Tracing the Story of God 2021
Tracing the Story of God 2021

 

This class is July 9-10 and July 16-17, 2021 and is taught by Rev. Scott Simons at Lakewood Church of the Nazarene.
 

We read and teach from the Scriptures as a guide to knowing God, and as our authority for living in relationship with Him. The study of Biblical theology attempts to synthesize various strands of the story of God’s saving work found in the Bible, while recognizing that Scripture is not a systematic theology text. As Wesleyans, we hold the Protestant conviction that Scripture is the foundational source for all theological reflection, and that authentically Christian preaching and ministry must develop responsibly from the text. The goal of this module is to guide students in thinking about the Bible beyond a collection of loosely-related stories, or simply a compendium of the literature of ancient Israel and the Early Church. It is this, but also essential for defining contemporary Christian worldview, faith and practice.

How do we move from the ancient text of the Bible to the Apostles’ Creed? And from there to a developed theological system like Wesleyanism? How do we preach from the Bible in a way that gives equal weight to its ancient origins in a distinct cultural, social, economic, and political environment dramatically different from ours, and to the pressing needs of those who gather each week in our churches needing to hear an edifying message? The task of biblical theology for us as ministers is to sort through the witness to God’s involvement in the lives of ancient people to discern timeless truths that shape our understanding of God and life as His people in the present and to form our aspirations for the future.