In this Advent season we pause again to consider the miracle of the incarnation—of God becoming man in the person of Jesus Christ. Born in humble circumstances to an obscure Hebrew girl, at first glance there was nothing to recommend the thought that he was destined for greatness; that he would, indeed, become the Saviour and Ruler of the world. Without the accoutrements … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores how God Speaks.
God is relational and rational and therefore speaks to us. First, God's self-disclosure has already occured for every person through direct apprehension, through our own humanness in the world external to us and the one within. Second, he speaks more fully through his Word, incarnate in Jesus Christ and inscripturate in the Bible, in rational propositional form. Third, he speaks through various charismata (spiritual gifts) such as prophecy, though not with the canonical authority of Scripture.
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God communicates with us in four ways:
- The Creation & Conscience (his Cosmos)
- The Bible (his Word)
- The Incarnation (his Son)
- The Charismata (his Spirit)
The relativistic individualism of an experience-driven culture has tragically produced an experience-driven Christianity that elevates spiritual experience over sound doctrine, opening up God's people to a multitude of deceptions. While many Christians are concerned, and rightly so, about the marginalisation of Christianity from the public square, far more insidious and urgent … [Read more...]
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage … [Read more...]
The most basic and abiding need of God’s people is the knowledge of God. While all people in every time and place, as God’s image bearers, inescapably know God through his clear revelation in creation and conscience, sin causes man to suppress the true knowledge of God (Rom 1:18-21). The sinful inclination of the human heart is the desire ‘to be like God’; self-sufficient … [Read more...]
Ern addresses the inseparable nature of the Word and Spirit as foundational to God’s creation order. Exploring the necessary balance between charismatic experience and biblical doctrine for the advance of the gospel, he exposes how Satan's strategy down throughout history has been to keep the Word and the Spirit separated, resulting in either dry intellectualism or mindless … [Read more...]