where, when, and how?" of the English language. Lessons which will provide the student with better writing skills will be addressed.
  • EN202 ENGLISH COMPOSITION: A course designed to provide the student with an active role in the process of written communication. Students will be required to complete a number of writing assignments, each geared to provide that student with the ability to energize their creative abilities.
  • EN204 ENGLISH LITERATURE: A course designed to provide the student with the opportunity to experience the study of literature.
  • HI111-112 WORLD HISTORY: An examination of history from the Garden of Eden to current times. Each component earns the successful student three units. HI111 covers the Garden of Eden to the beginning of the Napoleonic era. HI112 Covers the Napoleonic era to the current time.
  • MA201 GENERAL MATH: A college level course designed to provide students with a foundation for life skills which require a knowledge of mathematics.
  • MA202 BUSINESS MATH: This course is designed to introduce the student and busy Christian worker to the world of mathematics as required in the business world.
  • PM250 ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE: The details of how and why a church and/or para-church organization operates financially.
  • SC101 LIFE SCIENCE: An introduction to the world around us. An in-depth examination of the animal and plant life which covers this planet.
  • SC202 PHYSICAL SCIENCE: An examination of our planet and its various components.
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Missions and Evangelism

  • EV211 PERSONAL EVANGELISM: Methods of sharing the Christian faith. Incorporation of the Bible and various methods of personal witnessing.
  • ME311 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS: The philosophy of missions; independent and denominational mission boards and their organization and procedures; methods of evangelism; training the nationals in Christian leadership; practical problems on the mission field which face missionary workers.
  • ME312 HISTORY OF MISSIONS: The Biblical basis of missions; historical view of missions with emphasis on the past fifty years.
  • ME331 CROSS CULTURAL MINISTRIES: A study of the social organization, institutions, and social forces of our society; the nature of man and his culture; the development of institutions and the challenges of social change; the role of the church as an instrument of social change.
  • ME411 MISSION ADMINISTRATION: Business management of Christian organizations, especially missions; effective use of personnel, time, funds, and other resources.
  • ME412 MISSIONS FUNDRAISING: Principles and techniques of raising support for home/foreign missions.
  • EV511 PERSONAL EVANGELISM: Methods of sharing the gospel of the Christian faith with the lost. The Bible is incorporated in various methods of personal witnessing.
  • ME511 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS: The philosophy of missions, independent and denominational mission boards and their organization, procedures, methods of evangelism; training the nationals in Christian leadership; practical challenges which missionaries face while on the field.
  • ME512 HISTORY OF MISSIONS: The Biblical basis for missions. The historical and modern view of missions with an emphasis on the past 50 years.
  • ME611 MISSIONS ADMINISTRATION: Business management of Christian organizations, especially missions; effective use of personnel, funds, time, and other resources.
  • ME631 CROSS CULTURAL MINISTRIES: An examination of the Biblical precepts and which guide such ministries.
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New Testament

NOTE: GSST has developed courses which are based on the Bible and other GSST provided resources only. These do not require a normal text to complete. Students may elect to take either regular text based courses or Bible text only courses for their New Testament course requirements. Courses based on Bible text only are indicated by a “B? designator after the course number and title. (i.e., NT450B) BIBLE TEXT ONLY COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL OF THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT LISTED IN THIS CATALOG.

  • NT201 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY I: Gospels and Acts
  • NT202 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY II: Epistles And Prophecy

    (Each course earns the successful student three (3) credit units)

    A foundational study of each book of the New Testament to provide the student with a grasp of the entire New Testament, each book as a whole, and each book in its relation to God's total revelation. This course is designed to prepare the student for further work in New Testament Studies.
  • NT312 PRISON EPISTLES: An expositional study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, emphasizing the Church as the body and bride of Christ, presenting Him as model, example, and sufficient and supreme source of truth and life.
  • NT313 GENERAL EPISTLES: A systematic study of the seven epistles of Peter, James, John and Jude, with emphasis on the historical background, doctrinal development, and practical application of each epistle.
  • NT316 PAULINE EPISTLES: An expositional study of each of the letters of the Apostle Paul.
