The Theory and Practice of Biblical Theology – BIBL 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An examination of the various approaches to biblical theology, including historical, worldview, canonical, and theological, with a focus on how biblical theology shapes ministry practice today. (Available to DMIN students only)

Prerequisite

DMIN 810

Rationale

Oftentimes today, a leader is tempted to design his or her ministries around apparently successful ministry models simply because those models seem to work. After the fact, the leader consults the Bible in order to justify the pragmatic approach to ministry. Conversely, in order to shape a ministry that is deeply and thoroughly biblical, the leader must go first to Scripture. This course enables the student to understand and articulate his or her own approach to biblical theology and apply his or her methodology to his or her specific ministry context in very practical ways.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate various approaches to biblical theology.
  2. Defend their preferred approach to biblical theology.
  3. Apply their preferred approach to their ministry context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Biblical Theology in the Church Manual: Parts 1–4

The student will create a Biblical Theology in the Church Manual in weekly stages during this course.

Part 1: The student will select an area of ministry for which he or she will develop a biblical theology. Further, the student will select a target group for which he or she will develop a training manual based on that biblical theology. In at least 250 words in current Turabian format, the student will identify the area of ministry and the target group for the training manual and provide a brief rationale for the project.

Part 2: The student will write a 500–1,000-word paper in current Turabian format describing the methodology that he or she will use in the paper. This will include 1) what approach to biblical theology he or she will employ and 2) how his or her biblical theology will translate into specific ministry practices. The student must include 5 sources and a bibliography page.

Part 3: The student will write a 2,000–3,000-word paper in current Turabian format describing the biblical theology for his or her chosen area of ministry. The student must include 5 sources and a bibliography page.

Part 4: The student will write a 2,000–3,000-word paper in current Turabian format describing the practices for the target group that will receive training. These practices must flow out of the biblical theology for the area of ministry. The student must include 5 sources and a bibliography page.

Biblical Theology in the Church Manual: Final Copy

The student will combine Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of his or her Biblical Theology in the Church Manual to produce a 4,500–6,000-word, current Turabian formatted, final, functional copy of the manual.

Reflection Paper

The student will write a 1,200–1,500-word Reflection Paper in current Turabian format based upon The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments by Thomas R. Schreiner. The reflection paper must include thorough and thoughtful answers in response to specific questions provided in the instructions within the course.