Two-year Systematic Theology Course, 2018-19
Systematic Theology is the study of the truths of the Bible, grouped and arranged according to a logical system.
For example, the person of Jesus is studied in a subject called Christology, which pulls together and arranges what the whole Bible teaches about who exactly Jesus is and what Jesus has done for the world. In another example, the study of Eschatology pulls together what the whole Bible teaches about what happens when we die and at the return of Jesus.
Systematic theology helps us, therefore, to acquire a deeper and wider grasp of all the truths of the Bible, and how these truths integrate. The study of systematic theology is of course very helpful for those who are in church
leadership, and who have some kind of teaching role in the church: whether in Sunday school or youth group, in a one-on- one discipleship context, or in Sunday preaching. And when a Christian deepens and widens their theology, they are transformed and equipped to withstand harmful falsehoods, and to know God’s truth and will for their lives.
They are putting into action the command of Paul in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The two-year study Systematic Theology Course being offered by Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Hobart is intentionally demanding and comprehensive. The course consists of eight modules, each of which includes twelve hours of lectures. The course will constantly adhere to the maxim that Theology leads to Doxology. Theology (the study of God) must always lead to Doxology (the praise of God.) To remind us of this, every evening will begin with prayer and will end with sung praise.
There are two levels of participation for each module: FULL: Attend six two-hour classes on Tuesday nights. Participate in ten-minute review quizzes at the beginning of each lecture. Complete lecture readings (about fifty
pages per week). Submit within two weeks of the end of the course a one to two thousand word non-academic essay on a given question.
AUDIT: Attend six two-hour classes on Tuesday nights. Participate in ten-minute review quizzes at the beginning of each lecture.
The course is taught by Campbell Markham, who is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of Australia, is passionate about God’s Word, and has been teaching the Bible full time for almost twenty years. (Guest lecturers will be invited from time-to- time to teach specific subjects.) The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), which is itself a classic systematic theology, forms the doctrinal standard of the course.
Venue: Main auditorium upstairs at 45 Melville Street, Hobart (Alphacrucis College.)
Skype: Students can also participate by Skype connection from their home.
Time: 7-9 PM Tuesday nights. Including a 10 minute break, supper provided.
Cost: Free, though we ask wage-earners who are not attendees of Cornerstone
Presbyterian Church to consider making an $60 donation per module to the Church to defray costs. (BSB: 037001. Acct: 586161. Ref: THEOLCOURSE)
For whom? Everyone who is keen to work hard to grow in their Bible knowledge!
Textbook: Those participating in the full program will need to purchase John Frame’s Systematic Theology (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishers, 2013). This normally retails at Koorong for $60 and is an excellent long-term reference tool.
Handouts: Full lecture notes are provided on the night, including electronic copies on the Facebook site or by email. Notes include a summary of the lecture and any extra reading material on top of John Frame’s book.
Modules: The complete course consists of eight units. Although the units must to some extent build upon each other, they are also designed to be self-contained to the extent that participants who cannot attend the whole course can profit by participating in individual units.
Unit One Revelation & Inspiration Term 1 2018
Unit Two Theology I, The Person of God Term 2 2018
Unit Three Theology II, The Work of God Term 3 2018
Unit Four Anthropology Term 4 2018
Unit Five Christology Term 1 2019
Unit Six Soteriology Term 2 2019
Unit Seven Ecclesiology Term 3 2019
Unit Eight Eschatology Term 4 2019
Certification? The course is completely “in-house.” Those, however, who complete the “full” course will be issued a certificate of completion by Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.
Registration: For more information, or to register for Unit One, simply send a text or email to Course Administrator Cristiane Baker on 0404 392 812, or email@example.com, by Monday February 12. Alternatively, you can respond to the Facebook event page here.
CORNERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Two-year Systematic Theology Course, 2017-18
Unit One, Feb-Mar 2018. Revelation & Inspiration
The true and living God has revealed himself in a general way: through his creation to all humanity at all times; and in a special way: through supernatural means to his people at specific times, as recorded in Scripture. Come and learn about general and special revelation, about the Bible and all of its extraordinary attributes, about how the Bible came to be written and assembled, and about how we can be absolutely confident today that we
can read exactly what was written in the Bible thousands of years ago. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
13 Feb General Revelation
20 Feb Special Revelation, miracles
27 Feb Special Revelation, Scripture
6 Mar BREAK
13 Mar The Attributes of Scripture
20 Mar Canonicity: How was the Bible “put together?”
27 Mar Where do our English Bibles Come From?
Optional Essay Questions
Write one to two thousand words on one of the following questions:
1) What does the Bible teach about the nature and purpose of miracles? Does the answer
to this question help you answer the question as to whether miracles continue to occur
2) What do you consider to be the five most important attributes of Scripture, and why?
3) After carefully reading the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy (1978) what new things have
you learned about the Bible?
4) How certain can we be that what we read in a standard modern translation of the Bible
correctly expresses what the original authors wrote?