Systematic Theology: An Overview of Biblical Doctrine (Outline)

1. Scripture

2. God – Attributes, Providence, Trinity

3. Creation – ch 1: Nelson’s “Young Earth Creationism” in Three Views on Creation

4. Salvation

Original Sin, Repentance, Faith, Justification, Regeneration, Witness of the Spirit (Adoption), Sanctification, Apostasy, Death, Glorification, Judgment, Hell, Heaven, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper

5. Worship: ch. 4: Williams’ “Charismatic Worship” in Exploring the Worship Spectrum

6. Prayer and Contemplation

7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit

8. Miraculous Gifts

9. Saints, Angels, and Demons

10. Church

11. Family

12. Work

13. Government

14. Poverty

15. The Last Days


I will likely use Adam Clarke and P. C. Nelson as my starting points for this project. I may occasionally reach to the other books listed here. I essentially see myself as a Wesleyan Pentecostal, but not as a “holiness” Pentecostal per se, because I don’t accept the doctrine of entire sanctification. I side with Nelson and the Reformed Calvinists on progressive sanctification. I am a young earth creationist as all of the men here were. My order of salvation is mostly Wesleyan, but I would emphasize a progressive sanctification that culminates in glorification rather than Clarke’s insistence on the possibility of sinlessness before death. I agree with the Vineyard’s view of charismatic worship. I believe emotional prayer is important (Clarke), but I think contemplation is the most important, because that’s how we can listen to God’s voice (Devine). I lean towards Assemblies of God’s view of the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Nelson), but I think prophecy is more important than tongues (1 Cor. 14). My view of miraculous gifts is probably going to turn out to be a combination of the Assemblies of God view (Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts) and the Vineyard view (John Wimber’s Power Healing). I believe, as did Wesley, that departed Christian saints can visit Christians in dreams and visions, like Elijah and Moses appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration (see Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley). When it comes to the church and the ministry, I believe presbyterian polity is the ideal to aim at (the Covenanters); but that in the beginning stages of a revivalist church, a charismatic episcopal polity might have to be in play just to start the church (one-pastor rule), so that he can pray and appoint a body of elders to supervise and assist him (Times Square Church). Pastors can only be men. Older women can only teach younger women and children. When it comes to work, it must be understood in light of Providence, or it tends to pride; work should glorify God with kindness, productivity, and patience; the Christian’s attitude towards work should be to provide financial security for the family, money for the church, and money for the poor. Romans 13 says that law and order are the main functions of government; and Christians are to respect and pray for their rulers, and pay their taxes. Poverty keeps men humble and in need of dependence on God rather than worldly goods; it places them in a position to trust God and His providence, and to produce strong faith. When it comes to the last days, I am a post-tribulationist (see Robert Gundry’s The Church and the Tribulation); and a premillennialist. I believe the arrival of the Antichrist is the next major event that will happen before the rapture and the Second Coming (2 Thess. 2:1-4).

Turretin, Francis. Institutes of Elenctic Theology. (Reformed) – 1685 – “Turretin’s Institutes come very highly recommended. It served for many years in the theological training of Princeton Seminary graduates under Charles Hodge. Turretin was a favorite of Jonathan Edwards, especially on points of Calvinism and polemical theology. Paul Ramsay argues that Edwards was “demonstrably dependent upon the writings of…Turretin” (Works of Jonathan Edwards, Yale 8:742).

Watson, Thomas. A Body of Divinity. (WCF; Puritan; Calvinist) – 1692

Clarke, Adam. Christian Theology. (Early MEC) – 1700s – 1800s

Devine, Arthur. A Manual of Mystical Theology. (Catholic) – 1903

Nelson, P. C. Bible Doctrines. (Early AG) – 1934

Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology. (Vineyard; Third Wave) – 1994

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