Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

4) VSM B204 Understanding Creation & Family: Genesis - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course

To introduce the students to the biblical stories of Creation and the origins of life and compare these to African creation stories and traditions. To study Gods redemptive purposes in Family through the study of patriarchs and applying African traditions and culture as well as the contemporary issues facing African Families.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Be familiar with basic features of creation story and the origins of life.
2. Understand and compare African traditional stories of creation as well as the western theory of evolution
3. Comprehend the tradition of salvation history as found in Genesis.
4. Analyze the family issues (barrenness, birthright, polygamy, death) found in the book of Genesis and in the contemporary African family.
5. Conduct exegetical issues of select passages in Genesis using the inductive methods of bible study. The students will be encouraged to note the literary and historical ideology milieu as well as the various literary genres found in genesis.
6. Understand selected themes in the book of genesis that point to Jesus in the New Testament.
Course Content
The course will be divided into several sections which will include-Creation stories, Flood stories, people migration and family stories (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph). Using the inductive methods the students will be taught to exegete a passage and discuss contemporary applications. Broad themes such as Gods redemptive history and their outworking in contemporary African Scene will be examined. Ethical and moral issues that arise will be introduced as a way of preparing the study for further reflection and application of biblical principles in the contemporary context.