  • NT400/NT400B GOSPEL OF JOHN: A detailed study of the Gospel of John from the Bible as a text. The student will learn the importance of this gospel.
  • NT412 or NT412B LIFE OF CHRIST: A chronological study of the four gospels with attention to their historical setting, the relationship of the accounts, and the practical and doctrinal truths, with emphasis placed on the teachings of Jesus and their proper dispensational interpretation and application.
  • NT413 or NT413B PASTORAL EPISTLES: A detailed study of Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, with emphasis on his instructions concerning the work of the ministry and organization and discipline of the Church.
  • NT414 or NT414B ROMANS: A complete analysis of this important Church epistle will be examined.
  • NT415 or NT415B HEBREWS: An analysis of this book is made with a view of the connection to the Old Testament.
  • NT418 or NT418B REVELATION: A Bible text only course of this vital eschatological book.
  • NT419 THE LIFE OF PAUL: An examination of the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul.
  • NT450 or NT450B EPHESIANS: An analytical study of Ephesians through the regular textbook method
  • NT451 or NT451B MATTHEW: An examination of the writings of the first Gospel. Special detail is given to Christ as He came to be the Messiah of the Jews.
  • NT452 or NT452B ANALYSIS OF MARK: An exposition of Mark's Gospel, with emphasis on its presentation of Christ as Servant and Miracle worker.
  • NT453 or NT453B ANALYSIS OF LUKE: A detailed analysis of Luke's presentation of Christ as the Perfect Man. Luke's reliability as an historian is emphasized, an introductory overview of the Lucan theology, which provides a foundation for NT455.
  • NT454 or NT454B ANALYSIS OF JOHN'S EPISTLES I,II,III John: with particular emphasis on the development and interpretation of Johannine theology.
  • NT455 or NT455B ANALYSIS OF ACTS: An exegetical study of the Book of Acts, including consideration of critical problems, providing the student with an outline of primitive Church history and Lucan theology.
  • NT457 or NT457B ANALYSIS OF GALATIANS: An expositional study, noting the problems of Law vs. Grace. Both Paul's defense of pure grace and Christian liberty and the practical aspects of these doctrines as presented by James are examined.
  • NT457L GALATIANS FROM MARTIN LUTHER: A detailed examination of this vital book based on the Commentary of Galatians written by Martin Luther.
  • NT460 or NT460B ANALYSIS OF COLOSSIANS: An expositional study, leading the student on an explorative study of the Supremacy and Deity of Christ, the role and "model" of the Christian in home and society, and the ancient heresies with which the ancient church had to contend.
  • NT462 or NT462B ANALYSIS OF I and II TIMOTHY: The teaching of I & II Timothy will be explored for content and application.
  • NT462B EXPLORATION OF THE LETTERS OF TIMOTHY, TITUS, AND PHILEMON: This course uses as its sole text the Bible text. All assignments are taken directly from scripture.
  • NT463 ANALYSIS OF THIRD JOHN: A detailed expositional study of the epistle(s) with special attention given to the historical background, doctrinal affirmations, interpretive problems, and the practical application. Prerequisite: NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.
  • NT465 THE EPISTLE OF SECOND PETER: The contents of this book will be studied very carefully.
  • NT466 or NT466B ANALYSIS OF PETER'S EPISTLES: A content and method study of the epistles with particular attention to the development and interpretation of Petrine Theology. Prerequisite: NT213 or enrollment at the Graduate level.
  • NT470 or NT470B EXPLORATION OF JAMES:
  • NT471 or NT471B EXPLORATION OF I&2 THESSALONIANS
  • NT472 or NT472B FIRST AND SECOND PETER & JUDE:
  • NT473 or NT473B I CORINTHIANS:
  • NT474 or NT474B PHILIPPIANS:
  • NT479B or NT479B II CORINTINIANS:
  • NT500B GOSPEL OF JOHN: A detailed study based on the Bible
  • NT511 SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: An intensive study of the 27 books of the New Testament.
