Examining and Applying Biblical and Theological Concepts – THEO 415

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to allow the student to better understand and put into practice key theological ideas. A wide range of biblical and theological concepts are presented, and the student is challenged to apply these concepts in real world situations and to understand wide-ranging viewpoints. This course builds on basic theological coursework, encouraging students to deepen their understanding, while at the same time, gaining experience by living out biblical truths in ministry settings.

Prerequisites

THEO 201 and 202

Rationale

Loving God and loving people are two overarching concepts that form the heart of the Christian faith (Matt 22:37–40). Both of these concepts have substantial practical applications and provide the foundation for Christian doctrine and Christian ministry. In this course, doctrinal concepts from earlier courses are brought together, other concepts are introduced, and opportunities for ministry are provided that will allow the student to put these doctrines into practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to present biblical and theological concepts in real-life settings.
  2. Demonstrate a deepening understanding of key biblical and theological doctrines.
  3. Relate how theological concepts are interconnected and potentially complex.
  4. Employ a meaningful project that demonstrates how to use ideas and skills in a ministry context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for the forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Practicum Papers (2)

The student will write two 800–1,000-word papers in current Turabian format that focus on biblical and theological reflections on the first and second great commandments. Practicum Paper 1 will cover the first great commandment, and Practicum Paper 2 will cover the second great commandment. Each paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Course Project

The student will write a 1,900–2,500-word research-based paper in current Turabian format. This paper will incorporate materials learned throughout the entire program. This paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the previous module/week and the module/week in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes. Exams 1, 3, and 4 will contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions and have a 20-minute time limit. Exam 2 will contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 1 essay question and will have a 30-minute time limit.