Understanding Theology - Lesson 0
Preview - Understanding Theology
By studying systematic theology in this 10-hour course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the doctrines of the Christian faith. The course covers a range of doctrines, from God and Christ to sin, salvation, the church, and the last things. The course is structured like a tour of an art museum, with each section presenting a different aspect of God's character, work, and purposes. By studying these doctrines, you will strengthen your faith and gain hope, courage, and a deeper knowledge of God. The course is liberating, as it provides the truth that sets us free to live in the light of God's promises.
Preview - Understanding Theology
- Studying systematic theology in this 10-hour course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the doctrines of the Christian faith, from God and Christ to sin, salvation, the church, and the last things. By exploring these doctrines, you will strengthen your faith, gain hope and courage, and deepen your knowledge of God's character, work, and purposes. This course is liberating and will provide you with the truth that sets you free to live in the light of God's promises.
This is the first of ten lectures on Systematic Theology, a survey of the whole corpus of theology, and each lecture will be one hour long and each covering a separate doctrine or series of doctrines together. In this lesson Dr. Ware introduces the what and why of theology and discusses the foundational doctrines of Revelation and Scripture.
In this lesson, Dr. Ware discusses the Doctrine of God proper: why we need to know God, his incommunicable attributes, and those attributes that in some sense are communicable to humans.
Dr. Ware discusses the biblical basis for monotheism and trinitarianism. He also gives a brief overview of the history of the doctrine and the heresies that arose concerning the Trinity.
This lesson is an overview of the doctrines of humanity and sin, including a discussion of the origin of humanity, what it means to be created in the image of God, the nature and effects of sin, and original sin.
In this lesson, Dr. Ware discusses the doctrine of the Person of Christ, which includes his pre-incarnate existence, his incarnation, his deity and his humanity. He also discusses the important Christological passage of Philippians 2:6-8 and what does it mean that Christ “emptied” himself. Dr. Ware concludes this lesson with a discussion of the Council of Chalcedon.
Dr. Ware discusses the past (Atoning Savior), present (Mediator and Lord) and future (Coming Judge and Reigning King) work of Christ.
In this lesson, Dr. Ware discusses the person of the Holy Spirit, both his personhood and his deity. He also covers the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, in the life of Jesus, and in the church.
This lesson is an overview of the doctrine and process of salvation, beginning with election and then discussing calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, and, finally, the glorification of the believer.
Dr. Ware talks about the church universal and the local church. He discusses the offices of the local church, including the roles of elders and deacons. Dr. Ware also looks at how the church can be organized and what ordinances should be celebrated by a local body of believers.
In this final lesson, Dr. Ware gives a rationale for studying eschatology or last things. He discusses what happens to people just after they die and before the return of Christ. He also gives an overview of the various beliefs about the timing and events of the last days. He completes the lesson with a discussion of final judgment, heaven, and hell.
We all have a theology, a set of beliefs, but many are not able to articulate it or really understand it. This class will walk you through a basic evangelical understanding of God and his Word.
This survey of systematic theology in 10 hours is a course that will introduce people to the range of the doctrines of the Christian faith. We walk through one after the other these glorious visions of God and of Christ and of the spirit and of our being made in the image of God but what sin is done and salvation and the church and last things I mean it's just this whole spectrum of Glorious doctrines of the Christian faith.
I've often thought of myself teaching these areas of the Christian faith like a tour guide at an art museum that takes people into one room and shows them these glorious paintings and people Marvel at them and see the Beauty and the Artistry and the technique and then and then the tour guide says and now let's go to another room oh really another room with more paintings like this yes. So we go there and see those beautiful paintings and and and so it goes so really this is just a glimpse of some of the artwork as it were so some of the Beauty And The Glory that is Manifest as God has revealed himself to us his own person and character but also revealed his work in the world and his purposes and Promises so this is what we see how can we benefit from this oh my it strengthens us as Christians to have this truth to grasp and to count on for the whole of Our Lives as Jesus said You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free it is liberating to live in the light of the truth that God has given to have hope that we would not have to have strength and courage we would not have and to realize this is just the beginning of whole life and Eternity of growing in the knowledge of God so I encourage you to taste and see how good God is and how kind he was to tell us these glorious truths about himself.