  • NT512 INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT: Detailed study of the development and canonicity of the New Testament. Special emphasis is given to the answering of critical problems. This includes a survey of the apocryphal, deuterocanonical, and secular writings of the first through the fourth centuries which support the formulation of the New Testament canon.
  • NT513 PASTORAL EPISTLES: A detailed study of Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, with emphasis on his instructions concerning the work of the ministry and organization and discipline of the Church. Prerequisite: NT 212 or enrollment at the Graduate level.
  • NT514 ANALYSIS OF ROMANS: A contextual method study giving particular attention to the doctrinal, spiritual, and practical aspects of Paul's most systematic explanation of the Gospel.
  • NT514B ROMANS: A Bible based study of this important book.
  • NT515 ANALYSIS OF HEBREWS: An expositional study of the epistle emphasizing the superiority and the priesthood of Jesus. Particular attention is given to the relationship between the Old and New Covenants. Problems of authorship are discussed, as is the practical application of this document to the demands of daily Christian living. (Also numbered NT575)
  • NT515B HEBREWS: A Bible based study of this important book. (Also numbered NT575B)
  • NT516 SURVEY OF PAULINE EPISTLES: A chronological examination of Paul's writings with an emphasis on the development and analysis of Pauline Theology.
  • NT517 GENERAL EPISTLES: A systematic analysis of the seven epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude. Emphasis on the historical background, doctrinal development, and practical applications of each.
  • NT518 REVELATION: An inductive study with special attention to prophetic analysis and relevance for today. Detailed emphasis is made on eschatology and analysis of the book by independent research. Frequent reference is made to the various schools of interpretation in the determination of the symbolism employed.
  • NT518B REVELATION: This is a Bible Only Text course. All assignments are taken from the Bible.
  • NT519 LIFE OF PAUL: A biographical study of Paul. Chronological surveys of his writings in relation to events in his life.
  • NT521 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS: A synthetic and analytical study of the Gospel accounts of the first three evangelists. Each gospel is studied according to its distinctive viewpoint.
  • NT522 JESUS, THE TEACHER: A review of the life and ministry of Christ with special emphasis on the teaching and communication techniques employed by the Master Teacher.
  • NT530 NEW TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA: A survey of the deuterocanonical and apocryphal literature of the first century.
  • NT550 or NT550B Ephesians:
  • NT551 or NT551B MATTHEW: An inspection and study of the Gospel of Matthew which presents Jesus as King.
  • NT552 or NT552B MARK: A detailed study of the Gospel of Mark
  • NT553 or NT553B LUKE: A detailed study of the Gospel of Luke
  • NT554 or NT554B I, II, III JOHN: A detailed study of the Johannine Epistles.
  • NT555 or NT555B ACTS: A study of the book of Acts which gives us the beginning of the New Testament church.
  • NT557 or NT557B GALATIANS: A study of the Book of Galatians
  • NT560 or NT560B COLOSSIANS: A study of Colossians.
  • NT562B I & II TIMOTHY, TITUS, PHILEMON: A detailed study based on the Bible.
  • NT563 THIRD JOHN: A study of this small book will give the student great insight into the early Christian community.
  • NT565 II Peter: A detailed study of this small but very important book.
  • NT570 or NT570B JAMES: A detailed study of the Book of James.
  • NT571 or NT571B I & II THESSALONIANS: A detailed study of I and 2 Thessalonians.
  • NT572B or NT572B I & II PETER: A detailed study of 1 and II Peter.
  • NT573 or NT573B I CORINTHIANS: A detailed study of I Corinthians.
  • >NT574 or NT574B PHILIPPIANS: An examination of the epistle of joy and how it can apply to the student today.
  • NT578 or NT578B FIRST JOHN: This epistle of John emphasizes the meaning of fellowship in the Christian community
  • NT579 or NT579B II CORINTHIANS: A detailed study of II Corinthians
  • NT712 LIFE OF CHRIST: A chronological study of to the four gospels with attention to their historical setting, the relationship to the accounts, and the practical and doctrinal truths, with emphasis on the teachings of Jesus and their application to today.
