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Acts (September – October 2021)

The Acts

The Gospel according to Luke and the Acts of (Jesus Christ through) the Apostles are companion volumes directed to “the most excellent Theophilus.”  What was Luke’s central message to Theophilus, and in particular, what is Luke’s purpose in preparing the thoroughly researched report which is known to us as the Acts of the Apostles?  Is it merely a history of the apostolic church from the perspective of an eyewitness and sometime companion of the Apostle Paul?  What place does the book of the Acts of the Apostles have in the canon of redemptive history?  Where does this book “fit into” the scheme of God’s purposes in the revelation of Jesus Christ?  What does the book mean for the church of the 21st century?  Develop and deepen your understanding of the message of the Acts of the Apostles with this course presented by Reformed Bible College and taught by Mr. Wayne Chase.

Teachers at our schools can count these lectures towards their pro-development requirements (1 credit per hour of lecture, so 1.5 credits per evening). All lectures will take place via Zoom. The lecturer for this series is Mr. Wayne Chase B.A., a teacher at Cornerstone Christian School in Lynden; he has 37 years of experience teaching Bible. The evenings will run from September 29 to October 27. All evenings begin at 7:30pm PT (8:30pm MT). Registration is required. To register, click here.

Those who attend the course for credit (e.g. pro development) will be asked to pay a fee (some school boards have arrangements in place for reimbursements). For the rest, attendance is free of charge; donations can be made online to cover the costs of the evenings and the work of the Reformed Bible College in general.

Overview of the evenings:

  1. Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles: author, intended recipient, structure of the book, and basic themes and concerns for modern readers
  1. Peter, Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria: the call to Apostate Israel, and the creation of the new Israel of God
  1. Paul and Pax Romana: the Gospel of the “Way” of Jesus the Messiah, and the development of the Christian synagogue, and the Great Mystery unfolding
  1. Analysis of several sermon summaries provided by Luke with respect to the apostolic argument and use of sources:  Peter (Acts 2) and Paul (Acts 13, 17, and 28) as well as analysis of Paul’s legal defense in Acts 16 and in chapters  22-26
  1. Towards a New Perspective on the Acts of the Apostles: Acts as fulfillment of Old Testament promises

Churchscapes

Note: Due to the pandemic the following course was never completed. As we’re two years further, plans are now to do a re-run of the course in early 2022

Without the church there is no salvation. Hence, the church is a vital part of the life of every Christian believer. The weal and woe of the church hugely impacts the weal and woe of believers. Thus, believers show a keen interest in the wellbeing of the church. The wellbeing of the church is, for a large part, shaped by circumstances of time and place. While the church may be doing well in one time or in one place, that same church may not be doing as well in another. There are lessons to be learned by a church in one time and place from the church in other times and places.

Given our time and circumstances – and interests shown for the topics – the Reformed Bible College is providing a series of 4 lectures on the Dutch and North American churchscapes.

The schedule for these lectures is as follows:

  1. : Dutch Reformed church history (Reformation to today).
  2. : the Dutch Reformed churchscape today and what is shaping it. This lecture will consider, among others, where our former Dutch sister churches are at.
  3. : North American Reformed and Presbyterian church history (Reformation to today)
  4. : The North American Reformed and Presbyterian churchscape today and what is shaping it

The two Friday lectures will have the “flow-chart” approach: when did churches form, split, merge, and what were the issues at play. The two Wednesday lectures will seek to characterize various church groups today and consider why they are such, focussing especially on cultural circumstances.

Teachers at our schools can count these lectures towards their pro-development requirements (1 credit per hour of lecture, so 1.5 credits per evening). All lectures will take place in the Willoughby Heights Canadian Reformed Church (7949 202A street, Langley). The lecturer for this series is Rev. Dr. Karlo Janssen. All evenings begin at 8:00pm.

Those who attend the course for credit (e.g. pro development) will need to register and pay a fee. To register, click here. For the rest, attendance is free of charge; donations will be taken to cover the costs of the evenings and the work of the Reformed Bible College in general.

The Minor Prophets

While Isaiah and Jeremiah might be more well known, the Minor Prophets, the last twelve books of the Old Testament, represent a substantial portion of the words of God’s prophets addressed to the people of Israel, both northern and southern kingdoms, during the tumultuous years following the rise of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires.  Representing a range of personal backgrounds, and speaking to a variety of issues, the Minor Prophets bear witness to the continuing validity of Torah, the Law of God, for the community of God’s people.  These twelve prophets address the people of Israel and Judah prior to the Assyrian and Babylonian exile, as well as the post-exilic community which had returned to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem.  Learn to understand and appreciate the historical setting of these twelve books, the cultural and theological challenges facing the people of God in those years, and the literary forms which are employed by the authors.  Finally, we will wrestle with the manner in which the respective messages of these books remain instructive and authoritative for the people of God in the 21st century after Christ.

Teachers at our schools can count these lectures towards their pro-development requirements (1 credit per hour of lecture, so 1.5 credits per evening). All lectures will take place via Zoom. The lecturer for this series is Mr. Wayne Chase B.A., a teacher at Cornerstone Christian School in Lynden; he has 36 years of experience teaching Bible. The evenings will run from February 10 to March 10. All evenings begin at 8:00pm. Registration is required. To register, click here.

Those who attend the course for credit (e.g. pro development) will be asked to pay a fee (some school boards have arrangements in place for reimbursements). For the rest, attendance is free of charge; donations can be made online to cover the costs of the evenings and the work of the Reformed Bible College in general.

Overview of the evenings:

  1. Introduction to the Minor Prophets
    1. Historical Background and Chronology 
    2. Reiteration of Torah and Covenant Keeping
  1. Two Perspectives on Yahweh’s Lovingkindness and Faithfulness
    1. Hosea: Israel’s Faithlessness and Yahweh’s Lovingkindness
    2. Jonah: Yahweh’s Lovingkindness and the Prophet’s Unbelief
  1. Rebuilding the House of Yahweh: Two Perspectives
    1. Haggai: Immediate Concerns
    2. Zechariah: Big Picture
  1. The Minor Prophets and the Day of Yahweh: Coming Judgment
    1. Judgment on the Nations
    2. The Coming Judgment of Israel
  1. The Minor Prophets and the Day of Yahweh: The Restoration of Israel
    1. The Restoration of Israel
    2. The Gathering of the Nations

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