Like looking at the picture of a jigsaw puzzle before putting it together, this class will present a comprehensive biblical framework for understanding God’s plan of redemption from creation to final kingdom. By demonstrating the progression and interrelationship between God’s covenants in Scripture, you will see how God’s plan is ultimately fulfilled in the New Covenant. Understanding how God has worked to restore creation through covenant relationships will provide perspective and clarity as you read his story.
This class divides into three main parts: (1) biblical frameworks, (2) biblical covenants, and (3) new covenant theology. In the first part we will consider dispensationalism, covenant theology, and progressive covenantalism. In the second part we will work through the covenants God made with Adam/Noah, Abraham, Moses/Israel, and David to understand how God moved forward his plan of redemption through covenants. In the final and most substantial part we will explain what the new covenant is, how it relates to previous covenants (especially the Mosaic covenant), how Christ exemplified and inaugurated the new covenant, and how the new covenant affects our ultimate kingdom hope.
This class will be taught by Jerry Wierwille and Sean Finnegan.
Jerry Wierwille earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Maryland, but soon after graduation he felt the call to Christian ministry. He has earned a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) at United Theological Seminary with a focus in New Testament Studies and Pauline Literature, and he has also completed a subsequent Masters of Divinity (MDiv) program at the same institution. Since answering the call to ministry, Jerry has been active in serving God’s people both on a pastoral level and scholarly level. He is currently on staff as the Worship Pastor at Living Hope Community Church.
Sean Finnegan serves as the Lead Pastor of Living Hope Community Church. He holds an Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) in Early Christian History from Boston University, a BA in Theology from Atlanta Bible College, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Sean's omnivorous appetite has lead him to pursue research in theology, Bible, apologetics, textual criticism, ethics, and church history. However, his greatest passion is the Great Commission--reaching new people with the gospel message and helping Christ-followers deepen their discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).
Join live sessions from 7:00 to 8:30pm (EST), each Tuesday from January 26th to April 6th (11 weeks). Each session will include two teachings with a break between them. If you miss a live session, you can easily catch up on our YouTube channel.
Our primary and only required textbook is the Bible. The instructors will be using the ESV (2016), but you may use whatever version you prefer. Although the teachers will mention other sources when appropriate, much of this class derives from Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum's Kingdom through Covenant.
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We look forward to delving into the scriptures with you to better grasp God's overall plan of salvation and how that plan unfolds through the covenants!