This unit serves as an introduction to an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit as expressed in the New Testament. Students will examine selected passages in the New Testament in their first-century context and in light of their Old Testament background. Students will specifically identify and examine the roles of the Spirit as taught by Jesus and Paul in John’s Gospel, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians, as well as the Spirit’s empowering work in Acts. The themes to be surveyed include the gifts of the Spirit, the Spirit-led familial relationship with God, the Spirit-inspired mission, the Spirit of truth, and the Paraclete. Students will also discuss the implications of the work of the Spirit for the life and mission of the church today.

Unit Code: BN0120W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Diploma

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the Old Testament background of the Spirit in the New Testament, with attention to the social and historical contexts of the relevant New Testament texts;


Interpret selected passages in John’s Gospel, Acts, and Paul’s letters


Articulate key aspects of the relationship between the Spirit and the church in the New Testament


Utilise interpretive tools to explore and explain a passage or theme concerning the Spirit and the church in the New Testament


Lectures, discussion, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Short answer or multiple choice test (in total equivalent to 250 words)

0 10.0
Short Answer Tests

Short answer or multiple choice tests (in total equivalent to 500 words)

0 10.0

Paper for presentation (1250 word sermon, or equivalent)

0 40.0
Exegetical Essay

An exegetical exercise (1250 words)

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-18 08:09:24 +1100