BIB 348.01 New Testament Church (2 credit hours)

At Ohio Valley University, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community
that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.

Class days/times: TTh 10:45-11:35am
Location: East Annex, Room #05
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: East Annex, Room #201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
M  2:00-3:30 pm; 4:30-5:30 pm
T   1:00-3:30 pm
W  2:00-3:30 pm; 4:30-5:00 pm
Th  1:00-3:30 pm; 4:30-5:00 pm
F   appointments only

I. Textbooks:

II. Course Description:

BIB 348 New Testament Church (2 credits) A study of the biblical teaching concerning the identity, nature, composition, history, purpose, and evangelistic thrust of the New Testament church, with a special emphasis upon the conditions of entry and the implications for Christian practice and lifestyle. A doctrinal and historical studies course. Offered spring.

III. Rationale:

This course addresses the following objectives of the Bible program:

Objectives For Every Student

Provide students with an introduction to the Christian way of thinking
Provide students with a more in-depth study of the scriptures than what is gained in introductory studies and/or with training in Christian life and ministry

Objectives For Majors

Provide a systematic study of the doctrines of the Bible and Christianity

IV. Integrating Faith and Learning:

Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (ESV).  Consequently, this class will use biblical texts and references to texts to help the student grow in faith.  But simply hearing is not enough.  Jesus told those who believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32 ESV).  So it is necessary to keep doing what we learn.  In light of this, this course will also contain references to application of principles learned.  One of the objectives is a faith objective.  It will not be assessed for a grade, but life is such that it will be assessed, one way or another.  My prayer is that you will pass that test of life.

V. Course Objectives and National Standards:

  1. To acquaint the student with the historical events and teachings and practices of the early church.
  2. To develop an academic understanding of reading an ancient text such as the Bible, with a focus on the use of primary source material.
  3. To apply the scriptures to the present day situation as regards the church.
  4. To help the student come face to face in the scripture with the early Christians' experiences in following Jesus, thus providing a faith building experience for the student.

There are no national standards for undergraduate study of the Bible.  At OVU, we emphasize the biblical text and its application in our lives.

VI. School of Biblical Studies Mission Statement:

At the School of Biblical Studies, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community by encouraging biblical faith to produce life-long truth-seekers who serve God in His kingdom throughout the world.

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on homework and tests assigned by the teacher and on the student's ability to do relevant research on his or her own in papers described below. Academic abilities assessed include reading with understanding skills as evidenced by  homework and classroom discussion; writing skills and  literary research skills as evidence by a typed research paper; and memory organization and retention as evidenced by major exams.

Your grade for the class will be based on three major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), a typed six- to ten-page research paper with proper documentation, attendance, and pop quizzes over the reading, collected in-class work, and collected homework, including possible reading summaries.

The research paper must be at least six full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required). One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name or page numbers) with 1" margins. The typed papers should be written using the Turabian style guide. Students who are not Bible majors may choose to use the MLA style guide. The topic should be one of the topics discussed in class listed below in the course plan.

Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbook or the Bible. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class may be dismissed if there are classroom conflicts during Lectureship week April 11-14. In such a case, students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class or lecture for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report on the class or lecture attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class missed, including those missed for illness. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect; up to five such absences will not count against the student's grade if the student has no unexcused absences. Two grace days will be given to all students to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late. Late reading reports will be accepted for only half credit, since the readings will be discussed in class. Reports which are both late and short will be accepted only for quarter credit.

No paper will be accepted that is more than two weeks late. A paper that is more than one week late may not be rewritten, except in unusual circumstances. A paper must be at least 75% of assigned length in order to be rewritten. The grade on a paper which is rewritten may be increased on content, length, and mechanical errors. No grade will be given to a paper which contains enough mechanical errors to dock the score by a letter grade (i.e., 40 mechanical errors). It will be turned back without a score and the rewrite counted as late. Be sure to proofread and spell check! The English proficiency test sets the minimum standard for college papers.

Students who are absent on exam days with good reason may schedule a make-up exam within the next week. You must ask to take a make-up exam. If a student misses an exam without good reason and is allowed to take the make-up exam, the grade on that exam will be docked by one letter grade (10 points). There is no guarantee that such a student will be allowed to make up any exam.

Students who score less than a 70 on a major exam may petition to retake the exam within a week after grades are returned on it. The highest grade on any retake exam will be 70. Once again, you must ask to retake an exam. There will be no retakes on the final exam. Study hard for it.

VIII. Grading System:

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

                 Six-page Researched Paper           10%
                 Attendance                          10%
                 Pop Quizzes/Homework                15%
                 Major Tests                         40%
                 Final Exam                          25%

Extra credit in these areas will not be allowed to exceed these percentages. One point extra credit will be given for a one-page paper about yourself. Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60.

