Doctrines

Course Outline & Assessment Information

Objectives

This class is designed to provide an overview of the major doctrines of Grace Communion International. Students will be introduced to the GCI Statement of Beliefs and spend time with the scriptural passages and the theological background behind key statements contained within it.

On completion of this class students should be able demonstrate a basic understanding of the core beliefs and teachings of Grace Communion International as evidenced by written responses to assigned exercises and preparation of a sermon or Bible study on a GCI doctrine of the student’s choosing.

Content

The course content includes the GCI Statement of Beliefs and 15 written Lectures and with response questions. We recommend that you decide on a suitable schedule for reading the statement of Beliefs and the accompanying Lectures and then responding in writing to the Lecture’s questions.

Be sure to look up and read each of the scriptural references following each of the Statements in the Statement of Beliefs.

Class 1 - Theology: What Difference Does It Make?
Faith seeking understanding
Revelation
Dynamic theology
Listening to God
Karl Barth
New creation
Ignored
New creation in freedom
Class 2 - An Introduction to God
His existence
Greatness
Goodness
Response
Class 3 - Who is this man?
Fully human—and then some
Acting like God
Who did he think he was?
Previous life
Worthy of worship
Truly human, truly God
How can this be?
Class 4 - The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God
The Spirit is personal
The Spirit in the Old Testament
The Spirit and Jesus
The Spirit and the church
The Spirit and believers today
Class 5 - The Trinity: Just a Doctrine?
Does it make any difference?
A God who wants to share
Showing us the Father
Reconciliation for everyone
Key points
Class 6 - The Present and Future Kingdom of God
First-century Jewish expectations
Present condition of the kingdom
The kingdom of God is yet future
The kingdom of God in the past
The kingdom and the gospel
Perspective from the future
Class 7 - Can We Still Trust the Bible?
But does the Bible contradict itself?
So can we still regard the Bible as a reliable guide to all aspects of life today?
So are you saying that the Bible is not historically reliable?
Are you saying it doesn’t all apply to us?
Isn’t that encouraging a "pick and choose" approach to living by every word of God?
So what advice do you give to someone who is reading some of these things for the first time?
But once you say that Scripture has limitations, don’t you open up a Pandora’s Box?
Class 8 - The Christian Church
Jesus is building his church
Why we need the church
Descriptions of the church
Working together
Organization
Deacons
Purposes of the church
Class 9 - Believing the Gospel
Fear of the gospel
Trusting God
Overcomers
Priorities
Class 10 - What is Salvation?
What humans are
The center of the plan
Repentance
Faith
Grace
Justification
A new start
Class 11 - Getting a Grip on Repentance
Common mistake
Repent and believe
Not about morals
God’s initiative, not ours
Two sides of the same coin
Corpses don’t improve
Behavior not a measure
Class 12 - Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Baptism pictures the gospel
Raised with Christ
Into one body
Teens and children
By immersion
What is the meaning of the Lord's Supper?
Is it wrong to use the term "Lord's Supper"?
What kind of bread and wine?
Who should partake of the Lord's Supper?
What is our position on transubstantiation?
Class 13 - Where Are We Now in Prophecy?
What does Jesus say?
What do the apostles say?
Focus of prophecy
Everyone in the end time
What to do

Texts and Supporting Materials

Provided Readings

  • Michael Jinkins, Invitation to Theology. Chapter 3: I Believe in God.
  • Robert Farrar Capon, The Mystery of Christ Chapter 2: The Mystery and Guilt.
  • Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ Chapter 4: The Meditation of Christ in our Human Response.
  • James Torrance, Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace Chapter 3: Baptism & the Lord's Supper - the Way of Communion.

Recommended Reading

  • Michael Jinkins, Invitation to Theology
  • Robert Farrar Capon, The Mystery of Christ
  • Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ
  • James Torrance, Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace
  • Karl Barth, Christ in Adam
  • Ray Anderson, Theology, Death and Dying
  • C. Baxter Kruger, The Great Dance
  • C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Torrance, James B. Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1996

Assessment

The components of assessment for this class are all listed in this document for ease of access. You are encouraged to work through the class notes and readings before launching into the assessments. You do not need to submit the assessments in numerical order, but in most cases this will be the best way to approach it. The assessments are as follows:

Assessment

Assessment

Assesssment for the doctrines course involves answering two questions after each class.

Assessment

Sermon or Bible Study Notes

When you have completed your written responses to the questions for all 15 Lectures, select one of the GCI doctrines and prepare a sermon or Bible study explaining the doctrine. Submit a copy of your notes in the “My Assessments” section of the ACCM website.

Flexible Dates for Assessment

Grading System

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Class Notes - Conventions

As you work through the class notes, you'll have opportunities to complete exercises, reflect on particular points and take special note. These are clearly indicated, with relevant instructions alongside

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