The review of William P. Brown’s book on Character in crisis.

March 15, 2008

Hi saints of God,

It is no surprise that in ‘chracter in crisis William P. Brown highlighted the chasm between academic scholarship and theological expression.  Obviously the Church and academic organisation contributed commonly speculative information on learning and opting the wisdom literature of the Old testament.  But haa haa haa, unavoidably the chief denominations have actually refrained from such books like Job, proverbs and Ecclesiastes in their sermons and training programme because they felt that Job suffered so much haa haa haa in his hoo hoo hoo life.  Anyway, nothwithstanding I am also suffering like Job now haa haa haa, so so I reckon Job is my mate now haa haa haa.

Are you still there Mr. & Mrs haa haa haa!  Please do’nt laugh too much.  just keep your laugh to those in pain right now.  Haa haa haa ! before I forget,  How many people have you put a BIG SMILE ON THEIR FACES TODAY MATE?  Get up and do something for JESUS.  Do not be a waste of space.  Jesus did so much for you and I on that OLD RUGGED CROSS.  Please mate try to put a genuine smile on somebody’s face everyday of your life. As you do so, your crown is awaiting for you in Heaven. 

charioooooooo and haa haa haaa

BLESSED BE TO THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS!  SHALOM, SHALOM.

tessybabie

wcc

The review of Ziesler ‘s Book on Pauline Christianity

March 15, 2008

Haa  haa haa haa, I am back at last by His special Grace.  Read my review with me and do’nt forget to laugh haa haa haa with me.

This book provided an execellent introduction to pauline theology espcially for the students who wished to embark on the topic.  I personally found this book very interesting, and it is a readable and reliable assistance.  Though the book is short and easy to understand it covered a large amount of theological ground.  John Ziesler’s writing style was a comfortable and noted one.   Haa haa haa haa!  My only criticism about this book is the PRICE   35 Quid? That is if the price is right.  Though mine was purchased and shipped at the cost of £15. 85p  Haa haa haa haa!  I really Thank My Big GOD o o o

viewers are you still there?   Please check  price if the price is right before buying a copy.

tessybabie

20 Biliograghy of O T wisdom Literature

March 15, 2008

1 Principle and practices of Biblical Archealogy (Dr. Dalman)

2 The Tree of life ( Roland E. Murphy)

3 The wisdom – Literature of the old testament ( W. T. Dawson)

4 Old Testament survey: The message form, … ( William Stamford L A  Sor)

5 Wisdom of the Millienium ( A Helen Exley Giftbook) Helen Exley

6 Wisdom Literature ( interprting Biblical Text) Richard Cliford

7 Bible Class Book on Ecclesiastes  (David Padfield)

8 Wisdom and Law in the Old testament ( Joseph Blenkinsnopp)

9 Where shall Wisdom Literature be found? ( harold Bloom)

10 Wisdom Literature Job (Mini Comm.)  (Desmond Leahy)

11 The hundred Tales of Wisdom ( Idries Shah)

12 Bible class Book on the Psalms of (David Jeff Asher)

13 Invitation to the Apocrpha ( David Harrington)

Wisdom Literature ( Alastair Hunter)

14 Introduction to the Psalms (Alastair Hunter)

15 Wisdom Literature (An Introduction Studies in Theology)  (James Wood)

16 Character in Crisis (William P Brown)

17 Bible Class book on Proverb ( Rob Harbison)

18 Babylonian Wisdom Literature ( Oxford reprint) ( Wilfred G. Lambert)

19 Introduction to the Psalms ( Alastair Hunter)

20 Ecclesiastes and the Greek Wisdom ( Enid Blyton )

Hi, sir , I am very sorry for late publishing.  My P. C. was very ill and was receiving some help and treatment.  It is well again by the Grace of GOD.  Shalom Shalom.

