Bachelor of Theology 
(Intercultural Ministry)

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT GOD’S WORLD AND DESIRE TO IMPACT THE NATIONS?

The Bachelor of Theology (Intercultural Ministry) Program provides spiritual growth, Biblical knowledge and ministry development with a special focus on intercultural ministry.

It is designed to call forth and prepare long term ministry focused leaders. Our goal is to see graduates deployed nationally and internationally to develop holistic church planting movements that make disciples of nations, baptizing and teaching believers to obey all that Christ has commanded.

Through this training, students will develop the ability to function and communicate in varied cultural contexts and collaborate in mission with the global body of Christ. The Bachelor of Theology (Intercultural Ministry) includes an emphasis on education combined with valuable practical experience and exposure to influential and fruitful global mission leaders to better equip the student to be an integral part of God’s global mission.

This program is designed for those who are called to ministry with an emphasis on missions. The specialized Courses will also be effective for alumni interested in cross cultural work and for local Church Mission Committee leaders. Courses are also designed for experienced Pastors engaged in cross cultural ministries in their community or those who are called to global work. It will address the many issues facing cross cultural ministry to help students to be effective and fruitful in Canada or around the world.

EXPERIENCE

This program will prepare you for the real and challenging work of God's global mission.  You will be exposed to hands-on interaction with major moves of God around the world.  It will also involve classroom interaction with current mission practitioners who are innovative, effective and fruitful from Canada as well as national, global leaders.

Beyond the classroom, students will be involved in real life relevant ministry experiences locally, in other Canadian settings and globally, tailored to specific interests, callings, and life goals. 

The focus is to develop people for effective ministry at home and to prepare for fruitful Global Intercultural work in a wide variety of expressions.

  • Students in their first year will participate in ministry in local churches throughout Alberta, other effective Canadian locations.
  • Students in their second year will complete an Urban/Rural Missions practicum which requires a supervised placement of 160 hours in a local church ministry.
  • Students in their third year will complete an Internship which includes a supervised ministry placement (Overseas or in Canada) of a minimum of 400 hours (normally one semester).
  • Students in their fourth year will complete a Senior Missions Practicum in a local church which requires completion of a supervised placement of 160 hours.

EDUCATION

In addition to meeting the general objectives of the College the student graduating from The Bachelor of Theology (Intercultural Ministry) can be expected to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and function effectively in their calling evidenced through fruitful interaction in the classroom and practical ministry experiences, whether their future is in Canada, global work or further training in their field of interest.
  • Develop essential Biblical knowledge, understanding of spiritual growth and ministry skills to respond positively to various intercultural ministry contexts.
  • Know and apply Intercultural skills needed to live, work and minister effectively in international and intercultural settings.
  • Demonstrate spiritual maturity and a heart of obedience to God and readiness to lead in discipling, teaching, mentoring and service in the Canadian or international context through a local expression of the church.

Specialized courses:

Global Worker: Principles and Practices
Holistic Mission Engagement
Cross Cultural Communications
Contextualization
Special: Contemporary Mission Strategies

OUTCOMES

Throughout their time at Vanguard, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology (Intercultural Ministry) Program can expect to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand and function effectively in their calling evidenced through fruitful interaction in the classroom and practical ministry experiences, whether their future is in Canada, global work or further training in their field of interest.
  2. Develop essential biblical knowledge, understanding of spiritual growth, and ministry skills to respond positively to various intercultural ministry contexts.
  3. Know and apply the Intercultural skills needed to live, work, and minister effectively in international and intercultural settings.
  4. Demonstrate spiritual maturity, a heart of obedience to God and readiness to lead in disciplining, teaching, mentoring and service in the Canadian or international context through a local expression of the church.

Bachelor of Theology (Intercultural Ministry)

YEAR 1

  • Fall Courses
    FE151 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    PS151 3 hrs

    This course addresses the many issues that the cross cultural missionary worker faces to prepare for effective service. Biblical, current and practical perspectives will be explored. It will equip the student for a life of fruitful cross cultural ministry in Canada or internationally. Global Worker: Principles and Practises will include a focus on spiritual warfare, ministry gifting as well as marriage and family issues as they relate to mission life. Practical steps needed to go from where you are to effective global ministry will be explored.

    Course Outcomes:
    The student will be able to:
    – Better understand and respond to the wide variety of issues facing today’s global worker
    – Identify and understand major Bible themes that form the foundations of successful rewarding ministry in cross cultural settings recognizing the role of spiritual health and growth in the needed spiritual warfare associated with international missions.
    – Understand the value of healthy relationships fundamental to crossing culture to avoid common misconceptions.
    – Elaborate on the practical process of entering into global work to fulfill God’s calling and purpose.

