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UCN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

I'm really glad to let everyone know that 2 of the Foundation Units in the UCN School of Theology, are now more readily available with all content in a Factbook (instead of Google classrooms). You can study single units of study for a Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor & PhD in Theology. 2 units = Certificate in Theology.

Check out the units below and telegram me if you have any questions!!


UCN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY - FOUNDATION STUDIES


📖 UGF1: GOD FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE 📖

WELCOME & UNIT OVERVIEW

Course Coordinator: Ecclestia
Tutor: Ecclestia

To enrol in the unit, telegram Ecclestia.

This unit, which is 1 of the school's 4 foundation units, will introduce you to the concept of God and specifically who God is from a Christian perspective. This unit looks at the traditional conception of God but also at the diversity of view and understandings of God and why the God of Christianity is unique to that of other faiths. This unit combines theological, historical and historical-critical views of God, introducing you to a diverse set of ideas whilst encouraging you to critically engage with and evaluate the convergence and divergence of these ideas.

This unit contains 2 modules. Module 1 is 'Who and What is God' which looks at traditional, orthodox and non-orthodox views of God in the christian tradition. This module looks at God from a more historical, scholarly view of God. Module 2 is a lecture series on God in the christian tradition which looks at God from a more theological perspective.

Questions
Submit the questions to your academic tutor
1. What made you choose this unit?
2. What are you hoping to learn from this unit?



ASSESSMENT

You will need to hand in the 3 assessments and achieve 51% to pass the unit for accreditation.

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after you have finished each module.
- You should submit this assignment by sending it to your Tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions
- For each module, come up with 5 questions in total as a response to each module. Questions may be around what you (1) Feel are unanswered by the module (2) Subsequent areas you're interested in.
- You will receive 5% for 1 substantive response to Module 1 and 5% for 1 substantive response to Module 2.

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after reviewing the content of Module 1.
- You should submit this assignment by sending it to your Tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions
-In at least 400 words respond to 1 of the following questions:

Q.1 What are the similarities & differences (if any) beetween the conceptualisations of God in the Old & New Testaments. You may draw on the contemporary differences between current Christian and Jewish thought to support your argument.

Q.2 Using the 6 resources in the Introduction to Module 1, what conclusions can be made about God's nature and how he interacts with humankind?

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after reviewing the content of both modules.
- You should submit this assignment by sending it to your Tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions
-In at least 500 words respond to the following question:

Q: Who is God from a christian perspective?



MODULE 1 - WHO & WHAT IS GOD?

Estimated time to complete module: 1hr 30mins

Christianity began as a sect of Judaism and much of its foundations flow from Jewish ideas of who and what God is. The Hebrew scriptures (the old testament) record a number of thoughts and understandings of who the God of the Jews is. Jesus, the apostles and the early Christians added to this understanding and recording their understanding in the books and letters of the New Testament.

This introduction looks at the how God is explained in the old and new testaments. These are some excerpts to demonstrate the views of the biblical writers.

Resource 1 - Video - Link'Word Study: YHWH - 'Lord' - The Bible Project

Resource 2 - Reading - LinkExodus 3 - Account at the burning bush where God recounts his relationships with Israel.

Resource 3 - Reading - LinkExodus 34 - Account of the exchange between God & Moses with God describing aspect of his nature.

Resource 4 - Reading - LinkPsalm 34 - A psalm attributed to David of how God helps the righteous and those who are struggling.

Resource 5 - Reading - LinkLuke 15:11-32 - Parable of the Prodigal Son. Describes Gods care for his children.

Resource 6 - Reading - Link1 Corinthians 8:6 - Pauls understanding of God.

Christianity, like the other Abrahamic religions, which are Judaism, Christianity & Islam, teaches monotheism which is the belief in one God and opposed to many Gods which is polytheism. Christianity differs from the other Abrahamic religions for its belief that God is a Trinity. Resource 1, from the Bible Project, seeks to explain Trinitarianism as it relates to how Christians view God. The Nicene Creed is a foundational Christian text which established trinitarianism as the orthodox christian standard of God.

Resource 1: Video - LinkGod - The Bible Project
This video looks at the trinitarian nature of God.

