This is a four-week, two credit hour course in which students will examine what is meant by the title, “Reformed Theology”. This course is reading intensive. Students will be introduced to pertinent biblical texts and themes, theological terms, key figures, and the importance of culture and history in the development of Reformed Theology. In turn, students will assess how Reformed Theology relates to today’s culture.
ST501 Lesson 01
What is Reformed Theology? What does the Bible teach? What is the vocation and calling we have as God’s people? We cherish Reformational teaching as it emphasizes being Christ centered and mission focused. Consider that we are to learn from the witness of those who have gone before us and seek to be faithful and dependent on the same Christ and same grace. Explore what it means to be Reformed.
ST501 Lesson 02
Consider that we live dependently on the Word of God. Consider that we do theology by grace alone. God renews our minds by the work of His two hands. By His incarnate Son and indwelling Spirit we come to know God. Consider the two shapes of prophetic ministry – to tear down that which is evil and false and then and only then to build and to plant, renew and remake. Theology is done by grace alone and we receive the Word of God with confidence and consistent hope.
ST501 Lesson 03
Consider that the one Covenant God is interested in being with people. The notion of relational intimacy with God is what we mean when we speak of the covenant of God. There are ordered boundaries in God’s covenant with us. God eventually provides covenant peace through Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Christ who reveals both sides of the covenant to us. Jesus truly is Emmanuel God with us.
ST501 Lesson 04
Who is God? Explore the answer through the account of Moses and the burning bush. God revealed a deep truth about His character to Moses. I AM who I AM – God cannot be identified or compared with anything else. God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. Jesus Christ is the Word become flesh and is sympathetic to our needs. Consider the mystery of the gospel that God is radically different yet is close to us.
ST501 Lesson 05
Explore the shape of the gospel. The gospel moves through justification, sanctification and finally to glorification in which we are conformed to His image. The metaphor of marriage is used as God’s relationship to His people. He sought us out when we were unworthy and unfaithful. The metaphor of adoption is also used. We do not have a claim or natural right to become God’s children but the inheritance is ours through Christ Jesus. In both metaphors there is a declarative moment and an ongoing lifestyle. Consider the process of sanctification. Find that grace costs us nothing and grace changes everything.
ST501 Lesson 06
Explore the doctrine of Predestination. Divine election does not mean that history doesn’t matter but that its roots go back to eternity in the will of God. Election gives us hope and assurance. Consider that the doctrine of election is an invigorating word. Election does not undercut the free exercise of our will. Find that election is the deepest extension of the gospel word.