    GS101 3 hrs

    Interpersonal Communication is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviors and skills. This course will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined.

    Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. The goal of this course is to assist the student in using what is taught and applying it to the various settings that the student will find themselves in.

    Course Outcomes
    1) Clarify the importance of communication in daily life and ministry.
    2) To help evaluate interpersonal communication skills and develop competency in interpersonal communication.
    3) Examine how an individual’s personality, culture, family background, society and mass media affect how a person communicates.
    4) Explore the complexities and intricacies of verbal and nonverbal communication.

    BT103 3 hrs

    This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Practical and experiential attention will be given to the nine fruit and gifts of the Spirit as lived out in our personal lives and corporate life of the church. A small group component is also a major part of the course.

    BT101 3 hrs

    This entry level course is designed to demonstrate the importance and relevancy of the whole Bible for today. For many, it is a mystery how the Old Testament is related to the New Testament. Some think the former is a source of unrelated devotional stories, laws and prophecies. In truth, the two testaments are the complete story of God’s progressive plan for his people. There can be no real understanding of the New Testament without a clear view of the overall message of the Old Testament. It is the purpose of this course to concisely trace the story of Scripture, and to help students build a central foundation with which they can understand, interpret and apply God’s word to their lives today.

     

    BT102 3 hrs

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text of Scripture.

  • Winter Courses
    FE152 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    GS151 3 hrs

    This course will address principles and processes to understand cross cultural interaction and communications. The course will provide an understanding of the essential components of communication to avoid pitfalls in cross cultural communication that can render ministry ineffective at best and disastrous at worst. It is designed to equip the student with understanding of cross cultural communication and the needed skills to be effective in developing friendships and healthy relationships to communicate effectively and accurately.

    Course Outcomes:

    The student will be able to:
    Describe and embrace the basic tenants of effective communication to develop healthy cross cultural relationships locally or globally.

    Identify perspectives and practices that enhance the ability to share the gospel clearly understanding the difference between their own cultural practices and biblical principles.

    Develop humility and a posture of learning in bridging the cultural differences to have a fruitful, enjoyable long term cross cultural ministry.

    PS101 3 hrs

    This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and it’s biblical purpose. Students will study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1) Identify current societal issues that affect and influence families.
    2) Examine different models for family and intergenerational ministry.
    3) Understand various methods that church leadership can support parents in areas of spiritual development.
    4) To convey a biblical concept for family ministry that is adaptable to different ministry contexts.

    GS102 3 hrs

    An exploration of worldviews as intellectual, behavioural, and value systems in relation to culture. These powerful forces shape the lives of people often without clear reflection on the part of the holder. A person’s worldview has a huge influence on identity formation. Therefore, it is crucial to increase awareness and purposeful development of our worldview.

    BT105 3 hrs

    The purpose of this course is to examine the teaching of the Bible and develop a systematic theology that addresses four important themes: the Word of God, the doctrine of God, biblical anthropology, and the doctrine of sin. Efforts will be made to explain how these themes are developed through promise and fulfilment from Genesis to Revelation.

    BT104 3 hrs

    This course is an introduction to the Gospels. It will focus on the four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Issues relating to the synoptic problem will be explored, as well as the unique contribution of each gospel. The literary nature of the gospels will be examined, exploring the gospels as story, as well as their theological impact. As the title implies, this course will emphasize our response to the gospels: what it means to follow Jesus. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

YEAR 2

  • Fall Courses
    PS251 3 hrs

    This course seeks to understand and integrate the biblical principles of evangelism, conversion and personal salvation with the biblical mandate for compassion and social concerns. A brief survey of the historical conflicts between evangelism and social concerns and current trends will be presented to help understand the complexity of the issues. This course will help the student to understand and develop methods to accomplish a biblically sound holistic gospel message that impacts nations. Students will gain insights on how to plant the holistic gospel into communities and empower the church of the host country to engage in balanced holistic ministry that affects the whole person and that brings gospel lift and positive transformation to communities and nations.

    The emphasis will be on discipling and empowering national church movements to have a biblically sound balance between these often conflicting agendas.

    Course Outcomes:
    Be able to articulate a sound biblical perspective on the gospel as it affects the whole person bringing social change to communities and ultimately discipling nations.

    Be aware of Western Christian NGO’s that are focused on social concerns and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

    Be capable of understanding and evaluating holistic efforts of national church movements and develop strategies for encouraging healthy holistic churches.

    Appreciate and understand the impact of holistic urban church planting on cities and consequently, nations.

