CLL – Center for Lifelong Learning
Course Number: THS 512E
Course Title: Glorifying the God of Our Salvation, Survey: Theology II
Instructor: Gerry Breshears, Ph.D.
Credit Hours: 2
Continuing the process of learning to think theologically you will now apply yourself
to biblical revelation regarding the Son as the source of life. You will investigate
humanity, its dignity as image of God and its depravity as sinful beings, the reality
and impact of spiritual beings as backdrop for the atoning work of the Son and its
application in the aspects of our salvation. Contemplating the majesty of the Son's
work in light of the depth of sin will invigorate our worship and impel our work for
His kingdom. Prerequisite: THS 511. 2 credit hours (Required for MFT & MA
COURSE GOALS. By the end of the course, you will …
o become familiar with the historic tenets of key Christian doctrines.
o learn to evaluate competing interpretations of these doctrines.
o understand the contemporary significance of these doctrines and apply these truths
to life and ministry.
o develop spiritually through prayerful meditation on the significance of these
M. Driscoll & G. Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, Crossway
Books (2010) ISBN: 13: 978-1433506253
If you prefer to do an alternate reading in another theology text contact Dr Gerry
Breshears at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William P Young, The Shack, 2nd ed. (Windblown Media, 2007)
Important Note: Required and recommended course texts are subject to change at
any time. Prior to purchasing your books for this course, please visit
http://www.westernseminary.edu/cll/books/ for current bibliographic and pricing
1. Course Audio/Video Materials.
Shortly after your course registration, you will receive instructions about how to
download your course using the integr@te program (not earlier than three weeks
from your start date).
2. Learning Center.
You will also be given access to a web-based learning center which functions as
your classroom for the course. There you will find:
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The course syllabus. Please Note: The syllabus in your learning center is the
governing course syllabus. Syllabi downloaded from the seminary website, or
received from any other source, are for informational purposes only.
A week-by-week schedule to help you successfully complete the course on
time with the least amount of stress. To discuss changing the assignment
due dates within the schedule, please contact Jon Raibley:
A progress report for each lesson, by which you will indicate whether you
completed your lesson requirements. While still allowing great scheduling
flexibility, progress reports help us help you should you begin to fall behind.
Assignment summaries and links for uploading assignments and for
completing group projects.
Links to discussion forums, your course mentor and other students, the CLL
support team, as well as links to other helpful communication and
3. Course Mentor.
You will be assigned a course mentor who will participate as appropriate in
classroom activities; review, grade, and provide feedback on course assignments;
and interact with you on any questions you have about the course. When you
receive your course materials, you will also receive contact information for your
course mentor. Please contact your course mentor within two weeks of your
course start date and maintain regular contact throughout the course.
1. Participation Requirements. For each lesson, complete the items as instructed in
your learning center, and submit the progress report verifying that you’ve done so.
These progress reports are our primary means of verifying your attendance, and
each is worth up to one point toward your final grade. If the progress report is
submitted by the due date on your course schedule, you’ll receive 100% of the
report grade. If you submit the progress report late, but within two weeks of the due
date, you will receive 80%. If you submit the progress report more than two weeks
late, you will receive 50%. And, of course, if you fail to submit a progress report at
all, you will receive 0%. Certain changes are allowed within the course schedule, to
allow for flexibility. You may contact Jon Raibley for details:
In addition, you are to complete three activities that will allow us to verify your
participation at key points within the course, in compliance with federal regulations.
Failure to complete these activities within the designated times may impact the
amount or timing of federal financial aid you receive.
First week participation: Within the first week of the posted course dates,
complete and upload the affirmation file.
On-time verification. By the date listed in the schedule, submit your final
assignments and complete the verification assignment, to confirm that you
finished the course work on time.
Course evaluation and reflection. Within the final week of the posted course
dates, complete the course evaluation and reflection assignment.
