Ec•cle•si•ol•o•gy

Ecclesiology, coming from the Greek words ecclesia (meaning assembly) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of the Church. While the perfect body of Christ, comprising all that have been or will be redeemed through union with Him, is yet to be fully assembled, particular local churches are even now called to…

Bib•li•ol•o•gy

Bibliology, coming from the Greek words biblion (meaning book) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of Scripture. God has given us, in the canonical Scriptures, His very words without mistake or error of any kind. Unbelieving philosophers, who deny that “human language” could possibly be used to speak “truth” about “God”…

Es•cha•tol•o•gy

Eschatology, coming from the Greek words eschatos (meaning end) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of last things. While eschatology is often used to refer to the detailed study of prophecy, it is important to remember that eschatology includes much more than speculative interpretations of the Apocalypse. At its foundation is…

An•gel•ol•o•gy

Angelology, coming from the Greek words angelos (meaning messenger) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of angels. The Greek word angelos (and the Hebrew equivalent malʾāk) has the generic meaning of messenger, and can refer in Scripture to both human messengers and spirit beings. The English term angelology, however, is normally…

So•te•ri•ol•o•gy

Soteriology, coming from the Greek words soteria (meaning deliverance or salvation) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of salvation. As we discussed last week, all mankind stands under the just condemnation of God. The clear teaching of Scripture is that there is absolutely nothing that rebels like us can do to…

Ham•art•i•ol•o•gy

Hamartiology, coming from the Greek words hamartia (meaning sin) and logos, (meaning word) is the study of sin, and of mankind in its sinful state. God created mankind good and placed them in a perfect environment. Adam and Eve willfully chose to rebel, bringing the righteous judgement of God upon them, their descendants, and their…

An•thro•pol•o•gy

Anthropology, coming from the Greek words anthropos (meaning man) and logos, (meaning word) is the study of mankind. Unlike most theological terms, anthropology is widely used in other disciplines as well, (e.g. cultural anthropology, evolutionary anthropology). Theological anthropology is concerned with what the Bible says about the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings. God…

Pneu•ma•tol•o•gy

Pneumatology refers (normally) to the doctrine of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the Persons of the Trinity, as fully Divine as the Father and the Son. It is through the work of the Spirit that Scripture was inspired, salvation is applied, and believers are being conformed…

Chris•tol•o•gy

Over the next several weeks, we will be covering the major “ologies” used to refer to the various topics of theological study. Not all of these terms are of equal significance in the grand scope of things but all of them are worth knowing. Christology is the doctrine of the person of Christ. Jesus Christ…

Trin•i•ty

The doctrine of the Trinity is absolutely fundamental to the Christian faith. Though the term is not found in Scripture, the concept permeates every page and has been affirmed by believers in every age. The One True God has revealed Himself in the persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father…