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 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


Dates subject to change due to weather.

2019 Practical Theology Class Schedule PDF



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

Study Questions on Church Discipline – PDF

GBC Constitution Article V

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


“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


NO CLASS – Pastor in California


NO CLASS – Pastor in California


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

GBC Missions Policy


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)

Stewardship (Finances – Church & Personal)

Jim Rickard materials –

Crown Financial Ministries, Larry Burket, Ron Blue

Sermons: Finances / Stewardship Series  (9 sermons)



1 Corinthians 6:1-8

Divorce & Remarriage


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


Liberty in Christ vs. either Legalism or License

Sermons: Holy & Free series (16 sermons)

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)


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


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”


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

Race Relations /


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)



Proverbs on Coveting (1/10/13);

Proverbs on Economics (10/15/2012)


No Class – Thanksgiving


Make up date – other topics


Make up date – other topics


No Class – Christmas Eve Service


No Class – New Year’s Eve Service


Glorifying God By Making Disciples Of The Lord Jesus Christ