What are the basics of theology?
Theology is the study of God. The term theology usually implies “systematic theology” which is an organized and logical sequential study of biblical truth. Studies in theology can range from the elementary or basic truths to comprehensive courses in theology. The major categories of systematic theology are given in the table below.
|Bibliology||What the Bible says about itself.|
|Theology Proper||Who is God? This usually includes the trinity.|
|Christiology||What does the Bible say about Jesus Christ?|
|Pneumatology||What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?|
|Anthopology||What does the Bible say about man?|
|Hamartiology||What does the Bible say about sin?|
|Soteriology||What does the Bible say about salvation?|
|Ecclesiology||What does the Bible say about the church?|
|Angelology||What does the Bible say about angels (good and bad angels)?|
|Eschatology||What does the Bible say about the future?|
The reader is encouraged to check the list of “Book Suggestions” for recommended books in Systematic Theology. We recommended the study series titled, “Solid Roots” which is available on this website or “The Fundamentals of the Faith” which is authored by John MacArthur. Both present the basics of theology for the new Christian. We recommend “Evangelical Theology” which is authored by Robert Lightner for intermediate studies. For advanced studies see “Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth” which is edited by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue or Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology.”
Suggested Links:What Is The Bible?
Who is God?
Jesus Our Savior
The Holy Spirit
Creation and Fall of Man
Sin and Salvation
To The Glory of Christ
Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me . . . Jeremiah 9:23-24
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