This course offers an in-depth exploration of the concept of distinguishing between essentials and non-essentials. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance and historical origins of this distinction, along with its relevance in various areas of life. By tracing the historical development of the maxim, “In essentials unity…,” participants will delve into the rich heritage of this concept.
Throughout the course, students will develop their own unique conceptual charts to aid in the discernment between essential and non-essential elements. They will explore the biblical development of doctrine, also known as “progressive revelation,” to comprehend how this concept has evolved within the context of Christianity.
In addition to biblical analysis, students will explore historical perspectives and learn to defend the concept of distinguishing essentials from non-essentials both biblically and historically. They will critically examine objections raised against this concept and develop skills to address these objections effectively.
The course will also emphasize the broad applicability of this concept, highlighting its relevance in various spheres of life, including personal faith, theology, church governance, relationships, and ethical decision-making. Through engaging discussions, case studies, and practical examples, students will develop a holistic understanding of how the distinction between essentials and non-essentials influences different aspects of their lives.
By the end of the course, students will possess a comprehensive knowledge of the importance of distinguishing between essentials and non-essentials. They will be equipped with the skills to construct their own conceptual charts, defend the concept biblically and historically, and address objections effectively. Ultimately, this course aims to empower students to apply this critical discernment in their personal lives, ministry, and various professional contexts.
The student will be able to: