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The Life of Christ

The Mission and Message of Jesus

THE LIFE OF CHRIST:


THE MISSION AND MESSAGE OF JESUS (CC 102)

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

During this six-week online course you will gain a deeper appreciation for Jesus as we examine
the context, claims, works, message, death, and resurrection of the greatest life ever lived.

II. COURSE OBJECTIVES

As a result of this class, you should:


1. Grow in your understanding of the Jesus revealed in the Gospels.
2. Gain an appreciation for the method and message of Jesus in the first century.
3. Integrate and apply the life and message of Jesus into your life in deeper ways.
4. Deepen your love for God as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

III. TEXTBOOK

(Suggested, but not required)


Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.

IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

It is fair to expect 23 hours of work for each week of the class. This time will vary if you choose to read
the suggested book The Jesus I Never Knew in addition to the required coursework. This time will include
the following activities:

A. Reading Assignments
Each week you should read the required reading. You are NOT required to read the
optional reading, but it is highly encouraged and will maximize your learning during each
class session. If you choose to read The Jesus I Never Knew, it is suggested that you read the
selected chapters prior to listening to the audio for each week. An additional recommended
reading list is found at the end of this syllabus.

B. Audio and PowerPoints


Each week you should listen to two parts of the audio recorded from the previous live Life of
Christ classes. It is suggested that you print out the PowerPoint slides in order to take notes
as you listen along.

C. Discussion Questions
You should answer each discussion question and respond to at least one other students
answer by the following week of class.

D. Quizzes and Final Exam


The quizzes are for your benefit only, and the questions are taken from the PowerPoint slides
in addition to the required class readings. The final exam is comprehensive and is an
opportunity to see how much you learned during this class.
V. COURSE POLICIES

You are expected to complete the work for each week by the beginning of the next weeks class. Each
weeks class will open at 12:00 am on Thursday, and run until 11:59 pm the following Wednesday.

VI. COURSE SCHEDULE

DATE TOPIC ASSIGNMENTS


1. 8/17/17 Introduction Watch: Class Introduction
Read: Syllabus

Week 1: Context Read: Historical Context


Listen: Context Parts 1 and 2
Due: Quiz #1

2. 8/24/17 Week 2: Claims Optional Reading: The Jesus I Never Knew, Chs. 1, 3, 5
Listen: Claims Parts 1 and 2
Read: What Are We To Make of Jesus Christ? and The
Shocking Alternative
Due: Discussion Question #1

3. 8/31/17 Week 3: Works Optional Reading: The Jesus I Never Knew, Chs. 2, 4, 9
Listen: Works Parts 1 and 2
Due: Quiz #2

4. 9/7/17 Week 4: Message Optional Reading: The Jesus I Never Knew, Chs. 6, 7, 8, 13
Listen: Message Parts 1 and 2
Read: The Mission of God
Due: Discussion Question #2

5. 9/14/17 Week 5: Passion Optional Reading: The Jesus I Never Knew, Ch. 10
Listen: Passion Parts 1 and 2
Due: Quiz #3

6. 9/21/17 Week 6: Resurrection Optional Reading: The Jesus I Never Knew, Chs. 11, 12, 14
and Commission Listen: Resurrection and Commission
Watch: Thats My King
Read: HEART
Due: Discussion Question #3
10/5/17
ALL WORK
DUE
Conclusion Due: Final Exam; Final Discussion Question
RECOMMENDED READING

BEGINNER

Josh McDowell, More Than a Carpenter

Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ

Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew

INTERMEDIATE

Craig Blomberg, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey

Robert H. Stein, Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ

Mark L. Strauss, Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels

ADVANCED

Darrell Bock, Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels

I. Howard Marshall, The Origins of New Testament Christology

N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God: Christian Origins and the Question
of God, Volume 1

N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God,
Volume 2

N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God,
Volume 3