Points: 28 points possible (22 for progress reports, 1 for affirmation file, 5 for
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2. Reading Assignments
The assigned reading is listed in the course schedule. All assigned readings will
be done at the mastery level. Reading at this level will average about 20 pages
per hour, assumes reflective interaction with the material, and will lead to
accountability in class, papers, and tests. Each assignment should be
completed before the class session so that you will be able to benefit from the
class sessions. You will report your readings in your progress reports for each
Time: 10 hours estimated reading time
Points: 55 points possible (5 points per reading assignment)
3. Scripture Meditation
You will spend time meditating on biblical passages relevant to the various
topics we will cover in the class. You will thoughtfully, prayerfully and
theologically read each lesson’s passage for two periods of about 15 minutes
each. This is to preserve the impact of the meditation, journal your personal
reflections on the passages. Rather than summaries of the passages, focus on
how our lives and ministries have been (or should be) impacted by the truths
we have meditated on. We’d like you to share these with your course mentor
as a point of accountability and as a way of letting him or her get to know you
better. Your online learning center contains links for uploading your journals.
Time: 10 hours estimated time.
Points: 25 points possible (5 points per meditation)
4. Book Interaction
After reading The Shack you will write a 7-10 page paper summarizing several
main points and critically evaluating one of them. Each paper should cover the
following three areas.
1. Fairly summarize what the book has to say about at least three of the
following (3-4 pages):
o what is the nature of humans including such things as freedom and
image of God.
o what are the nature and results of the fall and what sin is
o what is the nature of the atonement.
o what salvation is and how it is achieved.
o how God and suffering are related.
2. In the second section, choose one of these three issues to evaluate
critically (3-4 pages).
o Indicate what you think is good about the author's perspective on
this issue and explain biblically why you think this is a good
o Indicate what you think is lacking in the author's perspective and
explain biblically what you think is wrong with this perspective.
3. In the third section, bring your paper to a conclusion by doing the
following (1-2 pages):
o Summarize what you have learned as a result of this exercise.
o Indicate 2-3 ways in which the things that you have learned
can/should have an impact on your personal life or your ministry.
o Indicate 1-2 key questions that remain unanswered for you on
these areas that would be worth exploring in the future.
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Time: 10 hours estimated time.
Points: 100 points possible.
5. Affirmation Assignments
There are three groups of affirmation assignments due at the end of each section of
the course. They are related to the state part of the state and defends you will hear
about in the videos. On each affirmation, write out your view on the issue in two or
three sentences. Do not address other views than yours. Then in a paragraph or two
support your view with well explained Scripture. Do each affirmation so that Chris
will understand you. Chris is a college graduate, a recent convert, who believes the
Bible completely but knows little about it, who knows nothing about theology.
Man and Sin
Image of God: Clarify your understanding of the image of God in regards to
substantive-relational-functional, the body as the image, the state of the
image in fallen humans.
Human structure: What is the basic structure of a person? Clarify your position on
the relation of the person, the spiritual & material essences and the various
terms like soul, spirit, mind, heart, etc, according to your position.
Depravity: What is the depth of depravity in the unsaved person. Specifically speak
to spiritual ability in fallen humans.
Demons and Atonement
Demonization of believers: What is the authority, influence, inhabitation, power of
demons in the life of a believer?
Nature of Atonement: State your view of the atonement (e. g., multi-faceted or
penal-substitutionary). If you do the multi-faceted view, you will need to
define all the facets but you need only support three of them, one of which
must be substitution.
Extent/Intent of the Atonement: For whom did Jesus die? What did He accomplish
for those He died for?
Nature of Redemptive Grace: Clarify where you stand on the spectrum between
prevenient and/or effectual grace. Be sure you address both John 6:44 and
John 12:32 in your support.
Nature of Sanctification: Focus on answering the question, "How do I deal with sin in
my life as I pursue maturity” and support your answer biblically. Be sure and
deal with Romans 6-8, Galatians 2:20; 5:16-25. Clarify sanctification as
setting apart and moral cleansing, indicative-imperative as well as the roles &
responsibilities of Spirit and believer.
Perseverance of the Believer: Focus on the question, "Can a truly regenerate person
lose his or her salvation?" At minimum you must deal clearly with John 10 &
15, Romans 8, Hebrews 6 & 10.
Time: 9 hours estimated time.