tessybabie 

Christian Falls

October 20, 2007

< Theresa .N. Ozoemenam

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Christian falls: Lesson 1
This chapter of pilgrim’s journey from the land of destruction to the land of eternity is an authors dream and a relational reflection on how people allow the mind of the devil to mislead them from the things of Christ, and their journey to their final place of rest at the end of this world. This story is told in a most allegorical manner about Christian who represents the existing character of every Christian fears in the 17th century and today’s Christian life and struggle regarding the heavenly race. This writing has a message for many of us who are caught in the middle of not knowing whether to turn to the right or to the left because of where we have been in the past. Well the devil has a way of distracting believers from following Christ but because Christian was weighed down by his earthly burden which is sin, he decided to seek the truth. As he realized that he need to seek for life eternal, he left home but his wife and children could not understand why he was depressed and wanted out. Even his friend ran after him but he refused and on the way, Evangelist met him to direct him for his own deliverance to this wicket gate, indicating ‘’shining light” which Christian have captured the vision.
But as Christian continued his journey, he was distracted and diverted by Mr. worldly Wiseman so as to seek for deliverance off his burden through the law of man made law, instead of seeking the word of God and Christ who is more than able to save him from this city of destruction. His friends called Pliable and obstinate were feeble minded people, were surrounded by bad companions,  not really equipped for this pilgrimage of hope. And because Christian kept bad company all these years it has weaken his faith in following Christ his Saviour. So this lesson teaches us to be ready to forsake our bad companions, our pleasures, wealth and follow Christ with all our hearts without looking back. Even though that Pliable was a little bit willing to go on this beautiful eternal journey, he was not really in his mind because devil the accuser of the brethren was out to confuse him more of his sins and stand to ccuse him before his creator God. Even though, yet The Pliable was willing to go further because of all the good promises he heard from his friend Christian.
This is because most people think of heaven in a more literally way, as the book of revelation explained it in a figurative manner without realizing the inward meaning of it. They are only attracted, charmed and satisfied by what the heaven can give to them but not really about their true salvation in Christ. Thus, we ought to be prepared to go extra mile for our journey with Christ, concerning our goal the ultimate salvation in Christ Jesus the King of our life and author of our faith.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Christian finds Grace: Lesson 2
In this Lesson we discovered how the two pilgrims ended up in the slough of despond as they struggle within their house. Based on their little prayer life, they were burden by their sins as they have not got enough faith to sustain them and hence start to sink in the mire. They both ended up being captured by the ‘giant despair’ who later took them to his own doubting castle. On reaching to his castle, Christian and Pliable were starved, beating and imprisoned and on top of all this humiliation, giant despond expected them to commit even suicide.

However, as the pair kept on enduring their horrible ordeal, suddenly Christian managed to realise that he still has the key of hope called promise. Thinking hard and on remembering that the key of promise will eventually open all the locked doors and gates of this doubting castle, he thus used the key as soon as he could and they all escaped the enemy’s camp without looking back. The wounds sustained by Christian were healed by God as He stretched His hand to heal him with leaves of the tree of life.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Pathway to House Beautiful:  Lesson 3

In the third Lesson of this book, it seems to be a very big mountain in front of Christian and Hopeful’s journey. It is in the place that they met Saviour Jesus Christ for a help. The good Shepherd kindly shows them the great wonders of this beautiful pathway to heaven called ‘’Immanuel’s land.’’

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Through the Valley of Humiliation and Death Lesson: 4

This poetic book talks about how Christian spent three days and he was even clothed with armor when he left. This reflects the verse in Ephesians 6: 11 – 18, which equips him to be able to stand fast and firm against devil but the battle here, refers to Apollyon in the valley of humiliation. However, when the battle was over, he started his journey of travelling in the night through the valley of the shadow of death. While he was pondering and stationed in the very midst of all the terror and gloom which he faces, he then suddenly and clearly heard some words of encouragement on Psalm 23 telling him this voice probably might be spoken by his friend called faithful “Yes even though I may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death, nothing shall make me to be afraid of any evil, for my God is with me; his rod and staff will surely aid and comfort me. Psalm 23:4. However, as soon as he left the valley of humiliation, he noticed the light and sun rising to give him a brighter hope on a new day. This shows that there is a light at the end of every tunnel for those who persevere after righteousness of God.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 5: Christian Meets Faithful.
However, the allegory in this Lesson tells us that it was just after and outside this valley of the shadow of death, he eventually met with his Friend called Faithful. In allegorical tune and presentation, we learnt that this Faithful himself was also a former habitant or resident of this city of great destruction.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 6: Vanity Fair.
But Faithful has come to accompany him to the place called Vanity Fair where they sell all sorts of things and all kinds of worldly activities take place here, in order to distract the Pilgrims attention from good to bad.

