Advanced Systematic Theology
Course code: SYTH 500

Course Description

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

Student will know

  • 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.

Students will appreciate

  • 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.”

Students will be able 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.

Students will develop 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

Writing a personal statement of faith

Professor

Dr. Mark Bird

Textbooks

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