Theology II – Midterm Exam Study Guide
This list is meant to focus your studying. It may seem overwhelming, but just take your time to re-learn these concepts. I am definitely not seeking to make things difficult, but to test your basic knowledge and understanding of the course material.
You will be tested on material from the lectures, although some questions will draw from your readings (these are indicated below in bold).
The test will be multiple choice and short answer, the latter of which will include your memorization of the last section of the Nicene Creed.
Doctrine of Salvation
· What word sums up the biblical view of salvation?
· Know the differences between the Reformed and Arminian positions on election.
· Know some arguments for and against unconditional election (Reformed view).
· Justification Canvas reading: Know Luther’s former and latter views on “the righteousness of God” and the passage of Scripture that was central to his wrestling.
· Know the nature, basis, and means of justification (as presented in class).
· Know the basic differences between a Catholic and traditional Protestant (professor’s) view of justification.
· Know the three aspects/stages of sanctification, as discussed in class.
· Know (generally) the Wesleyan/Holiness and Keswick views of sanctification.
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
· Know the types of works the Spirit was involved with in the OT.
· What are the four “P”s of the Spirit’s work in the OT and NT?
· Identify ways which the NT (and OT) connects Jesus to the Spirit.
· Be able to connect how the OT promise of the Spirit is connected to Jesus and what happened in Acts.
· Know the difference between the OT and NT experience of the Spirit.
· Know some arguments for the personhood and deity of the Spirit.
· Know what the Creed of Nicaea (325) and the Nicene Creed (381) say about the Holy Spirit.
· Know the very basics of what the filioque controversy was about.
· Know the basic features of a Pentecostal view of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
· Know your professor’s view of the baptism of the Holy Spirit (i.e. is it at or after conversion, for all or some, accompanied by tongues?).
· Identify some of the works/ministries of the Spirit for believers (i.e. see list in notes).
· Cary 1: Summarize Cary’s argument for how God does/does not speak to us today.
· Augustine on the Spirit: What two terms does Augustine equate with the Spirit? (clue: Kapic refers to the Spirit by at least one of these terms)
· What are two ways to speak of God’s “will,” according to your professor (and Cary)?