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Word of Life Meeting 9

This meeting has seriously become a high point of my week. I love this group and I love this topic!

Today we talked about chapter 5 of Word of Life, “The Manner of God’s Coming.” It is an entire chapter dedicated to the virgin birth of Christ.Ā  I have to admit, when I saw the topic of this chapter, I thought to myself, “But we already spent four or five weeks talking about the Incarnation — shouldn’t this be covered already?

Not quite. There are many layers of significance in the fact that Jesus chose to be born in such a unique way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Word of Life Meeting 8

We had a good meeting today, and several people were able to come, despite nasty icy winter-mix weather. Yes, it’s true, we’re a bunch of troopers. šŸ˜€

Because the people who could make it this week did not include the one person who could make it last time, there was quite a bit of overlap inĀ our topic of conversation. So we covered a lot of the same territory, which was just fine with me. When talking about the Incarnation, it never hurts to hit the same subject more than once. Go read Word ofĀ Life Meeting 7 if you’re interested in our discussions on “the scandal of particularlity”.

In addition, today we wondered aloud about what Jesus’ inner life must be like. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Update (plus random d’oh moment)

First, the Word of Life update.

Only one of our ladies was able to make it today. We had a good talk about the Incarnation anyway, starting with Jesus’ family life. What must it have been like for your older brother to be literally perfect? How can you look at the boy you watched grow up, the boy you’ve played games with, the boy who had to learn how to spell His own name and drive a nail straight into a piece of wood — and then come to the conclusion that He really is God? For a time, Jesus’ brothers couldn’t do it (John 7:5). But we know at least two of them (James and Jude — see Galatians 1:19 and Jude 1) eventually came around.

We also talked about what Oden calls “the scandal of particularity”. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Bible Study – Meeting 6

So after a two-week hiatus, we’re back. This week we discussed the first half of chapter 4, since we just found so much to talk about that we didn’t make it through all of the material. Between a really fruitful discussion and a little need for reading-catch up, we’re going to pick up next week right where we left off.

This chapter mainly focuses on Jesus’ humanity. Much of what we discussed today centered around the Incarnation — a stunning truth in and of itself. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Bible Study – Meeting 5

We had a particularly small group today, but we had soooo much fun. The third chapter of Word of LifeĀ talks about the divine Sonship of Christ, and let me tell you, that’s a mind-blowing subject. If you ever think you’ve got an entire grasp on it, it’s time to go back and start again, because you don’t.

We talked about what sonship really means, in context to Christology. Most often, in an attempt to stress that Jesus’ sonship does not imply a literal spiritualĀ birthing in eternity past, theology books will define sonship as Jesus’ position of honor and authority before the Father. This is a true and biblical definition — such is the case in Colossians 1:15 where Jesus is called the “Firstborn over all creation,” and in Hebrews 1:2 where He is called “the heir of all things”.

But as we discussed it, the conlcusion we came to is that sonship is foremostly a term of relationship and affection. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Bible Study – Meeting 3

Today, we read through page 42 in Word of Life. This section lays a lot of groundwork concerning the heart of Christology. As mentioned in the introduction, Christology is not primarily about sorting through a lot of ideas and theories and historical data. Christology — true Christology — is about a real Person.

This section focuses very much on Jesus’ claims of deity. The question upon which Christianity hinges is, “Is Jesus who He said He was?” There is no room in the Christian testimony for Him to be a good teacher and nothing more. We can’t write off His extraordinarily confrontive claims as simply beingĀ delusion, deception, or a later ascription by His disciples. To do so is to invalidate His message altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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