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Christian Foundations II: Reformation & Transformation

How did we get from Jesus preaching and teaching in Judea and Jerusalem to the modern-day church? While in the first course in the Christian Foundations series we explored the formation of the church as a distinct group of Jesus-followers, there’s a lot of story left to tell!
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Praying (listening to and conversing with God) is the foundation of living missionally. What does living missionally mean? It starts with leaning into our common mission of sharing the Good News of God’s unconditional love for us as shown through the

incarnated life, death and resurrection of Jesus and moves to discerning and embracing the particular ways God is uniquely calling to each one of us to live that mission in our daily lives. This becomes part of our lives as we love others as God loves us.

What You’ll Learn

This course will help you to follow the story of our faith and scriptures by:


Presenting the history in a flowing, coherent narrative


Examining foundational aspects of our faith


Seeing Jesus from the perspective of his first-century context


Discussing the origin and ongoing story of the church


Learning about how we got our Creeds and the Canon of Scripture we follow


Asking how we can be part of this community which is Christ’s body

Learn together

Practice in your context

Reflect in community

Your new knowledge and experience will become even more meaningful when shared with other learning practitioners like yourself.


Patrick Paulsen Niagara School for Missional Leadership

Patrick Paulsen

Patrick Paulsen’s (he/him) greatest passion is teaching people to see Jesus in his proper context—as a first century Jew in the historical setting of the intertestamental period. His Master’s thesis was on “Exploring the Self-awareness of Jesus through His Use of Hebrew Idioms and Elements of Second Temple Judaism,” and teaching this is what he loves to do.
Patrick is married to (The Rev. Canon Dr.) Judy Paulsen and they have three children and four grandchildren. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Science and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies. His passions are: learning, teaching, kayaking, drumming, and learning languages. With Judy and Bishop Susan Bell, he co-wrote Christian Foundations. He also wrote a three-part series called “Know the Flow: (1) The Story of Israel from Abraham to Jesus, (2) Jesus in His First Century Context and (3) The Story of the Early Church, Canon and Creeds.”the ways in which God calls Christyn to live into my part of God’s mission.

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