DescriptionThe Gospels both provide foundations for mission and are themselves a result of the early church's mission.
This unit will examine the mission understanding of the four Gospel writers. It will explore how this formed and reflected the mission of the first century Church, and it will outline the challenges that confronted both the apostles and the church. Careful exegesis of significant passages will be a key component in exploring mission theology and the practice of the early church.
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
AssessmentsOne 4,000 word Study Resource for congregational use - 60%
One 3,000 word Exegetical Essay - 40%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Evaluate key features of the missional perspectives of the four Gospels.
2. Exegete a biblical text related to this theme.
3. Assess the relevance of the mission approaches of the Gospels for contemporary ministry.
4. Identify and develop an educational tool targeting the formation of mission in a congregation.
5. Critically evaluate the contemporary practice of mission in the light of the approaches of the Gospel writers.
6. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the relationship between biblical theology and mission.