    Avoid the dangers and pitfalls that typically plague cross cultural relief, development and social work.

    FE251 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 1 Winter

    PS201 3 hrs

    Class participants will have an opportunity to learn sermon-building techniques through training in manuscript preparation and delivery styles. A lab component of the study requires the student to deliver a biblically-based message to fellow class members, and evaluate all other messages shared in the course. Prerequisite: Hermeneutics

    GS203 3 hrs

    This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology, which includes a survey of biology, the development of personality, emotions, mental illness, and the learning process.

    GS207 3 hrs

    Course description coming soon.

    GS201 3 hrs

    This course is a basic introduction to the Biblical languages Greek and Hebrew and to the tools with which the student can study the Scriptures more effectively. Beginning with an appreciation for the nature and challenges of working with the original languages of our Scriptures, the student will be equipped with the skills necessary for the proper use of language and interpretative tools such as concordances, lexicons, word-studies, critical commentaries, and computer software. The course is divided into three parts. First, a comprehensive walk through of the Logos Library System is undertaken. The second and third components consist of learning the Hebrew and Greek alphabets and a basic introduction to vocabulary and grammar of each. An essential part of the course is the integration of language tools with the preparation of Bible studies and sermons.

  • Winter Courses
    FE252 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 1 Winter

    GS205 3 hrs

    This course is designed to provide an in-depth account of human development across the life span. It will examine the biological, cognitive and psychosocial approach that has guided the complexity of human development. Students will be given an opportunity to apply a variety of developmental theories to age related changes in behaviour, thinking, emotions, personalities and social relationships in relation to maturational processes, individual differences and cultural expectations.
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (GS203)

    GS204 3 hrs

    This is a survey course to introduce the student to the history of the Christian church primarily focusing on renewal and revival movements. This course examines the history of the church as it developed from the apostles to the present era. The course objective is to thoroughly acquaint the student with the historical and theological development of key figures, movements, and doctrines.

    BT201 3 hrs

    The book of Romans is crucial in understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this course, students explore the rich truths of justification, salvation, and sanctification and other significant topics both exegetical and theological studies of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. It is the intent of the instructor to look at the various details and application of the Gospel as taught by the Apostle Paul in this great epistle. This course is designed to teach the student how to interpret and apply the book of Romans in their ministry context and to be challenged, inspired, and equipped in his or her own spiritual walk.

    BT205 3 hrs

    From the foundations of the world, the salvation of a people has been God’s intent, and His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to complete such a redemption. The purpose of this course is to give the student a thorough perspective on two of the greatest pillars of the Christian faith: A Biblical Christology and Soteriology. The study of the nature, life, and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ along with a truly Biblical understanding of the nature of our salvation is an essential part of forming a Biblical basis for the student’s faith in our Lord and a foundation for effective ministry in the future. This course emphasizes the central place that Jesus has in God’s continuing plan of salvation and that by believing in Him, we find our place within the story. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

    BT202 3 hrs

    The Pentateuch has always been regarded as a significant part of Scripture. It gives us an explanation of the world and its inhabitants. It explains the origins of sin and traces its consequences. It introduces the idea of a chosen people through whom the world will be redeemed. In the law it sent out a pattern for society and in the Ten Commandments expresses principles of behavior that have commanded almost universal respect. For modern readers, these key books are often viewed as the most problematic, historically, ethically and theologically. However, it is in this tension that there is such continuing interest in these books. The student will be introduced to the content and significance of this portion of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Attention to be given to the matters of contemporary critical issues as well as the foundational basis of Christian history through creation and beyond. The place of the Pentateuch will also be examined in relation to God’s continuing story in the rest of Scripture. In addition, the personal, practical and applicable use of these scriptures for Christian ministry and witness will be addressed.

YEAR 3

  • Fall Courses
    PS351 3 hrs

    Recognizing that the majority of the world’s unreached people are locked behind religious and religiously defined cultural barriers, the contextualization course will present principles for presenting Christ into varied contextual realities. This course focuses on critically engaging world religions and relating the gospel message and biblical theology across diverse cultures. It examines the process of exploring the existing cultural and theological framework and developing a biblical presentation of Christ relevant to the culture and religion individuals encounter while serving in world mission. It seeks to equip students to faithfully study the scriptures while engaging in theology in a global context. The course will prepare students to respond to theological issues that influence our global community where the Mission of God is needed.

    Course Outcomes:
    Students will be able to:
    • Identify and describe essential principles to engage people in various world religions.
    • Articulate the gospel message and clarify how to present Christ into various cultures and world religions.
    • Evaluate the process of contextualization with attention to its importance and the potential dangers.
    • Interact with and study cultures and world religions in order to identify approaches to present the gospel and make disciples in a culturally relevant manner.

