Pauline Epistles: Strategies for Establishing Churches
The overall objective of this course is to determine the fundamental biblical principles for growing and strengthening (establishing) a church to maturity and developing a strategy for implementing the biblical forms and functions of a church necessary for making and keeping it strong. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:
Develop a biblical understanding of Paul's concept of establishing local churches, while discerning the difference between what Paul understood to be normative for all churches in every culture and generation and what he intended to be merely cultural for his time and situation;
Develop a biblical understanding of how the church fits into the overall plan and eternal purposes of God;
Develop a biblical understanding of the philosophy that is to drive the ministry of the church and the guidelines (i.e. "house order") by which each local church is to abide;
- Bring all of this biblical understanding together into a contemporary model for establishing local churches in the twenty-first century, including a general procedures consistent with Paul's establishing model and normative "house order" instructions.