The two-part Theological Foundations course introduce students to what the Apostle Paul calls “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) as we have come to understand and cherish it.
A strong emphasis is placed on learning what the Bible says as a whole about major doctrines in hopes that we might establish ourselves in the “sound doctrine” of the faith. As hearts are conformed and lives transformed by the sound teaching of the faith God is honored and we are most satisfied (See Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 19:7–11; 119; 126:2–3)!
The two-part Theological Foundations course seeks to do this by examining the meaning, biblical basis, and applications of the Bethlehem Elder Affirmation of Faith, and by reading Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Theological Foundations 2 explores the following doctrines: the person and work of the Holy Spirit, justification, sanctification, prayer, the Church, and eschatology. Theological Foundations 1 and 2 may be taken in any order.
This course is an attempt to systematically present what the Apostle Paul called “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Students will study biblical topics by closely examining key biblical passages, answering provocative questions, reading select passages from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, considering sermons and writings from the ministry of John Piper, and inspecting the Bethlehem Elder Affirmation of Faith. The student’s learning will be solidified through class discussion and various homework assignments.
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