Here's what to expect!

This introductory course on The Revelation of Jesus Christ will explore the primary themes which are key to understanding the message of this final book of the Christian Scriptures. The Revelation-often subjected to wildly imaginative and twisted interpretations-is responsibly considered in light of its three literary genres and the historical context of the seven churches, its Christocentric focus and eschatological prophecies. Students will develop an interpretive framework that leads to reasonable applications that inspires faithful witness in times of turmoil. The Revelation is as relevant to the people of God today as it was for the early church.

  • Examine major themes and genre of the book of Revelation

  • Identify the missiologically theocentric nature of the book as a uniting thread

  • Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the historical context of the book

  • Appreciate the recapitulating structure of the septets

  • Compare and contrast different interpretative strategies to understanding Revelation

  • Observe and practice a model of doing theology in community

Course Outline

  • 1

    Welcome to Doing Theology with Revelation!

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movement Students

    • Instructions

    • Learning Tasks

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Book Review

    • Writing Academic Book Reviews

    • Rubric for Final Research Project

    • Writing a Seminary Paper

    • Required Textbooks

    • Download A Faithful Witness

    • Course Bibliography

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Writing & Style Guides

  • 3

    Interpreting Revelation

    • Introducing Revelation

    • Interpretative Strategies

    • The First Century World of the Roman Empire

    • Reading Apocalyptic Literature

    • Theology in Tension

  • 4

    Chapter 1

    • Literary Genre of Revelation

    • Author, Date, Provenance, Audience

    • Major Themes in Revelation

    • Introducing the Apostle John

    • Who is John's Jesus?

  • 5

    Chapters 2 & 3

    • Cultural Context of the Seven Churches

    • Commendations and Warnings to the Churches

    • Sustaining a Movement

    • The Seven Churches of Asia Minor

    • City Maps

    • The Occasion for Revelation

    • Jesus' Church Assessment Criteria for the Church

  • 6

    Chapters 4 & 5

    • Old Testament Continuity with Revelation

    • Charts on the Book of Revelation - Excerpt

    • Worship, Disciple, and Mission in Revelation

    • Jesus is Worthy

  • 7

    Chapter 6 & 7

    • The Septets

    • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    • The Disciple in Revelation

  • 8

    Chapters 8-11

    • Salvation for Jews and Gentiles

    • Introducing the Trumpets

    • The Obstinance of People and the Mission of God

    • Seven Churches Study Tour

    • The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet

  • 9

    Chapters 12-14

    • John's Nativity

    • The Two Beasts and a Mark

    • The Angel and the Gospel

    • A Gospel Message

    • Evangelism Resources

    • Two More Angels

    • The Harvests

  • 10

    Chapters 15 & 16

    • True Worshippers

    • God's Goodness & Warning

    • The Glory of God

    • The Remaining Task of Missions

    • Not on Our Watch

    • The Expansion of the Gospel in History

  • 11

    Chapters 17-19

    • The Prostitute and the Beast

    • The Threat of the World's Enticement

    • The Utter Evil and End of Babylon

    • When is the End?

    • The Bride of Christ

    • The Rider on the White Horse

  • 12

    Chapters 20-22

    • The Thousand Years

    • The Judgment of Satan and the Rest

    • New Heaven and Earth

    • The Dwelling Place of God

    • A New Garden

    • The Coming of Christ

    • Conclusion: Doing Theology in Community

  • 13

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Review

    • Research Project

    • Writing an Exegetical Paper

  • 14

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The benefits of the course include:

  • On-demand video accessible on multiple platforms

  • Articles and blogs written by our instructors

  • Accessibility 24/7 from your phone, tablet, or computer

  • Personal reflection questions to help you digest and apply the content

  • Discussion forums to do theology in a community with others taking the class

  • Do theology collaboratively with an instructor on live Zoom webinars

  • Certificate of completion

A Faithful Witness: Lessons from the Third Century Church for Times of Political, Economic, and Societal Turmoil

The e-book is free when you sign up for the course. Or you can click the buy now button to order the paperback.

During the third century, a time of tremendous social upheaval when famine, plagues, and existential threats to the empire were the reality of the day, a bishop who suffered through three persecutions wrote a commentary on the book of Revelation. His hope: to encourage the church to be a faithful witness. A Faithful Witness explores Bishop Victorinus' The Commentary on the Apocalypse by the Blessed John. The first commentary on the book of Revelation in the early church, it calls the church to allegiance to Jesus Christ. Dr. Cooper weaves the story of a body of believers suffering through desperate times in the Roman Empire into the story of the church in our day. With thought provoking personal reflection questions, A Faithful Witness will challenge you to consider what it means to live the Christian life during tumultuous times.

Meet your professors

With Dr. Harris’ expertise in spiritual formation, Dr. Feiser’s in systematic theology, and Dr. Cooper's in missiology, we’ll examine the theocentric nature of the book which paints a beautiful picture of Jesus as He truly is and the church's mission in the world.

Professor of Spiritual Formation

Donald Patrick Harris

Dr. Harris earned a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Christian thinker and communicator, church missions consultant and spiritual mentor. After four years as the director of missions at Sherwood Bible Church, Don spent the next 25 years church planting and training church planters in the Czech Republic. His foci are congregational — organizational—health, and Christian leadership development. Others appreciate his creative, contemplative, and collaborative approach to complex issues. Individuals and organizations also apply the insights and experiences Don shares via seminars and workshops, small groups, and—of course—one-to-one.

Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

Associate Professor of Theology

David D. Feiser

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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