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  1. Introduction to Christian Living Trinity International University

  2. Luke 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.

  3. Luke 7:37-38 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.

  4. Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”

  5. Luke 7:40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.”

  6. Luke 7:41-42 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”

  7. Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”

  8. Luke 7:44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.”

  9. Luke 7:45-47 “You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

  10. Law-keeper Obedient Holy Respectful Lawless Sinner Unholy Unclean The Pharisee The Woman Simon’s view of the woman and himself

  11. Proud Self righteous Loved little Repentant Humble Loved much The Pharisee The Woman Jesus’ view of the woman and of Simon

  12. Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” (Luke 7:44) What is significant about this question?

  13. How do we view people?

  14. Upside-Down The Kingdom What comes to mind when you normally hear the words: Kingdom or King?

  15. Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

  16. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God.

  17. Planning Session • Get into your groups • Pick your topic • Begin strategizing on your approach to your topic.

  18. Varieties of Christianity Protestant Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholic Independent Churches Baptists Lutherans Anabaptists Presbyterians Anglicans

  19. The Evangelical Family • Evangelicals insist that Jesus Christ is the incarnate God and thus the definitive self-revelation of God • Evangelicals affirm the authority of the Bible as the truthful, absolutely reliable, divinely inspired, and uniquely normative for Christian belief and practice

  20. The Evangelical Family • Evangelicals believe that our salvation was established only through Jesus Christ’s life, atoning death, and resurrection, and that Christ’s work must be personally appropriated by faith alone • Evangelicals commit themselves to a life of active piety under the lordship of Christ

  21. The Evangelical Family • Evangelicals engage themselves in evangelism, aimed at the conversion of individuals and of the church

  22. What are some of the things that divide Evangelicals?

  23. Eyes Wide OpenWilliam Romanowski, Calvin Seminary • Originally was published in 2001 • Chapter 1 in that edition was entitled: “Christians who drink beer”

  24. Eyes Wide OpenWilliam Romanowski, Calvin Seminary Why do you think American Christians are generally more attracted to mainstream films, music, radio and TV than they are to “Christian” alternatives?

  25. Eyes Wide OpenWilliam Romanowski, Calvin Seminary If it is true that the earth and everything in it belongs to God, who created all things visible and invisible, how might this belief direct Christian engagement with popular art and culture?

  26. Three Christian Approaches to Popular Culture • Condemnation • Appropriation • Consumption With which approaches are you the most familiar?

  27. Review • Christ’s Kingdom takes an upside-down approach both from: • The world • Common religious thinking • We are called to be in the world, though not of the world (John 17:14-16). At the same time, we can engage our culture.

  28. Introduction to Internship • The Nature of Reflective Internship • The Purpose of Reflective Internship • The Expectations of Reflective Internship within the Ministry

  29. The Nature of Reflective Internship • Course Overview • CM 446R is a field-based learning experience designed to occur in the context of a real ministry • The class meets only twice, but requires students to engage in supervised weekly ministry for six months. • Learning objectives are developed by the student, facilitated by an on-site supervisor, and overseen by an instructor.

  30. The Nature of Reflective Internship • Course Overview • Course Description • A capstone course for the Christian Ministry major designed to help students integrate biblically based Christian ministry principles, concepts, and skills and apply them to actual church or parachurch experiences in a mentored ministry context. Case study methodology will be utilized for reflection. 3 credits.

  31. The Nature of Reflective Internship • Course Overview • Course Description • You will be taking this course either at the end of your second semester or at the end of your third semester • Begin the process of thinking about ideal contexts for your ministry involvement • Keep all materials from this course (and every course!) on file as you will refer to them again in the internship course

  32. The Purpose of Reflective Internship • Provide field-based education that helps a student integrate classroom studies with field ministry • To acquire, reinforce, and refine ministry knowledge and skill • To assess and develop Christian character, spirituality, and ministerial call.

  33. The Expectations of Reflective Internship within the Ministry • Field Experience • Students in CM 446R will be involved in the field for 168 hours over a 6-month period (averaging 5-10 hours per week). • Prior to session one, students will bring to class five completed worksheets: “Life Assessment Course Review,” “EXCEL Program Objectives,” “Objectives of the Christian Ministry Major,” “EXCEL Course Review,” and “Agency Connections and Ministry Aspirations.”

  34. The Expectations of Reflective Internship within the Ministry • Field Experience • The Structure of the Internship Course: • This course meets for only two, two-hour class sessions with the instructor. • The remainder of the time is spent with the field supervisor, in the actual internship, and in reflection on the experience.

  35. The Expectations of Reflective Internship within the Ministry • Field Experience • The Structure of the Internship Course: • Assignments Due During the Internship Experience: • Engage in 5-10 hours per week (for a total of approximately 168 hours) of ministry activity under the oversight of your Field Supervisor. • Meet weekly (or as otherwise arranged with the instructor) with your Field Supervisor.

  36. The Expectations of Reflective Internship within the Ministry • Field Experience • The Structure of the Internship Course: • Assignments Due During the Internship Experience: • Complete and submit internship progress reports weekly (or as otherwise arranged with the instructor) to the instructor. • Receive and submit Field Supervisor evaluations monthly (or as otherwise arranged with the instructor) to the instructor, including a final evaluation

  37. Assignments due Today • A Family of Faith: Chapters 1-2 • Eyes Wide Open: Into & Chapter 1 • Engaging God’s World: Chapter 1 • Homework Questions for Session One in the manual.

  38. Assignments due for next Class • A Family of Faith: Chapters 3-8 • Eyes Wide Open: Chapters 2 and 3 • Engaging God’s World: Chapters 2 and 3 • Homework Questions for Session Two in the manual.