COURSE DESCRIPTION (The Heart of Paul’s Theology – NT004)
Paul passionately proclaimed the good news of individual salvation in Jesus Christ, but this wasn’t the heart of his gospel. According to Paul, salvation is not primarily about individuals being saved from the wrath of God. Rather, the gospel is about the triumph of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. This course will unpack these issues as the central message of Paul in Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and 1 and 2 Corinthians. You will gain a better understanding of the kingdom of God and rejoice in Jesus’ amazing plans for his people and his world. This course is based on the lecture series, The Heart of Paul’s Theology, produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Reggie M. Kidd.
Dr. Reggie M. Kidd
Dr. Reggie M. Kidd is a seminary professor and ordained minister. He earned his M.A.R: and M.Div. at Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. at Duke University. He currently teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has published the following books: Wealth and Beneficence in the Pastoral Epistles and How Can I Keep from Singing?
Through this course, the following objectives will be accomplished:
1. You will be encouraged as you understand more about the kingdom of God and that you will become seriously interested in studying Paul’s epistles.
2. You will learn key information regarding Paul, his theology, and his epistles to the Galatians, the Thessalonians, and the Corinthians.
3. You will apply the teachings of these New Testament epistles to make changes in your own life and ministry.
When you have done the following, it will show that the course activities are accomplished:
1. Watch all the videos of the course, complete the study guides, study the required reading material and attempt all the lesson and reading quizzes.
2. Actively participate in the discussion forums. You would be required to contribute to the forum by posting at least 3 posts (1 direct post responding to the question in at least 200 words and 2 peer-postings of at least 100 words each). You may also express your own research in the wikis, thus demonstrating your growing interest in the topics studied in this course.
3. Obtain satisfactory grades (50% or more) in all the quizzes [including Reading Quizzes] and submit all Reflection summaries on time.
THEMATIC OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
1. Paul and his Theology
2. Paul and the Galatians
3. Paul and the Thessalonians
4. Paul and the Corinthians
The Required Assignments for this course are outlined below.
1. Watch all the Video lectures of each lesson (or listen to the audio, or read the text version). These lectures are the main content of the course.
2. Complete the Study guide for each section of the videos. These study guides help you discover what is important in the videos, and they prepare you for the quizzes. If you answer all the questions in the study guide, you should do well on the quizzes.
3. Take the Quiz on each section of the videos. Each lesson may have multiple quizzes. All quizzes should be attempted (You will have up to three attempts at each quiz. The score of the final attempt will be taken into consideration regardless of whether you may have scored higher in earlier attempts).
4. Complete all the required Reading material and attempt the Reading Quiz. The Reading Quizzes test your knowledge on the reading material.
5. Participate actively in the Discussion Forum by posting a direct response to the question in at least 200 words. You should then respond to two other peer posts in at least 100 words each. Further discussion beyond these three posts is welcome.
6. Respond to the Reflection Question in 500 words or more and submit that before the stipulated deadline [typically this is before the last day of each lesson]. The Reflection Summary should include a response to the question posed and seek to reflect on key lessons learnt from the lesson as well as real-life applications to work, life, family and ministry. The student could cite other resources and references to supporting material provided those sources are duly acknowledged within the essay.
Dr. Joshua Iyadurai, PhD
Dr Joshua is a Theological Educator and a Specialist in Religious Conversion and Spiritual/Religious Experience. He is an expert in Research Methodology, especially Qualitative research. He is a sought after Teacher, Writer, Editor and Researcher. He oversees many research projects and guides students with their research proposals. He enjoys expository preaching and can communicate well in both spoken and written forms. He has a Bachelor of Divinity from UBS, Pune and a PhD from University of Madras. He has done his post doctoral work from Global Research Institute, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. For the purpose of this course, he can be contacted via email on email@example.com
Mr. Julian Charles
Julian is involved in Pastoral Ministry and Theological training. He is passionate about training people for effective ministry in their own local contexts. He serves as an online faculty for SAIACS, Bangalore and the e-learning coordinator for THEOn. Julian has a Master of Technology (I.T) degree from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Divinity from Melbourne School of Divinity and a Master of Divinity (Missiology) from SAIACS. For the purpose of this course, Julian can be contacted directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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