Resource 2: LinkThe Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed was adopted at the Council of Nicea in AD 325 and alongside the Apostles Creed, is considered a foundational Christian text and one of the earliest Statements of Faith. Whilst records vary, around 300 bishops of the 1800 that were invited attended with only 5 coming from the Western Church. The Nicene Creed was agreed to among the backdrop of the 'Arian Controversy'. Arius 'emphasized the supremacy and uniqueness of God the Father, meaning that the Father alone is almighty and infinite, and that therefore the Father's divinity must be greater than the Son's. Arius taught that the Son had a beginning, and that he possessed neither the eternity nor the true divinity of the Father, but was rather made "God" only by the Father's permission and power, and that the Son was rather the very first and the most perfect of God's creatures.' (Wikipedia). The Bishops present at the Council voted overwhelminghly in favour of the Trinitarian view, that Jesus was fully God and co-equal with the father and the spirit, and codified it within the creed. As such, the Nicene Creed has stood as a general test of orthodoxy for most Christians throughout history. Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea#Arguments_for_Arianism

Despite the vast majority of Christian denominations holding the Trinity as their theological perspective on the nature of God, there is a minority of groups in the Christian tradition who hold to non-trinitarian positions. The 2 most prominent are Biblical Unitarianism and Modalism.

Biblical Unitarianism
(From Wikipedia) Biblical unitarianism encompasses the key doctrines of nontrinitarian Christians who affirm the Bible as their sole authority, and from it base their beliefs that God the Father is a singular being, the only one God, and that Jesus Christ is God’s son, but not divine.

Historical Groups: Nazarenes, Ebionites, Socinians, Unitarian church (before merger with Universalists to become the Unitarian Universalists).
Current Groups: Church of God General Conference, Spirit & Truth Fellowship, Christadelphains, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith.

Resource 1 - Video - Link'What Does the Bible Say About God?' - Spirit & Truth Fellowship - Biblical Unitarianism perspective.

Modalism
(From Wikipedia) Modalistic Monarchianism (also known as Oneness Christology) is a Christian theology that upholds the oneness of God as well as the deity of Jesus Christ. It is a form of Monarchianism and as such stands in contrast with Trinitarianism. Modalistic Monarchianism considers God to be one while working through the different "modes" or "manifestations" of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Following this view, all the Godhead is understood to have dwelt in Jesus Christ from the incarnation. The terms Father and Son are then used to describe the distinction between the transcendence of God and the incarnation (God in immanence). Lastly, since God is a spirit, it is held that the Holy Spirit should not be understood as a separate entity but rather to describe God in action. Modalistic Monarchians believe in the deity of Jesus and understand Jesus to be a manifestation of Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, in the flesh. For this reason they find it suitable to ascribe all worship appropriate to God alone to Jesus also.

Current Groups: Oneness Pentecostalism

Resource 2 - Video - Link'What is Modalism' - New Life of Albany Ga.

Jewish View - Comparative Piece

Resource 3 - Video - LinkA Rabbi Speaks of the Jewish Understanding of God - Rabbi Dweck - Jewish Wisdom - J-TV. Think of the similarities and differences this has to the Trinitarian, Biblical Unitarian and Modalist understandings of God in the Christian tradition.



MODULE 2 - LECTURE SERIES

Estimated time to complete module: 3hrs

This lecture series is delivered by Dr. Tim Mackie when he was a teaching Pastor at Door of Hope Church in Portland, Oregon. Tim is a Professor of Biblical Studies at Western Seminary and co-founder of The Bible Project where he is a theologian, writer and creative director.

This series explores who God is and what this means for us as Chrisitans. This highly fun, highly informative series will give us a deeper understanding of who God is in the Christian tradition and well as touch on a number of theological areas.

Lecture 1: Video - LinkCommunion of Love - I Am Who I Am - Tim Mackie from The Bible Project

Lecture 2: Video - LinkYahweh is Our God - I Am Who I Am - Tim Mackie from The Bible Project

Lecture 3: Video - LinkYahweh Our Gracious Judge - I Am Who I Am - Tim Mackie from The Bible Project

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UCN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY - FOUNDATION STUDIES


📖 UGF3: INTRODUCTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT 📖

WELCOME & UNIT OVERVIEW

Course Coordinator: Ecclestia
Tutor: Ecclestia

To enrol in the unit, telegram Ecclestia.

This unit, which is 1 of the school's 4 foundation units, will provide you with an overview of the Holy Spirit in the Christian context. It will explore the theology of the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments, look at how different faith traditions understand the Holy Spirit and the impact of the theology of the Holy Spirit on the Church and Christians today. This unit is organised into a series of 6 modules with 3 assessments.

Questions
Submit the questions to your academic tutor
1. What made you choose this unit?
2. What are you hoping to learn from this unit?



