BIB4310 Mission of God in the End Times
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Fergus King
After the Fall, God immediately sets out on a mission of restoring humankind (relationally) and creation (physically) which will one day end in a renewed heavens and renewed earth. With this holistic mission before us and using restoration (e.g., Jubilee) as an overarching principle, we trace its theological, econ-omic, social, and ethical implications in the Old Testament. The theme of Jubilee and restoration is pick-ed up by Jesus (i.e. Luke 4:1-18) with similar underpinnings and holistic thrust, flowing chiefly from the cross-work and resurrection of Christ and issued forth in godly living. Restoration is further traced via the writings of Paul (Rom. 8:18-25), Peter (2 Pet. 2:1-10) and John (Rev.21:1-3) where Gods plan of the restoration and renewal brings an accompanying responsibility for the people of God to behave mor- ally and responsibly. For the authors of the New Testament, and in light of the end-times, ethics and the eschatology are two sides of the same coin.
How This Course Benefits Students:
The Bachelor course is intended to build on earlier courses in the Biblical stream by focusing on a theme while also underscoring the importance of a holistic approach to mission as Christians live in the last days. The masters course covers similar material but in greater depth and academic rigor by prov-iding a conceptual framework for the learner to be able to analyze and evaluate the theological import-tance and moral impact of Christian behavior and conduct on those on the periphery of the Church.
Why This Course Is Important:
The mission of God begins in a Garden and culminates in the New Jerusalem. But what takes place in between? This course enables students to reflect critically on mission in a holistic manner and from a range of biblical texts and readings. Mission is about the forgiveness of sins but it is more profound and thoroughgoing than this and has economic, social and moral ramifications as God works to bring about the renewal of all creation.