A study of the major doctrines of the Christian faith.
a) To introduce candidates to the whole range of major Christian doctrines;
b) To give candidates an overall perspective upon the structure and contents of the Christian faith;
c) To enable candidates to begin to think theologically, integrating faith with biblical, historical and pastoral studies.
On completion of the unit, students will be able to:
A. Know and understand
- The doctrine of the Holy Spirit
- The doctrines of Grace
- The doctrines of the Church and ministry
- The means of grace
- The Christian hope
B. Be able to
- Use the Bible theologically
- Describe the main aspects of:
a. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit
b. The doctrines of grace
c. The doctrines of the church and ministry
d. The means of grace
e. The Christian hope and
- Present evidence-based perspectives on the Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope
C. Be in a position to
- Relate the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope to their other theological studies
- Use the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope for personal understanding and in ministry contexts
- The Holy Spirit: Old Testament perspectives; Jesus and the Spirit; “personality” and deity; ministries and gifts, individual and corporate; Holy Spirit and human spirit.
- The doctrines of grace: justification and sanctification; election; grace; regeneration and renewal; law and works in Christian life.
- Church and ministry: biblical images; marks; mission and the Kingdom of God; major developments and issues in the forms of ministry.
- The means of grace: prayer; Word and sacraments; sacramental principles; baptism in the New Testament and history; the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament and history.
- The Christian hope: Jewish eschatology and the “age to come”; New Testament perspectives; eternal life; promise and fulfilment; cosmic and personal destiny.