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Gary North wrote, in regards to "established" versions of the educational model: "The establishment has bricks and mortar, conventional instruction, uninspired teaching, scholarship money, certification, and continual intellectual reinforcement. The revolutionaries have a compelling vision, innovative books, little money for scholarships, no certification, and a willingness to probe 'banned' topics of discussion."

Let's be the revolutionaries! Let's bring all areas under the authority of Christ's lordship! That's the aim of "Shepherd School"...to bring training for church leaders back to the local church, while providing a framework for a Biblical worldview for a “faith for all of life.”

Scriptural basis
2 Timothy 2:2 - and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also
2 Corinthians 10:5 - We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ


When: The second Monday of every month (6-9PM); the fourth Monday of every month (6-7:30PM), unless otherwise stated.

  • Spring Semester: February - May

  • Fall Semester: August - November

Who: Must be a male committed to studying, reading, and applying theology to all of life

Requirements

  • Must complete required readings (25-50 pages a week)

  • Be committed to monthly preaching or personal evangelism - open air, nursing home, prison, street corners, abortion clinic

  • Prepare and deliver short sermons / exhortations / projects in our practicum meetings

  • Complete end of semester project

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Meeting Example
2nd Monday of the Month from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Open in prayer

  • Study portion of 1689 London Baptist Confession (6:00 - 6:45 PM). This would be our study of Systematic Theology.

  • Study portion of Scripture (6:50 - 7:35 PM). This would be our study of Biblical Theology.

  • Review of required external reading material (7:45-8:30 PM). This would be our study of Practical and Applied Theology

  • Close in Prayer (8:30 - 9:00 PM)

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Click here for Fall Semester 2022 Syllabus

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Books We Will Read in Shepherd School
 

Biblical Theology

Systematic Theology

  • 1689 London Baptist Confession

Covenant Theology

  • Jeff Johnson - The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Covenant Theology 

  • Sam Renihan - The Mystery of Christ: His Covenant and His Kingdom

Doctrines of Grace

  • RC Sproul - Chosen By God

  • Charles Spurgeon - A Defense of Calvinism

  • AW Pink - The Sovereignty of God

  • Albert Martin - The Practical Implications of Calvinism

Church

Evangelism

  • Ryan Denton - Even If None: Reclaiming Biblical Evangelism

Christian Ministry

  • Charles Spurgeon - The Soul Winner

  • John Owen - The Mortification of Sin

  • Joel Beeke - Family Worship

  • Voddie Baucham - Family Driven Faith

  • John Bunyan - Pilgrim's Progress

  • Jonathan Edwards - Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

  • John Owen - The Glory of Christ

  • John Flavel - Keeping the Heart

Worldview

  • Voddie Baucham - Expository Apologetics

  • Jason Garwood - The Politics of Humanism: A Christian Response to the Humanist Worldview

  • Andrew Sandlin - Christian Culture


Law of God and Reconstructionism

  • Matt Trewhella - The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates

  • Joseph Morecraft - Liberty and Justice for All

  • Greg Bahnsen - By This Standard

  • Joel McDurmon - Bounds of Love

  • RJ Rushdoony - Law and Liberty

Eschatology

  • RC Sproul - The Last Days According to Jesus

  • Doug Wilson - Heaven Misplaced

  • David Chilton - Paradise Restored

  • Gary Demar - Last Days Madness