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Foundations of Systematic Theology


Theology can be intimidating for beginners. Many students have been overwhelmed by the diversity of opinions and sheer volume of information to comprehend. If they are to succeed in theological studies they must first establish a foundation of concepts and terminology on which to build their theological framework. In this course, Dr. Frame covers the essentials of all major areas of systematic theology with the goal of orienting listeners to the basic material necessary to understand and study God’s Word. Focusing on the overarching theme of God’s Lordship, Dr. Frame uses three “Lordship Attributes” (control, authority and presence) to organize the doctrines and help listeners remember and apply them to life.


Study Guide
  1. Understand the nature of theology.
  2. Summarize what the Bible teaches on the subjects commonly discussed in theological literature.
  3. Trace ways in which biblical teachings are linked together by the overarching theme of lordship.
  4. Understand key theological terms and concepts to apply in future theological studies.
  5. Identify major doctrinal controversies in the history of the church and show how those controversies affected the study of theology.
  6. Apply good theological methods to analyze issues not explicitly discussed in the course.
  7. Appreciate the personal spiritual significance of understanding basic theological concepts.
  8. Analyze your own spiritual life in light of biblical doctrine in order to identify areas in which you need to grow.
  9. Place a high value on theology for spiritual growth for yourself and those you teach.
  • The lessons in this course are great. I have learned a lot and have expanded my thinking toward systematic theology. The lectures for this course…

    — Marie g., United States (US)
  • The course content was very valuable for learning and a resource.

    — Steven, United States (US)
  • Thank you for this lesson. I really appreciated Dr. Frame’s way of teaching and the points he covered and made.

    — Denise, United States (US)
  • This is a good basic introduction to Systematic Theology. I appreciated Dr. Frame’s heart to share different perspectives and give space for different beliefs where…

    — Hallie, United States (US)
  • It’s well prepared lectures and I learned a lot from them.

    — Ginger, United States (US)
  • Very good course!

    — Stephen, United States (US)
  • This was a great course though the teacher and my position on the millennium differs but he did not force a view but stated each…

    — Donald, United States (US)
  • The professor put everything into groups of 3. I liked the normative, situation, existential explanations and perspectives.

    — Steven, United States (US)
  • The outline is needed. Dr. Grudems’ text book was of great value.

    — James, United States (US)
  • Great course!

    — Terry, United States (US)

Class Content

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Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Lesson Eleven
Lesson Twelve
Lesson Thirteen
Lesson Fourteen
Lesson Fifteen
Lesson Sixteen
Lesson Seventeen
Lesson Eighteen
Lesson Nineteen
Lesson Twenty
Lesson Twenty-One
Lesson Twenty-Two
Lesson Twenty-Three
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up
Advanced Level
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Class Details

  • 24 Lessons
  • 73 Activities
  • 26 Assessments
  • 39 Min Average
  • 16 Hrs Minimum
  • 4 CEUs
  • Class Award

John M. Frame, DD