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Bible Basics

Essential Doctrines of the Bible

by Dr. Robert D. Luginbill

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This seven part series is designed to provide a solid, in-depth grounding in the Bible's essential doctrinal and theological teachings, including:

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   Part 1:  Theology:  the study of God  (257K;  word count:  16K)  Adobe PDF 

   Part 2A:  Angelology:  the study of angels  (471K;  word count:  56K)  Adobe PDF 

   Part 2B: Eschatology:   the study of the end times 

   Part 3A:  Anthropology:  the study of Man  (488K;  word count:  57K)  Adobe PDF 

   Part 3B:  Hamartiology: the study of sin  (636K;  word count:  80K)  Adobe PDF 

   Part 4A:  Christology: the study of Jesus Christ  (966K; word count:  115K Adobe PDF  

   Part 4B:  Soteriology:  the study of salvation  (628K; word count 74K)  Adobe PDF 

   Part 5:  Pneumatology:  the study of the Holy Spirit's ministry

   Part 6A:  Peripateology:  the study of the Christian walk

   Part 6B:  Ecclesiology:  the study of the Church 

    Part 7:  Bibliology:  the study of the Bible 

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Part 1:  Theology:  the study of God

I. The Essence of God:  Nature and Characteristics
        A. Infinity
        B. Perfection
II. The Persons of God: the Trinity
        A. Definition of the Trinity:  One in Essence; Three in Person
        B. The Trinity in the Bible
        C. The Trinity in the Old Testament

Part 2A:  Angelology:  the study of angels

I. The Purpose, Creation and Nature of Angels
II. Satan's Rebellion and World Rule
    1. The Occasion of the Rebellion
    2. God's Judgment on the Universe
    3. God's Restoration of the Earth
    4. God's Replacement for Satan
    5. Satan and the Fall of Man
    6. The Limits of Satan's World Rule
    7. Satan's World-System
    8. Satan's Strategy
    9. The Angelic Order of Battle
        1) The Current Heavenly Truce
        2) The Kingdom of God versus the kingdom of  Satan
        3) The Organization of the Elect Angels
        4) Special Functions of Elect Angels
        5) General Service of Elect Angels
        6) The Organization of the Fallen Angels
        7) God's use of Evil Spirits
        8) Angelic Combat
        9) Believers versus Unbelievers
    10. Satan's Tactics

Part 2B: Eschatology:   the study of the end times

Part 3A:  Anthropology:  the biblical study of the nature of Man

I. The Purpose of Man
II. The Creation of Man
    1. The Image and the Likeness of God
    2. The Creation of Adam
    3. The Human Spirit
    4. The Dichotomy of Man
    5. The Creation of Eve
III. Status Quo in Paradise
IV. The Fall of Man
    1. The Temptation
    2. The Fall
    3. The Judgment
V. Status Quo in the Devil's World
VI. The Last Adam

Part 3B:  Hamartiology, the study of sin

I. The Fall and Human Sinfulness
    1. The Three Aspects of Death
    2. The Sin Nature
    3. The Conscience
II. The Nature of Sin
    1. The Essence of Sin
    2. The Universality of Sin
    3. The Results of Sin
    4. The Distinction between Sin and Evil
    5. The Distinction between Sin and Crime
    6. The Distinction between Expressly Prohibited and Non-Expressly Prohibited Sin
    7. The Three Types of Sin
    8. Relative Accountability for Sin
    9. The Ten Commandments
III. God's Dealing with the Collective Sin of Mankind
    1. The Holy Character of God
    2. The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
IV. God's Dealing with the Sins of Individual Human Beings
    1. God's Justice and Mercy
    2. God's Forgiveness of Sins
    3. The Natural Consequences of Sin
    4. The Fact and Purpose of Divine Discipline
    5. Principles of Divine Discipline
    6. Apostasy and the Sin unto Death
    7. God's Dealing with the Sins of the Unbeliever
V. The Believer's Dealing with Sin
    1. Repentance, Confession, and Forgiveness
    2. The Principle and Process of Sanctification

Part 4A:  Christology:  the study of Christ

I. The Person of Jesus Christ
   1. Jesus Christ is truly Divine
   2. Jesus Christ is truly Human
   3. Jesus Christ is truly Unique
   4. The Names of Jesus Christ Reflect His Perfect Person and His Perfect Work
   5. The Life of Jesus Christ
II. The Saving Work of Jesus Christ
   1. Our Need for a Savior
   2. The Substitutionary Death of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
   3. Unlimited Atonement
   4. The Blood of Christ
   5. The Spiritual Death of Christ
   6. Propitiation
   7. Redemption
   8. Justification
   9. Reconciliation
   10. Summary of the Work of Christ in Effecting Salvation