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Old Testament

NOTE: Course numbers followed with a “B? designate books of the Bible that use the Bible only as a text, (i.e., OT495B). Please keep in mind that GSST is in the process of developing Bible Text only courses for most of the 39 books of the Old Testament. If a book you desire to study is not listed, CONTACT YOUR MENTOR to inquire as to its availability.

  • OT111 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY I: The Law and History
  • OT112 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY II: Poetry and Prophecy

    (Each of the above courses earns three (3) credits upon successful completion)

    A foundational study of each book of the Old Testament which provides the student with a grasp of the entire Old Testament, each book as whole, and in its relation to God's total revelation. This course is designed to prepare the student for further work in the Old Testament studies.
  • OT311 SURVEY OF THE PENTATEUCH: A study of the five Mosaic books with emphasis on the lives of the Patriarchs. Attention is given to the Exodus wanderings. Includes an analysis of the Tabernacle and the sacrificial system.
  • OT312 SURVEY OF THE HISTORICAL BOOKS: A study of the geography, history, chronology, and harmony of events in the Old Testament. Joshua through Esther are surveyed against this background. This includes a brief survey of intertestament history.
  • OT313 SURVEY OF THE POETICAL BOOKS: An analysis of the principles of interpreting Hew poetry and an application of these principles to Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.
  • OT314 SURVEY OF THE MAJOR PROPHETS: A presentation of the principles of interpreting prophetic writings followed by a survey of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
  • OT315 SURVEY OF THE MINOR PROPHETS: The lives and messages of Hosea through Malachi are studied in their historical settings.
  • OT451-499 and OT451B-499B OLD TESTAMENT ANALYSIS: A detailed study of any selected Old Testament book. Three units of credit will be granted for each book studied, except Minor Prophets (see OT315). Jeremiah/Lamentations count as one course, as do I&II Samuel, I&II Kings, and I&II Chronicles, and Ezra/Nehemiah.
  • OT451 ANALYSIS OF GENESIS
  • OT456 ANALYSIS OF JOSHUA
  • OT457 ANALYSIS OF JUDGES & RUTH
  • OT462B ANALYSIS OF EZRA/NEHEMIAH
  • OT463B ANALYSIS OF ESTHER
  • OT464B ANALYSIS OF JOB
  • OT465 ANALYSIS OF PSALMS
  • OT466B ANALYSIS OF PROVERBS
  • OT468B ANALYSIS OF THE SONG OF SOLOMON
  • OT469B ANALYSIS OF ISAIAH
  • OT470 ANALYSIS OF JEREMIAH/LAMENTATIONS
  • OT471 ANALYSIS OF EZEKIEL
  • OT472/472B ANALYSIS OF DANIEL
  • OT473B ANALYSIS OF HOSEA
  • OT474B ANALYSIS OF JONAH/NAHUM
  • OT475 ANALYSIS OF HABAKKUK
  • OT480 THE INTERTESTAMENT PERIOD: An investigation of the history and literature of the intertestament period. Includes a survey of the Apocryphal and PSEUDEPIGRAPHA literature and discussion of the various Jewish sects which paved the way for the foundation of the Church.
  • OT481 THE TABERNACLE: God Himself designed The Tabernacle in the Wilderness which became the center of all worship of the children of Israel during their journeys. This course presents an in-depth study of the inexhaustible riches of the types and pictures of the Savior, the Believer, and the plan of salvation contained in its design, furnishings, and rituals.
  • OT511 INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT: A detailed study of the development and canonicity of the Old Testament with special emphasis given to the answering of major critical problems. Includes a survey of the apocryphal, deuterocanonical, and secular writings which support the formulation of the Old Testament.
  • OT514 THE MESSIAH: A detailed study of the Messianic passages of the Old Testament, and their historical interpretation by theologians of both the Old and New Testament periods.
  • OT515 OLD TESTAMENT ARCHAEOLOGY: A survey of the archaeological discoveries of the Near East. Includes ancient Babylon, Sumer, Nineveh, and other areas concerning Creation, the Flood, the Nations, and the development and spread of languages.
  • OT533 CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: An in-depth study of the Christology of the Old Testament. Includes Scriptural and historical evidences for the Messiahship and Deity of Jesus, and a survey of the Messianic prophecies, followed by a detailed analysis of the Christophanies.
