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THE1120 Introduction to Theology

This is the foundational course for all undergraduate students. In this course, you will be introduced to SATS and our core values, common themes, and core definitions of Theology, as well as navigating the online SATS platform. By the end of this course, you will:
  • Be able to navigate the MySATS online platform.
  • Be able to discuss the nature of theology.
  • Understand why theology is valuable.
  • Have some essential resources for theological study
  • Be well versed in the requirements of good academic writing for assignments

THE1121 Christian Foundations

This course covers both the fundamental beliefs and spiritual practices of the Christian faith. Significant themes include repentance, faith towards God, how to study the Bible, water baptism, the Lord's Supper, prayer, authentic worship, and many more. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the plan of salvation from Ephesians 2:8-10 and share the message of salvation with unsaved people.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Evaluate and embrace the biblical description of God’s purpose for you.
  • Recognize the importance of regular Bible reading and private prayer.
  • Apply helpful guidelines to enrich your private times with God.
  • Appreciate the importance of belonging to a good church.
  • Manage your finances in a way that is both responsible and godly.

THE1122 Biblical Worldview

The worldviews course answers the major philosophical and practical questions of life from a biblical perspective. The course defines, explains, and examines the consequences of a worldview. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of how a biblical Christian answers the key questions of life.
  • On selected issues, compare and contrast a biblical worldview with other selected worldviews.
  • Appreciate the relationship between biblical thinking and godly living.

THE1123 The Holy Spirit: What the Bible Teaches

Correctly understanding the Bible's teaching about the person and work of the Holy Spirit is an integral part of Christian formation. The entire Christian walk is dependent upon the presence and power of God's Spirit with, in, and upon us. A proper understanding of the Holy Spirit is crucial for a healthy relationship with God and an active ministry in the Church and the world. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Present the biblical evidence for understanding the Spirit as a distinct, divine Person and interpret the entirety of the Spirit's work in the light of the truth that he is a Person.
  • Identify, interpret, and apply essential Scripture passages that speak about the Holy Spirit.
  • Explain how the Old Testament presents the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of prophecy.
  • Synthesize what is revealed about the Holy Spirit through the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
  • Assess the extent to which disciples of Christ should be able to do the same works that Jesus did.
  • Compare and contrast Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal interpretations of key Holy Spirit passages in Acts.
  • Argue that Paul presents the Christian life as Christ-centred life in the Spirit.
  • Critically evaluate the debate regarding the continuance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

THE1124 Survey of Church History

The Survey of Church History course provides a basic overview or survey of church history. As Christians and as students of Christian theology, you must have some grounding in this field since you are a member of the body of Christ - a body with a history (and a future). By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss:
    • various ways in which church history is selected and arranged by writers of history.
    • history writers' own perspectives (including religious experiences and convictions), biases and agendas when you read history.
  2. Produce a survey of church history by describing a set of its significant developments.
  3. Explain, regarding actual historical events, why you value church history:
    • for Christian devotion, acknowledging God's work and faithfulness in spite of human frailty and faithlessness;
    • for appreciating both earlier generations of believers and modern Christian faith traditions other than your own;
    • for responding wisely to current situations in, or affecting, the church.
  4. Write a balanced and coherent account of a period of church history based on secondary sources.

THE2121 The Doctrine of the Church

Examines the nature, purpose, organisation, and ordinances of the Church. It also surveys the important aspects of church life, together with exploring various other views of the Church and its structures. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain core biblical teachings about the nature of the church.
  • Evaluate the way churches operate in the light of the Bible’s teaching about the purpose of the church.
  • Critically evaluate various Christian views regarding models of church government, leadership offices in the church and the role of women in ministry.
  • Express convictions about the meaning of the rites of baptism and the Lord’s Supper based critical, biblical evaluation of a variety of Christian views.
  • Demonstrate understanding of your local church (her History, her Purpose, her Opinion on the Sufficiency and the Authority of Scriptures, her Ministries, her beliefs and her statement of faith).

THE2122 The Doctrine of Man and Sin

This subject explores man's relation to God and the cause and consequences of our sin. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the Bible’s plain teachings about the creation of man and the world.
  • Demonstrate confidence in the Biblical account of creation.
  • Explain the Biblical doctrine of the image of God.
  • Evaluate theories regarding the constituents of man.
  • Describe the nature of sin.
  • Demonstrate understanding of original sin.
  • Appreciate the devastating consequences of sin.

