This month Christians around the world are coming together to commemorate the death and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The reality that Jesus Christ was crucified and died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day is the Gospel. Indeed, it is this core and historical truth of the Gospel that unites us all as followers of Jesus Christ.
Leading up to Easter Sunday, many of us at Olivet have been meditating on John 13:1 – John 19:30 as part of a wonderful 40-day Lenten tradition. By studying these passages in the Book of John, we hope to more profoundly understand the love of God that He revealed through the death of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. As Apostle Paul explains in the Book of Romans, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
And we rejoice, for at Easter, God’s love triumphed in the eternal life of the resurrected Jesus Christ!
As we mark this period, it is my prayer that we all could better understand the Gospel, at the heart of which is God’s perfect love revealed in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. By faith, may the gift of a relationship of love with our Lord Jesus Christ and a life that follows in his footsteps to eternal life be ours. And may the Gospel always be our firm foundation – the driving force of our lives and all that we do at Olivet University.
Blessings in Christ Jesus for a Happy Easter!
President of Olivet University
By the time Dr. David Jang founded Olivet University, his years of grassroots mission work on foot and through digital media had carried the good seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many far-reaching corners of the world, including places hostile to Christian faith. The thankful result was a harvest of men and women devoted to Jesus Christ and working together for the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Olivet started humbly as a church school that functioned as a “seedbed” for missionary training and service. (The original meaning of the word “seminary” is “seedbed.”) Dr. Jang recognized the benefits of further formalizing this training. In the year 2000, Olivet Theological College and Seminary (OTCS) was established in both Los Angeles and in Seoul, Korea.
As the seminary expanded, Dr. David Jang decided to make the institution’s new home in San Francisco under the official name “Olivet University” when he incorporated the school on March 3, 2004. San Francisco seemed an ideal place to call home. In addition to the blessing of gorgeous weather, San Francisco also featured rich ethnic diversity that continues to be reflected in Olivet’s diverse faculty and student population. San Francisco also provided a vibrant start-up scene that would act like an incubator to accelerate the growth of the young University.
Starting off in a humble basement office in downtown San Francisco, Dr. David Jang led Olivet to quickly align itself with the needs of the Great Commission and the worldwide Christian community by adding a number of schools to its flagship school, Olivet Theological College & Seminary: Jubilee College of Music; Olivet College of Journalism; Olivet College of Art & Design; and Olivet Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jang also invited onto the faculty Dr. William Wagner, a renowned mission strategist and Professor of Missions at the neighboring Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Seeing a shared passion for saving souls in Dr. Jang and Olivet students, Dr. Wagner in turn introduced a number of talented local faculty members to teach at Olivet full time, and continues to devote himself to service at Olivet to this day.
In 2005, by the grace of God, Dr. David Jang settled Olivet into the former University of California Berkeley Downtown Extension Campus. Steps away from the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco (the Moscone Center), the campus came perfectly prepared with educational facilities of exceptional quality for carrying out Olivet’s mission.
In 2006, Dr. David Jang decided it was time to pursue his passion for mission-field work fulltime. Completing his term, he handed over the presidency to Dr. David James Randolph. On July 17, 2006 Dr. Randolph received the honor of becoming Olivet University’s 2nd University President, while Dr. Jang assumed the role of the University’s International President, giving leadership to the school’s mission outreach to the farthest reaches of the world.
The school that Dr. David Jang founded flourished in the years that followed. In 2009, the University had received institutional accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. New schools of Language Education and Business were added, as well as expanded authority to offer a full range of degree programs, including the research doctorate.
During this time Olivet experienced similar growth in the area of key partnerships, particularly with Olivet’s Global Partner the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), where Dr. Jang also serves as a Board member on the WEA North American Council. In 2010, Olivet’s collaborative relationship with the WEA, which represents over 600 million Christians, produced the World Evangelical Alliance Leadership Institute, providing quality leadership development programs for WEA leaders all over the world.
The vision cast by Dr. David Jang, to establish formal theological training to prepare young men and women to transform the world through Christian mission, has resulted in a school that continues to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
God, Creation, the Incarnation
This course focuses upon the core of theological content of the historic Christian faith as presented in the gospel and the historic creeds: specifically we foucs the person of God in his trinitarian fulness, his work in creation and providence and the the self-revelation of God through the second person of the Trinity: the eternal Son of the Father whom we know as Jesus, Israel‟s promised Messiah.
RELATION TO THE COLLEGE STATEMENT OF MISSION:
Our university mission statement is:
“Olivet University is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to training ministry-bound men and women as biblical scholars and leaders, and to equipping them with the practical skills to preach the Gospel effectively into and after the „network generation‟ – thus priming them to revolutionize the world through Christian mission.”
After completing this course, students should be able to:
1. recognize the significance and necessity of God’s self-revelation for knowledge of Him.
2. apprehend the reality and necessity of the Trinity and the reasons it sets Christianity apart from other faiths.
3. Give a lucid explanation of God as Trinity.
4. Understand and articulate that God exists in dynamic fulness and relationship of love.
5. Explain the uniqueness of Jesus in his person and work.
6. To explain the various understandings of the atonement noting the strengths and weakness of the various explanations.
7. Articulate the vital reality of the resurrection and ascension and its importance for the Christian life today.
Athanasius, On the Incarnation (various publishers). (also available in Kindle format)
Oden, Thomas C. The Living God (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1989). (also available in Logos format)
Oden, Thomas C. The Word of Life (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1989). (also available in Logos format)
Kruger, Baxter C., Jesus and the Undoing of Adam (Jackson MS: Perichoresis Press, 2001). (also available in Kindle format)
Kruger, Baxter C., The Great Dance (Vancouver, B.C.: Regent College Publishing, 2000). (also available in Kindle format)
Kruger, Baxter C., The Shack Revisited (Vancouver, B.C.: Regent College Publishing, 2000). (also available in Kindle format)
Sawyer, M. James, The Survivor’s Guide to Theology. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006) (out of print, available in both Logos & Kindle format)
Young, Paul, The Shack (Newbury Park, CA: Windblown Media, 2011). (also available in Kindle and audio format)