Dr. Douglas Campbell is Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of The Quest for Paul's Gospel and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here.
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Small group discussion guide
Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.
1. Authentic and valid “right behavior” was linked to our union with Christ. What do you think about that?
2. Dr. Campbell said, “People have just got Paul very, very wrong.” Do you agree? Why or not?
3. It was stressed that Romans 1-4 needs to be read in light of chapters 5-8. Does this help us understand what Paul meant?
4. What do you think of the assertion that judgment has already taken place at the cross?
5. How does fear and misunderstanding of the gospel impact our “joyful assurance” in Christ?
6. How do you understand grace in contrast to “conditional” and “contractual” religion?
7. A misunderstanding of the gospel and Paul was associated with Western culture and politics. Do you see a link here? Why or why not?
8. Why is it critical to make the distinction between unconditional covenant and a contract?
A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.
Introduction: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Douglas Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Campbell is author of The Deliverance of God and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel.
J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being here.
Douglas Campbell: You’re welcome.