Amid conflicting ideas about what the church should be and do in a post-Christian climate, the missing voice is that of Paul. The New Testament's most prolific church planter, Paul faced diverse challenges as he worked to form congregations. Leading biblical scholar James Thompson examines Paul's ministry of planting and nurturing churches in the pre-Christian world to offer guidance for the contemporary church. The church today, as then, must define itself and its mission among people who have been shaped by other experiences of community. Thompson shows that Paul offers an unprecedented vision of the community that is being conformed to the image of Christ. He also addresses contemporary (mis)understandings of words like missional, megachurch, and formation.
In this careful volume, Thompson studies the church in Paul's words and his work, in the hope that Paul's rich wisdom might have its rightful place in contemporary Christian reflection.
Author: James W. Thompson
Publisher: Baker Academic
Paul's letters are the earliest surviving Christian writings and therefore the earliest documentary evidence for what Jesus' followers knew and said about him. The present volume deals with questions frequently asked about Paul, examines what can be known about Jesus from Paul's letters, and enquires how Paul himself interpreted Jesus' significance. A closing chapter considers how several writers in the Pauline tradition variously continued and altered the apostle's views about Jesus.
An authoritative and intelligible treatment of the manner in which the apostle Paul interpreted Jesus's significance.
Author: Victor Paul Furnish
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Over recent years some critics of Christianity have claimed that while Jesus was a gifted teacher and a man of unparalleled kindness, St. Paul was the true founder of Christianity, which he based on a delusional mistake--the idea that Jesus was God. Here, David Wenham looks at the historical evidence for such claims. Comparing the life and message of Jesus with the writings of St. Paul, he offers a thoughtful exploration of their relationship, concluding that far from imagining Christianity, Paul was the messenger of an inherited faith. --from publisher description.
Did St Paul imagine that Jesus was God?
Author: David Wenham
Publisher: Lion Books
In the last days of the twentieth century, leading New Testament scholar and popular preacher Daniel Harrington, S.J., asked himself two powerful questions: What might the church of the first century have to say to the church of the twenty-first century? And How might a brief sythesis of what the New Testament says and does not say about the church help bring greater vitality within and unity among the churches? The result of Father Harrington's research and thinking is this timely and important book.
When Paul , in Romans 8:14 , says that " all who are led by the Spirit of God are
children of God , " he is describing those who make up the Church . The
Charismatic Community According to Paul , every Christian is a bearer of the
Holy Spirit ...
Author: Daniel J. Harrington
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
From master-expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, a revelatory exploration of what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus The apostle Paul penned a number of very pithy, focused passages in his letters to the early church that summarize the gospel message in just a few well-chosen words. Each of these key texts has a unique emphasis highlighting some essential aspect of the Good News. The chapters in this revelatory new book closely examine those vital gospel texts, one verse at a time. John MacArthur, host of the popular media ministry Grace to You, president of the Master’s University and Seminary, and longtime pastor at Grace Community Church, tackles such questions as, What is the gospel? What are the essential elements of the message? How can we be certain we have it right? And how should Christians be proclaiming the Good News to the world? As always, the answers John MacArthur gives are clear, compelling, well-reasoned, easy to grasp, and above all, thoroughly biblical. The Gospel According to Paul is written in a style that is easily accessible to lay people, including those who know very little about the Bible, while being of great value to seasoned pastors and experienced ministers.
Each of these key texts has a unique emphasis highlighting some essential aspect of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The chapters in this revelatory new book closely examine those vital gospel texts, one verse at a time.
Author: John F. MacArthur
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
... and cannot be exacted from any one. There is therefore a profound distinction
between the state and the church, according to Paul's teaching, but not
opposition, any more than between law and grace, or between justice and love.
As the law ...
Author: Frédéric Louis Godet
Churches, Institutions, Orders, etc. (PAUL, Saint and Apostle). Church of, New-
York. must conclude ... Such is now the sacrifice in the Christian Church
according to the Catholic faith , which is called the Mass . This is the great
sacrifice of the ...
Author: Churches, Institutions, Orders, etc. (PAUL, Saint and Apostle). Church of, New-York
1 According to Paul , he went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas , and he went by
revelation ; according to the Acts , the two form part of a deputation from the
Church at Antioch ; according to Paul he communicated privately to them that
were of ...
