The Gospel of Luke, one of the two books in the New Testament written by a Gentile. You will discover how Luke relates his Gospel story to the unfolding purposes of God throughout history and in so doing you will develop skills in understanding how to read and study all the Gospels well. You will identify those features that make this beautiful Gospel unique, and reflect on the current implications of these.
Dr. Luke continues his story in this book, the value of which cannot be overestimated. Apart from gaining an understanding of the infant Church and early church history, you will discover the careful emphasis employed by Luke which he presents in his work. You will become familiar with the pertinent geography for your continuing studies in the New Testament letters, which you will find are foundational. You will also consider the methods and models used by these early followers of Jesus as they obeyed the great Commission of Jesus in Matt 28, and then consider the implications of these for our universal missionary task.
Building on the story you have discovered in Acts, you will now explore what might be Paul’s first letter. You will discover the background issues related to the writing of this letter and see how much this opens up meaning and relevance of this letter. You will also be introduced to a group of teachers that we often meet in the New Testament and see what a challenge they were to the infant church. In the ‘religious’ environment of many church situations today, you will have the opportunity to discover the radical implications of this short letter to contemporary Christianity.
As the name suggests, you will discover Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who were under pressure to revert back to their old religion and ways. In this book you will obtain fresh understanding of the significance of the Old Testament religious system in relationship to the New, and have the joy of exploring how Jesus is superior to all of the old ways.
As you come to this final book of this module, and indeed the school, and the Bible, you step into the most debated (and at times misunderstood) book in the Bible. In this unit you will explore the four main views of the overall interpretation of Revelation and the implications for how each chapter is interpreted. You will also understand the historical background relevant at the time of writing both for John and the Roman Empire. You will also be made aware of the various views on the Millennium as understood in the various parts of the Body of Christ today and consider what sound application might look like for this book.