Academics

Course of Study

The two-year course of study at AFLBS offers the Biblical knowledge and practical training you need for a life of faith in Jesus Christ. You will learn from godly, experienced faculty who teach the unchanging truths of God’s Word and help you apply it to everyday life. At the end of your time at AFLBS, you’ll earn a Diploma in General Bible. During two years of study, you will discover:

  • How to interpret and apply Scripture
  • God’s story of salvation throughout the entire Bible
  • How to share and defend your faith
  • Biblical roles and responsibilities in the congregation
  • A foundation for your Christian life and ministry
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Class Highlights

Pentateuch // Class Highlight

Synoptic Gospels // Class Highlight

Major Prophets // Class Highlight


Curriculum Overview

1st Year

Bible Overview

BS 101    Bible Orientation/John

This course gives a general background for the other Bible courses. The initial segment provides an introduction to the history of the canon, Bible geography, a survey of the Testaments and a defense of Biblical inspiration and inerrancy. The concluding segment through John’s Gospel focuses on how to study and apply the Bible with a hands-on approach. The call to repentance of sin and faith in Jesus is presented as the only way to experience “life in His name.”

Old Testament

BS 111    Pentateuch

This is an introduction to the first five books of the Bible, emphasizing their Mosaic authorship and their unity, as well as the foundation they set for the entire Bible (Old and New Testament). The books of Genesis and Deuteronomy will receive special focus.

BS 103    Historical Books

The history of God’s people is studied from their entrance into the Promised Land under Joshua until their return from the Babylonian captivity about one thousand years later. Emphasis is placed on the enduring spiritual lessons of this history.

New Testament

Gospel of John

BS 100    Acts and Prison Letters

The Book of Acts is the continuation of Luke’s inspired account of the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to build His church, pouring out His Spirit on all believers. Consideration of Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon is woven into this historical framework, with application made to the contemporary church.

BS 306    Romans and Galatians

Paul’s inspired letters to the Romans and Galatians are the focus of this course, offering a rich blend of doctrinal theology and practical application. These powerful books highlight the foundational truths of justification by grace through faith and also demonstrate how the theology of salvation applies to daily Christian living.

Doctrine and Theology

BT 100 and 101    Bible Doctrine I and II

The great doctrines of the Bible are studied systematically by means of assigned Bible passages and lectures. Comparisons are made with the confessional writings of the church. Bible Doctrine I & II examine the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man and salvation.

Practical Studies

M 100    Worship and Music of the Church

This is a study of the history of worship and music of the church, tracing our heritage through the Old Testament, New Testament, Luther, the Reformation in northern Europe, and into our present age. Church music of the various periods are illuminated with a special emphasis on post Reformation hymns. Further studies walk the student through the Biblical meaning of worship, showing practical implications for the believer today.

PS 106    Principles of Congregational Life

This course teaches the major distinctive of Free Lutheran theology since the late 19th century, students are directed to the calling, purpose, and function of the free and living congregation as viewed through New Testament models of congregational life. Other focuses include Biblical principles and strategies of evangelism and discipleship, especially relating to the planting and growth of local churches. Special emphasis is given to the principles and structure of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.

Missions

HM 121    Intro to Missions

This is a study to give a clear view of the place of missions in God’s purpose with mankind. This presents the Biblical foundation and historical development of christian missions.

HM 151    Evangelism and Discipleship

This is a practical and Biblical study of the methods of personal, congregational, and mass evangelization, with goals of improving personal discipleship and encouraging one-to-one mentoring and group accountability. Students are equipped to evangelize, care for and disciple new believers, and guide them into Christ’s rich congregational resources as found in free and living local churches.

Electives

  • Intro to Youth Ministry
  • Intro to Media Ministry
  • Urban Ministry
  • Hebrews/James
  • Prayer
  • Intro to Cross Cultural Ministry
  • General Epistles
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Intro to Family Ministry
  • Intro to Video Ministry
  • Intro to Preaching
  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Comparative Religions
  • Poetical Books
  • Youth Ministry Methods of Jesus
  • Growing a Healthy Youth Ministry
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Cults & Isms
  • Yearbook
  • Proclaim Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Gospel Teams
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Dynamics of Serving Within a Living Congregation

2nd Year

Old Testament

BS 201   Major Prophets

The books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel will be introduced. The focus of the course will be a systematic historical, and devotional study of Isaiah with application for the church and our world today. Special emphasis will be placed on the book’s Messianic prophecies.

