Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week 12: How Can Jesus be Both God and Human?

We're continuing our series of conversations about what our culture is asking about Jesus. In this lesson, we focused on the question, "How Can Jesus be Both God and Human?"


Key Themes:
  •  4 Arguments for the Incarnation:
    • The Bible teaches that Jesus is God.
    • The Bible teaches that Jesus was human. 
    • The apostles taught that Jesus was God in human flesh.
      • Col. 1:15–18
    • The early church taught that Jesus was God in human flesh.
  • Three options to account for this data:
    • Arianism: Jesus was a created being; not deity.
    • Docetism: Jesus deity, not truly human
  • The real meaning of Christmas
    • Col. 1:1529


Digging Deeper:
  • Video: I interviewed my friend, Fr. Daniel Habib (who is a priest at St. John Coptic Church) about how he would respond to some of Bart Ehrman’s ideas about the deity of Christ from an ancient faith perspective. I'd like to invite you to watch some highlights from our conversation.
Part 1

Part 2


  • Book chapter: "How Can Jesus Christ be Both God and Man?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples
  • Worship: If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then He's not merely an idea to be apprehended, but a person to be worshiped. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week 11: Did Jesus Claim to be God?

This week we started a new series of conversations about Jesus. People make all kinds of assumptions and assertions about who Jesus is, so we want to take the time to get some clarity on the issue. We started by discussing the question, "Did Jesus claim to be God?"


Key Themes:
  • Setting the context: What are others saying about Jesus?
    • Bart Ehrman (liberal scholars' POV)
  • Summary: What Christians believe about Jesus 
    • Nicene Creed
  •  4 Arguments that Jesus Considered Himself to be God
    • Jesus equated Himself to be God.
    • Jesus made claims that the Jewish leaders considered blasphemous.
    • Jesus engaged in activities that only God can do.
    • The major controversy in the early church was that Jesus wasn't human.


Digging Deeper:
  • Book chapter: "Is Jesus a Man, Myth, Madman, Menace, Mystic, Martian or Messiah?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week 10: How Can I Talk to My OIKOS About Faith Issues? (part 3)

This week we continued our short series on how to navigate conversations with people who hold worldview perspectives that differ from our own. This included watching a discussion with a gay man.



Key Themes:
  • Review: 
    • Faith conversations need to be based on love, not "winning" arguments.
  • Case study: conversation with "Randy"


Digging Deeper:
A few weeks ago, we introduced the value of historical theology, as it pertains to the codification of the doctrine of the Trinity.

This is a follow up discussion in which I use a current event to further illustrate the importance of this key concept. While conservative Protestants do not hold history as infallible or inspired, that's not to say that Protestants interpret the Bible in isolation from history either. Protestants generally give some amount of weight to the universal teaching of the church where we see it as agreeing with Scripture. This video explores that concept a little more.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week 9: How Can I Talk to My OIKOS About Faith Issues? (part 2)

This week we continued our short series on how to navigate conversations with people who hold worldview perspectives that differ from our own. This included watching a discussion with a friendly Muslim.


Key Themes:
  • Review: 
    • Faith conversations need to be based on love, not "winning" arguments.
    • Learn the other person's viewpoint.
    • Begin offensive tactics.

  • Lead the person into one insight
  • Invite feedback
  • Case study: conversation with Mahamad
   
Digging Deeper:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week 8: How Can I Talk to My OIKOS About Faith Issues?

This week we started a new series. We are exploring ways to have faith conversations that are based on love and marked by gentleness and respect.



Key Themes:
  • Faith conversations need to be based on love, not "winning" arguments.
    • (What I consider to be) A negative example (start at 24:20; end at 27:41)
    • Intention vs. Impact
  • Learn the other person's viewpoint.
  • Begin offensive tactics.
   
Digging Deeper:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week 7: What About Alternate Views of the Trinity? (part 2)

We wrapped up our short series on the Trinity. We briefly reviewed key concepts and then tied up some loose ends from our conversation last week. We introduced concepts related to historical theology and how this functions in the codification of our beliefs.


Key Themes:
  • Basic introduction to historical theology
   
Digging Deeper:

Homework:
  •  Imagine someone in your OIKOS asks you the following question. How do you respond? "Matt. 24:36 says that Jesus doesn't know the day of His return. If Jesus is God, how is it possible that He doesn't know this?"
  • Use the following tools to build your answer:
    • Use the information from the in-class teachings on the Trinity.
    • Use information presented in the video on extra dimensions you watched above.
    • Use the universal teachings of the church in history:
      • Jesus is God and God is all-knowing
      • "all things that belong to the Son also belongs to the Father" (in other words, they share all knowledge in common with one another)
      • Jesus can't set aside His deity