The graduate programs at Bethlehem Seminary, the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology, are designed to train men who aspire to vocational Christian ministry. These graduate programs are the fruit of years of intentional leadership development at Bethlehem Baptist Church. The foundational convictions underlying these programs include a church-based setting for theological and practical training, the priority of original language exegesis, and extensive mentored ministry.
There is an intentional effort in the sequencing of the following courses: Background and Message of the Torah and Former Prophets, Background and Message of the Latter Prophets and the Writings, Background and Message of the New Testament, and Church History 1 and 2. Students in their first year also take World Missions in the Local Church (with a significant focus on the history of missions) to stress the priority of God’s global purposes in the world. We have done this to demonstrate the unfolding purpose of God to fill the earth with His glory “as the waters cover the sea” by winning worshipers to Himself from every tribe, tongue, people and nation (as set forth in the first semester course entitled: God’s Zeal for His Glory). We have set up the flow of courses in such a way that the biblical languages will be integrated into every year of the M.Div.--study of intermediate Greek in years 1–2, study of beginning and intermediate Hebrew in years 2–3, and original language-based elective courses and History of Redemption in years 3–4.