Taking Systematic Theology via Twitter

Ever wanted to sit in on a Systematic Theology class? Not able to attend seminary right now? Too lazy to go to iTunes U and listen to hours and hours of lectures? Well, here’s your solution, follow me through the wonders of a one week intensive of Systematic Theology via Twitter.

That’s right, I’ll be twittering my way through my Systematic Theology III summer intensive at RTS-O this week. Feel free to follow me throughout the day and study along as we study the doctrine of redemption (here’s the course syllabus).

I plan to post snippets from the course notes, great quotes from Dr. Scott Swain (who is both a brilliant and engaging professor), and other observations from the class… For those who’ve ever wondered what a seminary summer intensive is like, this will give you a feel for it.

It all began yesterday, so for those who haven’t been following let me catch you up to speed:

  • Systematic Theology III all week long… 8-5, M-F… I get tired just thinking about it. #
  • Class is packed… roll call taking quite a while… #
  • …an entire week talking about Jesus and redemption… this is going to be great! #
  • the redemption of creation, from the curse, through death, for covenant fellowship with God in a new creation—all by the hand of a Mediator #
  • 1 peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God #
  • http://twitpic.com/5pau – Union and communion with God. #
  • Using metaphor of music – Our present agenda: to trace and describe the movement of redemption. #
  • For the record, I’m taking vintage notes – http://tinyurl.com/5demz2 #
  • Five minute break. #
  • B. God promises redemption to Abraham: the Covenant of Grace #
  • God covenants to be Abraham’s God AND Father. Father? Hebrews 11:8 ‑ Inheritance comes from a father. #
  • God fulfills his redemptive promise through Moses (et al) in three stages: #
  • (1) inauguration (redemption accomplished/covenant union secured), #
  • (2) continuation (redemption sustained/covenant communion enjoyed), and #
  • (3) consummation (redemption consummated/covenant communion consummated). #
  • A mediator is one appointed and anointed by God from among God’s people to represent God to his people and to represent God’s people to God. #
  • Hour and a half lunch break. #
  • Lunch over… on to redemption inaugurated #
  • http://twitpic.com/5pyy – Vintage notes for first half of day one. #
  • What are the two reasons God chose Israel? Deuteronomy 7:7-8 – Because of his love and a promise made to their fathers. #
  • Worship is the goal of redemption. #
  • http://twitpic.com/5q4k – Time to take another break. #
  • Atonement is the precondition of forgiveness * Forgiveness is always costly. #
  • Interestingly, “redemption” in Israel (on various non-spiritual levels) is procured by a family member. #
  • 3:26 – Officially feeling sleepy. #
  • God promises in the Law to do what the Law could not do (cf. Rom 3:21) #
  • 10 minute break #
  • God continues to fulfill his redemptive promise through David-Solomon: mediation through King and Temple #
  • He just said “Rad” #
  • Calling it a day. Packing up and heading home. Looking forward to a relaxing evening. #
Share
Written by
Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns is a past Marketing Manager at Faithlife and now works at Redemption Hill Church in Richmond, VA.

View all articles

Your email address has been added

Written by Ryan Burns
Help us improve Word by Word
This is default text for notification bar