The following is a list of courses that we offer our students at the Reformed International Theological Seminary in Kiev.
The list begins with courses that we are offering in the area of Systematics. It is broken down more than any other area of teaching because we make sure we cover all material our students should be exposed to. As always, we offer flexibility to our professors to accommodate special areas of interest or knowledge.
To ensure our students cover as many areas as possible in Systematic Theology, we used Berkhof’s Systematic Theology as a basis for what should be covered in our systematics courses. Of course, a professor may use material other than from Berkhof for their notes.
These courses will be introductory in nature and more detailed study will be offered later in the curriculum. If we teach the following we will cover everything that is included in Berkhof’s Systematic Theology.
By insuring that our students will have covered all the topics in a major book on Systematic Theology they will be better prepared to preach and teach the full council of God.
Systematics I. The Doctrine of God
The Existence of God
The Knowability of God
Relation of the Being and Attributes of God
The names of God
The attributes of God in general
The Incommunicable Attributes
The Communicable Attributes
The Divine Decrees in General
Creation in General
Creation of the Spiritual World
Creation of the Material World
Systematics II. The Doctrine of Man in Relation to God
(Man in His Original State)
The Origin of Man
The constitutional nature of Man
Man as the Image of God
Man in the Covenant of Works
(Man in the State of Sin)
The Origin of sin
The essential Character of sin
The transmission of sin
Sin in the life of the human race
The punishment of sin
(Man in the Covenant of Grace)
Name and concept of the Covenant
The covenant of redemption
Nature of the covenant of Grace
The dual aspect of the Covenant
The different Dispensations of the Covenant.
Systematics III. The Doctrine of the Person and Work of Christ
(The Person of Christ)
The Doctrine of Christ in history
The names and natures of Christ
The Unipersonality of Christ (two natures, one person).
(The States of Christ)
The Sate of humiliation
The state of exaltation.
(The Offices of Christ)
Introduction: The prophetic office
The priestly office
The cause and necessity of the atonement
The purpose and extent of the atonement
The intercessory work of Christ
The kingly office.
Berkhoff listed “Divergent theories of the Atonement.” (Only teach this if time to explain it fully).
Systematics IV. The Doctrine of the Application of the Work of Redemption
Soteriology in general
The operation of the Holy Spirit in general
The mystical union
Calling in general and external calling
Regeneration and effectual calling
Perseverance of the saints;
Systematics V. The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace
Scriptural names of the church and the doctrine of the church in history
Nature of the church
The government of the church
The power of the church
(The Means of Grace)
The means of grace in general
The Word as a means of grace
The sacraments in general
The Lord’s Supper.
Systematics VI. The Doctrine of the Last Things
Some of Berkhoff introductory material can be skipped
Teach: Physical death
The immortality of the soul
The Intermediate State;
The Second coming of Christ
The resurrection of the dead
The final judgment; the final state (of the wicked & the righteous)
History of Christianity
We are flxible in the time periods taught in this area. It will depend on the professor who teaches history and what periods he would like to cover. A suggested time frame would be one class on the first 500 years, a class covering from 500 to 1500 a.d., and from 1500 to the present time.
We also teach classes in the following areas:
Books of the Bible: First, introduction to the O.T and the N.T.
Second, courses on Pentateuch, Historical books, Gospels, etc
Third, courses on individual books
Covenant Theology I and II
Doctrine of God and man
Hermeneutics I and II
Homiletics I, II, III, and IV
Human Life Issues: Issues such as Abortion, suicide, assisted suicide, War and serving in the military,secularism, pluralism as well as other ‘hot topics’ of the day.
Historical people: like, but not limited to: Calvin, Luther, C.S. Lewis, Schaeffer, etc
Johannine theology (literature)
Ministry, theology of (as practical as possible-how to be a pastor, etc)
Missions and/or History of missions
Pastoral Counseling (multiple courses in this area)
Patristic Church History
Person and work of the Holy Spirit
The major Confessions: The confessions as group or individual course on particular confessions
Theology of the Holy Spirit