Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Certificate Program
15 Courses or 45 Credit Hours

7) VSM-B107 Understanding Issues of Urbanization: Epistles - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to major themes and teachings of the General epistles with a particular eye as to how they instruct us in our urban context with regards to socio-economic issues and syncretism.

Course Objectives
At the end of the course students will be enabled to:
1. Interpret selected passages in the epistles under study within their literary, historical, and ideological context.
2. Recognize the varying issues challenging the infant church and how the church met those challenges.
3. Evaluate the impact of urbanization on socio-economic and syncretistic challenges.
4. Understand the syncretism is equally found in the West and other non-African cultures.
5. Apply the message and responses of the epistles and the infant church to the contemporary church in Africa.

Course Content
Introduction to General Epistles, meaning and characteristics; Principles of exegesis for epistolary literature; major Greco-Roman and major features of first century Judaism which shaped the ideological context of both the writers of the letter and the early church. Defining syncretism in various cultures as well as identifying socio-economic challenges in urban Africa as compared to the epistles. Applying Biblical responses to these challenges in our contemporary context.