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- Develop a deeper appreciation for the way Paul presents his message as a prisoner for Christ in this powerful epistle.
- Discern the implications of Paul's message as you look at the present age and manner of life around you
- Understand the heart of Paul's message to the Ephesian church
- Apply the contents and principles of the letter to your own inner life of devotion
- Present a coherent summary of this letter of which seeks to bring together the realities of 'heaven' and 'earth'
- Learn to live out your commitment to King Jesus with the new reality of the one family of God
- Students should be curious to learn from one of Paul's most expansive, wonderful epistles, which examines the beauty of God's majestic work in Christ of breaking down barriers and bringing people to the new reality of a fully active family of God, living out its calling by the Spirit of God
- The textbook is Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters– Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon. John Knox Press. ISBN:0664227880.
Prof. N.T. Wright, renowned biblical scholar and historian, will walk you through Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. This course begins with the big picture of God's ultimate intention of bringing forth the joining of 'heaven' and 'earth', reuniting what had been fractured long ago. Paul explains that, through the Messiah, God has brought together one new humanity. This new family of God will lead to a different way of thinking, speaking, and living. In addition, attention is given to the reality of the unseen world as it plays out in the lives of this New Family which lives in unity and holiness. Dig deep into the New Testament through studying this wonderful and practical epistle.
This course is meant to take around thirteen weeks to complete. While you may take the course at your own pace, you are encouraged to take time to reflect upon the material presented in the textbook and in the lectures.
The textbook is Prof. Wright's commentary on Ephesians in the Paul for Everyone series published by John Knox Press in the U.S. and SPCK in the UK.
The structure of the course includes:
- Lectures by Prof. Wright
- Practice exercises to help you integrate what you learn with your everyday way of thinking and living
- Quizzes to assess comprehension
- Student discussions
- Interaction with Prof. David Seemuth, your co-instructor for the course
- Textbook readings
- Interaction with the biblical text itself
If you are interested in a deeper knowledge of this important letter from the apostle Paul, then you will want to enroll in this course.
- This course is intended for anyone who has an interest in the message of the New Testament and who would like to examine the expansive wonder Paul's Letter to the Ephesians of one of the Apostle Paul's most powerful letters.
- This course is designed for a general audience. You do not have to have previous theological training to understand the concepts.
- This course is meant to take time and reflection. It is not meant to be a 'crash course' in the study of the New Testament.
In this introduction, Prof. N.T. Wright begins to open our eyes to what we will encounter in Paul's wonderful Epistle to the Ephesians.
Ephesians 1-3 provides a glorious sense of worship. Here in Ephesians 1:1-14, Paul begins this journey with an expansive view of God's provisions for His people.
Paul, writing as a Jew, describes the victory of God over all the powers all the while understanding that Ephesus was a place with great emphasis of spiritual and political powers. What matters to Paul is that we 'understand' the greater realities of the world around the Ephesian context.
Paul writes this letter to the Ephesians from prison. This could lead to Paul having a poor reputation. Or, perhaps, people would think that God does not have power to keep him out of prison. But the fact that Paul is in prison means that something different has taken place which has been noticed by those in power.
Paul addresses the idea of handling darkness in the world through the act of worship and singing within the realm of the people of God who live in a dark world. This emphasis on singing and worship is also an answer to those who have a tendency towards angry speech.