How do the arts in worship form individuals and communities? Every choice of art in worship opens up and closes down possibilities for the formation of our humanity. Every practice of music, every decision about language, every use of our bodies, every approach to visual media or church buildings forms our desires, shapes our imaginations, habituates our emotional instincts, and reconfigures our identity as Christians in contextually meaningful ways, generating thereby a sense of the triune God and of our place in the world. Glimpses of the New Creation argues that the arts form us in worship by bringing us into intentional and intensive participation in the aesthetic aspect of our humanity—that is, our physical, emotional, imaginative, and metaphorical capacities. In so doing they invite the people of God to be conformed to Christ and to participate in the praise of Christ and in the praise of creation, which by the Spirit’s power raises its peculiar voice to the Father in heaven, for the sake of the world that God so loves.
Christianity has revealed the secret that psychologists have long sought--the "inward soul," the re-created spirit, the focus of God's great redemptive work on earth. The four Gospels give us a wonderful picture of the lonely man of Galilee, the humble Messiah who ends His earthly walk on Calvary. But Paul's Epistles give us the risen triumphant One, the conqueror of death, sin, and Satan. He provides the revelation of what happened on the cross and in the tomb, and how that affects who and what we are in Christ today. Legendary Bible teacher E. W. Kenyon delves deeply into Paul's teaching to give us a living picture of the entire substitutionary work of Christ, which made possible the new creation, a new race of men and women who can stand in God's presence without a sense of guilt, condemnation, or inferiority.
What actually makes a person become a new creation in Christ, and what should be the lifestyle of the new creation in Christ? This book reveals some of the realities of the new creation in Christ that can be compared to a metamorphosis. Knowing what makes a person become a new creation in Christ is the beginning of a good, strong, and successful Christian life. It helps the person to identify themselves and what they have to accomplish God' purposed plan of life for them in Christ. Good to be read by the just born again and all that seeks to grow into spiritual maturity.
We are born into this world as a triune being with a body, soul, and spirit. Our physical body allows us to live within the physical realm, and our soul is the director of all our mental and physical labor. It is our spirit that gives life or allows us to be alive, which, in turn, allows our conscious soul and physical body to live, breathe, and move. Upon death, our physical body remains in this physical realm; however, our soul and spirit will continue on for all eternity within the spiritual realm. Our spirit and soul are two separate immaterial entities and need to be separated for the purpose of the human spirit to become the gateway for the entrance of God's Holy Spirit into the human spirit. This is the born-again experience that leads a person to become a "new creation of God." The spiritual rebirth of the human spirit is the only way one can enter God's heavenly kingdom, and the only way the human spirit can go through the spiritual rebirth is by allowing God's Holy Spirit entrance into their spirit. The only way that God's Holy Spirit will enter a person's spirit is by that person believing that Jesus Christ, God incarnate, died for their sins and the sins of the world, thus removing the penalty of judgment of God's wrath upon those who chose to believe and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This book gives biblical support for the reality of the triune composition of humanity and the function and destiny of each.
A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament
Author: Matthew Y. Emerson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
In Christ and the New Creation, Matthew Emerson takes a fresh approach to understanding New Testament theology by using a canonical methodology. Although typically confined to Old Testament theology, Emerson sees fruitfulness in applying this method to New Testament theology as well. Instead of a thematic or book-by-book analysis, Emerson attempts to trace the primary theological message of the New Testament through paying attention to its narrative and canonical shape. He concludes that the order of the books of the New Testament emphasize the story of Christ's inauguration, commissioning, and consummation of the new creation.
The New Creation is a resuscitation of the basic truth of Christ in our generation, as God never fails to inspire great work in every age to heal his people. It is a transformation from darkness to his marvelous lightinto the higher glory of the mystery of God whose will is to give us his kingdom. The mysteries contained therein is part of the greatest truth revealed by the eternal wisdom of God in our own time, for our completeness and a glorious covenant of life against the false teachings that has done so much harm to the mystical body of Christ. I am quite certain that heresy, indifference, schism, evil doctrines, and powers of this age cannot stop the spirituality and message of this wonderful bookfor the angels of constellations are at work.
Although the twentieth century has witnessed a thorough liturgical revival and renewal, the last ten years have exploded in diverse and conflicting styles, settings, and even media of corporate worship: traditional high-church liturgies, alternative worship for small communities, women church services, seeker services at megachurches, and more. Does this innovation portend a brave new liturgical world, or is it just dumbing down? For example, do megachurch services simply revive the old frontier revival and, in an effort to reach out, accommodate Christianity to the reigning consumer culture? One of today's most knowledgeable liturgical theologians and historians contemplates the future shape of liturgy. He believes that ritual systems--liturgy--express and inculcate a worldview, an implicit theology; and, he fears lest the community of faith gain the whole world and lose its soul. New Creation proposes the lines of a Christian culture or worldview, or way of life, that can inform liturgical renewal. Twelve erudite and earnest chapters further specify this counter-cultural matrix as it pertains to God, Christ, church, creation, world, worship, hospitality, culture, evangelism, prayer, and life itself.
