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A Guide to Christian Theology

About this Class

Understand the core topics of systematic theology, from what we know about God to the future state of humankind. Special emphasis is given to such topics as Christ, salvation, the church, and the future.

 

Class Transcriptions

Lecture 1:
Introduction to Systematic Theology

There are two approaches to systematic theology: the deductive approach and the inductive appearoch. Find out how these two approaches differ and you need to understand each one.

Lecture 2:
General Revelation

We serve a personal God who speaks, telling us about himself and ourselves and the world around us. There are two types of ways that God reveals himself: general revelation and special revelation. In this lecture, you'lll discover what God says about himself through creation and your conscience.

Lecture 3:
Special Revelation

Special revelation is a combination of the life of God revealed in his works and the words of God that tells us the significance and meaning of those acts. Discover how God reveals himself through special revelation and what we can know about him.

Lecture 4:
Scripture - Part 1

Know why the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture is foundational to an overall understanding of the Bible.

Lecture 5:
Scripture - Part 2

Learn how to deal with ambiguous passages in the Bible, why the Bible is silent on many issues, and whether God still speaks today.

Lecture 6:
Names of God

Discover the names of God, their meanings, and their significance. 

Lecture 7:
Characteristics of God - Part 1

Learn about the characteristics of God, including his compassion, grace, patience, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, justice, jealousy, and holiness.

Lecture 8:
Characteristics of God - Part 2

Learn about the characteristics of God, including his constancy, his omniscience, and his omnipotence.

Lecture 9:
Trinity

Understand what it means that God is three persons, but still one God.

Lecture 10:
Freedom, Sovereignty, and Election

Learn about some key terms in systematic theology, including freedom, sovereignty, and election. 

Lecture 11:
Election

Understand both Armenian and Calvinist perspectives on the doctrine of election.

Lecture 12:
Creation

Understand the difference between naturalism and creationism, and know the four approaches to Genesis.

Lecture 13:
Providence - Part 1

Discussion on the three views of providence.

Lecture 14:
Providence - Part 2

A continued discussion on providence, emphasizing that God is faithful to his promises.

Lecture 15:
Humankind

An overview of the doctrine of humankind, including their origin, the biblical definition of spirit and soul, and the relationship between body and spirit.

Lecture 16:
Image of God

A biblical definition of image of God.

Lecture 17:
Sin - Part 1

An overview of sin, including its origin and essence.

Lecture 18:
Sin - Part 2

A continued discussion on sin, including its consequences and degrees.

Lecture 19:
Christology - Part 1

An overview of the deity and humanity of Christ.

Lecture 20:
Christology - Part 2

A continued overview of the deity and humanity of Christ.

Lecture 21:
Life of Jesus

An overview of the life of Christ.

Lecture 22:
The Holy Spirit – Part 1

An overview of the Holy Spirit, including the role of the Holy Spirit.

Lecture 23:
The Holy Spirit - Part 2

A continued overview of the Holy Spirit, including what it means to be filled with Holy Spirit.

Lecture 24:
The Gifts

An overview of spiritual gifts, with emphasis on prophecy and tongues.

Lecture 25:
Salvation

An overview of salvation and how people come into a relationship with God.

Lecture 26:
Grace

An overview of grace.

Lecture 27:
Conversion, Regeneration, and Justification

An overview of conversion, regeneration, and justification.

Lecture 28:
Sanctification

An overview of sanctification.

Lecture 29:
Perseverance and Security

An overview of perseverance and security.

Lecture 30:
Church - Part 1

An overview of the church, including its definition, the priesthood of all believers, and the role of church in culture.

Lecture 31:
Church - Part 2

A continued overview of the church, including denominations and church government.

Lecture 32:
Church - Part 3

An overview of church polity, or simply how things get done in the church.

Lecture 33:
Baptism

An overview of baptism.

Lecture 34:
Communion

An overview of communion, including the three views on the elements and various church traditions surrounding its administration.

Lecture 35:
Death

An overview of death, including what happens after death and the prospect of future rewards.

Lecture 36:
God's Kingdom

An overview of God’s kingdom, including its present and future state.

Lecture 37:
The Future

An overview of the views on the Tribulation and the Millennium.

Lecture 38:
Eternal State

An overview of the eternal state, including the final judgment, hell, and the new heaven and earth.

Lecture 39:
An Encouragement to Church Leaders

A brief encouragement to church leaders.

Lecture 40:
Further Thoughts on the Bible

A further discussion on the Bible, including translations, its authority, prophecy, and canon.