High School Bible Classes
At Nashville Christian School we believe that no education is complete without learning the Bible. Therefore, students at all levels are taught the Scriptures each academic day.
Freshmen Bible is a survey of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy). While the study is textual in that it does explore selected passages in detail, it is also thematic as there is a concerted effort to link certain New Testament passages with their antecedents in the first five books of the Old Testament. Understanding that God does not change his nature can be a powerful concept in attaining to knowledge of the God of both testaments.
The Gospel of Luke (1st Semester)
This course will be uncovering and highlighting aspects of the life, ministry and Lordship of Jesus based upon Luke’s narrowed focus on the historical Jewish-Samaritan conflict, and other social and religious conflicts. The course will be exploring an understanding of the numerous ways Jesus seeks to challenge and supersede superficial barriers hindering God’s interest in authentic fellowship with Him and genuine & lasting reconciliation with one another. Great emphasis will be directed to exhibiting the faith lessons and application derived from the disciples of Jesus. The greatest emphasis will be upon the primary concern of Luke’s message that Jesus is presented as the only able and available Savior of all people, regardless of their age, gender, handicap, history, money, morality, nationality, or any other social or cultural factor influencing their “standing” in the community. Among many applicable truths, is the statement found in chapters 1 and 18 – “Nothing is impossible for God.” Mary exhibits this truth as a virgin in her miraculous conception of baby Jesus. Zacchaeus illustrates this truth in his demonstrable change of heart through his eagerness to provide generously for both the poor and any others he previously defrauded. Luke is the prequel to Acts, also authored by Luke. Jesus is magnified as God’s Son, active and involved in the modern church shepherding through his teachings, example, and an active Holy Spirit.
The Book of Acts (2nd Semester)
This course will be considering the successful singular focus of the original church following Christ’s ascension. This church courageously and faithfully implements Jesus’ detailed commission in Acts 1:8 to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The instructor will attempt to both inform and inspire the students with the details of this special story for which they are to boldly and enthusiastically continue in their generation. Ultimately, this story will be presented as open-ended, meaning that the story does not stop with Paul preaching in chapter 28, but continues through the lives and efforts of believers who are still commissioned. There will be a particular emphasis placed on identifying the prominent factors of the Holy Spirit, prayer, resurrection message, generosity, trust, and teaching elements in determining and underscoring how and why this church was declared successful in Acts 17:6, and detailed successful through numerical updates in the text and amazing descriptions of faithfulness during adversity. Furthermore, the student will be engaged in thinking regularly about modern comparisons, contrasts, and applications. Current statistics and even approximations will be shared regarding modern martyrs and traveling missionaries. Finally, the student will participate in a spiritual gift inventory, for which will be utilized to attempt to educate the student on his or her individual skill-level, spiritual capacity, and uncompromising mandate in Scripture for each believer to cooperate with the mission in unity and collaboration with other Christians.
Junior/Senior Bible Electives
Semester 1 - Apologetics
Today much of the world views Christianity as myths and fairy tales. This class will teach students to understand the beliefs and scientific theories that the world presents as facts, and most importantly equip them to defend their faith. Students will explore the Bible and science, using reason and logic to find that Science and Faith are not opposites. Comparative Religions: This class will examine the various beliefs and religions of the modern world. Comparing and contrasting our views as Christians with each religion will help us understand what we believe by understanding what others believe. Students will leave this class with their faith reaffirmed while understanding what others believe. Semester 2 -Minor Bible Characters: The story of our God and His plan for his people is without a doubt the most compelling story ever told. Throughout history and His word, he has used people great and small to accomplish His goal. This class will dig deeper than the well-known figures of scripture, instead focusing on the lesser known individuals. This study will look at the minor heroes of our faith and their major contributions. The Greatest Story Ever Told: Once again we look at the story of our God and His plan for his people. In this story however we examine how much of the world’s greatest stories are simply echoes of God’s story found in scripture. We will examine popular culture including, literature, movies, and music to see God’s story told in the modern medium.
Semester 1 - The Bible & the Spade: Digging Deeper
We’ll study topics that aren’t usually covered in the average bible class such as: DaVinci Code vs. Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Customs & Culture of Scripture, How the Bible Came to Be, How Archeology Confirms Scripture, and Stories Between the Old & New Testament. Semester 2 - What’s Paul Saying to Us?: This study is a survey of Paul’s letters that will cover contemporary topics such as: What’s My Purpose , The Christian & Government, How to Handle the Gray Areas of Life, How to Be Right Before God, and How Does the Spirit Operate In My Life
Semester 1 - Christian Ethics and Character Formation
This course will be examining both modern examples of ethical or moral dilemmas and also relevant biblical perspectives, paradigms and solutions. It will provide an exhaustive exploration of inward factors of character conflict, and offer real, meaningful, and substantive spiritual answers for application. The student will develop a customized “rule of life” strategy for implementing spiritual disciplines and a spiritual focus into one’s daily routine and conscience. The primary texts for the course are excerpts from The Gospel of John, Romans chapters 5-8, First Corinthians 5-6, Galatians 5, 1 Timothy 4, 2 Timothy 3, Titus 1-3, and 2 Peter 1.
Semester 1 - Homiletics & Church Leadership
This course will be highly experiential and student-centered, as the student will engage in the process of developing and communicating biblical topical and textual messages ranging from 5 to 20 minutes in length of content. The student will be able to evaluate and implement the information from guest speakers who visit and share their philosophy and approach to homiletics and church leadership. The student will also be able to access and utilize biblical research tools and methods. In addition, the student will be able to explain, apply, and summarize profitable class content on homiletics and church leadership. At the end of the semester, the student will be able to write a summation of his personal homiletic process.
*This elective can be a resource for anyone seeking to grow as both a Christian and spiritual leader. Churches are in need of Christians who are bi-vocational – working in a secular industry, yet, also equipped with vital skills and training to serve in various leadership roles of a congregation.
Semester 2 - Radical Christianity In A Rebellious World
This course will be considering the rebellious nature of humanity caused by spiritual conflict that exists between people and the pure teachings of Jesus Christ. The story of Jesus must envelop the story we have created in competition with his Lordship. The term radical derives itself from the Latin word radix meaning “root.” Thus, radical Christianity in this course is a reference to true or original Christianity. Various contemporary illustrations and application will be learned. The student will also engage in a research project with a partner that will result in a group presentation. The primary texts for the course are Ephesians and Colossians.