THE2123 The Doctrine of Salvation

This course covers Jesus' humanity and deity, his death, resurrection, and glorification. It also deals with our conversion, justification, regeneration, sanctification, and perseverance. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the significance of the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ.
  • Explain the meaning and significance of the death of Jesus Christ.
  • Describe the implications of the resurrection, ascension, and session of Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the doctrines of conversion, justification, and regeneration.
  • Apply a Biblical understanding of sanctification in your ministry.
  • Evaluate the Biblical basis for the Calvinist and the Arminian views of the doctrine of perseverance.
  • Anticipate the glorious consummation of your salvation.

THE2124 The Doctrine of God

This course approaches the Doctrine of God not only from a biblical perspective but also in the light of the situation that prevails in the 21st century.  By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Formulate a plausible and persuasive case for the existence of God.
  • Articulate and defend an evangelical view of how God can be known.
  • Conduct inductive biblical studies on the attributes of God using the knowledge of God cycle.
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of how systematic theologians identify and categorize the attributes of God.
  • Defend the biblical portrait of God as being the standard by which all other views of God are to be evaluated.
  • Understand why a biblical portrait of God is essential for a personal and corporate relationship with God, worship, holy living, evangelism, and mission.

THE3121 The Doctrine of the Kingdom

This course helps students to comprehend the nature of the Kingdom of God, discern Satan's actual present rights and status and survey the main categories of end-time doctrine. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the kingdom of God and evaluate its implications for ministry.
  • Evaluate Satan’s present rights and status.
  • Explain the dynamics of extending the kingdom of God in our time.
  • Evaluate modern concepts of “spiritual warfare” against Biblical and historic patterns.
  • Evaluate the main categories of end-time doctrine.

THE3122 The Doctrine of Revelation

This course highlights the importance of understanding general and special revelation, including an appreciation of the various theories of inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scriptures. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the difference between general revelation and special revelation.
  • Explain the concept of Jesus Christ as the locus of revelation.
  • Defend personal convictions regarding the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture.
  • Evaluate the Bible’s sufficiency as a guide for faith, life, and ministry.
  • Use three basic principles of interpretation to evaluate exegesis.
  • Explain the role of contemporary revelation and its relationship to the Scriptures.

THE3123 Apologetics

This course provides a fairly detailed introduction to apologetics as a Christian discipline and the various models of presentation and context. The modern contexts of apologetics (Post-modernism and the New Atheism) are also carefully considered. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Comprehend the context of Christian apologetics.
  • Identify and describe various models of doing apologetics.
  • Apply Jesus’ method of doing apologetics to your current ministerial context, including children.
  • Analyse various arguments for the existence of God, Jesus Christ and the integrity of the Bible.
  • Deconstruct and refute two New Age philosophies in light of Christian Theism.
  • Defend against a number of contextual apologetic issues in both the western and African context.

THE3124 Christian Ethics

This module deals with the moral implications of the gospel, introducing today's Christian worker to skills and tools that will help them engage postmodern society with clear Christian motives and persuasion. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Define the differences between selected ethical theories.
  • Explain the similarities and dissimilarities between African ethics and Western ethics.
  • Identify ethical theories that conflict with the Bible in particular and Christian ethics in general.
  • Appropriate morality (ethics) as defined in the Bible as a way of life both personally and publicly.
  • Apply ethical principles to practical scenarios in a ministry and community context.
  • Classify and summarize current ethical issues and think critically about existing practices and suggest ways of improving or rectifying the moral dilemma.
  • Appreciate the role of the Bible in formulating ethical theories.
  • Welcome competing ethical views as an aid for contextualizing and presenting your perspective.

THE3125 Church History

This course provides a holistic view of church history periods, paying particular attention to significant movement, leaders and their contributions to Christianity, and the origin and distinctiveness of prominent Christian denominations (term 1 only phase out course). By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify the characteristics of the critical periods of church history.
  • Discuss the influence of major historical movements and their leaders.
  • Describe the lives and contributions of key figures in church history.
  • Identify the impact of pivotal moments in the history of the church.
  • Explain the origin and distinctives of prominent Christian denominations.

THE3126 African Theology

This course shows how Africans have approached theology. The course introduces the student to African Traditional Religion and the role it and Western theology have played in the development of African theology. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe African Theology
  • Demonstrate understanding of its development
  • Outline features of ATR and their relevance to African Theology
  • Evaluate African Traditional Religion in the light of Christianity

THE4123 Child Theology

This course explores the concept of doing theology with "the child in the midst." This is a relatively new discipline, which desperately demands the Church's attention. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Articulate the theological perspectives on childhood implied in key biblical passages from the Old and New Testaments.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of key concepts and issues in recent scholarship around children, Bible, and Theology.
  • Make a meaningful contribution to the application of biblical-theological perspectives on children in a practical ministry situation.

