With so much to learn, there is so much to teach. Theology for Life plans to offer a range of teaching including:
When God’s word is studied with an organized (systematic) intent to focus on key doctrines (teachings), in an attempt to trace the totality of what scripture reveals about it, then one is undertaking “Systematic Theology.” Traditionally, key doctrines included in systematic study are:
- Theology Proper (the study of God)
- Christology (the study of Christ)
- Pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit)
- Bibliology (the study of the God’s Revelation—the Bible)
- Angelology (the study of Angels)
- Anthropology (the study of Mankind)
- Hamartiology (the study of Sin)
- Soteriology (the study of Salvation)
- Ecclesiology (the study of the Church)
- Eschatology (the study of End Times)
Expositional Commentary on Passages of Scripture
One cannot truly grasp scripture without studying the Bible in the context it presents for itself. An understanding of the Bible’s grammatical, historical, cultural, and spiritual context improves one’s comprehension of its truths. Therefore, expositional (explainatory) commentary helps one to grasp these vital factors, and grow a deeper knowledge of truth, in the context that truth is presented.
Studying the scripture topically is related to what one does when studying it systematically. However, topical studies tend to focus on such areas as subthemes, characters, places, or events of scripture, rather than the major doctrinal teachings presented in systematic theology.
Historical theology is more about theological views men have held than it is about what scripture says. However, how men have interpreted scripture can be informative. We can learn how false views (proven false by the fact that they do not match up to scripture) and truth (supported by scripture) were defended, or the effects they had. While historical theology must not overshadow the study of scripture itself, learning from believer’s of the past can give both insight and warning for believer’s today.
Biblical Application for Today’s Culture
No matter the type of study—systematic, expositional, or topical—it ought to find application in your life. Theology for Life has a goal of trying to help you see how your theology (what you believe) and doctrine (what you teach) really do matter, not only here in this life, but in the life to come. Some label this as “practical theology,” but I dislike that label—to me, all theology has practical application. But sometimes it helps to take life, and apply theology to it. Sometimes, Theology for Life will offer “cultural commentary,” taking current events, and applying theological principles to understand how Christian’s ought to respond in our day.