Redemption School of Theology
The church should be all about its Lord Jesus, not its programs or leaders. Our leadership is always a plurality in order to display Christ as the constant presence, not a single pastor. Part of this value is to always be training up new leaders to join us, to eventually replace us, or to send out as pastors and missionaries.
In order to accomplish this effort we have begun the Redemption School of Theology: a two-year lay-person training program to equip potential leaders with the basic knowledge and skills for ministry leadership in and from Redemption City Church. The program is composed of seminary-style courses of 10-12 two-hour classes and deep readings in primary sources. Each course lasts an entire school semester with classes meeting alternating weeks. Through the four courses of Church History, Exegesis, Biblical Theology, and Preaching/Teaching we hope to equip the saints more fully for ministry leadership.
The course will cover the history of Christianity from its inception to the English Civil War of the seventeenth century and the birth of the modern missionary movements. We will survey the major movements, doctrines, persons, and institutions that arose within the church and affected its development during this time. The emphasis will be the development of doctrinal understanding in the church as well as careful study of selected key individuals so that we may defend the faith and have our affections drawn to Christ.
The Bible is a story of God's redemptive work in Christ to restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden. Biblical Theology is more than just theology grounded in the Bible. It is a discipline of tracing the story's main themes and characters through this history of redemption in a way that finds their climax in Christ and their culmination in the New Creation. Each week we will cover topics such as: temple, law, the people of God, exile and exodus, land, and even the canon of Scripture. This course will trace these major themes from Genesis to Revelation in order to not just ground our thinking in the text but to shape our minds to think along biblical pattern lines which all lead to Christ.
The primary text of this course is the Bible. Our purpose in exegesis is to understand what the text says, what the author intended for us to understand. In this course we will walk through a particular book of the Bible learning how to follow the arguments, understand the context, and comprehend how each part contributes to the main idea of the book. We will engage various tools to accomplish these tasks including phrasing, arcing, word studies, genre analysis, and historical backgrounds. The goal of this course is to equip the student to study the Bible faithfully on his own and to share that work clearly with another.
Preaching and Teaching
How will the world be saved unless we send preachers and teachers into the world? What good is our biblical knowledge if we keep it to ourselves and pat ourselves on the back for knowing how to find the main point? The preaching and teaching course will focus on transferring the main ideas of the text into modern applications and equipping the student to formulate an organized presentation of these ideas. A preacher and teacher must be able to show his work in a clear and simple manner while also taking the ideas from the text beyond filling our heads with knowledge to leading our hearers' hearts to see and savior the King to whom every text points.