ASSESSMENT

You will need to complete the 3 assessments and achieve 51% to pass the unit for accreditation.

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after you have completed Modules 1 & 2.
- You should submit this assignment by sending the answers to your tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions
- Answer the following quz by sending the answers to your tutor. Questions 1 and 4 are worth 3 points, all others are worth 2 per correct answer.

Q. 1 What is the best description of the Hebrew word 'ruakh' other than 'spirit'?
a) Person
b) Gift
c) Body
d) Breath

Q.2 Who was the first prophet in the Bible who was empowered by the Holy Spirit?
a) Abraham
b) Joseph
c) Elijah
d) Ruth

Q.3 At his baptism, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like...
a) A Dove
b) The Divine Council
c) The Angels
d) The fruits of the spirit

Q.4 Which 3 are all fruits of the spirit?
a) Joy, prosperity & gentleness
b) Love, kindness, wisdom
c) Faithfullness, self-control & peace
d) Forebearance, power & goodness

Q.5 True of False. God's spirit is teh giver of life and breath...
a) True
b) False

Q.6 Tim Mackie presents the spirit as God's personal ____?
a) Presence
b) Authority
c) Knowledge
d) Understanding

Q.7 In Exodus 31:1-3, who was filled with the Spirit of God?
a) Moses
b) Uri
c) Bezalel
d) Aaron

Q.8 How is the 'spirit of God' presented at teh beginning of the creation narrative?
a) Hovering
b) Shaping
c) Breathing
d) Empowering

Q.9 Upon his resurection, Jesus poured out his spirit on...
a) A select few apostles
b) All his disciples
c) The writers of the gospels
d) The Jerusalem Church

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after reviewing the content of Modules 3 & 4.
- You should submit this assignment by sending it to your Tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Modules 3 & 4 both contain readings on the Holy Spirit in Old and New Testaments.

Instructions

For this task, you are required to write a short response of no less than 300 words analysing the arguments made in one reading from either Module 3 or Module 4.

In the response you should focus on the way in which the author presents the Holy Spirit. How similar or different is it to other views you’ve seen throughout the course? Do you feel the author’s interpretation is based on strong evidence or do you believe they have missed something or that their reasoning isn’t based on strong foundations. Inversely, you may also like to discuss how the insight form the reading has challenged and contributed to your perspective on the Holy Spirit.

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after reviewing the content of both modules.
- You should submit this assignment by sending it to your Tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions
Choose 1 of the questions below to write a extended response with a minimum of 500 words. The response should include a short introduction, body/argument and a short conclusion. There is no right or wrong to this response and you are strongly encourage to be analytical however your assertions must be backed up with biblical, academic and/or reputable evidence.

Q.1 The Spirit of God is present in both the Old and New Testaments however there has been a lot of discussion on how the spirit is represented in each.

What are the similarities and differences of how the Holy Spirit is represented between the Old and New Testaments and what are the implications of these?

Q.2 Whilst the Holy Spirit is recognised as a foundational part of the Christian faith, there is large debate in regards to the nature of the spirit and its operation, with a particular focus on the ‘gifts of the spirit’.

With reference to scripture and other appropriate sources, what is your informed understanding of the nature and operation of the Holy Spirit and has this view changed to any extent over the course of this subject?



MODULE 1 - INTRODUCTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Estimated time to complete module: 30mins

This introduction gives an overview of the holy spirit, including a look at how it is represented in passages in the old and new testaments.

Resource 1 - Video - Link'Holy Spirit' - The Bible Project

Resource 2 - Bible Reading - LinkGenesis 1:1-2 - Shows the role of the spirit in the creation narrative.

Resource 3 - Bible Reading - LinkExodus 31:1-3 - This is an example of God filling people with his spirit in the old testament.

Resource 4 - Bible Reading - LinkPsalm 34 - Luke 3:21-22 - At Jesus' baptism, the spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.

Resource 5 - Bible Reading - LinkGalatians 5:13-26 - Paul describes life by the spirit.




MODULE 2 - FOUNDATIONS: WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT

Estimated time to complete module: 1hr

This talk was given by Ps Tim Mackie when he was Pastor of Door of Hope Church in Portland, OR.

This talk looks at what we mean as Christians when we say 'God's spirit' or the 'Holy Spirit'. This talk takes us through the origins of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and builds a theological foundation for us to study the rest of this subject.

Lecture 1: Video - LinkSpirit as Life Giver - I Am Who I Am - Tim Mackie from The Bible Project

This video is 59 minutes long.



