This course is a study of the doctrine (most important teachings) of the Christian faith. The student will master the basic sources and methods of theology needed for theological reflection with particular attention to application. The student will also master the basic Christian teachings about the Triune God, Scriptures, Creation, Humanity, and Sin from the Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. Some time will be taken to compare and contrast Christian Theology with the majority religious view in the area of the school.
Introduction to Theology covers origins, and the implications for humanity. Theology is closely tied to worship and is actually the work of the whole Body of Christ. If our worship is correct our theology will also be correct. In the same way, if our theology is wrong or off course, our worship will be false or mis-directed. The main purpose of Theology for a beginning pastor is to help them guide their congregation into healthy holy lives. In most areas of Asia Pacific the existence of God is not as much a question as What kind of God He is in contrast to other concepts that are common in an area.
Program Outcomes from APR SOO
CN-5 Ability to identify and explain the main characteristics of the theological foundations of Christianity.
CN-6 Ability to explain how the theological foundations of Christianity proceed from Scriptures.
CN-7 Ability to explain scriptural holiness and other distinctive characteristics from the Wesleyan-Arminian theological perspective.
CN-22 Ability to demonstrate understanding of the sources of theological reflection, its historical development, and its contemporary expressions
CN-23 Ability to integrate Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience for theological reflection.
CN-24 Ability to articulate the Nazarene Articles of Faith
CN-25 Ability to accurately identify and explain the main characteristics of the nature of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Human Person, Sin, Salvation, the Christian Life, the Church and Sacraments, and Eschatology
CN-8 Ability to make a theologically correct presentation of divine creation.
CN-9 Ability to talk about biblically based topics that are contextually relevant to Asia-Pacific context regarding issues relating to magic, spiritism, demonic possession, ancestral veneration, healing, and medicine.
CH-8 Ability to reflect theologically on life and ministry
Assessment and Evaluation
Primary Course Outcomes
Clearly explain either orally or in writing a Wesleyan-Arminian understanding of the doctrine the Triune God. CN-13 OTH
Clearly explain either orally or in writing a Wesleyan-Arminian understanding of the source and authority of scripture, compare and contrast with other traditions. CN-14 OTH
Clearly explain either orally or in writing a understanding of the Biblical account of creation of the universe and its contents. CN-15 OTH
Clearly explain either orally or in writing a Wesleyan-Arminian understanding of humanity as created in the image of God and fallen into sin. CN-16 OTH
Clearly explain either orally or in writing a Wesleyan-Arminian understanding of sin and its impact on humanity and the creation. CN-17 OTH
Additional Course Outcomes
Explain the Biblical understanding of stewardship in relationship to accountability to God CH-1 ACC
The student will bring grace into others’ lives through helping to meet felt needs, being an example of righteous living, be able to explain the fallen state of humanity, sinful condition, and the need for salvation. CP-41 EVA
The student will pray for the not yet saved and teach others to do the same CP-42 EVA
Demonstrate an interpretation of Scripture that is in line with Wesleyan Arminian Holiness Theology. Demonstrate the ability to teach the Wesleyan-Arminian understanding of the doctrine of God. CP-89 PRE
Explain the Biblical foundations for Sabbath. CN-48 SAB.
Demonstrate how the student is currently taking a weekly defined time of rest. CP-102 SAB
List several benefits that come from regular Sabbath. CX-16 SAB
Articulate the relationship a biblically based understanding of creation has with the doctrine of God and the doctrine of humanity CN-18 OTH
Explain a biblical understanding of the impact of sin on all of creation and the biblical understanding of the stewardship of creation. CN-19 OTH
Outcomes by Total and Percentage
Create a group of pictures that show different results of sin in the world. Tell the story of the nature and effects of the sins in the photos. (Avoid photos that may present a temptation to the viewer).
|2.||Small Group Reporting
At the close of each lesson, small groups will talk about questions on today’s topic. Each student will be asked to report to the large group something that his or her small group talked about.
|3.||Journal the Course
The student will keep a daily journal with personal reflections on what has been taught during the whole course.
|4.||Session Content Evaluation
The teacher will compose an assessment for each lesson. It will be given at the beginning of each lesson and will cover the material presented in the previous lectures.
Here is a list of possible topics:
The Triune God
The source and authority of scripture
The creation and purpose of the universe
The image of God in humanity
Sin and the effects of sin in the world
|5.||Glossary of Theological Terms and Concepts
Create a glossary of theological words and phrases that are taught in each lecture and the required readings during the whole course. The glossary should be in the student’s local language.
Retell / Re-teach the story of the fall of humanity into sin from God’s point of view. This must be done outside the classroom – in the community (not with the church). Questions should be asked to the group at the end to learn what the group understood and what questions they might still have. A friend, mentor, or the student can ask the questions (orally or in a written form).
Compare the doctrine (teachings) about God as taught in this class to the doctrine of God as found in one of the local belief systems.
Note to teacher: This exercise can be done orally.
Plan and organize a worship service for the triune God for a local church.
The teacher will need to arrange the topics according to the needs of the culture and religion their students are confronting on a regular basis.
- Intro to Theology
- How do we know? Epistemology (the study of how we know things): its function, focus, and the practice in the local Church
- The Person of God
- Relational God
- Creator God
- Self-revealing God
- Application to the Christian Life…
- In what way is the Holy Spirit in these particular words?
- How did the Holy Spirit use humans as writers?
- Source of Truth (Demaray, FF Bruce, McDowell, Wiley).
- Historical reliability of the Resurrection of Jesus (William Lane Craig).
- Historical reliability of Luke / Acts (William M. Ramsay)
- Source of Authority
- What are Persons / Humans?
- What does it mean that humans are created in the image of God?
- What is implied in the creation of Family and community?
- Ethics (universal moral qualities)
- Free / Determined will / Love in relation to Choice
- Role of Reason
- Unique Attributes
- The Fall
- The effects of the fall on the whole of humanity
- The effects of the fall on the rest of creation
- Biblical concepts of Sin contrasted with morality in other world views.