This eight-week study program will give a general introduction to Japanese culture, history and religion. It will also introduce basic principles for sharing the gospel in the midst of the Japanese culture.
There is no charge for taking this course except for the cost of the three textbooks. 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 is conducted as independent learning, with on-line interaction and several video conferencing events, so you can participate wherever you live.
Format for Course:
i. Understanding Japan Through The Eyes Of Christian Faith; (Fifth Edition), 2014. $14.95 at Amazon. A PDF downloaded version is available for $6 from Don Wright.
iii. How to Share the Good News With Your Japanese Friend, Mark Reasoner. A print copy and PDF file can be purchased here.
iv. Operation Japan, A Prayer Guide for Japan, Fifth Edition. You may purchase the paperback version or ebook version at Amazon. Also, a pdf version can be purchased from RJC Academy for $5.00. The digital version is available as a download from Don Wright. This updated version includes pictures and greatly expanded content and is linked with the internet for additional information.
Two interviews with Japanese and one with foreigner. If a Japanese person is not available, a contact will be provided.
5. Visit a Japanese Church.
i. Weekly Observations (The length can vary.): Due every Saturday 11:59pm. “What I Have Learned.” This will be submitted on-line and posted on www.rjcnetwork.org.
ii. Students will read other students’ reports and make comments.
iii. Final Paper
7. Attend two Conference Call Discussions.
Week 1 Japan-A Brief Review
Week 2 Japanese History
Week 3 Japanese Society
Week 4 Religion in Japan
Week 5 Christianity and Japan
Week 6 Japanese Culture and Christian Faith
Week 7 Conclusions and Analysis
Week 8 Review
Beth (Japan). I have thoroughly enjoyed this study. It has been helpful as I get settled here in Japan. My goal is to continue to review the material and additional readings to deepen my understanding and continue interviews and conversations here with people.
Mary T. (Japan). This has been a wonderful course overall. It really opened my eyes in learning about how to reach out to Japanese in many different ways. Whereas before when a Japanese person would talk about their religion or culture, I would just step back and become quiet. Now I vigorously seek ways how I can use the Japanese history/culture to point them to Christ.
David M. (California). I have been ministering among the Japanese for many years. Some of my very closest friends are Japanese and my wife is Japanese. But my understanding of the Japanese people has just taken an important step forward because of the Japan 101 course offered by RJC. Through the readings and interacting with others I have gained practical insights into why Japanese people think and act as they do and how I might be viewed by them as I seek to build friendships and share the life-changing message of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. I highly recommend this as a foundational course or as part of an orientation to ministry among the Japanese.
Hurumi B. (Japan). This class has provided so much information about Japanese history, culture and the way Japanese people live daily. Through this class I learned why Japan is so unique. I thought I knew a lot about Japan being a native myself, but learning from the perspective of Christianity was such a growing experience for me. I was able to look at the country of Japan and people in it from a perspective of God. How He might be feeling watching the Japanese struggle through life. God has refreshed my love and calling for Japanese people, thanks to Japan 101 class. I loved the comradery of fellow brothers and sisters, learned a lot from one another. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the day Jesus comes back. Till then, may we press on to see God working in our lives, touching more Japanese people’s hearts. The best is yet to come…..