1. Sanctification and holiness:
- Defining sanctification as opposed to justification, giving an overview of the course.
- Basic principles of sanctification
- Practical aspects of sanctification
- Active vs. passive views of sanctification (put off/put on), scriptures to use
- Some basic counseling stuff
- "Many people have a mystic view of sanctification, like it's some kind of holiness that just "happens" to Christians as they get older or walk with the Lord longer. And of course, there is an aspect of sanctification that the Lord brings into our lives through affliction, trials, and time. But there is another aspect of sanctification which is the process of intentional study and work to become more like Jesus Christ. That's what we'll be focusing on in this series."
- Summary and reasoning; "Do you want to know how to think through hard ethical situations Biblically?"
- The four categories defined
- Deontology + case studies
- Teleology + case studies
- Situationalism + case studies
- Personalism + case studies
- The importance of prayer, guidance, conscience, etc.
- What are hermeneutics? How to read the Bible.
- Why do they matter? (Bad ideas often come from bad hermeneutics.)
- Scripture must define our hermeneutics
- Hermeneutical presuppositions; axioms of hermeneutics
- How Jesus and other prophets use scripture.
- Some bad examples of hermeneutics (from scripture and the world)
4. Leadership (priorities/spheres/initiative)
- Basic principles of biblical leadership,
- Case studies of biblical leadership (Nehemiah, Ezra, David)
- Authority; different spheres of leadership (individual, home, church, state)
- How all men should be leaders
- Getting others to follow your lead
- Case studies of bad Biblical leadership (Rehoboam, etc.)
- What leadership isn't (it isn't just doing the right thing)
- Training others to lead
- Knowing how to follow (and when), how to take initiative without taking over, how to encourage the leader
5. Spiritual Warfare
- Defining spiritual warfare
- The nature of demonic activity
- Stories of spiritual warfare from Ethiopia and elsewhere
- How NOT to do spiritual warfare
- Weapons of warfare
- Recommendations on books and resources
- Summary of the book and interpretive principles
- Different views (postmil, premil, amil; preterist, futurist, historicist, idealist)
- Working through
- Interpreting other hard passages (Mt. 24-25, Daniel 7-9, Zech. 12-14, Luke 21, Mark 13; 1 Thess, Ezekiel)
- Common questions: Historical evidence of blood up to the horses' bridles, the mark of the beast; every island and mountain being moved.