Engaging with Context
Porterbrook Network

Engaging with Context

The gospel is the best guide to contextualisation. This course sets out timeless principles from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians before moving into a biblical view of urban, suburban and rural contexts. You will find practical help and exercises to think through how to speak the gospel into your neighbourhood. 

At a Glance

This 9 lesson course leads you step by step through bible passages, key concepts, practical examples and exercises.

Pace yourself by setting aside 40 minutes a day, for 30 days, to read, reflect, and pray your way through the course.

Each lesson includes
  • Insightful articles on Bible passages, doctrine and application
  • Instructional videos
  • Helpful illustrations
  • Interactive reflection boxes to make and store your notes
This course is ideal for
  • Christians who want to grow spiritually and who want to develop a gospel-centred approach to the subject
  • Pastors with busy schedules, who want to grow in character, ministry skills and gospel direction
  • Small groups who want to go deeper by studying in depth at home and then meeting together to discuss and share learning
  • Leadership teams and church planting core groups, who want to set out and implement a biblical vision for their church

Intermediate

20-25 hours

More Details

The gospel is not just the message; it is also the lens through which we can understand our context. These nine units challenge us and help us to contextualise without compromise.

Course Overview

  • Unit 1. Principled Contextualisation
  • Unit 2. Principled Pragmatism
  • Unit 3. The Urban Challenge
  • Unit 4. The Suburban Challenge
  • Unit 5. The Rural Challenge
  • Unit 6. Understanding Your Neighbourhood
  • Unit 7. Understanding Other Gospel Stories
  • Unit 8. Understanding The Challenge of the Gospel
  • Unit 9. Understanding Your Church

Instructors

Tim Chester
Dr. Tim Chester

Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.