Nevertheless, both Christian and Faithful were arrested, beating and even detained, Faithful was executed as a martyr because of refusing to participate in this worldly and awful business of theirs in the Vanity Fair. Hopeful another resident of Vanity Fair helps in accompanying Christian throughout the rest of the journey. In this passage allegorically, John Bunyan saw in his dream as the Vanity Fair has the corruptible merchandise such as houses, trades, places, honours, land, blood, souls, bodies, cheats, fools, rogues and apes etc being displayed purposely in order to distract and hinder the Pilgrims ways from the incorruptible crown that awaits them on the other side of the Zion. The author allegorically demanded of paying attention to invisible thing rather than visible thing because visible thing will perish soon.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 7: Hopeful joins Christian.

The allegory told in this Lesson seven is about Hopeful who was at hand to accompany Christian since Faithful has been killed by the enemy in the valley of the destruction. But, the road leading to the high way is completely rough, notwithstanding, both Christian and Hopeful left the highway in order to travel on the straight and easier road called By Path Meadow.

However, as the two pair journeyed, they met with heavy rainstorm, which stopped and forced them to spend the rest of the night but to continue the next day. Hence, as they got up to continue this journey to the place of their final destination, this is called a city of Zion or celestial city. They were soon captured by this Giant Despair who invariably forced and took them to his place called Doubting Castle. Allegorically, the pair was beaten, starved, humiliated and imprisoned. To their surprise, the Giant Despair expected and asked them to commit suicide.

Nevertheless, these pair managed to endure and overcame their ordeal. But when Christian himself was touched by Holy Spirit, he quickly realised that he even has the key of hope called Promise. Immediately, on realising this key of Promise, he quickly opened both the door and gates of the Doubting Castle. As soon as he opened both doors and gates, they ran out quickly as they could and escaped the horrible place

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 8: The Shepherds and Delectable Mountains:

This Lesson named as the Shepherds and delectable Mountains allegorically told us how Christian and hopeful journeyed down to a place where the shepherds had shown them most of the beautiful, charming, and bewitching wonders of the land or area particularly  known as “Immanuel’s Land”. These mountains known as Immanuel’s Land are very close to his city where his sheep are and the Lamb of God who was slained for sinners was allegorically use here in John 10:11 to reflect the celestial city awaiting the true believers in Christ Jesus. The author allegorically uses the name shepherds whose names also represented knowledge, watchful, sincere and Experience to tell us how the Lamb of God with these above names had them, Christian and Hopeful to be partakers of his kingdom and prepared righteous and saints of God who endured life at the end their heavenly race.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 9: Wayward Travellers Confront Christian:

The author told us how the Wayward Travellers had confronted Christian and Hopeful as they travelled along the road. A Christian and Hopeful thus, met with this person called Ignorance, they discovered that Ignorance has a worthless or senseless hope of entering the celestial city. Moreover, Ignorance seemed to understand in his heart that he is got what it takes to enter the celestial city.

However, Ignorant in this Lesson was as confident of his work of his own righteousness as he argued to his friend or companion Christian that he has been honest in paying his dues, tithes, giving alms, fasting and praying and being a good liver who left his country for even missionary work, will surely make this journey to the celestial city.

