At a Glance
- Access to 6 lessons of guided inductive Bible study, reading comprehension questions, instructional video and audio clips, discussion questions, integrative assignments, and other content
- Now includes direct access to Bible study tools at Biblearc.com, an online Bible study program from Bethlehem College & Seminary.
- Provides a structured and comprehensive introduction to the five points of Calvinism through careful biblical study and reflection on John Piper’s sermons
- 24/7 access for 3 months to complete the course at your own pace
The Sovereignty of God and the Doctrines of Grace course is an attempt to carefully present the biblical teaching on the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners. Students will systematically study the five points of Calvinism (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints) by examining the relevant biblical passages. The student’s learning will be solidified through answering study questions, considering provocative quotations, and engaging in class discussions. Ultimately, our goal is that students who take this course will be awakened to the glory of God’s sovereign grace.
- Overview of the doctrines of grace
- Total depravity and irresistible grace
- Limited atonement and unconditional election
- Perseverance of the saints
A series of 6 lessons that each include an introduction, lesson objectives, inductive Bible study, critical interaction with secondary sources, comprehension questions, video and audio content, and discussion questions if studying with a group.
What do I need to take this course?
You will need an internet connection that allows you to view videos and an English version of the Bible (preferably the English Standard Version).
Should I take this course if I’m already convinced of the five points of Calvinism?
The five points of Calvinism can be a difficult subject to take in. The course readings, study questions, and multimedia content will challenge you to think more biblically about this subject and will explore aspects of the theology that may not you have encountered before. This course provides a Christian Hedonist perspective on God’s sovereign hand in salvation and will force you to wrestle deeply with the Biblical texts. Those who have studied this subject in depth may find this course helpful in introducing others to its profound implications.
For what setting was this course designed?
This course can be taken as an independent study but also provides discussion questions and integrative assignments for an informal or formal group study. The course would work well in a rigorous Sunday school environment, as part of a small group study, within a discipleship or training context, or in an academic program.
Can I take this course as a part of a group?
We encourage anyone taking a course from us to do it within a local church context. Churches may use our courses as the theological content for group studies. Questions are included in each lesson to facilitate discussion.
About the Technology
With Resources From
Dr. John Piper
Chancellor and Professor of Biblical Exegesis
Bethlehem College & Seminary
Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org