As Christians we face many challenges to our faith. False teachings and worldviews assault our loyalty to Christ. Suffering tempts us to think that God is not in control, or that he does not have our best interests at heart. And our relationships with other believers are often strained to the point that we doubt the value of the church. This course will help you deal with these issues as you explore the teachings of Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians. It is based on the lecture series, “Paul’s Prison Epistles,” 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?
In this course, we would like to accomplish the following goals:
1.We hope you will become more faithful in your Christian walk, as you understand more about Paul’s teachings in his prison epistles regarding topics such as how to persevere in suffering, how to deal with false teachings, how to resolve conflicts, and how to encourage one another in Christ.
2.We hope that you will make use of all the instruction elements of the course to learn the key information regarding Paul, his background, and the epistles of Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians.
3.We hope that you will apply the teachings of these New Testament epistles to make changes in your own life and ministry.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS COURSE
When you have done the following, it will show that the course objectives are met:
1.Watch all the videos of the course, complete the study guides, study the required reading material and attempt the 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 in all the quizzes and submit all Reflection summaries.
THEMATIC OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
1. Paul’s Imprisonment
2. Paul and the Colossians
3. Paul and the Ephesians
4. Paul and Philemon
5. Paul and the Philippians
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 quiz. If you answer all the questions in the study guide, you should do well on the quiz.
3. Take the quiz on each section of the videos. Each lesson may have multiple quizzes. All quizzes should be attempted (You will have three attempts at each quiz. The score of the final attempt will be taken into consideration).
4. Complete all the required reading material and attempt the Reading Quiz.
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 posts in at least 100 words. Further discussion beyond this is welcome.
6. Respond to the Reflection Question and submit that before the stipulated deadline [typically this is by the end of each lesson].
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Julian Charles
Julian is passionate about training people for effective ministry in their own local contexts. He serves as an online faculty for SAIACS, Bangalore and THEOn and ministers in a local church every weekend. 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 email@example.com
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