But Christian continuously reminded him that he Ignorance is still indulging in his crooked way and has not changed to qualify him to the celestial city. And besides, ignorance did not at all passed through the wicket gate as Christian did.  In contrast to the present Christians today, we find many claiming to be saved because of their good work.  Salvation is not about good work but about God’s saving grace and love of Christ.  If we claim to profess Jesus, we must love him and keep his simple commandment.  It is good to pay tithe and do good works but these does not base on our salvation.  Our salvation is base on God’s saving grace and love, so as Christians we must practice genuine love in we do for the glory of God.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 10: Ignorance Ignores Christian:

Ignorant as named beleived he met another Ferry man called Hope, instead of the Ignorance to be taken to the celestial city as he hoped. His new friend Ferry man rather ferried him across the place against his faith and hope. Lo and behold, Ignorance was rejected at the gates of this celestial city and he was turned away and cast into the everlasting fire and hell.  We can see inspite of all he had claimed to do, his so called good work and paying tithe , Ignorance good work did not save him at the end and hence he was refused at the celectial gate, where he was sent to a permanent hell fire.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 11: Crossing the River to the Celestial City:

This Lesson 11 of Pilgrim’s Progress tells how both Christian and Hopeful were able to make their land journey through the most and awful dangerous part. They had entered the country of Beulah through the dangerous enchanted ground in this place, allegorically, the atmosphere and air were very sweet and pleasant. In this country they saw the sunlight shore, which gave them hope. In this land of Beulah, there was beyond the Valley of the Shadow of Death, it is out of the reach of the Giant Despair and Doubting castle, because this land is at the borders of heaven. It was in this land that both the bride and Bridegroom eventually renewed their lost contract. Here, they were set and ready to cross over the river of Death on their foot, to mount Zion and to the celestial city. However, the whole journey was hard and rough, it was never easy for them especially Christian, who journeyed from the beginning to the end seemed to have the roughest of it all. Nevertheless, in a most allegorical set up and presentation, Christian was much helped by his new friend Hopeful and finally, at last they were both of them welcomed and cheerfully accepted into the celestial city where they rejoiced with their God.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 12: Assurance of Blessings Ahead:

The author of this book Pilgrim’s Progress highlighted a very interesting topic in chapter 6 of this book. John Bunyan alludes that the Vanity Fair displays a yearlong fair in order to distract the pilgrimage from their journey of salvation. This passage in an allegorical writing reminds us of some Christians today who are living in the world of distraction.

In this passage, Christian overcame all the worldly distractions he met on his way to the celestial city. Despite of his trials he was a victor, knowing that he has assurance of blessings ahead of him. As Christians, this passage relates to us and warns us of corrupt things in the world, which can only distract our focus and purpose to things of the kingdom which is incorruptible. Because we have a crown of righteousness awaiting us, we ought to bear our burdens and persevere in things of God. So as the evangelist warned Christian that he should always allow the things of the kingdom to be before him. This very verse affects every Christian both in the past and present Christian. A lesson of this is to focus and believe steadfastly in things that are invisible, because visible things perish anytime without warning. In today’s world, many contemporary Christians are being distracted and focus mostly on prosperity of the gospel instead of prosperity of salvation. A lot of today’s preachers interpreted the text of 3 John 2 as financial prosperity. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health” Gordon D. Fee. quoted this on how to read the bible for all its worth.

Module: Puritanism
The lesson plan of pilgrim’s progress book is as follows:
Write 13 outlines from each chapter of pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Greetings and introduction of names in order to break the ice.
Name of lesson: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Audience: Sunday school children
Syllabus content & topic: over all veiw of the pilgrim’s progress.
Date: 15/10/07
Time factor: 45 minutes
Purpose: To compare and contrast the pilgrim’s progress of 17th century ideas to the present Christians ways.
Method of Presentation – Discussion technique
Style of Delivery: brainstrom, discussion, video clip, bible reading and pictures or images
Learning outcome: The children are expected to:
(1} understand what the book is trying to say about the bilical knowledge and teaching of the pilgrm’s progress.
(2) The children to uderstand that this book teaches a biblical form in a very simple but yet allegorical manner.
(3) Able to understand and discern the right and the bad way of working out their own Salvation in the midst of all situations.
(4) The children will be able to compare and contrst the charaters in this book to the modern and contemporary Christians in this present time.
(5) Making a commitment to Christian faith.
(6) To gain knowledge about salvation and
(7) to develop matuer children in the Lord for future generation.

