Units (Subjects)

See below for the individual units (subjects) currently available. Please go to Courses for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We encourage you to contact our registrars to start a conversation about what units might best suit your needs.

Units are available in the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 16 – Friday 20 January 2023

TH005-512i/812i

For many people the idea of "theology" conjures up images of dry and deathly boring concepts that are completely detached from real life. Sadly, sometimes that reputation is well-deserved. But theology should not be like that. The puritan theologian William Ames described theology as "the knowledge of how to live in the presence of God." Another theologian, Petrus van Mastricht, that it is "the doctrine of living for God through Christ." Fundamentally, theology is about knowing God so that we can love him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 16 – Friday 20 January 2023

TH002-612i/712i/812i + EM206-912i (Specialised Studies)

Theology affects all of life. It is intensely practical. It answers the meaning of life questions such as, 'Who am I? What is my purpose? How can I live well?' – by stepping back to see the centrality of God himself to our lives and the universe. As Augustine said, "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you"...

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New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612/812

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text, providing fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's Word, and enhance the faithfulness of your teaching and preaching...

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday Daytime Unit

CH001-512/612/812

Who we are is very much a product of our personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Christian History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday Daytime Unit

TH005-512/812

For many people the idea of "theology" conjures up images of dry and deathly boring concepts that are completely detached from real life. Sadly, sometimes that reputation is well-deserved. But theology should not be like that. The puritan theologian William Ames described theology as "the knowledge of how to live in the presence of God." Another theologian, Petrus van Mastricht, that it is "the doctrine of living for God through Christ." Fundamentally, theology is about knowing God so that we can love him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength...

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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday Daytime Unit

OT008-612/712/812 + OT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday Daytime Unit

OT009-612/712/812 + OT207-912 (Specialised Studies)

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

PE001-512/812

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we properly discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ in our post-Christian world? How are we to apply our understanding of God’s will to the complex ethical questions facing Christians today? The aim of this unit is to engage with Scripture in order to develop a coherent ethical framework for thinking and acting, living and loving as faithful disciples of Christ in the 21st century. Our approach will be biblical, systematic and practical...

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New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, off-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Monday Evening Unit

LA005-612/812

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text, providing fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's Word, and enhance the faithfulness of your teaching and preaching. In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, and to be equipped to consult New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text, and to read books that discuss or refer to Greek words, expressions, grammar and their meanings...

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The Fourth Gospel (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT016-612/712/812 + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to John, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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The Fourth Gospel (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT017-612/712/812 + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT207-912 (Specialised Studies)

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to John, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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Biblical Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2023
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CT01

One of the joys of being a Christian is reading God's word and growing in our understanding of what it means to know the Lord Jesus and serve him. One of the challenges that soon becomes apparent and one that many Christians of all stages face is how to apply the various parts of the Bible to the Christian life. Wouldn't it have been great to walk with Jesus along that Emmaus road and hear him explain 'what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself' (Luke 24:27)?..

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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Tuesday Evening Unit​

NT001-512/612/812

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH104-612/712/812 + TH205-912(Capstone) + TH206-912(Specialised Studies)

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks?..

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT001-512/612/812

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM017-612/712/812 + EM205-912(Capstone)

Cross-cultural ministry can shape us to be more like our Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult and discouraging journey. This is often due to the extra challenges of living and serving away from our normal supports of family, friends and church; being out of our comfort zone in unfamiliar cultures where we struggle as linguistic toddlers; and confronting entrenched spiritual forces that are dogged in opposing the discipling of the nations...

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Applied Evangelism

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM025-6/7/812 + EM205-912(Capstone)

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Matthew 28:19); Peter exhorted, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’ (1 Peter 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Romans 10:14). As Christians, we have a commission, exhortation and passion to evangelise, but do you ever get the feeling that our culture has changed, and methods of evangelism which once worked very well last century, no longer seem as effective?..

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Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8 + SMBC Certificate level, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Thursday Daytime Unit

PE001-512/612/812 + CT04

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we properly discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ in our post-Christian world? How are we to apply our understanding of God’s will to the complex ethical questions facing Christians today? The aim of this unit is to engage with Scripture in order to develop a coherent ethical framework for thinking and acting, living and loving as faithful disciples of Christ in the 21st century. Our approach will be biblical, systematic and practical...

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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612/812

This unit is the first step in building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A and B (Semester 2), students will be in a position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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Leviticus Exegesis (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT032-612/712/812 + OT206-912

Why did God give us such a boring book? While many may have secretly asked that question when reading through Leviticus, in the end the problem lies more with us. Here is a part of Scripture that has a long history of being neglected, misunderstood, and misapplied. That is a great pity for Leviticus is a consummate work of literary artistry, it is theologically rich, and presents a vital word that God’s people need to hear today. In fact, it is impossible to fully grasp the significance of Jesus without understanding Leviticus...

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Leviticus Exegesis (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT031-612/712/812 + OT207-912

Why did God give us such a boring book? While many may have secretly asked that question when reading through Leviticus, in the end the problem lies more with us. Here is a part of Scripture that has a long history of being neglected, misunderstood, and misapplied. That is a great pity for Leviticus is a consummate work of literary artistry, it is theologically rich, and presents a vital word that God’s people need to hear today. In fact, it is impossible to fully grasp the significance of Jesus without understanding Leviticus...

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Personal and Spiritual Formation for Christian Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Thursday Evening Unit

PC076-612/712/812 + PC206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Powerful cultural forces seek to form our desires and choices. A pivotal biblical text insists, “Do not be conformed … be transformed”. How are we formed? Counter-formed? Transformed … for faithful living, godly ministry, wise leadership?..