  • OT551 GENESIS: A detailed examination of book of "beginnings."
  • OT556 JOSHUA: An examination of the entrance into the Promised Land through the life of Joshua.
  • OT557 JUDGES & RUTH
  • OT558 RUTH: (Study of Ruth through an examination of the "kinsman redeemer" theology)
  • OT562 EZRA & NEHEMIAH
  • OT563 ESTHER
  • OT564 JOB
  • OT565 PSALMS
  • OT566 PROVERBS
  • OT567 ECCLESIASTES
  • OT568 SONG OF SOLOMON
  • OT569 ISAIAH
  • OT570 JEREMIAH & LAMENTATIONS
  • OT571 EZEKIEL
  • OT572 DANIEL
  • OT573 HOSEA
  • OT574B JONAH & NAHUM: These books examine God’s work with Nineveh from different perspectives.
  • OT575 HABAKKUK
  • OT576 ZECHARIAH
  • OT585B AMOS: A small book with a big message will be examined.
  • OT591 JOEL & ZEPHANIAH
  • OT592 MALACHI
  • OT594 HAGGAI
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Pastoral Ministry

  • PM211 INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL CARE: The shepherding function of the minister. Emphasis on pastoral day-to-day ministry. Basic ministry methods examined in relation to typical situations faced in the pastoral ministry.
  • PM212 ETHICS: Systematic study of the philosophical standards of right and wrong, consideration of ethical issues from the biblical perspective of moral behavior. Special emphasis on the particular ethical challenges faced in pastoral ministry.
  • PM250 ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE: An examination of the theory and application of the knowledge necessary for the successful business operation of a Christian organization.
  • PM311 BEGINNING HOMILETICS: Laboratory course providing introductory techniques of sermon preparation and delivery. Various methods will be examined, such as expository, topical, etc. Students will be required to develop and deliver sermons.
  • PM312 ADVANCED HOMILETICS: Advanced techniques of sermon preparation and delivery. Emphasis will be placed on expository sermon presentation and pulpit appearance.
  • PM413 ADVANCED PASTORAL CARE: Advanced course on the shepherding ministry of the pastorate. Emphasis on counseling. Counseling methods examined in relation to typical situations faced in the pastoral ministry.
  • PC211 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: Study of the nature of man and human behavior. Various factors associated with the development of personality and behavior patterns will be examined.
  • PC411 BASIC COUNSELING TECHNIQUES: This course is designed to aid the Pastor in some of the basic counseling techniques that he may use in his ministry to his members.
  • PC413 PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION: The religious characteristics, problems, and needs of the individual in the various stages of the human cycle will be examined in the light of the concepts of developmental PSYCHOLOGY. Giving consideration to the function of various religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices against the background offered by modern PSYCHOLOGY.
  • PC414 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY): The physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the individual with special emphasis on the years from infancy to adolescence will be examined. General principles of development are carefully considered and applied to specific case studies. Factors are noted which affect the child's development.
  • PC426 GUILT AND GRACE: Intensive study of the PSYCHOLOGY of sin and guilt, and the practical application of the biblical doctrine of grace.
  • PC427 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LOVE: The phenomenon and effects of love are examined from biblical perspective.
  • PC432 LAY COUNSELING: Detailed study of the selection and training of lay persons for ministry in thecounseling programs of the church. How to select and what to teach.
  • PC433 ADVANCED PASTORAL COUNSELING: An intermediate study of the principles and techniques of counseling and their specific application to the work of pastors and Christian leaders whose responsibility is to analyze and give counsel to those with social, emotional, and spiritual problems.
  • PM501 THE PASTORAL OFFICE: The Pastor’s call, family and personal life, call to the local church, time to terminate a pastorate and the relationship of that office to the rest of the church family. General administrative duties, scheduled church programs, and public relations of the church in the community. Selection and training of salaried and unsalaried assistants.
  • PM511 HOMILETICS: A graduate level laboratory course in which the student will develop a number of sermons. Sermons which will be developed and taught include expository, topical, biographical, textual, and others.
