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 CHRISTIAN  THEOLOGY  1  
SOUTHEASTERN  BAPTIST  THEOLOGICAL  SEMINARY  
STEVEN  A.  MCKINION,  PHD  
“TRAINING  DISCIPLE-­‐MAKING  LEADERS”  
 
Southeastern  Baptist  Theological  Seminary  seeks  to  glorify  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ  by  equipping  
students  to  serve  the  church  and  fulfill  the  Great  Commission.  
 
SEBTS  Core  Competencies  
 
1) Spiritual  Formation:   Acquire  the  knowledge  and  skills  necessary  to  pursue  a  vital  
Christian  life  and  witness  manifest  in  all  personal  relationships  
and  vocational  endeavors.  
2) Biblical  Exposition:   Gain  a  basic  comprehension  of  Scripture  and  learn  to  interpret  
and  communicate  it  properly  and  effectively.  
3) Theological  Integration:   Understand  and  apply  the  doctrines  of  Christianity  to  all  areas  
of  life  and  ministry.  
4) Christian  Leadership:   Cultivate  a  godly  disposition  marked  by  wisdom,  humility,  and  
grace,  and  develop  skills  to  lead  effectively  in  the  church  and  
world.  
5) Ministry  Preparation:     Acquire  and  apply  knowledge  and  skills  necessary  for  Christian  
ministry.  
 
OBJECTIVES:  What  we  hope  to  accomplish  in  the  course  
 
• The  student  will  understand  and  be  able  to  trace  the  history  of  the  Christian  articulation  
of  the  doctrines  covered  in  the  course.  
• The  student  will  gain  a  familiarity  with  the  contemporary  discussion  of  the  doctrines  
covered  in  the  course.  
• The  student  will  be  able  to  express  and  explain  the  biblical  theology  of  the  doctrines  
covered  in  the  course.  
• The  student  will  develop  an  attitude  of  submission  to  the  authority  of  the  Bible  including  
a  commitment  to  reading  it  regularly.  
 
RESOURCES:  How  we  intend  to  accomplish  the  objectives.  
• Weekly  classroom  lectures  
• Moodle.    You  are  expected  to  access  http://moodle.sebts.edu  regularly  for  
announcements  and  assignments.      
• Reading  assignments  from  the  textbooks  
• Bible  
• Akin,  et  al.    Theology  for  the  Church  
• Packer,  Knowing  God    
 
 
 
 
ASSIGNMENTS  AND  EVALUATIONS:  How  we  determine  if  we  have  accomplished  our  
objectives    
 
• All  assignments  will  be  submitted  on  Moodle.    No  assignments  will  be  ever,  for  any  
reason  be  accepted  late.    Please  do  not  even  ask.    Assignments  should  never  be  emailed  
to  the  professor  or  the  grader  for  any  reason.    Ever.  
 
• Reflection  Papers.    
 
• Three  non-­‐cumulative  examinations  covering  the  Bible  readings,  textbook  readings,  and  
lectures,  and  including  application  of  the  tools  taught  in  the  class.    The  exams  will  be  
completed  online  at  http://moodle.sebts.edu.      
 
• Small  group  presentation.  
 
• Graduate  Students  Only:  A  1000-­‐word  critical  review  of  JI  Packer,  Knowing  God  
 
• Theological  integration  paper:  “How  does  God  reveal  himself  to  humanity?”    The  paper  
should  1)  take  a  particular  position,  2)  interact  with  differing  interpretations  and  
positions,  and  3)  suggest  at  least  one  way  their  theological  understanding  applies  to  life  
and  ministry.  The  paper  should  be  at  least  2000  words  in  length.    Due  AFTER  the  class  
ends.  
 
GRADE  SCALE  
A  =  95-­‐100  
B  =  86-­‐94  
C  =  77-­‐85  
D  =  68-­‐76  
F  =  below  68  
 
ACADEMIC  INTEGRITY  
  Students  are  expected  to  reflect  the  high  standard  of  academic  integrity  as  spelled  out  
in  the  catalogue  and  Student  Handbook  of  the  Southeastern  Baptist  Theological  
Seminary.    Plagiarism  or  academic  theft  of  any  kind  will  not  be  tolerated.    If  discovered,  
the  student  will  receive  an  automatic  failing  grade  with  no  chance  for  absolution.    Above  
all,  seminary  students  ought  to  practice  the  highest  in  academic  integrity.    There  is  no  
excuse  for  anything  less.  
 
CLASSROOM  POLICIES    
• Students  are  expected  to  attend  classes.    A  student  absent  more  than  one-­‐fourth  of  the  
total  number  of  classes  will  receive  automatically  a  grade  of  “F.”    
• No  eating  in  class.    Coffee  is  encouraged.    Other  beverages  are  fine  as  well.  
• TURN  off  cell  phones.    The  professor  will  answer  phones  that  ring  in  class.  
• No  hats  are  to  be  worn  in  class.  
 
 
FACULTY  
Dr.  Steven  A.  McKinion  
Associate  Professor  of  Theology  and  Patristics  
Office  Phone:  761-­‐2466  
Fax:  761-­‐2462  
Email:  smckinion@sebts.edu  
 
Day   Akin   Reflection   Add’l  info  
Paper  
1   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   Introduction  
2   Chp  1   1   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
3   2   2   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
4   3   3   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
5   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐     EXAM  ONE  
6   4     -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
7   5   4   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
8   6   5   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
9   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   6   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
10   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐     EXAM  TWO  
11   7     -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
12   8   7   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
13   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   8   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐  
14   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   Book  review  
15   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐   EXAM  THREE  
 
 
Reflection  Questions  
1. What  is  the  end  goal  of  Christian  theology?  
2. How  is  the  Bible  the  “source”  of  Christian  theology?  
3. What  does  it  mean  that  Christian  theology  is  “necessarily  Trinitarian”?  
4. Why  does  the  Bible  start  with  the  story  of  God’s  creation  of  the  all  things?  
5. What  role  do  angels  play  in  Scripture?  
6. What  does  it  mean  for  humans  to  be  made  “in  the  image  of  God”?  
7. What  was  humanity’s  role  in  the  Garden?  
8. What  were  the  effects  of  the  sin  of  Adam  on  humanity?  
 
The  syllabus  is  subject  to  revision.    Any  additional  readings  or  changes  in  the  schedule  will  be  
reflected  on  Moodle,  which  is  the  final  authority  for  due  dates,  readings,  assignments,  and  
anything  else  associated  with  the  class.