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NTS5122 The Pastoral Epistles and Pastoral Ministry

The course, “The Pastoral Epistles and Pastoral Ministry” will offer you an introduction to the historical, cultural, and literary contexts of Paul’s pastoral letters, namely, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. You will develop skills in exegesis by exegeting passages from these pastoral letters. The practice of exegesis is vital for Bible study, teaching and sermon preparation. In this course, you will also explore spiritual formation by synthesizing Paul’s emphasis in his pastoral letters on spiritual formation for the Pastor together with contemporary literature and develop spiritual formation practices for ministers and the ministry. By studying this course, you will be able to address some of the leadership-related concerns facing your local church context.

NTS5123 Ephesians: The Unified Church

Ephesians is widely celebrated as the queen of Paul’s epistles. It is especially ‎relevant for Christ-followers in Africa because it deals at length with two topics of ‎immense importance in Africa: the power of the gospel to unite people who are ‎natural enemies and the power of the gospel to grant the believer victory and ‎authority over evil powers in Christ.‎ By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the major background issues relating to Ephesians.
  • Perform an overview study of Ephesians as a letter to a missional church.
  • Construct an appropriate exegetical method for the letter to the Ephesians.‎
  • ‎Conduct a detailed exegetical study of a passage in a Pauline letter.‎
  • Interpret and teach each passage in Ephesians from a missional perspective.
Course Outline
  • Unit 1: Background Issues of Ephesians
  • Unit 2: Panoramic Study of Ephesians as a letter to a missional church.
  • Unit 3: Exegetical Method
  • Unit 4: Exegesis of Ephesians 1–3
  • Unit 5: Exegesis of Ephesians 4–6
Required Reading Adeyemo T (Gen. ed.) 2006. Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars. Nairobi: WordAlive Publishers. Asumang A 2008. Powers of Darkness: An Evaluation of Three Hermeneutical Approaches to the Evil Powers in Ephesians. Conspectus 5: 1–19. Baugh SM 2015. Ephesians. Edited by H. Wayne House, Hall W. Harris, and Andrew W. Pitt. In Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. Bellingham: Lexham. Cohick LH 2013. Ephesians: A New Covenant Commentary. In New Covenant Commentary Series. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press. Fee GD 2002. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors (3 rd ed.). Louisville: Westminster John Knox. Grassmick JD 1976. Principles and Practice of Greek Exegesis. Dallas: Dallas Theological Seminary. Ilo SC, Ogbonnaya J 2011. The Church as Salt and Light: Path to an African Ecclesiology of Abundant Life. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers. Kaiser WC Jr. 1981. Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Teaching and Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker. Keener CS 2014. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (2 nd ed.). Second edition. Downers Grove: IVP. Metzger BM 1994. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (2 nd ed.). New York: United Bible Societies. Patzia AG 1990. Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon. In New International Biblical Commentary. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers. Schreiner TR 1990. Interpreting the Pauline Epistles. Guides to New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Baker. ________ 2011. Interpreting the Pauline Epistles (2 nd ed.). In Guides to New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Baker. Smith KG 2018. Semantic Diagramming. Johannesburg: SATS. Stott J 1989. The Message of Ephesians. In The Bible Speaks Today. Leicester: InterVasity Press. Thielman F 2010. Ephesians. In Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker. Turaki Y 2006. Ephesians. In Africa Bible Commentary, edited by Tokunboh Adeyemo, Logos edition, 1451–64. Nairobi: Word Alive. Young RA 1994. Intermediate New Testament Greek: A Linguistic and Exegetical Approach. Nashville: Broadman & Holman.

