Studying the New Testament

From Where I Sit…

Distance Education & Learning
Debra Welkley, M.A., Distance Learning Coordinator

Last week I was talking with someone who shared that her granddaughter had reminded her of how much she did not know regarding the Bible. Recently, the granddaughter (4 years old) asked her if she knew where Bethlehem and Jerusalem were located. The woman said she had to admit she did not.  Whether you know where these cities are located on a world map or not, when was the last time you studied their significance during Jesus’ time, prior, and/or since?

Four years ago, I was able to visit the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and points in between.  I soaked in the scenery and current day struggles of the people who live there. I reflected on how would Jesus respond today and how did he interact when he walked in these same places centuries ago. While culturally things are in some ways different, many of the problems and issues that people face are at their core the same. I was compelled to revisit the scripture in a new way, to contrast the current day with the historical. These various perspectives provide a lens for better understanding the scripture we find in the New Testament.

As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in mid-April, studying the scripture and becoming more familiar with the principles of biblical interpretation and major elements of the New Testament, including the Jesus of the Gospels, the developing church in Acts, the letters from Paul, the General letters and the visions of the Revelation can strengthen one’s faith and enrich one’s walk with Christ.

An offering of Survey of the New Testament is available through eBerkshire. You can take the course from the comfort of your home, library, or church.  Interaction will occur with fellow classmates and the instructor as you study the life and ministry of Jesus and the origins of Christianity.  Yet, since the course is online you are able to easily work this into a busy schedule while embracing the study of the Gospel.  If this date does not fit your schedule and commitments, please contact us to explore alternative dates. Scholarships are also available.

Learn more about this course with eBerkshire!