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Master of Divinity Curriculum Overview

The Master’s Seminary exists to produce preachers—to train men who will spend their lives preaching the mind of God and caring for His people. We train train men not only to learn well, but to love well. We prioritize both the head and the heart, for a disqualified life is a disregarded calling. Therefore, in every course in the M.Div. program, all roads lead to the pulpit. Our Pastor-Professors will demonstrate how Hebrew exegesis will make preaching more precise; how church history will provide depth and weight to sermons; how counseling helps to apply the Word to hurting people; and how theology will help to know the God whom you preach. 

Old Testament Studies

The Old Testament comprises over 70% of the inspired Word of God, and yet it is often neglected by our bedsides and from our pulpits. Why? Because if we are honest, we are often unsure what to make of it. How do we read across this range of genres, authors, and cultural contexts that comprise the Old Testament? What, if any of it, actually applies to me today? Where do I even start reading?  

The Division of Old Testament Studies at The Master’s Seminary is designed to help students understand, research, and explain the Old Testament, in all of its various forms, genres, and degrees of complexity. The courses in Old Testament are crafted to engrain in students habits of thinking and research in the context of the Old Testament that will equip them for personal devotion, academic scholarship, and pastoral ministry in this far too commonly neglected field. 

Students will spend years learning the original language of the Old Testament, translating and exegeting passages from the Old Testament under Hebrew scholars who will guide them not only in their understanding of the text, but also in their correct application. Students will then be pushed to engage in issues in OT academic scholarship, as this will help to shape, refine, and add precision to their thinking. Ultimately, the goal of the division of Old Testament Studies is that future scholars, professors, and pastors would not hesitate to write, teach, and preach from the Old Testament, that the church might be edified by the whole counsel of God.

Division Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate mastery of basic Hebrew vocabulary. 
  • Translate Hebrew texts from the major literary types (narrative, poetry, & prophecy) with the use of standard aids.
  • Syntactically analyze Hebrew phrases and sentences. 
  • Exegete a Hebrew text within its context.
  • Demonstrate an ability to research and explain a key issue in OT studies.

New Testament Studies

As the culmination of divine revelation in its written form, the New Testament needs to be studied intensively and comprehensively in its original languages. A significant portion of the M.Div. curriculum focuses on the study and engagement of the New Testament text in its original Greek language. The goal of this intensive study, as in all of ministry, is the edification of the church. Thus, the curriculum will emphasize grammatical and syntactical studies of the Greek text so as to aid students in the use of the original languages for precision in preaching. All of the courses in this department will help students understand the grammar and syntax of the Greek and how that will inform and guide their explanation of the text. 

Division Learning Outcomes:

  • Translate a Greek text with the use of standard aids, demonstrating knowledge of basic Greek vocabulary. 
  • Syntactically analyze Greek phrases and sentences. 
  • Exegete a New Testament passage using the historical-grammatical method.
  • Review critical methods/ideologies of NT interpretation and discern appropriate issues and problems.

Bible Exposition

Any in-depth lexical or syntactical study in the original languages of the text would fall short of completion without a larger understanding of the storyline of the Bible. The Scripture is replete with themes, topics, and developments that can only be grasped when a student steps back and looks at the Bible as a whole. 

Students in the division of Bible Exposition will study every book of the Bible, reading through the entire Bible multiple times. As they do so, students will learn to identify themes and structures for themselves. They will write their own chapter titles for every chapter of the Bible, identify the major themes and outlines, and be able to articulate the specific purpose of every book. They will also do intensive studies of specific books. All the while, they will be pushed to practice their grammatical-historical hermeneutic beyond the sentence level onto larger units of Scripture. 

This division is designed to engulf students in the storyline of redemption, that their understanding and explanation of Scripture might be, in a word, thoroughly biblical.  

Division Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the use of historical-grammatical principles of biblical interpretation.
  • Articulate the central themes and outlines of each Bible book. 
  • Articulate the purpose and development of each Bible book.

Theological Studies

All Christians are called to be theologians—to be those who seek with all of their minds to understand and know God through His Word. If this is the call for every believer, how much more so should it be for the aspiring minister. The Master’s Seminary holds the conviction that theology is to be the fruit of the exegesis of both Old and New Testaments, not a grid by which to interpret Scripture. Thus, our approach to theology is to emphasize the exegetical and systematic rather than the philosophical, creedal, or sociological.Theology courses at The Master’s Seminary are not taught merely for the purpose of satisfying intellectual curiosity, but so that our students would know, love, and tremble before God. 

Division Learning Outcomes

  • Describe, compare, and critique the major Christian theological systems. 
  • Describe and critique the major worldviews. 
  • Identify the major individuals, movements, and events that have shaped Christian thought. 
  • Articulate the major doctrinal themes of scripture with appropriate biblical support.

Pastoral Ministry

The entirety of our curriculum is aimed to equip a man of God with the skills necessary to shepherd and love a local congregation in grace and truth. The division of Pastoral Ministries begins to translate the information acquired in biblical and theological courses into everyday application for the aspiring shepherd. 

There is no necessary dichotomy between rigorous preparation and prayerful reliance in ministry, so our desire is to lead men to do both. Though many of the courses in this division necessarily focus on skills and methodologies, our desire is to see a humble man learn to love people with precision and gentleness.  Students will take courses on pastoral counseling, prayer, ordination, and, of course, preaching. 

Expository Preaching courses are designed to channel the student’s academic training, personal giftedness, and individual personality toward effectiveness in preaching the mind of God. 

Division Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively communicate the scriptures through expositional preaching.
  • Demonstrate a strong grasp of core church organizational and administrative functions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively shepherd individual believers.