  • PM512 ETHICS: Systematic study of the standards of right and wrong, consideration of ethical issues from a Biblical perspective or moral behavior. Special emphasis on particular ethical challenges facing Christians in today’s world.
  • PM531 SERMON PREPARATION: Methods and techniques of effective sermon preparation. Opportunity to prepare a number of sermons during the course. Sermons will be evaluated by the personal Mentor and at least one other person.
  • PM550 ORGANIZATIONAL FINANCE: An examination of the theory and practice of sound organizational structure as related to financial stability.
  • PC501 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: A study of the nature of man and human behavior. Various factors associated with the development of human personality and behavior problems will be examined.
  • PC511 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING: Examination of the principles and techniques of counseling and their application to the work of pastors and Christian leader whose responsibility is to analyze and give counsel to those with emotional, social, and spiritual problems., Designed to lay the foundation for further specialized work in the area of Pastoral Counseling.
  • PC512 SOLUTION BASED COUNSELING: The Biblical methodology of handling counseling needs through a pro-active approach on the part of both the counselor and counselee. Prerequisite: PC511
  • PC513 PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION: The religious characteristics, problems, and needs of the individual in the various stages of the human cycle will be examined in the light of the concepts of developmental PSYCHOLOGY. Giving consideration to the function of various religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices against the background offered by modern PSYCHOLOGY.
  • PC514 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY): The physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the individual with special emphasis on the years from infancy to adolescence will be examined. General principles of development are carefully considered and applied to specific case studies. Factors are noted which affect the child's development. Prerequisite: PC211.
  • PC515 GUILT AND GRACE: Intensive study of the PSYCHOLOGY of sin and guilt, and the practical application of the biblical doctrine of grace.
  • PC516 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LOVE: The phenomenon and effects of love are examined from biblical perspective.
  • PC517 LAY COUNSELING: Detailed study of the selection and training of lay persons for ministry in the counseling programs of the church. How to select and what to teach. Prerequisite: PC511.
  • PC518 INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL COUNSELING: An intermediate study of the principles and techniques of counseling and their specific application to the work of pastors and Christian leaders whose responsibility is to analyze and give counsel to those with social, emotional, and spiritual problems. Prerequisite PC511.
  • PC527 & PC528 ISSUES IN COUNSELING I&II: Application of theoretical therapeutic counseling techniques by pastors and other Christian leaders to specific areas of pastoral care, such as pre-marital and family counseling, ministering to the chemically dependent, ministering to families, crisis intervention, an conflict management. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC531, PC532 PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING and MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING: Two Semester course providing intensive study of the principles and methods of pastoral counseling in the areas of pre-marriage and marriage problems. Includes a detailed study of the purpose, fulfillment, and basis of marriage, showing the principles that produce lasting harmony in marriage, and elements that produce a meaningful courtship and its relation to marriage. Procedures for training and helping people in successful family life are studied. The first Semester emphasizes courtship processes and pre-marital problems. Second Semester may be taken independently. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC534 COUNSELING THE TERMINALLY ILL: Counseling techniques specifically related to the needs of the terminally ill. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC535 COUNSELING CHILDREN: Counseling techniques specifically related to the needs of those under the age of twelve years old. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC536 COUNSELING ADOLESCENTS: Counseling methods and techniques specifically related to the needs of those in the teen years. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC537 COUNSELING ADULTS: Counseling techniques specifically related to the needs of adults. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC538 GERIATRIC COUNSELING: Counseling methods and techniques specifically related to the needs of senior citizens. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC539 COUNSELING VICTIMS OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOLISM: Provides a survey of the nature of chemical dependency in contemporary society, examines the relevant biblical material, and offers approaches to the ministry which enables pastors to utilize the resources of their community and church in aiding the chemically dependent and their families. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC540 DEALING WITH DEATH AND GRIEF: Emphasis is placed on the emotional state of the dying and the grieving. Particular emphasis is placed on the Christian perspective. Procedure in counseling the dying and the bereaved. The ministry of counseling through the church in this vital area of human distress is central to this course. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC542 CRISIS COUNSELING: Provides study of counseling techniques for persons who are undergoing crisis in their lives. Subjects covered include rape, abortion, childlessness, child abuse, spouse beating, and handicap suddenly occurred because of illness or accident.
