142 | Biblical Theology of the New Testament
Course begins 01/21/14; ends 05/09/14
Meeting times: TBA
- commune with the Triune God through His Word; a Deo docetur, Deum docet, ad Deum ducit.
- understand the value and limitations of the discipline of New Testament theology for faith and ministry;
- be able to use, analyze, and evaluate major evangelical New Testament theology books;
- admire the intricacy, beauty, and glory of the Scripture’s teaching, and its relevance for spirituality, theology, and mission;
- be equipped to train others to understand the coherence of the main teachings of the New Testament more productively;
- discern the principles of New Testament Theology for understanding the issues of mission, prayer, headship, Pentecostalism, and preaching.
- Course packet for 241 Biblical Theology of the New Testament.
- Leon Morris. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, Eerdmans, 1955.
- Andreas J. Kostenberger, L. Scott Kellum, Charles Quarles. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown, B & H Publishing, 2009.
- William Gurnall. The Christian in Complete Armor, Hendrickson, 2010.
Each reading is accompanied by a worksheet.
50% of final grade.
10% of final grade.
30% of final grade.
10% of final grade.
God’s Word tells us that we have the capacity to know God since we’ve been created in the image of God. Though that capacity has been radically corrupted through the fall, when God works in grace, he principally and gradually restores it by his Spirit, as the Spirit reshapes us after the image of Christ. Thus by grace in Jesus Christ, and through the illuminating work of God’s Holy Spirit, we can once again know God and his glory, know truth, know each other, and know everything we need to know to live to the glory of God.
God uses His self-revelation in the twin books of nature and His Word to that end. For us fallen creatures the Scriptures are the only path towards true knowledge. The Scriptures are the Word of God, infallibly down to the very words. The Word of God is the touchstone of truth. Thus we must have a thorough-going disposition of teachability, in order to receive this Word of God, its content, and come under its claim.
The Connectivity of Knowledge
God’s Word also tells us that alongside our capacity for knowledge, we have the capacity for righteousness and holiness. We can distinguish these capacities, but we cannot separate them. Right knowledge tends to righteousness and holiness, just as righteousness and holiness are based on true knowledge. Knowledge that does not tend towards righteousness and holiness is false or formal knowledge, and destructive. Accordingly, I teach knowledge with an eye to show the connectivity of knowledge to practice and piety.
The Components of Knowledge
As I teach any subject – whether exegesis, hermeneutics, biblical theology, etc.—I’m aiming that the student makes fundamental gains in:
1. Discerning the Relevance of the subject;
2. Grasping the Content of the subject;
3. Accessing the Sources of the subject;
4. Practicing the Skills related to the subject;
5. Pursuing the Implications flowing from the subject;
6. Engaging the Debates involved in the subject; and
7. Radiating a Passion fitting the subject.