Study Checklist (Outline) for Theology Proper

National Association of Christian Ministers Summary Series: Theology

Whether you are a minister in school preparing for an exam, or a minister who wants to review the depth of Theology Proper, you will find the below outline a good study guide to the overview, reflection, and preparation for a consideration of the subject.


1) Introduction to Theology Proper

* Read and understand the definition of Theology Proper

* Familiarize yourself with the importance of studying Theology Proper

* Identify the key verses from scripture to support the doctrine of Theology Proper

* Identify the key questions and topics within Theology Proper


2) Attributes of God

* Study and comprehend the various attributes of God

* Analyze and reflect on how these attributes are revealed in Scripture

* Explore the implications of these attributes for a believer’s life and faith


3) The Triune Nature of God

* Understand the concept of the Trinity and its significance

* Study the distinct roles and relationships within the Godhead

* Assess the biblical evidence for the Trinity and respond to common objections


4) God’s Sovereignty and Providence

* Examine the biblical teachings on God’s sovereignty and providence

* Evaluate different theological perspectives on these concepts

* Reflect on how understanding God’s sovereignty affects personal faith and worldview


5) God’s Creation and Human Responsibility

* Investigate the biblical account of creation and its implications

* Explore the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility

* Reflect on the ethical and moral implications of being created in God’s image


6) The Problem of Evil and Suffering

* Analyze the theological responses to the problem of evil and suffering

* Examine different philosophical approaches to understanding these issues

* Reflect on the role of God’s sovereignty in the midst of human suffering


7) Divine Revelation

* Study the different forms of divine revelation (Scripture, nature, Jesus Christ)

* Assess the reliability and authority of Scripture as God’s revelation

* Reflect on the implications of divine revelation for faith and theology


8) The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

* Explore the biblical teachings on the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ

* Understand the significance of Christ’s role as mediator and savior

* Reflect on the implications of Christ’s work for salvation and Christian living


9) The Holy Spirit

* Study the role and work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers

* Reflect on the biblical teachings on the gifts and fruit of the Spirit

* Examine different theological perspectives on the Holy Spirit’s work


10) Eschatology and the End Times

* Investigate the biblical teachings on eschatology and the end times

* Evaluate different interpretations of prophecies and the timing of events

* Reflect on the practical implications of eschatology for personal faith and ministry


11) Synthesis and Application (Arguably the Most Important to Ministry)

* Summarize and integrate the key concepts and teachings from each section

* Apply theological insights to personal faith, ministry, and worldview

* Seek opportunities for further study, discussion, and practical application