  • PC543 THE BIBLE IN COUNSELING: Emphasis on how the proper use of the Bible alone can aid the pastor in helping others solve their problems. Critical examination of the Biblical issues are central to the successful completion of this course. PREREQUISITE: PC511
  • PC546 COUNSELING THE SEXUALLY ABUSED: Provides study of counseling techniques for persons who have been victims of this type of abuse.
  • PC547 COUNSELING THE CULTIST: Counseling methods and techniques to be utilized when dealing with those involved in cults. PREREQUISITES: PC511, CR411
  • PC550 COUNSELING THE CO-DEPENDENT: Emphasis on helping the co-dependent.
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Research

  • RE111 RESEARCH METHODS: An introductory course in college level library skills, designed to prepare the student for all courses requiring research. Students will learn how to formulate a research topic, how and where to find relevant information, and how to organize notes and construct an acceptable research paper. Students will be introduced to on-line (computer) literature search methods. THE COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR DEGREES.
  • RE431 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PAPER OR PROJECT: This culmination of the undergraduate course of study provides the candidate opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to present information in a style and format consistent with the academic level of accomplishment. The project may be a formal research paper in standard thesis format, or an equivalent research and writing project. For detailed information, refer to the GOLDEN STATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY RESEARCH MANUAL, prepared and published by GSST Staff.
  • RE511 RESEARCH METHODS: A graduate level course in research skills focusing on library techniques. Students will learn to improve and refine techniques of accessing information using both computers and conventional methods. Students will be required to research, organize, and prepare several brief reports of graduate quality during the course. THE COURSE IS REQUIRED OF ALL GRADUATE AND POST GRADUATE STUDENT WHO HAVE NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED RE 111 OR ITS EQUIVALENT.
  • RE531 MASTER'S THESIS OR PROJECT: This culmination of the candidate's graduate study provides opportunity for demonstration of ability to present information in a scholarly style and format consistent with the student's academic level of accomplishment. Detailed information may be obtained from the text Research Manual, by Dr. Naomi Torrez, which is published by Golden State School of Theology.
  • RE931 GRADUATE DOCTORAL PROPOSAL/DISSERTATION OR PROJECT: This course includes the Proposal for the Doctoral Dissertation or Project and the actual completion of that Dissertation or Project. Formulates the framework for the document and the step-by-step completion of the work. This 150 pages minimum document must be footnoted and include an extensive Bibliography (at least 50 outside sources). This work represents the culmination of the Candidate's educational experience. The Dissertation or Project must deal exclusively with the major area of study. For information, refer to the text, Research Manual, by Dr. Naomi Torrez, published by Golden State School of Theology.
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Systematic Theology

  • TH101-102 SURVEY OF BIBLE DOCTRINES: Fundamental course for all undergraduate courses in the Division of Theology. Examines essential Christian doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, the Church, Scriptures, Angels, Satan, and Last Things.
  • TH211-212 SURVEY OF THEOLOGY I, II: Survey of the major divisions of Systematic Theology. These include Theism, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Angelology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
  • TH254 APOLOGETICS: Evidences for the divine origin of Christianity, the inspiration of the Bible, the nature and character of God, the deity of Christ, and the validity of the Gospel. Includes answers to problems and apparent contradictions in the Bible.
  • TH311 HOLY SPIRIT: Consideration of all Scriptures concerning the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and Church. The work have the Holy Spirit in the life and walk of the Christian, and charismatic gifts are considered.
  • TH312 APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE: Evaluation of apocalyptic literature as used in Daniel, Revelation, and a number of apocryphal visions. Various schools of interpretation are examined, and attention is given to the Tribulation period, the Millennium, the New Heavens and New Earth.
  • TH363 DISPENSATIONS: A positive presentation of the dispensationalist system of biblical interpretation. Examines the importance of this approach in order to develop and maintain a constant hermeneutic. Presented as an essential part of the historical-grammatical interpretation, and practiced as the only proper method of interpreting Scripture.
