New Testament Division (NT)

CLST Global authorized church Bible colleges offer the following courses and areas of focus if you wish to major in New Testament Studies.

New Testament Introduction

NT115: Survey of the New Testament I*                                               Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: Overview of the historical, political and social contents of the Gospels. Attention is given to authorship, dates, canonicity, structure, styles, and themes with emphasis and exposition of key passages and their doctrinal significance.

NT120: Survey of the New Testament II*                                             Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: Overview of the historical, political and social contents of Acts – Revelation. Attention is given to authorship, dates, canonicity, structure, styles, and themes with emphasis and exposition of key passages and their doctrinal significance.

NT511: New Testament Theology*                                                                     Dr. Ian Bond

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Description: This course is a study of the methodology and selected basic themes of New Testament theology, their relation to the Old Testament, and their relevance for the mission and message of the contemporary church.

Gospels & Acts

NT113: The Beatitudes*                                                                          Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: This course provides an in-depth study of each of the profound declarations of Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 5. Each is analyzed for its eternal value to us today.

NT130: A Study of Matthew, Part I                                                  Dr. Charles W. Hartley

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Description: This is a study of the first twelve chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.  This course will focus on Matthew’s major themes; the meanings of the teachings to the early Church; the character, person and work of Jesus; and the activity of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of Jesus.

NT531: Synoptic Gospels I*                                                                    Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: Part One of a two-part course which will examine and synthesize  Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Synoptic Problem and Mark will be examined individually and in relation to each other.

NT532: Synoptic Gospels II*                                                                  Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: Part Two of a two-part course which will examine and synthesize the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Matthew and Luke will be examined individually and in relation to each other and to Mark. Commonalities and distinctions between the Synoptic Gospels and the Fourth Gospel are also featured.

NT550: The Book of Mark*                                                                       Rev. Terry Mahan

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Description: This is a study of the Gospel according to Mark. It is the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This study highlights Mark’s short, fast-paced, and to-the-point interpretation of the life of Jesus.

NT555: The Book of Acts: The Spirit & the Mission of the Church* Dr. Jerry W. Horner

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Description: A study of the beginnings and expansion of the early Church, with particular attention given to the role of the Holy Spirit and to apostolic ministry.

NT636: The Lord’s Prayer*                                                                   Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: A study of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray. Emphasis is placed upon the overall purpose of prayer. Each petition is analyzed for its deepest meaning and application for today.

Pauline Epistles

NT124: The Book of Galatians*                                                             Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: This course is an exegetical study of Galatians. The English text is used with insights from the Greek. Special emphases include law vs. grace, defining the apostle, flesh vs. spirit; and sowing and reaping.

NT211: Romans I: Wrath to Righteousness*                                        Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: This course is a study of Romans 1-3. The English text is used with insights from the Greek. Emphasis is placed upon the power of the Gospel, faith, the wrath of God, and righteousness.

NT224: The Book of First Corinthians I*                                             Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: The theological and moral problems dealt with by Paul in the first six chapters of First Corinthians. Topics include church divisions, lawsuits, and morality issues. The course is rich with insights from the original Greek.

NT313: The Book of Ephesians*                                                             Dr. James Ferguson

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Description: This course is a verse by verse exegetical study of Paul’s epistle to the church at Ephesus. Emphases include definitions of important words and phrases, important insights into truths that are implied and expressed, and practical suggestions as to how to make the divine revelations in this epistle a daily reality.

NT421: The Pastoral Letters                                                                     Rev. James Hodges

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Description: This course presents a topical and exegetical introduction to 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Special attention is given to the subject of biblical leadership in the New Testament Church.

NT422: Romans II: New Life in Christ*                                               Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: An exegetical study of Romans 5-8. The English text is used with insights from the Greek. Emphases include the new life of the believer, righteousness by faith, justification, and the law of sin and death.

NT560: Paul: The Man*                                                                          Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: Part one of a two-part study of the life, conversion, and travels of the Apostle Paul based upon the biblical evidence from Acts and certain Epistles. It includes an analysis and overview of several of Paul’s letters studied chronologically.

NT561: Paul: His Letters*                                                                       Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: Part two of a two part study of the life, conversion and travels of the Apostle Paul. It includes an analysis and overview of several of Paul’s letters. These are studied chronologically.

