Differing Theology

A friend of mine put this together years ago. I like the comparison because it allows me to see how one group within the body of Christ might see Christianity quite different from another. For an example, one person might feel he or she will strut into heaven wearing their golden crown all ready to rule and reign with Christ, while another would come before our resurrected Savior, bowing in humility ready to cast any golden crown at his nail-scarred feet.

Theology of The Cross

Suffering Servant

Human Free Will

Divine Self-limitation: God guides and Sustains

Human Free and Responsible for Sin

Priesthood of the Believer: Separation of Church/State

Mode of Atonement: Revelation, Reconciliation

Election: Predestined All to Salvation in Christ

Biblical Authority: Dynamic Inspiration Interpreted by the Holy Spirit

Faith by Encounter

Primarily – Luther

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The Influence of the Bible

I found this fascinating. Listed below are quotes and testimonies of ten of history’s most outstanding people who have read and been influenced by the Bible:

  • Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”  
  • George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”  
  • Napoleon: “The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”  
  • Daniel Webster: “If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures.” “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and … [ Continue Reading ]

On the Riverbank

Here is a good quote about stepping out in faith… “The reason more people do not see Jordan Rivers parting in their lives and ministries is because they waver at the riverbank. They want to be people of faith but they conclude it would be much easier if God would part the waters before they had to get their feet wet!” — Henry Blackaby

This is significant for us because this spring we will embark on a church-wide Sunday School emphasis called, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat,” written by John Ortberg. Mainly for middle school through senior adults, but the children and preschoolers will also have special lessons on following Jesus in obedience.

The main lessons are:

  • Principles of Water-walking
  • The Tragedy of the Unopened Gift
  • Find Your Calling and Get Your Feet Wet
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  • Completing Successful Projects

    In a recent issue of Rev magazine (Nov/Dec 2006), Rick Warren outlined six principles to guide leaders in completing successful projects, whether that project is starting a new church, creating a new ministry, etc.  In doing so, he turned to the example of Nehemiah and his “monster project” of rebuilding Jerusalem ’s wall.

  • The principle of simplification – Keeping his plan simple, Nehemiah organized work teams around natural groupings of people who were already associated together.  “The point is – don’t create an organization if you don’t need it.”   Note: We already have groupings such as these in many of our churches – they’re called Sunday School classes!
  • The principle of participation – Nehemiah sought to get everybody involved in the project.  But, as with any group effort, there will be those unwilling to go to work (the people of Tekoa – … [ Continue Reading ]

  • How Important is Jesus?

    While more than 72% of Americans claim they’ve made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that’s important in their lives today, they’re not quite so dedicated in related commitments:

  • 17% say a person’s faith is meant to be developed mainly by involvement in a local church.
  • 44% say they committed to personally make the world and other people’s lives better.
  • 54% say they’re so committed to having a deeper connection with God that they’d do whatever it takes to get and maintain that deeper relationship.
    • Source: The Barna Group