Theological Foundations - Module 4: Survey of Topics (pt. 1)

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the fourth module for the Theological Foundations course. In this module, and in the next, we'll look in more depth at each of the major theological categories and give you the opportunity to explore further those topics that interest you the most. In this module, you will fill in the mental framework that you built in the previous module. There is a huge amount of material in each category that is beyond the scope of this course. And each student will come to this course with a different amount of previous knowledge in each topic. Whatever your starting point in each category, ideally your knowledge will grow both in depth and in clarity, and you will be well prepared to go further in your understanding as you go beyond this class.

Module Objectives and Outcomes

Module Objectives

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will:

  • Formulate a survey understanding of the Biblical teaching of the nature of God, the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity and the nature of God’s revelation to humanity.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to reject false worldviews and to conform their thoughts, affections and actions to the true nature of all reality.

Module Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Cognitive Outcomes
  • Articulate a survey understanding of the Biblical teaching of the nature and character of God
  • Articulate a survey understanding of the Biblical teaching of the nature of creation and its significance in God’s plan
  • Articulate a survey understanding of the Biblical teaching on the nature of humanity and our significance in God’s plan
  • Articulate a survey understanding of the Biblical teaching on God’s general and special revelation to humans.
Affective Outcomes
  • Acknowledge a commitment to conform their life to the nature and character of God
  • Acknowledge a commitment to conform their life and use of creation to God’s intended purposes.
  • Acknowledge a commitment to conform their life to the purpose for which God created them as an individual, and as a typical human
  • Acknowledge a commitment to conform their life to God’s chosen means of revealing Himself – receiving, trusting and obeying this revelation

Course Documents

In this section, you'll find links to important and supplemental documents for this module. Click the following links to open each document. The first group contains documents that explain and give instruction for all the course activities in this module. The second group is a set of blank lecture notes which you may use as a companion for the video lectures.

Instruction Guides

Lecture Notes

Videos

In this section, you will find the video lectures for all the course material for module three. They are designed to be watched in order, but each video should make sense on its own. Click each thumbnail to open access to each video. There is also a link with each video if you prefer to watch on the YouTube interface.

10: Survey - Theology Proper: General
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11: Survey - Theology Proper: Attributes
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12: Survey - Bibliology
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13: Survey - Creation & Providence
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14: Survey - Anthropology & Hamartiology
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Reviews

In this section, you will find the review slides from the course lectures for module 4. This is a convenient way to view and review the summaries for each lecture. Click the Thumbnail picture to begin the slide show.

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Review Quiz

This section is a link to a separate page which contains a review quiz to test your understanding of the objective material for Module 4. By clicking the link, you will be taken to a series of questions, in random order. Answer each question and then push the Submit button to check your answers. Every question must be answered before you can submit the quiz. At the end, you will be shown your score for the entire quiz. The quiz will be different each time, so feel free to take it more than once. Click the Thumbnail picture to begin the quiz.

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Discussion/Contemplation/Essay Questions

This section contains questions for further thought and discussion from Module 4. These questions can also be used as essay questions in a classroom setting exam. It is recommended that you take time to think through these issues in order to thoroughly grasp the significance and explore the application of the material you are learning. Click the Thumbnail to view the questions.

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The following questions are for your thoughtful consideration and discussion:

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    1. What difference does the doctrine of Trinity make to our lives?
    2. Name and describe one of God's relational attributes and how it impacts our lives.
    3. Describe the possible implications for what it means to be created in the image of God, and how we can live up to this image in everyday life.
    4. Describe one of God's absolute attributes and what difference it makes for our lives.
    5. Describe the Biblical concept of holiness and what it tells us about God.
    6. How should the doctrine of the Unity and Diversity of the Bible be applied?
    7. What is the meaning of the Name of God which is translated as LORD (all capitals) in most English Bibles?
    8. Name and describe the two categories of revelation discussed under Bibliology. How do they apply to life and ministry?
    9. Summarize the doctrine of creation and how it applies to your life and ministry?
    10. How does the doctrine of general revelation apply to modern life?
    11. Describe how God's attribute of sovereignty applies to your life and ministry.
    12. Describe the purpose for which God created humanity, and specific ways we can fulfill this purpose.

Module Completed!

Congratulations, you have reached the end of the fourth module. I hope that you have found it rewarding and have noticed even more personal growth.

I encourage you to continue on to the next module as soon as is convenience. The button below will take you to Module 5.