If they are not in control, they still must submit to the authority of the state. “Reformed sermons help the congregation to identify how God is gracious, how that grace is still work in the world, and how grace helps the congregation respond in faith”. According to reformed church, preaching considered as teaching. They start with the Bible passage. Preaching guided congregation to exist in God’s grace.
2. Importance of Lay Formation Vatican II recognizes that “formation is not the privilege of a few, but a right and duty of all.” To become a Christian, every faithful needs to receive proper formation. Good formation is the right of every baptized Christian and is critical to his or her fulfillment and effectiveness as a follower of Jesus. Speaking of the importance of lay formation, the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam actuositatm clearly affirmed: “The laity in fact cannot assume their vocation and mission unless they receive training at once many-sided and complete. Such training is required not only by the continuous spiritual and doctrinal progress of the lay person himself, but also by the variety of circumstances,
The Systematic theology in this essay will explore God (theology proper), God’s attributes, the Trinity as followed by trinitarian christians, et cetera. The early church fathers were surrounded by cultured world and they made comprehensive use of reason and philosophy to defend Christianity. Justin Martyr stressed the ineffability, omnipotence and impassibility of God. Others like Athenagoras and Theophilus focused on God's simplicity, indivisibility and universal providence. Irenaeus emphasised on self-sufficiency and perfection of one God to counter Gnostics.
He instruct, equips and inspires the congregation to assume its own evangelistic and edificational ministry” (344). It is evidently clear that a pastor’s role includes equipping and teaching which resonates with the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples and to teach “them to obey everything” (Matt 28:20) that he has commanded. 2.5 Congregational Discipleship The congregation or the body of believers as a body has an active role to play in discipleship as well. Discipleship is not a prerogative of the pastors or leaders but it is a responsibility of every individual who has been saved. However in this section the discipleship means of a corporate nature as well as an individual will be discussed.
Jesus’s humanity is essential to our Christian faith. “Jesus is truly God and truly man” the New Testament and Orthodox Christians have stated this throughout all history. Therefore, Jesus Christ is truly and completely human. A theological study focused in his human nature and his time in earth is Christology. Christology explains Christ’s role of salvation, his acts and teachings, and his ministry, in other words it helps us understand his nature.
It is also reveals God as an eternally relational being. Today’s believer join with believers centuries past in worshipping “ one God in trinity and trinity in unity.” The Christian Gospel of redemption is from the first to last directly connected to the Triune God. As the theologian Bruce Milne notes: “Just about everything that matters in Christian hangs on the truth of God’s three- in- oneness.” Bingham said for us the significance is this, that God is known by his action and
They believe that election is based upon the foreknowledge of God as to who would believe. In other words man's act of faith is the "condition" for his being elected to eternal life. Since God foresaw him exercising his "free will" in accepting Christ as Lord and Savior God then elected him to salvation on that basis. Point 3: UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT The Arminian believes that in order to accommodate man's free will, Christ took to the Cross the sins of every human being without exception. The death of Christ does not save any individual, rather it makes salvation possible for every individual.
Kenotic Christology argues incarnation in terms of Logos “giving up” of “laying aside” of divesting itself of emptiness itself or certain properties normally belong to divinity. The term "kenosis" is used in the two-fold sense in theology. Originally it was used by the Lutheran theologian to show self-restriction, not of the Logos, but the God-man, where he, for the sake of his humiliation, the exclusion of the actual use of His divine attributes. In the teachings of Kenotic, however, it signals the doctrine that the Logos in His incarnation was bald transitive or of all of His attributes, has been reduced to a mere potential, and then, in union with human nature, developed into a divine-human person. Kenosis Doctrine argues that kenosis is the period of divesting corresponding to the life-span of the earthly life of Jesus and after 33 years of His earthly life the Logos resumes possession of all divine properties.
Therefore, Paul told that the only way to save them from condemnation is to have faith in Jesus Christ, that’s reason why, he wasn’t ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it’s the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, Romans 1:16. Paul knew it was the only way of salvation, the one power of God that was effective in forgiving and chaing man and bring them at least to heaven.Now we can see here Paul wrote this letter, the main idea what He wrote was to show what salvation means in the book of Romans. It includes justification, peace with God a new Holy life and glorification. The only power to accomplish all this is the gospel of Christ. Salvation is offered through faith in Jesus, the Messiah, as we can see in the book of Romans 3:21-23; 10:9, through in Jesus we believe that He is the representative of the righteous by His faith, He brought internal life and He brought
The Old Testament, as opposed to the New Testament, shows many different sides of God. God is characterized as challenging, spiteful, or even vengeful in some of the stories of the Old Testament. Instead of teaching the concepts of love and forgiveness, the Old Testament emphasizes sacrifice and how it is required to live a life of faith. The Pentateuch introduces the covenants made between God and certain individuals in which, through fulfilling the tasks that God asks of them, they are granted His grace. God used these covenants, promises to His people, to hold mankind accountable for their own use of free will.