Trinitarian theology is essential to the evangelic mind. We find the theme of Father, Son, and Spirit woven throughout our various Christian theologies in a masterful way. But what of the Atonement of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world? Where do we see the Trinity in God’s beautiful conclusion to his much larger redemptive story? The evangelic community seems silent when it comes to this region of theology and the Trinity.
For Dr. Wright the Old Testament is not about the foretelling of the coming of Christ, but where Jesus discovers His own identity and mission. Specifically, “the deeper you go into understanding the Old Testament, the closer you come to the heart of Jesus” . This journey that Dr. Wright leads the reader on addresses the Old Testament story as it relates to Jesus, the promise of the Old Testament and its fulfillment in Jesus, the identity of Jesus as seen in the Old Testament, the mission of Jesus discovered in the Old Testament and the values of Jesus via the Old Testament. In addressing the five overarching topics and providing correlation in with verses from the New Testament Dr. Wright make a cogent and reasonable argument for his premise that one of the keys to understanding Jesus is seeing who He is in relation to the Old Testament. To begin with Dr. Wight lays the foundation by highlighting how for many people it appears that the story of Jesus Christ begins in Matthew 1:18.
Christology is the study of the person and the nature of Jesus Christ and Christological claims are those that regard the life, work and nature of Jesus, which are central to the Christianity due to his centrality to faith due to his teachings and expressions of the word of God. The ambiguities within scripture in the New Testament (which studies the life and work of Jesus) led to debate in the early Church between Christians regarding the nature of Jesus, for which there are many theories. For example “Docetism”, which is the belief that Christ seemed human but was actually divine, “Adoptionism”, which is the belief that Jesus was born a man like any other and was adopted by God at his time of baptism by John the Baptist and finally “Marcionism”, which is the belief that Jesus came into the world from beyond, to teach and spread knowledge of the true God of Grace who is spiritual and separate from the physical world and to separate this from the other, false God who has led many astray into worshipping him. The historical background of the early Church involves the controversies and disagreements regarding high Christology, which emphasizes the divine Jesus, and low Christology, which emphasizes the life of human Jesus. One of the earliest Christological controversies was the Arian controversy, sparked by the priest who
The paper will discuss the contemporary struggles of the three religions and also the historical connections and theological similarities in the three religions. Historical Connections The historical connection between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity is through The Old Testament and Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God and to the Christian people, he is considered the Messiah. Being Jewish, Jesus was born and raised in ancient Palestine. Jesus is believed to be the Son of God because Virgin Mary, who was a virgin mother at the time of Jesus birth.
Christ and Culture This paper will seek to examine and evaluate closely some key historical models in which Christians have understood the relation of Christ to culture. The relationship between Christ and human culture as Scripture presents it. However, this essay is somewhat limited to Andrew Walls’ “pilgrim principle”in his essay ”The Gospel as Prisoner and Liberator of Culture” and Niebuhr’s “Christ Against Culture” view form his book Christ and Culture. This paper will also try to answer the question whether in light of the “pilgrim principle” Christians should adopt “Niebuhr’s “Christ Against Culture” view. In trying to answer the not-so-easy question above, the author will briefly refer to African Culture, a culture with which the writer is familiar and comfortable to discuss.
“The church is reconsidering and reconfiguring this vital expression of its relationship with God. As a result, we more than ever need to study worship in its biblical context. From Genesis chapter 1, through the offerings of Cain & Abel; the sacrificial worship in the tabernacle, and the themes and poetry of Psalms; the intercessory prayers of the prophets and the teachings of Jesus; right on to the charismatic worship of the book of Acts and Corinthians, and the heavenly worship in Revelation, we need to know biblical worship, because anything else will not be acceptable to God.” Chuck Smith Jr. “Depth & Breadth in our Worship” Worship Leader july/august 2003 A BASIC GIVEN “All our worship must flow from a pure___________”  Jesus in
Although many people believe that Salvation is mostly about God’s judgement, the most important part of this belief is the possibility of being reunited with God. The Christian religious tradition basically believe the same thing regarding Salvation, however there are some differences. Catholics believe that Salvation is promised at Baptism. They also believe that the promise of Salvation may be lost through mortal sin, but that it can be redeemed through penance. Jesus was crucified; he died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected, enabling us to be saved from sin.
and a violent man.” We can also read about his conversion with Christ on the Damascus Road in Acts 9: 1-19; Acts 22: 3-16 and Acts 26: 9-18. These scriptures back up his title as an Apostle. After Paul’s encounter with Jesus his life changed from persecutor of the church to church convertor, preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, his mission assigned by Jesus. (Acts 9:15) Paul states in the introduction that he is a prisoner of Christ. He is letting us know that he is no longer free to do his will but he must carry out his assign mission Jesus has given him in (Acts 9:15) Philemon a Gentile, whom this epistle is written to, was one of his converts, who accepted the call of salvation after hearing Paul, preach.
Using our lives to glorify God in all we do should motivate us to accomplish His will as we live surrendered lives to glorify Him. The life of the apostle Paul serves as one in which we witness an individual who is motivated to endure for the cause of Christ even in the worst of suffering (2 Corinthians 11:23-28, New Living Translation). Paul was not motivated by fame or money, but instead
In both books the general theme is about redemption. In both The New and The Old Testament we can clearly see that redemption comes with faith and that the redeemer is one and the same – God’s son. However there are also some differences, the main of which is the way God is presented in the two books. In the Old Testament, he is the lawgiver, the punisher for man`s sins, whereas in the New Testament he is the redeemer. God typically responds to human behavior with justice, i.e.