MODULE 3 - THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Resource 1 - Academic Article - LinkThe Holy Spirit's Work in the old Testament - John de Hoog - Reformed Theological College



MODULE 4 - THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

The Bible Project's animated video describing Acts Ch. 1-7.

The Holy Spirit features prominently in the first part of Acts which this video demonstrates.

Resource 1 - Video - Link'Acts Ch. 1-7' - The Bible Project

This paper takes us through a comprehensive overview of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament with comprehensive references to scripture. The paper looks the spirit in 3 main periods including the gospels, the Holy Spirit in Acts and the Holy Spirit in the Epistles and Revelation.

The paper also includes an appendix on whether or not speaking in tounges, which has been viewed as a miraculous gift of the Spirit. This appendix argues a cessationist view of speaking in tounges. In later modules will explore the Charismatic and Pentecostal views of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Note: You may write Assignment 2 on this Reading.

Resource 1 - Academic Article - LinkThe Holy Spirit in the New Testament - Gregory Smith - Liberty University



MODULE 5 - THE PENTECOSTAL AND CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT

The discussion about whether the miraculous gifts of the spirit are active today has been a large feature of 20th & 21st century christianity. There are a range of debates as to the validity of the claims of both sides of the Cessationist/Charismatic debate.

Resource 1 - Bible Reading - Link1 Corinthians 12 - Paul describes the miraculous gifts of the spirit and how they work/worked in the church setting.

Resource 2 - Bible Reading - Link1 Corinthians 13 - This passage is used as a proof text by cessationists as biblical evidence for why the miraculous gifts aren't operative today.

This talk was given by Dr Lynn Moresi is a Lecturer at Whitley Baptist College and a pentecostal minister based in Melbourne, Australia. She is an incredibly effective communicator and engaging speaker with a broad understanding of Christian theology from a range of different perspectives.

In this video, Lynn discusses the theology of baptism by the Holy Spirit as well as the Pentecostal view of the operation of the 'gifts of the spiri't, in particular speaking in tounges. Alongside the Pentecostal view, Lynn provides an overview of other theological perspectives including cessationism, oneness pentecostalism & the charismatic views.

Lecture: Video - LinkBaptism in the Holy Spirit: Power for Living - Dr. Lynn Moresi

This video is 49 minutes long.



MODULE 6 - THE SPIRIT AS THE TEMPLE

Resource 1 - Bible Reading - Link1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Paul speakes about our bodies being temples of the Holy Spirit.

Resource 2 - Bible Reading - LinkRomas 8:1-17 - Paul speakes about the spirit being in believers.

This talk was given by Dr Tim Mackie when he was Pastor of Door of Hope Church in Portland, OR.

This talk looks at the idea of the 'Spirit as the Temple'. In Judaism, the temple in Jerusalem was the place where God's Spirit was present and was only accessible to the High Priests. This talk sheds a new light on the theology of the spirit. Tim explains how through our baptism in the spirit as new believers in Christ, we become part of the temple of God.

Lecture: Video - LinkThe Spirit and the Temple - I Am Who I Am - Dr. Tim Mackie

This lecture goes for 53 minutes

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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE

If you're not able to attend church or wanting some more spiritual nourishment, the NationStates Christian Community Church has a range of great resources including books, talks and sites along with a worship service.

You can check it out here:


WELCOME TO THE NATIONSTATES CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH

The NationStates Christian Community Church (NSCCC) is a community of Christians brought together by a common faith in Jesus Christ! We are a non-denominational online church aiming to connect everyone to Jesus and the Word of God. We are an extension of the NationStates Region Union of Christian Nations and welcome everyone to join us for our services and become a member of the church.

At the NSCCC you can check out our worship service, consider becoming a member, scroll through a range of fun bible resources, view our Statement of Faith and take a course to deepen your theological understanding at the UCN School of Theology (supported by the Union of Christian Nations and the NSCCC. Find out more info by clicking on each picture below.

Check out these: LinkOnline Church Resources




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With love in the Lord,
Ecclestia

Madesu

3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:3-4

Madesu

1And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:1-10

All glory to the Most High.

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

Today is the International Day of Peace. Let us come together in reflection, hope and prayer for a world with less violence, conflict and injustice and one where peace, justice and kindness rule.

Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God’ - Matthew 5:9.