Content and Teacher Activity
• Prayer
• State the objectives:
Tell class briefly about the book – “The Pilgrim’s Progress” author’s background.The book’s relevancy to today’s new converts and Christians. Ask class if anyone has read the book.

Introduction:
• Historical background of the book and author.
• What motivate John Bunyan to write the book
• Second to Bible.
• People  influenced by “The Pilgrim’s Progress” are as follows:

• Daniel De – Foc
• Sussane Wesley i.e. John Wesley’s mother

*Isaac Watson

Sunday school children Activity And Resources
• Introduction by names.
1 or 2 students to give brief account of their understanding of the book

 *Question

•Answer
• Discussion
• Their work

Video clips
Wrap up and summary: Audience and their response, reply and questions

Lesson 13: Perseverance, Keep on Pressing and Don’t give up:

Generally speaking, after reading and studying the part one of the Pilgrim’s Progress, I discovered that this book is second to the Bible knowledge. And in my own veiw, I will recommend every believer to have this John Bunyan’s beautiful piece of work in his or her home for general Christian knowledge and commitment to one’s faith.

.As we can see from the background of the author himself, he was a man of perseverance who never gave up on his goal. Apparently, we learnt from the study of his composition, that John Bunyan wrote this beautiful poetic work while in the prison at the Bedfordshire county gaol. We also learnt that he was imprisoned because of violations of the Conventicle’s Act which banned one from holding a religious activites or services outside established Church of England. However, bearing the author’s background in mind, it shows us that we too like the character in this book called Christian and the author himself, can also persevere and never to give up. In the present contemporary Christians today, many of us do not want to have the characteristic and fruits of the Holy Spirit in us. All that some of us are after, is lips service; half leg in Christ and the other half in the world of pleasures.

 Conclusion: Thus,  the lesson outcome in this part one book encourages us more to learn to persevere, keep on pressing and never give up. No matter the enemy’s craftiness and deceptions, we should always focus on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. In the midst of all situations and ugly circumstances we should not be distracted by worldly issues. A Christian’s journey or heavenly race is all about endurance, love, joy, peace in the Holy Ghost. That is why the scripture tells us in Revelation, that blessed are those who endured temptation to the end. So as Christians we need to be able to endure all temptations through Christ that lives in us. Thus, our lesson outcome in this book is:
1. To shape us into better Christians.
2. Encouraging us in making a commitment to Christian faith.
3. To help us gain more knowledge about salvation.
4. To help us not to be misled and distracted from bad companions and things of the world.
5. To learn to endure, press on and never give up in order to attend our blessings which is assurred by Christ our Lord.

MISSION IN THE WRITINGS

October 14, 2007

Module: missiology. Name: Theresa .N. Ozoemenam. Date: 14/10/07

By reading through the writngs of Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job, we find out that the passages have a story of messages as a mission through which songs and praises are being ministers to God or to God’ s people. This is supported by Jewish tradition as the book of psalms are sometimes correspond to the five books of the pentateuch. The book of psalms are classified into many sections such as didactic psalms give instruction e.g. Ps. 119, messaianic psalms involve prophecy relating to the messaiah, imprecatory psalms involve pleas to God for the punishment of the wicked, penitential psalms express not only the feelings of a repentant heart but also appeal for divine cleansing,psalm 6:32;38, 51,102, 130, and 143. And some psalms are sung as songs in the temple. The psalms are powerfully known to convey the feelings common to beleivers of all ages. In short the nature of Hebrew poetry can be seen for expressing strong feelins. The book is intemately personal as it explores the whole realm of human emotion from deep despair to ecstatic delight. This also can quitebe yearning for a vengeance towards a spirit of humility and forgiviness, and to sincere pleading with God for total protection to jubilant praise for His delivance. Thus the over all principle can be seen in all the psalms and this the reason why the writers have a serene confidence in God’s guidance and provision. It is consequently beleived that the psalms were mostly used for liturgical purposes.
The book of proverbs theme is recorded in proverbs 1: 7, meaning ‘fearing the LORD’. This book gives message of direct advice and indirect advice to people of all ages. This boob also talks about God’s sovereignty chapt.16,21, and it talks about child training chapt 22. however, some chapt. deal with collection of admonitions, bebvolence, the contrast between the right way and the wrong way, and avoiding drunkenness.
Job’ book is said to be poetical book of Old Testament. At this of period there was no measiac law and Job acted as a priest to his family. Tis book recognises the Almighty as God and referred to this name for thirty times. But the purpose of this book is to show the benevolence of God and unfathomable wisdom of His providence even in the trials brought upon God’ s children. It goes on to explain why God allows righteous people to suffer, exposing their frailty and sinfulness. It also helps to strenghten their faith and purifying them at the same time. This shows the spiritual account of how God exercised total power and control over satan, promoting trust in God.

