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Systems of Theology

May 19, 2015 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Weekly on the same day until June 23, 2015
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What are Systems of Theology and why do they matter?

Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology are two different systems which provide conflicting answers to many of the Church’s most pressing questions, such as:

  • Does God have a future plan for the Jewish people, or did He utterly abandon them nearly 2,000 years ago?
  • Does the Bible teach that the church is a seamless continuation of the same community of believers from the Old Testament (i.e. Israel), or is it an altogether new creation, that is neither Jew nor Gentile?
  • Does the Bible teach that there will be a rapture of the Church before Christ returns?
  • Why do some Christians say there will be a future 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth while others believe we are currently living in the “millennial age”?
  • Are Christians required to obey the Law of Moses? If not, what about the 10 Commandments?


All sessions will be team taught by Dr. Christopher Cone and Dean James Fazio, with joint question and answer sessions at the end of each night.

May 12th through June 23rd | Tuesdays 6 – 9 pm

  • Tuesday, May 12 – Foundational Framework for Theology
  • Tuesday, May 19 – Biblical and Theological Covenants
  • Tuesday, May 26 – Biblical and Theological Dispensations
  • Tuesday, June 2 – The Kingdom of Heaven Concept
  • Tuesday, June 9 – Identifying Israel and the Church
  • Tuesday, June 16 – The Historical Development of Theological Systems
  • Tuesday, June 23 – Practical Implications of Theology


Photo of James I. Fazio Th.M.

James I. Fazio Th.M.

Dean of Bible and Theology

James Fazio is a graduate of Southern California Seminary (BA in Biblical Studies in 2002, Master of Divinity in 2005, and Master of Theology in 2013). He holds the distinct privilege of serving as the undergraduate and graduate Dean of Bible and Theology. James has been in education his whole life, beginning as a special education para-educator for the San Diego Unified City School District at the age of eighteen. He has taught English and History courses at Bell Middle School from 1995-2000 and at Serra High School from 2000-2005. Today James teaches courses in theology, apologetics, and critical thinking. In 2012 he helped launch the Center for Creation Studies at SCS and the apologetics minor for undergraduate biblical studies students. James has been married to his wife Amy for over 15 years. They have four children together whom they homeschool. As much as James loves teaching the Bible his even greater passion is teaching others how to read and understand the Bible for themselves. James is also the founder of Uganda Ministries and has been involved in teaching and training indigenous pastors in East and Central Africa since 2007. His ultimate goal is to start a pastor training school in…

Testimonials from Last Year’s Community Course

The recent Inductive Bible Study course offered by SCS was excellent in content, presentation, available handouts in class and online, and selection of speakers. The content offered a perspective that was friendly to the lay person without overwhelming me with terms and concepts, but at the same time challenged me to look at my Bible study more seriously using this inductive method. I would highly recommend this class and others offered by SCS.
Barbara Boucher, community member

I’m so grateful that I found a flyer introducing the class. I was intrigued by the format and by the variety of contributors. The lecturers were a wonderful combination of age groups and their presentation styles kept me engaged. I found myself being energized and refreshed and eager to share my experiences. I highly recommend this course.
Jerri Hubbard, community member

Southern California Seminary’s summer course was such a great learning experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my fellow students and the community during our time together. The diversity of teaching styles backed by a solid biblical understanding provided me with a boost in my biblical knowledge and increased my faith in God’s Word, for that I am forever grateful.
Mark Blackshear, SCS Student


May 19, 2015
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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