Slide 2 THEOLOGY PROPER Slide 3 Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Slide 8 Slide 9 Theology TheosLogos Slide 10 Theology TheosLogos GOD Slide 11 What is Systematic Theology? Theology TheosLogos GOD Study/Rational Expression Slide 12 What is Systematic Theology? Theology TheosLogos GOD Study/Rational Expression Theology = the study of the rational and logical expression of God Slide 13 Systematic Theology Systematic theology is any study that answers the question, What does the whole Bible teach us today? about any given topic. --John Frame Slide 14 Study and Learn for Worship! Psalm 139:17: How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! Slide 15 Meet the God of your theology! Slide 16 Slide 17 The Necessity of Revelation: Matthew 11:27: No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Slide 18 The Necessity of Revelation: If we are to know anything about God, it must be God who reveals Himself to us Slide 19 Knowing God: The meaning of eternal life: John 17:3: And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Slide 20 We cannot comprehend God fully and exhaustively, but why? Slide 21 Why cant we comprehend God fully? 1. God is One of a kind, foreign, and unique Isaiah 46:9: For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me. Slide 22 Why cant we comprehend God fully? 1. God is One of a kind, foreign, and unique 2. God is Transcendent Psalm 145:3: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, His greatness is unsearchable. Slide 23 Why cant we comprehend God fully? 1. God is One of a kind, foreign, and unique 2. God is Transcendent 3. God keeps secrets from us Deut 29:29: The secrets of God belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us. Slide 24 Incomprehensibility Comprehensibility Postmodernity/ Emerging Church/ Agnostics Hegel/Speculative School/Ancient Philosophy Biblical Truth Slide 25 What we know about God is still true about God Slide 26 What is an attribute? C.C. Ryrie: Attributes are qualities that are inherent to a subject. They identify, distinguish, or analyze the subject. Slide 27 Slide 28 What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. Mans spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of Godthere is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God. -- A.W. Tozer Slide 29 Omnipresence LoveJustice Holiness MercyWrath Knowledge Wisom Omnipotence FreedomEternity Independence Goodness Slide 30 Omnipresence LoveJustice Holiness Mercy Wrath Knowledge Wisdom Omnipotence FreedomEternity Independence Goodness Slide 31 LoveJustice Holiness Mercy Wrath Slide 32 Omnipresence Love Justice Holiness MercyWrath Knowledge Wisdom Omnipotence FreedomEternity Independence Goodness Slide 33 Omnipresence LoveJustice Holiness MercyWrath Knowledge Wisom Omnipotence FreedomEternity Independence Goodness We need a Scripturally Balanced View of Gods Attributes Slide 34 The fairest face on earth, with the most comely features, would soon become ugly and unsightly, if one member continued growing while others remained undeveloped. Beauty is, primarily, a matter of proportion. Thus it is with the Word of God: its beauty and blessedness are best perceived when its manifold wisdom is exhibited in its true proportions. Here is where so many have failed in the past. A single phase of Gods Truth has so impressed this man or that, that he has concentrated his attention upon it, almost to the exclusion of everything else. --A.W. Pink Slide 35 Definition: God depends on nothing other than himself for existence. --John Feinberg Slide 36 Colossians 1:17: He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Slide 37 Definition of the Eternity of God: God has always existed in the past and always will exist in the future. He never began to be, knows no growth or age, nor will he ever cease to be. -- Robert Raymond Slide 38 Exodus 3:14: Moses asks: Who shall I say sent me? What is His name? God said to Moses: I AM WHO I AM. Slide 39 From Latin omni meaning all God is present everywhere, at all points in space, with the totality of His being Slide 40 Psalm 139:7-10: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. Slide 41 Definition (Grudem): God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, promises, yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations. Slide 42 Malachi 3:6: I, the Lord, do not change. Slide 43 Omniall Scienceknowledge God is all knowing Slide 44 1 John 3:20: Godknows all things. Slide 45 Definition of Gods omniscience: That perfection of God whereby He, in an entirely unique manner, knows Himself and all things possible and actual in one eternal and most simple act. -- Berkhof Slide 46 Definition of Gods Wisdom Gods wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals. -- Wayne Grudem God uses the best possible means to produce the best possible result for the best possible end, His glory. Slide 47 Romans 16:27: calls God the only wise God. Slide 48 Truthfulness of God Slide 49 Genuineness of God God is a true, genuine, authentic God Slide 50 Truthfulness of God Genuineness of God God is a true, genuine, authentic God Veracity of God Whatever God says is true and accurate Slide 51 The Truthfulness of God Truthfulness of God Genuineness of God God is a true, genuine, authentic God Veracity of God Whatever God says is true and accurate The Faithfulness of God Slide 52 From Latin: Omni: all Potens: powerful God is all-powerful Slide 53 God is all-powerful and able to do whatever He wants to do. Psalm 115:3: Our God is in the heavens, He does whatever He pleases. Slide 54 GOODNESS MercyGracePatience Often seen as stemming from Gods Goodness Slide 55 Definition of the Goodness of God: That perfection of the divine nature which prompts him to deal bountifully and kindly with all his creatures. -- Robert Raymond Slide 56 Definition of Gods Mercy: Berkhof: the goodness of God shown to those who are in misery or distress. Matthew 9:36 : Seeing the people, Jesus felt compassion (mercy) for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Slide 57 Definition of the Grace of God: The goodness of God toward those who are undeserving. Slide 58 Definition of the Grace of God: The goodness of God toward those who are undeserving. 1 Peter 5:10: the God of all grace Slide 59 Definition of the Patience of God: God iswithholding judgment and continuing to offer salvation and grace over long periods of time. -- Millard Erickson Slide 60 2 Peter 3:9: The Lordis patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. Slide 61 Definition of Love: Love is an unconditional commitment to give the highest good to the object loved in a self-sacrificial manner. Slide 62 Love is an unconditional commitment to give the highest good to the object loved in a self-sacrificial manner. The highest good = GOD Love is an unconditional commitment TO GIVE GOD to the object loved in a self-sacrificial manner. Slide 63 Definition of the Love of God: Gods love is an unconditional commitment to give Himself to the object loved in a self-sacrificial manner. Slide 64 Romans 5:8-10: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us for if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Self-Sacrifice The highest good Slide 65 1 Peter 3:18: Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. Self-Sacrifice The highest good Slide 66 Definition of the Holiness of God: God is distinct or separate from everything else. God is separate or set apart in his moral purity and perfection. Slide 67 The only way to flee from the holiness of God is into the holiness of God Slide 68 God always acts in accordance with what is right and is Himself the final standard for what is right 1 Peter 3:18: Jesus is the righteous one Slide 69 God requires all to meet His standard of righteousness Deuteronomy 32:4: The Lord is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all His ways are just. Slide 70 Gods glory speaks of His brilliance, honor, and excellent reputation and God is worthy to be given superlative honor and excellent reputation by everything in the universe Slide 71 Glory speaks of brilliance, honor, and excellent reputation and God is worthy to be given superlative honor and excellent reputation by everything in the universe Revelation 4:15: Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power. Slide 72 The Cross of Jesus Christ Slide 73 Isaiah 40:9: Get you up to a high mountain, O zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, BEHOLD YOUR GOD!