NT600: A Study of Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians                                 Rev. Greg Hinnant

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Description: This study examines Philippians’ key truths. It illuminates Christ’s wondrous kenosis, Paul’s Christlike heart, his self-emptying, his new goals, our high calling, Jesus’ interests, unity, the Philippians’ outstanding faithfulness, and how to “stand fast” in Christ—prayerful, peaceful, thoughtful, obedient, content, perfectly positive, and sure Christ will provide—until He comes.

NT610: A Study of Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians                                     Rev. Greg Hinnant

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Description: This study examines Colossians’ key subjects: Christ’s multifaceted preeminence, the Colossian heresies, the Colossian church’s condition, Christian circumcision, our presentation in heaven, Paul’s reason for writing the epistle, his situation, his character, his profound prayers, his ministry associates, his urgent call to seek things above, his prophetic reference to Christ’s appearing, and his considerable practical instructions. Thus it demonstrates this epistle is polemical, philosophic, personal, prayerful, practical, prophetic, and pointing—urging us to focus on Christ and heavenly things.

NT930: The Book of First Corinthians II*                                            Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: A study of chapters 7-16 of 1 Corinthians. Focus is on direct questions asked of Paul in a letter from the members of the church at Corinth. Topics are: marriage, eating meat offered to idols, fornication, spiritual gifts, the resurrection, and Apollos.

General Epistles & Revelation

NT225: The Book of Hebrews*                                                                           Dr. Ian Bond

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Description: This course looks at the historical context of the Book of Hebrews. It explores the overwhelming superiority of Christ. It applies to our own lives, insights, and principles taught in Hebrews.

NT503: Transformers: Keys from the Letters to the Seven Churches in Asia*      Dr. Larry Asplund

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Description: An examination of local congregations as salt, light, and leaven in their communities. Using Revelation 1-3, the redemptive mission of the church to represent Christ and the Kingdom of God in their communities is examined and encouraged.

NT510: Peter: The Man and His Ministry*                                                       Dr. Ian Bond

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Description: Simon Peter was a devoted disciple, a cowering coward, and a powerful proclaimer of the resurrected Christ. This course unfolds how Jesus transformed Simon into Peter, the first “rock” upon whom He could build His Church.

NT525: The Letters of John*                                                                              Dr. Ian Bond

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Description: An in-depth study of the Letters of John, which were written to believers uncertain about their spiritual status. An unsettling conflict with the teachers of a false doctrine, Cerinthianism, which was a forerunner of second century Gnosticism, is emphasized.

NT540: The Book of Revelation*                                                                        Dr. Ian Bond

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Description: This is a course designed to assist the student to develop a sound end-time doctrine which is scriptural and well-balanced. The strengths and limitations of the major schools of eschatological thought are presented. Practical points of application are also developed.

NT626: Studies in the Book of James*                                                  Dr. Charles Gaulden

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Description: A study of the hidden pirates that attempt to rob our treasure of peace and joy. The course is based on key New Testament principles of achieving spiritual success.

NT670: The Book of Jude                                                                                Dr. Mark Allen

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Description: An exegetical and interpretive study of the Book of Jude. We search out its richness of meaning by an examination of the original language, historical backgrounds, and parallel passages.

NT840: The Seven Churches of Revelation*                                         Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: A study of the seven churches of Revelation (Chapters 1-3). These churches represent the Church of all ages and those of the first century. This course gleans the eternal principles in the words of Jesus and applies them to contemporary Christians.

NT921: The Book of Revelation II*                                                       Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: An exegetical study of the English text of selected major passages of Revelation 4-11. Topics include the adoration of God in Heaven, the adoration of the Lamb, the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the two heavenly witnesses.

Biblical Languages – Greek

NT516: Biblical Languages: Greek I: Lexical Greek*                         Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: This course enables one to study, understand, and use the New Testament in its original language. Objectives include learning the Greek alphabet, vocabulary, and some grammar. Lexical tools are introduced and explained. A unique technique for studying the Greek New Testament is taught.

NT517: Biblical Languages: Greek II: New Testament Exegesis*                    Dr. Ronald E. Cottle

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Description: A continuation of NT516 Greek I. Discusses the eleven steps used in exegeting New Testament texts, leading to a clear, persuasive, powerful sermon and teaching outline.