There is no charge for taking this course except for the cost of the text. However, there is a required $25 (US) deposit, to be received before the beginning of the classes. This deposit will be returned upon completion of the class requirements. Also, the course does not require any face-to-face interaction, so you can participate wherever you live.
This eight-week study program will give insight into how to share Jesus in an understandable way within the Japanese culture. Mariana Nesbitt has gathered an amazing amount of information that will help your ministry.
“The Japanese are amazing at taking an idea, digesting it and giving their own, totally Japanese slant to it. Yet, to a large degree, this has not been done in the church. Why not? Is it because of bad experiences in the past? Or because it is a long distance haul from Jesus in Athens, to Jesus in Tokyo? Paul saw the ‘many idols’ in Athens, and in Tokyo he would see the hundreds of shrines, temples, and the Imperial Palace. He would gaze at the pilgrims heading for Mt Fuji, the sad mother crying before the Jizo idol. He would have used these sights, together with the local poetry and literature, together with the teachings of Jesus to convince them of the Way.”
Athens to Tokyo: A Resource Book For Christian Mission in Japan by Mariana Nesbitt.
iii. Misc. Readings
iv. Operation Japan, CD version is now available from Don Wright. This is an updated version for $5 and linked with the internet. It includes pictures and greatly expanded content. Request for Operation Japan CD
RJC Audio Tapes – One Lecture at RJC Audio.
Multiple interviews with Japanese Christians and non-Christians.
1. Weekly Observations: Due every Saturday 11:59pm. “What I Have Learned.” This will be submitted on-line and posted on www.rjcnetwork.org, accessible by password only.
2. Students will read reports from other students weekly and make comments.
Week 1 Japanese Redemptive Analogies, Chapter 1
Week 2 Japanese Religion, Chapter 2, Part 1
Week 3 Japanese Religious Consciousness – Good (Japanese) Communication, Chapter 2, Part 2, Chapter 3
Week 4 Japanese Culture and The Arts in Communication, Chapter 4
Week 5 Festival Days and Ceremonies-Don’t Want Religion, Want …. Chapter 5
Week 6 Use Japanese Literature – God and Salvation, Chapter 6, Part 1, Part 2
Week 7 The Bible in Japanese Terms, Chapter 9
Week 8 Christian Identity – Conclusion, Chapter 10