In the first six lectures entitled Basic Training, Dr. Sproul presents a contemporary explanation of the Apostle’s Creed, dealing with its basic tenets in light of the modern issues that surround it. He examines the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and of things to come. Learn More
Theology and Bible Study Methods
Does your knowledge of theology make you a better Christian? Or is it just an intellectual exercise? The background of the word theology is rather simple and points out the importance of its study. The word comes from two Greek words, theos and logos, meaning “God” and “word” correspondingly. Thus, theology attempts to come to a coherent understanding of the knowledge of God. In the case of the Christian faith, B. B. Warfield said, “Theology is the science of God and His relationship to man and the world.”
However, many Christians are suspicious of one word in that definition: science. What many do not know is that for most of the last two thousand years, there was no animosity between science and theology. Theology was called “The Queen of the Sciences,” and all other disciplines saw her as their matron and themselves as her handmaidens. Theology informed the natural sciences with answers to the ultimate questions of being, while the natural sciences informed theologians of the glories of God revealed in the stars, the oceans, and the human body. But there came a time when man’s desire for autonomy confounded this mutually beneficial relationship. From the Enlightenment onward, theology, far from being simply demoted to a handmaiden, became an outcast, a crazy aunt hidden in the basement of academia.
This series is but an introduction to the field of systematic theology. And it is no substitute for knowing personally the God for whose glory these lectures and this study guide were created. But this field of study has been extraordinarily rewarding to me in my Christian journey. Not a day passes that I do not benefit from God’s revealing of Himself in a logical fashion. We serve a God who is rational, and systematic theology highlights that good news.
May this series better enable you to love God with your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
“Running through the Bible are stories, letters, poems, proverbs and prophecies. All present powerful, foundational truths that inform and instruct believers as to what they should believe and how they should act. Identifying how these truths interconnect is the province of systematic theology.”
Guidelines on how to interpret the Bible are presented. The student is taught how to approach difficult passages, how to find true meaning of each verse and how to place each passage in its proper context. Topics include literal interpretation, literary forms, reading the Bible existentially, the historical narrative, the explicit and the implicit, parallelism, and culture. Learn More
“What’s the secret to effective Bible study?” Actually, there’s no secret at all. Dr. Howard G. Hendricks will show you a simple, proven process for discovering and applying biblical truth for yourself. Learn More
12 lessons—Terry Pruett
The Evangelical Christian recognizes that the Bible is God’s revelation of His reality to all men and as such, it is foundational to all we know and experience. This two-section course begins your journey of learning and applying theological thinking through academic study of the Bible.
Section one surveys the origin, languages, canonicity, historical interpretation and transmission of the Bible, along with its claims about inspiration and authorship.
Section two focuses on the practice of the grammatical/historical method of interpretation, with practical instruction on the usage of critical thinking in one’s personal biblical understanding and application. Learn More
12 lessons—Terry Pruett
This course is designed to familiarize you with the nature and historical background of the doctrine of God. The course objectives are:
To gain a working knowledge of the historical development and shape of the Christian doctrine of God, including the following:
- Arguments for the existence of God
- The nature and attributes of God
- The nature of the Trinity
- The person and work of Christ
- The person and work of the Holy Spirit
This course deals with the importance of holiness, what holiness is, the holiness of Christ, and how holiness affects the believer. Learn More