New Testament Studies

(for Christian Formation & Discipleship)

Engaging the New Testament to Live Like Jesus

How do people grow to relate and live like Jesus? In our New Testament Studies (NTS) course, we seek to address this question through the exploration of the New Testament narratives and letters. Using the foundational knowledge of the New Testament that you have from your prior UofN Bible school, you will have a chance to further apply the words of Jesus and Paul to your own personal formation, and the formation of those you disciple. Together, we will discover from God's Word what it means to be continually and intentionally formed in Christ-likeness.

Study in Six Week modules

NTS I: Jesus and His Disciples
In this module, we will spend 6 weeks exploring the Gospels and the beginning of Acts. In the first week we will cover a variety of topics, including introduction to Christian Formation, interpreting New Testament narratives for use in discipleship, the New Testament's use of the Hebrew Scriptures, and more. After this, we will spend a full week on each of the Gospels, as well as a week on Acts 1-12. Each week, we will examine the themes and lessons of each book, seeking to make application for our continued discipleship directly from the narratives themselves.

NTS II: Paul and the New Testament Churches
In this module, we will dive deep into the writings of the Apostle Paul, the church's first missionary to the Gentiles, and the most prolific New Testament author. After a week of introduction - how to interpret New Testament letters, examining the historical background of the texts, and learning about Paul's life and background - the following 5 weeks will be about examining the letters of Paul, as well as Hebrews and the Revelation, to discover the themes and imagery of the New Testament church that inform us as to how we should live as Christ-followers today. We will see how Paul pastored the churches he planted, how he labored to explain the new Christ-centered identity of the young church, and how he overcame challenges to their continued discipleship.
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About New Testament Studies (For CF&D) Series

This course series (NTS I & II) is designed with the purpose of equipping students to study the New Testament in such a way as to make the important shift from understanding the biblical texts to personally growing in Christ-likeness and practicing Christian discipleship. Students will learn a basic approach to understanding biblical Greek and personally examine the biblical texts, seeking to understand and apply the New Testament approaches to Christian formation and discipleship, while also evaluating their own concepts and approaches, candidly discussing with others, and moving together toward a shared practiced model of discipleship. Toward this end, students will be introduced to helpful authors and receive instruction from guest speakers who are well-experienced, credibly trained, biblically grounded, and spiritually responsive.

Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of DTS and DTS outreach; completion of a UofN 200s-level Bible course (such as BSN, BCC, SBS, and DBS). Either NTS I or NTS II can be done first. NTS I is not a prerequisite for NTS II.

What To Expect?

You will grow as a disciple of Christ, as well as learn valuable practices for discipling others. Expect to explore the New Testament through the lens of questions such as, "How do people grow to relate and live like Jesus?", and, "How do we help others to develop in Christ-likeness?"

When ?

NTS I: April 11th - May 21st
NTS II: Late Summer 2022 (TBD)

How Much?

Tuition covers the cost of meals, lodging, guest speakers, and books.

per module
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