This course presents theology as a unified narrative: the story of a sovereign God redeeming a people for Himself through Christ’s victory over Satan, sin, and death, and restoring creation to the shalom (wholeness and peace) of the Kingdom of God.
Meets Degree Requirements for: General Education: Christian Life
This course equips students with the intellectual framework and tools necessary to interpret the Scripture and apply it appropriately to their own context. It covers four major subjects: the nature of Biblical inspiration, the technique of Biblical hermeneutics, the genres of Biblical literature, and the tools that are used to interpret Scripture.
This course provides a general introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures – their historical context, interpretation, primary teachings, and relevance for today.
There can be no question that the most critical and important subject to master in the life of a Christian leader is the actual person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. No other subject is as significant or controversial as the meaning of his life and ministry. This class is designed to introduce you to a “life of Jesus” survey that concentrates on the historical accounts in the Gospels, beginning at the announcement of his birth to his ascension after his death at Calvary. It will also explore how that life is witnessed to through Paul’s letters, the General Epistles, and the book of Revelation.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of Christian community development in an increasingly interconnected, urban world. Students will be equipped to develop church-based, holistic community development strategies that cultivate community assets and empower indigenous leadership in low-income communities. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of fundraising, shared vision, and resource development for various anti-poverty strategies.
This course will examine the urban context and the church’s opportunity for successful and sustainable youth programs that earn the right to have a transformative impact on youth, their families, and social and community systems. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of holistic youth development. By nurturing an excitement about meeting and building transformational relationships with young people, students will be equipped to develop indigenous, asset-based, student-led, programs and services for youth who call the city their home.
This course will help students to understand the purpose of work and a Christian understanding of vocation. Students will gain a better understanding of their unique identity and purpose in their vocation. They will also refine their understanding of calling or vocation might be and how it fits into God’s purposes and a Christian worldview. They will then create a synthesis of the above understandings into a reflective life plan.
Biblical and practical motives, methods, and means of 1) bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to unbelievers in the setting of the inner city; and 2) helping respondents move toward spiritual and successful Christian life and service. The student who completes this course will know how evangelism and discipleship are practiced in urban ministry. He or she will know how to make a clear presentation of the gospel, how to lead others in discipleship, and how to help his/her urban mission improve if necessary in these critical efforts. The student will embody the urban mission’s passion to win and grow Christians for lifelong service to their Savior.