THE4241 Systematic Theology

This course provides an orientation to the field of Systematic Theology. It includes an overview of major doctrines of the Christian faith (Unit 1), research methods (Unit 2), and a research paper (Unit 3).

THE4242 Science and Theology

The purpose of this course is to show the importance of dialogue between theology and the natural sciences if we are to understand God's Word and his world correctly. The first objective of the course is for those interested in the relationships between science and theology to gain a clear picture of the complexities of the debate. The second objective is to affirm the validity and rationality of believing in God and the Bible in spite of the hostile voices claiming the converse.

THE5121 Systematic Theology 1: Science and Theology

The purpose of this course is to show the importance of dialogue between theology and the natural sciences if we are to understand God's Word and his world correctly. The first objective of the course is for those interested in the relationships between science and theology to gain a clear picture of the complexities of the debate. The second objective is to affirm the validity and rationality of believing in God and the Bible in spite of the hostile voices claiming the converse.

THE5122 God and Revelation

Students without prior degrees in theology will be required to complete foundational training in the nature and methods of the discipline. 1 For practitioners, Systematic Theology has the most relevance for ministry when Christian beliefs and practices are examined in dynamic tension with beliefs and practices in the prevailing worldviews in the minister’s context. This course aims to help ministers to think through their beliefs about God, the spirit world, the Scriptures, contemporary revelations, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit as these beliefs impact upon their ministry philosophy and praxis. By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast Christian belief in the Triune God with prominent non-Christian beliefs about God and the spirit world in your context.
  • Defend the trustworthiness and authority of Scripture as the primary source for Christian belief and practice despite widespread doubts both inside and outside the church.
  • Formulate a position for your ministry regarding the sufficiency of Scripture, the interpretation of Scripture, and the nature and authority of contemporary revelation in relation to Scripture.
  • Critique the pervasive Pentecostalisation of twenty-first-century Christianity in the light of biblical and historical pneumatology.
  • Articulate a ministry philosophy for your ministry concerning the themes in the preceding outcomes.
1 We will offer three non-credit-bearing short courses to introduce students to the basics of systematic theology as a theological discipline. The short courses are designed to introduce the discipline and its methods to students who enter the MDiv without a prior degree in theology. This frees the systematic theology courses to focus on examining doctrinal questions in relation to ministry. The short courses will equip students without prior studies in the field to engage the specialised courses. Students may be exempted from this training if they covered it in their prior studies.

THE5123 Man, Sin, and Salvation

Students without prior degrees in theology will be required to complete foundational training in the nature and methods of the discipline. For practitioners, Systematic Theology has the most relevance for ministry when Christian beliefs and practices are examined in dynamic tension with beliefs and practices in the prevailing worldviews in the minister’s context. All Christian ministers understand that they are called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, but not all appreciate that the effective communication of the gospel is context-dependent. This course aims to help them to understand the biblical view of man, sin, and salvation in dynamic tension with the prevailing worldviews in the context, so that they can communicate it clearly and persuasively. By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the dominant understandings of (a) man, (b) sin, and (c) salvation in your context.
  • Compare and contrast the beliefs of your context with the theological position of your church tradition regarding man, sin, and salvation.
  • Communicate biblical understandings of anthropology and harmartiology to post-Christian audiences that view Christian beliefs and ethics with scepticism.
  • Formulate context-sensitive strategies for communicating the gospel clearly and persuasively in your community.

THE5124 Church and Kingdom

Students without prior degrees in theology will be required to complete foundational training in the nature and methods of the discipline. For practitioners, Systematic Theology has the most relevance for ministry when Christian beliefs and practices are examined in dynamic tension with beliefs and practices in the prevailing worldviews in the minister’s context. As the epicentre of Christianity moves to the Global South, there are seismic shifts in Christian understandings of the nature of the church and of the kingdom of God that have far-reaching implications for ministry praxis. Forces at work such as the collapse of Christendom, the demise of colonialism, the decline of mainline denominations and the rise of independent churches and networks, and the emergence of the New Apostolic Reformation with its propagation of dominion theology, and the mass Pentecostalisation of Christianity, often with prosperity gospel overtones, require that Christian leaders think deeply about their philosophy of ministry. The aim of this course is to help students to formulate their beliefs about the church and the kingdom and to develop ministry practices that are consistent with their convictions. By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of significant ecclesiologies on both a global and local scale.
  • Critique the theological premises and exegetical foundations of selected ecclesiologies.
  • Compare and contrast the biblical concept of the kingdom of God with prominent understandings in your faith community.
  • Evaluate the ministry practices of your church in the light of your understanding of the Bible’s teaching about the church and the kingdom of God.
  • Implement ministry practices that reflect your understanding of the Bible’s teaching about the church and the kingdom of God.