Reaching Australians/New Zealanders with the Gospel

This unit examines the good news of Jesus Christ from its biblical sources, along with the issues in communicating the gospel in contemporary Australia and New Zealand. It explores workable strategies for mission in contemporary Australian and New Zealand culture and society. Beginning with the foundations of the gospel from the biblical sources it considers the content of the gospel (kerygma), a theology for missional/evangelistic practice, culture and spirituality: indigenous peoples and new comers, the ‘Engle Scale’ and its applicability to evangelism, the praxis of evangelism: personal and corporate, objections to Christianity in Australia or New Zealand, ethical considerations for evangelism and strategies for evangelistic ‘best practice’.

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Christian Life and Ministry

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recount the content of the Christian Gospel message drawn from its biblical and theological sources
  2. Describe the Australian/New Zealand cultural context in which the Christian Gospel message will be proclaimed
  3. Identify Australian/New Zealand cultural and historical elements relevant to communicating redemptive analogies suitable for communicating the Christian Gospel message in this context
  4. Plan strategies through which the Christian Gospel message can be communicated in the Australian/New Zealand context
  5. Use communication skills to present a clear and coherent Christian Gospel message in the Australian/New Zealand context.
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