What really Christian theology and Why it is vital to understand?

January 7, 2020

Theology is considered an important thing where a person will surely be able to study about god. Christian theology is proven to be great that will enable you to know regarding Jesus Christ. Theology is created from two Greek words, like God and logos as well. If you want to know about god, then one […]

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Christian doctrine – meaning of doctrine and types of it

December 27, 2019

Christian, the theological doctrine is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions as the essence of lessons in a given branch of knowledge or a belief system. The etymological Greek analog is “Catechism.” Doctrine (from Latin – Doctrina, which means teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, […]

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Christian, theological doctrine – Beginning and the founder of it!

December 21, 2019

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity teaches the unity of Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit as three persons in Godhead. This doctrine says that God is the Triune God, existing as three persons. This is the theology of Christian belief and practice. Such a study concentrates upon the texts of the Old Testament and […]

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Mike Reeves: Why Write ‘The Good God’?

December 10, 2019

Mike Reeves’ new book, The Good God: Enjoying Father, Son and Spirit, hits the shelves in a matter of days. Theology Network’s Angus Moyes plays devil’s advocate and quizes Mike on why the Trinity is so essential to Christian thought and life. Why write a book on the Trinity? Aren’t there more pressing issues for […]

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Generosity

Generosity

December 10, 2019

There are some things it’s considered polite not to talk about. Religion and politics are on the conversational blacklist. Far above the rest, in Britain at least, is money. Mix and match and all kinds of trouble abounds. Alistair Campbell famously said of Prime Minister Tony Blair “We don’t do God”, and likewise the religious […]

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Contentment

December 10, 2019

How much is enough? John D. Rockefeller: Just a little bit more. The natural assumption when we see the merits of sacrificial giving is to presume that we should embrace a life of simplicity and poverty. It was Jesus after all who said ‘blessed are the poor’. Consequently we find ourselves torn between an apparently […]

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New Testament Study

Modern New Testament Study

December 10, 2019

Anti-Supernaturalism and Miracles One of the most obvious products of post-enlightenment Gospel criticism has been scepticism of the Gospel accounts of the miracles. This began in the early part of the nineteenth century, when rationalists such as Paulus attempted to come up with alternative explanations for the events in the Gospels, such as Jesus walking […]

