BIB3120 Pauline Theology & Missional Practice
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Fergus King
An examiniation of Pauls theology and role as apostolic missionary through a consideration of his message, the task, the methods and tactics he employed, and his missional goals. Particular attention will be paid to the missional intent of Pauls theology with an emphasis on its Christ-centered and Spirit-powered nature, as well as a consideration of important practical matters, including how he financed his missional enterprise, his response to suffering, and his urban focus.
How This Course Benefits Students:
The bachelor level course is intended to help the student understand the theology as well as the realities, strategies and methods Paul employed in his mission. The Masters course assumes some of this know-ledge but seeks to extend the students understanding by grappling with the collaborative nature of Pauls missionary work and also engaging key contemporary issues debated by interpreters and miss-iologists alike, including for example, whether the Apostle Paul expected his early Christian comm- unities to evangelize.
Why This Course Is Important:
When most Christians think of Paul, they usually regard him as a letter-writer, pastor or a theologianrarely is Paul considered from the perspective of missionary. In recent years, however, New Testament interpreters have begun to address this neglected dimension to Pauls ministry making this a vital contemporary topic to explore. But Paul was not a missionary in our twenty-first century understanding; rather, he was an apostolic missionary whose theology was nothing less than an out-working of the mission of God whom he loved and served.