At a Glance
- Access to 12 lessons of guided inductive Bible study, reading comprehension questions, instructional video and audio clips, discussion questions, integrative assignments, and other content
- Provides a structured and comprehensive introduction to systematic theology through careful biblical study and reflection on Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology and the Bethlehem Affirmation of Faith
- 24/7 access for 6 months to complete the course at your own pace
The Systematic Theology 1 course is an attempt to systematically present what the Apostle Paul called “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Students will study biblical topics by examining particular biblical passages, reading through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and inspecting the Bethlehem Affirmation of Faith. The student’s learning will be solidified through discussion questions and various homework assignments. This course is the first of two semesters, progressing through roughly the first half of a systematic theology, including the doctrines of Scripture, the Trinity, God’s sovereignty, election, creation, sin, Christology, and soteriology.
- A doctrine of Scripture
- The Trinity
- God’s eternal purpose and election
- Creation: the universe and man
- A doctrine of sin
- Jesus Christ and his saving work
A series of 12 lessons that each include an introduction, lesson objectives, inductive Bible study, critical interaction with secondary sources, comprehension questions, video and audio content, and discussion questions if studying with a group.
What do I need to take this course?
You will need an internet connection that allows you to view videos, an English version of the Bible (preferably the English Standard Version), and the required textbook by Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology.
Should I take this course if I have already studied systematic theology?
We believe that this course will enrich and deepen your understanding of systematic theology, even if you have studied it previously in some way. This course provides a Christian Hedonist perspective on many of the great doctrines of the faith, which should result in new insights and a better appreciation for the unity of the Bible. The combination of inductive Bible study, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, and the Bethlehem Affirmation of Faith makes this systematic theology course unique.
For what setting was this course designed?
This course can be taken as an independent study but also provides discussion questions and integrative assignments for an informal or formal group study. The course would work well in a rigorous Sunday school environment, as part of a small group study, within a discipleship or training context, or in an academic program.
Can I take this course as a part of a group?
We encourage anyone taking a course from us to do it within a local church context. Churches may use our courses as the theological content for group studies. Questions are included in each lesson to facilitate discussion.
About the Technology
With Resources From
Dr. John Piper
Chancellor and Professor of Biblical Exegesis
Bethlehem College & Seminary
Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org