These courses encourage students to articulate and evaluate one's faith by gaining knowledge of the Bible's content and themes, including the biblical witness on service, leadership and reconciliation, and by understanding how different Christian faith traditions may shape beliefs. Students develop deeper commitments in service to God and to others as they explore connections between faith and learning.
Knowledge of the Bible
The Bible provides the
foundational word upon which Christian beliefs are held; therefore students
gain the ability to understand and evaluate the role of the Bible as an
authority for these beliefs and practices. In addition they develop a basic
grasp of interpretive methodologies of Biblical texts and understanding for its
complex formation and variety of literary genres. Study of Old and New
Testament literature equips students to understand and apply biblical texts
personally and responsibly through careful reading and analysis.
Building upon foundations acquired through Knowledge of the Bible, students learn central beliefs in historic Christian faith about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation and the church within the context of Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan perspectives, traditions in which Messiah College is rooted. Students are provided an opportunity to examine their theological convictions and spiritual practices while affirming their Christian faith in order to develop personal theological ways of thinking and writing.