Apostle Paul asked Timothy, “Bring the books, especially the parchments.” Three times a day we feed our stomachs, but how much do we feed our minds? Here is some brain food. Pastor Black is an instructor of the Christ Theological Seminary (RPCUS) and his syllabi and lecture outlines are posted here. He is continually writing study guides for various books and these are also posted.
Many of these are works in progress being regularly updated.
New Testament Literature
Through reading the New Testament, two primary textbooks, two secondary textbooks, and listening to the lectures, the student will gain an understanding of the chronology of the writing of the books of the New Testament and will understand the major theme(s) of each of the books. The goal is to familiarize the student sufficiently with the New Testament in order that he will be able to know to which book he should first look for God’s Word on the particular issue set before him. Attention will be given to authorship and the historical setting of each of the books of the New Testament.
New Testament Theology
Through reading a New Testament Theology textbook, a text specializing in the study of the Apostle Paul, one specifically regarding Paul’s doctrine of justification, and one specializing in the study of John, in addition to some shorter appropriate readings, and listening to the lectures, the student will understand the major theological emphases of each of the books of the New Testament. The goal is to increase the familiarity of the student with the theology of New Testament so that he will understand the various doctrines in their relationship to the practical situation of the saint to whom that theology was written. It is hoped that in conjunction with the course, New Testament Literature, the student will begin to develop an understanding of the history of doctrine and its various applications to Christians living in a fallen world. Stress will be laid upon the New Testament’s view and use of the Old Testament so that the student will be able to refute the prevalent error that only the New Testament is normative for the Christian in the 21st Century. The promised success of the gospel will receive emphasis as will also the Pauline doctrine of justification which is under vigorous Romanizing attacks.
Various Study Guides