Monday, June 6, 2016

The Heart of a Theological Education

Dr. Tony Curto huddling with his student prayer group

Greenville Seminary has always placed a premium on the training of passionate, articulate preachers, stemming from our belief that preaching of the Word of God is the primary means for the salvation of sinners and discipleship of redeemed saints. We believe further that if preaching is to be efficacious through the work of the Holy Spirit, the one who proclaims the Word of God must be a man of deep spiritual integrity.

Although we offer a theological education as scholarly as any, the emphasis of a GPTS education is also on personal piety, knowledge of the Word and application of the Word.

All programs emphasize these three fundamentals:

PERSONAL PIETY


Without personal piety, study is futile. The seminary expects students to have daily personal devotions and family worship led by the head of the household. Such tools as M'Cheyne's Calendar of Daily Readings and the 1647 Directory for Family Worship of the Church of Scotland are given to the students to encourage them in these exercises of piety.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD


All instruction in the seminary is based on the conviction that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. Since the curriculum is to ground the student firmly in the Word, the study of the Bible in the original languages is central to all instruction. In the M.Div. program, the student is trained in the grammar of Biblical Greek and Hebrew, and is expected to be proficient in these languages upon completion of the program. M.A. and M.M.R.E. and M.M.D. degree candidates are not expected to learn these languages as part of their program of study, but they can expect that what they are taught reflects the use of them. In addition, the Seminary expects the student to read through a translation of the Bible each year.

APPLICATION OF THE WORD


It is the desire of the seminary not only to produce knowledgeable and godly men, but men of action and discernment. Since the Scriptures are "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work," the curriculum shows students how to apply the Word of God. There is special emphasis on how to recognize, avoid, and remedy whims and fads that often sweep through the church to its detriment.

• from the GPTS web site