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.
- 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.
- 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
- This class is offered for Fall 2019.
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