    PS302 3 hrs

    This course is an introduction to the preparation, philosophy, theology, and skills of the pastoral
    counsellor. It addresses issues and situations commonly faced in the pastor’s office. Practical
    application of the principles and skills learned during lectures will be applied through various
    experiences and integrative assignments.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (GS203)

    FE351 1 hrs

    A final supervised opportunity to put your education into practice. Work in a local church with the missions program promoting and organizing missions projects or developing missions leadership skills. Don’t worry; three years of missions training in the Intercultural Ministry program will have given you the tools you need to partner with a local church gaining practical experience.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 2 Winter

    GS301 3 hrs

    An introductory investigation into several main areas of philosophy, including: Metaphysics (what is the nature of ultimate reality?), Epistemology (questions about the nature of knowledge), Axiology (the study of value), Logic (dealing with critical thinking, and forms of argument), and Philosophy of religion. It is designed to help students think critically about and clearly explain to others why they believe what they believe. Attention will be given to how they study of philosophy can aid Christians in the task of apologetics, polemics, and systematic theology.

    BT305 3 hrs

    This course is a study of the church and last things from a Biblical theological perspective. The church is seen as a divinely established entity through which God’s people have their beginning, and develop identity and fellowship with God. Last things are studied with a focus on the eschatological hope of God’s people from the time of the Patriarchs to the time of Christ and the New Testament Church. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

    BT301 3 hrs

    The first of a trilogy in pastoral studies, this course uses the books of I and II Timothy and Titus to build a Biblical template for healthy lifestyles, and for the carrying out of contemporary pastoral responsibilities.

  • Winter Courses
    FE352 1 hrs

    A final supervised opportunity to put your education into practice. Work in a local church with the missions program promoting and organizing missions projects or developing missions leadership skills. Don’t worry; three years of missions training in the Intercultural Ministry program will have given you the tools you need to partner with a local church gaining practical experience.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 2 Winter

    PS352 3 hrs

    In this course students will learn the skills needed to work and serve effectively in cross-cultural settings. They will develop the cultural competency required to not only understand and respect cultural difference, but to move beyond them to get things done. The course seeks to assist global workers to appreciate cultural difference and learn how to experience cross-cultural life and service
    as they flourish while working with others from diverse cultural backgrounds. An important dimension of enculturation is language learning strategies to generate a positive approach to this demand and skills to learn new languages will be introduced.

    BT302 3 hrs

    This course has two major components: First, a study of Hebrew poetry will give an overview of the genre, as well as the forms, messages, themes and original cultural settings of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Secondly, three quarters of the course will focus on the book of Psalms. The place of the Psalms within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, and attention will be given to its place within the God’s continuing plan and how they may be applied to the on-going life of the Christian disciple and the corporate faith community today. The instructor will consider the various aspects of interpreting and expositing the books of Psalms. Some practical examples will be given as to how they may be used in contemporary preaching. Some themes of pertinent importance such as evil, pain, suffering, prayer, and worship will be discussed. Messianic, ecclesiological, and eschatological developments will also be explored.

     

    BT306 3 hrs

    This course is a biblical exposition of the pneumatology in Lukan literature. It evaluates the relevant Lukan data narratively, grammatically, contextually, and canonically, paying particular attention to the way Luke portrays Jesus in the continuing story of God’s salvation plan. It will look at the different perspectives and ways of approaching Luke-Acts, paying close attention to the significant themes of salvation, empowerment for mission, and judgment. Modern interpreters of Lukan pneumatology will be critically evaluated. The OT background will also be appreciated at each step. A major concern of the course will be the relevancy of Luke’s message for us today.

     

    PS303 3 hrs

    Building on the biblical template found in the Pastoral Letters, this course centers on the personal issues of vocational call, character transformation (spiritual formation), and compassion/care assessment. Class members will be introduced to spiritual training exercises, experiences and relationships that will assist them to become a daily “apprentice of Jesus, the Pastor” in a practical fashion. A number of practicing pastors will share their experiences and training practices in living and leading a healthy life of spiritual leadership. The outcome or PRODUCT of this course would be lives that are marked by spiritual vitality and ongoing transformation. Time will be spent on understanding the PROCESSES that one must commit themselves to, if they are to walk in this kind of health for the long haul. Prerequisite: Pastoral Letters

    PS301 3 hrs

    This course will examine the elements of effective management within multiple dimensions of holistic Christian ministry settings. Attention will be given to establishing a foundation for the understanding of the essential functions of management, individual and collective performance, organizational systems, governance, change issues and the stewardship of resources, human as well as financial. Students will also be challenged to apply their leadership learning in internship experiences, as well as in practicing and learning how to lead people through transformative life experiences like sacraments/ordinances, water baptism, child dedication, weddings and funerals.

