By Pastor Glem Melo
Tomorrow, June 18, I will begin teaching Systematic Theology to our Bible Training students in Cagayan de Oro City. It is our hope and prayer that this class will help pastors and workers be rooted, grounded, nourished and strengthened in God’s word.
“…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (Ephesians 4:13-14)
Reading and a written summary of “Concise Reformed Dogmatics” by J. Van Genderen and W.H. Velema is required. For the bi-weekly lectures, I will follow the outline of “Systematic Theology” (New Combined Edition) by Louis Berkhof. I will also refer to the four-volume “Reformed Dogmatics” by Herman Bavinck from time to time as deemed necessary.
For our first session, we will study the “Names Applied to the Systematic Presentation of Theology” and “The Nature of Dogmas.”
“The assertion often heard in our day, that Christianity is not a doctrine but a life, may have a rather pious sound, and for that very reason seems to appeal to some, but is after all a dangerous falsehood… Christianity is a way of life founded on a message. The gospel is the self-revelation of God in Christ, which comes to us in the form of truth. That truth is revealed not only in the Person and work of Christ, but also in the interpretation of these found in the Bible. And it is only by a proper understanding and a believing acceptance of the message of the gospel, that men are brought to the necessary self-surrender to Christ in faith, and are made partakers of the new life in the Spirit. The reception of that life is not dependent on some purely mystical infusion of grace, nor on the proper ethical conduct of man, but is conditioned by knowledge… They who minimize the significance of the truth, and therefore ignore and neglect it, will finally come to the discovery that they have very little Christianity left.” – Louis Berkhof
An outline of Prof. Berkhof’s book can be viewed at the website of Westminster Seminary California:
For a sound review of Profs. Van Genderen and Velema’s book, read Dr. Wes Brendehof’s article at the following link:
Please remember to pray for this most important new class.