Saturday, June 21, 2008

JPBC Internship Study Syllabus

This is the ninth summer we have had college students serve as ministry interns at JPBC. Some years we have had young men serve as pastoral interns. Other years, as this one, we have had young women serving as children's ministry interns. This year we have two fine young ladies, Mallory D. and Nicole M., both UVA students and active JPBC members, serving as interns.
In addition to serving in ten weeks of Backyard Bible clubs at the Rainbow House and in the JPBC children's ministry (VBS, Wednesday evenings, Nursery Sunday School), the interns also complete a study component. Here is the study component syllabus for this summer:
I. Books to read:

Hugh Binning, Christian Love (Banner of Truth, 1670, 1735, 2004).

John Piper and Wayne Grudem, 50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns about Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW, 1992).

Jeff Riddle, JPBC 101: Believing is Belonging (Jefferson Park, 2005).

Walter Chantry, Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic? (Banner of Truth, 1970).

J. I. Packer, "Introductory Essay," in The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.

Mary Beeke, The Law of Kindness: Serving With Hearts and Hands (Reformation Heritage Books, 2007).

Bible Reading: Matthew, Romans, 1-2 Timothy, Titus (with written summaries completed for each chapter).

II. Discussion Schedule:

1. June 16 Christian Love, pp. 1-48.
2. June 23 Christian Love, pp. 49-106.
3. June 30 J. I. Packer, "Introductory Essay" in The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.
4. July 7 JPBC 101: Believing is Belonging.
5. July 14 Today’s Gospel (First Book Review Due).
6. July 21 50 Crucial Questions.
7. July 28 The Law of Kindness, pp. 1-50.
8. August 4 The Law of Kindness, pp. 51-148.
9. August 11 The Law of Kindness, pp. 149-211 (Second Book Review Due).
III. Extra Reading:
Choose two books (no more than one from each category) to read and write a brief 2-3 page review:

A. On Biblical Womanhood:

Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman (Tyndale, 1976).
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Lies Women Believe (Moody, 2001).

B. On Missions:

John Piper, Let The Nations Be Glad (Baker, 2003).
K. P. Johannan, Revolution in World Missions (GFA, 1986).

C. On Doctrine and Christian Life:

John Piper, Desiring God (Multnomah, 1986, 2003).
J. I. Packer, Knowing God (IVP, 1973)

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