  • TH414 BIBLIOLOGY - DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE: An intensive look at the importance of the Scripture.
  • TH415 THEOLOGY PROPER - DOCTRINE OF GOD: An extensive look at the person of God as to his person, nature, and attribute
  • TH416 CHRISTOLOGY - THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST: Study of the scriptural doctrine of the second Person of the Trinity, including His humanity and divinity.
  • TH422 DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH: Study of the essential Christian doctrine of the church including its beginning, its officers, its purposes.
  • TH460 DOCTRINE OF HOLINESS: Study of this essential doctrine of Christianity.
  • TH501-TH502 MAJOR BIBLE DOCTRINES: A study of the most vital Christian Doctrines.
  • TH511, TH512 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I & II: A two Semester survey of the major divisions of systematic theology. Students who plan to specialize in theology must take these courses.
  • TH514 BIBLIOLOGY: In-depth study of the internal and external evidence for the revelation, inspiration, illumination, preservation, infallibility, and absolute authority of the Bible. PREREQUISITE: TH511, TH512
  • TH515 THEOLOGY PROPER: Exposition of the doctrine of God. Scriptural and extra-biblical evidence for the existence of God. This course also examines the attributes of God, his interaction with man, and His Person as God the Father. PREREQUISITE: TH511, TH512
  • TH516 CHRISTOLOGY: Detailed consideration of the scriptural doctrines concerning the second Person of the Godhead, including His divinity, humanity, and eternal priesthood. The teaching and works of Christ are summarized with an emphasis on His atoning death, burial, and resurrection. PREREQUISITE: TH511, TH512
  • TH517 PNEUMATOLOGY: Consideration of scripture concerning the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and the church. Current work of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christians discussed. PREREQUISITE: TH511. TH512
  • TH519 SOTERIOLOGY: A study of the doctrine of salvation.
  • TH520 ESCHATOLOGY: Consideration of the doctrine of last things. Includes the rapture, the great tribulation, the second coming, the resurrection, the judgments, and the new creation. PREREQUISITE: TH511, TH512
  • TH522 ECCLESIOLOGY: An extensive study in the beginning, teaching and practice of the New Testament Churches and how it applies to modern churches. PREREQUISITE: TH511, TH512
  • TH523 PASTORAL THEOLOGY:
  • TH525 GRACE: Detailed investigation of what the Bible reveals concerning grace. A careful comparison of Paul's dogmatic presentation of salvation by grace through faith with James' practical teaching of the result and evidence of saving faith. PREREQUISITES: TH511, TH512
  • TH526 OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: Exhaustive examination of such prominent Old Testament these as monotheism, the sovereignty of God, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice. faith, and redemption. PREREQUISITES: TH511, TH512
  • TH527 NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: Survey of the major divisions of biblical theology in the New Testament. Includes synoptic theology, theology of the Gospel of Luke and Acts, the theologies of James, Paul, Peter, and John. Also discusses the theology of the Epistle of Hews. PREREQUISITES: TH511, TH512
  • TH532 THE THEOLOGY OF PRAYER: An examination of prayer in the light of the biblical examples and teaching. This course will lead to a more deep and genuine prayer life. PREREQUISITES; TH511, TH512
  • TH533 CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: An in-depth study of the Person and Work of Christ as revealed in the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the Theophanies presented in the Old Testament.
  • TH541 DISPENSATIONS AND COVENANTS: Detailed study of man's response in obedience to God during the periods of Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Church and Kingdom. Includes an examination of God's covenants with His People.
  • TH554 APOLOGETICS: The importance of the defense of the Bible is discussed in this study.
  • TH560 THE DOCTRINE OF HOLINESS: An extensive examination of this vital doctrine of Christianity
  • TH563 DISPENSATIONS: A positive presentation of the dispensationalist system of biblical interpretation. Examines the importance of this approach in order to develop and maintain a constant hermeneutic. Presented as an essential part of the historical-grammatical interpretation.
  • TH612 APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE: A study of the end times and their relationship to the church and Christianity throughout the ages.
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