God’s Glory Alone

God’s Glory Alone

Taught by David VanDrunen

The Five Solas Series offers you a look back to the five rallying cries of the Reformation—the five solas. In the God’s Glory Alone course, renowned scholar David VanDrunen explores the majestic heart of the Christian faith and life.

Course Details

  • 14 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 4 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • God’s Glory Alone

Course Description

Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the "solas": sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory.

In the God’s Glory Alone online course, renowned scholar David VanDrunen teaches through the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. Units examine the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. VanDrunen illustrates the biblical story of God's glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ's Second Coming and the glorification of his people. In light of these wonderful biblical themes, each unit addresses several of today's great cultural challenges and temptations—such as distraction and narcissism—and reflect on how commitment to God's glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • Greater understanding of the doctrine of Christ alone and the history behind it
  • Insight into current challenges to the teachings of faith alone and why this doctrine matters to your faith today
  • A thorough overview of practical applications of a focus on Christ Alone
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

David VanDrunen

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

David VanDrunen is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author of Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture and Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law.

Course Outline

  • Soli Deo Gloria Among the Reformation Solas

  • The Glorious God, Glorified Through Us: Soli Deo Gloria in Reformed Theology

  • In the Cloud: God’s Glory Made Visible, Part 1

  • In the Cloud: God’s Glory Made Visible, Part 2

  • The Brightness of His Father’s Glory: The Glory of God Incarnate, Part 1

  • The Brightness of His Father’s Glory: The Glory of God Incarnate, Part 2

  • The Glory of Christ in the Glorification of His People, Part 3

  • The Glory of Christ in the Glorification of His People, Part 3 [MIDTERM]

  • Prayer and Worship in an Age of Distraction, Part 1

  • Prayer and Worship in an Age of Distraction, Part 2

  • The Fear of the Lord in an Age of Narcissism, Part 1

  • The Fear of the Lord in an Age of Narcissism, Part 2

  • Glorifying God in an Age That Is Passing, Part 1

  • Glorifying God in an Age That Is Passing, Part 2 [FINAL EXAM]


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