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Theology Curriculum

Theology I

Teacher: David Black/Kevin Busch/Jonathan Schlecht
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: Theology I is designed to introduce students to Holy Scripture through a comprehensive study of the Old Testament, emphasizing how these ancient writings point to our Savior, Jesus Christ. The primary emphasis is to guide students, with the help of the Holy Spirit, into a deeper and richer knowledge and understanding of the history of the Bible, so that students may experience a vibrant relationship with our Lord. This course also introduces strategies for building effective spiritual disciplines, such as understanding Christian digital citizenship, use of Scripture, prayer, etc.

Areas of Study

  • How we got the Bible in it’s current form and format
  • Why we can believe and show that the Bible is the true Word of God
  • How to use the Bible and related resources for study
  • Biblical perspective of our our world came to be
  • Chronological history of the Old Testament
  • Repeated, specific ways in which the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ and His redemptive work for our world and each of us individually
  • Character studies of the faith and flaws of key Old Testament figures
  • The importance of the law and the sacrificial system
  • How we can apply the Old Testament to our faith
  • God’s amazing love for us and His plan for salvation
  • Effective spiritual disciplines in a technology-filled age

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction: 10 Words or Phrases Every Christian Should Know
    • Original Sin
    • Actual Sin
    • Vicarious Atonement
    • Law
    • Gospel
    • Grace
    • Means of Grace
    • Justification
    • Sanctification
    • Faith
  • Unit 2: Old Testament Points to Jesus Christ
    • Who is Jesus Christ?
    • How everything in the OT points to Jesus
    • Examples of ways the OT points to Jesus
  • Unit 3: Bible
    • How the Bible came to us
    • Why we believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God
    • Structure of the Bible
    • Tools and strategies for studying the Bible
  • Unit 4: The chronological history of the Old Testament
    • Genesis
    • Exodus
    • Leviticus - Deuteronomy
    • Joshua - Judges
    • Era of Kings
    • Prophets
    • Psalms
    • Proverbs

Theology II

Teacher: Troy Stelling
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: Christianity and being a Christian is different from the other systems of belief, based on ethical teachings and theological concepts. Christianity is based on the life, character, identity, death and resurrection of a person – Jesus Christ. If you were to take Jesus Christ, the person, out of Christianity you would lose the entire meaning of biblical faith. Being a Christian is asking how you relate to the person Jesus Christ. In a world where more and more people do not know who Jesus Christ is and what He did for them, it is important that we introduce ourselves to Him. And as when you meet someone new, you ask questions to get to know them, we will be asking questions and looking for answers as we study the life, character, identity, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Are the Biblical Records Reliable
  • Unit 2: Life and Teachings of Jesus 
    • During the first semester we will focus on answering several questions. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) with special emphasis given to the book of Matthew, will aid us in our search.
  • Unit 3: The Book of Acts
  • Unit 4: Epistles
    • In his letter to the Galatians Paul tells us man is justified by faith in Jesus, nothing less and nothing more. Paul wrote to the Ephesians to expand their horizons, so they may understand the purpose and grace God has for the church. A letter of encouragement was sent to the Philippians, so they would continue to share Paul’s joy in the church. We will end the search for the answers with Paul’s letter to the Colossians in which he shows the complete adequacy of Jesus, the person, as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy.

Theology III

Teacher: Daniel Vanderhyde/Kevin Busch
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: Theology III engages students in a focused study of the key teachings of Christianity and the worldviews and religions that oppose it. Students are shown that faith and reason go hand-in-hand, and that the Bible is true and reliable. Students are encouraged to examine the foundations of their own beliefs in light of the truth of God’s Word. A brief study of history, religion and philosophy allows students to explore the formation of the most prominent worldviews and develop a Christian response that is informed, intelligent, and scriptural. The course follows with discussions surrounding a Christian view on life issues such as abortion and euthanasia, and concludes with a Biblical look at death and heaven.

