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Biblical Theology of Work

PE314/514

WORKLOAD: One semester, 4 Credit points.
STATUS: Elective
WHEN: semester two, 2019
WHO: Andrew Laird

What is the place of work, the worker and the workplace in the Bible? In this unit take time to reflect on the relationship between faith and work, and consider how to apply a Biblical theology of work to the modern workplace. Learn how to integrate your faith with the reality of the working environment and be encouraged by God’s purposes and design. A core unit for students undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Divinity with a focus on Marketplace Ministry.

Content

Section A: The God of Work (Genesis 1-2; metaphors in Psalms and Isaiah)

  • Introduce the idea of the God who is sovereign over all work
  • (500 level) How has this idea of the “work” God approves of changed in Christian understanding over time?

Section B: The Work of God: Father, Son and Spirit (Genesis 1, Ephesians 1, John 17)

  • Introducing the idea of God’s “work”
  • (500 level) How does contemporary understanding of the work of God: Father Son and Spirit compare with the biblical narrative?

Section C: Creation (Genesis 1-2, Psalms, Isaiah 45, John 1, Romans 1 & 8)

  •  Explore through the Old and New Testament the work of creation
  • (500 level) Why has there been a link broken in our biblical understanding of creation, work and creativity?

Section D: Fall (Genesis 3, Exodus 1 & 5, Ecclesiastes 2-3, Romans

  • Explore through the Old and New Testament the impact of the Fall on work
  • (500 level) What is the extent of the Fall in terms of our working? On what theological basis have Christians portrayed opposing economic systems as perpetrators or examples of the Fall?

Section E: Redemption (Ezekiel 36, 2 Chronicles 34, Psalm 90, Colossians 3:23, 1 Thessalonians 2)

  • Explore through the Old and New Testament efforts to redeem work
  • (500 level) On what biblical or theological basis do Christians tend to restrict the act of redemption to the state of the soul?

Section F: New Creation (Isaiah 65, Revelation 21-22)

  • Look at the Biblical model for a New Creation in Old and New Testaments and evidence of its impact on work
  • (500 level) What has been the biblical or theological basis for differing views on the eschatology of work?

 

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