MABC Program Key

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is a 54 credit hour degree program. This program is not designed to train students to become either an Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor. Rather, this program is designed to situate students to obtain certification by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).*  Students who have completed coursework will have surpassed ACBC's Phase 1 reading requirements and completed both the counseling and theology exams. Students will complete 42 credit hours of coursework. Additionally, students will complete the requirements for ACBC certification. FTS will recognize the completion of ACBC's requirements as the equivalent of 12 credit hours of study. Upon certification, FTS will award the degree. Students who already possess ACBC certification may complete the requisite coursework for degree completion. Students must complete a minimum of four courses per year and update their academic adviser of their progress once every eight weeks. 

I. Required Courses 

Scholarly Research and Writing

Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to the New Testament

Biblical Theology

Systematic Theology

Biblical Counseling & Apologetics

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

Theology of Biblical Counseling

Introduction to Psychology

Biblical Counseling Method I

Biblical Counseling Method II

Biblical Counseling Method III

II. Course Syllabi

 

Scholarly Research/Writing 

Required Reading:

Richard A. Holland Jr., Benjamin K. Forest, Good Arguments: Making Your Case in Writing and Public Speaking, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017).

 

C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2016).

Thomas Chalmers, The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

John M. Frame, How to Write a Theological Paper

 

Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018).

Assignment:

Complete a research paper of no less than 12-15 double spaced pages on prayer or a topic of your choice. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Introduction to the Old Testament 

Required Reading:

Tremper Longman IIIRaymond B. Dillard, An Introduction to the Old Testament,  2nd Ed., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).

The Old Testament from either the English Standard Version, New American Standard Version, New International Version, or Christian Standard Bible.

Assignment:

Write a 12-15 page research paper on a topic related to the material in An Introduction to the Old Testament. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

 

Introduction to the New Testament 

Required Reading:

D. A. Carson, Douglas Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).

or

Raymond E. Brown, An Introduction to the New Testament, (New York: Doubleday, 1997).

The New Testament from either the English Standard Version, New American Standard Version, New International Version, or Christian Standard Bible

Assignment:

Write a 12-15 page double spaced research paper on topic related to the assigned reading. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Biblical Theology 

Required Reading:

Thomas R. Schreiner, The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013). 

Assignment:

Write a 15-20 page double spaced research paper comparing covenant theology, dispensationalism, and progressive covenantalism or another topic related to biblical theology.  This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

 

Systematic Theology 

Required Reading (Choose One):

Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996).

Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology, 3rd Ed., (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).

John M. Frame, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief, (Philippsburg: P & R, 2013).

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000).

John MacArthurRichard Mayhue Eds., Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2017).

Assignment:

Write a 15-20 page double spaced research paper on the biblical nature of the doctrine of the Trinity or another topic related to systematic theology. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis.  Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Biblical Counseling & Apologetics 

Required Reading:

Voddie Baucham Jr., Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015). 

K. Scott Oliphint, Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013).

Alasdair Groves et al., "Digital JBC Must Reads: On Apologetics," The Journal of Biblical Counseling.

Required Listening:

K. Scott Oliphint, 2012, Apologetics & Counseling.

William Edgar, Apologetics 101: Introduction, (Lectures 1-28).

Assignment:

Write a 15-20 page double spaced research paper an issue related to apologetics or polemics. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis.  Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Introduction to Biblical Counseling 

Required Reading:

Jay E. Adams, Competent to Counsel: Introduction to Nouthetic Counseling, (Simpsonville: Jay Adams Library, 1986). 

John F. MacArthur Jr., Wayne A. Mack et al., Introduction to Biblical Counseling, (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1994).

J. Cameron Fraser, Developments in Biblical Counseling, (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2015).

Jeremy Lelek, Biblical Counseling Basics: Roots, Beliefs, & Future, (Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2018).

David Powlison, Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community, (Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2005).

David Powlison, The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context, (Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2010).

Heath Lambert, The Biblical Counseling Movement after Adams, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011).

Paul D. Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemers Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change, (Philippsburg: P & R, 2002). 

Required Listening/Watching:

Sessions 1-30 by BCDASoCal 

Assignment: 

Write a 15-20 page research paper on a topic relevant to the required reading. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Theology of Biblical Counseling 

Required Reading:

Jay E. Adams, Theology of Christian Counseling, (Simpsonville: Jay Adams Library, 1986).

David Powlison, Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture, (Philippsburg: P & R, 2003).

Heath Lambert, A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016).

Required Listening/Watching:

A Theology of Biblical Counseling Lectures by Heath Lambert.

