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We in the church too often ask the wrong questions such as “How do we fix the church?” or “How do we make the church more relevant?” No one outside of the church cares about these answers.
The church is not a building, it’s not a budget, and it’s not a hierarchy. Rather it is the people of God, doing the work of God, and bringing the light and spirit of God into the world.
The church (meaning both The Church and our local congregation) can either be about institutional decay or vibrant movement. We can either be preoccupied with survival and maintenance or we can be moving forward in creating and renewing both our church community and our wider secular communities.
Sorens has written a book that teems with hope and possibility for the future, a hope that the church need not reiterate our mistaken past, and a possibility that real people in real time and real circumstances can live out the why of God.
he reason these teachers must be avoided, however, is because they will prevent us from growing in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. This is our goal, and anything that interferes with this goal must be avoided.
Sergius Bulgakov’s description of the image of God in humans fulfilled can be captured in the movement between Romans 7, with its depiction of the image as an unfulfilled trinitarian potential, and Romans 8 with its depiction of participation in the Divine reality.
The scoffers ask, therefore, if Jesus was going to return, shouldn’t have he returned by now? The writer (maybe quoting Peter) gives us two answers to this question – time and fire.
in these verses we have the most violent and colourfully expressed tirade in the New Testament.
The purpose of 2 Peter 2 is to warn against false teachers. In this chapter, the writer sets up a comparison between the present false teachers and the historical precedent of false prophets within the Hebrew Scriptures.
Peter is telling us that we will know from our own experience when Jesus returns in glory because Peter had this same experience at the Transfiguration. We must be patient in our expectations.
If 2 Peter 1:4 is the heart of the gospel message, then 2 Peter 1:5-8 is the heart of the response to that message.
The Divine became Human so that humans could become divine and be partakers of the divine nature.