Grace and Eschatology

Unit Overview
What exactly is grace? What is justification by faith? How does the Spirit work to regenerate and renew us? When will Jesus come back? What will the sign of his coming be? This unit covers the crucial doctrines of grace (i.e., salvation) and eschatology (i.e., the end times) as informed by Scripture and as shaped by discussions in Christian theology. This unit gives you the opportunity to wrestle with concepts that have been hotly debated throughout Christian history, from election to the millennium, and demonstrates how they have real practical pay off in the mission and ministry of our churches. This unit is crucial for understanding God’s work in the world now, what he is bringing about in the present age, and what he will do in the age to come.

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Unit Details

Online  On-campus 
Workload 12 credit points 12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Unit code TH103 TH103
Prerequisites  48 credit points of core foundation units, including CH, plus TH101 and TH102 48 credit points of core foundation units, including CH, plus TH101 and TH102
Teacher  Graham Cole Scott Harrower
Reading List (Bibliography)  Online On-campus

*NOTE: the reading list is only accessible with a student online login 

Unit Content

Section A : The Doctrines of Grace

  1. The Gospel of God
  2. Repentance, faith, forgiveness, justification, election and grace
  3. The work of the Spirit : regeneration, sanctification and fellowship

Section B : Eschatology

  1. The kingdom present and future
  2. Judgement present and future
  3. Consummation of all things in Christ
  4. Death, intermediate state, resurrection
  5. Heaven and hell

Graham Cole (Online teacher)
Graham has been teaching theology for many years. He is currently serving as Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, USA. Graham is an ordained Anglican minister. After serving in two Australian parishes he lectured in Christian Thought (Theology, Apologetics and Philosophy) at Moore Theological College and the University of Sydney in the Philosophy of Religion until 1992. From 1992 to 2001 he was the Principal of Ridley College, University of Melbourne and lecturing in Christian Thought. He has also served as a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne. From 2002-2011 he was Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at TEDS. In 2011 he was invited to become the Anglican Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. In 2015 he moved back to Trinity to become Dean.

Graham has authored many books including:  He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Crossway, 2007), Engaging With the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers (Crossway, 2008),     God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom (IVP Academic, 2010), The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (IVP Academic, 2013)

Study Expectations (Online)
In Ridley Online units you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to your unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 10-12 hours study time per week for this unit.


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