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Systematic Theology 1 Syllabus Introduction There are certain things that are critical for a pastor.

They need to know the Bible, they need to live a life that is above reproach, they need to have compassion, and they need to be able to lead and feed their congregation. But there is an unstated core need that people have for their pastor; they need their pastors to know God. Knowing God comes from experience, obedience, and a theology that is well grounded in the scriptures. Any knowledge that does not come out of these areas is suspect and unlikely to bear real fruit in a persons life. The more you know God the more likely your life yields the fruit of holiness. When I state that this is the core of your studies I mean that all you have studied till now has equipped you to understand and agree or disagree with what you will study in theology. Theology is primary rooted in good hermeneutics of the scripture. But you need to know enough of the scripture to do hermeneutics effectively. Church history shows how important both theology and its application are. We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. How is theology important? Paul said this to Timothy: As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, (4) nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. (5) The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (6) Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, (7) desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. (1Ti 1:3-7 ESV) Paul is saying that sincerity and eloquence mean little without truth; what is important is doctrinal truth that results in love and a true faith. This is sound doctrine, or as we say, biblically grounded theology. Knowing God in truth will help you lead and feed Gods people. In fact the more you know God, the easier it is to minister. You give out of your overflow, and a deep, full knowledge of the one you represent. Secondarily this reduces burnout, and brings greater joy to ministry. Out of a rich treasury are available many more gifts. Purpose: 1. To help the student know their God in a deeper way. 2. To help the student understand the differences in theological thought. 3. To help the student have an understanding of diverse views from their own and develop a respect for those views. 4. To help the student to articulate their own theology. 5. To help the student to defend their own theology logically and biblically. 6. To help the student to refute wrong doctrine/theology with understanding and wisdom. Required texts: These texts are available for download or as hardcopy. 1. Knowing God by J. I. Packer 2. Christian Theology by Millard J. Erickson Parts 1-4 (chapters 1-21) 3. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

by Wayne Grudem: Chapters 1-20 the sections on the word of God and the doctrine of God Assignments The student is required to complete all reading, discussion, and writing assignments. I Interactive assignments (Due each week posted) Change of days from the last courses: Most weeks there will be questions that you will be required to answer posted on the course web site. You are required to respond online to each question by Friday and then by Sunday read all responses and then thoughtfully reflect to at least one (more then one is better!) other persons posting. It would also be beneficial to reflect on someones answer that has not had someone else respond to their thoughts. Special Note: When quoting sources make sure you give credit where due. State if you are summarizing someones idea or quoting by making certain that you are putting their statement in quotation marks. This gives responders a better grasp of your thoughts verses someone elses and enables them to answer you with a clearer understanding. It is also nice if you state where your source is located (book or website address) so others can see if they agree on your use of the quotation. This is considered good scholarship and is expected at higher levels of education. II Reading and writing assignment (Due Sunday week 2) Knowing God Reading level 2. 1. Write one double spaced page for per chapter summarizing the authors ideas and giving your own thoughts concerning 3 of the chapters of your choice. (total 3 pages) Special Note: As in your last course, please submit your written assignments to III Reading and writing assignment (Due Sunday week 4) Christian Theology Reading level: 2 2. Choose 4 topics in part 1; Studying God, and write a page on each one. Summarize what the author states and give your own thoughts on the topic. (4 pages) 3. Choose 3 topics in part 2; Knowing God, and write a page on each one. Summarize what the author states and give your own thoughts on the topic. (3 pages) 4. Write one page on each chapter of Part 3; What is God like. Summarize what the author states and give your own thoughts on the topic. (4 pages) 5. Choose 1 topic in part 4: What God does; summarize what the author states and give your own thoughts on the topic. (1 pages) IV Reading and writing assignment (Due Sunday week 6) Systematic Theology Reading level: 2. 1. Summarize chapters 2-8 with a page each. Write a single page on your own thoughts and feelings concerning the importance of the word of God. (8 pages total) 2. Summarize 4 chapters of your choosing in Part 2, The doctrine of God. (one page for each chapter, for a total of 4 pages) 3. Write a 2-3 page response to Part 2, The doctrine of God. You can write about how studying this part of theology has affected you, or your response theologically to the writer.

V Exam There will not be an exam in this course. Marking You will be marked on how well you did each part of your assignment in terms of content and thoughtfulness. Make certain you answer all questions in writing assignments. Interactive forum assignments I 20% Reading and writing II assignment 10% Reading and writing III assignment 35% Reading and writing IV assignment 35%