In this illuminating festschrift, sixteen well-known evangelical scholars celebrate the work of a man who has greatly contributed to Evangelical biblical scholarship as we know it today. G. K. Beale is renowned for his studies that explore how the writers of the New Testament used the Old Testament Scriptures in their letters, Gospels, narrative, and apocalypse. These collected essays, written by both colleagues and former students, reveal the immense appreciation that he has garnered among scholars and exegetes of all kinds. "Essays by sixteen scholars, including: " D. A. Carson Richard J. Bauckham Douglas Moo Rikk E. Watts David F. Wells John D. Currid "Greg Beale's work on the use of the OT in the NT has had an enormous influence on an entire generation of students and scholars. His careful attention to methodology, his determination to work in both OT and NT at the highest exegetical levels, and his creativity in detecting subtle relationships between the Testaments have set a high standard for all who work in this area." --From "Genesis 15:6 in the New Testament" by Douglas J. Moo
Church History Made Accessible, Relevant, and Personal
Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Christianity is essentially a historical religion. It cannot be understood merely through a set of dogmas, a moral code, or a view of the universe. Through the stories of Israel, Jesus, and the developing church, Christianity acknowledges the revelation of God in action. Augustine, the great medieval theologian, envisioned human society as composed of two "cities," distinguished by two loves: the love of God and the love of Self. He viewed these cities as universal in scope and operative throughout human history. This perspective raises questions about the church's nature, its role in society, and whether the church has lived up to its nature and destiny as God's new creation. The New Creation defines the church as "the people of God," related but not equivalent to Israel or the institutional church. This text provides a clear and concise survey of the church as God's instrument for the providential care of the earth and its human family. The story of the church begins with Abraham in the second millennium BCE, long before Jesus or the birth of Christianity, and it proceeds through three epochs: 1.Formation (c. 1850-4 BCE), 2.Transformation (4 BCE-1500 CE), and 3.Reformation (1500 CE-present). Ideal for individual or group study, The New Creation divides church history into nine units, each discussed as a phase in the church's organic growth and development. In addition to the narrative, each chapter includes three features for that epoch of church history: 1) a significant event, 2) a turning point or decisive moment, and 3) study questions.
The New Creation is a resuscitation of the basic truth of Christ in our generation, as God never fails to inspire great work in every age to heal his people. It is a transformation from darkness to his marvelous light--into the higher glory of the mystery of God whose will is to give us his kingdom. The mysteries contained therein is part of the greatest truth revealed by the eternal wisdom of God in our own time, for our completeness and a glorious covenant of life against the false teachings that has done so much harm to the mystical body of Christ. I am quite certain that heresy, indifference, schism, evil doctrines, and powers of this age cannot stop the spirituality and message of this wonderful book--for the angels of constellations are at work.
The Holy Spirit and the Imagination in Reconciliation
Author: Kerry Dearborn
Publisher: ISD LLC
The Holy Spirit, as God's abiding presence to draw people to Christ, can cleanse wounds and bring love and hope into our hearts. Kerry Dearborn's insightful focus on the Holy Spirit transforming our moral imagination and putting us on the path of reconciliation with Jesus Christ is both profound and encouraging. Biblical analysis, historical surveys and references to acclaimed theological authors support Dearborn's nuanced yet practical application of imagination as a tool for awakening, recovery, and dissolving intellectual or psychological barriers that isolate us from God. She considers effectively how imagination can be connected to reality, and is able to delve deep into this vein of thought with startling clarity. Drinking from the Wells of New Creation provides spiritual guidance for dealing with oppression in society; an issue that affects people both within and outside the Christian faith. The acknowledgement of reconciliation as a creative process provides a fresh outlook and will excite those delving into both theological and psychological studies, as well as those seeking to understand God's unification of life, regardless of tribe, tongue and nation.
John GARNETT (successively Bishop of Leighlin and Ferns and of Clogher.)
We cannot know God, in depth without recognizing and acknowledging His absolute, glorious sovereignty over all things, in all times, and in every aspect of our lives. He is Lord and His will reigns supreme. When we finally come to this conclusion, when our thoughts, prayers, and daily actions finally align, at last, with the teachings of Scripture on this most important matter, we will know Him better. As a consequence, the good works to which we were ordained in the new birth will glorify God in His sovereignty.