BIB6300 Evaluating the General Epistles & the Mission of God

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Fergus King

Course Description:

What is God’s will for Christians as they live in the interim between Christ’s first and second comings? In this course, we grapple with the Christian’s mission in the world by analyzing the particular historical, and social contexts of the time when persecution was endemic and figures/powers were antagonistic to the Christian faith and its followers. Using a number of assessments, students will be exposed to the deep moral and philosophical issues regarding suffering/persecution and why God should permit them, and the need for an appropriate Christian response to persevere and hold on to an unshakable faith in the God who is in control.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In this course, the learner is exposed to some of the more challenging realities of mission, including adversity, persecution, and dishonor. In light of this, what ought believers to do and how should they react/act in ways which are biblically and missionally responsible as they await the certain return of Christ?

Why This Course Is Important:

These short letters may not include the Great Commission or have glowing accounts of the churches success that we read of in other New Testament texts. Instead, the reader is confronted with the realities of mission and living in a fallen world, where Christians have much to learn from Jesus’ response to adversity, insult and persecution. In light of this, the church is called to imitate Christs example and persevere by continuing in its mission of preaching and living out the Gospel message in a sometimes hostile environment which is anti-Christ and anti-Christian.