The City of God and the Mission of Christ
Wes Baker
Mar 14 - Mar 18
Easter Term

The fundamental conviction of all Christian missions is that the Triune God has a plan to redeem and restore his creation. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are undoing the work of the Evil One and displaying the glory of divine grace by renewing humanity and all the universe according to God’s original design. This is done by building holistic, sustainable, and self-propagating Christian communities, or to use the Biblical idiom, “building the City of God.”

In this course we will reflect on the nature of the church as “city” from several different angles. After outlining a Biblical theology of “city-building” we will consider how this self-conception made the early church missionally robust, institutionally disruptive, and politically subversive.

The second half of the course will offer an analysis of secularization to explain how it has disrupted and subverted this earlier Christian social theory—bringing down the western world with it. We will consider how this happened, what it will take to rebuild the City, and the prospects for a renewed and reinvigorated proclamation of the Gospel in Jesus’s Third Millennium.

Theopolis Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or scholarship programs.

*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.

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