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Calvary Bible Academy


The Calvary Bible Academy is a ministry of Calvary Evangelical Free Church at 450 Fells Road in Essex Fells, New Jersey.  CBA exists to help take believers deeper than we often have opportunity to do in a typical small group or Sunday worship setting.  CBA is attempting to bring a basic Bible college educational experience to all who are interested, without participants having to: relocate, bear large tuition expenses, or incur significant time constraints.  

Calvary Bible Academy is open to all.  While we hold CBA at Calvary, it is our hope that other Bible believing congregations might send interested folks from their churches to CBA so that all of our area churches are better able to make disciples by having many saints well grounded in Scripture & sound doctrine. 

In order to help facilitate the greatest number of participants from the greatest number of fellow churches, we chose to host CBA on Sunday nights. Classes start promptly at 6:30pm & conclude around 8:15 but no later than 8:30pm.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR


Sean Doyle has a passion to make disciples which is why this training exists.  Sean is the Senior Pastor at Calvary Evangelical Free Church of Essex Fells, New Jersey. He has also served the founding pastor of a church plant in Northwest Indiana, and as a discipleship pastor in that same area.  Sean is married to Kim Doyle since 1998 and has one son, Ethan. Sean & Kim served as missionaries in Harare, Zimbabwe with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) of Wheaton, Illinois since 2006 prior to being called to Calvary. 

Sean has been preaching for almost 20 years and has over a decade of Christian higher education teaching experience & seven years worth of formal theological training. Sean has served as adjunct faculty for The Moody Bible Institute at the undergraduate level with their Distance Learning Center (2003-2006 & 2008) & for several years as a professor, Academic Dean, and as Principal at the Harare Theological College in Zimbabwe (2006-2014).  

Sean has a Bachelors of Arts in Bible-Theology with an emphasis in the Biblical Languages (1998) & a Master’s of Divinity from the Moody Theological Seminary (2003).  

FAQ's

1. What is the Calvary Bible Academy?
The Calvary Bible Academy is a ministry of Calvary Evangelical Free Church at 450 Welsh Road in Essex Fells, New Jersey.  CBA exists to help take believers deeper than we often have opportunity to do in a typical small group or Sunday worship setting.  CBA is attempting to bring a basic Bible college educational experience to all who are interested, without participants having to: relocate, bear large tuition expenses, or incur significant time constraints.  

2. Why do we offer the Calvary Bible Academy?
All Christians should have the opportunity to study Scripture more deeply & in a more structured way. Churches typically send saints called to vocational ministry to Bible colleges & seminaries, but all saints need to know their Bibles better.  All of us who teach (be it in Sunday School, small groups, Vacation Bible School or other outlets) are required “to teach in accordance with sound doctrine.”  Unfortunately, there is a paucity of opportunity in our area to do so conveniently, affordably, and with live instruction instead of impersonally over the internet.  Since Christianity is as much “caught as taught,” Calvary wanted to help saints learn more about the Bible in a structured way.  CBA seeks to ground saints in Scripture & sound doctrine to the glory of God & the good of His Kingdom.

3.
 Who can participate?
Calvary Bible Academy is open to all.  While we hold CBA at Calvary, it is our hope that other Bible believing congregations might send interested folks from their churches to CBA so that all of our area churches are better able to make disciples by having many saints well grounded in Scripture & sound doctrine.  

4. When does the Calvary Bible Academy meet?
In order to help facilitate the greatest number of participants from the greatest number of fellow churches, we chose to host CBA on Sunday nights.  Classes start promptly at 6:30 pm & conclude around 8:15 but no later than 8:30 pm.  

5. What is covered at the Calvary Bible Academy?
This is our first time offering CBA. Our hope is to offer one course every fall & spring each year over a standard twelve week semester schedule. Our tentative five year program is laid out as follows:

Fall Course

Spring Course

Year 1 Old Testament Survey:

This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of the Old Testament & essential background knowledge for Old Testament studies.

