Are you frustrated that the church often struggles to articulate a positive, biblical perspective on the big issues in society and culture? Do you long for God’s wisdom to be more visible in the public square?
Perhaps you keep up-to-date on current affairs and news comment, but despite the Bible teaching you’ve already received, you’re still unsure how your faith connects to the hot topics of the day. Is it really possible to develop a thoughtful, biblical perspective on issues like coronavirus, national debt, Brexit, the climate crisis, populism or AI?
If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, then the Bible and Public Life course is for you. The course has been specifically designed to help you deepen your faith and develop in your own calling to engage with public life today.
We’ve distilled over 30 years of our own research, and curated some of the best resources from leading Christian thinkers to guide you through each module.
Even if you don’t hold a degree in theology or the social sciences, you'll be able to engage with the lessons provided and have access to a wealth of biblical insight, teaching and wisdom.
The course consists of eight modules, each with four units. A unit usually consists of watching two short videos and reading two short articles and two long essays – which take most people 3-4 hours to complete. The modules are:
The Bible and Public Life course is designed for independent study online; you should start by working through the Foundations module, and after that you can choose to take any module at any time.
However, learning with others significantly enriches the learning experience. The course is ideal material for small groups or friends who share a common interest in public engagement; each unit’s resources offer a shared basis for discussion and debate.
We also offer two additional opportunities for enriched learning:
If you have completed all the units in a module, then you are entitled to register for an exclusive discussion forum on that module for an additional fee. We launch each forum with an online meeting or webinar for all registered participants, hosted by the course director. The forum is then open for discussion between participants over the following two weeks.
If you have participated in a forum and would like to discuss anything further with Philip Powell, the course director, either as an individual or with the small group you have been learning with, then we offer a video consultation service. Perhaps you want to explore an issue in more depth or discuss how to put it into practice in your own context; either way we would love to help you connect your faith more effectively with public life!
The course was not only stimulating but helped me to foster a more robust, rigorous Christian worldview and engagement with different spheres of society. I would highly recommend it!
Learning with the Jubilee Centre has been a revelation: It is possible to not merely strive for social reform as a Christian, but to think Christianly about social reform.
Rather than providing a prescribed set of actions to change the world, this course deepened my understanding of how to follow Christ in this world.
You can find out more details, register and take a free taster lesson on our dedicated online course website.