Vision and Goals
I believe God sees this course as a fellowship. We are a team brought together for a season of growth through mutual training, challenge, equipping, and discipline. All these serve the ends that every participant gain new and lasting
appreciation for the theological beliefs of the living Church of Jesus Christ, and new and lasting skill in the Church's practices of theological reflection requisite to faithful and powerful service in the Kingdom of God.
The messianic community was Jesus’ top priority during his earthly career, and it remains so today. The doctrines of ecclesiology and eschatology are essential to a proper theological understanding of life in the Body of Christ and its wider world. They are informed by and in turn inform the ministries of all God’s people as they respond to God’s grace in worship, evangelism, and hospitality. This course will deliberately foster connections between the doctrine of the Church and Last Things and the eschatological life of the Church. Students completing this course will have demonstrated (1) a basic understanding of theological topics and issues in their biblical, traditional, and contemporary expressions; (2) an ability to reflect theologically upon them; (3) their fundamental pastoral, spiritual, missiological, and academic implications; (4) skills towards developing their own theology in critical dialogue with various views; and (5) a theological appreciation of ecumenical and cultural diversity. More specifically, the course intends its participants:
I describe the general goals of all my courses in my rules
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