Characteristic Elements of the Apostolic Witness

Characteristic Elements of the Apostolic Witness

Theologians have long sought the “elusive center” (Gordon Fee) of biblical theology. That is, what is the central message of the Scriptures and the apostolic witness? Since the Reformation, most Protestants have focused on justification by faith. During the last hundred years, a shift has occurred toward eschatology. Some within the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement have…

Rejoice in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord

Paul’s command to “rejoice in the Lord” is in context to “the book of life” (v. 6) and the resurrection, i.e. when Jesus “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (3:21) It is similar to the command Jesus gave his disciples, “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Lk. 10:20) Our hope must not…

The Golden Seed of Apostolic Revelation

The Golden Seed of Apostolic Revelation

Jesus appeared to his disciples for forty days and “spoke about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) We can assume Jesus did not speak about the hope of the age to come for forty days—the disciples were quite familiar with that. Rather Paul tells us that…

Living In Anticipation of the Kingdom of God

Living In Anticipation of the Kingdom of God

This is a dynamic course taught by John. In 15 different class settings, John teaches on the subjects of cruciform-apocalypticism, jewish expectations of the age to come, the sacrificial system alongside the grace of God…

The Righteousness of God

The Righteousness of God

The Bible uses big words to describe what happened at the Cross: reconciliation, propitiation, justification, and redemption. These are the big four, and they are used throughout the New Testament. Unfortunately, they are fairly uncommon in everyday modern English, so most people assign little meaning to them…