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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Group Study Guide (also available in pdf format)
Paul’s gospel focuses on “participation.” We have nothing to offer God, but in Christ, God gives us everything. His gifts enable us to participate with Christ through the Holy Spirit in Christ’s own communion with the Father, and therefore with fellow human beings.
1. In what ways has the “the end” already come to us through Christ’s resurrection?
2. What is the “New Reality” that Dr. Campbell spoke of?
3. How has Christ taken our sin, depression, dislocation and death onto himself?
4. What does it mean to be “resurrected with Christ”?
5. How has God “come the whole way to you”?
6. How have you participated with Christ by “entering into his suffering”?
7. How do we participate in Christ with God and one another and the world?
8. How does humanity share in the eternal communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
9. What is the “essential reality” of our relationship with God and with one another?
10. What are some implications of the gospel’s emphasis on relationships being made right in Christ, as opposed the common idea of us trying to find righteousness through keeping the law?
11. What lessons can we learn about suffering and sharing from Paul and Onesimus from the book of Philemon?
12. What scriptural references during the interview had the most impact on you?
13. What, for you, was the most meaningful part of Dr. Campbell’s interview?
Introduction: Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Douglas Campbell, 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 with us.
Douglas Campbell: You’re welcome.