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What Is Reformed Theology Study Guide

What Is Reformed Theology Study Guide

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the Study Guide from RC Sproul's "What Is Reformed Theology" teaching series
the Study Guide from RC Sproul's "What Is Reformed Theology" teaching series

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Copyright © 1999, 2010 Ligonier Ministries421 Ligonier Court, Sanford, FL 32771E-mail: info@ligonier.orgAll rights reserved.No reproduction of this work without permission.Printed in the United States of America.
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What is Reformedheology?
.C. Sproul
An ntroduction by .C. Sproul
The Protestant church is under assault more than ever to give up the biblical dis-tinctives that made the Reformation a necessity. Unfortunately, most evangelicalsdon’t know when the Reformation occurred, don’t know what it was about, and don’tunderstand the debt they owe men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin. So thequestion “What is Reformed theology?” has become a critical question in my lifetime,not a mere marketing-savvy title to grab your attention.We realize that God has brought Ligonier Ministries in contact with Christiansfrom many different backgrounds, particularly since the addition of our radio min-istry in 1994. Thus, we created a series that would introduce people to the basics of Reformed theology. This study guide is part of that series known as,
What Is ReformedTheology?
My hope is that we can help you understand that the question “What is Reformedtheology?” is virtually the same as asking “How do I know and love the God of theBible?” This is no platonic platitude we are exploring, but the very heart of God’srevelation to us. With that in mind, I hope this study guide will aid you as you workto understand the heights and depths of the God who has spoken to us in His Word.Sincerely,R.C. Sproul
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I. Introductiona. Several years ago, David Wells wrote a book titled
 No Place for Truth
, inwhich he outlined his concern over the demise of confessional theology inthe evangelical church. b. The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals was formed to call the evangelicalchurch back to its confessional foundation.c. The purpose of this series to to provide an overview of the essence of Reformed theology.II. Reformed Theology is a Theology a. There is a significant difference between religion and theology. b. The difference is seen in the two major approaches to questions of faith.i. In the God-centered approach, anthropology (the study of man) issubsumed under theology (the study of God).ii. In the man-centered approach, religion is studied as a sub-category of anthropology.c. Theology is the study of God.d. Religion is the study of types of human behavior.III. Reformed Theology is a Belief System with God at its Centera. In Exodus 32:17ff, we read of men who had theology, but it was a corrupt onethat led them to worship the creature rather than the Creator. b. Man’s most basic sin is idolatry.c. Even the Christian religion can become idolatrous if we place at the centerof our worship something other than God Himself.d. The most strict focus of Reformed theology is upon the knowledge of thetrue God.e. Theology is life because theology is the knowledge of God.

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