The book of Ecclesiastes applies the christian life in contrast to that of Solomon and it is warning those who already know Christ as their personal saviour to come back from their prodigal ways. And Solomon examples are a warning to those who have not received Christ to do so because life without Christ is complete vanity. The preacher’s consideration of life without God has led him to conclude that life is unjust and if there is no proper relationship to God every other thing in life will be empty and that is vanity. In short this book gives the message of hope, peace and faith in the Lord rather than things of this world.

MISSION IN THE PROPHETS

October 14, 2007

Module; missiology. Name: Theresa .N. Ozoemenam. Date:13/10/07

WE recond that the book of Ezra recounts the efforts of the exiles who have come back to Babylon in order to rebuild the temple of the Lord. During this peroid Jeshua was the high priest who wanted a proper worship and ceremonies which associated with being restored in the city of Jerusalem. After many years God sent Ezra to Jerusalem to teach the people of Israel the statutes of the Mosiac law. Ezra was a very knowledgeable prophet of God. This shows that mission existed in the prophets as God would have it to be among his disobedience people.

The book Nehemiah is said to mean ‘Jehovah comforts’. Nehemiah ‘s concern was about the name of the Lord was not being esteemed as it should have been because the city of God was in ruins. These people helpless and cannot defend themselves. Neh.1:3 but as a result, Nehemiah was concerned to take up this task of rebuilding the city and reestablishing civil authority in Jerusalem. However, this book demostrated the very fact that God Almighty can use even individuals who do not acknowledge Him as the one and only true God to accomplish His purpose. Nehemiah served under the heathen king, but still God touched the heart of Artaxerxes so that he was able and willing to supply Nehemiah with the means to build Jerusalem. We also can see this as true in other biblical characters such as in case of Ezra, Esther and Daniel who also served under the umbralla of heathen kings. This also shows of God’s power and authority over all creatures and how God can use any man to fulfill His mission of reconciling Himself to His people.
The theme of this book explains the meaning of the name Isaiah the prophet is ‘the Lord saves’ or the Lord is saviour. It is in this book that we have more prophecies about Messiah than in any other book of the old testament. Because of the plan of the salvation is very comprehensive, revealing in the work of Isaiah that even Augustine called it the fifth Gospel. Even some scholars have referred the book of Isaiah as the bible in miniature. As a prohpet Isaiah’s prophecies were used to riase hope for Israelites who were spiritually destitute. Hos4:1,2, 6-8, Amos2:6-8.
Jeremaiah means whom Jehovah has appointed. This mighty man of God was appointed for a great mission even before his birth. Jer.1:5. His mission and message was cheifly one of judgement upon Judah because of his shameful and persistent sins. Jer. 1:10. Jeremaiah was called as a weeping prophet but he received some great visions of promise, the return from captivity, chapt.25;29 the new covenant chapt.31 and the whole ultimate return of the Messaiah to Jerusalem chapt.23. It was Jeremaiah and Christ that fortold and wept over the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Jer,22:5-7, Matt.23:37-39. And each of them were rejected by his own people. Jer.20:1-3, 36:32 and John 1:11. This shows how God uses mission to justify his peolpe and to plant a solidarity among His nation and the nations of the world.
The book of Ezekiel means God strengthens and contrbutes to endurance that Ezekiel under went. Ezekiel recived visions of both contemporary and future events relating to Jerusalem. Ezekiel’s prophecies are of impeding disaster of Jerusalem’s fall chapt.1-24, the judgements pronounced on surrounding nations chapt.25-32 and the future hopes and trials of God’s people chpt.33-48. Thus, the purpose of Ezekiel’s book isexplained as follows:
(1) to show that Judah and jerusalem were being judged for their sins.
(2) to really encourage the exiles with prophecies of God’s future blessing on Israel, and
(3) to lay emphasis on God’s glory as well as His character which is most important to the people of God.

