This course seeks to canvass the major events and motifs of the New Testament revelation, including such topics as the theology of Paul, Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation. The introduction will survey the nature of biblical theology, and the different ways NT Biblical Theology is understood in contemporary theological studies. A combination of lectures, personal work, and readings is intended to guide you in understanding the NT content and theology. Class lectures focus on theological issues. Please note this is not a New Testament survey class. Students are expected to be familiar with the biblical text, as well as with issues pertaining to authorship, background issues, critical issues, and the like.
The course will be a survey study of the main streams of Christianity from theApostolicperiod to the late Mediaeval period andthe eve of the Reformation(i.e. Western [Roman] and Eastern [Greek], along with other [non–Roman] Eastern traditions). It will trace Christianity from its beginning as a small sect within Judaism to a global movement. Later emphasises will be upon English Christianity. It will cover a wide range of areas from belief, practice, worship, art, architecture, missions, etc, while taking in the major characters and events.
This course builds on the foundation laid in “Fundamentals of Expository Preaching.” Greater emphasis is placed upon the art of shaping the sermon for clear explanation, illustration and application. Skills are honed through audio/video evaluations of contemporary preaching, as well as the student’s own sermon construction and delivery.
This course is designed to be an introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures, the first three-quarters of the Christian Bible. The emphasis will be placed upon understanding the text in its historical, cultural, and canonical contexts and its underlying theology. Matters such as setting, date, authorship, structure and content, as well as interpretive problems, will also be considered. But the emphasis will be on trying to discern the theological structure of the Old Testament. One of the major Jewish sequence of books will be followed, since this was probably the order of the oldest arrangement of the books, and formed the Bible of Jesus and the earliest church. This sequence begins with Genesis and ends with Chronicles. My intent for this course is to help you get an overview of a very different place and culture and time, and to help you use this context to understand the Old Testament Scriptures! So welcome to the journey, a journey like no other. It begins with God’s command to create light in Genesis 1 and it ends with his command to rebuild the temple in 2 Chronicles 36, and so to fill the world with the light of His Presence.
Systematic theology attempts to bring together the teaching of the Bible onany given topic. It asks questions about what the Bible teachesconcerningGod, man, Christ, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church and last things, and many more besides. In this course our focus will be on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a vast topic that we cannot begin to cover exhaustively but we will endeavor to make the student aware of the riches the biblical teaching when it comes to the God–man Jesus Christ and his work on behalf of sinners.
This course will examine the history of western thought beginning with the pre-Socratic philosophers, through some of the Church Fathers, the Renaissance, Reformation up to the French Revolution. We will examine the impact of this thinking through the Christian worldview and the Bible.
In the course of church history what it means to be a “spiritual person” has been understood in different ways. This course traces how various church traditions have understoodthat concept. We will look at how worship, prayer, personal spiritual growth, the spiritual disciplines, church life and living as Christians in the worldhas been understood in the past. In each case we ask what, if anything, went wrong and what we might learn from them. After concluding our tour of the past weturnback to the Word of God, notably the book of Ephesians, to look at Paul’s theology of Christian spirituality.
This is a wide-ranging look at the subject of Christian missions. This course establishes a biblical basis for the missionary movement. It then engages critically with various trends, issues and approaches to the church’s missionary mandate to enable the class to evaluate the “how to”
and mission praxis. This awareness is designed to give the students the background needed to evaluate different kinds of approaches and strategies which have been used by missionaries and church planters during the modern era.
Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon are part of a set of letters written by the apostle Paul (along with Philippians and later 2 Timothy) that were written when he was imprisoned for his faith and for preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians is regarded by some as the apostle’s greatest letter in terms of its theological scope and the majesty of expression. Colossians is a masterpiece which exalts the supremacy of Christ over all,and Philemon is a very personal letter that gives us tremendous insight into the pastoral skill of the great apostle. Our aim in this course is to familiarize the student with these three New Testament letters. We will consider them theologically and practically,and seek to glean as much as we can about their unique contribution to the biblical canon. At every point we will attempt to make application of the truths articulated to our own personal lives as Christians living in the 21stcentury.
This course is a study of the Biblical foundations, history and practice of planning and leading services of corporate worship in the gathered church. It is an intensely practical course, designed to sharpen students understanding of elements and structures of Christian worship, primarily reflecting the practices of Free (non–liturgical) churches. Students will grow in their understanding of the relationship of scripture to corporate worship, and of the importance of worship in the life of the believer and the local church. Practical experience will be gained in planning and leading worship.
A course in rapid reading in different genres of Hebrew literature with full morphological review and further study of syntax. This course also includes an approach to the method of exegesis with special attention given to Hebrew poetry.
Exegesis from the Greek text is the proper foundation for the proclamation of the New Testament message. Students who have completed preliminary studies in morphology and grammar will continue to sharpen and enlarge their exegetical skills in this course. Attention is given to applying the rules of grammar and syntax while recognizing the nuance of idioms and historical context as students examine a series of New Testament texts. By means of lectures and discussions of passages covered, the bulk of class time will be devoted to reading, reviewing translations, and studying the Greek text of various New Testament books, using selections from Mounce’s Graded Reader.