Another set of TTS Essentials notes - this time from last night, when we met in my living room to discuss the Resurrection of Christ! Why did Jesus have to rise? There are all sorts of good reasons - to defeat death, to make us alive together with him, to guarantee that we will be with him forever - but ultimately, the Resurrection was the climax of God's great drama. The Son had to rise because our Father knows how to finish a story - and there is no greater one than this!
We've had a fun time recently meeting at my house for the Essentials sessions. In session five we looked at the doctrine of the Incarnation (Jesus as 100% man and 100% God), and in session six we looked at Christ's work on the cross (how exactly did his death procure our salvation?).
Find full notes below!
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.
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Well, I hope you all had a lovely summer break - did you go anywhere nice? On Sunday we met for the first session of the new term, starting a new two-part series on 'Pneumatology'. (I.e. our theology of the Holy Spirit.)
Gregory of Nazianzus, a fourth-century Church father, said about the early Church's discovery of Pneumatology: "We see light breaking upon us gradually..." Due to false teaching about the nature of Christ, it took the Church a little while to wrestle with the full deity and personhood of the Spirit. But God is faithful to his Bride, and we spent the first part of our time together on Sunday telling this story.
We then moved on to look at how the Holy Spirit is described in Scripture. We saw how he is presented as integral to our salvation, to creation, and to the life of the Church - but there is one big theme throughout, and it's that of the Spirit's relationship with the Word. His delight is to serve the Father in exalting the Son, the living Word. His joy is Jesus being made to look beautiful, in Jesus being magnified and praised. It is impossible, after all, to confess 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Spirit! [1 Cor 12:3]
Find a full set of notes below.
As we've explained before, in May 2019 we launched 'TTS Essentials' - a midweek course for busy believers, all about the basics of Christian theology. The sessions don't require previous attendance and are totally stand-alone. Originally we trialled TTS Essentials throughout the beginning of the Summer, just to gauge interest, and I don't see any reason why we shouldn't continue throughout Autumn 2019!
Whereas Freedom Church have very kindly hosted them up until now, I've decided to move the Essentials Sessions to my own home. So far the group attending Essentials has been relatively small, and I think it'd be good for us to meet in a different and more intimate setting. (Note: the Foundations sessions will continue meeting at Freedom - we're again very grateful to Freedom Church for their hospitality!)
Our next scheduled Essentials session is on Wed 4th Sept - arrive from 7.15pm to start at 7.30pm. You can find a full list of Autumn 2019 dates on the Term page. You can also find directions to my house on the Directions page. (Click the link!) If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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