There is no charge for taking this course except for the cost of the three test books. 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 is geared to help those who are just starting in Japanese ministry and will help sharpen those who are still learning.
Quote from Mariana Nesbitt: “This book offers twelve chapters that are designed to help us and our message to be less foreign and more acceptable to the Japanese heart and mind. One-stop shopping for the conscientious, busy missionary, minister, professor or student. For this purpose we use Japanese redemptive analogies, Japanese religion, Japanese religious consciousness. We look at good Japanese communication, Japanese literature, festival days and ceremonies and general objections. We understand why Japanese do not want religion, but want quazi-religious practices. We discover quotations from Japanese Christians, we look at the Bible in Japanese terms. We read about famous Japanese Christians and try to unpack the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for Japanese believers. And end with the all-important Christian identity.”
Format for Course:
i.Jesus For Japan (Bridging The Cultural Gap For Christianity, by Mariana Nesbitt The book is available as a hard copy and as an ebook.. Each chapter has review questions to help digest the material.
ii. Operation Japan, Digital 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
Several RJC Videos concerning relevant themes.
3. Practical Application:
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.
1. Weekly Observations (Approximately 200 words): Due every Saturday 11:59pm. “What I Have Learned.” This will be submitted on-line and posted on www.academy.rjcnetwork.org, accessible by password only.
2. Students will read reports from other students weekly and make comments.
7. Attend two Conference Call Discussions.
Week 1 Introduction, Japanese Redemptive Analogies
Week 2 Japanese Religion
Week 3 Japanese Religion Part 2
Week 4 Japanese Culture and Arts in Communication
Week 5 Festival Days and Ceremonies.
Week 6 Don’t Want Religion, Want…. and Using Japanese Writings
Week 7 God and Salvation
Week 8 Objections to Christianity, Christian Identity
This Japan 103 course has been completely revised