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Mobile Ed: MI251 Biblical Theology of Urban Ministry (6 hour course)

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Roughly half of the people on the planet today live in globalized cities with populations of 100,000 or more. God’s heart beats for the nations, and Scripture is filled with narrative about cities—well over a hundred cities are specifically mentioned in the Bible. Explore God’s heart for the city from Genesis to Revelation, and discover God’s love for all people. Focus on being Christ centered by loving your neighbors and getting involved in your neighborhood. Find ways to practically love your neighbors and be involved in ways that demonstrate great love and compassion for those who are on your doorstep.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker

Unit 1: The Background of Poverty

  • The Need for a Theology of Urban Ministry
  • A Snapshot of Sodom
  • Poorology: A Biblical Theology of the Oppressed or Neglected
  • What Is Poverty?

Unit 2: Theology from the Pentateuch

  • Joseph: A Model of Integrity
  • Moses: A Model of Holiness
  • God’s Heart for the Alien
  • Engaging the Community

Unit 3: Theology from the Historical Books

  • Gideon: A Model of Brokenness
  • Hope in the Midst of Trials
  • Nehemiah: A Model of Fearing God
  • Esther: A Model of Risk-Taking

Unit 4: Theology from the Wisdom Literature

  • Prayer for Shalom
  • God’s Heart for the Oppressed
  • God’s Heart for the Poor

Unit 5: Theology from the Prophets

  • Isaiah: A Theology for the Streets
  • God Builds a City
  • Seeking the Welfare of the City
  • Daniel: A Model of Discipline
  • God’s Heart for Justice
  • Levels of Doing Justice
  • Jonah: A Compassionate Cry for the City

Unit 6: Theology from the Gospels

  • Jesus and the City
  • Jesus, the Poor, and the Marginalized
  • Jesus: Our Model in Reconciliation
  • A Spirituality for the City
  • The Search for an Urban Jesus

Unit 7: Theology from Acts

  • A Glimpse of Graeco-Roman Cities
  • Lessons from the Early Church: Committed to Community
  • Cultivating an Evangelistic Lifestyle
  • The Community of the Early Church
  • The Response of the Early Church
  • The Appeal of Early Christianity

Unit 8: Theology from Paul

  • The Church at Antioch
  • First- and Second-Century Urban Ministry Principles
  • A Theology of Doing Good
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • God’s Holy City: The New Jerusalem


  • Concluding Thoughts
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About John Fuder

Dr. John Fuder is the director of Justice and Compassion Ministries at Re:source Global and the director of city engagement for Park Community Church in Chicago. Dr. Fuder served in urban ministry for 15 years in California, and was professor of urban studies at Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago for 17 years. Currently, Dr. Fuder is teaching, training, and coaching the broader body of Christ to engage more deeply in contextualizing the Gospel in their local communities.


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