415 – Syllabus

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Soteriology

[draft syllabus; subject to change]

Details:

Semester: Fall 2018
Credit hours: Three
Lecturer: Joel Beeke
Office hours:  Contact my office assistant, Ann Dykema (ann.dykema@prts.edu), to schedule an appointment.
Facilitator: Chris Engelsma

 

Course Description:
This course is a study of the doctrine, nature, and work of the Holy Spirit, with a special emphasis on the Spirit’s order of application of salvation (ordo salutis): union with Christ, calling, regeneration, conversion, repentance, faith and assurance, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, and glorification.

 

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain Reformed soteriology as it relates to our calling, regeneration, faith, justification, sanctification, perseverance, and glorification;
  2. Articulate the biblical basis of Reformed soteriology;
  3. Understand and define the key terms used in the discussion of soteriology;
  4. Interact with alternative viewpoints and offer arguments which support the Reformed perspective of various issues;
  5. Understand the study of soteriology within its historical context;
  6. Preach on any of the doctrines of soteriology.

 

Course Requirements:
Assignment: Percentage: Hours:
Lectures & Discussion 30% 45 hours
Paper 20% 23 hours
Reading 0% 38 hours
Exams 50% 14 hours
Total: 100% 120 hours

Lectures: The lectures for this course have been carefully edited specifically for this course.   A course outline is included with each lecture.
Discussions:  Each lesson has at least one discussion in it.  These interactions are all graded.  Please read our principles for effective discussions here.
Paper:  Your paper in this course should not exceed ten pages.  Be sure to confirm your topic with me and follow the strictures of the PRTS Style Guide.

 

Texts:
Required Reading for MDiv students: 

Author, Title Pages: Time:
Joel Beeke, Living for God’s Glory, page 101–131, 189–220

print  |  kindle

61 3 hours

John Calvin, Institutes, Book 3, Chapters 1-3, 6-15  (see below for accessibility options) 173 9 hours
Wilhelmus à Brakel, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, vol 2:191-438; vol 3:3-33; 4:275-300

print  |  online  |  kindle

277 11 hours
John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied, part 2, page 79-181

kindle  |  print

102 5 hours

Geoff Thomas, The Holy Spirit

kindle  |  print

255 10.5 hours

Additional Reading for ThM students:

Calvin’s Institutes:

Recommended Reading:

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Schedule:
All assignments are due on Saturday at midnight.

Week 1  (Aug. 27-31):   2.5 hours

  The Study of the Holy Spirit

Introductions
The Holy Spirit in Our Past

The Nature of the Holy Spirit


Week 2  (Sept. 3-7):   5.5 hours

 The Work of the Holy Spirit in Creation and Common Grace

  The Order of the Application of Salvation

Is There an Ordo?
Ordo Salutis & Assurance of Salvation


Week 3:   (Sept. 10-14):   4.5 hours

  Union with Christ (1): Concepts and Images

The Lord's Supper & Union with Christ

  Union with Christ (2): Roots and Realization

Aspects of Union with Christ


Week 4  (Sept. 17-21):  3.5 hours

  The General Call of the Gospel

Neophytus & the Gospel Offer

  Preparatory Grace and the Spirit of Conviction

Preparatory Grace & the Jailor


Week 5  (Sept. 24-28):   4.5 hours

  Effectual Calling (1): Exposition and Explanation

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   Effectual Calling (2): Sovereign Grace and Human Agency

God's Revealed and Secret Will


Week 6   (Oct. 1-5):  Midterm Exam; 7 hours


Reading Break     (Oct. 8-12)


Week 7  (Oct. 15-19):  5.4 hours

  Conversion (1): Repentance unto Life

Repentance

  Conversion (2): Faith in Jesus Christ

Unable to Believe


Week 8  (Oct. 22-26):   4 hours

  Conversion (3): The Origin and Exercise of Faith

Parables, Miracles, Repentance

  Justification (1): Righteousness in Christ Alone

Paul & James


Week 9  (Oct. 29-Nov. 2):    4.5 hours

Justification (2): Survey and Interactions with Other Views

Active Obedience of Christ & Our Justification

Adoption

Adoption & the Roman Practice


Week 10:  (Nov. 5-9):    3.4 hours

 Sanctification (1): Holiness by Grace

Definitive & Progressive Sanctification

  Sanctification (2): Controversies about Holiness

The Master Key to Unlocking Victory in the Christian Life


Week 11  (Nov. 12-16):   4.5 hours

  Sanctification (3): Cultivating Holiness

Sanctification & Assurance

 Assurance of Salvation

 The Witness of the Holy Spirit


Week 12  (Nov. 19-23):    3.7 hours

  Preservation and Perseverance (1): Promises and Warnings

Incipient Declension

  Preservation and Perseverance (2): Resting and Running

Thomas Cranmer


Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 22-23)


Week 13 (Dec. 10-14):    7 hours


Final Exam