Practical Theology Class

The Practical Theology Class should be beneficial to anyone that desires to participate or audit the discussions. However, it is specifically designed as training sessions for men that desire to become Elders at Grace Bible Church. Titus 1:9 specifically requires that elders are to be “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” In seeking to fulfill this Biblical qualification, among the requirements GBC has set forth in our Elders Policy  is the ability to discuss and give a Biblical defense in specific areas of Practical Theology.

This course of classes assumes that there is already a background in Bible Survey, Hermeneutics and Theology since Practical Theology is the application of each of those areas of study to the issues of human life. Those who do not have these backgrounds will still benefit from the discussions of the particular topics, but will probably struggle to derive a Biblical response to them.

The format of the class will assume familiarity with the subjects and will consist mostly of discussion rather than lecture. Suggested material to read or listen to are listed with each topic. The pdf schedule can be downloaded, but is subject to modification. At minimum, the linked written material should be read and sermons / lectures should be reviewed before class. Suggested books are optional for greater in depth study. Additional resources may be added at anytime.

We will stream class and post them on our pages on Youtube and Sermon Audio. However, since it is known that YouTube will restrict or even block material that does not match their ides of political correctness, some discussions may only be available on Sermon Audio.

If you have questions about a particular subject, you may email them to Pastor@GraceBibleNY.org I will try to include them in the discussion for that subject, or add them as a follow-up in the next class.

Simply a Slave of the Lord Jesus Christ
Pastor Scott L. Harris
Grace Bible Church, Wappinger, NY

Class Schedule (updated 11/9/2019)
It has been decided to slow the pace of the class down in order to give adequate time for discussion. The order of discussion will remain the same, but the dates have been removed since we will proceed to the next topic only as the discussion of the previous topic is concluded. I will update this schedule weekly and mark in the date column what up for discussion in the next class

Date

Subject

Resources: Reading / Audio Recordings

Church Government: Structure & Role of Officers: Elders, Deacons, Deaconess

GBC Constitution Article VI, Sections A-E

GBC Policies on Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses.

Book: Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

Church Discipline

GBC Constitution Article V

Sermons: The Difficult One Another (9/3/2013); God’s Correction of His Children (8/7/2016)

001 Church Discipline Study Questions

 

“Baby Dedications” (Believer’s baptism vs. paedo-baptism)

GBC “Baby Dedication” paper

GBC “Baptism” paper

Role of Women in the Church

GBC Policy: Women in Ministry

002 Women in Ministry Study Questions

9/26

NO CLASS – Pastor in California

10/3

NO CLASS – Pastor in California

Biblical Concept of Missions: Local & Foreign, Sending process, Evangelism, Parachurch vs. Local Church

GBC Missions Policy

04 Missions Study Questions

10/17 NO CLASS – Pastor at NY IFCA Regional  Conference
10/24 NO CLASS  – Ed in Hospital

 

Priorities of Pastoral Ministry

Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, Bill Hull. Fleming H. Revell, 1990.

Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry, John F. MacArthur Jr. Word Publishing, 1995

Sermon: Responsibilities of Pastors (6/12/16)

05a Pastoral Priorities Study Questions

Stewardship (Finances – Church & Personal)

Jim Rickard materials – SSFoundation.net

Crown Financial Ministries, Larry Burket, Ron Blue

Sermons: Finances / Stewardship Series  (9 sermons) https://gracebibleny.org/category/sermons/finances_stewardship

05b Finances Study Questions

Lawsuits

1 Corinthians 6:1-8

06a Lawsuits Study Questions

11/14 Divorce & Remarriage

Sermons:

The Exception Clause of Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 (2/27/18);

Marriage, Separation, Divorce & Remarriage (5/25/14);

The Dangers of Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32 (5/18/14)

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible, Jay Adams. Zondervan, 1980

06b Divorce & Remarriage Study Questions

Liberty in Christ vs. either Legalism or License Sermons: Holy & Free series (16 sermons) https://gracebibleny.org/category/sermons/holy_and_free(Topics: Drugs, Alcohol, Dancing, Dress, Music & Entertainment)

O7a Christian Liberty Study Questions

Liberty in Christ vs. either Legalism or License (Continued)

Sermons: Holy & Free series (16 sermons) https://gracebibleny.org/category/sermons/holy_and_freeContinued: Topics – Leisure & Labor, Dating / Courtship & Marriage, Children, Cultural Traditions, Holy Bodies, Holy Days

Manifestations of True Salvation / false professions

1 John

Sermons: Which Way to Heaven – Matthew 7:13-14 (10/26/14); Building on Solid Ground – Matthew 7:24-27 (11/16/14)

11/28 No Class – Thanksgiving
Abortion / Euthanasia  Sermon: The Value of Human Life (1/20/19)

Whatever Happened to the Human Race, Francis A. Shaeffer & C. Everett Koop.

 

Human Sexuality / Sexual Perversions

Sermons:

Proverbs on Avoiding Sexual Sin – Proverbs 5-7 (1/21/2013);

Unrighteousness in Homosexuality (2/24/2002).

Unrighteousness in Depraved Minds (3/3/2002).

Christian Citizenship in a Degenerating Society, Part 1 Romans 1:16-32 (7/5/15);

Political Activism / Caring for the “poor”

Sermons:

The Christian & Politics (9/14/2008);

Biblical Principles for Political Decisions (10/16/16);

Christian Citizenship in a Degenerating Society Pt 2 (7/12/2015);

Being Salt & Light – Matthew 5:13-16 (3/23/14);

Proverbs on Government (10/22/2012)

Book: The Tragedy of American Compassion, Marvin Olasky. Regnery Publishing, 1992

12/26 No Class – Christmas

Race Relations /

 Sermons:

One Blood, One Race – Overcoming Prejudice Selected Scriptures (7/14/19);

Racial Harmony (2/10/2013)

Alcohol & Drugs / Smoking Sermon: Proverbs on Wine & Drinking (1/14/2013)

Gambling

 Sermons:

Proverbs on Coveting (1/10/13);

Proverbs on Economics (10/15/2012)

 Entertainment

Sermons:

Godliness & Entertainment (2/3/2013)

Sanctification of Our Minds (19/8/2000)

Rejoicing in All Circumstances, Part 5: Thinking Rightly (10/24/2004)

Rejoicing in All Circumstances, Part 6: Thinking Rightly (11/7/2004)

 Priorities / Usage of Time

Sermons:

Walking in Wisdom (11/17/1996) (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Love for God (9/23/2018)

Loving Your Neighbor (9/30/2018)

Glorifying God By Making Disciples Of The Lord Jesus Christ