Preaching and Biblical Theology
So, are you thinking about starting the Preaching and Biblical Theology course? Here's everything you'll need to know.

WHAT IS IN THIS COURSE?
Rather than looking at the Bible’s individual parts, this course looks at the Bible from a zoomed-out point of view. We see the Bible as a unified book that presents a unified story, culminating in Jesus Christ. Being able to see and understand the themes of biblical theology is vital for preaching from any part of the Bible, as we seek to find each passage’s legitimate connection to Christ. So this curriculum equips the student to properly use biblical theology in reading and teaching the Bible. An introductory video on the usefulness of biblical theology is available in the free sample videos section.

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Overview
The Preaching and Biblical Theology course builds on the foundation of exegetical principles covered in our First Principles and Preaching and Literary Genre courses. Specifically, it tackles the question of how to use biblical theology in preparing to teach. The course begins with 6 lessons on the fundamentals of biblical theology, which introduces the big ideas and the macro-theme of “kingdom” in biblical theology. The remaining 9 lessons are divided into 3 units, each covering a major theme of the Bible: Covenant, Temple/Priest, and Exodus/Exile/Rest. Each of these units includes an overview of one of the themes by a seminary professor, a demonstration of how to use that theme on a particular text, and an example sermon using that theme on a different text.

Preaching and Biblical Theology: Syllabus [pdf, 48kb]


SEMINARY CREDIT
Students pursing a graduate degree may take this course for up to 3 hours of seminary credit with one of our partners. This option, of course, costs an additional fee and requires submitting each assignment for grading. More information about the partners and the tuition can be found on the How It Works page.


Format
There are two primary ways to take an of our courses: as a Group or as an Individual.

GROUP FORMAT
Our courses were designed for groups of people who have a common bond (e.g., pastors in the same city or denomination, students in the same church internship program, lay leaders for a particular ministry, missionaries from the same church, or even a group of friends). Those using this format will follow a syllabus, complete assignments, and spend time together discussing the videos. They will also present their own work in a text to the other members of the group. The group format is flexible, and there is no set schedule and pace for how a group must work through the course. The group coordinator will have a contact at the Charles Simeon Trust to answer any of their questions while leading the group.

INDIVIDUAL FORMAT
We also have a self-guided option for students taking the course as individuals. Being our most flexible option, this is for students who want to take a course at their own pace or who simply want access to the online materials. In some cases and depending on our staff capacity, individual students may send their small group outlines and practice sermons to a Charles Simeon Trust employee for helpful feedback, though the rest of their coursework (study questions and readings) are to be completed independently.


Tuition
The tuition for each varies according to whether you are taking the course for seminary credit. The base cost is $99. If you have taken one of our courses, been to one of our Workshops, or received a promotional card from us at a conference, a discounted price may be available.


Instructors
We have partnered with the most seasoned pastors and best professors we could recruit in order to elevate the quality of this course. We are grateful to each for contributing their hard work and expertise to this training effort.

  G.K. Beale
D.A. Carson

David R. Helm
Graeme Goldsworthy
  Michael Lawrence
Douglas Sean O'Donnell
Vaughan Roberts
Stephen J. Wellum
 
G.K. BEALE
G.K. Beale

G.K. Beale
Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Instruction on Biblical Theology

Greg is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA and an MA from Southern Methodist University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has served on the faculties of Grove College, Wheaton College Graduate School, and now Westminster. He is the author of several academic articles and books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology, The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, and The Book of Revelation in the NIGTC series.

D.A. CARSON
D.A. Carson

D.A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School - Deerfield, Illinois

Instructions on Apocalyptic Literature

Don is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, where he has been since 1978. He also previously served as professor and dean at Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver. Additionally, he has years of pastoral experience in Canada and the United Kingdom. He earned a BS in chemistry from McGill University, MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto and DPhil in New Testament from Cambridge University. He is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, the SBL, the Evangelical Theological Society and co-founded the Gospel Coalition. He has written or edited more than 45 books including An Introduction to the New Testament and Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church.

DAVID R. HELM
David R. Helm

David R. Helm
Lead Pastor of Hyde Park Congregation, Holy Trinity Church - Chicago, Illinois
Executive Director, Charles Simeon Trust - Chicago, IL

Instructions in Biblical Theology
Demonstrations on Biblical Theology

Dave serves as Lead Pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. David held the post of Senior Pastor from its founding in 1998 until 2008, when Jon Dennis assumed the role. A graduate of Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David is ordained in the PCA and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. He authored 1 & 2 Peter and Jude in Crossway’s Preaching the Word series, The Big Picture Story Bible and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. Additionally, David serves as Chairman of the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping the next generation of Bible expositors.

GRAEME GOLDSWORTHY
Graeme Goldsworthy

Graeme Goldsworthy
Retired Lecturer in Old Testament, Moore Theological College - Sydney, Australia

Instruction on Biblical Theology

Now retired, Graeme was formerly lecturer in Old Testament, biblical theology and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of According to Plan and Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture. Goldsworthy has an MA from Cambridge University and a ThM and PhD from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

MICHAEL LAWRENCE
Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence
Senior Pastor, Hinson Baptist Church - Portland, Oregon

Demonstrations on Biblical Theology

Michael became Senior Pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon in September, 2010. Michael came to faith at an early age, but never understood that the Christian life was more than salvation until he was introduced to the InterVarsity campus ministry at Duke. Michael earned an MDiv at Gordon-Conwell and a PhD from Cambridge University in 2002. He served as Associate Pastor for more than 8 years at Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington D.C. He is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry, co-author of It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement (with Mark Dever), and contributed to Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views.

DOUGLAS SEAN O'DONNELL
Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Douglas Sean O'Donnell
Senior Pastor, New Covenant Church - Naperville, Illinois

Instruction on Wisdom Literature
Exposition on Biblical Theology

Doug is Senior Pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. A graduate from Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Doug is ordained in the PCA, a member of the North American Patristics Society, Fellowship for Theological Training, Evangelical Theological Society, and U.S. Board of the Irish Bible Institute. Doug is the author of God’s Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs, The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching the Foolishness of the Gospel from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, and The Gospel of Matthew in the Preaching the Word series.

VAUGHAN ROBERTS
Vaughan Roberts

Vaughan Roberts
Rector, St. Ebbe's Church - Oxford, England

Instruction on Biblical Theology
Demonstration on Biblical Theology

Vaughan is the Rector of St. Ebbe's Church in Oxford, where he has served since 1991. Vaughan attended Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, where he was also the President of the Christian Union. He has written several books, including God's Big PictureLife's Big QuestionsTurning PointsMissing the PointDistinctives, and True Worship. He also serves as the Chairman of 9:38, an organization which encourages people to consider full-time gospel ministry. Since 2009, he has also served as the President of the Proclamation Trust.

STEPHEN J. WELLUM
Stephen Wellum

Stephen J. Wellum
Professor of Christian Theology, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - Louisville, Kentucky

Instruction on Biblical Theology

Stephen is Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a BS from Roberts Wesleyan University and an MDiv and PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before coming to SBTS, he served as a pastor in South Dakota and Kentucky. In addition to teaching, Stephen now serves as the Editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology and is the author of several reviews, academic articles and book chapters, and is the co-author (with Peter J. Gentry) of Kingdom Through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants.