Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Discuss the meaning of the New Testament concept of agape showing how it is unique and why it is an important concept in the study of human relations. 2. Develop a biblical model of agape that relates to the basic relationships of life, God’s demonstration of agape, and the dynamic of agape in growth and maturity. 3. State how each member of the Godhead is actively involved in the agape experience of the believer. 4. Summarize what it means to love yourself and how a person with a negative self-image could apply agape principles to his life. read more
Table of Contents
UNIT ONE: Agape and God 1 The Basic Quality of Meaningful Relationships............16 2 God: The Source and Giver of Agape..........................40 3 Jesus: The Ultimate Expression of Agape....................60 4 Godlikeness: The Goal of Christian Living...................76 UNIT TWO: Agape and the Leader 5 The Self-Concept.........................................................100 6 Maturity: Growing in God’s Love (Agape)....................120 7 Agape and the Leader..................................................142 UNIT THREE: Agape and Human Relationships 8 People in Perspective..................................................166 9 The Challenge of Human Relations.............................186 10 Agape Principles and Techniques in Human Relations.............................................206 UNIT FOUR: Making Agape Work 11 Building an Agape Marriage and Family....................232 12 Agape and One-to-One Relationships......................................250 13 The Small Group, Human Relations, and Agape.......276 14 Agape, Management, and Organization.....................300
Course Introduction
Divine Love (Agape) in Human Relations This course in human relations uses a unique approach and emphasis. If you are looking for a historical review of the subject or a purely psychological approach, you will probably be disappointed. If, however, you are looking for a course developed on a biblical model that is also psychologically valid, then perhaps this course will meet your need. The author of this course has worked from some basic assumptions which include the following: (1) God is love, and He has demonstrated His love in and through His Son, Jesus Christ. (2) Truth is whole or complete, and its source is God. (3) The deepest need of all persons everywhere is to experience love and truth, in vertical relationship with God and in horizontal relationships with self and others. (4) Everyone who has experienced an agape kind of love and truth is a resource for others to have the same experience. (5) The most important and basic quality for all human relations is divine love. The course has been developed according to the principle of integration. This principle means that we “embrace truth that has been validated by psychological research and is compatible with biblical truth.” This approach recognizes the need to use truth regardless of how it is given, as long as it completes understanding. The focus of the course is on practical application for the individual in all of his or her relationships, regardless of whether they are vertical, with God, or horizontal, with self and others. Psychologists have done a great deal of research in the field of human relations. This course covers the following findings from psychological research: read more
Course Description Human Relations (MIN2012/3—Credit 2 or 3 hours) Human Relations is built on the summary of the commandments given by our Lord in Matthew 22:34–40. The theme, therefore, is love. In this course the agape concept is examined thoroughly and is applied to every kind of human relationship. Agape is first experienced when the “self” meets God and is then applied to the other relationships of human experience.
HUMAN RELATIONS