Thanks to all those who attended last night's Foundations session. We're really blessed to have around six to seven Chester churches represented on an average evening - it's such a privilege to pray and study the scriptures together.
Last night we were introduced to Christology - the study of the man, Christ Jesus. . Of course, one can't help but think of the following passage: "Jesus asked his disciples, 'Who do people say that the Son of Man is?'" [Matt 16:13]
We established the centrality and supremacy of Christ in all things - like in the Grünewald altarpiece, our job as theologians is to stretch out our finger, crying, "He must increase but I must decrease!" [John 3:30] Then we saw how the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith are inseparable - Jesus interacted with real people and institutions, we must take note of that, but he also demands an answer. He isn't just a piece of historical data.
We traced the history leading up to Christ's ministry - a 1000 years of conflict and conquest, from the united kingdom of David, through to Babylonian Captivity, Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, etc. Then we used Matthew's Gospel to trace how Jesus understood his own ministry and vocation. He's like Moses ... but he's more than Moses. He's like David ... but he's more than David. He's like a shepherd ... but there's profound significance to that image. (Etc.)
There's another part of this story to tell - one in which we see God himself fulfil his promise to Isaiah, entering the stage himself...
Find notes below, as well as the song we played last night - All Glory Be to Christ.
Despite some technology gremlins causing a bit of bother (printers + iphones!), I hope it's fair to say we had fun last night introducing the subject of Christology - the doctrine/s of Christ.
We looked at his disproportionate impact on civilisation as well as some of the historical and social context behind Jesus' ministry. We also very briefly mentioned the difficulty in separating the so-called "Jesus of history" and "Christ of faith" - before examining the the three fold offices of Christ (Prophet / Priest / King) as well as several of his major titles. All in the context of OT theology and history.
Next time, we'll be taking a good look at the united natures of Christ - i.e. the doctrine of the Incarnation. For now, find full notes for last night's session below, in addition to the Ravi Zacharias video and hymn I played. (Sung to Auld Lang Syne!)
Second year TTS students - click here for the S7 notes!
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