What is theology and why should we study in this way? The word “theology” comes from two Greek words that combined mean “the study of God.” Christian theology is an attempt to understand God as He is revealed in the Bible. When we are studying theology, we dig into God’s Word to discover what He has revealed about Himself. We study theology to get to know God, in order that we may glorify Him through our love and obedience.
What is the difference between traditional Bible study and biblical exposition? Biblical exposition presents the meaning and intent of the scripture, providing commentary and examples to make the passage clear and understandable. The word exposition contains the word expose—the goal is to expose the meaning of the Bible, verse by verse and only then apply its meaning to our lives. In traditional Bible study the Bible passage may be used as support material for the topic. When studying in this way, the Bible passage is the topic, and support materials are used to explain and clarify it.
Womenary offers a core curriculum of 10 Theology courses and 10 Biblical Exposition courses. Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters each year, in various locations as well as online at any time. Courses are offered in the following order and repeat when completed.
How To Read the Bible For All It's Worth: Bibliology & Hermeneutics - This course is designed to equip students to better understand and apply what they read, as the writer intended it. It also traces how God's great message to man became the supernatural and preserved text of the Bible. Authors, cultures, languages, genres, and context will be covered.
Theology 101: Systematic Theology - This class presents what can be known about God in an organized study of his attributes, administration, and authority over the created order. What we believe to be true about God is the most important thing about us. This course teaches how to think rightly about God.
God in Three Persons: Trinitarianism - The God of the Bible exists in three persons. This class explores the mystery and the majesty of the Trinity, as well as the individual functions of the Father, Son, and Spirit within the Godhead and on behalf of believers.
Worldviews & World Religions - This course of study takes a look at the major religions of the world, presenting their stories and defining beliefs. Also included is a discussion of the various worldviews that influence what people believe in the postmodern cultures of today.
Angels, Man, and Sin - Who and what are the angelic beings we find in scripture and how are they involved with man and his sin? This study answers these questions and more as it traces the entrance of sin and evil in the angelic order and consequently into the human race.
God's Purpose for His Children & Church: Ecclesiology & Sanctification - The doctrine of sanctification affirms that those who God has called to Himself are superintended and set apart by the Spirit in order that they may become like Christ. Ecclesiology includes the study of God’s plan and purposes for the church, local and universal, as the body of Christ. This course presents both of these biblical doctrines as they relate to believers.
How We Got From There to Here: History of Christianity - Christians today are often unaware of the sacrifice and struggle involved in the history of the church and the development of its doctrines. This study brings to life the drama and dedication in the lives of the church fathers who kept the faith, and passed down the truth and traditions that make up the churches we know today.
Understanding Your Salvation: Soteriology - This is a course exploring the doctrine of the salvation of man through the grace of God, shown in the gift of His Son to the world. It includes discussion of the related topics involved such as substitution, redemption, conviction, calling, free will, predestination, regeneration, sanctification, preservation, and glorification.
The Kingdom & Covenants - What exactly is the kingdom of God spoken of throughout Scripture? In this class the theme of the kingdom and its related covenants are traced from its origins through biblical history and on until it's ultimate consummation in the reign of Christ.
The Study of Last Things: Eschatology - This is a fascinating study of the prophetic writings of the Bible that describe the circumstances and the events that will occur as all of God's plans come to pass. Eschatology means "last things" and the Bible has many fantastic things to say about what is yet to come.