Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate their learning by:
- Understanding that students are theologians, regardless of their chosen vocation, and they are personally called to embrace the theological task as part of their call to be Christians.
- Being familiar with the nature, sources, and major themes of Christian theology. As this is an introductory course there will not be opportunity to investigate all topics as deeply as could otherwise be pursued.
- Utilizing the doctrine of the Trinity and other traditional themes of Biblical and Systematic Theology in an informative (and, hopefully, transformative) summarization of the Christian Faith and as a lens through which to view theology and the Christian life.
- Knowledge of some theological specifics, usually in line with their personal interests and affiliations in the Christian community.
- Their ability to communicate theological positions and themes in a biblically defensible way.
Students will study the basic theological concepts related to Scripture, God, Jesus Christ and His work, humankind and their salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. The course will explore the historical development of these doctrines as well as the biblical basis for them.
Grenz, Stanley J., and Jay T. Smith. Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
Sanders, Fred. The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.
Grenz and Smith is a basic introduction to Christian Theology. It is used by many Bible Colleges and Christian Universities to introduce Christian Theology at the Baccalaureate level, including the regular degree programs at Alberta Bible College and Ambrose University. Sanders’ work focuses most specifically on the doctrine of the Trinity, arguing that a focus on the Trinity should be far more central for evangelical Christianity than is found in the personal theologies of most evangelicals.
In addition to the two required texts, the Required Additional Reading section below lists other materials that it is required you read for the course. These are available on Populi.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. Trans. by R.H. Fuller. 6th ed. London: SCM Press, 1959, pp. 48-68.
Bromiley, G. W. “Atone, Atonement” in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Fully Revised, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1979, 1:352-360.
Carver, William Owen. “Atonement,” in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Grand Rapids, MI, 1939, 1:321-324.
Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998, 158-174.
Ladd, George Eldon. “Biblical Theology, Nature of,” in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Fully Revised, Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1979, 1:505-509.
Webber, Robert. Worship Old and New. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982, 13-22, 169-180, 219-239.
Wright, N.T. Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. New York: HarperOne of HarperCollins Publishers, 31-76.
- Lectures 5
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 6 Weeks Semester
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 1
- Assessments Yes
- Revelation & Analogical Language, Intro to Christian Theology & the Trinity Copy
- The trinity, Who Jesus Is, Jesus’ Mission and Teachings & the Kingdom Copy
- Meaning of Messiah’s Death, Resurrection & The Human Condition Copy
- Overview of Holy Spirit, Miracles, Spirit in Salvation & Theology of Worship and Personal Spirituality Copy
- The Church’s Identity, Functioning Body of Christ, God’s Intention for His Creation & Presentations Copy