Making Sense of the Bible: The Importance of biblical-theological systems with their implications for current theological debates.
Apol 303, 323 3 Credit Hours
This is a vital topic given the rise of authoritarian models of church government, the reappearance of “Christian Nationalism,” postmodern interpretations of the Christian faith, and ongoing debates between covenantal and dispensational theologies with their implications for Christian evangelism and mission. The purpose of this course is to drive Christians back to the Bible and its interpretative structure for biblical answers to these and other perennial theological questions.
This course is designed to study what the scriptures teach about the church and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. These are critical areasof biblical truththat need to be properly understood if Christians are to serve God effectively in ourgeneration.We will approach these topics both in terms of biblical and systematic theologypayingclose attention to the redemptive development of these themes as we move through the biblical canon to their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
Course rationale: This course engages withthe history of missions anda number of historical and contemporarytrends,approaches and understandingsof missionsina way that enables students to become aware of andthink critically about some of the underlying presuppositions.
Coursedescription:This is an ambitious course. We wantto look atcurrent mission terminologyand different theologies of mission, in theprocess of whichwe will engage critically with some of the trends, issues and approaches to the church’s missionary mandate. We will look in–depth atMissio Dei, thetheology of mission which has swept the evangelical world. We then trace the history of missions. Wealsowant to cover interreligious dialogue, a theology of persecution, and the questionof future missionaries.And if there is any time left then we’ll take a look at the history of missions in theMiddle East.
In this course, we will examine the qualification and function of a teacher, the nature and needs of the student, the teaching-learning process, and the preparation and presentation of a lesson. Students are required to be involved in a teaching-learning ministry in a local church during this course.
No book of the Bible is more formative for the biblical narrative than Genesis. Through it we are introduced to all the major themes and characters of the drama of redemption. It was important for the Israelites to understand their origins so that they would know who they really were and how they should live. What was true for them is equally true for us today.
The book of Revelation brings the biblical canon to a close and therefore is as important to the Bible as a whole as the final chapter is to a book. Because God is the ultimate author of the book it draws on his previous revelation and prepares us for the return of Christ to come at the end of the age. Over the history of Christian interpretation, the book of Revelation has been interpreted many different ways. This is partially due to the literary nature of the book, but also to its majestic themes that call for an understanding of the rest of the Bible in order to make sense of what is being disclosed in this last revelation of Jesus Christ. Our objective in this course is to try and make sense of what is being said and to determine what John, the originalauthor, and the Lord himself, who is the great author,is saying to us today. This will not be easy, nor will all our conclusions be final, but we will move forward as best we can, remembering thatthere is a blessing promised not only to those who read the book, but to those who obey what is disclosed therein.
This course is designed to facilitate Biblically faithful and practically effective preparation and delivery of expository sermons through lecture, discussion, reading,and “practice” sermons. No course can make a preacher, but Homiletics is designed to hone the abilities of those who have been called and gifted by God to preach His Word.
This course seeks to canvass the major events and motifs of the New Testament revelation from the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Topics include the Gospel infancy narratives, the ministry of John the Baptist, the kingdom of God according to the Synoptic Gospels, the Christology of the Gospels, the theology of Luke—Acts, and the theology of John. The first weeks of class will cover the scope, content and structure of New Testament theology. 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.
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.