An inductive study of Gospel and Epistle texts based on the English text.
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This course involves a survey of the content and structure of the Gospel of Matthew with special attention to the Messiahship and Kingship of Jesus as fulfillments of Old Testament prophecy.
This course involves a survey of the content of Mark’s Gospel with special attention to the matter of Markan priority. The motif of Jesus as Servant will be considered.
The longest of the four Gospels, Luke presents Jesus as the Savior of all humankind. Special emphasis is placed in Luke’s Gospel on the historical validity of our understanding of Jesus’ life and mission.
Unique among the four Gospels, this Gospel portrays Jesus as the God-Man, the Word who became flesh. Special attention is paid to such Johannine themes as light, darkness, sin, regeneration, life, etc. The organization and structure of the Gospel of John is studied in some depth as well.
Treated as the basic Biblical manual for doctrine, the book of Romans places particular emphasis on human depravity, justification, and sanctification. Christian ethics are viewed as growing out of the doctrine presented in chapters one through eleven. Throughout, God’s grace is stressed.
A devotional study of the epistles of I and II Corinthians with special attention given to the problems of the Corinthian Church as an example of a church just converted from paganism. The Corinthian problems are also seen as problems of our contemporary society, and Paul’s solutions as applicable to our society as they were to Corinth.
Whereas NT 636 is an exegesis of Galatians based on the Greek text, this course is a devotional and practical examination of Galatians based on the English text. Special attention is paid to Paul’s teaching of justification by faith and its emphasis in the Lutheran Church. Luther’s unabridged commentary on Galatians is required reading.
Viewing Acts 1:8 as the Key to under-standing the book, this course surveys the contents of the Book of Acts as the story of the first generation of the Church. Special focus is brought to bear on the ministry of St. Paul the Apostle.
A devotional and practical study of the Epistle, particularly in its teaching regarding the church.