This blog serves to chronicle our journey through fundamental biblical theology as we explore Erickson‘s work through a moderate evangelistic lens. In chapter by chapter fashion, we will engage in dialogue through modes of detailed interpretation and expansion on main points & concepts, answering the provided study questions, and sharing anecdotal truths or testimonies.
Our aim is to accurately construct and thoroughly comprehend a sound theological foundation incorporating modern-day knowledge and understanding. In the process we hope it elucidates ambiguities, illuminates fuller biblical truths, and deepens your walk with the Lord.
- Each chapter is recorded (except 1-3)
- Text read verbatim
- Study questions answered and discussed
“But grow in the grace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18
The bible teaches that God is both immanent and transcendent. God is present and active within his creation, but superior to and independent of anything that he has created. These biblical ideas must be kept in balance. The tendency to emphasize one or the other will lead to a faulty conception of God. Several methods have been employed to classify the attributes or qualities of God. We have chosen to follow the classification that differentiates between his greatness and goodness.
- What are some problems and distortions that evidence the need for a correct understanding of God?
- What difficulties arise when we overemphasize either immanence or transcendence?
- How do we confuse God’s attributes with God’s acts? Give some examples
- What is the relationship between God’s essence and his attributes?
The bible does not explicitly teach the trinitarian view of God, but the teachgins that God is one and that three persons are God clearly imply this view. Numerous attempts have been made to understand this doctrine, some of which have led to distortions of this profound truth. While we may never fully comprehend this difficult doctrine, there are analogies that can help us to understand it more fully.
- Explain the biblical evidence for the deity of three
- In which book of the bible do we find the strongest evidence of a coequal trinity? Explain why this is so
- How may the various historical views of the trinity be disputed?
- What are the essential elements of the doctrine of the trinity? How do they help our understanding and deepen our faith?
- What do analogies contribute to our understanding?