In this course, the student will focus on the period of the Patristic period to the Middle Ages. Emphasis will be given to doctrines relevant to the Christian traditions of the countries where the students come from. It approaches the subjects historically as well as topically, and sets the development of the various doctrines in the context of the life of the church in the first five centuries of its existence.
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.
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.
- Teacher: David Roadcup