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2023
Friday Daytime Seminar

AS001-812/912

The purpose of the unit is to assist you to plan and design a research project. You will be introduced to the discipline of research, become familiar with the research methods that you are likely to use in your research, analyse some examples of the research of others, and develop your own research proposal...

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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Friday Daytime Unit

​TH001-612/712/812

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?..

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Cross-Cultural Communication

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2023
Friday Daytime Unit

EM008-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Would you like to get to know people from another culture, but are afraid of ‘treading on their cultural toes’? Do you want to learn how to share the gospel with people who are very different to you, in a way that resonates with their hearts?..

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 17 – Friday 21 April 2023

NT002-512i/612i

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Advanced Preaching Workshop C: Bible Teaching and Character Formation

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, hybrid

WORKSHOP
17 May 2022

PC117-803

Biblical preaching is instrumental in growth in character. Deepen your grasp of the processes involved in this divine-human project...

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Church Planting

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 10 – Friday 14 July 2023

EM026-612i/712i/812i + EM205-912i (Capstone)

As we read Paul's missionary journeys in the book of Acts, we see that his ministry trips to cities resulted not just in people coming to faith, but in local churches being established.  Much of the New Testament consists of Paul writing to these churches. This dynamic has led many to agree with Tom Hale, a medical missionary to Nepal, who wrote, "The essential core ministry in missions is the winning of people to Christ and forming them into congregations—that is, evangelism and church planting"...

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Conflict Management for Ministry Workers

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Seminar Week: Monday 10 – Friday 14 July 2023

PC204-7/8/912

The purpose of this unit is to enable Christian leaders to develop insight into the dynamics of conflict within church communities and to acquire skills in prevention, management and the recovery from conflicted situations...

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Christian Mentoring: Foundations and Dynamics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, on-campus

INTENSIVE
Workshop 1: Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 July 2023

PC043-824i

We live in an era when Christian leadership is intensely challenging. It is more important than ever for leaders to find competent support for effective ministry and personal development. Christian mentoring is an intentional 1 to 1 ministry that helps good leaders flourish as thoughtful and secure Christian disciples in the midst of the challenges of ministry and life.

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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2023
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

NT001-512/812

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, off-campus

SEMESTER 2 2023
Monday Evening Unit

LA006-612/812

In this unit we continue our introduction and experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books that discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions...

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2023
Tuesday Evening Unit

NT002-512/612/812

The church is far from perfect, whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Living Faiths

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2023
Wednesday Evening Unit

EM021-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Over 4 billion people in the world follow traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam. Perhaps God has given you an interest in helping people in these religions find Jesus? This unit will help you do that. In it, we explore the basic beliefs, practices, and some deeply held assumptions of Animists, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims...

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2023
Thursday Evening Unit

TH104-612/712/812 + TH205-912 (Capstone) + TH206-912 (Specialised Studies)

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks? In this unit we’ll explore the many facets of what church ministry is: how churches differ about decision making and governance; why some baptise infants but others don’t; how churches might be diminishing the importance of the Lord’s Supper; and how can pastors, and others in church leadership, pray biblically and helpfully for God’s people...

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Interpreting Samuel for Today

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 4 – Friday 8 September 2023

OT042-712i/812i/912i + OT205-912i (Capstone)

1 & 2 Samuel are often seen as the most literarily sophisticated books of the Bible. Gripping stories of Samuel, Saul and David combine to describe the dawn of Israel's monarchy. The central character, however, is God himself. And the obvious focus on history is actually made subordinate to communicating life-changing theology. Ultimately, God's choice of David forms an essential backdrop for understanding Jesus as messiah and king...

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Preaching I

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 25 – Friday 29 September 2023

PC047-612i/712i/812i

There are not many more important responsibilities in the life of the church than the task of preaching God's word. Whether it is speaking to children, youth, at evangelistic outreaches, or to a Sunday congregation, communicating God's timeless truth in the Bible with accuracy, pastoral warmth, and relevance is a challenging task that requires diligence, prayer, and hard work. But where do you start? What is the process of moving from the ancient text to the modern world?..

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Advanced Preaching Workshop D: Bible Teaching, Culture and Meaning

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, hybrid

WORKSHOP
25 October 2022

PC118-803

We teach the Bible to people who watch TV, stream movies, share YouTube clips, visit galleries and discuss books with their friends. How do we bring the Bible into the conversation with integrity and insight?..

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The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM033-912

This unit will provide participants with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry, especially cross-cultural ministry. In light of this understanding, it will enable participants to exegete the cultural context in which they are serving...

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Ministry in Culturally Diverse Teams

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM049-912

This unit will enable participants to investigate the principles of healthy multicultural teamwork, to reflect on their own and others’ experiences of serving in multicultural teams, and to more effectively work as part of a team composed of people from diverse cultural backgrounds...

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Making Disciples Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM039-812/912

This unit will enable participants to understand the patterns and principles of disciple making and mentoring in the Scriptures and the ways these principles are expressed in various cultures. Building on this understanding, participants will be helped to develop contextually appropriate ways of discipling people in their particular ministry setting...

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Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM052-912

This unit will enable participants to understand the principles of contextualisation in order to construct a framework for approaching contextualisation in any specific cultural context. It will help participants to develop contextualised ways to communicate the gospel in their context as well as contribute to the development of the church...

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