Bible: New Testament (Sarah Harris)

1. Learning Experience

This Bible: New Testament option aims to engage with the idea of mutuality between the sexes.

In the first few weeks, as we begin:
Email the facilitator: Sarah Harris to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read: 1 Cor 11:2-16; 14:34-35; Eph 5:21-33 and 1 Tim 2:8-15 and reflect on what they appear to say and then write your thoughts down including any questions you have about the texts. Also record (journal) your current theological beliefs about men, women and God. This is to enable you at the end of this unit to assess how far you have travelled in your understanding and belief. This is a private document for you unless you chose to share something of the detail in your final reflection.

Within the first four months:
Read Philip B. Payne, Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009) – buy online, or borrow from the Carey library. This book is a comprehensive exegetical and theological discussion of the Pauline texts and will enable you to consider Paul’s ideas more rigorously and this will aid the questions you have.

Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read this book – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach.

Good theological thinking is best done in community, so make sure you keep the triune God in your conversation, make good use of your coach as a dialogue partner (meet with them at least twice within these first four months) and consider journaling your learning as your read this book slowly and prayerfully. Feel free to email the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., thoughts or questions at any time.

2. Reflection

Over the next six months:
Return to your early beliefs on mutuality (what you wrote down at the start) and consider where your understanding has grown. Consider what changes you need to make within yourself and in your ministry context. Write this down – add a final journal entry. Share your thoughts with your coach each time you meet (at least every two months).

Preach a sermon on mutuality from one of the four listed passages in your local context and email the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a copy as a means of engaging with you at the end of this study.

Throughout the ten months:

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the Philip Payne book if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months.

In this Bible: New Testament option, share with your coach your engagement with the biblical texts, the Payne book, and your refelctions. Talk with them as you seek changes in your ministry practice in line with your reflection.

By 15 November:
Email the facilitator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with general coments about how you have found this Bible: New Testament option, how the engagement with your coach has gone, and any other concluding comments you would like to share, perhaps based on your journaling throughout the ten months.


Facilitator: Dr Sarah Harris

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Sarah lectures in New Testament Studies at Carey having previously taught at Victoria University and Laidlaw College. Her teaching and research interests include Luke-Acts and Gospel scholarship, while she is enjoying broadening out into Pauline scholarship.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Facilitator of this Bible: New Testament option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 15 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-02-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-03-2018
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