Systematic Theology

Fall 2019 (September 15 - December 7th)

Explore Scripture from a different point of view by deepening your understanding of the grand themes of our Christian faith. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of systematic theology and of Christian beliefs. It will help you understand why you believe what you believe, and the historical background of foundational Christian doctrines. Our study will be built around The Navigators’ Statement of Faith, which includes statements related to Bibliology, Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Eschatology, and Pneumatology.


Learning Outcomes/Course Goals
Completion of this course will give you:
     1) An ability to reflect theologically and systematically on basic issues of the Christian faith
     2) Appreciation for historical, cultural, and contextual factors that shape theological issues
     3) Skill in developing an integrated, consistent, and practical personal theology for life and ministry.


Course Format
Weekly online video instruction coordinated with textbook reading and online forum reflections/discussions. Workload: approximately five to seven hours per week.

Required Reading
Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. [Selected readings]

Highly Recommended Resources
Grenz, Stanley J., David Guretzki, and Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Downers Grove, Ill.” InterVarsity Press, 1999.
Patzia, Aruthur G., and Anthone J. Petrotta. Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Recommended Reading
Geisler, Norman L. Systematic Theology: In One Volume. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2011.
Grenz, Stanley J. Theology for the Community of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000.
Grenz, Stanley J., and Roger E. Olson. Who Needs Theology?:An Invitation to the Study of God. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1996.
Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004. [3rd edition is available in 2014]


(“Satisfactory” evaluation required for completion of the course)
1.    Weekly online posts and participation in online forum related to video instruction, class notes, and textbook reading
2.    Final essay (3–5 pages) that demonstrates the integration of course content with a contextual personal or ministry issue of biblical interpretation
3.    Participation in video-conference calls

Systematic Theology - Overview of Session Topics

1. What is Theology?
2. Revelation and the Authority of Scripture
3. The Trinity
4. The God Man
5. The Holy Spirit
6. Anthropology
7. Hamartiology
8. Soteriology 1
9. Soteriology 2
10. Sanctification