Here are the knowledge, skill, and attitude objectives and the core curriculum for those who wish to pursue the full S.T.M. (32 credits) or a certificate (16 credits) in the area of Systematic Theology.
Knowledge, Skill, and Attitude Objectives
- The student will be able to defend from Scripture in exegetical depth and clarity how a love for every detail of doctrine is identical with a love for preserving and proclaiming Christ’s gospel.
- The student will give evidence of a growing mastery of a clear and consistent biblical, Lutheran hermeneutic in how he defends scriptural truth over against error, avoiding the twin dangers of saying more or less than Scripture says and illustrating a clear grasp of the difference between principle and application and the difference between the proper improper use of human reason.
- The student will give evidence of a growing mastery of the application of law and gospel as he makes clear application of the distinction to each article of doctrine.
- The student will be able to identify key figures and pivotal events in each key epoch of the history of Christian doctrine that he studies and explain their continuing impact on the proclamation of the truth.
- The student will be able to give evidence of his understanding of the key ancient and modern challenges to the biblical, Lutheran doctrine of the means of grace and be able to defend that confession with scriptural clarity.
- In personal piety and clear confession the student will give evidence of growth in his understanding and appreciation of the doctrine of prayer and its personal and corporate practice in his life and ministry.
- The student will give evidence of planning concrete ways to deepen the doctrinal understanding of those he has been called to serve.
Regularly Repeating Core Courses
- The Doctrine and Practice of the Lord’s Supper
- The Doctrine and Practice of Baptism
- The Doctrine of the Word
- The Principles and Practice of Prayer
- Heirs Together: A Study of Man & Woman
- The Proper Distinction of Law & Gospel
- The Doctrine and Practice of Church Fellowship
- The Ministry of the Word
- Biblical Christology
- Reclaiming our Christ-Centered Lutheran Devotional Heritage