Author: Sir Richard Davies Hanson
On the Person and work of the Redeemer the Protestant churches have inherited
the teaching of the Church ; on the doctrines of ... The unity of the Church ,
according to Paul's conception of it , is a unity of life , not of external organization .
vice should be performed in his Cathedral , secundum usum Sarum : and that the
old form and rubric called S. Paul's should be laid aside . " 96 With this is quite
agreeable the manner of expression in two inventories of the church , printed in ...
Author: William Maskell
The carnally wise are they , who know that , which human letters and human
prudence teach . And he says , “ according to the flesh ; ” by way of contrast to the
wisdom which is according to the Spirit , in which latter there were at Corinth
Author: Juan de Valdés
This comprehensive, engaging perspective on the development of Christian ministry shows how this development was often in response to specific social or cultural needs. Focuses on the role of the ordained minister, past, present, and future, and looks closely at what future developments in the Church might bring.
This comprehensive, engaging perspective on the development of Christian ministry shows how this development was often in response to specific social or cultural needs.
Author: Paul Bernier
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications
Report and speeches at the [third] annual meeting of the Church Pastoral-aid Society, May 8, 1838.
Paley , Tomline , and others have epistle to Titus ) , according to St. Paul's
directions thought that Nicopolis in Epirus is intended : if ( Titus iii . 13 ) . " It is
possible also that Tychicus so , St. Paul's journey “ round about Illyricum " was left
According to the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline Epistles Frank Judson
Goodwin. ity of the crisis, obeyed at the same time an inner and higher impulse. (
Paul mentions the subjective motive, Gal. 2:2, Luke, the objective call, Acts 15:2.)
Author: Frank Judson Goodwin
heads of the church ( according to the intention of their holy office ) must be their
stewards . Thus much is however clear , that this passage can only be
understood by the admission that Paul wished for the acknowledgment of an
Author: Hermann Olshausen
10 after it had been “ polluted , profaned , and almost demolished , ” by “ disloyal
rebels , ” and subsequently Paul's cross , and the Archbishop , sitting as Judge in
St. Paul's Church , after he had examined into the fact , imposed this penance ...
Author: E[dward] C[harles]. Harington
Category: Church dedication
Church of England Abraham Nelles. Likewise the same St. Paul , writing to the
Colossians , speaketh thus to all men that are married ; Husbands , love your
wives , and be not bitter against them . Hear also what Saint Peter , the Apostle of
Author: Church of England
Category: Mohawk language
14 , the Twelve - a number told , the fierce and wrathful spirit of Judaism ; which
includes John , and excludes Paul - are and ... with Rex xiii . , where St. John
ascribes the which is precisely the Church where Paul power of Rome to the
Author: Frederic Charles Cook
Spirituality often evokes images of quiet centeredness, meditative serenity and freedom from life's pressures. Contrast Paul, who promotes a cross-shaped spirituality for fools making their way through life's trials. The brand images are crucifixion, burial and resurrection-surely a counterintuitive marketing program for living spiritually!
One Faith here's the church; here's the steeple . Open the door and see all the
people .” The hand gestures that go along with the familiar childhood saying
cemented in my mind the simplistic idea that church is a time and a place . When
I was ...
Author: Rodney Reeves
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Brevard Childs here turns his sharp scholarly eye to the works of the apostle Paul and makes an unusual argument: the New Testament was canonically shaped, its formation a hermeneutical exercise in which its anonymous apostles and postapostolic editors collected, preserved, and theologically shaped the material in order for the evangelical traditions to serve successive generations of Christians. Childs contends that within the New Testament the Pauline corpus stands as a unit bookended by Romans and the Pastoral Epistles. He assigns an introductory role to Romans, examining how it puts the contingencies of Paul's earlier letters into context without sacrificing their particularity. At the other end, the Pastoral Epistles serve as a concluding valorization of Paul as the church's doctrinal model. By considering Paul's works as a whole, Childs offers a way to gain a fuller understanding of the individual letters. - Publisher.
A Canonical Reading of Abraham's Faith according to Paul In a previous chapter
I tried to set forth the canonical shape of the Pauline corpus. I stressed the
canonical function of the letter to the Romans as providing an interpretive key to
Author: Brevard S. Childs
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing