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.