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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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