Advanced Studies in Systematic Theology
Course code: SYTH 500

An investigation of the themes that comprise Christian systematic theology. Our study will focus on theology as a coherent discipline, with immediate application to life and service. Topics include: Revelation, God, Man, Sin, Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things, and Angelology. The ultimate goal of this course is to enhance worship, personal conviction, and ministry.

Intended Outcomes

  • Knowledge of:
    • The meaning of key theological terms and concepts.
    • The nature and necessity of Systematic Theology.
    • The theological method (sources and tools) of systematic theology in the Wesleyan tradition.
    • The doctrines of Revelation, God, Man, Sin, Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church and Last Things.
    • The historical development of key doctrines.
  • An appreciation for:
    • The importance of a firm theological foundation.
    • The value of theological education to the act of worship.
    • Our essential unity with all true Christians.
    • The unique witness of the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition.
    • The responsibility to be entrusted as a guardian of the faith “once delivered to the saints.”
  • The ability to:
    • Explain the relevance and the practical implications of theology.
    • Articulate the meaning of key theological terms and concepts.
    • Communicate sound theology in a variety of mediums, such as sermons, teaching lessons, Facebook, and blogs.
    • Critically evaluate past and present theological systems/beliefs.
    • Know and love God with greater intelligence.
    • Analyze one’s own spiritual life in light of biblical doctrine and determine areas in which one needs to grow.
    • Apply the doctrines learned to life and ministry.
    • Recognize and refute false doctrine.
    • Help others to see the relevance of theology to the needs of today.
  • Development of facility in using the theological method for research and writing on a graduate level.

Assignment Overview

  • Textbook and other assigned reading
  • 15 1-hour Google+ live synchronous video hangouts
  • Weekly writing assignments and quizzes
  • Beginning and maintaining a theological blog on which students post writing assignments
  • A personal statement of faith

Professor

Dr. Mark Bird

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