All the required courses listed below are offered at the Calvary Chapel Bible College Seattle campus every year. Students take two calendar years to complete the four-semester, 81-credit program.
Required classes may typically be taken in any order the student desires, with the obvious exception of classes that build on each other. (For example, the Bible Survey classes which start in Genesis and work their way through to the end in Revelation.)
*This course catalog is arranged under program heading and not by class number.
Core Bible Classes (Required):
OT310 | Genesis (3 credits REQ)
This is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Genesis. It will be an in-depth study of this book of origins, with emphasis on the foundational doctrines of Christianity.
NT310 | Gospel of Matthew (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Matthew, with specific emphasis of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and on His claim to be the Messiah. Students will be blessed by this in-depth study, coming to the inescapable conclusion that Christ is the King. Fulfills Gospel Requirement. Any additional Gospel fulfills Additional Core Bible Classes credits or Elective Course credit.
NT352 | Gospel of Mark (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Mark. The class emphasizes Jesus as the servant of the Lord and will relate the whole gospel to its key verse, “For even the son of man did not come to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45. Fulfills Gospel Requirement. Any additional Gospel fulfills Additional Core Bible Classes credits or Elective Course credit.
NT353 | Gospel of Luke (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Luke. Students will study Jesus as the perfect man and Savior, and will come to a better understanding of who Jesus is from Luke’s particular perspective. Fulfills Gospel Requirement. Any additional Gospel fulfills Additional Core Bible Classes credits or Elective Course credit.
NT320 | Gospel of John (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of John. Students will study the theology of the Gospel of John along with an in-depth look at the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, specifically at John’s portrayal of Him in His deity as the Son of God. Fulfills Gospel Requirement. Any additional Gospel fulfills Additional Core Bible Classes credits or Elective Course credit.
NT330 | Acts (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the Book of Acts, a book regarded as the second volume of a two-part work by Luke. Students will study in-depth the Early Church, with particular reference to the words of Jesus Christ: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
NT340 | Romans (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans, a book long regarded as the most systematic presentation of doctrine in the Bible. Students will consider in-depth the doctrines of grace, forgiveness, salvation, and Paul’s practical exhortation to Christ-likeness in life and ministry.
NT377 | Revelation (3 credits REQ)
This course is a verse-by-verse study of the books of Daniel and Revelation. Daniel could be called “Amazing Prophecies and Amazing Acts of God.” Students will also complete an in-depth expositional examination of the exciting book of Revelation, which focuses very clearly on the person of Jesus Christ, His epistles to the seven churches, and the forthcoming unveiling of events that “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
Core Doctrinal Classes (Required):
TH363 | Introduction to Apologetics (2 credits REQ)
This course is an introduction to defending Christianity. It is also an introduction to world religions and cults. Students will be equipped to dialogue with others from these backgrounds and defend historical Christianity.
TH401 | Introduction to Hermeneutics (3 credits REQ)
This course is an introduction to biblical interpretation. It seeks both to lay a foundation of interpretive principles as well as equip students with the skills needed to interpret the Bible.
TH301 | Introduction to Biblical Theology (3 credits REQ)
In this class we will study some basic truths of biblical theology, including issues the Lord has characteristically and distinctively used in Calvary Chapel ministries and how basic Bible doctrines pertain to Calvary Chapel teaching.
MI301 | Introduction to Missiology (2 credits REQ)
This course is an introduction to the theology of God’s mission and what this means practically for the church. Its goal is both to lay a foundation of who God is and what he is doing (mission) as well as apply that to the purpose and goal of the church (missions).
Bible Survey as taught by Pastor Chuck Smith (Required):
OT301 | Old Testament Survey I (3 credits REQ)
This course has two main objectives:
OT302 | Old Testament Survey II (3 credits REQ) Prerequisite: OT301
This course has two main objectives:
NT301 | New Testament Survey I (3 credits REQ)
This course has two main objectives:
NT302 | New Testament Survey II (3 credits REQ) Prerequisite: NT301
This course has two main objectives:
LA099 | Public Devotional Speaking (1 credit) Required for both full-time & on-campus
This course seeks to equip students to communicate what they are learning in the Bible through weekly short-form teaching assignments. Each week, students and the teacher provide constructive criticism in order to help the students improve in their ability to communicate God’s Word. Minimum one Public Devotional Speaking course required for graduation from CCBC Seattle.
