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Christian Ethics: Introduction

Christian Ethics Free Course: Introduction

Introduction: Should the church take any interest in the great moral questions which confront society? Or should church leaders see their role merely as supplying a ‘religious’ dimension to life – conducting baptisms, weddings and funerals; providing church services and marking the passing of the seasons with appropriate festivals? ”Let the scientists, sociologists and politicians deal with the real world” some would say.

Or again, is the role of the church simply to preach the gospel in the power of the Spirit? If men and women repent and believe in sufficient numbers and with enough miracles taking place, then all society’s problems will be solved. Or will they? The O1d Testament prophets continually preached against religion which had no concern for the daily plight of men and women. Isaiah cries: "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:  to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isa 58:6-7)

Jesus addressed all the great issues of His day in the course of His gospel ministry. Kingdom power would be revealed in Good Samaritans, in prison visitors, in those who gave to the poor, in new marriage ethics, political attitudes and protection of the weak.

All the New Testament letters reflect this concern that the good news should touch every aspect of life. Indeed, Paul sees a day coming when God will reconcile all things through His Son.

The Cross is the great road-junction of life, the meeting place of heaven and hell, life and death, justice and injustice, the rich and the poor, men and women, religion and politics.
Obey the signals and we drive up Reconciliation Road: disobey them and we crash.

Preaching the gospel of the kingdom involves bringing the government of God into every department of life. Concern for society, its values and practices, is a central part of the church’s mission. We are called to bring God’s reconciliation to God’s world and this course is about just that. In these 10 studies we will consider some of the main issues of our day, the biblical principles which apply to them and some of the practical things we can do about them.

Ethics is a vast field and this is only the merest introduction to it, but hopefully it will help us as Christians to understand and face up to the social, ethical, medical and cultural issues around us and thus will both stimulate our concern and set us thinking along the right lines.

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  1. Rev Charles Carter says:

    THE TRUE CHRISTIAN IS ONE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH BUILDING AS WELL AS WITHIM THE WALLS OF THE BUILDING.

  2. Lucia Harry says:

    Etics is a study I am looking forward to, In maney countries christians battle with culure matters, how ever it is what the bible say that count

  3. Michael D. Dowdy says:

    ethics & morality are the cornerstone of the christian faith and must be applied in the person, the home, the workplace, schools, churches and in governments at all levels. This is my definition of true christianity & its ethics as taught bby our lord & savior-Jesus Christ

  4. As we were created by God according to His image & likeness, we ought to to be like Jesus the Christ who was very much concern to guide people to the right path.
    True, Jesus went back to the Father, but He left the Holy Spirit to guide us.
    If a man let the Holy Spirit guides him, then he, be like Jesus as deliverer of God’s Word, and a model in godly character.
    Amen, we have to be concerned.

  5. Amen…
    We were commissioned by Jesus: Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore, make followers of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
    Teach them to obey my commandments, and I will be with you untill the end of the world..

  6. And also Jesus said to His Followers that, “In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that people will see the good things you do. Live so that people will praise your Father in Heaven”. Mat 5:16.

  7. May I know how can I proceed to the next session?

  8. Pastor James A. Kelly says:

    This has been the problem within the Christian community for decades. First the church stood by silently during the issue of abortion, Roe vs Wade. Today there are more abortions in the United States than in all the other countries combined.

    The church stood by and said nothing when the Bible, prayer and discipline was taken out of the schools. The result is that there is more violence within our schools than in any where else in the world.

    Once it was the duty of a pastor to offer pastoral counseling, and we yet stood by and let the secular world handle counseling. We refer people to counseling with secular therapist, psychiatrists and psychologists.

    The church must be concerned with what is happening around us. We have to make a stand for something or we will fall for anything.

  9. Amsalu Ayele Mekonnen says:

    I am Amsalu Ayele registered for doctorate degree program , so what are my first courses and what are some requirements I must fulfilled to start or can i start my program from Christian ethics introduction ? how many courses do i take ?

  10. Yuseff Randle says:

    Christianity is based on your availability and willingness to be lead by te spirit of God, according to His word, and His purpose.

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