The following pages are my best attempt at writing my very first major project. I pray that it will contain the truth of what God had me learn at the Churches of God retreat center in January of this year.
Although my notes seem extensive, it’s virtually impossible to literate all that was taught and shared during this class. However, Dr. Statts, I have confidence that these pages may express at least a hint of your spellbinding teachings.
Upon returning to my home church in Dover, Pennsylvania, I asked my senior pastor and my mentor, the worship pastor, for any input and / or materials they may have to help me with this final project. I was confused and surprised by the comments that they had gotten rid of their Theology materials years ago. This lends me to consider why that is. I hadn’t ever measured the subject of Theology as somewhat controversial and that has led me to immerse myself even deeper into the well of knowledge.
I look forward to next year at our next meeting and teachings of the Theology 2 class.
God bless you and your wife.
Theology 1 Outline
1. Definition of Theology
2. Various forms of Theology
3. Theology Proper
a. Who is God?
b. Who are we to study God’s Word
i. Spiritual people
ii. Natural people
iii. Carnal people
c. Attributes of God
iv. Omni –
4. Other “ologies”
iv. Elect Angels
v. Non-elect Angels
i. Evidence of the “Father”
ii. Evidence of the “Son”
iii. Evidence of the “Holy Spirit”
i. Word of God (Law)
a. Incarnation of Christ
b. God Breathed
c. Purpose of Scripture
d. Prophetic Word
e. Old Testament point of view
f. New Testament point of view
a. Original sin
b. Inherited sin
c. Actual sin
8. Types of Millennialism
a. 5 point – TULIP
b. 4 point – TUIP
a. Modify and Submit
b. Five warning sections
What is Theology?
The term theology comes from two Greek words: theos, “God,” and logos, “Word,” and then compounded means, the study of God.
Theology can be used to cover the study of part of Scripture or of the whole.
Depending on the point of approach of the one studying theology, it can appear to have a very broad definition.
Let’s look at the different forms of theology discussed in class:
Systematic Theology –
This is a methodical study of God and who He is, the proofs of His existence, and His relationship to the world and man.
Systematic Theology gathers materials from the Bible, the facts of science, psychology, history, and philosophy. It examines, evaluates, and organizes all in the light of the Bible. It utilizes di-chronic and synchronic methods to organize the works of God.
Historical Theology –
In seeking out resources for a clear definition of this term, I’m finding that it’s one of the more difficult terms to define. I surmise from the research that Historical Theology, as with these other theological terms, are intertwined with each other. However, to me, it means taking the historical data of the Bible and applying it to today’s society.
As discussed in class, it asks what the different theologians thought about different subjects.
Biblical Theology –
Biblical Theology is entirely based on an inductive study which collects and organizes the doctrinal facts found in the Bible.
It asks, what does the Bible say about God in the Old and New Testament?
It determines that the Bible is the true Word of God.
Contemporary Theology –
Contemporary Theology asks the question: What do modern thinkers believe? They seek to reformulate the gospel message for today’s world. The “contemporaries” seek to help people heal the scars of anger and alienation caused by dogmatic, literalistic, and repressive Christians.
These theologians do not practice Biblical Theology and are severely critical of Systematic Theology.