You may purchase these lectures online or at most Christian book stores.

Assignment:

Complete the ACBC theology exam and submit it to your academic adviser in .doc or .docx format. Follow ACBC's exam requirements exactly. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Introduction to Psychology 

Required Reading (Choose One): 

Peter Gray, David F. Bjorklund, Psychology, 7th Ed., (New York: Worth Publishers, 2014).

or

Morton Hunt, The Story of Psychology, Updated & Rev. Ed., (New York: Anchor, 2007).

Require Reading:

Eric L. Johnson Ed., Psychology and Christianity: Five Views, (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010).

Stephen P. GreggoTimothy A. Sisemore Eds., Counseling and Christianity: Five Approaches, (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012).

Christopher J. Ferguson, 05/09/2015, "Everybody Knows Psychology is Not a Real Science," APA NLM.

Scott Mehl, "The CBT Therapist in All of Us," Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Alex Berezow, 07/13/2012, "Why Psychology Isn't a Science," LA Times.

Required Listening:

Introduction to Psychology lectures by Dr. Paul Bloom. 

Assignment:

Write a 15-20 page paper summarizing and critiquing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from a biblical counseling perspective. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Biblical Counseling Method I 

Required Reading:

George C. Scipione, The Battle for the Biblical Family, 2nd Ed., (Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2018).

Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, (Wapwallopen: Shepherd Press, 2007). 

Martha Peace, Stuart W. Scott, The Faithful Parent: a Biblical Guide to Raising a Family, (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2010).

Ken Sande, Peacemaking for Families, (Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family, 2002). 

Paul David Tripp, Parenting: the 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2016).

Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child's Heart: Revised and Updated, (Wapwallopen: Shepherd Press, 2011).

 

Douglas Wilson, Reforming Marriage, (Moscow: Canon Press, 2005). 

Assignment:

Develop a hypothetical premarital counseling plan for a young Christian couple. This plan should cover the following areas: conflict resolution, marital fidelity, communication, leadership, and submission. Write a 8-10 page research paper outlining your theology of divorce and remarriage. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your papers in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Biblical Counseling Method II 

Required Reading: 

Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).

Mark E. Shaw, The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective, (Minneapolis: Focus Pub., 2008).

Mark E. Shaw, Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies, (Minneapolis: Focus Pub., 2011).

Ed Welch, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel, (Philippsburg: P & R, 2001). 

Ed Welch, Blame it On the Brain: Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, (Philippsburg: P & R, 1998).

Required Listening:

Keith Palmer, Basic Principles, Procedures, and Strategies for Counseling Addictions.

David Powlison, 2006, Escape to Reality.

Mark Driscoll, 2008, Death By Love: Addiction and Atonement.

Jeff Durbin, 2017, Overcoming Addiction.

Ruth Potee, 2017, The Physiology of Addiction

Charles Hodges, How the Physiology of Addiction Complicates Counseling.

Mark Shaw, Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart.

Mark Shaw, Biblical Insights Into Addiction.

Ed Welch, Hear the Addict’s Story, Retell the Addict’s Story.

Assignment: 

Write an 15-20 page research paper critiquing the 12 step recovery model present in Alcoholics Anonymous. This paper should articulate a clear thesis that rests upon sound biblical and theological argumentation and that addresses the strongest counterarguments to the thesis. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your papers in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

Biblical Counseling Method III 

Required Reading: 

Michael R. Emlet, Descriptions and Prescriptions: a Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications, (Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2017). 

Jay E. Adams, The Christian Counselor's Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973).

 

Pamela GannonBeverly Moore, In the Aftermath: Past the Pain of Childhood Sexual Abuse, (Minneapolis: Focus Pub., 2017).

Stuart ScottHeath Lambert Eds., Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture, (Nashville: B & H Academic, 2015).​

Andrew T. Walker, God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?, (The Good Book Company, 2017). 

James R. White, Grieving: Your Path Back to Peace, (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1997).

Timothy C. Seal, "Contrasting the Secular and Noutheitc Approaches to ADD/ADHD." 

Personal Data Inventory.

Required Listening/Watching:

Advanced Biblical Counseling Lectures 1-13 by Dr. John D. Street 

Assignment: 

Complete the ACBC counseling exam and submit it to your academic adviser in .doc or .docx format. Follow ACBC's exam requirements exactly. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.

III. ACBC Certification

 

Students must complete coursework (indicated above) prior to pursuing ACBC certification. Once all coursework has been accepted by your academic adviser, begin completion of ACBC's "Pathway to Certification." 

*Forge Theological Seminary is not affiliated with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. 

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