Part 4B:  Soteriology:  the study of Salvation

I. God’s Plan to Save You
    1. Free-will faith and the Will of God
        a. The purpose of God's creation of man
        b. God's desire for all to be saved
        c. The essential nature of mankind
        d. The sacrifice of Christ proof-positive of God's goodwill towards all
        e. The inevitability of disobedience if freedom is really free
    2. The Plan of God for the Salvation of Individual Believers
        a. Foreknowledge and the Divine Decrees
        b. Predestination, Calling and Election
        c. Sanctification before salvation
        d. Justification
        e. Glorification
II. How to be Saved
    1. Responsibility
    2. Natural Revelation and Accountability
        a. Natural Revelation
        b. The Sin Problem
        c. The Problem of Unbelievers
        d. Phase One Hardening of the Heart: Darkening of the Truth
        e. Phase Two Hardening of the Heart: Rejection of the Truth
        f. Phase Three Hardening of the Heart: Perversion of the Truth
    3. Providence
    4. Repentance
    5. The Gospel
        a. The Gospel of the Kingdom
        b. The Gospel before the Cross
    6. Faith
        a. The Etymology of Faith
        b. The Definition of Faith
        c. The Essence of Faith
        d. The Mechanics of Saving Faith
        e. Faith Epistemology
        f. False Issues
    7. Spiritual Rebirth
        a. How to be Born Again
        b. Our New Position as Reborn Believers
        c. Our New Orientation as Reborn Believers
III. What it Means to be Saved
    1. Deliverance
        a. Born Again
        b. Forgiven
        c. Redeemed
        d. Reconciled
    2. New Position
        a. Adoption
        b. Bride of Christ
        c. Citizens of Heaven
        d. Cleansed in our Conscience
        e. Heirs of an Eternal Inheritance
        f. Justified
        g. Sanctified
        h. Sealed and under God's own Guarantee by the Pledge of the Holy Spirit
        i. Under Grace
        j. Union with Christ and Oneness with the Father and Spirit
    3. Present Advantages
        a. Access to God as Priests of Jesus Christ
        b. Fellowship with God
        c. Divine Protection
        d. Spiritual Gifts
    4. Future Blessings
        a. New Jerusalem
        b. Resurrection
        c. Reward

Part 5: Pneumatology: the Study of the Holy Spirit

I. The Person of the Holy Spirit
   A. The Holy Spirit is a Person
   B. The Holy Spirit is God
   C. The Holy Spirit's Chosen Role in the Plan of God
      1. As described in scripture
      2. As illustrated by symbols
         a. Oil
         b. Fire
         c. Seven Spirits
         d. Seven Lamps
         e. Seven Eyes
         f. Seven Seals
         g. Dove
         h. Sword of the Spirit
         i. Pledge
      3. As Illustrated by His names
         a. The Holy Spirit
         b. The Spirit of Truth
         c. The Spirit of Wisdom
         d. The Spirit of Christ
         e. The Spirit of Life
         f. The Encourager
II. The Ministries of the Holy Spirit
    A. Ministries to the World
       1. Creation
         a. Initial Creation
         b. Reconstruction
         c. Individual Creatures
         d. Eternity
      2. Genesis Gap Restraint of the Devil
      3. Pre-Flood Striving of the Spirit
      4. Restraining Antichrist
      5. Law and Order
   B. Ministries for Believers and the Church
      1. Pre-Salvation
         a. Sanctification
         b. Natural Revelation
         c. Gospel Infrastructure
         d. Direct Provision of the Gospel
            (1) Conviction
            (2) Gospel Epistemology
      2. The Salvation Ministries of the Spirit
         a. Regeneration
         b. Baptism
            (1) Into Christ
               (a) Definition
               (b) The Basis of the Spirit's Baptism of Believers into Christ (baptism "by the Spirit")
               (c) The Results and Significance of Baptism into Christ (baptism "by the Spirit")
                  1) "in Christ"
                  2) "of Christ"
                  3) "fellowship with Christ"
                  4) "Christ in us"
                  5) "Christ's Body"
                  6) "Christ's Bride"
                  7) "Adopted
                  8) "One"
            (2) Indwelling
               (a) The Prophecy of the Gift
               (b) Baptized "with" the Spirit (as opposed to "by" the Spirit)
               (c) The Gift of the Spirit
               (d) The Pouring out of the Gift of the Spirit
               (e) The Residence of the Spirit "within" us
               (f) The Anointing of the Spirit
               (g) The Sanctifying Work of the Spirit making us a Temple of God
               (h) The Preeminent Sign of the Spirit's Work
               (i) The Universality of the Indwelling of the Spirit
               (j) Results and Effects
               (k) The Means of Imparting the Gift
               (l) Progression of the Gift
         3. The Post-Salvation Ministries of the Spirit
            a. Spiritual Growth Infrastructure
               (1) Bible
               (2) Spiritual Gifts Supporting Bible Teaching
               (3) Spiritual Growth Epistemology
            b. Empowerment of the Believer
               (1) Fellowship and the Filling of the Spirit (Responding to the Spirit)
                  (a) The Filling of the Spirit
                  (b) Being Led by the Spirit versus Resisting the Spirit
               (2) The Teaching Ministry of the Spirit (Spiritual Growth)
                  (a) Definition
                  (b) Epistemology and Spiritual Growth
               (3) Walking in the Spirit (Spiritual Progress)
                  (a) Guidance
                  (b) Motivation
                     (i) Encouragement
                     (ii) Hope
                     (iii) Joy
                     (iv) Love
                     (v) Endurance
                     (vi) Fellowship with other believers
                     (vii) Zeal
                  (c) Specific Empowerments
                     (i) Prayer
                     (ii) Worship
                     (iii) Sanctification
         c. Security of the Believer
         d. Ministry of the Believer
            (1) Spiritual Gifts
               (a) Communication Gifts
                  1. Evangelist
                  2. Pastor-Teacher
               (b) Support Gifts
                  1. Service
                  2. Encouragement
                  3. Giving
                  4. Superintendence
                  5. Charity
               (c) Temporary Gifts
                  1. Wisdom, Knowledge and Faith
                  2. Healing
                  3. Miracles
                  4. Prophecy
                  5. Discerning of Spirits
                  6. Tongues and Interpretation
            (2) Empowerment of Ministry
         C. The Example of Jesus Christ
                  1. The Incarnation
                  2. Indwelling and Filling
                  3. The Baptism of Christ
                  4. The Temptation of Christ
                  5. The Spirit's Empowerment of Christ's Ministry
                  6. The Cross
                  7. The Proclamation in Hades
                  8. The Resurrection of Christ
         D. Things to Come

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