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Systematic Theology I

Explore Biblical Doctrinal Foundations

This course is our first course on Systematic Theology. It will begin a study journey of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. For church leaders, those in vocational ministry or desiring to be in full-time vocational ministry, it is essential for you to know these concepts. Our introductory course in Bible doctrine covers Theology (Doctrine of God and Angels). This course will build your faith and prepare you to respond to the question of the hope which comes from within.

Week One

  • Watch Video: Week 1
  • Orientation
  • Course Introduction
  • Download: Study Guide and Class Notes
  • Read: Pages 3-7
  • Write: Write two paragraphs.
    • First, what are the five characteristics of Theology?
    • Second, how does the music you listened to in Session 1 video relate to these characteristics?

Week Two

  • Watch Video: Week 2
  • Read: Pages 7-14
  • Write: Write two paragraphs.
    • First, list the steps used in doing Theology or the method of Theology.
    • Second, which steps seem most important to you? Why?

Week Three

  • Watch Video: Week 3
  • Read: Pages 15-22
  • Write: Write several paragraphs on the three approaches to contextualizing the Christian message. (The lecture lists two, the text lists three. See page 16 in Ericksen).
    • Which approach would you use in contextualizing the Christian message? Why did you choose this approach?

Week Four

  • Watch Video: Week 4
  • Read: Pages 25-48
  • Write:
    • Write the definition of general revelation and state an example of general revelation.
    • Write the definition of Special Revelation and give one example of special revelation.

Week Five

  • Watch Video: Week 5
  • Read: Pages 49-67
  • Write:
    • Write out the definition of inspiration. Review pages 52-53.  What theory of inspiration do you think is best?  Why?
    • Write out the one sentence definition for inerrancy found on page 60. What is the main point of the concept of inerrancy?  Read the final definition on page 63.

Week Six

  • Watch Video: Week 6
  • Read: Pages 69-74
  • Write: Write a brief response to these questions.
    • Does anyone have the authority to tell us what to believe or how to act?  If so, who is it?
    • How does the Holy Spirit and God’s Word work together?

Week Seven

  • Watch Video: Week 7
  • Read: Pages 79-85
  • Write:
    • Write a definition for both immanence and transcendence. Give one implication of both aspects of God that is significant for you.

Week Eight

  • Watch Video: Week 8
  • Read: Pages 87-95
  • Write: 
    • Write the definition of God’s attributes.
    • Briefly explain the difference between God’s attributes and God’s properties.

Week Nine

  • Watch Video: Week 9
  • Read:  Pages 97-105
  • Write: 
    • Write a paragraph describing which of God’s moral qualities is most significant to you? Why?

Week Ten

  • Watch Video: Week 10
  • Read: Pages 107-119
  • Write:
    • Describe modalistic monarchianism. What is the flaw in this construct of God?  What construct did the early Church fathers arrive at to solve this problem?

Week Eleven

  • Watch Video: Week 11
  • Read: Pages 121-131
    This textbook, like most Theology textbooks written today, presents Calvinism as the framework for explaining God’s plan for human history. You need to understand this position.  In particular, think about the Calvinist concept of free will in human decision making.

    • Please come prepared to discuss the following concepts at our zoom meeting.
      • 1. Election
      • 2. Predestination
      • 3. Conditional Predestination
      • 4. Point 6 (God’s plan or human action, which is first?) on page 60 of your class notes 
      • 5. Point 7 (Additional definitions from Evangelical Dictionary of Theology) on page 61 of your class notes 
      • 6. Luke 14:15-24

Week Twelve

  • Watch Video: Week 12
  • Read: Pages 133-143 and 159-166
  • Write:
    • On page 64 of your class notes find six points describing the Theological Meaning of Creation. Pick two of these points and write why they are significant to you.
    • Page 160 of your textbook lists the 3 concepts that are in conflict when discussing the problem of evil in our world. Continue to read the chapter and follow the 6 possible solutions to the problem of evil.  What part does man’s willful sin play in all of this?

Week Thirteen

  • Watch Video 13
  • Final Exam presentations will be made on Sunday, December 18 starting at 7pm

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