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A detailed study of the biblical principles that form the basis of the practice of mission in cross-cultural situations today. An intensive study of the Scriptures themselves for the basis of the course. Writings from past and present missiologists are also studied. Always there are applications made regarding the practice of mission.

The mission of the church to “present everyone perfect in Christ” (Colossians 1:28) is the focus of this class.  The characteristics, gifts, skills, and abilities necessary to guide others into spiritual maturity will be discussed.  The student will be able to describe the various aspects of discipleship.  The student will be able to design an effective program for discipling others.

The topic of preaching will be studied from a biblical technical and practical pursuit, concentrating on the rich preachable texts found in the selected message of several New Testament writers and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. A theology of preaching will be developed as the various messages and structures of the New Testament books are explored.

The course will not only focus on contemporary application as a finished product, but will also help the student think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance.

Course Description 

The study of apologetics finds its raison d’être in the words of the Apostle Peter who encourages Christians to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have” (1 Peter 3:15). The answer (apologia) may have either theological or ethical dimensions or both. The church has often been and continues to be challenged to account for its faith and practice. This course will look first to the New Testament for models as to how the church understood and carried out its apologetic task. Secondly, an assessment will be made of contemporary cultural perspectives that pose a challenge to Christian faith and ethical practice. All lectures will be directed toward assisting students to develop an effective apologia.