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!
After an Easter break, we met last night for our first Foundations session of the Summer term - examining our confession that Christ ascended, to be coronated as King, and now his Kingdom will have no end!
We started by briefly examining the Ascension - its meaning and purpose, about how it led the way for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Specifically, we saw that it was the consummation of Christ's teaching on the Kingdom of God. We then turned to the Kingdom and examined it in full.
Following closely the teachings of Jesus, we noted a handful of things:
Some of this was new to several people, and so we'll be underscoring much of this in our next session, especially those bits about the Church.
You can find full notes below, as well as a version of "Crown Him With Many Crowns", and the cheesy Jesus Christ Superstar clip I played as an illustration! I started the clip at 1.59min.
Second year TTS students - click here for the S15 notes!
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