Dear God,
In a world so full of conflict and division and in a world where hope can often feel distant, we come together, as members of the body of Christ to pray for those that find themselves in situations of violence, conflict and injustice, they they may find peace and rest in you. We pray for the rulers of the world, that they may work to end war and conflict and work for the good of all. We pray that the church may be a beacon of hope, light and justice for all the world. We pray for the protection and safety of those who work for peace and the elimination of violence often placing their own lives at risk to save those of others. We pray that you can give us the wisdom, strength and guidance to follow Jesus’ words and actions to be peacemakers in the world. We pray that as a region we can be an example of this teaching through creating peace within our region, serving as an example to others and furthering the cause of peace in NationStates. God we pray that your will for peace may be done on earth as it is in heaven and for the soon return of your son, Jesus Christ, where we will see an end to suffering and the flourishing peace. We say this prayer in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

I would also like to share an incredible campaigner for peace and justice. Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States from 1933-1946, served as the US Representative to the United Nations, oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was a prominent campaigner for youth, women and racial minorities in the United States. She was a woman far ahead of her time whose resolve and influence has fundamentally changed the world for the better.

This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt has been a favourite of mine for many years. I hope it inspires you, as it does me, on this important day.

‘It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.’

Blessings to you all on this important day.

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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE

Check out these resources to help do church online this Sunday!

God bless!

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Happy Sunday everyone!

NationStates Christian Community Church

Please join us in this weeks service of the NationStates Christian Community Church.

The Church has now launched a discord channel - link inside :)


CHURCH SERVICE



OPENING

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Join the discussion of this week's service at our LinkChurch Discord Channel

SONGS
LinkHow Great Thou Art, God of Wonders, Hosanna & Be Thou My Vision.
Performed by Stacy Feyer Salo at Mars Hill Bible Church, Michigan

READING 1
LinkLuke 24

READING 2
LinkRomans 8


MESSAGE

LinkSunday Service - Ashburton Baptist Church, Melbourne, Australia


REFLECTION

PRAYER

Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your Kingdom come.
May your will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into tempatation,
But deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom, the power & the glory forever and ever.
Amen.

GIVING

LinkTearfund - Australia

'LinkTearfund is a Christian charity working for a better world. You can help them fight poverty & injustice today by donating using the link below.

LinkDONATE HERE to Tearfund - Australia

Whilst generosity is strongly encouraged, please know that giving is always optional and you are never compelled to donate to a cause or organisation through the NSCCC if you choose not to.


CLOSING

SONG 3
LinkHow Deep the Father's Love For Us
Cameron & Kelly

An interesting article or further reading: LinkDecentralised Power & Biblical Leadership: Lessons From Exodus 18


ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Church has now launched a Discord Channel for everyone to interact and share fellowship with one another - Join the discussion at our LinkChurch Discord Channel .

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UCN School of Theology

I'm glad to announce a new unit with the UCN School of Theology - Jonah

Take a look at the unit below:


UCN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY - ELECTIVE STUDIES


📖 UGE3: JONAH 📖

WELCOME & UNIT OVERVIEW

Course Coordinator: Ecclestia
Tutor: Ecclestia

To enrol in the unit, telegram Ecclestia.

The Book of Jonah is one of the best known books of the Old Testament primarily for ‘Jonah being swallowed by a whale’. Whilst this book is often oversimplified in the media and our broader culture, the book of Jonah is extremely profound and reveals important messages about how God wants us to interact with him and the world around us. Furthermore, Jesus often references the Book of Jonah such as in Matthew 12:38-42. This unit will provide insight into the depth of this small book which is packed full of awesome theology and numerous valuable lessons we can apply in our everyday life.

Questions
Submit the questions to your academic tutor
1. What made you choose this unit?
2. What are you hoping to learn from this unit?



ASSESSMENT

You will need to complete the 2 assessments and achieve 51% to pass the unit for accreditation.

Overview
- Each response shall equate to 12.5% each with a collective total of 50% of your overall mark.
- You should submit this assignment by sending the answers to your tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions
- You are to write 4 short responses of around 125 words each based on the content in the units modules. Each response should be a reflection on how that module added to and changed yoru understanding and perception of the Book of Jonah if at all. You are required to respond to 4 of the 5 modules.

Overview
- This assignment should be completed after reviewing all of the modules.
- You should submit this assignment by sending it to your Tutor.
- This assignment should be completed within 3 months of enrolling in the unit.

Instructions

In at least 500 words complete the following task:

Write a short overview/commentary to the Book of Jonah with a specific focus on the main theological concepts which are conveyed in the book.



