A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Houghton College Chapel Curriculum

These themes are dealt with at least every three years.

GOD THE FATHER

Who God is

  • Attributes of God
  • Salvation history; relationship of old & new covenants.
  • Revelation / inspiration 
  • Other religions

Creation:

  • nature/environment
  • human beings qua creations; image of God
  • humans created as sexual beings
  • art/music

Provision:

  • Deus absconditus: God’s hidden work
  •  imitation of God the Father: acts of mercy; relief/development; food;
  • intelligence  

GOD THE SON

  • Person of Jesus: Divinity/Humanity (incarnation)
  • Teaching of Jesus: ethics; kingdom of God; imitation of Christ
  • The “work” of Christ: death and all its significance for our redemption; resurrection and all its significance; soteriology

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

Spirit-inspired service

  • spiritual gifts—but not only miraculous ones—prophecy, leadership, etc.
  • mission

Sanctification; role of Spirit in the Christian’s maturing, growth in love,

  • discipleship.
  • the Christian & suffering
  • interpersonal relationships
  • Literature and Art as Spiritual Resources

Eschatology/Judgment/Resurrection

Church: Ecclesiology;

  • Christian Community.  Purpose & identity of the church. 
  • Christianity around the world & in different denominations.
  • Worship: history of worship, education on purpose of historic parts of worship;
  • Church Calendar & Liturgical Issues,
  • worship renewal & contemporary forms of worship;
  • prayer (corporate or private);
  • spiritual disciplines
  • Church History

ANTHROPOLOGY (theological)

Humanity in image of God

social institutions

  • marriage
  • parenting

The Christian and politics  

  • common grace
  • civic justice
  • relief and development
  • policy toward the poor, elderly, other less-empowered groups.

The Christian’s vocation

  • business: work and the kingdom of God wealth