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The Doctrine of Christ
(academy lectures)

Greg Nichols
Note: two versions of this course are given below—both of which have their advantages & disadvantages. The 30 lectures from the 2010 class have superior audio quality, and were delivered when Pastor Nichols was 16 years older. The 1994 messages had seven additional time slots—allowing for a broader coverage of the material & more "Q&A" class interaction time. Some unique and priceless material is included in these older versions—though they come from RealAudio files made from cassette tapes. Many of these had quite decent quality overall, but some had very low volume in places and/or way too much bass. These have been run through a graphic equalizer and converted to MP3 files, and efforts have been made to flatten out the choppy volume. Some tended to have low volume levels towards the start and finish, so you will hear more tape noise in these sections (since the volume has been electronically increased). Additionally, controversial issues arose in some of the Q&A sessions, during which times pastor Nichols tended to speak softer (e.g., lecture 7), so these sections will have even more noise. Both classes are included for reference—and because both were providentially available. A Textbook and Reading Schedule can be found toward the bottom. Finally, as is mentioned in lecture #1 (1994), it would be helpful if listeners would hear the Doctrine of God and Doctrine of Man classes prior to taking this class.
(The 1994 messages were donated).

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   1) Course Orientation and Overview 
   2) Different Perspectives of Salvation 
   1) Course Orientation/Overview + Major Views of Salvation 
     a) Author b) method c) intended recipients
I. The Eternal Plan of Salvation
a) predestination of the redeemed
   3) The Display of God's Eternal Plan  (Eph: 1:11) 
   4) Summary of the Concepts of Election/Reprobation 
   2) Display of God's Eternal Plan + Summary of Election/Reprobation 
      Biblical Witness, Part 1 (Ep. 1:11; Matt 11:20-28) 
   5) Election and Reprobation: Biblical Witness, Part 1
    (Mat. 11:20-28; Rom. 9:11, 18) 
   3) Display of God's Eternal Plan (message truncated)
     Biblical Witness, Part 2 (Romans 9:11, 18) 
   6) Election and Reprobation: Biblical Witness, Part 2
    (Eph. 1:4-6; 2 Th. 2:13; practical applications) 
b) predestination of the redeemer
   7) The Eternal Counsel/Transaction of Redemption
     (1 Pe 1:20)
   4) The Eternal Counsel/Covenant of Redemption
    (1 Pe 1:20 + many other Biblical witnesses)
II. The Promise of Salvation
   8) God's Covenants and The Covenant of Grace
    (Gen. 3:15; confessional analysis; Q&A)
   5) God's Covenants, Part 1 (reformed historical survey) 
   6) God's Covenants, Part 2 (exegetical)
   9) The Covenant of Grace
    (predominant features)
   7) The Covenant of Grace, Part 1 (Gen. 3:15) 
   8) The Covenant of Grace, Part 2 (nature and traits)
 10) Introduction to God's Covenants, Part 1
       (reformed historical survey) 
 11) Introduction to God's Covenants, Part 2
       (exegetical overview) 
 12) The Noahic Covenants  (message unavailable)    9) The Noahic Covenants
 13) Abrahamic Covenant, Part 1
       (survey of Biblical witness) 
 14) Abrahamic Covenant, Part 2
       (seven corroborating passages) 
 15) Abrahamic Covenant, Part 3
       (fulfillment, functions) 
 10) Abrahamic Covenant, Part 1
       (partakers; promises; ratification) 
 11) Abrahamic Covenant, Part 2
       (token; historical fulfillment) 
 12) Abrahamic Covenant, Part 3
       (practical importance) 
 16) The Mosaic Covenant  13) The Mosaic Covenant, Part 1 (Gen. 3:15) 
 14) The Mosaic Covenant, Part 2 (nature and traits)
 17) The Davidic Covenant  15) The Davidic Covenant
 18) The Messianic Covenant  16) The Messianic Covenant
 19) The New Covenant, Part 1 
 20) The New Covenant, Part 2 
 17) The New Covenant, Part 1 
 18) The New Covenant, Part 2 
 21) Profound Impact of God's Covenants
III. The Accomplishment of Salvation
Christ's Divine Person, Nature and Work
(the sequence of some messages in this section changed: match the colored asterisks)
 22) Christ's Person, Work and Identity  19) Historical Introduction to the Person and Work of Christ
 23) Deity Attributed to Him/Claimed by Him, Part 1
       (1 John 1:1; John 1:18; John 5:18) 
 24) Deity Attributed to Him/Claimed by Him, Part 2
       (John 20:28; Romans 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:16; Titus 2:13) 
 25) Deity Attributed to Him/Claimed by Him, Part 3
       (Heb 1:8-10; 2 Pe 1:1; 1 John 5:20-21) 
*20) He is Called God Part 1
       (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 5:18; John 20:28) 
*21) He is Called God Part 2
       (Romans 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:16; Titus 2:13; Heb 1:8; 2 Pe 1:1; 1 John 5:20-21) 
*22) He Possesses Attributes of the Supreme Being
 26) Pre-Incarnate Life and Glory  23) His Pre-Incarnate Divine Life   (message truncated)
 27) Designated by the Titles and Names of God    *
        (Practical Import)
 28) Divine Attributes Possessed and Manifested    *
 29) The Incarnation, Part 1
       (O.T. and N.T. Texts [beginning]) 
 30) The Incarnation, Part 2
       (N.T. Texts [cont'd]; contexts; concept; miraculous mode) 
 31) The Incarnation, Part 3
       (Hypostatic union; "Kenosis" refuted) 
 32) His Humiliation and Exaltation
 24) His Incarnation, Part 1
       (introduction) 
 25) His Incarnation, Part 2
       (miraculous mode; hypostatic union; misconceptions) 
 
        
 26) His Incarnation, Part 3  (humiliation; exaltation) 
 33) Representative Headship/Conquest of Satan
 34) Messianic Office
       (Prophet; Priest; King. Two kinds of High Priests) 
 27) The Messianic Commission
 35) The Atonement, Part 1
       (nature; design; necessity; source) 
 36) The Atonement, Part 2
       (extent) 
 37) Intercessory, Kingly and Prophetic Work
 28) The Reigning King
 29) His Atoning Work; His Priestly Work
 30) His Prophetic Work; Applications
Reading Schedule:
  • Predestination:
  • Berkhof, Systematic Theology (pages 109-25); B B Warfield, Plan of Salvation (entirety)
  • Covenants:
  • Berkhof, Systematic Theology (pages 262-99); Murray, Covenant of Grace; Robert Letham, The Work of Christ (pages 39-74); W.C.F. and 1689 L.B.C.F. (Chapter 7)
  • Person of Christ:
  • Berkhof, Systematic Theology (pages 305-55); Berkhouwer, Person of Christ (entirety; or substitute MacLeod, P.o.C. [entirety])
  • Work of Christ:
  • Berkhof, Systematic Theology (pages 356-410) Robert Letham, Work of Christ (pages 91-247) John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied (pages 9-78)
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