Bible Courses

Theopolis Bible Courses, 2015-16

Theology students learn everything except the Bible. They learn historical theology and church history, systematics and dogmatics; they master the linguistic and interpretive tools to study the Bible for themselves. Actual study of the Bible is often minimal.

Theopolis Bible courses focus on the Scriptures themselves. Under the guidance of experienced teachers, students learn the contents and patterns of Scripture, learn to be delighted by its beauties and to plunge into its depths.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Theopolis will offer a series of four five-week Bible survey courses covering the Old Testament and the Gospels. This is the first phase of our in-residence program.


The classes will meet on the Saturdays listed on the chart below, from 8:30 AM to noon:

Course TitleDatesInstructors
Priest: Exodus to JoshuaTrinity Term:
August 29, 2015
September 5, 12, 19, 26
King: Former Prophets/Historical BooksAdvent Term:
October 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14
Prophet: Latter ProphetsEpiphany Term:
January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016
February 6
GospelsEaster Term:
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Trinity Term Advent Term
Epiphany Term Easter Term

Each Saturday session will consist of Matins and Sext, lectures from one or both of the instructors, and discussion of selected passages of Scripture.

For more information, click on the Term.

Who is teaching?

Peter Leithart (PhD, Cambridge University) is President of Theopolis Institute, and an adjunct senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. An ordained minister, Dr. Leithart has served as pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, Moscow, Idaho, and Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama, and is currently Teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of thirty books, including Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor, 2014) and Traces of the Trinity (Baker, 2015). He and his wife Noel have ten children and seven grandchildren.

James Jordan (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Founder and Director of Biblical Horizons, and Scholar-in-Residence at Theopolis. He has written many papers and monographs, and a number of books, including a commentary on Daniel, Handwriting on the Wall, and Through New Eyes: Developing a Biblical View of the World. He and his wife Brenda have two grown sons.

Rich Lusk (M.A., University of Texas) is Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama. He was formerly on staff at Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Louisiana, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas. Pastor Lusk is the author of Paedofaith and I Belong To God: A Children’s Catechism, and has contributed essays to many books. He and his wife Jenny have four children.

How much?

There will be no charge for Theopolis Bible Courses.


Unless otherwise indicated, Theopolis Bible courses will take place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3251 Greendale Road, Birmingham, Alabama.

Do I qualify?

Students may register the courses at one of two levels.

To qualify as a Certificate student, students must:

  • Have completed at least two years of college;
  • Pass an English Bible exam.

Certificate students will have reading and writing assignments, and will be tested on their knowledge of the biblical books covered in each course. Students who complete all four courses will receive a Certificate in Biblical Studies from the Theopolis Institute.

Non-Certificate auditors will be admitted as space permits. To enter a course as a non-certificate student, one must:

  • Have completed at least two years of college;
  • Have a letter of recommendation from a pastor.

Non-Certificate auditors do not need to pass an English Bible exam.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or qualifications for admission please contact

How do I sign up?

Click here for the application page

Once accepted into Theopolis Bible Courses, students do not need to apply again to enter the program. Every student must, however, register for each course separately.