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Christian Doctrine and Systematic Theology

holy Bible Ken Ainsworth, Pastor
Canyon Community Church

Christian Doctrine and Systematic Theology
2 Timothy 3:16-17 & 2 Peter 1:20-21

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This course provides an overview of major Biblical doctrines, putting them in context of a systematic theology. 

Theology is the study of God and how He relates to His universe through His sovereign will, His decrees and His works.

Systematic theology provides a framework for organizing the findings of theology.  Theology is comprised of doctrines, which are teachings about God and His creation.  The exclusive source for evaluating the veracity of doctrine must be God’s special revelation which we have preserved in our Bible.

While most evangelical Christians agree that doctrine should come from the Bible, the reality is that the influences of culture and church tradition often undermine the clear teaching of God’s word.

Students in this course will learn to evaluate various doctrinal viewpoints from scripture and determine which doctrines are absolutely essential to the Christian faith.

Christian Doctrine and Systematic Theology Objectives

At the end of the course, students will produce their own Statement of Faith comprised of those doctrines for which they would be willing to die.

While not absolutely essential, it is highly recommended that you have first completed Bibliology and How to Study the Bible as the skills gained in that foundational course are invaluable for determining and evaluating Biblical doctrine.

Upon completing this course you will have a solid foundation for further study and will be able to identify aberrant teachings and heresy.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Getting Started


1. Register for class using our online Registration Form. You will be e-mailed a completed form once you register. Use this to present to your local pastor if you are taking a pastor-led class.

2. Read our Doctrine Syllabus (PDF format) and prepare for class by purchasing the required text books.

3. Download the Student Guide (PDF format). If attending a pastor-led class discuss with your instructor first, materials should be provided in class, including the Student Guide. You will find the guide books on the course overview page for each course.

4. View the course videos. If attending with a pastor-led class you will be viewing the videos in class along with classroom discussion. You can use this link to review video sessions at home while you are doing your homework assignments as a refresher.

5. Use the Bible Study Tools links provided, or your own resources, to assist with your homework assignments.

6. Fill out Student Evaluation when finished with the entire course. You should fill out this form once per course whether you took the class on your own or with a pastor/mentor.