Students who complete a degree at Scandinavian School of Theology are expected to be adept in communicating faith in the power of the Holy Spirit, alert in the defence of evangelical faith, skilled in the scholarly pursuit of truth, understanding of the role of Israel and the Jews in God’s prophetic plan, and equipped to impact the world with the Gospel of Christ.
1. Adept in communicating faith in the power of the Holy Spirit
Students will grow in their relationship with the Lord, in Biblical faith, in sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, in spiritual discipline, and in social skills, so that they can communicate faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Equipped with the Word of God – The intellectual and inner knowledge of Christian faith, including deep personal acquaintance with the Old and New Testaments, awareness of what God has done throughout Church history, and a systematic grasp of Christian faith.
- Vital spiritual life and discipline – A lifestyle characterized by faith, spiritual discipline and maturity, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, ability to use spiritual weapons, and personal witnessing for Christ.
- Ability to go out with the gospel – The willingness and ability to impact the world with faith.
- Skilled in communicating faith – The ability to communicate faith through preaching and teaching, through different modes of oral and written communications, and through interpersonal communication.
- Hermeneutical skills – Understanding and appreciating cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and religious/theological differences, and possessing an ability to communicate beyond such borders.
- Social and interpersonal skills – The ability to relate to others in work and ministry in a way that functions well in society.
2. Alert in the defence of evangelical faith
Students will be rooted in Christian faith so that they can defend evangelical faith, effectively facing the challenges of modern society, New Age beliefs, and similar systems.
- Apologetic skills – The intellectual and creative capacity to discuss matters of faith in dialogue with others, founded in a Christian life of personal integrity.
- Christian ideological awareness – – A broad orientation in human culture with a Christian perspective and a mature personal stance towards the major current ideological alternatives, based on an integration of faith, ethics, and philosophical views.
- Awareness of the role of New Age – Knowledge of and capacity to critically evaluate phenomena like New Age and other similar belief systems through historical and theological reflection.
3. Skilled in the scholarly pursuit of truth
Students will expand their capacity to gather, retain, and apply knowledge and truth, using analytical problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, which they can utilize in their personal and professional lives. They will also be trained in evaluating sources of information and different methods of scholarly research.
Ability to state and solve a scholarly problem, using sound logic and good research ethics.
- Methodological and epistemological awareness – The ability to evaluate and choose a proper research method for a given problem and an epistemological awareness of the opportunities and limitations of scholarly pursuit.
- Information discernment – The ability to access, search, evaluate and use sources of information.
- Critical and analytical thinking – The ability to analyze and evaluate scholarly products and their underlying structures, and to creatively develop divergent solutions.
- Argumentative skills – The ability to present results of their own studies in a logical and formally correct manner.
4. Understanding of the role of Israel and the Jews in God’s prophetic plan
Students will develop a deep and broad understanding of Israel and the Jews in God’s prophetic plan, so they can understand time from God’s perspective, and stand up for Israel and the Jews, and stand forcefully against anti-Semitism.
Understanding of the role of Israel and the Jewish people in faith and society.
- The role of Israel past and present – Ability to understand the Jewish roots of Christianity and the role of Israel in God’s prophetic plan, and to appreciate their consequences in shaping Christian attitudes towards Jews and modern Israel.
- A stance against anti-Semitism – Knowledge of and ability to stand against all forms of anti-Semitism.
- Exposing propaganda – Ability to expose distorted information about Israel and the Jews.
5. Equipped to impact the world with the Gospel of Christ
Students will develop their ability to understand and impact the world, from the maturity and integrity to stand up for truth, to the physical discipline and communications skills to make a difference.
Knowledge of society and world – a broad historical and societal understanding of modern society and the world, in order to be able to impact it.
- Ethical behaviour – The ability to recognize potential ethical dilemmas, make morally correct choices based on knowledge of professional codes of ethics, the ethical dimensions of professional practice, and the Word of God, and to influence society and world with these values.
- Integrity – Capacity to develop, maintain and stand for what the person regards as truth.
- Communications skills – Ability to impact society and the world by effectively communicating both in written and spoken forms at appropriate cultural, educational, economic, social, technical and maturity levels.
- Physical discipline – Adopting a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition, physical activity and discipline in order to maintain optimum health and fitness so as to impact the world for as long as possible.
- Leadership capacity – Ability to effect change within various group settings by influencing and motivating others to accomplish a vision and spread the truth.