BS 304   Minor Prophets

All twelve books of the minor prophets will be introduced and placed in historical context. A number of the books will be studied exegetically to discover their primary meaning and significance.

New Testament

BS 224   Synoptic Gospels

An introduction to Matthew, Mark, and Luke is given, with a comparison of the content, structure and unique emphasis of each of the three Gospels. The course includes a review and evaluation of the historical and current discussions of the so-called “Synoptic problem.” The historical framework and content of Christ’s life and ministry is considered, based primarily on a study of various pericopes in the Gospel of Luke.

BS 305   Pastoral Letters

The course features expositional studies in the letters of I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, and Titus. Giving attention to shepherding principles and eternal truths found in these inspired books, students analyze their central messages and study parts of these letters in detail. Students also study the call, role, and ministry of the pastor, deacon, and members of the congregation.

BS 256   Revelation

This course material covers the major teachings, prophecies, and symbols of Christ’s Revelation to the Apostle John. In an expository study of the book, prophetic concepts in the text are introduced in harmony with other major prophetic passages in Scripture. Purposes of the study include: 1) Helping students recognize this book as a revelation of Jesus Christ Himself, 2) To prepare ourselves for the day when Jesus will return to reign eternally, 3) To put ourselves in a place to receive the blessings promised to all who study this book, 4) To understand the various views of interpretation of specific prophetic passages in the revelation.

Doctrine and Theology

BT 300 and 301   Bible Doctrine III and IV

The great doctrines of the Bible are studied systematically by means of assigned Bible passages and lectures. Comparisons are made with the confessional writings of the church. Bible Doctrine III & IV include the doctrines of the Means of Grace (Word and Sacraments), Sanctification, the Church, Angels and Demons, and “Last Things.”

History and Missions

HM 221   Missions Perspectives

This second-level course introduces students to the challenges and opportunities available on the mission field. Special focus is given to the experiences and struggles of contemporary missionaries in AFLC and other national missions ministries.

HM 102   Church History

This course is a survey of the development of Christianity from the Age of the Reformation to the present, this course includes an emphasis on Lutheran history.

Practical Studies

PS 203   Christian Education

This is a study of Christian Education and its history, philosophy and goals. It includes a study of the Master Teacher, the qualities of a Christian teacher, an understanding of the needs and learning styles of children and the comparison of curricula. Academic studies and practical opportunities focus on the Christian home, missions, academic schools, and the local church for all ages.

Electives

  • Intro to Youth Ministry
  • Intro to Media Ministry
  • Urban Ministry
  • Hebrews/James
  • Prayer
  • Intro to Cross Cultural Ministry
  • General Epistles
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Intro to Family Ministry
  • Intro to Video Ministry
  • Intro to Preaching
  • Disciplines of a Godly Woman
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Comparative Religions
  • Poetical Books
  • Youth Ministry Methods of Jesus
  • Growing a Healthy Youth Ministry
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Cults & Isms
  • Yearbook
  • Proclaim Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Gospel Teams
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Dynamics of Serving Within a Living Congregation


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Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Free Lutheran Bible School, through the study of God’s eternal and inerrant Word, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Scripture, subscribing to its inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy without reservation, confessing its authority and demonstrating the ability to accurately interpret it.
  2. Communicate the assurance of personal salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by explaining the basis for their faith and be able to explain the Lutheran perspective of the Means of Grace.
  3. Demonstrate growth in spiritual maturity that is informed by the Law and motivated and empowered by the Gospel.
  4. Understand and embrace the New Testament model of the congregation and its commitment to scriptural evangelism, discipleship, worship, education, servant leadership, and stewardship, as guided by the AFLC Fundamental Principles.
  5. Describe and communicate God’s work in the past through His Church, and exhibit a willingness to participate in making disciples today, especially through involvement in the local congregation.

Instructors

Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson

Director of Music

Philip Haugen

Philip Haugen

New Testament and Bible Doctrine

Brent Olson

Brent Olson

Old Testament

Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Church History

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Jerry Moan

New Testament


Accreditation

The Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary and Bible School is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org] having been awarded Candidate Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 21, 2014. This status is effective for up to a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). View the Accreditation FAQ.


Library

AFLBS shares library facilities with the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, making available adequate resources for research and study. The Francis W. Monseth Library is located on the second floor of Heritage Hall and is equipped with several study tables, computers, and wireless internet access.

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