Thursday, August 07, 2008

WABC Intern Proficiency Examination

We offer internships during the summer months at Western Avenue. Mark Collins was an intern for several years and is now our youth pastor. This year, Michael Dearman and Macey Bowman have served and served well. Mark typically asks the interns to read a particular book during the summer months and discuss it with him. I thought I'd get in on the game and devise a theological proficiency test. Here they are - first the test for the middle school interns and then the high school:


1) The B-I-B-L-E, is that the book for thee?
2) What is thy story? What is thy song?
3) Do you have joy, joy, joy, joy? If so, where? Where?
4) I ask you how you know He lives?
5) Who is on the Lord’s side?
6) If “A” is Admit, “B” is believe, and “C” is commit in the Baptist plan of salvation, then what does “D” stand for?
7) When the roll, roll, roll, is called up yonder, where will you be?
8) Who is your boss?
9) Who is your co-pilot?
10) Are you a “C” or a “CH” or a “CHRISTIAN”?
11) When will Jesus come soon – Morning? Night? or Noon?
12) Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah?
13) Describe Christ’s use of the “sinner’s prayer” in his evangelistic encounters in John’s Gospel.
14) Can I get a Witness? Can I hear an Ay-men?


1) Proof definitively that God exists.

2) What are the arguments for and against the following:

a. Sola Ecclesia
b. Sola Scriptura
c. Solo Scriptura

3) What are the arguments for and against the inclusion/exclusion of the Deuterocanonical/Apocryphal books of the Roman Catholic Bible?

4) Describe the main tenets of the following worldviews:

a. Deistic
b. Pantheistic
c. Panentheistic
d. Polytheistic
e. Naturalistic
f. Pluralistic

5) Is there a contradiction between God’s absolute divine foreknowledge and the free will of man? If so, explain the contradiction away? If not, why? What about God’s absolute divine foreknowledge and man’s libertarian free will?

6) Discuss if and how each of the seven ecumenical councils (particularly Nicea, Chalcedon and Constantinople) dealt with the following Christological and Trinitarian heresies:

a. Arianism
b. Monophysitism
c. Nestorianism
d. Apollinarianism
e. Eutychianism

7) Argue against the kenosis theory.

8) Is man a dichotomous or trichotomous creature? Explain your position.

9) Defend the Augustinian position of the will against the Pelagian argument.

10) Are you a complementarian or egalitarian? Defend your position.

11) Do you hold to unconditional, conditional, or a corporate view of election? Why?

12) Which of the following is the BEST/WORST of the following theories of the atonement? Why?

a. Ransom
b. Recapitulation
c. Governmental
d. Satisfaction
e. Moral Example
f. Penal Substitution

13) For whom did Christ die?

14) Which of the following lapsarian views is most accurate?

a. Infralapsarian
b. Supralapsarian

15) What is the relationship between the Church and Israel? Do you see a difference in the Old and New Testament presentation of this relationship?

16) Is the Lord’s Supper transubstantial or consubstantial?

17) Describe the most biblical form of church governance. Prove your position biblically and historically using various Baptist confessions of faith.

18) To which millennial view do you subscribe?

19) In regards to the rapture, are you pretribulational, midtribulational, posttribulational, or pre-wrath? Defend your position and disprove the others.

20) Which position on baptism is the correct one: credo-baptism or paedo-baptism? Prove your position.

1 comment:

Jim Pemberton said...

Interesting. Sounds like Brian's message Sunday night.

While I'm impressed with the questions on the high school end, one thing I notice is that if we only teach younger kids the stuff on the middle school examination, we can't expect them to absorb very well the information on the high school examination. What I notice is that good theology lends itself to good spiritual development. However, if we presume that good theology only comes after kids have had good spiritual development, then what do we think has been used to develop them spiritually?

On the other hand, good theological information doesn't necessarily result in spiritual development.

That said, I'm tempted to say that you should reverse the examinations. People feeding small children spiritually should be able to do so with wisdom and the goal of passing on a desire to understand the deeper things of God. As students grow and become more concerned with sociological position, this is the time when they need to cling to core truths as principles for keeping their lives focused on the things of God.