IX. Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley University expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another's work as one's own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others to cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards. Students who engage in these behaviors will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, or being dismissed from the University. A student who believes that he or she is being treated unjustly may file an appeal with the Vice President for Academic Affairs; the student must initiate the appeal within 48 hours after receiving notification of the consequence. Appeal procedures are available in the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVU is expulsion from the University.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

X. Policy for Attendance and Tardies:

OVU Catalog:

Regular class attendance is most important. Instructors are responsible for recording and reporting attendance in each of their classes. Attendance at 75% of the scheduled class meeting is required to receive credit for a given course; in other words, if a student misses 25% or more class sessions including both excused and unexcused absences, the student will fail the course.

Course Policy:

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence. Tardies that exceed 5 minutes are counted as factional absences.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were hospitalized, ill with a contagious disease, involved in an accident, on school business (up to five hours), or there was a death in the immediate family. More than five hours of absences which include three hours of unexcused absence will result in your being dropped from the course with either a W or an F at my discretion. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., more than 8 class hours, counting each class as 1 hour). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course (if possible). I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 6 total absences. If you are dropped for any reason, reinstatement is not guaranteed and will be granted only if a plan for success is presented. Note well: Absences may adversely affect your grade, as outlined above under the topic Course Requirements. A drop from your only Bible course may affect your ability to enroll in the next semester.

Please turn off cell phones before entering class. If you should have wireless service in the classroom, do not use your messaging service on your laptop or PDA. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. Cell phone use for voice or text during a test will result in failure of that test.

XI. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, inform your instructor and your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

XII. Bibliography:

Ferguson, Everett. 1968. The New Testament church. Abilene, TX: Biblical Research Press.

Ferguson, Everett. 1971. Early Christians speak. Austin, TX: Sweet Publishing Co.

Ferguson, Everett. 1996. The church of Christ: A biblical ecclesiology for today. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Hawley, Monroe E. 1976. Redigging the wells: Seeking undenominational Christianity. Abilene, TX: Quality Publications.

XIII. Course Calendar:

MAJOR EXAM DATES:   Exam 1 -- Thursday, February 11, 2010
                    Exam 2 -- Thursday, March 25, 2010
                    Final Exam -- Thursday, May 6, 2010
                                  10:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Course Plan

 1/12/10 -- Course Introduction
            homework: read COC, pp. 129-133
 1/14/10 -- Use of the word "Church"

            homework: read COC, pp. 6-8, 56-59
 1/19/10 -- OT Prophecies of Church
            homework: read COC, pp. 47-56, 63-69
 1/21/10 -- Establishment of Church

            homework: read COC, pp. 11-17
 1/26/10 -- Relationship of OT and the Church
            homework: read COC, pp. 132-133 (repeat)
 1/28/10 -- Names of the Church

            homework: read COC, pp. 119-121
 2/ 2/10 -- Names of Christians
            homework: read COC, pp. 91-99,102-103, 114-129
 2/ 4/10 -- Images of the Church--Body,Family,Temple,Bride

            homework: read COC, pp. 18-36
 2/ 9/10 -- Images of the Church--Kingdom
            homework: study for exam
 2/11/10 -- Major Exam

            homework: read COC, pp. 99-102
 2/16/10 -- Christ and Christians--Priesthood of all believers
            homework: read COC, pp. 108-111, 292-298
 2/18/10 -- Gifts to the Church

            homework: read COC, pp. 111-112, 301-310
 2/23/10 -- Miracles in the Early Church
            homework: read COC, pp. 318-337
 2/25/10 -- Ministers of the Church--Elders, Deacons, Evangelists

            homework: read COC, pp. 310-318
 3/ 2/10 -- Ordination in the Church
            homework: read COC, pp. 337-344
 3/ 4/10 -- The Role of Women in the Church


            homework: read COC, pp. 284-290
 3/16/10 -- Work of the Church
            homework: read COC, pp. 163-179
                      write 6-page research paper on the church
 3/18/10 -- Salvation and the Church--Man's Response

            homework: read COC, pp. 179-203
 3/23/10 -- Baptism and Salvation
            homework: study for exam
 3/25/10 -- Major Exam

            homework: read COC, pp. 349-364
 3/30/10 -- Godly Living
            homework: read COC, pp. 386-389
 4/ 1/10 -- Restoration

            homework: read COC, pp. 373-386
 4/ 6/10 -- Church Discipline
            homework: read COC, pp. 226-243
 4/ 8/10 -- Day of Assembly

 4/13/10 -- Lectureship
            homework: read COC, pp. 243-249, 261-268, 273-279
 4/15/10 -- Activities of the Assembly--Giving,Praying,Preaching

            homework: read COC, pp. 268-273
 4/20/10 -- Activities of the Assembly--Singing, Instru. Music
            homework: read COC, pp. 249-261
 4/22/10 -- Activities of the Assembly--Lord's Supper

            homework: read COC, pp. 344-347
 4/27/10 -- Non-denominational nature of the one Church
            homework: read COC, pp. 364-373, 399-409
 4/29/10 -- Unity and Division

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
            homework: study for final exam
 5/ 6/10 -- Final Exam (10:00 - 11:50 a.m.)

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!


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