John wrote the fourth gospel to assure persecuted Jewish believers that Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s ancient promises to the Jews that Jesus really is the Christ, the Son of God. John wanted to make sure that they would remain faithful to Jesus and enjoy abundant life in him.
Islamic Perspective on the Doctrine of the Trinity
Islamic critics of Christianity regularly criticise Christians for apparently deviating from this emphasis upon the unity of God (often referred to by the Arabic word tawhid) through the doctrine of the Trinity. This doctrine is argued to be a late invention, which distorts the idea of the unity of God, and ends up teaching that there are three gods.
Kingdom & Covenant in the New Testament – Lesson 1
Examines why it’s important to devote ourselves to the careful, in-depth study of New Testament theology.
Kingdom & Covenant in the New Testament – Lesson 2
Points out one of the most prominent teachings of the New Testament: the kingdom of God.
Kingdom & Covenant in the New Testament – Lesson 3
Explores how New Testament authors relied on the concept of the new covenant to shape some of their most significant theological perspectives.
Kingdom Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament – Lesson 2
Explores a proper understanding of the Bible’s theology of the Kingdom of God by providing the most comprehensive outlook on the Old Testament.
Kingdom Covenants & Canon of the Old Testaments – Lesson 3
Explores how God governed his kingdom through a series of covenants that he established in Old Testament history.
Kingdom Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament – Lesson 4
Explores how the Old Testament canon presents specific guidance by examining the Old Testament as mirror, window and picture.
Building Biblical Theology – Lesson 1
This lesson focuses on a basic orientation toward biblical theology, the development of biblical theology through the centuries, and the interconnections between history and revelation.
Building Biblical Theology – Lesson 2
This lesson on synchronic synthesis of the Old Testament touches on three main issues: a basic orientation about what “synchronic synthesis” is; the ways Old Testament passages convey the historical information used in synchronic synthesis; and the synthetic theological structures discovered through synchronic syntheses of the Old Testament historical information.
Building Biblical Theology – Lesson 3
Diachronic development is the ways theological structures grew or developed over time. This lesson provides a basic orientation toward diachronic development, explores how epochal developments took place between major historical periods or epochs, and looks at how specific topics developed over time in the Old Testament.
Building Biblical Theology – Lesson 4
There are many similarities between the ways biblical theology approaches both Testaments, but there are also significant differences. This lesson focuses on: an orientation toward New Testament biblical theology, the development of the Bible’s teaching about eschatology, or the last days (a crucial issue in New Testament biblical theology), and how biblical theologians have approached New Testament eschatology itself.
Building Systematic Theology – Lesson 1
Compares New Testament theology with systematic theology, surveys historical developments, and explores the values and dangers of systematic theology.
Building Systematic Theology – Lesson 2
Begins with a general orientation toward technical terms, explores the formation of technical terms as well as the values and dangers of technical terms.
Building Systematic Theology – Lesson 3
Begins with a general orientation, explains the formation of propositions as well as the values and dangers of propositions.
Building Systematic Theology – Lesson 4
Begins with a general orientation, explains the formation of doctrines as well as the values and dangers of doctrines.
Building Your Theology – Lesson 1
Explores typical definitions, and describes and evaluates the perspectives of these definitions.
Building Your Theology – Lesson 2
Defines what Christian theology is, explores the theological traditions that gave shape to Christian theology, and outlines the basic tenets of Reformed theology.
Building Your Theology – Lesson 3
Explores what the Scriptures teach about revelation, the dynamics of understanding revelation, and how to develop confidence in theological conclusions.
Building Your Theology – Lesson 4
Summarizes the outlooks on theological authority in the Medieval Roman Catholic Church, the early Protestant church and in contemporary Protestantism.
The Apostles, Creed – Lesson 6
This discussion of salvation addresses the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the nature of everlasting life.
The Apostles’ Creed – Lesson 5
This lesson looks at the divine sanction of the church, and at the facts that the church is holy, catholic or universal, and a communion.
The Apostles’ Creed – Lesson 4
This lesson talks about the Holy Spirit’s divinity, his full membership in the Godhead. It considers his personhood, noting that the Holy Spirit is a true person and not simply a divine force. And it explores the work that the Holy Spirit did in the past, and that he continues to do today.
The Apostles’ Creed – Lesson 3
This lesson speaks of the divinity of Jesus Christ, looking at things like the nature of his divinity, and his relationship to the other members of the Trinity. It looks at his humanity, and discusses the relationship between his divine and human natures. And it talks about his work both during and after his earthly ministry.
The Apostles’ Creed – Lesson 2
This lesson addresses the basic idea of God, looking at some general things the Bible teaches about his existence and nature. It focuses on the phrase “Father Almighty,” paying attention to some distinctive qualities of the first person of the Trinity. And it explores the Father’s role as the Maker, or creator, of everything that exists.
Exodus is linked to Genesis
The loyal love and dependable grace of this covenant-making God to his promises dominated the transition between these ages. He had heard Israel’s groanings in Egypt, and his interest in them and action on their behalf were summed up as a “remembering” of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (2:24).
The Apostles’ Creed – Lesson 1
This lesson looks at the Apostles’ Creed as a summary of the articles or doctrines that must be affirmed by all those who would call themselves Christian. It speaks of the history of the Creed, provides an overview of its statements, and focuses on the importance of its doctrines for today.
Ephesians 6:10-18 regarding putting on the armour of God. When the important points in these verses are considered in its context as well as that of other Scriptures, then we find that: There is no mention of a war in which the believer must attack Satan and his demonic forces. The opposite is rather true. Our fight is a defensive one, not an offensive one. The distinction is made by the type of sword in verse 17. It is not the heavy sword used by the Roman soldiers when they attacked, but the short dagger-type sword they used in defence and close combat.
How Much Faith Do You Need For Healing?
Christ has become merely a means to an end, and believers are induced to come to the Master’s table, not to experience fellowship and intimacy with the Master, but to enjoy what is on the Master’s table. In sharp distinction to this message, the Jesus of the Scriptures is not a means to an end; He is the end (cf. Phil. 3:7-8). McCullough writes, “the church is more often influenced by cultural trends than theological commitments. Our obsession with self has led us astray into the temple of idols: in particular the god-of-my-comfort, and the god-of-my-success.” Shakespeare says it most succinctly, “you pay a great deal too dear for what’s given freely.”
“…made of one blood all nations of men”
As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [’by one man,’ v.15] shall many be made righteous.” The same nature that transgressed must work out the remedy. This truth is reiterated in 1 Corinthians 15:21: “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” Our ruin could not be restored, nor deliverance from our guilt be effected, except by one in our own nature.