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Paul's Prison Epistles

Paul's Prison Epistles will enrich the student in developing a deeper faith in God by overcome challenges of the faith, strengthen loyalty to Christ and grow in fellowship with other believers. This course explores the teachings of Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon and Philippians from the Bible.


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Course Title: Paul’s Prison Epistles

Course Starts: 01 November 2018

Course Description


As Christians we face many challenges to our faith. False teachings and worldviews assault our loyalty to Christ. Suffering tempts us to think that God is not in control, or that he does not have our best interests at heart. And our relationships with other believers are often strained to the point that we doubt the value of the church. This course will help you deal with these issues as you explore the teachings of Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians. It is based on the lecture series, "Paul's Prison Epistles," produced by Third Millennium Ministries and presented by Dr. Reggie M. Kidd.

Dr. Reggie M. Kidd


Dr. Reggie M. Kidd is a seminary professor and ordained minister. He earned his M.A.R: and M.Div. at Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. at Duke University. He currently teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has published the following books: Wealth and Beneficence in the Pastoral Epistles and How Can I Keep from Singing?

Goals

In this course, we would like to accomplish the following:
1. We hope you will become more faithful in your Christian walk, as you understand more about Paul's teachings in his prison epistles regarding topics such as how to persevere in suffering, how to deal with false teachings, how to resolve conflicts, and how to encourage one another in Christ.

2. We hope that you will make use of all the instruction elements of the course to learn the key information regarding Paul, his background, and the epistles of Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians.

3. We hope that you will apply the teachings of these New Testament epistles to make changes in your own life.

Objectives

When you have done the following, it will show that the goals are met:

1. Watch all the videos of the course, complete the study guides, do the additional reading, dialogue with other students in the online forums, and express your own research in the wikis, thus demonstrating your growing interest in the topics studied in this course.

2. Obtain satisfactory grades in all the quizzes, participate in the online discussion forums with atleast 3 posts (1 direct post and 2 peer-posts) and submit all writing assignments.

3. Complete the Reflection Summary, in which you express your own responses and opinions from the knowledge gained through that lesson.

Thematic Outline of the Course

1. Paul's Imprisonment
2. Paul and the Colossians
3. Paul and the Ephesians
4. Paul and Philemon
5. Paul and the Philippians

Assignments

Below are the Required Assignments for each of the Lessons in this course.
1. Watch all the video lectures of each lesson (or listen to the audio, or read the text version). These lectures are the main content of the course.

2. Complete the study guide for each section of the videos. These study guides help you discover what is important in the videos, and they prepare you for the quiz. If you answer all the questions in the study guide, you should do well on the quiz.

3. Take the quiz on each section of the videos. Each lesson may have multiple quizzes. All quizzes should be attempted.

4. Respond to discussion forum by posting a direct response to the question in atleast 200 words. You should then respond to two other posts in atleast 100 words.

5. Respond to the Reflection question in 500 words and submit that before the stipulated deadline.

Course Staff

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Dr Joshua I

Dr Joshua is a Theological Educator and a Specialist in Religious Conversion and Spiritual/Religious Experience. He is an expert in Research Methodology, especially Qualitative research. He is a sought after Teacher, Writer, Editor and Researcher. He oversees many research projects and guides students with their research proposals. He enjoys expository preaching and can communicate well in both spoken and written forms. He has a Bachelor of Divinity from UBS, Pune and a PhD from University of Madras. He has done his post doctoral work from Global Research Institute, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. He can be contacted via email on joshuai@theon.in

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Julian P

Julian is passionate about training people for effective ministry in their own local contexts. He serves as a online faculty for SAIACS, Bangalore and THEOn and ministers in a local church every weekend. Julian has a Master of Technology (I.T) degree from RMIT University, Melbourne and a Master of Divinity (Missiology) from SAIACS. He can be contacted directly via email julianp@theon.in

Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1 How will this course be graded?

The gradable components of this course are the online quizzes, the discussion forum responses and the writing assignments. There are five lessons in this course and each lesson is worth 20% of the overall grade. The total marks for this course will be out of 100 and expressed as a percentage. Your interim grades for the course while the course is underway will be posted in the Progress section of the e-learning platform. Your final grades will be based on the following course grading criteria. 80-100%: Distinction (A) 70-79% : Excellent (B) 60-69% : Good (C) 51-59% : Average (D) 0-50% : Below Average (F)

Question #2 How can I receive a Course Certificate ?

The course certificate is jointly issed by THEOn and Third Millenium ministries. A Course Completion certificate will only be issued to enrolled students who have paid the course fees and completed all mandatory requirements of the course. These requirements are
1) Achieve an average grade of 50% in all the online quizzes.
2) Actively participate in all discussion forums. Active particiation is seen as posting a direct response of 200 words and atleast two other posts of atleast 100 words each.
3) Submit all Reflection exercises by the stipulated deadlines.
4) Complete the course on time as per the course schedule and adhere to any other guidelines as issued by the course Instructors/Facilitators.

Question #3 How will the course be delivered ?

The course will be delivered fully online. All course content is delivered electronically. All instruction videos, learning/reading material, discussion forums and quizzes are accessible through the Open edX platform. The Course Content is divided into 5 lessons. Each lesson has instruction videos, a discussion forum, quizzes and a reflection assignment. Students are encouraged to read the lesson instructions first and then proceed to view the course videos, attempt the quizzes, contribute to the discussion forum and then submit a reflection essay on the given question. This is a ten week course with each unit spanning 2 weeks. The student is expected to adhere to the set course deadlines.

Question #4 How much time will I need to commit per week?

We recommend setting aside a minimum of 7 to 10 hours per week for an in-depth study of the topics that would be covered in each lesson. This course consists of 5 lessons and each lesson will span 2 weeks. The entire course will span 10 weeks. This is a cohort based course comprising of many other students who are also co-learning simultaneously and so the student is urged to progress according to the set timelines of the course.

Question #5 How can I contact the course instructors ?

The course instructors will be actively involved in the running of the course. They are available to assist you with any queries you may have about the course or its content. For any course related queries you may email any one of the instructors directly. Dr Joshua's email is joshuai@theon.in and Julian's email is julianp@theon.in

Question #6 What is the purpose of the Wiki ?

The Wiki is a repository of articles, videos, blog posts from external sources that would be of some spiritual benefit to the readers. The content in the Wiki will build up over a period of time as students, facilitators and faculty add to it as the course progresses forward. Students are welcome to post content and links to useful information (preferably that which is directly related to the course) that they may come across during the course of their study, ensuring they adhere to the general guidelines about posting in the Wiki and duly acknowledging the source/author or the content. If in doubt, please refer the article first to admin@theon.in for review/approval before posting.

Question #7 How do I view my progress in the course ?

Click on the Progress link on the top tab to view your upto date progress in this course. You will be able to see your Grades in this section.

Question #8 What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

  1. Course Number

    NT003
  2. Classes End

    Mar 31, 2019
  3. Estimated Effort per week(hrs)

    5:00