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Biblical Theology

 

This track of SoCM classes on Biblical Theology will take us through a two-year learning journey, where all participants will be encouraged to read through the entire Bible. We will begin with the NT for the first year and then read the OT in the second year through the lens of Jesus as the fulfilling Messiah of the nation of Israel. At the end of the course, all participants should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Develop skills to read, interpret and apply the Bible
  2. Gain an overall understanding of the primary message from each book of the Bible
  3. Trace and connect major doctrinal developments (e.g., the Gospel) within the historical flow of the text from OT to NT.

Sunday Adult Classe are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month by zoom starting at 2pm. The link will be sent by ORPC's Whatapp Broadcast

 

11 April

Galatians

Paul's letter to the galations addresses a situation in church Paul's Gentile converts are being told by a new group of teachers that in order to be fully intergreted into God's covenant people they need to enter into the Mosiac covenant by circumcision. Having to defend his apostleship and message, Paul explains the origins of his theology by giving us his biography (chapters 1-2). He then gives us his theology and argues that this gospel is what creates the new, multi-ethnic family of Jesus and Abraham (chapter 3-4). Lastly, he gives us the application and shows how this gospel truely transforms people by the presence and power of the Spirit (chapters 5-6)

14 March,
28 March

2 Corinthians

Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians with a couple of purposes in mind, namely,

  1. to express his great relief that the Corinthians responded positively to his first “severe letter” that Titus had delivered (2:9-14; 7:5-16); and
  2. to encourage the Corinthians to complete the collection they promised to take for believers at Jerusalem before his next visit (8:6-11; 9:3-5). 

In essence, Paul had one overriding aim: to pave the way for his planned third visit so that it would be free of embarrassment and trouble. Although not considered a part of the “pastoral epistles,” this letter provides insights to Paul, as he provided pastoral care to a community of believers facing various Challenges.

Part 1 (14 March 2021), Part 2 (28 March 2021)

14 Feb, 
28 Feb

1 Corinthians

Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians to address 2 main concerns: conflict within the congregation and allowing the pagan values of the Greco-Roman society to infiltrate the church
5 themes are connected with congregational conflict: church leaders, lawsuits, the Lord's Supper, spiritual gifts, and Stephanas & Apollos
7 themes are associated with cultural compromise: incest, sexual immorality, marriage, the unmarried, dining in pagan temples, head coverings, and bodily resurrection.
What connects all these subjects in the gospel. Paul applies some aspect of the gospel in dealing with teach problem.

Part 1 (14 Feb 2021), Part 2 (28 Feb 2021)

24 Jan Romans

Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered by many as one of the most important theological treatises ever produced. It is the very “center” of the Bible

Martin Luther writes, “Romans is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes” (Luther 1522)

10 Jan

Acts
Luke's 2nd installment continues to assure his reader of the truth of Christianity and to defend the church as the authentic people of God

22 Nov

The 4 Gospels
The fact that we have 4 gospel accounts does not mean that we have 4 gospels. We only have the (one) gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!

25 Oct, 
8 Nov
The Gospel of John
The purpose of John's gospel is clearly stated in 20:30-31 in that John presents specific signs - significant displays of power that point to Jesus as the Son of God. So, if we percive Jesus with the eyes of faith, we can see deeper spiritual realities concerning is identity and the eternal life which he offers. 
25 Oct - Part 1 & 8 Nov - Part 2
27 Sep &11 Oct

The Gospel of Luke
The gospel of Luke is the first installment of the 2 volume work of Luke-Acts. Luks's account describes the good news in terms of God's work in the person, live, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.The second volume points to the power fo the gospel in forming a renewed people of God.
27 Sep - Part 1 & 11 Oct - Part 2

13 Sep The Gospel of Mark
Mark’s gospel—presumably, the first in chronological order—focuses on the identity Jesus Christ. 
16 & 23 Aug

The Kingdom of God in Biblical Theology in Matthew
What is the Kingdom of God? With emphesis what Matthew says
16 August - Part 1  & 23 August - Part 2

26 July

Bible Interpretation and Application
How do we interpret the bible correctly?

12 July

Introduction to Biblical Theology
An intruction to what Biblical Theology is illustrated by looking at the gospel in the Bible's storyline.

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