This course is about the Life and Ministry of Jesus. It will focus on the Historical existence of Jesus; the physical, political and religious world in which he lived. There will be a general introduction to the New Testament gospels and how each of them view Jesus. Also, covered will be some of controversial issues about Christ’s life: such as Virgin Birth, His Miracles, and the death and Resurrection of Jesus. We will cover the significant periods of His earthly life as well. We will examine the Sabbath controversies, the makeup of Jesus inner circle of disciples and focus on significant emphases of his Ministry such as His teaching, healing, the Kingdom of God/Heaven, His Divinity, His essential nature and the Kenosis theory of Philippians 2 and also the eschatology of Jesus as presented in the gospels.
All teaching will be in English.
Course duration: 10 weeks (starting date: 22 August 2022)
Fees: This is a free course, but if you want to make a gift towards developing online, you can find the details here.
Online platforms: Zoom and Moodle. We will assist you in setting-up an e-learning account.
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Have a good understanding and comprehension of the Life of Jesus in its historical context.
2. Comprehend, and progressively assimilate that information into their present and future life situations and service for Christ.
3. Use the knowledge learned of Christ and His personhood to formulate a Doctrine of Christ and be able to explain, defend and expound this to others.
4. Interpret the key passages with greater competence in preaching, teaching, writing or personal witnessing.
Method of Instruction:
Since this course is an online course, we will use pre-recorded videos and zoom meetings for teaching and interaction. Also, digital materials will be made available on our e-learning platform. Each lesson has materials for self-paced study. These will be followed by a 30 minutes Zoom interaction with students where they can ask questions and interact with the teacher. The teacher will also incorporate visual materials and give reading assignments.
The teacher will give assignments which will help to apply the material that they are learning. These can include responding to various contemporary scenarios and how the disciple of Jesus can bring the learned information to address contemporary situations.
The student is expected to read the assigned material by the due dates which will be announced on the first day of class. Also, there will be two tests: the first will be at the middle of the course (Date to be determined). It will cover the material covered up to that point. The second test will be on at the end of the course. (Date to be determined by school procedure).
*There is also the option of just auditing the courses, without taking the tests and submitting assignments.
1. The Historical Existence of Jesus
2. The Physical World in which Jesus lived
3. The Political World of Jesus’ Time
4. The Religious World in which Jesus lived
5. A General Introduction to the New Testament Gospels
7. The Events of the Life of Jesus
8. The Virgin Birth
9. The Early Years of Infancy
10. The Half-Brothers of Jesus
11. Life in Nazareth
12. The Year of Obscurity and John the Baptist
13. The Year of Popularity
14. Sabbath Controversies
15. The Year of Opposition
16. The Passion Week
The Day of Agony
17. Resurrection Day
18. Miracles, Signs and Wonders
19. The Synoptic Problem
20. The Apostles
21. The Sermon on the Mount
22. Jesus the Teacher
23. The Kingdom of God
24. Jesus and His Father
25. The Divinity of Jesus
26. The Union of Divine and Human Natures
27. The Kenosis of Jesus
28. The Eschatology of Jesus