This course introduces students to a number of different approaches to reading the Bible as one big story. By engaging with the best contemporary thinking on biblical interpretation, students will be equipped to critically reflect upon their own lives and ministry practice in light of their place within God’s Story.
Along the way, students will explore the backstory to the Bible, learning about how it came to be, in order to gain a greater appreciation for the Christian tradition of seeking God’s voice through reading and applying scripture.
This course is rated “M” for maturity, because it’s all about growing up in God. Followers of Jesus are called to ‘grow up into his full stature’ – but what does that mean? How does it happen?
This course will take us deeper into relationship with God, where we learn of him, about ourselves, and so about living as mature people of God. We’ll practise some of the ancient and new disciplines that God’s Spirit uses to mature us. And we’ll let God loose in our lives again to shape us as his children. Get growing!
Note: No class on 16 May due to the “Gospel in the City” seminar.
This course introduces the main areas of Christian theology - what we understand about God and His ways with humanity - and includes a brief discussion of theological method (how we do theology).
Using the Apostles Creed, the course will introduce the theology of God, Christology, theology of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology), theology of the church (ecclesiology), and theology of salvation (soteriology) and the end times (eschatology).
This course unfolds the narrative of the New Testament, through the different gospel accounts of Jesus Christ’s coming into the world; the dramatic expansion of God’s Kingdom through Peter, Paul and the apostles in Acts and the letters; and the challenges and wonder of the emerging community of God called the Church.
The course fills out the historical, cultural and religious world of the NT, and will explain the different types of writing in the NT, so that participants will gain a clearer understanding of the background, content and purpose of each book.