Course Summary

The story of the New Testament in view of the activity of God

The study deals with core New Testament concepts, where God is the initiator of spiritual blessings which he brings to the world in Jesus Christ. 5 semester hours of undergraduate credit. BRS 1, 2, and 3 are recommended prerequisites.

While BRS 2 deals with the people, places, and events of the Greek Scriptures, BRS 4 carries the student beyond the particulars of the text and searches for meaning. The course is organized in five modules: (1) The Central Message, (2) God and Man, (3) Jesus Christ, (4) The Holy Spirit, the Christian Life, and Ethics, and (5) The Church, the Future, and Scripture.

Objectives. After completing the course, you should be able to:

1. Identify the unifying themes of the Greek Scriptures.

2. Relate how theological themes interact with one another.

Module 1—Analyze the nature and concepts of theological inquiry.

Module 2—Determine the position and acts of God and man's expected response.

Module 3--Discover Jesus, his mission, and his relation to the kingdom of God.

Module 4--Recognize the role of the Holy Spirit.

Module 5--Define New Testament ecclesiology and eschatology.

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of the five multiple choice examinations. Each exam counts 20 percent of the final grade. A sample question is given below:

A unique characteristic of the God who reveals himself in the New Testament is (A) his exclusiveness, (B) his identification with sacrifice, (C) his association with a specific place,
(D) his revelation in Jesus.


The course may be completed with the use of the syllabus, a Bible, and the following textbook:

Marshall, I. Howard. A Concise New Testament Theology. IVP Academic, 2008. 304 pages. $9.99 ISBN: 978-0830828754