YEAR 4

  • Fall Courses
    FE455 6 hrs

    The Missions Internship is a minimum 10 week (400 hours) cross- cultural experience. The student will build upon the first-year cross-cultural team experience and 2nd year placement. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the life and work of a missionary in a supervised setting that will begin to prepare the student for a life of missions. Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 3 Winter

    GS402 3 hrs

    This course charts the development of the Pentecostal movement from its origins in the Holiness movement of the 19th century to the present. It is intended to provide students with an understanding of the Pentecostal faith and of the Pentecostal movement today. Attention will be paid to the Pentecostal movement as a whole including a number of different denominations, but specifically to the largest Pentecostal body, the Assemblies of God, and its Canadian affiliate, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Doctrinal disputes within the movement will be a particular focus, as will contemporary challenges to the movement’s future viability and growth. Prerequisite: Church History

    GS401 3 hrs

    Ethics is the study of right and wrong. This course examines six major approaches to ethics, three Christian, and three non-Christian, with emphasis placed on the former. It then reviews several hotly debated ethical issues in our society, including abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, homosexuality, pacifism/war, and divorce and remarriage. Extensive classroom discussion and debates are used to supplement lecture material. Students are encouraged to think critically and search the Scriptures to decide for themselves what is or is not ethical. Prerequisite: Philisophy

    BT401 3 hrs

    This course involves a detailed analysis of the book of I Corinthians as it was received by the original audience and as it applies to the 21st century audience. Using a contextual /wholistic approach to the text, the class will have opportunity to understand and apply eternal scriptural principles to such ongoing life issues as human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, usage of spiritual giftings, marriage and divorce issues, matters of personal liberty, and several other continuing church life matters.

  • Winter Courses
    PS451 3 hrs

    This course forms the capstone of the The Bachelor in Theology (Intercultural Ministry) program. The course will cover topics of contemporary mission strategies. Current strategies and efforts that are effective globally will be discussed and evaluated to develop strategies for effective fruitful mission engagement into the future.
    A special emphasis will be placed on understanding and recognizing the impactful mission efforts from the developing world that are currently bearing much fruit. A study of ways that the western church can engage effectively with the larger body of Christ to reach unreached areas and together expand the kingdom of God. Students will be exposed to a variety of effective practitioners from the global community.

    Course Outcomes:
    Students will demonstrate the ability to:
    – Identify and explain major effective mission strategies globally
    – Design an effective mission philosophy and strategy for intercultural ministry engagement.
    – Recognize effective national world mission activity and fruit that is often hidden from western eyes.
    – To be kingdom minded in designing and implementing methods for western mission efforts to learn from, join hands with and help resource national and international mission movements.

    Prerequisite: Internship: Intercultural Ministry

    BS000 3 hrs
    BT405 3 hrs

    Mission is a central focus in the Bible, answering the question, “What are people on earth for?” Students will be immersed in the biblical-theological roots of God’s mission in both the Old and New Testaments and the transforming vision of God’s purpose and plan for His people. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relevancy of God’s mission for the church, its leaders, and individual Christian believers. The mission of God will be related to the complex contemporary issues facing the church today.

    Prerequisite: Theology 3: Ecclesiology/Eschatology

    BT406 3 hrs

    Among the most beloved of all Scriptural books, John’s writings continue to inspire intimacy between God and His people, calling everyone to make Jesus the centre of their lives. This senior level course covers primarily the Gospel of John and the Johannine epistles, 1, 2, 3 John, with only secondary consideration to Revelation. The purpose of each of John’s writings is examined, specifically regarding common themes, vocabulary, and style. An exegetical study of the Gospel will include exploring the structure, discourses, signs, key statements of Jesus, the passion account, and fulfilment of the Old Testament. The epistles will also be explored, focusing on their background, as well as the historical issues. Application and relevancy for the Christian today will be demonstrated.

    BT408 3 hrs

    This course instructs students how to design and deliver expository messages. As opposed to topical preaching, anecdotal preaching, biographical preaching of textual preaching, students will be taught the expository preaching method, which takes the point of the Scriptural text and makes it the point of the sermon. Students will prepare expository messages to be preached in class, in turn, enjoy the benefits of peer evaluation.

    Prerequisite: Homiletics

     

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