Daniel meaning ‘my God is judge’ shows the sovereingty of God’s control over all events in the history of humanity. The things which appear in Daniel’s visions such like the great statue, the beasts, the angelic messangers, and the description of God’s glory are also being potrayed in the book of Revelation.
The prophecies of Hosea and Amos are alike. Hosea was asked to solidarise the relationship between God and Israel thruogh his marriage to a prostitute while Amos was asked by God to declare and pronounce judgement on the rebelious people of Israel. As Amos means a burden and his mission to the people of Israel was to repent and follow the ways of God.
Therefore, the mission in the prophets are of justice, solidarity and mysticism of God to restore and rule His people for ever more.

MISSION IN THE HISTORICAL BOOKS

October 13, 2007

Module: Missiology. Name: Theresa .N. Ozoemenam. Date: 13/10/07

The book of Joshua explains about the conquest of the promised land of Canaan. This victory was under Joshua leadership who was Moses ‘ s succeessor. From the time of the ten commandments at mount sinai, both Joshua and Caleb however were seen as peolpe of God on a mission to conquer the promised land for the people of God. Joshua 10: 2-5 and Exodus 24:13.

The book of Judges is the book of which records and recounts the sadness events concerning the apostasy of Israelites. As every man was doing what is right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6 and 21: 25. The Israelites did indulged in total adolatry and immorality of the people of Canaanites, but God kept on reminding them of their bad ways. Hence, as the book reflects a vicious cycle which Israel refused to escape, so God sent oppressor and Israel repented. In God ‘s kindness, He sent a deliverer too and peace came as well as prosperity. Though Israel continue to let God down by fallen over and over again. This book from both introduction and conclusion cannot be totally chronologically linked or even connected to the narative accounts.

Ruth as a book is a very inspiring love story which actively shows the provedential care and special grace of God in humanity. However, at the end, the genealogical importance is shown and it also highlighted how Ruth was chosen by God. Even thuogh Ruth was from heathen background in the land of Moab, God still use her be an ancestor and kinsman of king david. As a story of one on unknown mission, it shows how she was among the four women mentioned in the Mathew 1 :5 for genealogy of Jesus Christ. This also shows that her journey as a wife and widow did not end as an individual but as of great grand mother of David.

First and second Samuel is the book which shows the time of transitional period between Judges’s time and the time of the Kings in Israel. This book talks about Samuel bridging the gap of Judges and the Kings. According to 1 sam. 13:14, God chose David because he is a man after God’s heart. So the prophetic blessing which God did give to David involves the promise. It is also involves the kingdom of God which will be for ever established.

First and second Kings narative story is related about the history of Jewish people from the death of David to the captivity of Judah.
The book of Chronicles is about extensive genealogies from chapt. 1-9, this has to trace the family lines of family way back to the time of Adam. The record reminded us returning exiles which the law of Moses used in dividing the land and religious duties among the twelve tribes of Israel. The writer of this book was Ezra who was on God’s mission, Ezra has a purpose of coming to Jerusalem in order to teach the people of God about the laws of God.

The mission in the Pentateuch

October 12, 2007

MODULE: MISSIOLOGY: YEAR TWO: THERESA .N. OZOEMENAM: DATE:12th OCTOBER 2007

The uniqueness and universality of God:

The book of Genesis explains how God created the whole world including the humanity. This God’s r started from the time of Adam but unfortunately man failed God. However, God has a purpose of restoring humanity to Himself through Noah, but due to their stuborness and disobedience God used the flood to wipe away man and other creatures. Except Noah and his house holds and other living creaturs in twos were saved. Psalm 24 explains how God is the LORD over all nations and Deutronomy 4;35 acknowledges the LORD As the God of the universality. We see how Genesis explains God choosing Israel through Abraham in order to bless the nations, affirming his purpose and mission through the book of Revelation 7 as fulfilment. Thus the whole Bible from my own point of veiw and perspective is all about God ‘s mission.

