BIB5100 Analysis of the Missional Practice of Jesus in the Gospels

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Hughson Ong

Course Description:

Do the Four Gospels contradict or complement one another in their presentation of the mission of Jesus? This course assesses this question by examining the Gospels coherency (One Jesus) and diversity (Four Portraits) of the person and missional message of Jesus. A richly textured portrayal of Jesuss mission and practices are in evidence in the Four Gospels via Matthewss messianic focus, Marks deep concern for Gentiles, Lukes attention to the marginalized, and Johns very different but unique and complementary Christological slant.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The bachelor level course introduces students to some of the ways in which Jesus went about his mission through a consideration of his life-style and the practical methods he employed. The masters course seeks to equip students to reflect on critical questions re the mission of Jesus so that they can confidently follow those methods and share the good news.

Why This Course Is Important:

Too often Christians turn to the letters of the Apostle Paul for an understanding of the Gospel and not to the Gospels and the message of Jesus. A study of the latter and of Jesuss methods and practice in mission provides a blueprint for Christians to imitate and incarnate the Gospel message so that they engage the world and culture they live in through their words (belief) and their ways (behavior).