When asked the identification of the greatest commandment Jesus answered that it was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength. These three of course are not unrelated. What we know with our minds stirs our the passions of our hearts and works itself out through the labor of our lives. Ultimately Jesus commands us to love God with our whole being. Theology or the study of God in His being and His work is a fundamental element to loving God with our minds. That is, theological study must be an act of love for God by which we seek to know Him not merely to know about Him. Rather than being a merely academic pursuit of knowledge, the faithful theologian seeks to deepen his relationship with his creator and redeemer. For just as in any human relationship, we desire to know more about those we love so with those that love God; they will desire to know more and more of Him. This course is a study in theology and its goal will not be the accumulation of knowledge for knowledge sake, rather we will seek to love God with more and more of our minds in order to deepen our capacity to worship Him..
This course will be held at Goodwill Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, NY on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm.
There is no fee for this course however donations are welcomed for the ministry of the Study Center and an opportunity to give will be made available in the final weeks.
In this 10 week course, we will study the following from the Scriptures:
* A case for studying theology: We will address some of the common criticisms of studying theology as well as some of the pitfalls we must guard ourselves from
* The Revelation of God: We will consider His self-revelation in nature and in the Bible and we will wrestle with the state of those who have never heard the gospel.
* The attributes of God: We will study the wonderful facets of His character or in technical terms, His incommunicable and communicable attributes.
* The Trinity: We will define the Trinity and consider the relationship of the three persons as well as their distinct roles.
* The Work of God in Creation and Providence: We will study God's work of creation and consider how God interacts with His creatures. We will discuss how to understand prayer, free will, and evil in relation to God's sovereignty.