The Theory and Practice of Biblical Theology – BIBL 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/22/2021

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)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt of 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. (MLO: A, B)

Biblical Theology Manual Assignments (5)

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

Initial Selection Assignment: The student will identify a specific area of ministry and target group that will serve as the focus of the ministry project throughout the course.

Methodology Assignment: The student will describe the methodology that will serve as the basis of the biblical theology manual. 

Biblical Themes Assignment: The student will describe biblical and theological themes that relate to their chosen area of ministry.

Ministry Practices Assignment: The student will discuss the specific ministry practices for their chosen area of ministry.

Final Edition Assignment: The student will produce a final edition of their biblical theology manual.

(MLO: A, B, C)

Reflection Paper Assignment

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.

(MLO: A, B)