Course Outline

  • Apologetics: Give a defense for the hope that you have in Christ.
  • Ten Words Every Christian Should Know: Use the common language of scripture and the Christian church.
  • Romans: Know the truth of God’s saving grace through faith in Christ.
  • Early Church History: Follow the spread of the early Christian faith.
  • Reformation History: Rediscover the fullness of the Gospel with the protestant reformers.
  • Christian Denominations: Trace the differences and common ground in today’s branches of Christianity.
  • World Religions, Pseudo-Christian Cults, and the Occult: Study the major faith systems from around the world.
  • Life Issues: Respond with Christian truth and love in discussion about abortion and other life issues.
  • Heaven: Face life with a Biblical view of death, resurrection, and heaven.

Theology IV

Teacher: Marty Kohlwey
Course Length/Credit: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: The intent of Theology IV is to provide students with an understanding of the promises of identity, purpose and hope in Jesus Christ while developing important critical thinking skills to discern truth. We will do this by exploring the world’s opposition to these promises by comparing the Gospel with world philosophies and religions. The very personal question Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” becomes the focus and from there, being discipled by Him. We will seek to understand real love and how He impacts our relationships and sexuality. Students will learn more about the gifts and passions given them to serve the church and world through their vocation. Finally, we will work through tough life and cultural challenges and prepare for these issues as we face them now and in the future.

Course Objectives

  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the world’s answers to questions of identity, purpose, hope and truth.
  • Students will know who they are, why they are here and that there is hope in this world and in doing so articulate the Christian Worldview and its answers to these questions and how it leads to the abundant life Jesus intended for us.
  • Students will determine their beliefs and values and apply them to their academic, professional, and vocational goals.
  • Students will incorporate spiritual disciplines into their life in response to the grace and love given them in Jesus Christ.
  • Students will understand authentic sexuality and how it relates to identity and our relationships.
  • Students will be able to navigate tough issues from a biblical perspective.
  • Students will be able understand and explain the biblical view of suffering and death with the resurrection hope of eternity with Jesus Christ.

Course Outline

Semester One

  1. The Battle for Ideas
    1. Big Questions
      1. Who am I?
      2. Why am I here?
      3. Is there any hope?
      4. What is true?
    2. Philosophy
    3. 6 Worldviews
    4. What do I really believe?
    5. How do I know what is true?
  2. 2. Christianity
    1. 10 Words Every Christian Should Know
    2. Primary Fundamental Articles
    3. Responding to Grace
    4. Being Discipled by Jesus
    5. Exegetical Study
    6. Discipling Others (Leadership)
  3. Islam
  4. Secularism
  5. Marxism
  6. New Spirituality
  7. Postmodernism

Semester Two

  1. What on Earth Does God Want Me to Do?
    1. Passion, Gifts and Style
    2. Vocation
    3. Service
    4. Your Life Mission
  2. Culture:
    1. What is it?
    2. How do we impact it?
    3. A Plan
  3. The Value of Human Life
    1. Abortion
    2. Bioethics
    3. Euthanasia
    4. Imago Dei
  4. Sexuality
    1. Relationships
    2. Conflict and Stress
    3. Gender differences
    4. Being Single
    5. Dating
    6. Friendship
  5. Marriage
    1. Intimacy
    2. The Vow
    3. Family
  6. Suffering, Death and Dying
    1. Fear
    2. Grief Process
  7. Other Issues
    1. Choices
    2. Preparing for the Next Step
    3. Leaving High School and Home

Worship

Teacher: Chris Loesel
Length: 1 year/1 credit
Class Description:
The purpose of this course is to develop Christian leaders within the student body through the responsibility of developing and presenting student-led chapels on a weekly basis. The course also serves as an opportunity to teach students spiritual disciplines that they can use for a lifetime.

Course Objectives: The student will:

  • Develop spiritual disciplines of scripture reading, prayer, and other components of faith growth
  • Develop skills necessary for planning and presenting chapel messages for the student body
  • Execute chapels not only for the Lutheran High School student body but also for other elementary and middle schools around the area
  • Understand the purpose of spiritual gifts and how they can be used to serve the Lutheran High student body and the greater Christian community

Course Outline: Worship class will execute the following during the year:

  • Lead chapel once every other week for the Lutheran High student body
  • Lead chapel at local elementary and middle schools
  • Develop habits of living out their faith on a daily basis

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