CL107 | Koinonia (1 credit) Required for both full-time & on-campus
Of all the classes offered at Bible College, none mirrors the early church’s “devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42) closer than Koinonia. Koinonia is an opportunity for students to connect, pray, and hear from each other on a weekly basis. It is the only class that is required for students in any semester. Class sessions generally include breakfast, worship, prayer, devotion, and communion.
CL305 | Discipleship (2 credits) Required for both full-time & on-campus for 2 semesters
The ultimate subject in all of scripture is Jesus Christ. What we want is to experience the application of the God’s grace made available to us through the work of Jesus Christ. God freely provides grace for us through the person and work of his son as we humbly trust in him. The purpose of this class is to experience this grace as we seek to understand and accept it.
M199 | Practical Christian Service (2 credits) Required each semester
This Course has two main objectives:
- To apply the practical aspects of what you are learning in the classroom. This is a “hands on” class where you will serve not only in word but in deed, to allow you to learn to be an active part of the local body of Christ as well as the community.
- Students are required to fulfill 64 hours (1 credit) or 128 hours (2 credits) of individual service. These hours are broken up into individual assignments where students will serve 4-8 hours per week in various tasks and ministries on campus.
MI101 | Missions Week (1 credit) Required two semesters
This course offers an opportunity for students to spend a week serving alongside a local church during a short-term mission trip in a different city in the region. Each semester we plan several local mission trips to practically apply the spiritual truths that we have been learning. Each trip will be made up of two elements: instruction and service. Each host church will provide 15 hours of instruction on various topics and each team will give 30 hours of service (check the trip syllabus for specific information).
CM323 | Church Leadership & Multiplication (2 credits)
This class is basic training for those desiring to be pastors, church-planters, or missionaries. We will focus on cultivating spiritual gifts, as well as, ministry and communication skills. We will also look at developing vision, counseling skills, performing ceremonies, church planting principles, and culturally effective missionary service (locally and globally).
CM325 | Pastoral Support & Practical Leadership (2 credits)
This class will cover the under discussed and misunderstood position of an Assistant. We will be learning about how to be hard-working, high-capacity, insightful, & resourceful. The need for Assistants whose heart & ministry is for their Pastor & the people is as great as the fruit that is born out of this faithful ministry.
PT327 | Homiletics Practicum Hour (2 credits) Prerequisite: Introduction to Hermeneutics
This course seeks to equip students to prepare a sermon based upon a text of Scripture. It emphasizes expositional preaching and walks students through preparing a sermon, beginning with understanding the text and ending with a fully prepared message.
CM361 | Introduction to Youth Ministry (2 credits)
The necessity of youth ministry in the church has recently been called into question. However, two out of every three Christians today came to Christ before they turned 18. As a result, we need re-examine and re-equip ourselves to reach and disciple this group. The course will lay out a biblical and practical foundation for those ministering to youth including the roles of worship, study, and evangelism in the 21st century and beyond.
CM329 | Introduction to Children’s Ministry (2 credits)
The purpose of this class is two-fold. The first hour of class, students will take a comprehensive look at the role of a Children’s Ministry leader and the key essentials of building a dynamic ministry. During the second hour, students will apply what they learned in class by participating and leading within the Children’s Ministry at Calvary Fellowship. The credits are broken into 1 for lecture and 1 for practicum; three additional hours of practicum outside of the class period are required for full credit.
WO307 | Introduction to Worship (2 credits)
John Calvin held that salvation is a means to an end, but the end itself is worship. The Bible is full of songs of worship: from after the Crossing at the Red Sea, to the Psaltery, to Mary’s song, to the Revelation Song at the end of time. This purpose of this class is to examine the biblical heart of worship, and how music is to be the accompaniment to the Christian life of worship. Through lecture, song-writing exercises and guest-speaker testimony, we’ll take an in-depth look at why worship matters.
**Further course listings (i.e. Bible Book courses) are written out and explained in our yearly Catalog.**
**Please view our yearly Catalog for information regarding graduation or contact our Dean of Academics.**