The purpose of God blessing the nation:

God’s purposes has a purpose for his people as they continue to develop into a faith community
Furthermore, in Genesis 3:15-16, the first promise of a Redeemer, through which the cause of death can vanquished. This also explains God’s purpose and plan and it is of historic redeemption, on how God chose the very seed of Abraham to be the line of the messiah and even the heirs of the promise. This can be found in Gen. 12:1-3, Gal. 3:6-9 & 29 and Mathew 1:17.
The election of Israel for that purpose:
Therefore, the bible from Genesis to Revelation can be summed up as a missionary book , relating from God to his lost people for total reconciliation. Psalm 24 pointing out that God is a universal God and not only for Israel alone but of the whole world. This affirms that the idea and purpose of God is for the people of all nations to multiply and fill the earth. All these above events and individuals point out to the direction of election of Israel, for the purpose of God to be fulfilled through their individual mission. And it was only symbolic in nature as the book of Deutronomy pointed out.  Gen. 15:13 explains of ”God’s promise of coming deliverance to Israel who was living in Egypt.”  ”God graciously raised up Moses to be their librator”.
Interaction of Israel and the nation:
The book of Exodus however explains how the patriach Jacob ended up bringing his own family to Egypt in order to avoid being starved as famine enraged in the very promised land of canaan. It is assumed that Exodus tells us about the Israelites deliverance from Egypt. moreover, as God uses Moses to bring their journey to mount Sinai, all these includes the events which had occured during their sojourn.  Alan Cole adds,  that ”it is enough that with later Israel, we know and believe that such an event happened, and that we interprete it as a saving act of God.”  ”Indeed, to Israel it was the saving act of God which overshadow all others.”  We moreover understand Solomon programme of routine activites which brought about the political awareness and vision of the people of Israel in a foreign land.  However, ”the possibility of reaching other nations being incorporated into all other winning empires is  of boasting to Yaweh”.  since ”Yaweh is regarded as the ruler of all nations through Israel and even throughout the Davidic son, it shows the golden era of that period” Kings 4: 20-21; and 5: 13
The ethical dimentions of Israels visibility:
The book of Leviticus is also seen as a mission book because it represents its content and the purpose which means the calling of God’s people. Leviticus represents the very calling of the levites to come and minister before God. (Yaweh). leviticus is also a primer regarding the moral and ethical instruction which the choosen God’s people are to follow. We can therefore say that by God people following his instruction, it is a way of God calling back his people for total reconciliation.   ”Yaweh as a God of warrior and who reign for ever and ever.”’  And  these religious regulations, moral, saintary etc. points out that God is ‘Holy’ and wants holiness for his people  a  good relationship. 
The eschatological in gathering of nations:
The book of numbers is seen as a book for mission to use to mould the new generation of Israel and the whole world into a unified nations which God has already prepared to conquer the nations he has created. Nevertheless, Duetronomy again shows how God rule convenantly and universally as creator of heaven and earth. It also demostrates how God is the complete source of all human power and authority. The instructions and laws and responsibility shows how God’ mission were carried out by both individual and the people. Duetronomy as a mission book was even qouted by Jesus Christ Himself during the LORD’ s answers to devil’s temptations in the book of Mathew 4: 1-11; duet.6:13-16; Duet. 8:3. Also some of the New testament writers used some qoutations from the book of Duetronomy as many as two hundred times.
Conclusion: Thus we can rightly say that the Pentateuch books are a way of mission to restore and reconcile God’s people to Himself. Hence, all the pentateuch themes focus mainly on developing the nation of Israel through God’s prophets and the whole nations of the world through his beloved son Jesus Christ.

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September 18, 2007

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