GBI Basics of Grace Summer 2010. An Overview of Systematic Theology. Anthropology: What is Man Like?. A Study of the Doctrine of Man. The Fall of Man (Gen. 3). The temptation was a corruption of God’s word / command (3:1). The temptation was a question about God’s love.
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An Overview of
A Study of the Doctrine of Man
A Study of the Doctrine of Sin
Hamartia + logos = hamartiology
Sin + word = word/study of man
“Sin is what you do when you’re not satisfied with God.”
“Sin is irrational. Consider Satan himself, who knows more about God than most any of us but, nevertheless, seeks to replace God on the throne; an intelligent begin, yet from one perspective incredibly stupid.”
[John Frame, Salvation Belongs to the Lord.]
A Study of
the Doctrine of Salvation
“Our method of proclaiming salvation is this: to point out to every heart the loving Lamb, who died for us, and although He was the Son of God, offered Himself for our sins...by the preaching of His blood, and of His love unto death, even the death of the cross:…to name no virtue except in Him, and from Him and on His account, — to preach no commandment except faith in Him; no other justification but that He atoned for us; no other sanctification but the privilege to sin no more; no other happiness but to be near Him, to think of Him and do His pleasure; no other self denial but to be deprived of Him and His blessings; no other calamity but to displease Him; no other life but in Him.”
[Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760).]
Soteria + logos = soteriology
Salvation + word = word/study of salvation
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“…to believe the gospel is not only to accept the awesome truths that 1) God is holy, 2) we are hopeless sinners, 3) Christ died and rose again for sinners, and 4) this great salvation is enjoyed by faith in Christ-but believing the gospel is also to treasure Jesus Christ as your unsearchable riches. What makes the gospel Gospel is that it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ.”
[John Piper, “The Gospel in Six Minutes.”]
“The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living by it.”
[Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace.]
A Study of
the Doctrine of the Church
Ecclesia + logos = ecclesiology
Church/ + word = word/study of church Gathering
The church is a gathering of people in this age (not OT believers) who have been called by God out of the world (and from sin) to become a chosen people of God to worship Him, by being His servants in spreading the good news of His glory.
A God-sensitive, faithful, loving, Word-loyal shepherd who tends/oversees
a doctrinally sound, anchored in Scripture (doctrine matters!)
loving, compassionate congregation of born-again people,
who are growing spiritually and numerically,
who together are ministering/laboring for the gospel,
being empowered through Spirit-dependency and effectual prayer
whose lives/conduct also witness to the power of the gospel (talk is cheap!)
who, at times, upset/anger the world (or other religious people)
because of these characteristics.
P.S. If your church never upsets the world for
its faithful adherence to the Word of God and
fervent testimony regarding Jesus Christ,
you may not have a God-centered (Christ-honoring) congregation!
A Study of
the Doctrine of Angels
A Study of
the Doctrine of Last Things
Eschatos + logos = eschatology
Last + word = word/study of end (things) times
(2 Sam. 7:12-16)
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:11-13