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How the Basis can help a student group The Doctrinal Basis expresses and provides a foundation for unity, for Christian union - and therefore for evangelical student groups or Christian Unions. It focuses on essentials and so helps to minimize or eliminate division. What should a group do when a divisive issue arises? Sometimes the answer is to say to both parties: 'Yes, we do differ on this issue and we may not be able to resolve the differences. But maybe we can agree on two things. First, the matters on which we disagree are not as important as the gospel itself; and second, our energies are much better spent on our united battle for the minds and hearts of unbelieving students than on battling with each other.' The Doctrinal Basis helps to keep the essential convictions to the fore, so that we focus on evangelism. The Basis also helps to guide and guard the leadership of a student group or CU. It can help to steer it away from actual errors or from culs-de-sac or diversions. It is a marker set down on our way, a signpost to the path of truth along which God’s witnesses have walked in every century. It is not formality or constitution-mindedness that moves a Christian group to ask their leaders wholeheartedly and thoughtfully to affirm that these are their convictions too. It is the desire to hand on the baton of faith to reliable men and women (2 Timothy 2:2). The Basis and Christians We assume that the group has regular teaching meetings. We also assume that their aim is to give the best possible coverage of Bible truth in each individual’s (three or four) student years. In those circumstances the Basis can be a regular ingredient in such ways as these: 1. The weekly teaching meeting could take one or two clauses per week, to fit in with the length of term or semester. 2. One meeting each term could take a clause of the Basis, aiming in that way to cover the Basis in three years. These meetings could take an overview of the Bible’s treatment of each doctrine, as in this book; or they could find one passage of the Bible relating to each truth and open that up. When so many Christians mistakenly assume the three ‘Ds’ (that Doctrine is Dry and Dull), the approach to such meetings is crucial. It may help to use three questions — why, what and how? Why, what, how? Why is the chosen doctrine important? This is the question of relevance. The Bible handles truths in a way that constantly relates them to life. So it is worth showing at the outset of any talk the particular aspects of the Christian life to which the truth relates. All these convictions have a practical bearing on, for example, our ideas of God (and so our devotion), our praying or assurance, our evangelism or message, our obedience or temptations. All of them stand in some contrast to views of God, Jesus, human nature, community, hope, and so on, that are current in society. If we bring out these connections, Christians will quickly see the relevance of truth. What does the Bible teach on the doctrine? The speaker (or group leader) will need to study to bring out a clear statement of what the Bible says - not what the speaker thinks or what the hearers prefer, but what the Bible says. (We do not believe the Bible’s truths because they are all congenial, but because they happen to be true.) If a student group is having to prepare its own talk or study, the suggested hooks (see below) will be a great help. How does this truth affect our lives? An abstract talk on doctrine will not be very biblical, because the Bible always challenges us with truth, to teach, rebuke, correct and train in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Often such a meeting will appropriately close with a time of thanksgiving for what God has revealed, and of prayer for grace to live it out. The Basis and non-Christians The Doctrinal Basis for non-Christians? No and yes. No, in that no-one would argue for starting evangelism by thrusting the Basis at an unbeliever. But yes, in that the truths of the Basis all have an evangelistic force. It is quite possible and appropriate to take the central thrust of each clause and turn it into an evangelistic or apologetic theme. The clauses could be used like this, though these are only examples: Clause (a) There are many pressures today for a multi-faith approach, in the belief that all religions are equally valid, that pluralism is the right stance. So a meeting on ‘only one God’ could challenge the basis of other beliefs and present the God of the Bible. Clause (b) ‘Why does God allow ...?‘ is often asked. Behind that is the question ‘Who is in control - of the world in general, or your individual life?’ Is life led by fate or chance or evolution? The sovereignty of God comes in here. Clause (c) As James Sire puts it ‘Why should we believe anything at all?’ In what do people ground their beliefs - for beliefs they all have? Is there one voice to which we should all listen? Has God spoken? The Bible comes in here - perhaps the evidence for the Gospels’ accounts. Clause (d) Everybody observes and suffers from human nature. What is wrong with the world? Do the secular explanations stand up? How to explain conscience? What the Bible says on people is right up to date, uniquely able to explain what everyone experiences. Clause (e) Always sharply relevant is the person and life of Jesus. Was he mad, bad or God? What claims did he make? How to explain the resurrection? Clause (f) What is the answer to the human condition? How can people cope with failings, frustration, hopelessness? Are we driven to despair, the logical end of a godless outlook? Can anyone help? What is the connection between all this and why Christ died? Clause (g) Is it possible to have a new start, the slate wiped clean? Can a guilty conscience find rest? What can be done about the sense of accountability that we cannot totally escape? Justification speaks here. Clause (h) Many feel trapped not only by their external circumstances, but also by their inner drives and pressures. Can anyone get them out? The work of the Holy Spirit is vital. Clause (i) Once delivered, how will they then live? Where can the power come from to live for God, to follow Christ, to do good rather than evil? From the indwelling Holy Spirit. Clause (j) Many people feel essentially alone in life, with no sense of being part of any meaningful group. They feel alienated and lonely in the midst of hundreds of fellow students. The church speaks of belonging to and being valued and loved by others, as all are loved by God. Clause (k) How will things end? For the individual, for society for the world? What is the future? What about death and after? Christ’s return has a dear evangelistic thrust of challenge and hope. Many other evangelistic or apologetic themes will come to mind, but these are enough to show that the truths in the Basis have an application to evangelism, as well as to building Christians up in the faith. Maybe the teaching meeting for Christians and the evangelistic meeting could be related, so that the one becomes preparation and training for the other - or follow-up to it. Why not devote a session of your student group’s committee to discussing these possibilities before you plan the programme?

How the Doctrinal Basis can Help a CU

December 10, 2019

How the Basis can help a student group The Doctrinal Basis expresses and provides a foundation for unity, for Christian union – and therefore for evangelical student groups or Christian Unions. It focuses on essentials and so helps to minimize or eliminate division. What should a group do when a divisive issue arises? Sometimes the […]

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The Doctrinal Basis and Tolerance

December 10, 2019

The Basis and tolerance Dogmatism? No thanks! Some people are dogmatic about everything; we all know a few like that. Curiously, however, everybody is dogmatic about something. That is true even today, even in an era when dogmatism is widely taken as the sign of the fringe fanatic or a bygone age. We live in […]

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