Thanks to all who attended last night's session! It was our first time back together after my operation - we persevered through some fine points of detail and some complex history, but in the end we had gained a better understanding of how God preserved his Gospel during those early centuries of the Church.
Whereas last time we were looking at the doctrine of the Incarnation in Scripture, this time we were tracing how this Incarnation had been fought for, defined and defended by the early Fathers.
We traced things right from the beginning: from Scripture's counterattack against Docetism; to Irenaeus and Justin Martyr rebuking Gnosticism; to Athanasius' rebuttal of Arius' belief that Jesus was a created being; to the Nicene Creed and Gregory of Nazianzus' help in revising it at Constantinople; to the 'barney' between Cyril of Alexandria and Nestorius, and ultimately the creed of Chalcedon in 451AD.
Yes, we were stretched; we were challenged. But this is ultimately God's story - it's all about his faithfulness and providence, and as such there's so much joy in telling it. It was (as G.K. Chesterton said) one great, whirling adventure!
Find full notes below, as well as a pictorial guide to those early heresies we discussed in the session. Hopefully it'll prove both helpful and self-explanatory! If whilst looking at either of them you have any questions or need any help (perhaps because you weren't able to make the main session), please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Fiona led our Scripture session on Sunday, covering 2 Tim 3:1-9 - Paul's description of the Jannes & Jambres 'type' of false teacher, those who possess the form of godliness but deny its power.
What does that power look like?
How do we negotiate passages such as this?
How do we responsibly apply them?
Ultimately, Fiona had us see the power of godliness in the power of the Cross - the cruciform life of the Christian, taking up their cross.
Find notes below, a summary of the evening's discussion!
Last night, we were story-tellers - recalling how God has led his Church through the centuries, protecting her, preserving her, working through emperors and councils and godly men to fight against false teaching. We told the story of the first five centuries of the Church - of heretics and saints, of the doctrine of the Incarnation, of complex thinkers called to defend simple truths that have lasted millennia.
Perhaps our most complex sessions yet - but also such an encouragement, not least for me!
Find a copy of the notes below :)
Second year TTS students - click here for the S9 notes!
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