NTS5124 Acts: The Missional Church

Acts is the second volume of Luke’s account of events related to Jesus and the life of the early church. As such it can be seen as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke and is addressed to the same person, Theophilus. Acts relates the history and development of the church from Christ’s ascension to Paul’s imprisonment in Rome. To call the book the Acts of the Holy Spirit and not the Acts of the Apostles, like some do, would be fitting. Christ departs and promises his disciples the Holy Spirit who would enable and equip them. There are a few ways in which we can divide events in the book. We will examine three of those in this course:
  • We can divide the events in the book by prominent leadership figures. The first part focuses on Peter as the main leadership figure (chapters 1-12) and the second part is dominated by Paul as the figure of leadership (chapters 13- 28).
  • Acts can also be divided by the areas of missionary activity. Chapters 1-6 focuses on the mission in Jerusalem. In chapters 7-9 the focus shifts to Judea and Samaria and finally, in chapters 10-28, the message of Good News reaches the ends of the earth.
  • Perhaps one of the best ways to look at Acts is to divide it according to the five summaries that Luke provided, in 6:7, 9:31, 12:24, 16:5 and 19:20. It seems that these sections in Acts focus respectively on Jews only, Samaritans, God-fearers, Gentiles, Nations and finally Rome.
We will expose you to a highly effective approach to missiology, known as the Praxis Matrix, which was developed by missiologists from the University of South Africa (UNISA). This is not only an effective approach to mission praxis, but it also serves well as a model of missiological research. We will read selections from Acts with the aid of the Praxis Matrix. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the structure of the book of Acts and its historical context.
  • Critically compare different author’s views on Acts and the missional church.
  • Explain the understanding of Christian mission as God’s mission
  • Explain the “praxis matrix” approach to missiology
  • Demonstrate the impact of the praxis matrix on your own missiological approach and mission experiences.
  • Discuss how the concepts of ‘being with’ and ‘doing for’ challenge your understanding and practice of mission.
  • Design a ‘Missional church model’ for your context.
Course Outline
  • Unit 1: Structure and Background of the Book of Acts
  • Unit 2: Views on Acts and the Missional Church
  • Unit 3: The Christian Mission as God’s Mission
  • Unit 4: The “Praxis Matrix” Approach to Missiology
  • Unit 5: The “Praxis Matrix” and Your Own Missiological Approach
  • Unit 6: The Concepts of ‘Being With’ and ‘Doing For’ and Mission
  • Unit 7: A ‘Missional Church Model’ for Your Context
Required Reading Adeyemo T (Gen. ed.) 2006. Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars. Nairobi: WordAlive Publishers. Bennema C 2011. Spirit and mission in the Bible: toward a dialogue between biblical studies and missiology, Trinity Journal, 32, 2, pp. 237-258. (EBSCOhost) Kelly G 2012. Church Actually: Rediscovering the Brilliance of God's Plan. Oxford: Lion Hudson Place. (EBSCOhost) Mbewe C 2014. Insights from the Lives of Olive Doke and Paul Kasonga for Pioneer Mission and Church Planting Today. Cumbria: Langham Monographs. Nelson S 2013. Culture: Living in the Places of God, Downers Grove: InterVasity Press. (EBSCOhost) Ngewa SM 2010. Galatians (Africa Bible Commentary Series). Grand Rapids: Hippo Books (Zondervan). Nguyen V 2012. Dismantling cultural boundaries: missiological implications of Acts 10:1-11:18, Missiology, 40, 4, pp. 455-466. (EBSCOhost) Rae K, Muyombo M, Nhanala J, Kurewa JW, Russell JSM, Ayité-Beugré P, Musooko M, Sign S, Ndjungu N 2014. Evangelization and Church Growth in the African Context. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International. Rasumussen S, Mutua H, Mekonnen A, Sesi JM, Sesi (Author) SM, Chul-Soo Kim C 2009. African Missiology: Contribution of Contemporary Thought. Nairobi: Uzima Publishing House. Strauss SJ 2012, The purpose of Acts and the mission of God. Bibliotheca Sacra, 169, 676, pp. 443-464. (EBSCOhost) Walton S 2012. What does 'mission' in Acts mean in relation to the 'powers that be’?, Journal of The Evangelical Theological Society, 55, 3, pp. 537-556, (EBSCOhost) Wheeler A 2015. The commissioning of all believers: toward a more holistic model of global discipleship, Missiology, 43, 2, pp. 148-162. (EBSCOhost) Wilder TL 2012. A Biblical Theology of Missions and Contextualization, Southwestern Journal of Theology, 55, 1, pp. 3-17. (EBSCOhost)
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