Biblical Theology — 1

Biblical Theology — 1 The Pattern of the Kingdom Genesis 1-2 Genesis 1-2, show us God’s original, perfect creation. Notice four important truths about creation: 1. God is the Author of Creation • God alone is eternal. He created. • God created out of nothing (Hebrew — bara) • The trinity was involved in creation — Father (Gen. 1:1), Spirit (Gen. 1:2), and Son (John 1:3) • God is pleased with what He made (e.g., Gen. 1:10) 2. God is the King of Creation • As creator of all, God is Lord of all (Ps. 95:3-7) • God is transcendent. That is, He is above and beyond all that He has made and is distinct from it. That is why the Bible abhors idolatry (Ex. 20:4-6). 3. Human Beings are the Pinnacle of Creation Man is a unique creature. He is made “like” God. We reflect something of God’s nature in a way that nothing else in creation does. We are tasked to be His vice-regents over creation. 4. Rest is the Goal of Creation On the seventh day, God rested from His work of creating. When a job has been done perfectly, there is nothing more to do. And He wants human beings to live with Him in that rest, enjoying His perfect creation. The Kingdom of God We see in the garden of Eden, at the end of Genesis 2, a pattern of the kingdom of God. • God’s people — Adam and Eve • Live in God’s place — the Garden of Eden • Under God’s rule — His Word • Enjoying God’s blessing — His rest   Biblical Theology...

Read More

Biblical Theology — 0

Biblical Theology — 0 The Scriptures The Bible is a diverse collection of different writings. It contains sixty-six books, written by about forty human authors, over nearly 2,000 years. It has two main sections (the Old Testament and the New Testament), is written in two main languages (Hebrew and Greek), includes a mixture of literature types. The Scriptures do not tell the story of how God decided to send Jesus to earth only after his first plan had failed (e.g., Adam, Israel). The Scriptures are not a book of quotations. Neither are the Scriptures a collection of books. The Scriptures must be understood and read as one book, written by one author (God), with one main subject (God’s plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ). Biblical theology is, in effect, the study of the unity of the message of the Bible. Biblical theology: • enables us to deal with problematic passages by relating them to the one message of the Bible. • shows the relationship of all parts of the Scriptures to the person and work of Jesus Christ. • shows the process by which God has chosen to reveal Himself to mankind. The Kingdom of God What is the kingdom of God? For purposes of our study, the kingdom of God is: “God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing.” An Overview of the Bible For purposes of our study, we are going to divide the Bible into eight sections which are the main epochs in God’s unfolding plan to restore His kingdom (God’s Big Picture — Vaughan Roberts): • The Pattern of the Kingdom • The Perished Kingdom • The Promised Kingdom • The Partial Kingdom • The Prophesied Kingdom • The Present Kingdom • The Proclaimed Kingdom • The Perfected...

Read More

Two Dozen Basis Management Principles (Pt. 14)

Chapter 10 NAU/NCAA The 2005 track season found Lopez at NAU. That season he ran the 800 almost exclusively. In the 2006 track season, he ran a little bit of everything – the 800, relays, an occasional 400, and the 4-by-400 relay. The goal of Coach Hayes was to find out which event suited Lopez the best. Toward the end of the 2006 season, he ran the 1500 in a dual meet and in the conference meet. This event, though a tactical event, was exactly what Lopez was best suited for. He chose to enter this event at the NCAA championships. The first lap of the 1500 doesn’t count for anything. Rabbits sprint to an early lead but they never last. “Relax, relax, relax,” Lopez could hear the voice of Coach Hayes in his head. He rounded the first turn at a pace he liked. The leader did not take off like a rabbit, nor did he hold back and make the race too slow. Lopez trotted along through the first lap, right in the middle of the pack. The leader ran the first lap in just over fifty-eight seconds. Lopez ran it in sixty. “This feels good,” he thought. Before the first turn of the second lap, Lopez sped up, moving from sixth to fourth. The overall place did not matter as much as the distance he wanted to keep between himself and the leader. The second lap is all about positioning oneself. No one has ever won the race on the second lap but many have lost it there. Lopez had a kick and he wanted to be in a position to use it. Lopez crossed the start line and began lap three, the lap where you put yourself in position to strike. The field continued at a minute-a-lap pace, which is very fast but not too fast to maintain. Lopez stayed less than half a second behind the leader. Fatigue starts to build in the third lap. Feet grow heavy. Legs weaken. Lopez stayed focused on running his race. They crossed the start line and the bell rang. The leader through the first three laps started to fade. Leo Manzano, the...

Read More