Welcome to Life, Ministry, and Teachings of Jesus Christ. In this course, you will encounter the original Christianity of the Church in the first century and explore the basic doctrines of Jesus of Nazareth and his teaching of those he prepared as apostles and leaders of the early church. Our collective task is to explore the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the four Gospels in the context of the social, political, and religious conditions of the first century.
Have you ever thought about where you got your ideas about Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Many people have derived their understanding of the Bible’s teachings from what other people have told them, rather than from looking at what the book itself plainly says. This is your opportunity to reexamine your thoughts and beliefs, and to learn about the real Jesus of the Bible and the Gospel message he brought.
The first four books in the New Testament ‒ the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ‒ are the direct revelation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the one who died for humanity, the one who now sits at the right hand of God in heaven poised to return soon as King of kings and Lord of lords. You will have the opportunity to explore the Gospels in a holistic manner through a verse-by-verse analysis of the biblical text presented by Dr. Roderick C. Meredith.
The Gospels provide important details about the conception and birth of Jesus of Nazareth and we would like you to discern the difference between the factual biblical accounts and their meaning for us as opposed to misconceptions of many traditional Christians and others divorced from the original Christianity of the church. Here you will expose yourself to some geography, history, and learn some details about the biblical text.
The Life, Ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ will help you visualize the cultural, political and social realities in Judea, Samaria and Galilee during Greco-Roman times to aid you in realizing the context in which the Gospels were written and in which Jesus taught and preached.
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