L-101 INTRODUCTION AND INFANCY
A five stage analysis of the life of the life of Christ is introduced (introduction and infancy, year of preparation, year of popularity, year of passion and the risen life). A first century geographic placement of Jesus’ ministry in Palestine, the doctrines of Christ (Christology) and the concept of the Kingdom of God are introduced. Doctrinal concepts of some cults are investigated and the “Bringing My World to Christ” evangelism program is explained and implemented during the 12 week course.
L-102 YEAR OF PREPARATION
Book 2 on the Life of Christ explores in depth Jesus’ first year of ministry, his Year of Preparation, not only the details in Matthew, but also all the unique events John tells us about in his Gospel. The course starts with the preaching of John the Baptist, who pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God and baptized him at the commencement of his ministry. Careful consideration is given to the theme that focuses on repentance and the fruits thereof leading of with the temptations of Jesus and problems associated with materialism, violence, contemporary life and vanity are considered. Jesus’ ministry is historically placed in the midst of the priests, the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Sanhedrin. The “Distinctives of the Evangelical Covenant Church” (CHET, 1997) are read and discussed and a report is written.
L-103 YEAR OF POPULARITY
Beginning with a study of the Lords Prayer, personal prayer and prayer in community are analyzed. Various ways of doing evangelism and steps and conditions for church planting are analyzed. The Sermon on the Mount is analyzed and Bible study methods are introduced. Orientation is given on the optimum management of concordances, biblical dictionaries, comments and other reference books. The pamphlet “The Affirmations of the Pact” is discussed (Chicago: Covenant Press, 1991) and a report is written.
L-104 THE YEAR OF PASSION
This class examines the doctrine of man, considering such topics as sin, death, salvation, human relationships, and sex and marriage. It considers the diverse kinds of authority in topics of faith: tradition, reason, and revelation. It gives a look at the Old Testament in order to place the topics historically. It looks at the inter-testamental period such as the formation of the Roman Empire. The article “Resolution about Human Sexuality” is discussed and the class forms its own “Collective Declaration about Sexuality.”
L-105 THE LAST WEEK
Jerusalem in the times of Jesus is considered including its geography, the temple, the Passover celebration, etc. The events and teachings of the last week of our Lord Jesus are analyzed including the Lord’s Supper and the crucifixion. Christ is studied as a prophet, a priest and king. A comparative study of Jesus’ life in all four gospels is done. The sacramental significance of the Lord’s Supper is discussed (that which is confessed by the Evangelical Covenant Church) and it is compared to the interpretations of other denominations.
L-106 THE RESURRECTED LIFE
In this class the resurrection, the ascension, and the Great Commission are studied. Then, the class looks at how the early church fulfilled this mandate, according to the book of The Acts of the Apostles. Paul’s three missionary journeys are studied. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is considered as well as the pastoral work done by the church throughout the centuries. The class discusses the doctrine of the trinity and the pastoral work of the church throughout the centuries. The works of the Covenant church’s missionaries, as well as other denomination’s missionaries are discusses and prayed for throughout the semester.