COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory study of the nature of spiritual theology, which attempts to understand the nature of new life in Christ, the process of walking in the Spirit, and the directives for cooperating in His work. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of life in Christ regarding guilt and shame as well as the New Covenant ministry of the Spirit in transforming the heart in regards to original sin, early relational development and the habits of sin developed over time. Secondly, there will also be a focus on a theological exploration of human relationships, such as family, and issues as they relate to spiritual growth. Finally, there will be a focus on a theological exploration of the believer’s vocation and various “callings” in the bible as it relates to the general call of loving God and neighbor, a training in righteousness, and conformity to Christ’s image.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
THIS COURSE WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO CONCEPTS OF:
Understand how a theology of the Fall, guilt/shame, the heart, and New Covenant life in Christ are grounded in the Spirit
Understand the sanctification gap and understand how to better cooperate with the Spirit’s work of sanctification
Understand the putting off of the old self and former manner of life by dealing with personal sin and putting on the new self and the virtues of our Lord by the transformation of the Holy Spirit in light of the work of Christ on the cross.
Understanding the Christian’s general and specific vocation or callings from the Scriptures and seeking the Lord in prayer
YOU WILL GAIN SPECIFIC UNDERSTANDING AND PERSONAL APPLICATION FOR:
Explain how one’s personal history has influenced their view of God, self and others
Learning to understand the body of Christ as a family and how our formation takes place in that context
Develop a better understanding of how our spiritual life works in light of our relational contexts and environments.
Spiritual Theology - Year A