At our last Foundations session, we finished our two-part series on 'Pneumatology' - i.e. our theology of the Holy Spirit. Our focus this time was on the Word / Spirit balance. How has that balance been struck throughout Church histories? What about those who believe the spiritual gifts have ceased, and the Word must remain the focal point? What about those who believe the Spirit must be given free reign in the Church?
We addressed each of these questions and more in this session. It's a complex subject, one that requires us to be attentive to the details. On the one hand, the New Testament does describe spiritual gifts, and much of the modern Church takes it for granted that these are still operative today. On the other hand, the New Testament also emphasises the centrality and sufficiency of the Word - it must be given the supremacy, as it is itself a gift of the Spirit.
Find a full set of notes below!
Theo continued his teaching on 2 Tim 3:10-17, this time focusing on vv.12-17. In particular, he really helpfully brought out the distinction between vv.13+14 - between those who would be deceived even as they deceive others, and Paul's exhortation to Timothy, "continue in the Scriptures!"
We also heard a very helpful portion from a John Piper sermon, which you can read and listen to by clicking here. The portion Theo played starts at about the 10.30min mark.
You can also download Theo's notes below. We thank Theo for his diligence and hard work here, a great time was had by all last night.
Last night we met for our seventeenth Foundations session, completing our two-part study of Pneumatology. (Our theology of the Holy Spirit.)
In view was a subject of great importance to the modern Evangelical - how exactly do we hold the Word / Spirit balance? In what way does the Spirit serve the Word? How do spiritual gifts function, why do some believe the gifts have ceased entirely, and at what point does a person's spiritual illumination become authoritative for others?
We learned that these are age-old questions. The Church has been here before, and it's God's kindness that we can learn from historical examples.
Second year TTS students - click here for the S17 notes!
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