Bloesch sets out the pivotal evangelical doctrines of the Bible's revelation, inspiration and interpretation. Wishing to "defend the orthodox evangelical faith from its friends as well as its enemies," Bloesch provocatively argues against both evangelical rationalism and liberal experientialism. And he proposes the alternative of biblical evangelicalism--which sees Scripture as the written Word of God but stresses that it becomes the living Word of God only through the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
It surveys the role of the Bible as seen within the Bible itself and as that role has unfolded through centuries of Christian tradition. It also explains and critiques many highly contested issues, such as the value of biblical criticism, the meaning of myth, the plethora of hermeneutical options and the nature of truth. The doctrine of God is receiving renewed and vigorous attention in theology.
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Even a cursory examination of recent scholarship reveals what leading evangelical theologian Donald Bloesch describes as "a mounting controversy over the concept of God. Bloesch agrees that many of these proposals have some biblical merit. But what is lacking, he argues, "is a strong affirmation of the holiness and almightiness of God. So in this volume, while Bloesch offers cogent criticisms of the classical view of God, he skillfully seeks to hold in faithful tension "the polarities that are reflected in God's nature and activity--his majesty as well as his vulnerability, his sovereignty as well as his grace, his wholly otherness as well as his unsurpassable closeness, his holiness as well as his love.
With his customary encyclopedic reach and epigrammatic style, Donald Bloesch turns his attention to the hotly disputed, yet absolutely crucial, subject of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Drawing on more than forty years of devoted study, Donald Bloesch now brings a much-needed clarity to the discussion. Well apprised of the most recent developments, yet grounded in his own deep Reformed faith, Bloesch goes beneath current reconstructions of the Jesus of history to probe underlying issues of theological method, models of salvation, the plausibility of miracles, the language of faith and the doctrine of sin.
As Bloesch declares, "Christology constitutes the heart of theology, since it focuses on God's work of salvation in the historical figure Jesus of Nazareth, and the bearing that this has on the history of humankind. To know the nature of God we must see his face in Jesus Christ.
Sample pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6. The fruit of a lifetime of study and devotion, this book masterfully interweaves biblical study, historical overviews and reflection on contemporary developments and issues to shed light on faith in God, the Holy Spirit. On a topic that sadly threatens to divide the church, Bloesch strives to build bridges between the various traditions of Christian faith, especially between Reformed theology and the Pentecostal movement.
Building on the inaugural volume of this series, A Theology of Word and Spirit , Bloesch guards against the equal dangers of a subjective spiritualism and a cold formalism. He speaks out of the perspective of the Protestant Reformation with its emphasis on the complementarity of Word and Spirit and the priority of grace over works.
But he also acknowledges the Pentecostal perception that the work of the Spirit involves empowering for witness as well as sealing for salvation. Bloesch likewise finds truth in the mystical tradition of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy that the Spirit calls us to holiness of life as well as to a decision of faith.
This wide-ranging and in-depth reflection on the presence, reality and ministry of the Holy Spirit serves as a landmark guide to those seeking a faithful theological understanding of the Holy Spirit as well as those searching for a renewing and empowering hope for the church of Jesus Christ. In this volume, Donald Bloesch explores with charity and balance the contours of ecclesiology. He forthrightly takes up the most controversial of issues ranging from matters of church authority, the sacraments and worship, the church's place in the plan of salvation, the church and the kingdom of God, to the issue of church reunion.
Evangelical in spirit, ecumenical in breadth and biblical in depth, Bloesch's theology of the church calls for reformation and renewal according to the Word and Spirit of God.
The Peace of Westphalia and Sovereignty
Bloesch takes up difficult and sometimes controversial themes such as the coming of the kingdom of God, the return of Jesus Christ, the life hereafter, the millennial hope, the final judgment, hell, heaven, purgatory and paradise. Wrestling with biblical texts that often take metaphorical form, Bloesch avoids rationalistic reductionism as well as timid agnosticism. While he acknowledges mystery and even paradox, Bloesch finds biblical revelation much more than sufficient to illuminate the central truths of a Christian hope articulated throughout the history of the church.
The Last Things is not just a review of past Christian eschatology but a fresh articulation of the grace and glory of God yet to be consummated. We believe all belong to Christ who have been personally redeemed with the precious blood of Christ and upon whom God has bestowed His righteousness as a free gift. They alone are members of the one universal and eternal Church - which is the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ. Those who are Christ's are sealed with the Holy Spirit and will never again be irretrievably lost.
We believe the Church consists of all who are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and born again by the Holy Spirit. The Church finds its visible expression in a local assembly of believers, gathered by Christ and under His sole, sufficient and supreme authority, and under the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit are appointed to glorify Christ by promoting His worship, teaching His word to believers and proclaiming His gospel to the lost.
Word Foundations - INSIGHTS AND COMMENTARY FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
We believe the Holy Spirit gives many different gifts to equip all God's people for various forms of ministry in order to build up the Body of Christ, and that He distributes those gifts according to His sovereign will. A gift is to be valued in the Church according to its contribution to the common good. We believe every Christian is called to love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love his neighbour as himself. All are called to be conformed to the likeness of Christ doing all things to the glory of God.
The indwelling Holy Spirit makes this new life a reality as God's children yield themselves to Him.
We believe Christ has instituted two ordinances in and through which His person and benefits are represented. We believe we are under obligation to fulfil the Great Commission given to the Church by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. The Sovereign Grace Bible Church. We are a unique body of believers who come together from all over Sydney.
The attraction being a Christ centred, uncompromising Bible-based ministry of the Word of Life, together with the warmth of true Christian fellowship. Following in the Congregational way, yet we are an independent church. We also have inter-denominational relationships with other Reformed, Bible-believing churches and ministers in Sydney as well as other parts of the world. The Sovereign Grace Bible Church is a mainstream evangelical, reformed and puritan church with a sense of history and with a vision for the future.
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The Foundations of Christian Living
To see an ungodly man happy is just as puzzling as it is to see a child of God sad. It is at most but a fleeting emotion counterbalanced with the unmitigated confirmations of our eternal destiny. To a degree the unconverted have an entitlement to pursue laughter and contentment in this life as they will enjoy neither in the life to come. Ps There can be no justification for true believers in Jesus to promote their feelings or disappointments as a surrogate for confidence in the promises of God.
Is it not therefore imperative that in the frantic pursuit of the avoidance of all things negative the redeemed of heaven cling with tenacious affirmation to the confirming word of reassurance and of proven revelation, that while despondency weakens our faith, the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Let us then seek to abound in joy for we have heard and we have learned that in the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy. The church is directed by elected male deacons. Attendance: In addition to our regular Sunday morning service, we hold a Sunday afternoon service and a Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meeting.
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