New Testament Survey:

This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of the New Testament & essential background knowledge for New Testament studies.

Year 2
Mission of the Church:

This course focuses on the main mission of the church namely: evangelism, discipleship & missions.

Bible Introduction:

This course seeks to examine the inspiration, canonization and translation process giving the student confidence in modern Scripture translations.

Year 3
History of Christianity:

This course is a study of the major peoples, events, and movements of church history from the apostolic era to the present.
Theology A:

This course offers more in-depth treatment of the following subjects: Bibliology (the claims of the Bible and their substantiation, revelation, and inspiration; the canon of Scripture), Theology Proper (the existence of God; anti-theistic systems; the nature, attributes, and names of God; the doctrine of the Trinity; the decrees and works of God), and Angelology (the origin, nature, fall, classification, work and destiny of angelic beings).

Year 4
Theology B:

This course offers more in-depth treatment of the following subjects: Anthropology (the origin, nature, and composition of man), Hamartiology (a study of sin including the Fall and its consequences, original sin and the imputation of sin), Christology (the pre-existence of Christ, the Incarnation, the hypostatic union, His earthly ministry, His exaltation, and high priesthood), and Soteriology (the doctrine of grace; the death and mediatorship of Christ; the doctrines of election, regeneration, justification, sanctification, eternal life, etc.).

Theology C:

This course offers a more in-depth treatment of the following subjects: Pneumatology (the person and work of the Holy Spirit), Ecclesiology (the nature, purpose, governance, offices, and ordinances of the church), and Eschatology (millennial and rapture perspectives, the judgment of believers and unbelievers, resurrection of the saints, and one’s eternal state).
Year 5
Apologetics:

This course introduces students to the major issues involved in defending Biblical Christianity for both the strengthening of a Christian’s personal faith and as a means to evangelistic dialogue.

Philosophy & Logic:

This course seeks to survey the concepts, key players, and movements in philosophy with special attention paid to the sub-discipline of logic.


Additional courses we are considering include: How to Study the Bible (a basic course to help you study any book of the Bible), Hermeneutics (how to study specific types of biblical genres like: prophecy, narrative, wisdom literature, etc…), Expository Preaching (how to turn a biblical passage into a relevant message to your modern audience), and in depth treatments of various books of the Bible.  Other subjects may also emerge as mutual interaction helps CBA better determine student’s needs.

6. What does the Calvary Bible Academy cost?
We view “equipping the saints” / “making disciples” as a central facet of what a church is supposed to do (Eph. 4 & Matt. 28), as such we offer CBA at no tuition charge to participants.   Students are required to purchase their own printed note packet to cover our printing costs and students are encouraged (but not required) to purchase the course textbooks if they desire from retailers such as: Amazon.com.  

7. How do I register?
We need to know how many note packets to pre-order.  Please register one week in advance of attendance or we will might not be able to furnish you with a note packet the first night of classes.  Students have found that those note-packets are essential to auditing or taking for credit as the sheer volume of information conveyed necessitates the thorough note-packet to be in hand.  Thanks for understanding!

8. What if I join in late, how would that work?
We take newcomers right up to the very last night of the course.  In order for us get you a note packet you will need to let Calvary’s Administration Assistant, Beth Endersby, know you intend to come.  She can be reached at mail@welcome2Calvary.com.

9. What if I am going to miss some sessions?
Students will get the most from the course by attending all instructional sessions, that being said, we would rather you get what you can, than nothing at all.  

10. What’s the difference between auditing or taking the course for credit?
Auditing means you will enjoy all the lectures and instruction but do not intend to take any of the exams or write any of the papers (should that course ask it of you).  As we are not conferring any accredited credentials, the “credit” option is for personal enrichment only.  Students typically find that they learn the most and retain more of what they learn by taking the course “for credit.”  You are welcome to choose either option.