Doctrine Study Questions

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Bibliology – The Doctrine of Divine Revelation

Define and distinguish inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility.

What were some of the criterion used for accepting a book as inspired Scripture? 

How would you respond to someone who denied the inerrancy of the Bible based textual variants (the fact that no two manuscripts agree entirely)?  

Distinguish between special and general revelation.

How would you defend a literal account of creation as recorded in Genesis 1-3?

Define and discuss the doctrine of illumination


Theology – The Doctrine of God

Defend Trinitarianism

What is the difference between God’s moral attributes and His non-moral attributes?  Give an example of each.

How would you respond to someone who says, “If God is love, then why do bad things happen to good people?


Christology – The Doctrine of Christ

Defend the deity and humanity of Christ.

What is the significance of the incarnation?

To what does the Kenosis refer?

What is a Christological theophany and give a Scripture reference.

What does the resurrection of Christ signify for the believer?


Pneumatology – the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Scripturally defend the deity of the Holy Spirit.

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in conversion?

What does it mean to be baptized by the Holy Spirit?

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

How would you respond to someone who argued that the charismatic/miraculous gifts are still active today?  What Scriptures would you use?


Anthropology & Hamartiology – The Doctrines of Humanity and Sin

What does it mean when the Bible says that man is created in God’s image?

Contrast the dichotomist and trichotomist views of man.  Which way do you lean and why?

Biblically, how do men and women differ?

Where did sin originate?  What are the universal and individual consequences of sin?

How would you defend that people are sinful not only in their actions, but also in their nature? 


Soteriology – The Doctrine of Salvation

What is the gospel?

What must a person do to be saved?  How is the Lordship of Christ tied to this discussion?  Is repentance essential to conversion?

Define and defend the doctrine of the Atonement.

Define and defend the doctrine of regeneration.

Define and defend the doctrine of justification.

Define and defend the doctrine of sanctification.

Define and defend the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints.  What passages are essential in this discussion?

What is Arminianism?  What is Calvinism?  Respond to each view.


Ecclesiology – The Doctrine of the Church

What are God’s requirements for church leaders?  Can a man be an elder who has been divorced in the past?

What is the difference between elders and deacons?  Defend and define the role of a deaconess.

What is the proper process for church discipline?  What circumstances or situations warrant beginning this process?

What’s the difference between Old Testament Israel and the New Testament Church?

What components constitute a New Testament Church as opposed to simply a gathering of Christians?

What is the role of women in the church?

What are the ordinances prescribed in the New Testament Church?  What is the proper way for administering these ordinances?  

What do you believe is the primary purpose of the local church?


Angelology & Eschatology – The Doctrines of Angels and Last Things

What are angels?  Why were they created?  Who is Satan?

Do you believe Christians can be processed?  Oppressed?  

Discuss the binding of Satan?  How would you respond biblically to the charismatic teaching on the issue?

Discuss the various millennial positions (Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, and Premillennialism).  

Define and defend the rapture of the church.  What are the various views? 

Give a general timeline of end time events. 


Practical Theology

Can a Christian be possessed or oppressed in any way by a demon?

What does it mean to “give the devil a foothold” (Eph. 4:27)?

If a Christian asked you what the Bible teaches about divorce and remarriage, what would you tell him/her?

If someone asked you why your church kicks people out, how would you respond?

If someone asked you why your church doesn’t have women preaching or teaching adult classes where men are in attendance, what would you tell them and what passages would you use?

If a Christian asked you if they have to forgive someone who doesn’t ask for forgiveness, how would you answer?

How would you defend the existence of God to an atheist/agnostic?