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THE111 – Creation and New Creation

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Lessons: 8 weeks   Effort: 3-4 hours/week   Level: Intermediate

 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Over the years we have often seen God’s salvation on a limited basis, that is, on an individualistic level. The gospel we have preached is about our personal salvation, our personal blessing, and our personnel eternal life in heaven. But now we have come to understand that this isn’t the gospel that God promised to the Hebrew people, and which Jesus came to fulfill God’s plan of salvation involves the whole of his created order. When God made mankind, he put man over his creation. When man turned away from God, this whole creation was affected. God has come to restore mankind through the gospel, so the creation man is over may also be restored.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course is split into weekly readings.  You will have 8 weeks to complete your readings after which you will be given your assignment. Your assignment will count for 70% of your module grade. At the end of the semester you will sit your exam for this module which will count as 30% of your module grade.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • What is God’s plan for His creation
  • What does the nature of God tell us of His plan for creation
  • What did the Hebrew people think of the creation story and God’s plan for the earth

Lessons

THE111 – Week 1 – Introduction

Over the years we have often seen God’s salvation on a limited basis, that is, on an individualistic level. The gospel we have preached is about our personal salvation, our personal blessing, and our personnel eternal life in heaven. But now we have come to understand that this isn’t the gospel that God promised to [...]

THE111 – Week 2 – Trinity & the Gospel

The concept of trinity in Paul’s thinking stemmed very naturally from his Jewish faith. The theme starts in Genesis 1, with creation itself being kicked off by light, spirit and word. These three were the presence of God within and for his creation. The light, spirit and word represent “God with us”, with his creation. [...]

THE111 – Week 3 – Hebrew Gospel

In discussing the themes in Genesis 1 & 2 we need to do so from the perspective of its recipients. These recipients were the Hebrew people who came out of Egypt with Moses. Moses handed them the first five books of the Bible, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, also called the Pentateuch. One question which should [...]

THE111 – Week 4 – Johns Gospel of New Creation

The four Gospels speak of the coming of Christ from various perspectives. In Luke, there is a strong kingdom emphasis. Luke shows that Christ had come to set up a new type of kingdom on the earth through the gospel and church, and that this kingdom would renew the world and our communities as it [...]

THE111 – Week 5 – Spiritual Warfare in Genesis

As Israel was being brought out of Egypt by God, they saw this act of deliverance reflected in the narrative of Genesis 1 & 2. As God brought order to chaos in successive days of creation, so God was bringing Israel out of their bondage into a good land. The sea, darkness and bareness of [...]

THE111 – Week 6 – Imago Dei

Imago Dei: Latin for image of God. Genesis 1 & 2 sets the context in which our sonship is understood. Adam and Eve were sons of God, meaning the heirs of God’s creation. They were given rule over God’s creation, to reflect God’s image into the world. All creation would thus live in shalom, meaning [...]

THE111 – Week 7 – Paul and New Creation

Paul adopts the same Jewish background in announcing the gospel of Christ as John does. To start with, Paul’s trinity theology is the same as John’s. “The Lord (YHWH) is that Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:17) Paul was referring to Jesus and calls him both YHWH and the Spirit. This is Jesus placed concretely into Jewish [...]

THE111 – Week 8 – Peter and the Temple

The temple theme of Genesis 1 & 2 is foremost in Peter’s two letters. From this, Peter paints the picture of who the church is in the world, why we are here and what our methodology should be for transforming our nations. Peter begins his epistles “to the strangers scattered abroad.” Peter was the apostle [...]

THE111 – Assignment & Exam

Now that you have completed your readings for Creation and New Creation you will be expected to complete your assignment and exam for this module. ASSIGNMENT: 70% of module grade. Essays or long answer questions. Given few weeks to complete. Open book (including references). EXAM: 30% of module grade. End of semester exam. Multiple choice questions. [...]