We met on Sunday night for our tenth Foundations session - we've looked at a lot so far, from the doctrine of the Trinity, to the ministry of Christ. This time, we were starting a five-part series on 'soteriology' - our theology of salvation! What an amazing subject. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound...
In this, our first session, we we were looking at the very fact that God has chosen to be a Saviour God - he didn't have to, no one forced him. He was under no compulsion. He graciously, sovereignly decided to save us. This is otherwise known as the doctrine of Election. Now, in the words of Karl Barth (a famous theologian of the 20th Century), election has cast a dark shadow for many. It has stoked controversy and outrage. But - as we established on Sunday - this needn't be the case.
Election is at the heart of all theology - God has freely chosen to be a Creator God, a known God, a worshipped God, etc. Election is at the heart of the Triune life of God - the Father chose the Son from all eternity to work out his purposes by the Spirit. Election is at the heart of the Gospel - God chose the historical Israel, and God has chosen his Bride. We dishonour God when we ignore election, or when we treat it as some insignificant off-cut. After all, when the authors of Scripture discuss it, it's not as a 'matter of controversy but as a theme for worship'! [J.I. Packer]
Find below a few things. First, the notes from Sunday's session - expanded to include more details and several appendices. Second, the medley of worship that we opened our session with. And third, the modern adaptation of Francis Thompson's Hound of Heaven, which we finished with.
We met last night to complete our five-part series on Soteriology - the doctrine/s of salvation! Having examined God's free choice to be a Saviour God, the power and work of Christ on the Cross, and then his victory over death - we turned to look at how the Triune God applies this work of redemption to us.
In short, it was all about how you came to know Jesus - just from God's perspective! His plan in all these things to is to glorify himself, to conquer the rebellion, and to dwell with a new humanity under new stars. To that end, he chooses us and unites us to himself in Christ, he recreates us by the Spirit after Christ's likeness, he puts us at peace with him through Christ's righteousness, he conforms us to Christ's image (making us priests of a kingdom), and when all is done he will raise us in Christ.
Then at last we will glorify him forever - a new humanity, under new stars, at peace with our God and with one another. He will be ours, and he will be all in all.
Find notes below, as well as the song we played last night.
Second year TTS students - click here for the S14 notes!
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