MODULE 2: DEEPENING THEOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING
A spiritual leader must be competent at handling Scripture. As Paul says to Timothy, the Word of God “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Leadership that doesn’t bring God’s Word to bear on people’s lives merely dispenses human wisdom; it’s the Word of God that is “living and active” and able to transform lives (Hebrews 4:12). This module is about digging deeper into the great themes of Scripture, helping us understand what the Bible story is all about.
It’s also a module about theology. That needn’t be a word that scares us. Learning theology is simply the process of learning to think “Christianly”. Of course, the most important influence on how we think should be God’s Word, and that is why theology must never be separated from the Bible.
The core texts for this module are two books by Michael Reeves: The Good God and Christ Our Life. The module begins with some concentrated reading of The Good God before the first cohort meeting on 9th May.
Tuesday 9th May, 7.30-9.30pm, Pearson Room, Truro Cathedral Offices
Tuesday 4th July, 7.30-9.30pm, Truro School Sixth Form Centre
Week Beginning 16 April
Before you do anything else, read this review of The Good God by Andrew Wilson.
As you read The Good God over the next three weeks, make notes in response to this question: What difference does believing in the Trinity make?
Read The Good God: Introduction & Chapter 1.
Week Beginning 23 April
Read The Good God, Chapters 2 & 3.
Week Beginning 30 April
Read The Good God, Chapters 4, 5 & Conclusion.
Week Beginning 7 May
Begin thinking about your presentation at the cohort meeting on 4th July.
Read the guidelines Responding to current theological trends.
Debate 1: The progressive Christianity debate
Debate 3: The cross of Christ and the wrath of God debate
Tuesday 9th May: First cohort meeting
7.30-9.30pm in the Pearson Room, Truro Cathedral Offices
The evening will include:
- Review/feedback of Module 1
- Discussion of the “Responding to current theological trends”
- Andrew Sampson presenting on the topic, “What we talk about when we talk about God.”
14 – 27 May
Read Christ Our Life, Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2.
Video: Introduction to the storyline of the Bible (The Bible Project)
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be following two strands of the story of the Bible: the story of God’s people and the story of God’s kingdom.
Bible Story Strand One: The Story of God’s People
Summary: From beginning to end the Bible is the story of God creating a people who will be his people. We have a communal identity.
Audio: Individualitis and the Dung Gate by Andrew Wilson
Article: Why Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis.
28 May – 10 June
Read Christ Our Life, Chapters 3 & 4.
Bible Story Strand Two: The story of God’s kingdom
Summary: From beginning to end the Bible is the story of God re-establishing his rule through his word and through his King. We have a gospel identity.
Video: The Gospel of the Kingdom (The Bible Project).
Article: The Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit by Andrew Sampson
11 – 24 June
Read Christ Our Life, Chapter 5 and Conclusion.
Begin presentation preparation for 4th July.
Week Beginning 25 June
Presentation preparation for 4th July.
Week Beginning 2 July
Tuesday 4th July: Second cohort meeting
7.30-9.30pm in the Truro School Sixth Form Centre, Trennick Lane, TR1 1TH.
The evening will include each participant delivering a short presentation to a small group (see above).
9th – 31st July
Assignment deadline: 31st July
Looking ahead: The next module begins on 1st September