Ryan Gustason, Fri, Sat, 10 Dec 2011 01:03:16Accordance Modules available from Pentecostal Blogger:
Acts of the Apostles, Kelsey Griffin. Notes from Rev. Griffin's class in Texas Bible College on the book of Acts.
Addicted to the Word, Kelsey Griffin. Notes from Rev. Griffin's class in Texas Bible College on growing in the Word of God.
Baptism in Jesus' Name, William Arnold III. Notes on oneness Apostolic Pentecostal baptism doctrine from the Scriptures.
Bias, Systematic Theology and Exegesis, Jason Dulle. Many people live by the old adage, "I’ve made up my mind—don’t bother me with the facts," and its sister, "People hear what they want to hear." The truth, however, is not always in the fact that people are being willingly ignorant or obstinate to the facts, but rather that people often cannot hear the facts in any other way than that which their prior understanding will allow them to.. We are often unconsciously selective on what we will hear and how we will comprehend a particular fact or event, because we only hear/comprehend what our minds are prepared to hear/comprehend.
Bible Study Methods, Kelsey Griffin. Notes taken from Rev. Griffin's class on bible study methods. Rev. Griffin is a preacher and a professor at Texas Bible College.
Bible and Christology, Pontifical Biblical Commission. This text is not Apostolic in doctrine but included for historical purposes. From the text: Many people today, especially in the West, readily admit that they are agnostics or nonbelievers. Does this mean that they show no interest in Jesus Christ or his role in the world? It is clear from studies and writings that are being published that this is scarcely so, even if the way of treating this question has changed. Yet there are (also) Christians who are deeply disturbed either by the variety of ways of handling the problem or by solutions proposed for it. The Pontifical Biblical Commission is anxious to offer some aid in this matter to pastors and the faithful in the following ways: (1) by presenting a brief survey of such studies to point out their import and the risks they run; and (2) by setting forth summarily the testimony of Scripture itself about the expectation of salvation and of the Messiah, so that the gospel may be rightly seen against its antecedent background, and then by showing how the fulfillment of such expectation and promises in Jesus Christ is to be understood.
Christology, Jason Dulle. Christology is the study of the relationship between the deity and humanity of Christ, as they exist in one person. The Scriptures declare Jesus to be both fully God and fully man simultaneously. The infinite Spirit united with finite humanity to become the Son of God. These two natures seem contradictory. Deity is infinite in knowledge, power, and presence. Humanity is limited in knowledge, power, and presence. How can the two distinct worlds of God and man come together into one existence? This is the very question Christology attempts to answer.
Demonology, unknown. While the antiquary is gathering up the mouldering ruins of ancient temples, palaces, and cities; or poring over the coins, medals, and statues of other ages, seeking to prove or to embellish some theory of the olden times: while the astronomer is directing his largest telescope to some remote ethereal field, far beyond the milky way, in search of new nebulæ, unseen before, in hope to find the nucleus of some incipient solar system: while the speculative geologist is delving down to the foundations of the eternal mountains, in quest of new evidences of his doctrine of successive and long protracted formations of the massy strata of Mother Earth, "rock-ribbed and ancient as the Sun:" while the sceptic is exultingly scanning the metaphysical dreams of some imaginary system of Nature, or seeking in the desolations of the ancient Mythologies arguments against the mighty facts and overwhelming demonstrations of the Christian faith ...
Development of the Doctrine of the Trinity, Jason Dulle. A discorse on the doctrinal development of the trinity in the second and third centuries.
Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, Ignatius translated by Charles Hoole. This is the text of the letter to the Smyrnaeans from Ignatius of Antioch, an early church "father". It was translated by Charles H. Hoole in 1885 and has some interesting information in it regarding christological views in the first and second centuries.
Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism, unknown. Chances are that you've played the game "Telephone" some timein your life. "Telephone" is the game in which a group of peoplegather around in a circle. One person thinks up a message, and whispersit to the next person, who whispers it to the next person, and so on aroundthe circle, until you reach the end and the final person repeats the messagealoud. The first person then states the original message.
I will or we will: How many wills does Jesus have?, Jason Dulle. We understand from Scripture that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man simultaneously in one existence. As set forth in the Definition of Chalcedon, Christ is one person subsisting in two natures (divine, human), and thus shares in all the attributes peculiar to both deity and humanity. While the two natures are in union, they remain distinct and unchanged, the properties of each being wholly preserved. The question we are faced with is If the capacity to will is inherent to a nature how are we to understand the will(s) of Christ? If He possesses both the divine and human natures, does it follow that He has two wills?
Modalistic Monarchianism, Jason Dulle. Full text title: Avoiding the Achilles Heels of Trinitarianism, Modalistic Monarchianism, and Nestorianism: The Acknowledgement and Proper Placement of the Distinction Between Father and Son. Christianity was birthed in the context of Jewish monotheism. Firmly etched into the minds of Christ s earliest disciples was the belief that God is the singular, transcendent creator of the universe. And yet, their encounter with Jesus Christ led them to believe He was Immanuel, i.e. God with us. The challenge facing the early church, then, was finding a way to reconcile their belief that the Father was God and Jesus was God, without compromising monotheism. That same challenge presents itself to us today. How are we to reconcile monotheism with the fact that the New Testament (NT) makes hundreds of distinctions between the Father and Son, and to a lesser degree, the Holy Spirit. If God is one, how could the Father and Son both be God seeing that the Father and Son are spoken of as distinct?
Patripassionism, Jason Dulle. Full title of the article is Patripassionism and the death of God. It is a discourse and rebuttal of the argument that Oneness Pentecostals believe God the Father died on the cross. From the introduction: Oneness Pentecostals believe God is one in both essence and person, and that Jesus is the incarnation of this single divine person. On this view, the deity of Jesus is numerically and personally identical to the deity of the Father. The Father and Son differ, not in their person, but in their mode of existence
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