There are many ways to practice theology, that is, to deliberately formulate thoughts and words about God. Biblical Theology is an approach that seeks to work closely with the contents and forms of the biblical texts in their relationship with one another. This course is an introduction to Biblical Theology. It explores the unity, diversity and central themes of God’s written word, the Bible. In doing so, it introduces students to critical discussions concerning the relationship of theology to the Bible. It also looks at the relationship between Biblical Theology and other theological methods such as Systematic Theology. Finally, it assists students to begin making sense of the relationship between the Bible, theology and all of life.
- Teacher: Sonya Lewthwaite
An introduction to theology that answers the question: What do Christians believe and why? The course examines the sources of theological authority; theological method based on those sources; the content of Christian belief; and how theology relates to individual, communal and global life.
- Teacher: David Wardle
This course is designed to equip students with a method for opening up the Bible so that it can be interpreted and applied accurately.
- Teacher: David Wells
An introductory course of training and experience enabling students to assist in Christian ministries within correctional institutions.
- Teacher: Kylie Tong
- Teacher: Stuart Tong
This course is in two parts: theoretical and practical.
Part One introduces students to the biblical, theological and historical roots of Christian worship and the components and principles of corporate worship.
This course covers the challenges of Christian communication; the development of expository preaching; the journey from Biblical passage to sermon outline; introductions, illustrations and conclusions; sermon forms; sermon delivery; and planning a preaching programme. Students will present four times in class, working on a progressive development of both ability to structure a Biblical sermon and oral communication skills.
- Teacher: David Wells
This course covers spirituality in Christian life and ministry. It looks at a variety of historical and contemporary models of spiritual formation. Both personal and corporate spiritual disciplines for the development of a healthy, growing, relationship with God are discussed and practiced. Historical and contemporary examples of how God guided people and how they discerned or recognised that guidance are explored.
- Teacher: BCM Andrew Pritchard
This course enables students to further develop skills gained in the classroom by providing them with experience in preaching to particular congregations. It is the Mission Training for course M567.615 Introduction to Preaching. The Mission Training obligation requires students to preach three times in congregational settings, presenting at least two new sermons plus a further sermon based on material that has been reworked for preaching, or revision of a sermon preached in the context of M567.515 Feedback from competent persons is provided.