(Web Bible Encyclopedia) Likewise, biblical inspiration is the doctrine in Christian theology that credits the authors and editors of the Bible as ordained or influenced by God thus rendering their writings the word of God. When we speak of the Bible as inspired, we are simply acknowledging God divine influence on the human authors of the Scriptures. As members of the faith community, our belief in this divine inspiration is solid, and that the writings were/are the very Word of God. In the context of the Scriptures, the word “inspiration” simply means “God. The Bible is the will of God; it is His authoritative word.
Christ and his work help define the Spirit and his work in the Christian life (Fee, 32). In Paul’s view, Christ is the main character in the act of salvation, but salvation is initiated by the Father and goes together with the activity of the
Although Whitman would agree with Winthrop that within a community there is a unifying force created by the individuals, he would argue that Winthrop’s imaginings of having a community modeled after god is not adequate because it will result in unfairness. “A Model of Christian Charity” establishes a representation of a community working together, rather than, working by themselves. With the help of each other and by following God’s will, the community shall be successful and harmonious. It is essential to note the importance of a relationship between man and god as god stands as the one true source of authority in this community. Winthrop explains the importance of loving God.
This question rattled a lot of Pentecostals causing them to cross swords with Dunn due to the fact that he specifically called into question the Pentecostal affirmation that baptism in the Holy Spirit is an event separate to Christian initiation. This question launched a debate on whether baptism in the Spirit was for conversion - initiation or for empowering for mission. It is here therefore that I will begin my discussion on the perspectives held by Dunn, Turner and
Through God’s interactions with mankind, he uses certain individuals to perform tasks to reach specific outcomes and rewards them for their actions. But as conflicts arise throughout man's existence, challenges arise and people begin to question God. A challenge to God’s authority as portrayed by Abraham, Jacob, and Moses is justified by its prevalence to the underlying effects each challenge possesses on the future of mankind, in other words God accepts these challenges through the realization that each will consequently change the future and carry out his goals. Abram was one of the many prophets in which God quarrels with in response to questioning God's righteousness. God chooses Abraham, reckons him as righteous, and creates a covenant
He places the verse in context by mentioning the "unbelieving Israelites," then passes judgment on the doctrinal situation by saying that the scripture "seems to imply" the points to be illustrated in the rest of the document (Edwards 194). Edwards is very aware of his audience's loyalties to the Bible as the word of God. He is also aware of the influence his position as a preacher has on the congregation. Edwards makes use of his knowledge of his audience's allegiances in order to add the most impact to his argument. He uses two authorities to which he knows his audience claims allegiance; that is, he exercises both his own authority and the authority of the Bible to make his arguments about the nature of sinners more powerful.
Stedman adds on the topic of, ‘Kings spreading influence,’ that “prayer is our powerful secret weapon” (Stedman D.E 1999:242). Love and evangelism will also work for attracting disciples to God’s family. Those who join the family of God by extension become citizens of the kingdom of
The plan of God’s salvation in the book of Romans. According to Christian belief that salvation is from God, and salvation is the free gift from God to those who are believe. I believe too, the reason why salvation of God accured to people because of love, grace and because of the promise of God from the descendants of Adam, however, God also has planned salvation to His people in this world. But in this generation there are many people don’t believe that salvation comes from God instead salvation comes from the effort of man, and the good work of man, but the Bible itself does teach about that, its wrong, its not true at all. Reformed theologian believes that, man was corropted by sinned, and he done nothing to get the gift of God’s salvation,
Pentecost The Holy Spirit started to guide and influence the church at pentecost, and it continues to guide to this day. The Holy Spirit guides the apostles to preach the good news. The Church would be lost without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In Church history there are many instances where the Holy Spirit guides people to make the right decision. Many people decide to set aside the Holy Spirit in there lives.
Love is thus quite dynamic and impulses life towards a new and mysterious fullness. Salvation history demonstrates to us how God has shown us his selfless love. He espouses himself to the Church as a sacrifice. Christ is thus the revealer of the Father’s love in the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the incarnation, Christ has shown us the inner life of the Most Holy Trinity which is a communion of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.