Systematic Theology Module 2: Theology (Doctrine of God)

Course Introduction:

The purpose of this current module is to explore what the Bible teaches about God Himself, which is to say, what God reveals to us about God. So if you wish to gain a deeper understanding of who the Lord is, these lectures aim to benefit you. The lectures in this second module on the doctrine of God are, like the others, introductory, not exhaustive; and they’re intended to furnish you with a foundation that you can build upon in your further studies. But that is not to say that they will be easy. When we think about the God of glory, we are dealing with deep and difficult matters. And this requires reverence, humility, diligence, and much prayer that the Lord would open our eyes to behold a glimpse of His glory by faith.

Below, you’ll find the overall structure for this series of 7 modules, across the whole spectrum of Systematic Theology.

Prolegomena (Doctrine of First Principles) - This Module
Theology Proper (Doctrine of God) - This Module
Anthropology (Doctrine of Man)
Christology (Doctrine of Christ)
Soteriology (Doctrine of Salvation)
Ecclesiology (Doctrine of the Church)
Eschatology (Doctrine of Last Things)

Please review the details of the course materials in the PDF link below.

Module 2 - Lesson 1 - Introduction

It has been rightly said that what comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you. This is true, and it should not surprise us. God is first, highest, greatest, and most glorious. Man was created by God and for God, and exists to know, glorify, and enjoy God. When men reverse this order, thinking that God exists for man, rather than the opposite, we end up in idolatry and a world of evil.

Module 2 - Lesson 2 - Knowing God

When it comes to our knowledge of God, the Bible teaches that the Lord is incomprehensible, which means that it is impossible for a creature to know God fully, perfectly, and completely. We begin our study of the doctrine of God by exploring the implications of God’s incomprehensibility in our knowledge of who God is. This series of lectures in this second module, or course, on systematic theology is devoted to the study of the doctrine of God. The purpose is to explore what the Bible teaches about God Himself, which is to say, what God reveals to us about Himself. In the previous lecture, we considered an introduction to this module. In the present lecture, we will explore the nature, limits, and means of knowing God.

Module 2 - Lesson 3 - Names of God

What is the purpose and importance of a name? Parents may choose a particular name for their baby for a wide variety of reasons. They may like the sound of the name, or they may have a family member or a friend with the same name, or they may like a nickname that is associated with that name, or lots of other reasons. But in Scripture, names have greater significance than they often do in contemporary societies. At the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam dominion over every creature.

Module 2 - Lesson 4 - God's Being

Mankind was created to know, love, worship, and glorify this God. Now man’s rebellion and sin, of course, diverted them from that path and privilege. But through the gospel, God re-creates believers into worshippers—worshippers who see and adore and serve the Triune God. He delivers sinners from serving idols, the figments of their depraved imaginations, and brings them to serve the living and true God, so that the heart cry of the true Christian is, “Lord, show me thy glory.”

Module 2 - Lesson 5 - The Attributes of God (Part 1)

In the present lecture, and the following ones, we continue to reflect on God’s being by considering more of His attributes. And as we do so, we will build on what we already learned. So remember, for example, that God’s divine simplicity taught us that His attributes are not parts of God, and are not just descriptions of what He has - they reveal to us who God is in Himself. In this lecture we will be studying some of the more difficult and abstract attributes of God. So prepare yourself to concentrate and think hard about what the Bible teaches us.