Introduction to Theology Part Two: Soteriology -

Introduction to Theology Part Two: Soteriology

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Length: 11 sections
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 11th – 12th Grades
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How to Use This Course

The better we understand the doctrine of salvation, the better we understand the magnificent mercy, grace, love, justice, wrath, holiness, and power of God. The doctrine of salvation, soteriology, and its relationship to other doctrines, is studied in depth in this course.

Course Introduction

This study of soteriology, the doctrine of salvation, begins with the need for atonement and then takes a closer look at the atonement, grace, regeneration, faith, repentance, and other related topics.

This course does not include gradable quizzes or tests. It provides ample topics that can be developed into independent papers for grading, if desired.

Comprehensive study and list of suggested titles for further reading.


  • What is theology?
  • Is the study of theology relevant and practical for living?
  • Wrong Approaches to Theology
  • The Proper Approach to Theology:
  • The Doctrines of Theology
  • The Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology) in Relation to Other Doctrines

Introduction to Soteriology: The Need for the Atonement

  • Man’s Need for Salvation (review)
  • OT Background: Anticipation of Christ’s Work of Salvation

Soteriology: The Atonement

  • Erroneous Theories of the Atonement
  • Substitutionary Atonement
  • The Extent of the Atonement

Election and Predestination

  • Scriptural Terms for Predestination and Election
  • The Author of Predestination and Election
  • The Objects of Predestination and Election
  • The Elements of Predestination
  • Characteristics of Election
  • The Purpose of Election
  • Reprobation
  • Objections to Election
  • Cautions
  • Should We Teach Election?
  • Practical Benefits of Understanding Election

Common Grace

  • Introduction to Common Grace
  • The Need of Common Grace
  • The Means of Common Grace
  • The Results of Common Grace
  • Limitations of Common Grace

Effectual Grace and Calling

  • Introduction
  • How Do We Come to Christ?
  • Effectual Grace
  • The Description of Effectual Grace
  • Object of Efficacious Grace
  • The Infallibility of Effectual Grace
  • The Practical Effects
  • Illustration
  • Is the Common Call of the Gospel Sincere?


  • Introduction
  • Scriptural Terms
  • Definition of Regeneration
  • Regeneration in Relation to Calling
  • The Necessity of Regeneration
  • The Cause of Regeneration
  • John 3:5-8


  • Faith: Introduction
  • Scriptural Terms for Faith
  • Definition of Faith
  • Elements of Saving Faith
  • Types of Non-Saving Faith
  • The Object of Saving Faith
  • The Ground of Saving Faith
  • The Source of Saving Faith: The Effectual Call of God
  • A Comparison of Saving and Non-Saving Faith
  • Relationship of Faith and Regeneration
  • Implications for Witnessing


  • Scriptural Terms
  • Definition of Repentance
  • Relationship of Faith to Repentance


  • Introduction
  • Scriptural Terms
  • Two Elements of Justification
  • Definition of Justification
  • The Nature of Justification
  • What Justification is not
  • The Ground of Justification
  • The Means of Justification
  • The Protestant Reformation
  • Addendum: Positional versus Conditional Truth

The Nature of The Church

  • The People of God
  • The Body of Christ
  • Jesus Christ is the Head of the Churc
  • The Church is the Temple of God
  • The Church as the Bride of Christ
  • The Church as the Flock of God
  • The Church as the Branch of the Vine

Eschatology: The Intermediate State

  • False Views of the Intermediate State
  • The Biblical View of the Eternal State

If this course is taken in full, completing all reading assignments, and the student spends approximately 90 hours completing the course, the course is worth a minimum of .5 credit.

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