February 23, 2011

NewLifeSundaySchool: "Eschatology", Week 3 Notes & Audio In this podcast, we construct a Biblical framework for thinking about the New Heaven and New Earth. The narrative of Scripture is the story of Creation, Covenant, Jesus, New Covenant, and New Creation. The Creator God made a good world. The result of human sin is the fracturing of heaven and earth, of human relationship with God, and of human relationship with each other. But God’s plan of salvation is a plan to pull it all together again— to make “all things new”. The vehicle for God’s salvation is the Covenant, specifically His covenant with Abraham. But Abraham’s descendents— Israel— is unfaithful. Enter: Jesus. Jesus, as the seed of Abraham, remains faithful to the covenant and by suffering our death, renews the covenant; Jesus, as the Divine Co-Creator, brings about new creation through His resurrection. Through Jesus, God is faithful to His project of Creation and His promise to restore and bless it through Abraham’s family. It also means that when we surrender to Christ, we become a “new creation” in advance of heaven and earth being made new. While we don’t know much detail of the precise continuity and discontinuity between this heaven and this earth and new heaven and new earth, we suspect that like Jesus’ physical body that passed through death and was transformed, this earth and heaven will experience a “death” of judgment” and then be made new: the same materials reconstituted with new properties. Download the HANDOUT Here: Download EschatologyWk3NewCreationHANDOUT Download the AUDIO Here: Week 3_ New Heaven and New Earth_ What Does the Restoration of All Things Mean_
Before You Dismiss Rob Bell, Let's Learn Some Terminology The hub-bub over the weekend about Rob Bell's trailer video for his new book made me wonder if we need to learn some vocabulary. (Nevermind the fact that we should wait to read Rob's book before making a judgment of it!) I'm no scholar, but as C. S. Lewis often wrote, sometimes a fellow student can be helpful in ways a teacher cannot be. Here is my rough sketch of the terms and the issues being discussed. My hope is that you join me in a journey of rigorous study and thoughtful discussion rather than adopting a blind fervor that may lead to the unkind labeling of others. To begin, it may be helpful to differentiate between the discussion of "who gets in" and the discussion of "what happens to those who don't." I have made two lists accordingly. LIST A: Who Makes It "In": 1. Universalism The belief that everyone, regardless of faith or behavior, will be counted as God's people in the end. All roads lead to Him. All religions are just different expressions of the same Truth. This view, in my opinion, is impossible to defend from Scripture. 2. Ultimate Reconciliationism The belief that those who know about Jesus but chose to reject Him while they were on earth will suffer judgment and punishment, but that punishment will not be forever. It will be a refining "fire" that will ultimately lead "every knee to bow." This view is defended only by some serious redefining of key words, phrase, verses in Scripture. 3. Inclusivism The belief that everyone is accountable for how they lived in response to the revelation that they had. For the ones that never heard the name of Jesus, there is Creation as their witness. For those that only knew the religion they grew up...

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Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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