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Theology Briefly

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Theology Briefly
(Sharing 16th July 2011)

These are just draft notes I surveyed wikipedia, adding a bit of my own, placed over here for reference, and updated again on 2012-10-15. There are no much system in laying things out here, but just for a general idea / for brainstorm, etc. This is in preparation for the seminary theological center.

1. Biblical Theology (Bible Overview)

Go through every book in the bible to see the Cross message and Emmanuel thread in Old Testament and New Testament to answer:

1) Content of each book of the bible: Logos and Rhema

2) Attributes of God the Trinity

3) Purpose, Plans

4) Israel, Church

5) Historical progression (brick-laying) of special (redemptive) revelation

6) Biblical inerrancy

7) Biblical inspiration

2. Systematic Theology (36 Lessons)

A discipline of Christian theology that attempts to formulate an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs. It is also called Dogmatics

Systematic theologians:

– St Augustine (Abortion and ensoulment, Anthropology, Astrology, Baptism, Creation, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Epistemological views, Intercession of the Saints, Just war, Mariology, Natural knowledge and biblical interpretation, Original sin, Sacramental theology, Eucharist, Soteriology, Statements on Jews, Views on lust)

– John Calvin (TULIP)

– There are many more

Systematic Theology = Building the holy temple for life

The 36 lessons form the most complete systematic and formatted skeleton / framework

1) Identity of the Child of God (I am in God, God is in me, Emmanuel, seed/representation/heir of God, the incarnation of God identity just like Jesus Christ, incarnation, death & resurrection, dominion throne of God, the most successful identity that is all sufficient) – God the Trinity, God’s purpose in the history of mankind, the only problem, only Jesus Christ the answer, assurance of born again, new life new lifestyle, totally new values in spiritualization

2) Promise / Covenant (As I live as a child of God, I discover I have areas I do not look like a child of God – my life purpose of wanting to be more like Jesus Christ = individual gospelization, family gospelization, regional gospelization, world gospelization. God promises me Emmanuel, guidance, protection, providence, accomplishment to help me attain the complete possibilty of reaching spiritual/heart bliss before the 70 years are up)

3) Perfect will (Therefore, I seek to read all of God’s words – logos / laws / decrees / instructions / revelation, to test and approve out His very mindset/heartbeat, in all things, 24 hours, in all my life, my lifestyle and all my fields, my roles, my position, my specialization, to fulfill gospelization)

4) Prayers for cleansing (There are some I cannot do right now, and there will be accusations. The mystery of coming to God boldly for grace, confession, repentance, grievious hatred for sin, needing Christ, changing my values, discussion with God)

5) Prayers for conquering sufferings (There are some darker moments, valley of death along living. Mystery of relying on the Holy Spirit, demolishing Satan’s arrows, and rebuilding the kingdom of heaven in my life, for an overcoming life caused by unforgettable hurts, thorn in the flesh, inevitable consequences of sanctification. Through these, greater blessings come due to greater problems and great turning points come. Healing will take place when we continue to hold on to the vision and do what needs to be done as a good and faithful servant vs a wicked and lazy servant)

6) Intercessions for believers (knowing myself as a sinner needing God, therefore holding umbrella out daily over the people God held me over to be as a high priest, the convictions in the heart felt when praying, preparing messages of God that come for the weak and heavy-ladened)

7) …… Walking with God, walking as God told me to follow, wisdom and humility, church-centered, brethrens, pastoral, evangelism, discipleship, holistic healing, practice in serving, equipping, ordination of coworkers, sending out of workers, the end times, Christ’s second coming, heavenly kingdom …..

3. Historical Theology

Progressive parallelism of altar, tabernacle, temple and the church provides a good guideline on approaching historical theology.

1) Abraham, Moses and David to the Early Church

2) Early Church, Medieval and Modern Christianity (Israel -> Rome (Eastern/Western) -> Europe -> America -> Asia -> Middle East -> Israel)

3) Present Era and the End Times

Investigates the socio-historical and cultural mechanisms that give rise to theological ideas, systems, and statements:

(1) Theological movements (Extremes: anarchism, death of God, Jansenism, King James Only, Liberation, Mysticism, Pacificism, Pietism, Zionism; Reformation: Protestant, 1st Awakening, 2nd Awakening, Pentecostal)

(2) Denominations

(3) Missionary movements (Paul and Greek/Roman, Religious orders and Europe/Africa, Colonial policies and Asia, Reformation and unreached people, European culture and praying towns for natives and teaching literacy, William Carey, Thomas Coke, Hudson Taylor, Faith Missions organizations – Student Volunterr Movement, Ecumenical movement, Bible translations and the unreached by isolated languages, Two Thirds Missions reaching out to own people – G.D.James/Theodore Williams/David Cho, Preserving culture and establishing schools, orphanages, and hospitals, 10/40 window and world missions, church planting/leadership/theology/bible translations and modern missions, broadcast/internet/correspondence/church-starting/new-generative-church, China)

(4) Cultic, Extremists and Restorationism (Israelism, identity, Ecumenism, Convergence, counter-cult, Emerging, Evangelism, Holiness, Irvingism, Local Church, Martinism, Puritanism, Revival, Sacred Name, Tolstoyan)

4. Pastoral Theology

This regards to administrative, counseling, protective leadership of the church for practically (1) caring for the weak, (2) in making disciples, and (3) feeding the coming ages

1) Homiletics (Preaching): Use of Scripture, revelative, adaptive to poor/ignorant, simplicity of impressing a single striking idea, use of familiar illustrations and testimonies, intense realization/dramatization, philosophical, persuasiveness, condensation and applification, logic, system, warmthful display, intellectually compelling, searcher of hearts, authoritative, profane rhetoric vs sacred eloquence,

2) Pastoral Care (counseling, caring, protection, tending, strengthening the weak, encouragement, feeding, making provision, sheilding, refreshing, restoring, leading by example, motivating, healing for pursuit of holiness, faith, comfort, guiding for personal & social wellbeing emcompassing: visitation, funerals, weddings, taking care of sick/widows/elderly)

3) Sacraments (baptism, confirmation, Holy Communion, Matrimony, Anointing Deacons, Pastors, Elders, Reverends)

4) Ethics (Self-knowledge, self-realizationism, pleasures, perseverence, contentment/serenity, pragmatic social virtues, consequences, righteousness, actions, obligations, ethical resistance, specifc moral questions, grey areas, care, authoritharian, character, etiquettes/codes)

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