MODULE 1 - INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF JONAH

Estimated time to complete lesson: 5mins

The popular view of Jonah as being merely a moral story is presented in this video from Veggietales:

Resource 1 - Video - Link'Jonah Was A Prophet' - Veggietales

Estimated time to complete lesson: 10mins

This video by the Bible Project provides an overview of the Book of Jonah:

Resource 1 - Video - Link'Jonah' - Bible Project

Estimated time to complete lesson: 50mins

This lecture is from Dr. Tim Mackie, the co-Founder of The Bible Project, taking us through a 5 part series on the book of Jonah.
This lecture provides an introduction to the rest of the series.

Lecture 1 - Video - Link'The Amazing Jonah: Running From Your Life' - Dr. Tim Mackie



MODULE 2 - JONAH: CHAPTER 1

Estimated time to complete module: 5mins

Reading 1: LinkJonah Chapter 1

Estimated time to complete module: 55mins

Lecture 2 - Video - Link'The Amazing Jonah: Asleep at the Wheel' - Dr. Tim Mackie



MODULE 3 - JONAH: CHAPTER 2

Estimated time to complete module: 5mins

Reading 2: LinkJonah Chapter 2

Estimated time to complete module: 50mins

Lecture 3 - Video - Link'The Amazing Jonah: A Severe Mercy' - Dr. Tim Mackie



MODULE 4 - JONAH: CHAPTER 3

Estimated time to complete module: 5mins

Reading 3: LinkJonah Chapter 3

Estimated time to complete module: 1hr

Lecture 4 - Video - Link'The Amazing Jonah: A Severe Mercy' - Dr. Tim Mackie



MODULE 5 - JONAH: CHAPTER 4

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Reading 3: LinkJonah Chapter 4

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I've just issued an executive order establishing a puppet registry. Considering puppets are not eligible to vote in The Assembly, I thought this a practical step to make sure we're complying with the new Constitution. If you have any puppets in the Union of Christian Nations and/or Christian, can you please register them in the next 5 days by posting on the RMB or sending me or The UCN InfoCentre a telegram. Thanks :)



UNION OF CHRISTIAN NATIONS

PUPPET REGISTRY

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PUPPET REGISTRY

Under Executive Order 7: Puppet Registry, all residents of the Union of Christian Nations shall have 5 days to register any puppets they have. A puppet is a non-primary nation of a player who has 2 or more nations in the UCN and/or its territories.

To register your puppet(s) send a telegram to The UCN InfoCentre.


PRIMARY NATIONS & PUPPETS

Primary Nation

Puppet(s)

Region

Altius

Free altius

Union of Christian Nations

Ecclestia

The UCN InfoCentre
The Region of Christian

Union of Christian Nations
Christian

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 7: PUPPET REGISTRY


Date of Effect: 5 February 2021
Author: Ecclestia


PURPOSE OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER:
The purpose of this Executive Order is to provide a mechanism whereby the region can readily and easily register and identify puppet nations. This will help to ensure members of The Assembly are easily identifiable and well as identify instances of electoral and voting fraud among others.

SECTION 1: DEFINITIONS
1.1 For the purposes of this order, a puppet nation, or puppet, is a non-primary nation of a player who has 2 or more nations in the UCN and/or its territories.

SECTION 2: PUPPET REGISTRY
2.1 The puppet registry shall be published as a factbook and maintained by the Office of Foreign, Legal & Administrative Affairs.
2.2 The registry shall list all puppets and their corresponding primary nation.
2.3 If a player has 2 or more nations in the region and 1 of those nations is a member of the World Assembly (WA), it shall be assumed that the WA member is the primary nation and the other nation(s) are puppets, unless expressly notified to the contrary.

SECTION 3: DIRECTIONS TO RESIDENTS
3.1 All residents shall have 5 days to register any puppets.
3.2 Residents are encouraged to have their primary nation reside in the Union of Christian Nations and move their puppets to any affiliate regions and/or territories of the UCN.

SECTION 4: NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THIS ORDER
4.1 If a player does not comply with this order, the Attorney-General, or in their absence, The President, shall apply to the courts to seek an injuction for specific performance.
4.2 If a nation does not comply with an order for specific performance, the Attorney-General, or in their absence, The President, shall charge that nation for contempt of court and may request from the Courts a writ of mandamus to update the puppet registry with specific details.
4.3 The Office of Foreign, Legal & Administrative Affairs shall not seek action with the courts for non compliance if non-compliance can be attributed to inactivity.
4.4 Inactivity shall be a defence for non-compliance with this order.


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