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Points: 90 points possible (30 points per affirmation)
Apx. Due by Lesson Points
1. Participation Requirements
Course Lectures Each Lesson 22
Policy Affirmation, On Time
Verification, Course Evaluation
2. Reading 10 End date 55
3. Scripture meditation 10 End date 25
4. Book Interaction 10 End date 100
Man and Sin 3 11 30
Angels and Atonement 3 17 30
Salvation 3 End date 30
Total 90 298
A+ A A- B+ B B-
100-99% 98-95% 94-93% 92-91% 90-88% 87-86%
C+ C C- D+ D D-
85-84% 83-81% 80-79% 78-77% 76-74% 73-70%
COURSE REGISTRATION POLICIES: You will find information regarding registrations,
drops, withdraws, extensions, and other information at www.westernseminary.edu/cll
Important: See the course schedule in the learning center for the due dates
of your assignments.
8-Week 16-Week Lessons Assignments & Notes
1 1. The Nature of Humankind (For each lesson, complete the progress report)
1 2. Human Origin Meditation Journal Passage: Psalm 8
2 3. Image of God Read: Doctrine Ch. 4
4. Role of Women
3 5. Constitution of Humans
2 6. Sin and Its Beginning Read: Doctrine Ch. 5, & Wright, “Atonement in the Old
4 7. The Essence of Sin Testament,” The Atonement Debate, pp. 69-82
8. The Transmission of Sin Meditation Journal passage: Romans 5:11-21;
5 9. Consequences of Sin Ephesians 2:1-10)
3 Read: Peck, People of the Lie, 36-84
6 10. The Nature of Angels
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11. Demons and Evil Spirits Read: Rogue Fellowship, "Deliverance Ministry"
7 12. Offices of Christ
8 Affirmation #1 due: Man and Sin
13. Theories of Atonement Meditation Journal Passage: Heb 9:23-10:25
14. Categories for Understanding Read: Doctrine Ch. 8, & Packer, "The Heart of the
9 Atonement Gospel," Knowing God,
& I. Howard Marshall, “The Theology of the Atonement,”
5 The Atonement Debate, pp. 49-68
15. Extent of Atonement Affirmation #2 due: Angelology &
10 16. Salvation Atonement
17. Election Read: Doctrine Ch. 6
11 18. Grace Meditation passage: Ephesians 1:3-14
6 Read 1st 1/3 of The Shack
19. The Beginning of Salvation Read 2nd 1/3 of The Shack
12 20. Regeneration and Justification
21. Sanctification Meditation passage: Col. 1:19-22; Titus 3:3-8
13 22. Perseverance/Security Read last 1/3 of The Shack
Book Interaction due
7 Affirmation #3 due: Soteriology
14 On-time Verification (16 week course, ok
to submit in week 15).
Course Evaluation and Reflection. If you
8 have not been granted an extension, graded
16 assignments turned in after 8:00 a.m. on
Monday of the final week may be subject to
a late penalty of up to 10% per day.
CONTACTING YOUR MENTOR:
When you register for the course, the Center for Lifelong Learning office assigns a mentor to
you, and informs you of the means to contact that mentor. If you have questions about
contacting your mentor, please let our office know.
The Availability of Disability Services at Western Seminary: Western Seminary is
committed to responding to the needs of students with disabilities as outlined in both the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Western students
are assisted individually as their needs dictate. It is the responsibility of students with
disabilities to identify themselves and the nature of the disability. Any student who has a
disability should contact the seminary’s Disability (Section 504) Coordinator, Ashley Mitchell, at
503-517-1819/1-877-517-1800, ext. 1819. Her office is at the Portland campus. Students at
the northern California campuses may contact Student Services Coordinator – San Jose or
Director of Student Development – Sacramento, or they may contact Ms. Mitchell directly.
Appropriate forms will be provided and must be submitted to the Disability Coordinator’s office.
Questions regarding this course or its materials should be directed to:
Western Seminary, Center for Lifelong Learning
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR, 97215.
Attn: Jon Raibley
1-800-893-8567 - In Portland: 503-517-1899
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