What is systematic theology? Simply put, it is the attempt to put Christian doctrine in a logical order. According to Dr. Wayne Grudem, who wrote a textbook on the subject, systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.”
Students of the Bible should have a basic understanding of systematic theology and how it is used to make sense of the Scriptures. The discipline dates back to the middle ages, and most Christians practice it today without even realizing it. For example, if you use the term "Trinity," you are describing a concept based on a combination of biblical teachings.
Systematic theology draws from all biblical passages on a subject and attempts to summarize them in a brief, orderly fashion.
Systematic Theology Benefits
Systematic theology offers many practical benefits for believers including:
- It broadens our understanding of the Bible and therefore deepens our relationship with God.
- It also answers questions we encounter in everyday life on topics ranging from marriage to parenting and money management.
Here at Christian Life School of Theology Global, we offer an online ministry certificate in systematic theology to help you gain a solid foundation in this essential discipline. With just five courses, you will be equipped to implement a systematic approach to your study of God's Word. Here is a brief overview of the courses included in the certificate program:
Theology: The Nature, Essence and Attributes of God (BT108)
Explore the Christian doctrine of God, with an emphasis on an apology for God's existence, the biblical description of his nature and divine essence. The Divine Trinity is examined, along with the biblical names of God and the unique works of God as outlined in holy scripture.
This course is a study of Jesus Christ: God's perfect man, man's perfect God. Topics include His preexistence in eternity, His birth, His humanity, His crucifixion and His resurrection.
Systematic Theology I (BT502)
This foundational study covers the doctrines of the Bible concerning inspiration of scripture, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and angels.
Systematic Theology II (BT503)
Building on the previous course, part two studies the basic doctrines of the Bible concerning anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology and eschatology. It also includes a survey of contemporary theology.
Ecclesiology II (BT945)
This study of the church (the Ekklesia) is designed to compare the original Church introduced by Jesus Christ with our contemporary version today.
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