The Gospel of Luke, one of the two books written by a Gentile, is a rich complement to the previous Gospel you have studied. You will discover how Luke relates his Gospel story to the unfolding purposes of God throughout history and in so doing you will continue to develop your skills in understanding how to read and study such a Gospel 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.
It is said that prevention is better than cure. In this circular letter to various churches in Asia Minor (including of course Ephesus), you will be thrilled again with the wonder of the Gospel, your identity in Christ and how the ‘manifold wisdom of God’ is revealed in his Church. The calling then is to ‘walk worthy’ of this calling.
Old Testament Overview
As one of the outcomes of the Bible Core Course, we want you to have a grasp of the big picture, or mega-narrative, of the Bible. You will be studying in detail some of the significant books of the Old Testament, but it is important you see how these fit into the unfolding story of God’s initiative to bring about redemption for the world; but more, to see the overarching plan of God to ‘unite all things in Him, things in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1:10. In this unit you will be given a bird’s eye view from Genesis to Malachi and meet the God who is ‘slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love…’ Ex 34:6-7.
In this unit, you will be laying the foundation for your study of the whole of the Old Testament. As you will discover, Genesis explores the origins of the nations and the nation of Israel. You will understand how in the light of the deep need of humanity God breaks into the human history and begins his plan of redemption. You will meet the men he chooses, Abraham and the Patriarchs of Israel, and the faith they inspire. Because of the modern tendency of many to read the early chapters of this book like a science manual, you will consider various ways these chapters could be interpreted.