LEAD! Part A, Revisited

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The LEAD! course format evolved considerably during the time I wrote it, especially in the first 3 months. We are working to publish it as a three-volume bible study, which means I need to go back and make the first few lessons consistent with the latter ones. So, I’ll try to rewrite each of the lessons from Part A at the rate of at least one per week.

The new lessons will replace the ones currently in the syllabus; links to the original lessons are archived below.


A. Theological Foundations

Each lesson includes references to the relevant chapters in Wayne Grudem’s and R.C. Sproul’s respective systematic theologies.

A.1 God’s Word: The Authority of Scripture (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 19
  • Bible: 2 Timothy 3
  • Content: The source, role, purpose, sufficiency, and clarity of the Bible, as well as its relation to other sources of authority. Emphasizes the dual authorship of Scripture (many human authors, yet simultaneously one divine author).
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 2. The Authority and Inerrancy of Scripture
    • 3. The Clarity, Necessity, and Sufficiency of Scripture
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 1. Revelation
    • 2. Paradox, Mystery, and Contradiction
    • 4. Special Revelation and the Bible
    • 7. The Canon of Scripture
    • 8. Interpreting the Bible
    • 9. Private Interpretation

A.2 God’s Commission: Our Call as Leaders (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 47
  • Bible: Matthew 28
  • Content: Since Christ ultimately owns all power and authority, how does He want us to exercise it on His behalf? Emphasizes disciple-making as the process of dying to oneself and being reborn into the name (character) of God, both individually and collectively.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 27. Baptism
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 31. The Baptism of Christ
    • 41. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
    • 80. Baptism
    • 99. The Kingdom of God

A.3 God’s Identity: Relationship and Transcendence (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 8
  • Bible: Exodus 3
  • Content: God “names” Himself to Moses in terms of His relationships, His mission, and His transcendence. Emphasizes transcendence as the root of God’s omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 4. The Character of God: “Incommunicable” Attributes
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 12. The Self-Existence of God
    • 13. The Omnipotence of God
    • 14. The Omnipresence of God
    • 15. The Omniscience of God

A.4 God’s Character: His Glory, Our Grace (pdf)

A.5 God’s Tri-Unity: Trinitarian Transformationalism (pdf)

  • Adoration: Isaiah 42
  • Bible: Romans 8
  • Content: Discusses the roles the three members of the Godhead play in our sanctification. Emphasizes their distinct identities and roles yet common “substance” and purpose.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 6. The Trinity
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 10. The Incomprehensibility of God
    • 11. The Triunity of God
    • 28. The Sinlessness of Christ
    • 34. Jesus Christ as Mediator
    • 35. The Threefold Office of Christ
    • 36. The Titles of Jesus
    • 43. The Holy Spirit as Sanctifier

A.6 Father’s Kingdom: His World, His Image (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 100
  • Bible: Genesis 1
  • Content: God the Father is also our Father, both as creator and as king. Emphasizes how the created ecosystems are “very good” because they conform to God’s character.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 7. Creation
    • 8. God’s Providence
    • 11. The Creation of Man
    • 12. Man as Male and Female
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 3. Immediate and Mediate General Revelation
    • 19. Creation
    • 20. Providence
    • 21. Miracles
    • 22. The Will of God
    • 44. Knowledge of Self and Knowledge of God
    • 45. Human Beings Created in the Image of God

A.7 Man’s Rebellion: His Law, Our Sin (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 51
  • Bible: Genesis 3
  • Content: How we chose to seek our own glory instead of God’s. Emphasizes how “original sin” and “total depravity” are signs of mis-alignment with God’s character.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 10. Angels, Satan, and Demons
    • 13. Sin
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 17. The Law of God
    • 23. Covenant
    • 24. Covenant of Works
    • 48. Satan
    • 50. Sin
    • 51. Original Sin
    • 52. Human Depravity
    • 53. Human Conscience

A.8 Christ’s Salvation: His Pain, Our Gain (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 22
  • Bible: 1 Corinthians 15
  • Content: The good news of Christ’s death and resurrection, His complete authority, and our hope of being formed in His image. Emphasizes how He fully represents both humanity and divinity.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 14. The Person of Christ
    • 15. The Atonement
    • 16. Resurrection and Ascension
    • 19. The Gospel Call
    • 20. Regeneration
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 25. The Deity of Christ
    • 26. The Subordination of Christ
    • 27. The Humanity of Christ
    • 30. Jesus Christ as the Only Begotten
    • 56. Salvation
    • 60. Rebirth
    • 61. Atonement
    • 73. The Last Resurrection
    • 74. Glorification

A.9 Spirit’s Conviction: Connect, Chastise, Convey (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 51
  • Bible: John 16
  • Content: Introduce the third-person of the Trinity, and His work on sin, righteousness, and judgement. Emphasize His role in communicating the glory of Christ to us.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 29. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (I): General Questions
    • 30. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (II): Specific Gifts
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 37. The Deity of the Holy Spirit
    • 38. The Personality of the Holy Spirit
    • 39. The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit
    • 40. The Illumination of the Holy Spirit
    • 42. The Holy Spirit as Comforter

A.10 Soul’s Sanctification: His Call, Our Destiny (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 25
  • Bible: 1 Peter 1
  • Content: What our new life looks like, and how we get there. Emphasizes the total surrender of mind, body, heart, and soul.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 21. Conversion (Faith and Repentance)
    • 22. Justification and Adoption
    • 23. Sanctification (Growth in Likeness to Christ)
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 46. Human Beings as Body and Soul
    • 47. Human Beings as Flesh and Spirit
    • 64. Faith
    • 65. Saving Faith
    • 66. Justification by Faith
    • 67. Faith and Works
    • 68. Repentance
    • 69. Merit and Grace
    • 70. Perseverance of the Saints

A.11 Christ’s Body: The Church (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 122
  • Bible: Ephesians 4
  • Content: Manifesting the unity of the Spirit through our various callings. Emphasizes that the goal of leadership and structure is growing into the headship of Christ.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 26. The Nature of the Church
    • 28. The Lord’s Supper
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 75. The Apostles
    • 76. The Church
    • 77. The Marks of a True Church
    • 86. The Fruit of the Spirit
    • 87. Love
    • 88. Hope

A.12 Christ’s Return: His Judgement, Our Reward (pdf)

  • Adoration: Psalm 75
  • Bible: Revelation 20-21
  • Content: How God’s kingdom is (re)established at the end, with the removal of all evil. Emphasizes that heaven is primarily basking in God’s manifest presence.
  • Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings

    • 31. The Return of Christ: When and How?
    • 33. The Final Judgement and Eternal Punishment
    • 34. The New Heaven and New Earth
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (pdf)

    • 98. The Return of Christ
    • 100. Heaven
    • 101. The Beatific Vision
    • 102. Hell
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